Sarah and Brandin were married at South Coast Winery in California. They both love black, the dramatic and romantic gothic style in their everyday lives, so having this as the theme of their wedding was a no brainer.
“We were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony but it ended up pouring with rain for our wedding weekend”, began the bride. “I was also almost late to the rehearsal dinner because a road I needed to take was closed due to a mudslide. I did make it but slightly drenched!”
“We had a lot of unique touches in our wedding including my black dress and the fact that we had bagpipes leading me me down the aisle. He played an Irish tune instead of the the traditional bridal chorus. My favorite part of the day was was when the doors opened to the ceremony and I got to see Brandin and all my friends and family.”
For a while now there seems to have been a bit of a backlash against this hyper digitalised age in which we live. Especially when it comes to weddings. It is no longer unusual for a bride and groom to request that their guests don’t spend the entire wedding snapping photos on their phones, or glued to the instantaneous Facebook updates. Asking your guests to not share any photos online is no longer weird, or rude, it’s just a personal choice.
BUT (and this is a big but) I am an unashamed internet addict. I have no problem with my desire to always have my phone glued to one hand, my camera to the other. I love to document, I love to share, and I love to capture and save those memories constantly. Digital detoxes are all the rage right now though, and because of this I’m actually starting to feel a bit like a leper.
If, like me, you are a fan of embracing everything that social media has to offer then listen up. If you’ve ever wondered if there was a way to take all those snaps that your guests are taking at your wedding and using them in a more tangible and visible way, then you’re really going to love this.
A colourful affair paying homage to some of their all time favourite pop icons was the theme of Katy and Matthew’s London wedding. This quirky wedding had fun, DIY touches and a heavy dose of vintage inspiration to boot.
“We wanted our wedding to include the things we love and be a lot of fun for everyone involved, as well as not following the usual formula”, wrote the bride. “We love throwing a party (usually fancy dress) and so this was hopefully going to be a bigger and better version of one of those. I knew I wanted it to have a vintage element and also be a colourful mish-mash, but there wasn’t a particular theme apart from that.”
The wedding was held at The Chainstore, an event space at Trinity Buoy Wharf with a view of the iconic O2 arena. It is a completely blank canvas so the couple could do exactly what they liked with it! “I wanted the décor to be DIY but without having to spend every minute in the month before the wedding making things”, Katy continued. “Luckily I have a lot of crafty friends and family whom I was able to rope in.”
Siobhain and Ben wanted a fuss-free and relaxed wedding that they’d really enjoy. So they invited just 12 guests and planned the whole thing in only two months! “Planning a wedding in just two months was stressful at times”, explained the bride. “Our guest count was only 14 people including Ben and I but it was perfect, I always liked the idea of having a small intimate wedding, it felt so much more personal, everyone was a part of it.”
“The day was relaxed and non-traditional. We opted for a registry oﬃce instead of a church because you can make it a bit more personal, we had a few Smashing Pumpkins tracks as our ceremony music which was really nice and ours vows were beautiful, they had great meaning to us about love and friendship.”
Stacey and Rob’s gorgeous wedding was full of fun touches. From the lighting to the reception décor, and the flowers to the homemade hessian bunting, everything was planning with meticulous attention to detail.
“Pinterest inspired a lot of ideas for our wedding”, began the bride, “but I think mainly, our wedding was unique because we just did what we wanted. We didn’t stick with tradition, didn’t go with the rules, didn’t do what we ‘should do’ at a wedding. We just designed the day by asking ourselves if we were at a wedding what would we want.”
Bethan and Rob’s wedding was held at The Eden Project in Cornwall. They took their inspiration from the domes themselves and the plants inside, creating a natural themed wedding with geometric accents.
“The ceremony and reception were both inside the Mediterranean Biome in the Eden Project”, wrote the bride. “Thematically we had nature, geometry (taking inspiration from both the biome’s hexagonal roof structure and plant life) and fun, with a hint of the mystical. We wanted to tap into our friends’ creative talents as much as possible to make it really personal.”
“Instead of flowers we chose to use succulents. There is something quite ethereal about the plumpness, gentle merging colours and geometric patterns in these beautiful plants. The wonderful thing about using succulents is that they are incredibly hardy, so even the ones that weren’t in pots (ie. my bouquet) did not go to waste. The stalks were just trimmed afterwards and they were replanted.”
“Our family and friends are all great gin lovers, so as wedding favours, we decided to offer them little medicine bottles with pipettes filled with sloe gin. I’ll never forget watching my Grandpa pipette sloe gin into his mouth between courses!”