Aaron and Cariad were hitched at Willesborough Windmill in Ashford, Kent. They fell in love with it as the owners were super laid back and allowed them to do whatever they liked! Their day was fun, casual and all the colours of the rainbow.
“We actually got married on the weekend of our 10 year anniversary”, began the bride. “Our inspiration for the wedding was just to be unique and alternative. When we started planning a wedding we soon realised there was no way we could afford a venue big enough to house everyone we loved, so we invented this thing called The Wedding Tour. We got married at the windmill with our close, local family and friends and then we packed up all the decorations and took the reception on tour!”
“We had parties throughout the rest of the month, which was cool because we got to wear out wedding outfits a bunch of times and had four colourful wedding cakes! It was a bit more money on top (but nowhere near as much as a big wedding in a venue that asked for £3000 just for hire) and it was more tiring that we had expected, but we definitely got more quality time with guests and made a lot more memories than if it was just one day.”
While planning their colourful and DIY heavy wedding for May this year, disaster struck. Stu and Lisi’s flat burnt down, bringing with it nearly all of the things they’d collected for their wedding so far! Starting over must have been massively stressful, but they were still able to pull off the DIY wedding of their dreams in a relatively short time frame!
“Our theme was colourful boho, with a little vintage inspiration”, wrote the bride. “We love boho décor, and we needed to have loads of colour to match our personalities. There are a lot of boho themed weddings recently, but very few that incorporate so much colour and vibrancy. We aimed for fuss free décor, and we had to have flowers, flowers and more flowers. The more colour the better, and you can see from our wedding cake that we carried through that notion from décor to food!”
I really don’t care for styled wedding shoots much these days. Call me controversial but I think seeing real weddings (with real budgets!) is a lot more inspiring and helpful when it comes to finding ideas for your own wedding. BUT rules are made to be broken and when this beautiful, beachy, boho shoot landed in my inbox I just couldn’t say no!
“I run a wedding directory Mr & Mrs Unique that focuses on unique, eclectic and creative wedding suppliers”, wrote Erica who submitted this shoot. “Throughout the year I try to get together with a selection of listed suppliers to create photo shoots, as it gives us the opportunity to experiment and spread our creative wings. I encourage suppliers to push their boundaries… as long as its not traditional, anything goes!”
“We recently had a new venue join our directory, Tunnel Beaches in Devon and I knew immediately that I wanted to create a photo shoot there. The modern building of glass and wood nestles in the dark stone cliffs overlooking the beach, which is filled with rock pools and large rocks. It provided a stunning backdrop and a dark contrast against all the wedding pretties! It also has four hand carved tunnels linking various parts of the beach together- perfect for a photo opportunity!”
For their March wedding, Tiffany and Christopher wanted to do everything themselves. It meant they were able to save money, but also that they could have the wedding they really wanted. Their theme was a pastel candy coloured rainbow, full of lovely DIY projects and playful ideas!
“Pastel candy rainbow is the easiest description for the reception”, explained the bride. “We went for a more nature inspired, minimal, springtime themed look for the actual ceremony. We’re both foodies (Chris being a chef helps) and we love donuts, candy, sprinkles, and lots of colors.”
“The officiant was explicitly told there would be no religion, no references to ‘giving the bride away”‘or any other traditional vows”, she continued. “I’m a feminist and I am not owned by my father or my husband. She went along with it beautifully and even threw in a Willy Wonka quote at the end. I had pink hair, tattoos showing, and we arrived in a classic Buick Century. Our shoot after the ceremony at the carnival was very Rock n Roll, with my leather jacket, pins, and our sunglasses. We happened to find the carnival in a shopping center a few days before the wedding and it turned out to be perfect for pictures. It was free and we had a blast! The car we rode in was the coolest too.”
Wanting to combine two of their biggest passions for their big day, Nick and Kelli had a surf and flower inspired wedding. All the guys wore colourful Hawaiian shirts and the girls were in brightly patterned summer dresses! Kelli’s dress was vintage, from the 1940s and cost her $8! The day was held outdoors, at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.
“Our wedding was surf inspired”, wrote Kelli, “as we both surf and after watching the 80s classic North Shore together, we knew the theme we wanted straight away! Light, fun, floral, colourful and full of love!”
“We have both been to enough weddings to know what we didn’t want. We didn’t want anything too contrived, we didn’t want round tables with candle sticks and chandeliers. We didn’t want the stiffness and perfection that some weddings become. We were in such a beautiful and natural setting out in the orchard that we didn’t want to take anything away from that, so we added to it with flowers, bunting and beautiful lighting. Our guests were all asked to wear floral so when we looked out during the ceremony we only saw a lawn full of colour. Our nieces and nephews were running around whilst we were getting married, we could hear them laughing and shouting. It made the day, for us at least, honest.”
If there’s one thing I love it’s COLOUR – and lots of it – so when photographer Rebecca Douglas sent over this wedding inspiration shoot, I couldn’t really turn down the opportunity to feature it. Styled by Jenny Sinclair of Bellaboo and Beau, this shoot was inspired by a neon colour palette and the tropics.
“I first had the idea for this shoot about five months ago”, explained Jenny. “I woke from a tropical neon dream, literally, and rang Rebecca Douglas straight away. Our combined passions for neon and birds led me to set the style. I am a lover of the bright, the bold and the ballsy and as the last five months have gone by I have been increasingly inspired by the tropical and tribal patterns, trends and colours that have come about in the fashion world.”