Old Timely, 1920s Inspired Lawn Party

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Vasilia and Joe’s wedding had an old timely feel. It was held in a friend’s back garden and all their guests dressed in their 1920s inspired finest! “Before we started planning, we sat down for an hour or so and each quietly broke out our thoughts for every aspect of our vision”, said the bride. “We quickly realised that we had very similar, if not the same thoughts on almost everything. I can’t say that anything in particular inspired us other than our desire to make a unique experience for our guests that showcased our personality and taste, without the regular formality and stuffiness of a wedding.”

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“We asked guests to participate by dressing up in their best twenties gear, and did they ever! Our guests played a huge role in making our wedding work so beautifully. We had lawn games, romantic string lights, a photo booth I had set up with vintage frames and props (complete with a vintage suitcase I found at a nearby antique store), and a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce. The location also had great meaning as the ceremony was held at my best friend’s (Jessica) parents house (her dad drove us to our first look in his Rolls, and he hand painted the tire behind us which has a secret meaning to us).”

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Autumnal Maui Wedding

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Jessica and Kanoa’s Hawaiian wedding took place on Maui. Their ceremony was conducted in both Hawaiian and English by the groom’s cousin. The bride was inspired by lots of vintage elements.

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“I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong era”, she said. “I would’ve loved to be the age I am now in the mid 60s/early 70s. I tried to incorporate that vibe when designing my wedding dress. My favourite movie is The Virgin Suicides; I love the modest yet gloriously romantic dresses in that film. I also promised my mom that I would cover all of my tattoos for our ceremony, hence the higher neckline and long sleeves (which I absolutely adore). As far as the other details of the wedding theme, Kanoa pretty much gave me free reign. Autumn is my favourite season, so I tried to stick with the vintage theme and incorporated dark reds and rich fall colours. The dinosaurs just sorta happened on their own!”

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Alternative Farm House Wedding in Spain

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Zuria and Josu’s rented an old farm house in Northern Spain for their September wedding. They absolutely did not want a traditional day. They served street food, had lots of music and fun things for their guests to do.

“We planned a wedding without no protocol”, said the bride. “We just wanted a party with our loved ones. We looked at lots of weddings online to get ideas but we only picked things we thought would fit our personalities. We really tried to give everything our personal touch and we made the jam jars for flowers, the signs, the stationery and the favours. We brought lots of things from our home for extra decorations too. We wanted our guests to say that we wedding was ‘so us’.”

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The vibe of the wedding was very different to most traditional Spanish weddings, it was very relaxed. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like it was following a script”, she continued. “We thought that we would enjoy it more if it was just like us hanging around with friends, listening indie music, eating tapas and having fun. We didn’t want anything too formal.”

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Eccentric Southend-on-Sea Wedding

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With a budget of just £4000, Gabrielle and Paul had a quirky Southend-on-Sea Wedding on 10th June 2015 (happy anniversary guys!) The ceremony was at the registry office and their reception was hosted at Bacchus Restaurant.

“In all honesty, other than the venues and what we were going to wear, there wasn’t really much that we planned”, explained the bride. “We just wanted our eccentric personalities to shine through in a transcendent and immersive setting surrounded by the ones we love.”

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“As creative professionals, we are both often commissioned to showcase chosen inspirations for campaigns, so it was a new an interesting process for us to be able to just portray exactly what we wanted – our own personalities and interests. We really didn’t choose any specific theme but we were influenced a lot by having something that was a contemporary mix of vintage aesthetics, world culture and nature.”

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Leicestival: A Music Festival Wedding

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Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.

“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”

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They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”

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Icelandic Elopement Planned in a Month

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No country seems to lend itself more to dramatic wedding photographs than Iceland. That landscape is just begging for moody and beautiful couple shots. So when Lauren proposed to Gareth just a month before the date, she asked him specifically if he’d like to elope there.

“Only a month before actually getting married in Iceland, I sat Gareth down at a local cafe, and asked him if he would like to act on our high soaring love for each other”, Lauren explained. “I asked if he would like to marry me in Iceland, a place that we had both dreamed about visiting. Just the two of us and some of mother nature’s finest creations. To my great relief, he said yes.”

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“I took it upon myself to do some research about getting married in Iceland. Gareth and I had decided that we wanted to get married in the striking, yet simple, Budir Church on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It seemed the perfect place for us to exchange our vows. Tucked away behind broken crevices in the earth and surrounded by knee length grass dancing in the wind and a backdrop of sea, mountains and a dramatic sky.”

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