Natalie and Lewis not only planned their wedding very quickly, but they did so with a small budget and grand ideas! Not really liking traditional wedding colours or themes, they pulled together a Great Gatsby inspired day with a budget of £6000.
“I love the Great Gatsby and the 1920s so we based the wedding loosely on that”, said the bride. “Lots of lighting, peacock feathers and sparkly things. I don’t particularly like ‘wedding colours’ so I dressed my bridal party in metallics and kept our bouquets white with greenery and peacock feathers to break them up a bit. The chairs at the village hall were black and gold with a shell pattern which matched perfectly, which was lucky as I hate chair covers with a passion. We also had some Thai influences as my friend Joy is so talented at fruit carving and we love Thai food.”
“We planned the entire wedding very quickly but we were pretty laid back about the whole thing. The only time I was actually properly stressed was the day before, as I was on a course for work and my phone rang constantly for four hours! We were lucky in that we got all of the suppliers we wanted at short notice, I think having a January wedding helped! I think I booked the caterers two weeks beforehand.”
Chloe and Craig described their August wedding as being inspired by “Batman, Star Wars, birds, nature, unicorns, mermaids and sparkly stuff”, aka all the things they love! They were married at Blackbrook House in Derbyshire.
“We just did what we loved and had fun”, Chloe said. “There was no pressure to have matching chair sashes, or a grown up theme or any sense of seriousness. From the dresses to the decor to the food and dancing – it was all fun and full on and all of our guests embraced it and partied so hard.”
The bride’s incredible dress cane from eBay! “I found a picture of my perfect dress on a search engine and did some web trawling. Turned out it was from a Chinese eBay website so I took a punt and just hoped that it wouldn’t arrive and be total garbage. Luckily it wasn’t and a few alterations later I felt like a mermaid princess in it. My glittery flamingo daytime footwear was by Miss L Fire; I’m already a big uncoordinated lady so heels were out of the question. For our first dance I changed into my even comfier dancing shoes – white LED light up trainers!”
Their Super Mario cake was made by the bride’s aunt and the flowers were all fake and arranged by the bride. “The table decorations and name places were done in the week running up to the wedding. My dad helped me glue plastic figures to dog bones while my best woman helped me sand the log candle holders. She also helped make the buttonholes and corsages while I made the hair accessories and bouquets for us all. Craig also spent three days hand-etching over 100 beer jugs with a love heart containing our initials. They were used for toasts and the guests got to take them home as their favours. I know a lot of our friends use them as their bedside water vessel!”
Beth studied horticulture in college, and loved visiting The Exotic Garden during a class trip there years ago. So when she and Harrison started planning their wedding, she thought it would be an amazing place to have the ceremony. The reception was held at The Birdcage, a bar in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. The combination of both of these spaces worked perfectly for their colourful, creative wedding.
“A lot of our inspiration came from our own home”, said Beth, “which is filled with far too much clutter for people in their early 20s! We love finding vintage and retro bits (with a particular eye for taxidermy and 70s tableware), and our house is jam-packed with colour, art, taxidermy and antique bric-a-brac. I did a huge portion of the visual planning for the wedding and found a lot of inspiration came from festivals we enjoy attending together.”
When my sister Rachel and her now husband Jamie booked Camera Hannah to shoot their wedding on July 2nd, they knew they also wanted her to make them a video. Its rare to find a wedding photographer that offers both, so they really lucked out! Wedding photos are so special, but there’s just something extra super duper amazing about being able to watch some of those wedding moments back.
Hannah sent over the finished film this morning and I just could not wait to share it with you – so I’m doing so right away! Now I might be biased, but this might just be the most beautiful wedding video I’ve ever seen!
Rebekah and Tom’s September wedding was held in their own back garden. They didn’t set a budget but tried to save money where they could. They were inspired by the festivals they both love to go to.
“We’re both such busy people that we didn’t have a theme or anything”, the bride began. “Our main goal was to make the day super relaxed and make sure everyone was comfortable and happy. I guess there was a festival feel to the day as I work at festivals all summer long and Tom is really outdoorsy. We definitely wanted a tent and a field and we were really lucky that our house has such a great garden. We could fit the tent, an outdoor bar and a fire pit without feeling crushed.”
The bride wore a vintage dress that she bought at Secret Garden Party. “I found my dress a Lady Jane’s at Secret Garden Party. My mum was actually already halfway through mocking up my dress (I am a fourth generation seamstress and I had always thought she would make it) but when I tried on this dress I knew it was the one. It was exactly the same as the dress I’d drawn up for my mum to make! I thought I’ll just try it on for fun but it fitted so well and the ladies in the shop were almost crying! My bridesmaids were helping me run my shop next door and came running in, also crying! I knew it was the one. I went and stood out on the grass in front of our shops and people started to stop to congratulate me! One girl came up and held my face and didn’t say anything, just nodded her head at me, her boyfriend had to take her away (I think she was a bit squiffy – ha ha) So I sent my mum a picture and she messaged back in seconds saying ‘BUY IT!!’ I didn’t wait, I just went in and paid cash… it was a dream!”
If you really don’t have a lot of money to spend, or you literally just want to run away and get married, then Laura and James’ colourful runaway elopement is going to be so inspiring for you!
“Our wedding was relaxed and bright!” said Laura. “Really early on we talked about the fact that we wanted to run away and get married in secret. We had never even really considered a normal wedding. We talked about inviting our parents but then decided that if we did that we’d have to invite brothers and sisters… and if they were invited we would have to invite their partners… But then I would feel bad not inviting our best friends and their partners… And then it would feel harsh not ti invite more family and before you know it we’d have 100 people ‘running away’ with us! We just had to be strict and keep it at zero guests. It was really difficult to keep it a secret from everybody we know!”
“We didn’t tell anyone we’d got married until that evening, the first to know were our parents over video chat. My mum had always suspected we would run off and get married in secret so she was not upset in the slightest, just happy for us! James’ mum also said she had suspected we might have been getting married in secret. I was over the moon with their reactions and pleased that they had their suspicions beforehand so it wouldn’t have been a total shock!”
The day was held at Lower Barns, a B&B in Cornwall. “We got married in a shed! Its officially called the Wed Shed and it is adorable! It could just about fit seven of us in (me and James, two registrars, two witnesses and our photographer, Alexa) so was very cosy. It was the definition of intimate, there were candles lit, an old school table and quirky chairs. I have to be honest I don’t remember the ceremony much and I am glad for the photos as it was a short time, and although we didn’t have a big audience, I still felt a little nervous! But it was lovely in the end and the best part is that we were officially married at the end of it!”