Hawaiian Shirts, Pineapples & Baby Goats: A Light-Hearted Tiki Party in New England

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A wedding with a tiki/ Hawaiian theme and goats as surprise guests!? Obviously I’m going to love this! Meg and Ricky were married in June at Groveland Fairways in Massachusetts. They described their wedding theme as “A light-hearted tiki party in New England… featuring two baby goats!”

“It all started with the Hawaiian shirts”, Meg began. “Before we were even engaged, and after an epic year of weddings, Ricky told my dad that he was never wearing a tie again and that when we got married he was going to wear a Hawaiian shirt. I’m pretty sure they high-fived. Thus, the theme was born. I’ve always had a Little Mermaid princess deep in my soul, so I definitely incorporated a bit of that vibe too.”

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“When we actually started planning our wedding, we realised that our biggest priority was to throw one hell of a party. We are by no means serious people, so we made it our personal goal not to let any part of the wedding feel stuffy. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable. We encouraged them to wear their most festive summer attire and greeted them with cocktail umbrellas attached to their escort cards. It was a celebration of friends, family, and all of our favourite things.”

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English Eccentric Wedding at a Museum

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Faye and Jason were married in Manchester Museum. The ceremony was held underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, in The Fossils Gallery. This was followed by a drinks reception amongst the taxidermy – including a tiger, lion, and a polar bear – and all underneath the skeleton of a sperm whale!

“Our wedding theme was ‘English Eccentric'”, said the bride. “We ended up with a mixture of English heritage, taxidermy, cake that looked like savouries, and Manchester iconography.”

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“We didn’t have one particular inspiration as such, we just wanted to make it as fun as possible for everybody. We wanted lots of colour, brilliant music and a relaxed and friendly feel. We also wanted to support small, independent and, where possible, local, businesses. We’re so pleased we did as we got exactly what we wanted and a personalised service. We knew we didn’t want an off-the-peg wedding experience and every one of our suppliers spent time getting to know us and tailoring things for us.”

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Rustic, Hipster & Bohemian Wedding in Iowa

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Stephanie and Gabriel were inspired by lots of things for their Iowa wedding. Their theme was a mixture of all things rustic, bohemian, hipster, creative and geeky!

“We drew inspiration from the items and people we love”, said Stephanie. “For example, our table names were book titles that Gabriel and I chose based on their significance in our life. We also found inspiration in frugality. The areas we spent more money on were the items that would directly interact with the guests, i.e. the food, the drink and the favours.”

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“When it came to decorating, we have to give a lot of credit for the final look to Jenn of Harper Hadley Events, because we sat and told her the desired feel and the ambiance we wanted to achieve, and she nailed it. She brought together all our individual must-haves and created a coherent, absolutely beautiful event.”

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Happy Wedding Day Carly and Tom!

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I just wanted to pop by quickly today to say HAPPY WEDDING DAY to my bestie Carly (and, I guess, her fiancé Tom – ha!) The photo in this post was taken twelve years ago. My goodness, when did we get so old!?

Carly was the very first person I met at university. We were put in the same house and our rooms were right opposite each other. We bonded over our mutual love of tea (true story) and the fact that we both liked to party just a little too hard – oh the stories I could tell!

I don’t have a whole heap of friends, but even after all this time she is still one of my favourite people on the planet. We always joke that our lives couldn’t be more different. She’s a police officer in London (!) and I’m well, me, but it doesn’t matter one little bit. Whenever we do see each other it’s like nothing has changed, we chat at a million miles an hour and laugh about the most ridiculous things! She saw me at my worst and we even have matching tattoos that we got when we left uni, aww.

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Bohemian & Geeky South African Game Lodge Wedding

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Chirese and Jannie had a fully DIY wedding at a game lodge in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in South Africa. Their theme was bohemian and creative with a hit of geekiness thrown in for good measure.

“We chose to do a lot of the planning ourselves, by calling upon our family and friends to help out where needed”, began the bride. “Pinterest and blogs were a saving grace for us as we would easily share ideas with everyone involved. We got married at Shumba’s Rest Game Lodge in the lakeside chapel overlooking the sunset of the African bushveld. Our reception was at the main thatch roof hall at the lodge.”

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“The aim was never to break away from the traditional wedding in the formal sense of the word”, she continued. “We just chose to combine the things we love as a couple and as individuals, such as his love of all things geeky and my love of all things funky! We both love Game of Thrones and Vikings and movies like Avengers so these were the inspiration for both of our hair styles!”

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Glamorous Black Tie Wedding in an Alley

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Charlotte and Rowan’s Sydney wedding was intimate and romantic. They wanted their wedding to be glamorous and black tie but held in an unusual location. The day took place in a laneway bar called Since I Left You.

“I decided that wanted to have a glamorous black tie wedding in a place that would normally be associated with being kinda dirty and gross”, said Charlotte. “I started looking around Sydney CBD for alleyways to hold it in, and then one day I was out the front of my office and noticed the laneway across the road where people usually hide to have their cigarettes.”

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“Amazingly, the laneway had a tiny bar attached which was perfect for getting around any liquor licencing laws. The owners had never had a wedding there before and were keen to get involved, so from there I set about planning how I would transform this laneway in the city into a stunning wedding venue. The ceremony was held in the alleyway and the reception was at the en in a courtyard normally reserved for bins!”

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