Darrel and Jec met in the summer of 2002. After a whirlwind romance they lost contact, but found each other again in 2009. They got together permanently soon after. They were married in February in The Philippines, where they both live. They wanted a laid back DIY wedding with lots of rustic details.
“We wanted our wedding to be very fun and relaxing day”, said Jec. “We wanted it to have a laid back feel as that is what we’re like as a couple. We did all the planning ourselves, every little detail! It was amazing to hear people who attended saying that our big day was so personal and reflective of who we are.”
The bride designed her own dress which she had made by a local dressmaker. She also made her own headpiece and helped design the bridesmaid dresses. The flowers and most of the décor was put together by the groom.
“My husband is a very creative person so most of the creative details were actually his ideas”, the bride explained. “Our friends were also very helpful. Almost all of our suppliers were our friends including the videographers, caterers, our ceremony minister, and the band. Thesehelped us save some money but it also made the day really special.”
Hannah and Allan chose Bath Brew House for their wedding reception. After a small ceremony, with just their closet family and friends, they all walked to the pub for a meal together.
“There wasn’t an inspiration as such for our wedding, we’re quite impulsive and tend to do things on a whim”, began the bride. “Even though we’re in our 14th year together, and have been engaged for half of that time, we gave ourselves about six months to get it all planned. We didn’t have loads of time to think on stuff and it was actually great to just make decisions and get things booked.”
“From the start we both agreed we didn’t want to spend a fortune either. We wanted the day we wanted – not what others wanted or would enjoy. At its most basic, our wedding was a registry office and a pub ‘do’. Allan was really firm with this ethos though thank goodness otherwise we could have ended up with unnecessary additions or a bigger wedding altogether. In total we spent around £8000.”
When my two best friends and I decided it might be fun to teach a blogging workshop back in 2012, we had no comprehension just how far that little idea would take us. We figured maybe we’d get to do one or two classes and it would be a fun new project for a few months… Well, over 1000 attendees and 30 workshops later, its been one hell of an incredible ride!
Last month we did our 6th (SIXTH!) class in London.
Long Haul Filmsslayed it with this video. They’re also currently offering £200 off wedding videos for Rock n Roll Bride readers so be sure to check them out!
As ever, we held the workshop at the gorgeous Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch. We love this space so much because it’s big, bright and pristine white… but that doesn’t last for long after we arrive!
The babes from the Bespoke Bride blog decorated the space from top to extremely colourful bottom.
Adam and Mike’s wedding was the first legal ceremony to be held at Lancaster Castle. The ceremony was originally supposed to be at the registrar’s office, but when their reception venue contacted them two months before the wedding to tell them they could now perform ceremonies too, they jumped at the chance to be the first ever couple to be married there.
Their after party location was A-Wing, the former prison wing of the castle which was pretty unique! They didn’t really want a theme or anything complicated, they just wanted their day to bring their friends and families together and for everyone to have a great time.
“There was no specific inspiration for our wedding, other than bringing everyone together for a big party”, Adam said. “Our biggest issue was finding somewhere big enough for all our friends and family in Lancaster. We had originally been looking for venues for us to have a joint party for our ‘big’ birthdays, as they are a few days apart. Then I proposed to Mike midnight on New Year’s Eve, so we decided to scrap the birthdays and plan a relaxed fun wedding, with an amazing party instead! The wedding was relaxed and Informal. It wasn’t just a wedding it was a party and celebration. We had some traditional elements, but we mostly wanted to do things our own way.”
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London to Marrakesh to Rome to Florence. It’s been a busy few weeks of fun and adventure and even though our luggage got lost on the way back to London and I still don’t have it back (grr!) I couldn’t have had a better time if I tried! If you’ve been considering Morocco or Italy as honeymoon destinations you have to do it. I’ll be sharing all my top tips, including where we stayed, shopped, ate and visited, for both places really soon.
Taking a two weeks out when I have so much going on work-wise right now might have been a bit daunting (read: it was VERY daunting) but I’m so glad I did it. Work can always be caught up on, life can not!
I actually took a major break from being online while we were away too. I hardly replied to any emails and I pre-scheduled all my blog posts so I didn’t have to do anything pressing. I took the opportunity to soak up unfamiliar cities, to lie by pools, to take thousands of photos, to buy questionable gifts and to eat and drink nearly everything in sight – it was glorious! And I got to do it all with two of my very best friends. How lucky am I?
Marrakesh really is as vibrant and colourful as you’d expect…
And Italy is just as magical!
I’m back in the UK now and I’ve hit the ground running! Shauna and I are working full steam ahead on the magazine design for the next issue. We have some surprises up our sleeves too, I can’t wait for you all to see it! Remember, if you’d like to pre-order a copy you can do so right now. It costs £4.99 (including free postage if you’re in the UK) and we ship worldwide.