Sadie and Marie were married at Calke Abbey Riding School, a National Trust venue in Derbyshire. They were the first same sex couple to marry here and they fell in love with it’s less than perfect appearance. It was the ideal setting for their alternative wedding.
“Our wedding day was perfectly imperfect”, explained the brides. “We were adamant we did not want a prefabricated, immaculate wedding and opted for a laid back, rough round the edges kind of day. We chose the amazing venue, not for the grand unstately home (yes it’s really called that!), but for the rustic, flaking paint and quirky riding school, owned by the National Trust. We also made history by being the first same sex couple to have a ceremony there! We visited the venue on several occasions and it was transformed every time. We wanted a blank canvas where we could truly make our mark.”
Teeshirt from Mango
After teaching The Blogcademy that weekend, Gala, Shauna and I had two free days to explore Berlin before heading to Amsterdam midweek. Although our time was limited, we didn’t let that stop us, in fact we really packed a lot in.
Everyone I spoke to before this trip that had visited Berlin before, told me just how amazing it was. I was expecting a lot but I’m pleased to report that even with those high hopes I wasn’t disappointed. Berlin is such an amazing place! If you’re in the UK, the flight is also less than two hours, making it the perfect inexpensive and relatively stress-free honeymoon location.
Skirt from Topshop
From the outside Berlin is quite a derelict looking place, with seemingly abandoned graffiti covered buildings everywhere you look. However once you meander past the façades, there is so much amazing stuff to explore and uncover everywhere you look. Berlin has an awesome night life and a lively art scene.
While watching Pirates of the Caribbean one evening, Jade turned to her fiancé Dave and commented about just how fun it would be to have a pirate themed wedding. To her surprise, Dave agreed immediately, and so their wedding theme was decided!
“We are so glad we chose to have a themed wedding”, began the bride. ” Obviously it wasn’t with out it’s dramas, mainly from out guests not wanting to dress up for fear of looking silly, but in the end everyone put in so much effort and it really showed. They all looked great and we are so grateful to all of our friends and family for joining in with our madness for the day! The whole day was very funny and everyone was laughing and smiling all day long.”
“A lot of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “We didn’t have any real flowers as I thought pirates and flowers don’t really mix, but I still wanted something pretty to carry. I came across bouquets made of buttons online and thought I’d try and make them myself. I added a few piratey brooches and charms to go with the theme too. The signs, stationary and guest book were also made by us.”
I just got back from a two night stay in London with Carly, my bestie from Uni, who I’m bridesmaid for next year. We had all manner of pre-wedding fun times, mostly drinking cocktails and DRESS SHOPPING. Oh yes!
We visited some of my favourite boutiques, Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon, Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath (which I’d actually never been to before, but their Claire Pettibone collection was too beautiful to skip) and finally Fur Coat No Knickers near London Bridge. Many glasses of the fizzy stuff were quaffed, and many, MANY beautiful dresses were tried on. There were definitely some stand outs, and maybe one that’s even going to be ‘the one’. We both got butterflies and couldn’t stop beaming from ear to ear so that’s a good sign, right?!
This might be the most obvious thing I’ve ever written, but MAN, I love weddings. I’m so excited to be involved in planning her big day next November, this is going to be the most fun year ever!
Have you started dress shopping? Any butterfly moments yet?
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Katie and Christopher dropped just $1000 on their amazing wedding. They hosted it in their own home, the bride bought her dress online and the reception décor was put together by the couple themselves. They had a bubble machine on the ceiling, costume accessories, creepy mannequins, sparklers and black silk petals. Their seating was all thrifted to save cash.
“Our wedding theme was half The Addams Family, half a funeral”, explained Katie. “Chris and I are a modern day Tish and Gomez. We are extremely romantic with each other, and feed off of one another’s eccentric traits. We have similar taste and aesthetic, and we share a passion for the strange and macabre. So, we decided we need to match our special day with what makes us so in love with each other: our weirdness.”
Paul and Fiona were married in a park in Sydney. They wanted a fuss-free wedding, one that was made a reality with help from all their friends and family members.
“Our wedding was an event that was the coming together of many creative people, both visual and entertainment which certainly gave it a feel that we wanted”, explained the couple. “Having been together for 12 years already, we were after a comfortable and informal feel, not a high pressured event. We didn’t have a theme but the feel although it was very much our special day, was a community event.”
The couple ignored a lot of the wedding ‘extras’, opting for a relatively simple, yet quirky, event. The bride arrived on a self-decorated rickshaw, surrounded by about 20 children, and the ceremony arch, under which they were married, was decorated by her and a bunch of girlfriends. The cake was made by the mother of the groom, the flowers arranged by Fiona and friends.