Lucy and Sean were married at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. A bright, white and modern interior, this venue was the perfect backdrop for them to put their own colourful stamp on.
“We’re both music lovers and our favourite bands influenced the table decorations and the music that shaped the day”, Lucy began. “There was nothing too formal or traditional, no pastels and no cutesy bridesmaid dresses! Whilst many venues do a lot of the work for you with their set wedding packages, Fazeley Studios let us run wild and create our perfect day.”
“I would describe our wedding theme as bright, fresh, bursting with clashing rainbow colours and a dose of rock n roll”, she continued. “We had gigantic helium balloons with brightly coloured ribbon lining the aisle – until one of them exploded just before the ceremony! It gave those already gathered a shock and it was a good job I didn’t hear it – I’m terrified of balloons popping! We decided to have them lining the room for the meal instead of in the centre of the tables after that!”
On Friday, I woke up in an unfamiliar place to a 5.30am alarm clock. Gareth and I were in Dublin because I’d been invited onto Ireland AM, Ireland’s version of This Morning!
I had such a lovely time. The hosts, Sinéad and Mark, were so friendly and genuinely interested in hearing all about my blog and magazine, both on-screen and off. After the show Mark and I even chatted about tattoos and cats! Needless to say, this blue haired weirdo fit right in. On air, we discussed alternative weddings and what makes them awesome, wedding trends, my sister’s upcoming nuptials and why my own wedding was actually rather traditional!
For those of you not on the emerald isle, here’s a video of the segment if you want to watch it. Enjoy!
Cherry and Marco had a pagan wedding at Furtho Manor Farm near Milton Keynes. The bride’s grandmother officiated the ceremony.
“All we really knew was that we wanted a handfasting ceremony and we wanted it outside”, began the bride. “We also wanted it to be personal and fun. The rest kind of just fell in to place. We love Mexican food, we love ice cream, and we love being outdoors – turns out so did all of our guests! We didn’t do a lot of the traditional wedding stuff, after the ceremony we just had a big party. It was awesome.”
“We didn’t consciously have a theme either, we just wanted to make the place look magical. I suppose it was sort of rainbow festival-y in a way, not sure how that happened, but it did! You won’t find colours anywhere in my wardrobe but our wedding was super colourful!”
“We also DIYed loads! Pretty much all of our décor was homemade or bought from Etsy. My bridesmaids were brilliant and we had a couple of really funny afternoons making paper pinwheels and other hilarious Pinterest bits. The day before the wedding we had a production line going of us six girls and Marco, all cutting and folding fabric to make covers for 60 hay bales. It was mental and I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. I highly recommend DIY’ing your wedding, it’s way more fun.”
Ollie and Emma ran away to Vegas to be married. The British couple wanted to do things completely on their own terms so that meant no guests and no fancy formality. They had a party for their friends and family back in the UK when they returned.
“We really wanted to escape and let off some steam after originally planning a very sensible wedding!”, the couple told me. “Vegas seemed the perfect playground and being free of guests meant we were able to do things exactly as we wanted. There was no pressure to please anyone other than ourselves.”
Zack and May’s wedding was a weekend-long affair. They invited their friends and family to stay with them at the venue from Friday-Sunday and everyone pitched in to help.
“We wanted to have a mini-festival where everyone was part of the event, rather than turning up to a stage-managed thing”, the groom told me. “Most people stayed on-site in rooms or treehouses. Everyone came up on the Friday to help decorate the venue, and we had the Proper Pizza Company, who built two brick pizza ovens in the courtyard, to feed the helpers. Everyone contributed to the day, and many stayed until Monday. Instead of presents we asked the guests to bring a couple of bottles and a dessert or some cheese for after the meal. On Sunday we woke up early and cooked a huge roast for everyone who stayed over.”
The wedding was held at West Lexham Manor in Norfolk. “We heard about the venue through a friend”, he continued. “We were able to do lots of DIY and make them place our own. We had custom printed table runners with cartoons us done by friends and pom pom sheep name holders with top hats. The tables were identified by posters of our top five favourite films and the ceiling was decorated with dried flowers, red and white paper lanterns and giant tissue-paper flowers. We also had strings of lights and lots of flowers in vases to teapots. Our plates and cutlery were made from naturally fallen materials like banana leaves. We got them from Little Cherry.”
As you read this I’m on route to Dublin where I’ve been invited on to Ireland AM, Ireland’s version of This Morning, tomorrow! I’ll be on around 8.15am so Irish babes, set those alarms!
It’s been a busy week. On Tuesday Gareth and I popped down to the Photography Farm (it’s fast becoming my home away from home!) to model for Sam Hurd‘s workshop for wedding photographers. Sam is a FANTASTIC photographer from the US so when we were asked to do it I jumped at the chance without even consulting Gareth – whoops! Luckily he was as up for it as I was. He’s getting to be a right poser you know (not quite as bad as me but that would be hard..!) Shooting with Sam was the most fun and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos he took!
Then Wednesday I was on MOH duties again going to see more potential wedding venues with my sister. It’s SO FUN seeing how their wedding ideas are coming together already. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is going to be the coolest wedding ever. I’ve been spending all my extra time firing off enquiries to caterers, florists, photographers and videographers… believe me when I say I am very organised about this shit – ha!
I hope you’ve had a good week, take a load off and enjoy some Thursday Treats whydontya!?