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A Gothic Inspired Beach Wedding in Sweden: Alan & Chrissie

Alan & Chrissie were married in September on the Swedish island of Gotland. The couple were the first from Hong Kong to be married there and their nuptials even made the from page of a Swedish newspaper! They flew British photographer Ian Johnson to shoot it for them.

“I proposed that we should go travelling in Europe and maybe get married while we were there,”Alan explained, “There was no kneeling down and all that fluff but she said yes!”

Neither of the pair had ever been to Sweden, and they discovered the location after Chrissie saw a wedding there featured on a wedding blog.

“I’d never forget the wedding for the rest of my life,” Alan continued. “The reason why we wanted to do it was because we believe marriage is about just the two of us. We wanted to make it as special as possible.”

Chrissie wore a short gown made by Jeff Dark Art and a headpiece handmade by her groom.

“We love gothic rock music,” they concluded, “that’s why we choose the church ruins as our ceremony venue and slightly gothic style outfits. Gotland is a lovely place. We will come back for our anniversaries in a few years.”

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A Simple, Farm Wedding: Taylor & Jeremy

I seem to be featuring a lot of beautifully simple weddings at the moment, which is fine by me because I love them! Just to clarify, by ‘simple’ I mean weddings that authentic and personal to the couple and their families, and weddings that don’t ‘over fuss’ with fads or trends. Its all about the love right?

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They wore each other’s wedding rings around their wrists before they exchanged them…I LOVE this idea the MOST!

I love DIY weddings (well really who doesn’t?!) and weddings like Taylor & Jeremy’s, where their whole family pitched into help, just make me melt. The wedding was held at Sunnyslope Farm in New Hampshire. The couple had an intimate outdoor ceremony which meant a lot to both of them. “Seeing Taylor walk down the aisle was my favorite part of the day,” Jeremy wrote. “…and my favorite part was also walking down the aisle!” Taylor agreed. “Walking up with my Dad and him telling me how proud he is and how much he loves Jeremy and I….and then watching Jeremy break down when he saw me!”

I said Taylor, Jeremy and their families DIYed nearly the whole wedding and I wasn’t kidding! Taylor’s Dad built the cupcake stand and her sister’s boyfriend built the photo booth. Her sister also found the piano for FREE on craigslist which was played as the bride walked down the aisle.

Taylor and her grandmother picked wildflowers for the bouquets, centrepieces and ceremony and the bride’s brother and sister built the arch that they were married beneath.

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The bride’s Mum made all the cupcakes and the bride put together the ‘s’mores’ jars. They even had bottled water with their faces on! “The lady who owns the barn has a spring and bottles her own water, ‘NH2O’ she calls it, so she made those labels for a small price!”

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A Fun-Filled London Wedding: Sarah & Rueben

Quite apart from the fact that Sarah & Rueben are utterly gorgeous and achingly cool, their wedding is definitely one of those that I wish I was at. The day was simple and perfectly reflected them – they even had Sarah’s lips and Rueben’s mustache as a recurring theme throughout the details. From the stationary to the jam jars, and from the photo booth props to their wedsite….the mustache ‘trend’ is always ultimately cooler when the groom rocks a real one too isn’t it?!

After a Buddhist ceremony at Taplow Court near Maidenhead and a portrait session around London, the reception was held at The Brentham Club in Ealing, West London. The bride wore a dress by Phase 8 and the groom looked dapper in his Topman suit, top hat and velvet bowtie from eBay.

I really love the wedding details, especially the ‘naked’ cake and the suitcase tableplan…

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A Quirky Afternoon Tea & Library Themed Wedding: Ney & Phil

Ney & Phil’s DIY wedding was loosely based around the theme of a books and libraries.

“We wanted a literary theme and thought using vintage books as invites would be a lovely idea,” Ney told me. “We met at University studying English Literature and just love books, in particular old Penguin classics. We found some companies that can make them for you, but they’re expensive so we decided to do them ourselves.”

“We spent weeks to-ing and fro-ing all the vintage bookstores on Charing Cross Road (they do great bargain deals like hardback books for a pound).  I sourced a template for library card sleeves online, used an embossed gold paper to make them and then slotted our wedding invites inside to complete the book.  As much as possible, we tied our book choices to our guests’ interests, e.g. a Portuguese travel guide for my Mum, classic English poems for friends who studied literature with us, and a Guide to British Birds for Phil’s old-charmer Dad.  I love the idea that the invites had a life after the wedding, and it’s great knowing that they’re sitting on our friends’ bookshelves as part of their collection.”

“I used websites like Rock n Roll Bride and many, many (OK, hundreds of) wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration.  We have quite a taste for old vintage things and are constantly rummaging around in markets so used these trips for inspiration on how to display things or what to buy.  Things like the idea of covering books with vintage-style wrapping paper for the centrepieces we got from passing an antique shop in Chelsea, for example.”

It was also really important to the couple to incorporate their different heritages and cultures and so the second part of their wedding theme was based around this. “Throughout the day, we tried to make sure that the wedding was representative of our families’ cultures,” the bride continued.

“Phil’s got an English/Australian background – hence we started the day with afternoon tea, but made sure there were little ethnic touches (like Portuguese custard tarts on the cake stands).  As for my side, the Angolan culture is very celebratory – we make lots of noise, eat lots of food and dance like crazy, so we ended the night with a great big knees-up.”

“One of our favourite moments on the day was after the first song (Jamie Lidell’s Another Day).  As soon as it finished, my Mum made the DJ play an old Brazilian love song we’d never heard before.  Our bemusement turned to wonder as she led my entire family – almost 50 of them! – in a serenade en masse as we danced the, er, second first dance.  What a wonderful memory!  Also memorable was my lovely husband taking secret Portuguese lessons for his wedding speech.  The family went wild!”

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A Patriotic Red, White & Blue Wedding: Julia & James

Julia & James had a handmade and patriotic Great British theme for their September wedding – red, white & blue. “I knew from the moment we started to plan the wedding that I wanted it to be DIY,” the bride told me, “and to be able to keep all the aspects to decorate our home. We had so many great comments on the day from the registrar and venue that they had never seen a wedding like ours before. I am a avid follower of Rock n Roll Bride, Ruffled blog & Green Wedding Shoes so I scrapbooked a lot of ideas from them all over the past 2 years!”

Julia wore two dresses, the first was made by her Mother which she wore with Union Jack Irregular Choice shoes. In the evening she changed into a dress which she bought from eBay. “I saw it one evening when looking for a joke dress to wear to a friend’s hen party and my heart stopped,” Julia continued. “It was the one! I bid as far as my purse would let me, and I didn’t win. I was tweeting away and some of my followers suggested I contact the seller directly.”

“So I did, and asked her how much she wanted for it. I was devastated when she told me the amount as it was more than I could pay at that time. Anyway, I kept tweeting my dismay and had resigned to the fact that the dress wouldn’t be mine. I had a DM from one of my friends saying that I could start a group on facebook asking all our mates to donate some money and that it would be a wedding present from them all. I didn’t think anything would come of it but not long after the same friend DM’d me saying ‘check your email’ and there was a PayPal amount awaiting me – to cover the WHOLE amount for the dress. As you can imagine I cried and laughed and jumped for joy!”

The reception decor was all DIY including the bunting, 400 pinwheels (which they had instead of flowers on the tables as well as instead of traditional bouttonierres for the boys), the string ball decorations and all the table decorations. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had a cake competition where they asked their guests to bring a homemade cake. They had all kinds of entries including a barbie doll cake, apple and cinnamon muffins and sparkly cake pops.

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A Super Sweet Backyard Bash: Melinda & Jesse

Melinda & Jesse’s backyard wedding can only be described as ‘super sweet’ I feel, because that’s what it was – a super sweet wedding filled with love and family.

The wedding was held in the groom’s parent’s back garden and the bride made everything herself from the invites to the horseshoe seating cards, the boutonnieres to her bouquet (the flowers of which were picked from the garden), the hand-drawn table numbers to the centerpieces.

Although Melinda had a broken foot, a fantastic time was had by all and that certainly didn’t stop them rounding off the evening with a good old fashion boogie with their DJ Josh Styles from the band The Stalkers. CUTE.

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