“Jon & I were married on a scorching hot day (temperatures just shy of 100F!) in September of last year in Columbus, Ohio”, wrote Ashley. “This was the culmination of a year and a half of UK to USA long distance relationshipping! We met while living and teaching ESL in South Korea 3 years ago, and after 8 months of dating while there decided to keep trying even as we returned to our respective continents. After Korea, I started a master’s degree course in Ohio while Jon returned to Brighton and found a job. The year and a half apart was tough but we kept the love alive with lots and lots of Skyping and daily gchats. We got engaged when Jon surprised me by secretly flying to Ohio (an impressive collaboration between himself and one of my best friends/roommate) on February 13th, 2011 with a vintage ring he’d bought at an antique shop in the Brighton Lanes. I was absolutely shocked, believe me!”
Aww what a lovely engagement story for an even lovelier wedding. The busy couple decided a small wedding would suit them best. The stress of having to plan a giant wedding was something they just didn’t want! “We had a joyous day that was part intimate celebration, part raucous party, and all love (and….booze)”, Ashley continued. “Jon’s parents and two siblings were our only English contingent at the wedding, and they flew in the day before – well, except for his sister, who had to take a taxi directly from the airport to our ceremony! I had my 4 parents in attendance (dad/stepmom, mom/stepdad) and my sister, plus a smattering of aunts, uncles, nieces, and friends. Overall, we had 24 people there with us. It was the perfect size and we felt that this meant everyone there constituted our ‘wedding party’, with no need for bridesmaids and groomsmen.”
I love a summer wedding but as a wedding blogger who sees a lot of weddings everyday, sometimes I really yearn to see something totally unique. So when I laid eyes on Christina & James’ Friday 13th & gothic themed wedding I literally squealed with delight. This is a summer wedding with one hell of a twist!
The June wedding was held in their backyard. They wanted to spend as little as possible but to have a day to remember. The couple DIY’d as much as possible, and for their reception decor the bride put up an ad on a classifieds website asking anyone with unwanted nick nacks if they’d donate them for their centrepieces. Someone donated more than 15 glass pieces and they were able to decorate their reception space completely for free!
Suzie & Andrew wanted a really unique venue for their unique wedding and so chose a Willesborough Windmill in Ashford, Kent. They had just 47 guests (including 13 bridesmaids!) and they really did things their own way. From the DIY catering, to the ice cream van dessert, and the chocolate favours to the lady bug bouncy castle, the day was planned around the things they love. “My main goal for our wedding was that I wanted a day that wasn’t strictly structured,” began newlywed Suzie. “I wanted a laid back afternoon and evening filled with fun, laughter, eating, drinking and general enjoyment for everyone. All my close family & friends wanted to help which was great and they are contributed so much to our day.”
They went for a black, white & red colour scheme and even all the guests dressed to match the theme! “Our favourite colours are red, black & white,” the bride continued. “We have red cars, red and black sofas, a black and white checkered kettle and toaster…. I also love the style of the 50s rockabilly and the short wedding dresses and polka dots & hearts – very cute and sexy. I always wanted a bright red wedding dress and everything else stemmed from that. As soon as we decided to get married I knew the exact location (the windmill just minutes from our own home) and how I wanted everything to look – black, white & red! I wrote on the invitation ‘come dressed in your best red, black and white’ and everyone did! It looked amazing.”
There are certain weddings that make me smile from ear to ear… OK well yes, all of the weddings I feature are flippin’ awesome but there are some that just have that extra something. I think in this case it’s the bride & groom themselves. I want to be BFFs with Bobby & Gitte please!
For their May wedding the couple knew they wanted to do something different – something low key and fun. They spent just £2500 pulling off the event. The ceremony was held on Claerwen Reservoir Dam in Rhayadar, Wales. Although not the most practical of choices, they wanted it there for sentimental reasons. The reception was on a friend’s farm in Ballingham, Hereford. “It took us a few days to get the venue together, as there were literally cows and horses – and their muck – in it prior,” wrote Gitte. “But once we saw it we had our heart set on it, and didn’t stop until our hands were dirty and we were happy.”
The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise the gorgeous Jeni & Manny from their urban beach engagement shoot that I posted back in May. Well shortly after that feature they were married, and they pulled the whole incredible event off for under $5000!
“I knew we wouldn’t be having a ‘traditional’ day and that I wouldn’t wear a white dress, so the search was on for a wedding-worthy purple one”, began the bride. “Once I knew I couldn’t find what I wanted within my budget, I decided to make one instead. My family thought I’d gone off the deep end considering I’ve never sewn anything in my life. My inspiration gown had material that flowed like feathers, so I thought ‘Why not make my gown with actual feathers?’ I started with a very simple and plain purple dress that I purchased online, and turned it into my dream dress. The gown I ended up with was even better than my inspiration! I figured since the dress was purple, why not have another shocker to the guests and have the bridesmaids in white. Everybody loved it and it looked amazing in our photos.”
Ren & Tim pulled off their amazing colourful and alternative wedding with a £9000 budget. They spent on the things they felt were important and saved by DIYing the elements they knew they could do themselves (reception decor, stationery, cake). Although these things didn’t always go to plan, in the end it all turned out alright and the things that didn’t work really didn’t matter on the day! I particularly love this wedding because it took place in Reading (where I live!). In fact the bride moved to this little town of ours from London to be with her boy. Awww!
“We didn’t really want a big family wedding,” Ren began. “We originally wanted a small and intimate destination wedding but after talking to our families we accepted the fact that a big UK wedding was on the cards. We tried to find things that we liked but we also wanted to make our families happy. We didn’t really care what happened or where it was as long as we got married so most of the big decisions were made with family in mind. We realised that it wasn’t just our wedding – it was both our families as well so by giving them the bigger battles we could do what we wanted with the smaller details.”