Alternative Shabby Chic Wedding in Brazil: Luana & Aruanã

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Luana & Aruanã met at work and were engaged within three months! They were married at Recanto do Barão, in Brazil. “We were going for an alternative shabby chic wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to have a wedding that looked personal and had a lot of our lives and personality in it. We also wanted it to have a backyard feel.”

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“We both got involved in the DIY”, she continued. “All the decorations and the art elements were very important to us. Many personal objects were added into the decorations and Aruanã made the brownies that we served on the reception! We painted 150 gold bottles for the flowers, did ceremony bells, pom poms, finished the invitations with sealing wax and tags, and painted golden frames to hang on the tree. My mom sewed many felt hearts and she also did crochet towels for the tables.”

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DIY Wedding in a Cow Shed: Debbie & Angelo

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Debbie and Angelo picked an unusual venue for their September wedding – a cow shed! In fact when they visited the farm before they booked it, there was actually cows living in it!

“We were determined not to have a traditional reception venue or anything that resembled a package wedding”, said the bride. “We just wanted to fill our wedding with things we love. That includes Angelo’s batman socks and Star Wars cuff links, the James Bond themed Martini reception drinks, the Mariachi band, the homemade tea leaf bar, the tuk tuk to take us to our reception, the travel themed tables and the jam jar cups for every guest. All these are things that we love and remind us of some of the best times in our lives.”

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“The reception venue was probably one of the most unique things about our wedding, certainly in terms of what our guests were used to. Before the wedding most of them didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest I think they all thought we were mad. But on the day they were all amazed at what we were able to do with a barn which, when we first visited it, had cows living in it!”

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G’Day Mate!

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My head is buzzing from everything that’s been going on this past week. It’s been FULL ON. I’ve been on the road with The Blogcademy, on the other side of the planet in fact, teaching classes in Sydney and Melbourne. Tomorrow we have to get up and 5am for our flight to Auckland to do it all again too! It’s been kinda crazy but that hasn’t stopped us squeezing in some beach time at Bondi and a free live broadcast from our hotel room!

If you missed said livestream, you can watch the ridiculousness below. In it we tell you all about our accommodation mishap, spill the beans on The Blogcademy Online (OMG soooo exciting!) and answer a ton of viewer questions about blogging and business. It’s as fun and silly as you might imagine and you should definitely hit play!

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A Boho, Hippie, Mexicali Garden Wedding: Kelli and Chris

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Kelli and Chris were married in the bride’s father’s backyard. They wanted their wedding to be super colourful, super laidback and themed around their love of Mexico. Mission accomplished!

“I must admit, in the beginning I was all over the place with wedding ideas and styles”, began Kelli. “I wanted rose gold and pewter… then a garden theme…. then shiny things… then burlap! I had looked at WAY too many Pinterest boards and was suffering from total wedding ADD. I knew I wanted to be true to myself and have a ton of fun, but never in my wildest dreams did it even come close to reality.”

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“The two people that helped me figure it all out were my BFF and MOH Marika, and my dear friend/ wedding planner Korinna. Marika owns and operates The Stationery Collection in Montecito. Unknown to me, Marika had already set aside wedding invitations chosen especially for me years prior. I cannot possibly describe how excited I was, and how relieved! The style was perfect, and once she put her own personal design spin on it I was in love. The only problem was I didn’t know what I wanted for anything else.”

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Low Budget 60s & 70s Inspired Wedding: Sam & Mike

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Sam and Mike got married in Vegas. They eloped and only told their parents they were doing it. Their friends had no idea, in fact they thought they’d gone to Greece on holiday! The couple didn’t have any professional pictures taken of their Vegas elopement (they just snapped a few on their phones). When they returned home, they decided that they did really want to celebrate with their families too. So they decided to have a party in Manchester, with Tandem Photo there to capture the magic.

This was a super budget-friendly wedding, with the couple spending just £2000. The bride’s dress was £28 from eBay and her headpiece was £3! They bought and arranged their own flowers, designed their own invites and decorated the space with help from their army of besties.

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“The inspiration for our Manchester party was retro vinyl, the sixties and the seventies and festivals,” said Sam. “Our invite was a rip off of the original Woodstock poster. Mike is really into 70s rock, prog and southern rock and I’m a bit more mod and psychedelic 60s. I guess the theme was ourselves with a nod to Vegas.”

“We didn’t want the day to be too formal”, she continued. “We didn’t want to be taken too seriously or too stylised. Hence the ‘bad album cover’ theme for the tables with vintage teapots and glass jars. The decoration was all done by us and friends. We had fairy lights, pendant lights and bunting from eBay and lanterns from Ikea. The table markers (vintage vinyl) were from our own record collection as well as some from my bridesmaid Dani who has the best collection of horrendous album covers known to man.”

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Belfast Barge Wedding: Chris & Kimberley

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Chris and Kimberley wanted an unconventional and small wedding in the city where they met: Belfast. “We knew we didn’t want a religious service or a big wedding”, began the bride. “We didn’t want to spend our wedding day talking to people we didn’t know or didn’t want to! We had 38 guests, which was perfect.”

The couple also knew they didn’t want a traditional venue, so the wedding was held on Holohans: The Belfast Barge. “It was the first place we looked at and the last. We had the ceremony and the meal on the top deck and then we moved downstairs below deck for the evening. Calvin, the owner, is such a great host. We had so many people telling us how brilliant he was and how much they loved the staff (and food!). It was a small intimate wedding and the location lent itself to that perfectly.”

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“Our wedding was relaxed and fun, will no bullshit!” she laughed when I asked about their theme. “We also did a lot of DIY. We designed and printed all the stationery, invites, table plan and name settings. We also created a ‘wedsite’ for our guests with useful travel info etc. as a lot weren’t from the area. We made the bridesmaid’s flowers, men’s buttonholes, and pom pom flowers that we placed in old beer bottles. Also a few hundred metres of bunting! Chris also made his own beer for the toast, so each guest had a bottle.”

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