When wedding photographer Michael of My Beautiful Bride told me that Craig and Melanie were one of his most adventurous couples yet, I took it with a pinch of salt. But then I saw their wedding day portraits where they got into a bath of water – fully clothed – with their dog! Not that’s something you don’t see everyday. If, like Melanie, you’re not bothered about keeping your wedding dress pristine, you totally need to do something like this. How fun!
“Our wedding was 1950s chic with a homemade slice of psychedelia”, began Craig. “We really wanted the whole party to feel relaxed and personal for both us and our guests, so we did as many things as possible to make this happen. This included the name badges we made, the games on the tables and in the gardens, the caterers, the music and the dress policy. Everything was always focused on fun and having a good time and not being too regimented.”
Cameron and Lizzy chose a red, white and blue colour palette for their August wedding. Starting with the bride’s stunning bespoke gown and the groom’s three-piece suit, it then filtering though to the hydrangeas and rose arrangements, and finally the attendant’s clothes.
“There was no single theme for the wedding, but rather a sense that we wanted people to be wowed all over again as they moved from space to space”, began the bride. “The ceremony was all red, white and blue – very British. We had big hydrangeas and red roses in crates and flowerpots, and the bridal party and groomsmen all decked out in the same. For the afternoon tea in the ballroom, we took Brympton‘s 2,000-piece tea set as a starting point and created a very eclectic and vintage-y look. Then, for the evening reception in the orangery, we went for a gentleman’s club feel – lots of jewel colours, plush furnishings and bits and bobs raided from my parent’s house.”
Bego and Sergio wanted a non-traditional wedding that didn’t cost a fortune. They wanted their day to be fun and informal, and for their guests to have a really great time. The venue was a warehouse and they had a subtle theme of electricity and lights with their DIY décor items.
“We wanted an informal wedding in a place where we could be really comfortable”, began the bride. “We didn’t want the traditional banquet with all people sitting in a table, we want a cocktail style party. Sergio also wanted to play with his band. After going over a lot of options, we decided that a warehouse would be the best place for us as we could really put our own stamp on it. The décor was all related to a theme of electricity.”
The creativity of the weddings I get to feature never fails to astound me. I know I say this a lot but my readers are, without a doubt, the coolest people on the planet. Today’s wedding does nothing to dissuade me from this fact. There is not one thing that I don’t think is perfect about this, and weirdly, even the post-ceremony rain storm adds an extra layer of cool. The fact that all the guests worked together to move everything inside while Ben and Ang were off having their portraits done just shows how much love surrounds these two.
“The weather was perfect for the ceremony – if anything, hot!” explained Ang. “But then suddenly a freak rainstorm came and torrential rain ruined our outside wedding dream. Prior to the rain, the outdoor tables looked amazing and it was so sad to see everybody’s hard work setting up go to waste so quickly but it was also amazing to see our family and friends pull together and bring everything inside and set it up again. Our MC and Ben’s best woman (he didn’t have a best man) coordinated everything. From getting plates dried, table and chairs moved – they got it all done! At one point my Dad said to everyone ‘I need you all to grab your plates and cutlery and bring it inside’… and everyone just did. We were blissfully unaware as we were elsewhere having our photos taken at this point!”
Emma & Trevor’s farmhouse wedding took place in February. Their venue, Donington Park Farmhouse, an amazing space in Derbyshire, really set the theme of the day. The couple wanted the décor they chose to suit the surroundings, and so the wedding evolved into a rustic inspired theme. They had natural elements such as stone and exposed brick, key vintage pieces on the tables and wildflowers.
“Because the venue was a farmhouse, we had lots of exposed brick and natural materials, so our theme evolved into a kind of rustic, vintage style with the antique inkwells and bottles, old doilies and dried wheat and lavender”, Emma explained. “I hate the concept of a ‘vintage wedding’ (having been to a few wedding fairs along those lines that just felt really contrived) but in this case it really suited the place. I can honestly say we weren’t looking for total co-ordination, and we went with our gut instinct on what we liked. Because the venue was so amazing we actually had very little décor in the end.”
Fiona & Andrew’s DIY wedding in Victoria, Australia was themed around the things they love – vintage items, 1950s styling, cherries, hearts and flowers. They took these ideas as the starting point and built their wedding around them. “We wanted the guests to be able to feel as much a part of the day as possible, hence the small guest list of only 45 and the extended weekend long celebration”, began the bride. “We made a lot ourselves. I made a ring cushion from the same fabric as my sash/bolero and a piece of fabric from my mum’s wedding dress. We had a ring warming ceremony before I arrived where the cushion was brought around my my 5 year old nephew, Oliver, and guests where asked to send a blessing our way.”
“We had a photo booth, typewriter guestbook and buffet style/sit where you like dinner,” she continued. “Guests were asked to help themselves to the 2 types of cookies that I made as favours. I made Toblerone, Peanut Butter and white chocolate & ginger flavours. We supplied all of the accommodation and made gourmet breakfast provision packs for everyone.”