Chris and Kimberley wanted an unconventional and small wedding in the city where they met: Belfast. “We knew we didn’t want a religious service or a big wedding”, began the bride. “We didn’t want to spend our wedding day talking to people we didn’t know or didn’t want to! We had 38 guests, which was perfect.”
The couple also knew they didn’t want a traditional venue, so the wedding was held on Holohans: The Belfast Barge. “It was the first place we looked at and the last. We had the ceremony and the meal on the top deck and then we moved downstairs below deck for the evening. Calvin, the owner, is such a great host. We had so many people telling us how brilliant he was and how much they loved the staff (and food!). It was a small intimate wedding and the location lent itself to that perfectly.”
“Our wedding was relaxed and fun, will no bullshit!” she laughed when I asked about their theme. “We also did a lot of DIY. We designed and printed all the stationery, invites, table plan and name settings. We also created a ‘wedsite’ for our guests with useful travel info etc. as a lot weren’t from the area. We made the bridesmaid’s flowers, men’s buttonholes, and pom pom flowers that we placed in old beer bottles. Also a few hundred metres of bunting! Chris also made his own beer for the toast, so each guest had a bottle.”
Santorini is – by far – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. So when Shannon and Joss’ wedding landed in my inbox I didn’t hesitate to say “Yes, I want to feature it!” They had their ceremony on a terrace at Marizan Caves in Oia, a reception dinner at Katharos Lounge on Katharos Beach. The following day they had sunset boat cruise around the Aegean sea.
“Joss has a very strong connection with the ocean and I have always loved the bohemian style”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to effortlessly combine the two to create a casual wedding. We had our wedding ceremony on a terrace at Marizan Caves. We both had a strong sensation we had to visit this island and Marizan Caves was the first place we considered and we never looked back.”
“Our reception dinner venue was Katharos Lounge (just down the cliff from Oia). We were looking for something beach side, close enough from our ceremony that had a killer menu and a great atmosphere. As we didn’t book Katharos Lounge exclusively, we also opted for a second day of reception celebrations by booking out a boat through Santorini Cruises just for us and our guests. We cruised around the island, visited the hot springs and watched the sunset. We chose this as a more intimate venue for the cutting of our cake, our dance and speeches.”
Jackie always knew she wanted a pirate themed wedding, even before she met Y’ves. So when it came to this couple saying “I do” there really was only one way they were going to do it! The wedding was held on The Kajama Tall Ship, docked at The Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay West in Toronto. They had their ceremony on the deck at 12.30, they set sail at 1 ‘o clock and everyone de-boarded at 5.30.
Guests were then invited to join them for post-wedding cocktails in the Watermark Lounge at the Radisson Admiral Hotel. The evening ended with a bit of a pirate pub crawl, hitting up the Amsterdam Brew Pub and then the Foggy Dew Irish Pub (where the couple met while they were both working there).
I was rather over-excited when I laid eyes on Helen and Andy’s Lake District wedding, shot by the amazing Neil Douglas Photography. I mean what could be more incredible than getting wedding day portraits like these in a setting like that!? Hats off to the photographer of course, but also to the awesome couple for not being afraid to potentially get a little wet or muddy. I’d love to see more brave couples like this please, who’s with me?
The wedding was held in Buttermere, with the ceremony in a local church and the reception in a tipi in Buttermere field. The couple didn’t have a huge budget and opted to DIY and thrift a lot. Helen wore a dress which she bought off eBay for £100 and customised with her grandmother’s vintage fur (a last minute edition due to the weather).
“I am from from the Lake District and we love walking and being outside”, Helen began. “So we wanted to make our wedding a memorable long weekend for our guests. Most people arrived early Friday and stayed for the weekend, having Sunday afternoon tea and post-wedding cake at my parents’ house. We knew we wouldn’t be able to stick to a formal structure of the day once the drinks started flowing, so we squeezed the best man’s speech in on Friday night at the local pub.”
If raucous party-hard weddings are your thing, then have I got one for you today! Ania & Andrzej were married on Kazimierz Dolny nad Wisłą, a cruise ship build in 1900, in Poland. “Our wedding theme was ‘Fitzcarraldo’ which was a film made in 1982 that we both love”, wrote the bride. “It portrays a would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald and an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory.”
The entire wedding really was one big party, and they didn’t hold back! Their friends and guests all took turns playing or DJing throughout the night. “My favourite part was the dancing with dozens of feather pillows that burst everywhere”, Ania concluded. “It was just an insanely massive party. We had a great time!”
Holly & Jake were married on a pirate ship… in the middle of a shopping mall in Edmonton, Canada. Nope, there’s nothing unusual about that at all! They had wedding photographer Michel Feist of Ampersand Grey to capture their ceremony and portraits.
“Our inspiration was just using what we liked and what matched our personalities”, explained the bride. “We wanted something that was fun and laid back. We wanted people to come and say ‘Yeah that was totally Holly’ or ‘That was a really Jake thing to do’. What made us Rock n Roll was that we didn’t want to fit in with other kinds of weddings. We didn’t worry about having a really fancy affair. We kept the important parts really important and the rest was just fun. We made sure that the wedding represented who we are and we aren’t really fancy people so we didn’t think the wedding needed to be either.”