Sharon and Matt’s small Belize wedding at Honey Camp Ranch cost them just $5000. They avoided the usual trappings of a traditional wedding, instead choosing to do things their way. That meant everything was either borrowed, donated or homemade. The bride wore a custom wedding dress, made for her by her mother, and no shoes! She made the stationery herself and the flowers and reception decorations were collected from the local area.
This was also a completely unplugged event. There was no electricity, and no cell phones or computers allowed! The couple wanted their wedding to be a refreshing escape from their excessively electronic lives in the US.
“The inspiration for the wedding was love for the nature of Belize”, wrote the bride. “The most unusual thing about our wedding was that there was no electricity. The natural sounds of Honey Camp Ranch and the romantic light of gas lanterns in the evening made the lack of electricity a huge beneﬁt and gave a better connection with the amazing natural environment of Belize – away and unplugged from the busy world. It was different from the norm because it was a destination wedding, was super low-key, and was in the jungle!”
Kerry and Max’s rainbow wedding was held at Poplar Farm in Sutton on Sea. They wanted to incorporate two of their biggest loves (colour and the sea!) and they did that by staying true to what they wanted and getting crafty and creative with their choices.
“We both love to be outside”, explained Kerry. “We have a ‘kerrified’ caravan (KerryVan) and spend many weekends travelling the UK. We both fell in love with Sutton on Sea after family holidays there. I am rainbow mad and Max is very tolerant of my ways. Max likes things quirky and different but leaves the creativity up to me. We didn’t want one set theme as such we just combine the things we enjoyed, Such as the seaside, rainbows and camping.”
“Our main aim for the day was for it to be fun. Neither of us do formal particularly well so we opted for a relaxed approach. We incorporated our seaside location by having fish n chips for our dinner and candy floss and popcorn in the evening. We added colour and rainbows wherever possible. I love to make things and be creative so I made and planned as many things myself as possible.”
“I made all of the decorations myself (with a lot of help from friends and family)” she continued. “I think a lot of people were worried about my ideas and I couldn’t describe my vision very well, but I could see it in my head. The day before the wedding everyone pulled together to set up and it was a perfect explosion of colour. I told everyone that this is what the inside of my brain looks like!”
I really don’t care for styled wedding shoots much these days. Call me controversial but I think seeing real weddings (with real budgets!) is a lot more inspiring and helpful when it comes to finding ideas for your own wedding. BUT rules are made to be broken and when this beautiful, beachy, boho shoot landed in my inbox I just couldn’t say no!
“I run a wedding directory Mr & Mrs Unique that focuses on unique, eclectic and creative wedding suppliers”, wrote Erica who submitted this shoot. “Throughout the year I try to get together with a selection of listed suppliers to create photo shoots, as it gives us the opportunity to experiment and spread our creative wings. I encourage suppliers to push their boundaries… as long as its not traditional, anything goes!”
“We recently had a new venue join our directory, Tunnel Beaches in Devon and I knew immediately that I wanted to create a photo shoot there. The modern building of glass and wood nestles in the dark stone cliffs overlooking the beach, which is filled with rock pools and large rocks. It provided a stunning backdrop and a dark contrast against all the wedding pretties! It also has four hand carved tunnels linking various parts of the beach together- perfect for a photo opportunity!”
Bianca and Richard’s wedding was held on Big Bay Beach in Cape Town. This was very definitely a family affair with the bride’s mother making the stationery and helping Bianca fold all those paper origami flowers, and both her parents helping with the catering. Most of the reception décor was borrowed from people they knew or bought cheaply in China Town.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of us not just a mere traditional wedding”, the bride wrote. “Firstly we wanted food we loved and enough of it for people to go back for seconds. We also wanted to make it as easy breezy as we could, so we had no formal sit down dinner and we wanted the guests to get involved and make something they enjoyed. My parents made the starters of pate, cheese and crackers, and Riaan’s Foods made us an incredible DIY burger station with all the toppings you could wish for accompanied by potato salad and coleslaw. They also did dessert ice cream sundaes, doughnuts and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows!”
For their spring wedding, Claire and Simon wanted a laid back, beach wedding. They didn’t want any stress or anything too fussy, so they kept their guest list small and chose things that made them happy!
“Our theme was rockabilly meets surf and the beach”, began the bride, “Rockasurf? Beachabilly? We are quite different in styles but we both absolutely knew we didn’t want a generic, traditional wedding. We’ve been together 14 years and after Simon proposed in March 2013 (with a beautiful black diamond and platinum ring!) we decided we didn’t want to wait very long for the wedding considering how long we had been together already so planned the wedding for April 2014.”
Although they both have different interests, it was important that they incorporated things they both love into their wedding. “Simon loves surfing, VWs and I’m more into tattoos, rockabilly style and rock music!” Claire continued. “Red, white and black are also the colours of my favourite football team and we definitely had to have skulls in there somewhere!”
“We tried to get rid of any stress-inducing aspects so we didn’t have a table plan, speeches or a first dance. We wanted the day to be a really relaxed and informal for everyone involved. In the end Simon did do a short speech to thank people but that was it!”
Emma and Liam wanted to honeymoon in Fiji so they thought, “hey, why don’t we just get married there too!?” So they upped sticks from their home in Australia and travelled over with all their family and friends for the wedding – and honeymoon – of a lifetime! Emma wore a beautiful customised 1950s style dress from House of Mooshki.
“I’ve always thought that I looked better in the 1950s style then I do in modern day dresses.”, began the bride. “I have always known that what I wore on my wedding day would reflect me and who I am, and not someone else. I knew I wanted a tea length wedding dress, and I knew I was going to have red shoes and red somewhere on that dress. And despite family having doubts, I stuck to my guns and stuck true to me.”