Although they got married on Halloween, Charlie and Chris decided they wanted their wedding to have a different feel to most themed Halloween weddings. With the groom’s father being from South America, a Day of the Dead theme made way more sense. “Chris’ dad is South American and he’s always loved day of the dead”, explained the bride.
“We both absolutely love autumn with all its vibrant copper tones and Halloween is our favourite holiday. We always celebrate it in a big way so it was an obvious choice for our wedding. We also wanted the whole thing to reflect my heritage too so the Asian influence throughout our venue, The Matara Centre, was really important.”
Jenaya and Benjamin’s wedding was inspired by their venue, Kachess Ridge Resort, a private hire rustic log cabin. “Our theme was log cabin meets creepy romantic”, said the groom.
The ceremony was held in the main living room of the cabin. “We had our dear friend officiate and he offered his love with challenges and blessings. Jenaya walked down the aisle to our friend Emily singing Yours by Elle Hendersen. She was holding a kitten instead of a bouquet! Our kids were our whole wedding party and they did great. We wrote our own vows. Everybody cried.”
“For the food we had everybody bring their own special recipes for chilli and pies! My mom made cornbread and honey butter from the bees that my dad keeps. It brought such a sense of community and the food was better than any caterer. I mean, how can you beat family chilli recipes in the fall?”
Gemma and Chris’ surname is Lavender so that, coupled with the bride’s hair colour, helped them set their candy coloured theme. “Our wedding was a very colourful affair, with the main theme settling on our married name of Lavender”, said Gemma. “I have lavender coloured hair, I am quite heavily tattooed and I wore a light pink dress.”
“Our other main theme was music, as we are both big metal and punk fans. Our table names were all NoFX songs and album titles and the seating plan was made from second-hand records screwed onto a door that we painted to look like a frame. For our first dance we swayed to Queens of the Stone Age, Make It Wit Chu.”
Brides on a budget its time to rejoice, yet another high street brand is hopping on the affordable wedding dress train.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Missguided are following the likes of ASOS, ModCloth, Monsoon and Phase Eight and launching their own wedding dress line. And you don’t have to wait very long either because they’ve be available to buy this week!
They say: “The exclusive 9 piece collection uses soft silks, luxury sequins, delicate lace and beaded embellishment to create head-to-toe statement gowns. From signature floor-skimming white dresses to an exclusive sequin side-split high-lo this is one cool girl bridal collection.”
Georgia and Mark did everything themselves for their festival inspired August wedding. They budget was just £4000 and the day was held in a field in the Lake District.
“It didn’t feel like there was a theme to the wedding”, the bride explained. “It just reminded me of the parties that my parents have been throwing since I can remember. Our inspiration was to have nice people, having a nice time. Nothing too structured and very chilled out.”
“Instead of gifts, each guest gave us £20 towards the cost of the field, alcohol and food”, she continued. “We compared it to having a bar and having to pay for a hotel. This helped a lot and we are still very grateful. Our guests set up tents on the afternoon of the wedding then got ready for things to kick off. Everyone camped overnight, even people that have never slept in tents or visited the countryside. There were no strangers involved in the wedding. We knew every single person that was there.”
Crystal and Evan’s October wedding took place in Seattle. They had an origami theme and they made it all themselves! “When we lived in our first apartment together in Napa, we hung paper boxes onto Christmas lights that we wanted to leave up for the rest of the year”, the bride began. “We had been making these origami boxes since we were kids, and wanted to represent the meaning of them in our wedding with many things made of paper.”
“We focused all of our attention three weeks prior to work on making paper flower bouquets and boutonnières. We also created origami box lanterns with string lights, altar decorations of paper fans and flowers, and treats as favours.”
“Our ceremony space was intimate and packed with about 100 guests, all focused toward our paper altar”, she continued. “We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time seeing each other that day. My favourite moment of the whole day was walking down the stairs and seeing my husband-to-be for the first time. It was very surreal for both of us because no amount of imaging that moment compares to the real life energy, love, and happiness that was filled in the air that day. The ceremony itself was very emotional, yet very entertaining because my cousin officiated and she’s really goofy!”