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Family Focused and Nature Inspired Wedding in Cornwall

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Becky and Alistair described their wedding theme as ‘crystals and ribbons’ and were inspired by Cornwall and nature. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, sentimental and outdoors because nature and the environment mean so much to them.

“Everything from the venue down to what colour ribbon we had hanging in the trees all had sentimental meaning to us,” explained Becky, “that’s what gives the wedding its unique flavour: it was a little bit of each family member’s creativity fused into one day. I’m pagan so we also wanted to incorporate that in the meaning of the petals used in the confetti (made by my mum from wild flowers around her house) and by having a wishing tree instead of a guest book.”

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“Our ceremony was actually a pretty simple affair. My bridesmaid Penny did a reading of Pam Ayres’ Yes I’ll Marry you my Dear. It just seemed to suit us as a couple so well! It meant a lot to us that Penny could do the reading as well since she’s known us pretty much from the beginning. My granddad also did a reading of Robert Burns’ A Red Red Rose which was so lovely.”

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Indoor/ Outdoor DIY BBQ Wedding

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Beth and Zac wanted their wedding to be relaxing and described their wedding theme as ‘fun, festival like, colourful, DIY and eco-friendly. “My main inspiration was the big BBQs and garden parties my parents had when I was growing up – everyone could just relax, help themselves to food and drink and just have a good time!” explained Beth. “I’ve never really like being the centre of attention, or feeling like I’m causing a fuss (table service in a restaurant is awkward enough for me) and Zac has never been one for formalities. So we both knew we wanted something relaxed and easy going.”

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“We got so much inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride! I found it so difficult to get excited and find inspiration from other bridal magazines and blogs. It all just felt like selling out to the big wedding business machine, all the while being told that I need to get a gym membership, weekly massages, three make up artists and a personal hairdresser on call. I’m a naturally insecure person, and none of this helped a bit. So big thanks to Kat for making me actually feel wedding positive, and thanks to all of the R’n’R inspiring brides and grooms.”

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Colourful Indian Themed Wedding

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Katy-Jane and Alex met when they were 13 years old. Each other’s first loves, they split after just a few months together but remained friends. Then in 2009 they finally got back together and married seven years later. The day was hosted at the Rosliston Forestry Centre in Swadlincote and had an Indian style theme. The general vibe they wanted was relaxed and fun.

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“Our wedding was inspired by our love of travel and our love of India”, said Katy-Jane. “From the fast-paced entertainment to the outdoor ceremony itself, everything was quite different and reflected us. I brought some packs of bindis with me from India and everyone was wearing one by the end of the day. We also had a balloon modeller who was a great alternative to sweets for keeping the little ones occupied!”

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Pirate Wedding

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Mandy and Dean met online and, after dating long distance, Dean proposed to Mandy at the top of Beeston Castle, where they’d had their first date. Their wedding theme was steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland with a bit of Mad Hatter and pirates thrown in. They were also inspired by the quote ‘We’re all mad here’ from Alice In Wonderland, which is also Mandy’s family motto!

The ceremony was a traditional Baptist ceremony officiated by one of Mandy’s childhood friends, and was one of her favourite parts of the day. “Marrying my best friend and soul mate was definitely my favourite part”, said Mandy, “as well as having everyone we love and cherish celebrate with us. It meant the world to both of us. The whole day was just perfect, full of smiles, love and laughter, oh and pirates!”

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“For our reception we decided to have a Mad Hatter’s tea party. The décor truly was an amazing family DIY project: everything was handmade. It was hard work but it really helped keep our costs down and produced incredible results. My mum made most of the decorations herself from scratch and came up with all the ideas, she’s so creative and talented it’s untrue! She made bunting out of playing cards and ribbon, our top hat post box and created the floral table decorations using large glasses we picked up in a bargain shop. We collected all the vintage tea cups with the help of family and friends scouring second hand shops and markets, then put them together with artificial flowers and added fans made from playing cards and pheasant feathers to match the buttonholes and my bouquet.”

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Colourful Wedding Inspired by African Prints and Scotland!

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Jalira and Joe were married at Norwich Castle in June followed by a reception at The Keeper and the Dell, after Joe proposed on a boat trip in New Zealand. They had met when attending the University of East Anglia so wanted to return to Norwich to be married.

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Their wedding had a rustic theme, and was inspired by Jalira’s love of African prints and being outdoors. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the joining of two cultures”, explained Jalira, “so we had African prints used for the bridesmaid dresses and as table runners, alongside Joe and his brothers in their family kilt!”

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Colourful DIY Wedding in an Aircraft Hangar

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Gabs and Cory were married in a country church, followed by a reception in an aircraft hangar! Their wedding theme was ‘anything goes’ as they wanted it to be colourful, and they decorated everywhere with flowers and ribbons. They also planned the whole thing in only five months!

They were inspired by their choice of wedding venue: Bromesberrow Place. “We spent a lot of time there in the first year or two of our relationship because Me and my mum lived in part of the house, as that’s where my Mum worked”, explained Gab. “So the grounds and gardens were so meaningful and full of memories for us. We loved the vibe of the aircraft hangar and that it could be a blank canvas for us to create a colourful world of our own in.”

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“The decorations and props are what made our wedding. We spent the week running up to it constantly setting up the aircraft hangar, which is usually just a dirty big warehouse, full of mud and oil, some farming machinery and a small aeroplane. Cory’s mum, Sarah, knitted bunting and creating all sorts of crafty decorations that we streamed and hung around the massive building. We bought hundreds of multi-coloured streamers online and hung these over the seating area. We hung pom-poms, umbrellas, lanterns and festoon lights above the dance floor. We used hessian to cover up some of the walls and used fake ivy and greenery to fill areas and make photo booths. All our friends saved up glass bottles and jars which we filled with flowers and to put on the tables and scatter around the room.”

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