Taylor and Jay both adore nature, animals and exploring local wildlife, so when it came to planning their July wedding there was no question that this would be their theme.
“Jay proposed to me on the threshold of our newly purchased house with a rather large beautiful porcelain fox head ring from And Mary“, began the bride. “It was a fantastic ring but we did have to downsize to a smaller more practical rose gold fox from Kyle Can. The ring was a response to my love of nature and British wildlife. Foxes, badgers, birds etc are a design featured throughout our house and play a big part of our lives so it made sense to bring this part of our personality and life together into our wedding too.”
“The décor included animal themed tables, foxy touches here and there, a nest for cards and animal masks for the guests to wear. As the fox theme developed, we decided to make giant fox heads for each other, the groomsmen also had fox masks, bridesmaids had rabbit masks and my flower girls were barn owls. We also made our own elderflower champagne a month before the wedding. We picked the flower heads that were growing at one of our favourite local beaches, brewed it from scratch and bottled it up in foxy themed ‘Wet Your Whiskers’ bottles, one for each guest.”
Patrick and Hazel love the 1950s and rockabilly style so they wanted to bring this into their day. When watching Grease one day, the bride also decided she needed a carousel at the wedding! Luckily they found Blists Hill Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire which came complete with a fun fair!
“Our day was mainly about everyone having fun, so we made entertainment a priority for all ages to join in with”, began the bride. “We love our family and friends and wanted our day to be as memorable for them as it was to us. The other factor we took into account was that it had to be based on who we were. We started planning to the usual traditional path and quickly realised it was to normal to resemble our everyday life, so we scraped the planned and started from scratch.”
“We’ve always loved 1950s rockabilly style and that became our new basis for the wedding, Then one day I sat and watched Grease and did a bit of a bridezilla by demanding that I had a carousel! We started researching and found that it would be far too expensive until we found out that the museum down the road that had a Victorian fun fair with a carousel held weddings! It was perfect. Having the fair there was actually great for our guests too. We’ve been to lots of weddings and have noticed that there is always a quiet lull for the guests while the couple go to have their pictures taken. We wanted to fill the gaps by keeping the guests entertained and having the fair was perfect!”
Jo and Jonathan were married in June at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent. They wanted an outdoor ceremony, and a laid back reception so a festival themed day it was!
“We set out and pretty much achieved our dream of a sustainable wedding themed around our love of Glastonbury Festival, New Orleans, music and movies”, said the bride. “We ensured everything was either second hand, locally sourced or would be used again. A lot of our guests camped to really keep that festival vibe alive and save on travel through the weekend.”
The bride’s outfit was comprised of a navy blue tulle skirt which she bought on Etsy and a top from Brighton Lace. The couple had a very unique idea for their rings too. “We always wanted to make our wedding rings together and we came up with the idea of finding metal which was special to us”, Jo said. “We took a long shot and wrote to Michael & Emily Eavis at Worthy Farm to politely ask if we could have some metal from the farm site to put in our rings to tap into that special feeling that runs through the ground in Glastonbury. To our amazement (and eternal gratitude) we were given a chunk from the old Pyramid Stage. We then struggled for months to find a jeweller who would work with the metal and luckily found Shelley Thomas at the Forge at London Museum of Steam & Water, who not only wanted to work with us but allowed us to create bespoke silver rings ourselves with the nuggets of Pyramid metal inside. So we now have a bit of the Glastonbury Festival, which has been such a massive part of our relationship, inside the rings we crafted together. Following our wedding day, we went straight to the festival this year and had an incredible honeymoon in the fields of Avalon!
Getting engaged at Disneyland Paris was the guiding force behind Steph and Greg’s May wedding. They wanted a day that reflected their love of all things Disney, without breaking the bank. They spent less than £6000 on their special day.
“Every time I told anyone what we were having at our wedding their response was always ‘That’s just so you two!’ and I think that really summed up our day”, explained Steph. “It’s not every day that you go to a Disney/ Bruce Springsteen themed wedding! We really just wanted everyone to feel like they were at a party, rather than a formal wedding, as it was really a celebration of us as a couple, and we’re not at all serious people.”
“The table names were all Disney World rides that we loved and our guestbook was a replica of the adventure book from Up. My bouquet was made entirely from Disney World park maps! We wore mouse ears in the evening and had Mickey and Minnie on top of our cake. We also both love Bruce Springsteen so I walked down the aisle to If I Should Fall Behind and our band for the evening were a Bruce Springsteen tribute, The East Street Band.”
Natasha and Chris wanted to include as many of their favourite things as possible in their wedding. They also wanted the day to be enjoyable for their guests of all ages. They were married at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, in July.
“The Hyde Park Picture House does not have a wedding licence, but that didn’t put us off”, said Natasha. “We visited a registry office the week before to complete the legalities and we used the opportunity to make our wedding ceremony at the Picture House really personal. My brother, Simon Logan, is a radio presenter and has been friends with Chris for 12 years and we decided very early on we wanted him to conduct the ceremony. There were lots of different things we wanted to bring into our day. We wanted a non-religious ceremony and we wanted live music and birds of prey to be a big part of it.”
“The birds of prey were really important to us as they were also involved with our engagement”, she continued. “Chris had booked a birds of prey experience day for me at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey at Easter 2014. He’d secretly arranged with the owners for a Harris Hawk called Frankie to fly to me with my engagement ring and then he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a really magical experience and the staff at Walworth were fantastic. Frankie and some of the owls came along to the wedding and it was quite emotional to see them again! Our friends and family enjoyed meeting them and flying Frankie.”
Caris and Steve were inspired by everything they love for their wedding. So that meant flamingos, kitsch, traditional tattoo designs, Mexican day of the dead, 1950s B movies and octopuses – it was quite an eclectic day!
“We both love colour and knew we wanted it to feature strongly throughout the day, along with a sense of informality, fun and fiesta”, said the bride. “After visiting a few potential venues we realised that we would not be able to do exactly what we wanted at any of them (which were also way over our budget) therefore we would need to start from scratch with a blank canvas.”
“We fell in love with a large 42ft event yurt made by Yurt Maker so we hunted around for somewhere to put it and eventually approached a local wildlife charity who owned the perfect field just five miles from where we live! They were totally up for the idea of having a wedding reception on their land, despite never having done anything like this previously and charged us a really reasonable hire rate and were just fantastic throughout. We were thrilled that rather than our money going to a corporation it was supporting a local charity.”