Gabriella and Iain wanted a relaxed and rustic wedding. They picked Lower Grange Farm in Kent as their venue. “When planning our wedding we wanted to make sure that it reflected us, rather than following traditional wedding conventions”, the bride began. “We wanted our day to be totally relaxed – good food, good music and good people were the three most important things. We were also on a budget so had to make decisions about where we could afford to splash out and where we needed to reign in the spending and keep it simple.”
The bride handmade a lot of things for the wedding including the cake, the stationery and most of the décor. “I absolutely love organising parties and being the hostess and I also love crafting and DIY projects, so I knew that I would be able to do a lot of things myself. I took inspiration from wedding blogs and from Pinterest so I quickly built up an idea of the look and feel I wanted for the day and created lots of lists and spreadsheets detailing what needed to be done and how much everything would cost.”
Ben and Helen’s biggest priority for their May wedding was that it wasn’t stressful. “I found being engaged very, very intense. I was the ultimate nervous bride”, Helen wrote. “In the end I decided I really just wanted to keep it as simple as possible but still be our perfect day. Our 1950s look evolved naturally and really suited our venue, Stockport Plaza. We loved that the venue didn’t need much extra décor too. It really took the pressure off.”
“Ben is a massive Back to the Future geek so we played the first film in the cinema between the ceremony and the meal. Other than that we had a slight moustache and lip theme because we thought it was really fun. Ben’s sister and one of my friends made all the moustache and lips lollipop favours and pretty much everyone we know collected jam jars for us for the tables.”
“A lot of our family and friends did think our venue was a bit ‘out there’ but we loved it. We served our wedding meal of pie and mash in their already set up café diner and then for the evening we just headed back downstairs to the theatre for dancing.”
Victoria and Rob were set up by mutual friends. They were clearly on the right track too because they moved in together within two weeks and were engaged four months later! They were married in London at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Their reception was held at The Londesborough Pub.
“We both had a really clear idea of the sort of wedding we wanted from the onset”, explained the bride. “We’re not particularly traditional so we wanted to avoid anything too stuffy or formulaic, opting instead for something much more relaxed and informal with personal touches that reflected our personalities. We love anything and everything vintage, so we also wanted to incorporate that into the styling and decoration but ultimately, we really just wanted to throw a kick ass party for our nearest and dearest!”
“Being a Londoner myself and with Rob having lived here for over seven years, we were certain we wanted a London wedding. It also meant I could get ready at my family home where I was born and raised and I’m so glad I did – it felt very significant! I work in Stoke Newington and we live about three miles away so both the Town Hall and the Londesborough were familiar stomping ground and I loved the idea of being able to walk past the venue where we were married every day at lunch! Before I had even met Rob, I had decided I wanted to have my wedding at the pub (how presumptive!) as it is such a warm and welcoming venue with real personality and character.”
Tore and Mari didn’t have a huge wedding budget, in fact they had less than £5000 to spend. However they knew they wanted fantastic photographs, so in order to fit him into their budget, they hired Eirik Halvorsen for just a few hours to cover the ceremony and some quick portraits afterwards.
The wedding took place in Sola, in the very south west of Norway. “We were really determined to make it a casual and relaxed summer wedding”, said the bride. “We both also have a thing for vintage, in particular art deco, so we wanted to bring that in too.”
The bride made her own dress and the bridesmaids wore outfits from H&M. “Almost everything in the wedding was more or less homemade”, she continued, “the dress, the food, the décor… The wedding was held in a little house/ camp-site area by the beach, which gave it a very laid back atmosphere as well.”
“There was no favourite moment in the day, it was ALL our favourite!! It was perfect from start to finish. However the ceremony at church was magical, we had live performances including I Got You Babe and This Guy’s in Love With You. Our photo shoot afterwards was also really cool. We went straight from the ceremony and it was very nice to Just be in love an fool around taking pictures.”
Reut and Gidi had a few key things that wanted to include in their Israeli wedding. These were a relaxed vibe, an unusual venue and vegan food!
“We wanted something natural, genuine, simple and most importantly – that felt like us”, the bride began. “We are also vegan so vegan catering was a must. This is quite a big deal in Israel, where food is a big issue for wedding goers, and they ‘expect their steak’. Another issue that made the wedding unique was the lack of dancing. Gidi hates dancing, so we had an event where the centre is not a dance party (which is the norm in Israeli weddings) and more just like a casual get together.”
The wedding was held at an vineyard called Karmei Yosef, a communal settlement in central Israel. “Obviously the location also contributed to uniqueness of the wedding too”, she continued. “Israeli wedding usually take place in venues that are designated for that, and not in an olive grove.”
“Our wedding was very simple and very close to nature. In terms of décor we also kept it fuss-free. We drink lots of beer in our home, so we always have loads of empty beer bottles around the house. We peeled the labels and made our own vases that were filled with flowers and were
spread everywhere throughout the wedding.”
Chloë & Josh wanted anything but a standard wedding, so they were married in the woods at the Potager Garden in Cornwall. They didn’t want to spend a long time planning it either, so they organised the whole thing in just three months!
“We had to book the venue and the celebrant nine months before, but we did everything else in the three months leading up to the wedding!” began the bride. “We went to the Potager while visiting family in Cornwall in August 2014 and fell in love with the surroundings. The Potager is a garden and café open to the public Friday-Sunday. We asked the manager if we could have our wedding there, he agreed, as long as numbers didn’t exceed 60 and it was out of their business hours. We set the date for Monday 8th June 2015. It has a woodland at the bottom of the car park where we had our ceremony, a lawn where we could serve ‘jam and toast’ (strawberries and fizz) and canapés, and lovely gardens to walk around. We had the meal inside their 100-foot glasshouse.”
“Our theme was loosely based on The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Nights Dream”, she continued. “It was all about fun and being relaxed. We wanted our guests to go on a journey, let their imagination be sparked by our props, styling and music. On arrival the guests drank the ‘magic’ potion that our friend dressed in a top-hat greeted them with before making their way through the woods, following the white rabbits and listening for the music.”