Bohemian Vegan Wedding with a Smoke Bomb Recessional!

Megan and Mason wanted their wedding to feel like ‘them’. While the bride scoured the Internet for real-wedding inspiration, ultimately they just wanted it to represent them as a couple. They planned the day together, equally, and were able to incorporate lots of little personalised elements.

“We included Mason’s artwork, my desire to be a woodland fairy princess, and even our love of Lego!” Megan said. “We also wanted it to be as locally sourced and organic as possible, which was a difficult task when planning a wedding so far from where we live. Our theme was kind of all over the place. If I had to pinpoint it I would say it was mostly inspired by bohemian style. We wanted all of the colours and nothing was really off-limits.”

The day took place at the Pump House B n B in Bloomsburg, PA. The day was Vegan friendly too from the food and drink to what everyone wore. “One thing that was very important to me was that it was as vegan friendly as possible, and we definitely achieved that”, Megan continued. “Our farm-to-table caterer did an amazing job keeping things plant based, we were able to get our cake from an incredible vegan bakery, our favourite Portland plant-based cheese makers shipped 25 blocks of delicious vegan cheese, even the bridal boutique I went to was willing to accommodate my no silk request. This was something that made me feel incredibly grateful. I am vegan but Mason is not, but he was fully committed to making my vegan wedding dreams come true.”

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Board Game Themed Central London Wedding

Holly and Laura met on a dating website. Both very shy, it allowed them to get to know each other really well before they met and once they did they immediately hit it off. “The first time we met in real life was at Waterloo station and both of us were ridiculously early!” Holly laughed. “We went to an art exhibition at the Southbank Centre. From there we walked and talked down the Southbank to Borough before jumping on a tube to Soho where we had a few drinks and lots of laughs.”

They were married in August and the day was held at The Dickens Inn in London. “Both of us had a Catholic upbringing and would have loved nothing more than to get married in church but as this wasn’t possible we wanted somewhere a bit quirky”, they explained. “Laura’s friend went to a wedding at the Dickens Inn and raved about it so we went along and instantly fell in love with it. The room faces out over St Katharine’s Docks both ways so it was beautiful and it also has a barn-like structure which is something we had been after, it was also literally 30 seconds from the most amazing view of Tower Bridge.”

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Should You Elope?

Elopement. This is a word that I’m certain has gone through every bride and groom’s mind at least one during the somewhat gruelling process of planning a wedding. So what happens when you actually decide to act upon it? Lisa Valentine did just that.

When Adam and I got engaged last year, we began to organise our big day shortly afterwards. We flitted between venue ideas, numbers, how long it’d take to save etc. We even picked a date, however a key family member couldn’t make that weekend. So we re-arranged. And yes, another one of our nearest and dearest already had plans on that date. Frustration began to creep in.

The other key factor is that we are both shy. Being painfully introverted meant that the idea of walking down an aisle lined with people filled me with genuine fear. We’d joked about eloping in the past but assumed that, well, we just couldn’t. Our parents would surely be heartbroken and weddings are supposed to be about family after all.

The more we delved into wedding planning, the less fun it became. I was fed up of spending our precious weekends looking at budget venues and finding a wedding dress was proving to be a pretty traumatic experience for me!

After coming home from yet another bridal shop empty handed and deflated, I suggested the idea of elopement again to Adam. I’m still not sure if I truly meant it at the time but the more we talked, the more it began to make sense.

Breaking the news to our family was nerve-racking but you know what? It was actually OK. No drama or fall outs. I’m sure our folks would have loved to see us marry but deep down, they just wanted us to be happy. I am forever grateful to have such understanding and selfless people around us.

In October 2016, we boarded a plane to New York City and tied the knot at the City Clerk’s office, just the two of us.

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Rock n Renovation: The Instagram Obsessions

Laurie Lee via The Pink House

This week I was going to write about drains. Yes, drains. And then I realised how fucking boring that would be so I checked myself and went on an Instagram binge instead.

If anyone is interest in said drain problems the (very short) version is that the drains at the front of the house are blocked (we’re not sure with what yet but Gareth suspects its roots from some of our trees) meaning the garage and driveway flooded pretty badly a few weeks ago. FUN!

Anyway, instead of making you switch off faster than when an episode of Songs of Praise comes on TV, I thought instead I’d share some of the interior bloggers/ instagramers that I’ve become obsessed with since we started this project. Interiors blogging is a whole new world for me. It’s exciting to be discovering new people to follow!

Pink House Living

Emily was one of the first interiors people I started following on Instagram and I love her colourful feed and reading her weekly blog. She and her family have just moved to London from Edinburgh so it’ll be great to follow along as she renovates a new house at the same time as us!

Lisa Dawson

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A Collaborative & Very Musical Wedding in Ireland

Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.

They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”

“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”

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Glamorous Old Hollywood Elopement with the Bride in Black

Stephanie and Raul met when they were only 16 and 18 when they worked together at their local K-Mart store. They started dating two years later after Stephanie asked him to be her date for her senior Winter Formal at her high school. After deciding to elope they were lucky enough to win an Instagram elopement contest run by Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events and Photographer Evangeline Lane! They received complimentary photography, planning, florals, and hair and make up…How amazing!

They wanted their day to be a glamour-filled rockabilly elopement with lots of old Hollywood elements. They got ready separately at the Culver City hotel, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, and housed the munchkins while they filmed Wizard of Oz!

The bride wore a gorgeous black dress while Raul donned a red velvet jacket, both looking the epitome of old Hollywood glam. “We both love the rockabilly and pin-up lifestyle so it’s safe to say we stayed pretty true to that!” began Stephanie, “We were heavily inspired by our love for old Hollywood and history. Our love for the rockabilly subculture had a huge influence on our style, and we were also inspired by Miss Rockabilly Ruby‘s gorgeous vintage wedding. Another inspiration was make up artist Lora Arellano from Melt Cosmetics! Her wedding was out of this world!”

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