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Kisses in the Rain: Homespun Wedding in a Hurricane!

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Madi and Joshua’s wedding took place just as a hurricane was hitting Louisiana. But if anything, the dramatic weather made their day much more memorable. “Our wedding date happened to land right smack bang in the middle of a category five hurricane, that touched down in Mexico and brought heavy, constant rain and winds on our wedding day”, said Madi. “We were having an outdoor wedding, and had no plans to move to another venue! So we just.. got wet.”

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“Still, even without the storm, I think our wedding was far from typical. It wasn’t a religious ceremony, although it had a very spiritual feel and look. My bridesmaids and I were barefoot with beaded jewellery strung around our feet. We played almost entirely 60s and 70s music, including Led Zeppelin. I walked down the aisle to May This Be Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Aside from our odd choice of a carrot wedding cake, we even had a whole table of southern style pies and cobblers, which was awesome, different.. and delicious.”

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Rock n Roll Village Hall Wedding with Lots of DIY

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Becca and Andy wedding theme was 1950s Rock’n Roll and Rockabilly. They were inspired by their love for anything retro, quirky and just a little bit different!

“The day before the wedding was a total disaster.” began Becca. “Problems with the hooks in the wall at the village hall meant that the marquee lining didn’t finish being put up until 9:30pm (although those guys worked like troopers!) so we didn’t start setting anything up until after that. We got home at gone midnight absolutely exhausted praying we hadn’t forgotten something! Luckily we didn’t have any disasters on the actual wedding day.”

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“Our ceremony was at Lyme Regis Guildhall, right next to the sea. It was quite small and personal and only our family and close friends attended. Then we got to have some photos next to the sea, even if it was raining with high winds in the middle of August!”

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Eclectic, Sparkly Wedding with Rustic Touches

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Ali and Werner’s South African wedding was eclectic but with rustic touches. They mixed and matched everything but planned it all to suit their venue, Black Horse Breweryin Magaliesburg.

“The venue has a farmy feel, but we added some glam with the candelabras and my sequins”, said the bride. “We also wanted it to be really comfy and cosy with fireplaces, comfort food and unlimited craft beer.”

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“The inspiration was to have a low stress comfortable day where close friends and family could celebrate with us. That was how every decision was made. If we were working on something and it got too complicated or too expensive, we scrapped it. The initial vision of the day evolved many times in the months leading up to the wedding and we were fine with that.”

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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 Comic Book Wedding in Two Parts

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Cheryl and Andy had two celebrations, their legal ceremony with just close family in America, followed by a big reception back in the UK. Their budget was £4000 which included their outfits, the venue, all the decor and catering for 135 people (they served pies so it came in at under £8.50 a head!)

“Our main inspiration, for both weddings, came from our love of tattoos, comics and music”, said the bride. “It was just one big reflection of our personalities. We weren’t going to have a theme as such, but our love of comics and comic TV series and films did come through!”

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“We found it hard to do something that hadn’t already been done so instead we just focused on things that were special to us. For the wedding in the States, it was unique as we stayed at The Stanley Hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining. We had our wedding dinner there too before the ghost tour around the hotel. It was such a cool place, they had a channel that just played The Shining all day! You could just imagine the twins walking the corridors. For the reception in the UK we did scrap a lot of tradition. There weren’t any speeches, we didn’t have a first dance (we bounced on space hoppers instead to our mate’s skiffle band!) and we didn’t have a table plan – guests grabbed a pie from a vintage van and sat wherever they wanted!”

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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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