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A Dirty Fabulous Circus Wedding: Caroline & Peter

Running her own vintage boutique, Dirty Fabulous, in Dublin, Caroline was in the perfect position to plan her DIY circus themed wedding. She and fiancé Peter knew from the outset that they wanted something fun and unusual, and they had the perfect place in mind to host it. “We go to flea markets at the Dublin Food Co-op building and we always loved it”, the bride began. “It’s not particularly pretty by any stretch of the imagination but it always has a lovely vibe. We were at the market one Sunday and we both said that if we were ever to get married that it would make an awesome venue. It just went from there really, it took me about 6 months to convince the co-op to let us do it and we didn’t have a back up plan if they said no.”

“We did everything ourselves and for about €5000 (with 120 guests!) using props from Dirty Fabulous” she continued. “We started the day with a 1940s girl band, The Bugle Babes, followed by a pre-wedding first dance to Cathy Davey & Neil Hannon singing a duet. Then we got married on stage, my brother dressed as a ring master reading Oscar Wilde, and as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife The Dublin City All Stars, a big brass band, marched in playing Louie Louie. They had never played at a wedding before and they are mostly kids and their parents but they learnt the song for us and it was AMAZING! Everyone went bananas! They then played for about thirty minutes while everyone went crazy. Oh and my husband sang a Fred Astaire song to me during our vows which was awesome.”

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A Simple & Beautiful Irish Wedding: Anna & Mirko

Anna & Mirko wanted a simple wedding with tons of personality. The day was held at Fallon & Byrne, a restaurant in the heart of Dublin.

“We met 12 years ago and we never talked much about marriage until two years ago”, wrote the bride. “I was getting dressed one Sunday morning and we were chatting away when he just came and out and said ‘Do you want to marry me?’ I didn’t realise it was a genuine question and replied ‘Ah yeah why not’. He grabbed me and we start jumping around in a circle laughing. Mirko was shouting ‘We are getting married!’ and I was like ‘Oh Really? Yay!!’ It was so funny and this situation sums us up really.”

“We were so relaxed about the whole situation and just wanted to keep it small with close family and friends”, she continued. “We managed to arrange everything and enjoy the organising stress-free. I think this helped us to get the most out of the day and enjoy every second.”

The ceremony was particularly important to this romantic pair. “The ceremony was held in Fallon & Byrne at 3.30, so everybody was in the room waiting for me at 3pm. I was a little late so didn’t really have to much time to think or get nervous. When I entered the room and looked at Mirko and all our family and friends my heart skipped a beat. It was so surreal and very emotional. It’s a memory I know I’ll never forget. The day went so fast like a dream, we really felt so over whelmed with happiness.”

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A Mountaintop Homespun Wedding: Allison & Scott

Allison & Scott were married at 4,629 ft, at their favourite place – the top of Max Patch Bald, NC. They hosted their reception in their own home. “The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smokey/blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers”, they began. “At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, and the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used and little jars of local Tennessee wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as favors. Our home was built in the 1800s and we wrapped the columns in garlands and roses.”

The whole wedding had a really personal feel and everything they included was significant.  A keen hiker, the groom and his best man camped out the night before near the ceremony site, and the bride and her bridesmaids stayed at a cabin just a mile up the road. The groom, his best man and all the guests were already on top of the mountain the morning of the wedding.

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Morris Dancing Wedding: Bev & Ed

What could be more ‘quirky-Brit’ than Morris Dancing? For my foreign friends, Morris Dancing is a traditional form of English folk dance dating back to the 15th Century. Dancers adorn their bodies with bells and whistles whilst wielding handkerchiefs, sticks and even swords… It’s certainly a niche form of fun, but one that that initially brought Bev & Ed together.

“I met Ed met when I joined the Border Morris Dancing Side Ryknild Rabble,” began the bride. “Our first dance was our favourite Morris dance which we danced on the cobbles outside our reception venue, the Kings Head in Lichfield. It was a fantastic moment to share our wedding dance with the all the Ryknild Rabble and the people of Lichfield who watched from the side.”

“We decided to have a day that would be relaxed based around the things we enjoyed – beer, live music, good friends, great traditional dance and honest basic grub. We wanted people to have the option to come and go as they pleased.”

The couple planned the entire wedding themselves, spending just £3000. “We loved our free flowing day and so many people have commented that they did too”, Bev continued. “Some of my friends from work are Muslim and they commented how much they enjoyed it too. We were so pleased to create a fantastic party that also crossed over cultural boundaries.”

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A DIY Wedding in Downtown Santa Ana: Candice & Nathaniel

One of the things that bums be out about living in the UK is that we can’t get married anywhere we like – of course many couples these days opt for a humanist ceremony at the spot of their choice with the ‘legal bit’ taking place a few days before or after, but it’s not really the same. And when I see ceremonies as gorgeous as Candice & Nathaniel right in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, I’m even more envious!

The wedding took place on June 3rd. The couple organised everything themselves and did so for less than $5000. The ceremony was held on 2nd Street Promenade, and the reception was at Memphis at the Santora, just round the corner. The couple met online and had their first date in the area, and Nathaniel proposed on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora,. Basically it was the obvious location for them to have their wedding too!

“Nate & I met online through the most unlikely dating site, OK Cupid”, explained Candice. “Our first date was spent in Downtown Santa Ana, where I was living at the time. Most of our first dates were spent hopping around the bars and restaurants in that neighborhood. We got engaged at midnight on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora. All of our friends were there, the bar bought us a bottle of champagne, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more romantic and loving. We celebrated the rest of the night with our friends, and even called our families at about 1am. It was fantastic.”

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DIY Farm Wedding & the Wedding Photographer who Captured the Milky Way: Shirley & Waz

You’ve probably seen one of Shirley & Waz’ wedding photographs before, because it went kinda viral. Remember the wedding photograph that captured the actual milky way!? Yeah that one… (and if you didn’t – and where have you been? – it’s at the bottom of this post). Anyway after wedding photographer Lakshal Perera published that image and everyone calmed down and people stopped squealing “PhotoShop!” (it wasn’t by the way) every single wedding blogger on the planet (probably) waited with baited breath to see the rest of the images. And jeez I nearly fell off my chair when Lakshal emailed me to ask if I’d like to be the blog to share it… erm… let me think about that for like 2 seconds… HELL YES PLEASE!

The wedding took place at Kyalla, a farm about 15km south of Deniliquin in New South Wales, Australia. “We met in 2009, whilst we were both working at farm in England”, began the bride. “Warren had been working as a shepherd since November 2008, and I was working periodically in the manor house helping with cooking. The head chef, Vesta, who was Warren’s neighbour, had mentioned to me that there was a nice chap who lived next door and had a pet lamb. One afternoon we walked past each other and smiled at each other. A few days later I went to pat the pet lamb and met Warren when he got home from work. We chatted for a few hours, then met up after a couple of days and shared a bottle of wine and good conversation. I took a photo of Max the lamb and wrote a poem for Warren, which I then posted through his letterbox. Warren, who was impressed by my humour and thoughtfulness, then wrote a poem back and delivered it to me with some wild flowers. I was equally as impressed.”

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