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Marie Antoinette Meets Tim Burton Wedding with Lots & Lots of Balloons!

Fanny and Chris’ wedding theme can best be described as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette meets Tim Walker with a sprinkling of Baz Luhermann’s Romeo and Juliet! They wanted their wedding to be personal, stick to their budget and to transport their guests to their own magical world.

“Neither of us had been to many weddings and we didn’t really look at any typical bridal publications,” explained Fanny. “We really wanted to transport our friends and family to a little world of our own imagining.”

Their ceremony was a combination of traditions from lots of different cultures and was family oriented. “We were so lucky to have one of our closest friends marry us. It meant we could write the ceremony exactly as we wanted. Chris and Pete researched traditions from other cultures and created a ceremony that felt very personal and just right for us. We borrowed the Celtic tradition of hand binding by draping ribbons across our held hands while reciting promises we intend to keep to each other throughout our married life.”

“We got our friends and family involved by singing the Beatles All You Need is Love as a jubilant crowd. Each order of ceremony had a string attached so while we signed the register people were asked to tie theirs to the wrist of someone nearby, symbolising the greater family we were creating and the bond everyone now shared with us and with each other.”

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An Authentically Vintage Yorkshire Wedding

It was important to vintage-loving Catriona and Mikey that their wedding was authentically vintage, and didn’t just have  a vintage ‘style’. The bride wore a dress from 1948, they handmade all the decor and served afternoon tea.

“We wanted to support as many small, independent businesses and charities as possible so this was at the forefront of how we went about planning”, said the bride. “His suit also cost more than my dress! My dress was only £50 because it was vintage and I bought it off a dealer who’s a friend. She then made my underskirt and alterations for another £50 so was a complete bargain and I loved it.”

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A Jewellery Making Party with Tatty Devine!

I have been a massive fan of Tatty Devine ever since I discovered them as a teenager. I dreamed of one day being able to adorn myself daily with all their pretty plastic creations. That love affair has continued well into adulthood and the Tatty pieces I own will forever be some of my ultimate faves.

So when the babes at Tatty Devine got in contact to ask if I wanted to visit their Brick Lane store to do a Halloween themed jewellery making workshop it felt like all my Christmasses (or should that be Halloweens?) had come at once.

On Tuesday evening Sophie, Ronnie, Lisa, Paige and I excited arrived at their shop just as it was closing for our private party. We were all sat around a table and instead of normal place settings there was a custom spooky glittery name necklace in each spot. I may have audibly squealed.

Ronnie even got TWO because they weren’t sure if she’d prefer Ronnie or Veronica.. and she got to keep them both! Jealous much? I should have casually mentioned in advance that I also go by the name of Kathryn… and Rock n Roll Bride… and Princess of the Manor…

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Saga of the Swamp Thing Wedding

Kristin, an artist, and Neil, a musician, wanted their wedding theme to really reflect them. After going through a number of ideas they settled on their shared love of comic books. specifically Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing.

“We had gone through a few different concepts for wedding themes,” the bride began. “Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing is a beautifully written and illustrated series that at its core, is a love story. I felt that it was especially fitting as I have a deep love for nature. The entire wedding was influenced in many subtle ways, but the most clear were our invitations, the book our officiant used to hold during the ceremony and our ceremony itself. Two of my favourite things are mushrooms and moss so they were present throughout the wedding. They just make everything feel otherworldly to me!”

One of the most unique aspects of the wedding was the bride’s dress. “My goal for the wedding was to look like a mythical beast, I like to think it worked out. I chose to wear an off-white lace dress that I picked up a couple years ago for $20. I bought the dress because I am absolutely obsessed with those magical sleeves. There was one big problem, the dress was quite short. My mother and I spent a lot of time brainstorming how to go about lengthening the dress so that I would be more comfortable. In the beginning we had planned on sewing a layered skirt. Ultimately, I wanted something more interesting and unique.”

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A Mermaid & A Viking Get Married: Rainbows, Sunflowers & Vintage Hot Air Balloons

Emma and Rayner’s wedding theme started out as ‘vintage sunflowers and hot air balloons’, which quickly expanded to include rainbows too. The whole wedding was DIY and was full of activities for their guests and little nods to all the different things they both love.

“We both love vintage styling,” began Emma, “and I particularly love vintage clothes and shoes. We both collect antique curios and oddities. The hot air balloon aspect is in reference to our late son, seeing them as a link to the skies. The rainbows developed naturally through the multi-colour of the air balloons and also linked into our rainbow baby, Eric. Almost every guest commented on the uniqueness of having it all DIY and what a showing of our personalities it was. We wanted to incorporate different aspects of our personalities everywhere so we had little glints of different things throughout the day. For instance, we are both really into history so the table names were historical characters.”

Their vast range of activities included outdoor games, leaving messages for the bride and groom, and an I Spy game with prizes. “The wedding was mainly outdoors and we had a range of outdoor games like quoits, basketball and giant connect four. We had two tables with activities on, including a thumbprint guestbook made to look like balloons floating a hot air basket, a teapot with notelets for people to write us messages for us to read on our first anniversary and advice cards with spaces for a little doodle of the writer. This proved to be hilarious when we read them back! We had ‘I Spy’ cards was a game with lists of things for people to photograph and prizes for the best entries.”

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A Cancelled Wedding & An Elopement Planned in Three Weeks

Holly and Robbie originally planned a big, vegan wedding for all their loved ones. They had nearly everything booked but as they were about to start IVF they decided the pressure was getting all too much and they cancelled. They then decided to elope instead and planned it all in less than a month!

“Getting married was something we always dreamed about but after the buzz of just getting engaged wore off wedding planning became very stressful”, they explained. “The barn we booked was absolutely beautiful and we are sad to see it go but we realised having a big wedding was not being true to ourselves. Along with all that, we were going through IVF which is a massive deal and we didn’t want either of us dealing with the stress of chair covers and if grandma will eat a meal without meat on it!”

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