Jess and Steve wanted a wedding in the West Country that reflected lots of little things that they love. “We wanted a day that would be a lot of relaxed fun for us and our guests”, said the bride. “We wanted elements of things that we love, like 40s and 50s fashion and music, without it being ‘themed’. The plan was for a big West Country party!”
The day started with a church ceremony. “We were married in St Brendan’s Church. It was the church where Steve’s parents were married. It’s also 1000 years old! I’m a Christian, while Steve is Agnostic so it was lovely to have a church ceremony that would mean something to both of us. The ceremony was beautiful, the string quartet played a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (It was a tough decision between that and the Jurassic Park theme music) that I walked down the aisle to with my Dad.”
Stacey and Ian’s wedding was held in South London, where they live. “We live in Wandsworth, so we wanted our wedding to reflect our love for our lovely borough”, the bride said. “Admittedly, it isn’t as cool as Camden or as high brow as Chelsea, but it is sweet and friendly. We chose the grand chamber at Wandsworth Town Hall for our ceremony which was absolutely beautiful.”
“The reception was at The Antelope pub in Tooting. We loved how lovely it was yet it was just a simple London pub. We immediately fell in love with the laid back and effortless atmosphere and the food was delicious too. I’m surprised more couples don’t choose a pub for their reception as there is no hire fee (just a minimum spend) and they have a charm that only a London pub can deliver.”
Gayle and Jay’s wedding theme was nautical and geeky with a hint of vintage. They had lot of Lego, the bride carried a button bouquet and they had some paper flowers instead of real ones.
“People commented on all the little touches and how we had made the day ‘so us’”, said the bride. “We were very lucky to not have pressure from others to be traditional. We also paid for everything ourselves meaning we had no financial ties to anyone. Our budget was £9000.”
“My dress came from Honeypie Boutique and I bought it online. A lot of the wedding was DIY and our friend Laura made all the paper flowers. Another friend, Rachel, helped me decorate the jam jars that the flowers were in. I made the signs for the tables in frames with scrabble letters, chalk pens and a piece of slate from my mum’s garden! Jay created the build-your-own centrepiece sign to go with the Lego too.”
Childhood sweethearts Mirlah and Nik were married in June and had a colourful Mexican fiesta inspired wedding. The day also had a bit of a festival vibe with the bell tents and their laid back attitude.
“The word ‘Fiestaval’ cropped up a few times”, said the bride. “I think our wedding was nothing like our guests had ever seen before! There were details in every nook and cranny, but everything had meaning and were really appreciated. Our venue really did us proud and no one tired of the amazing view! We did away with the DJ for the evening and hired a jukebox. The mix of music was unreal and had everyone of the dance floor. Mod classics and pop tunes mixed old school R’n’B. Everyone loved it!”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “We stuck to tradition where we wanted too and mixed up where it didn’t feel quite right. We decided to ditch the top table in exchange for a ‘sweetheart table’ so we could spend some time together. Our food was served from Mexican style street food stalls, and we did the cutting of the cake but only because it had sweeties inside!”
Leigh and Ché had an autumnal themed wedding in October. The heavily tattooed pair had pumpkins as décor and lots of lovely autumn colours as their colour scheme.
“Our wedding theme was definitely autumnal”, said the bride. “We chose purple and orange for our main colours, using leaves and pumpkins as decorations. We originally planned on getting married on Halloween, but decided to get married the weekend before so we could keep the pumpkin theme.”
“We wanted a much more relaxed, party type atmosphere, rather than all the formalities that can come with weddings”, she continued. “We decided not to have children at the wedding, so everyone could relax without having to worry about little eyes and ears. We also chose not to have any speeches, apart from a short one by the groom. We generally wanted to have a relaxed, enjoyable day. We also didn’t like the idea of table numbers, so we chose some of our favourite film titles instead and our top table was just the two of us!”
They met whilst both studying at Oxford University, so when Xandra and Steve got married that’s where they wanted to do it. “We met at the Oxford University Mountaineering Club during our undergraduate studies,” said the bride. “We had just moved to Edinburgh, so our initial plan was to have the celebrations there. Because we were not too familiar with the city, we found ourselves looking at wedding-packaged things, which felt too traditional. We eventually decided on Exeter College as a venue because it is a special place for both of us.”
“So many people told us that the wedding felt ‘very us’, and that was the biggest compliment”, she continued. “We wanted to have fun, and incorporate things we love, such as Harry Potter, and Disney. We also wanted to pay tribute to our love of rock climbing in some way. We ended up sending our cake makers a sketch of a climbing-inspired cake, with ‘ropes’ of marzipan lining each layer, and 2D mountains on top inspired by a Poosac mountain pillow that was our first purchase for our flat when we moved to Edinburgh.”