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An Independence Day Picnic Wedding: Sarah & Mike

Sarah & Mike were married on the weekend after Independence Day. They wanted a relaxed wedding that was a celebration, and one that all their family and friends would enjoy. “I would describe our wedding theme as a ‘rural, homemade, Independence Day picnic’,” began the bride. “We first looked at historic mansions in the area but quickly realized they would be out of our price range and we wouldn’t have much flexibility customizing our wedding. They would pick the DJ, and we’d have to select a meal from their menu for example. Then, when driving home from Baltimore one night, we drove past a park in Carroll County that was covered with beautiful flowers and several 18th century buildings, including a working gristmill. We stopped and walked around and discussed how perfect this place would be to get married and we decided to look into it. Luckily, they did allow weddings and after all the quotes we had from the mansions we were shocked at how affordable this place was!”

“We booked our wedding date for the next available weekend, July 7th, 2012 (at the time, over a year away). Given the rural setting of an early American Homestead, we felt very comfortable moving our wedding in a direction that embraced a come-as-you-are, relaxed, picnic aesthetic. We also felt that given the proximity of our ceremony date to Independence Day, as well as the direction of our theme, that a red, white and blue color scheme would be very appropriate. We spent hours at antique malls looking for props for the wedding, some of these finds included a vintage croquet set, picnic baskets, cake stands & pie plates, vases, and picture frames. Wedding programs in the form of hand fans not only helped our guests combat the heat, but gave a very antiquated feel to the occasion and fit in nicely with our theme.”

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An Intimate Ohio Wedding: Ashley & Jon

“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.”

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A Colourful Festival Wedding at Ridge Farm: Layla & Dan

Layla & Daniel were married in Rusper, Sussex in St Mary Magdalene’s Church, followed by a festival style wedding at Ridge Farm. I’ve featured weddings at this iconic wedding venue before – why so iconic you ask? Well the farm has a recording studio where Oasis, Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody was written here!) Roxy Music, Thin Lizzie, Black Sabbath and many many others have recorded albums! AHHHMAZING.

“The wedding was all personalised by me & Dan”, wrote Layla, “including the wine glasses, the moustaches & lips, the heart decor, the table plan & numbers, the ‘LOVE’ sign and the bunting. We had a two-day wedding. From the start we knew we didn’t want everything to be over with in just one day! Ridge Farm was the PERFECT venue as we were able to hire it exclusively from Friday to Monday which meant our parents, brothers & sisters, bridesmaids and best men could share the whole time with us. We also had some friends of ours camping on the grounds. Friday was set-up day, with everyone mucking in; Saturday was the wedding; and on Sunday we had about 100 of our guests returning for a Hog Roast, DJ’s and dancing till the wee hours!”

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The Story Behind the Flying Wedding Dress: Marie & Pedro

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Well just look at this dress shot – what a brave bride – and yes, it was all her idea! “I got my inspiration for the dress flying photo from a picture from the Brazilian designer Karlla Girotto,” explained Marie. “The picture was from her summer 2007 campaign and it showed a parade of her dresses hanging on balloons with the models in front of them.”

AMAZING.

And for those of you doubters who love to scream “Photo Shop!” at every opportunity (I know you’re out there!) photographer Danilo Siqueira used super thin fishing wire to keep the dress tied to the ground and then released the balloons with the dress hooked onto them.

Wow.

Wedding photographers, the bar has been raised!

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A Friday 13th Gothic Wedding: Christina & James

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!

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A Retro Americana Wedding: Ralph & Carly

Ralph & Carly love all things Americana and retro and so the theme for their wedding was easy to decide on. They wanted to incorporate the feeling of driving through America in an open top car – something they love to do in real life.  Ralph had even proposed on a road trip through Arizona, one of their favourite places in the USA. “We love Americana and we feel that there is a big difference between what is retro and what is vintage”, Carly explained. “We wanted our wedding to be all things that we love. We love nothing more than booking a flight and a car in the US and then exploring, although sometimes we end up in very peculiar places and cannot wait for daylight to arrive so that we can head out! For the most part though it’s the way that we have discovered some of our favourite places. Each table was named after a hotel or motel that we have stayed in on our trips, there have been many others but these had the coolest signs.”

The wedding was held at The Chainstore in Trinity Buoy Wharf, at the London Docklands, a venue they originally found when going to an American themed diner in the area! “Went to visit the diner there, Fatboys, and after eating more than we could handle we felt that it would be best to walk it off so we went exploring”, Carly continued. “This is when we discovered the lighthouse which turned out to be The Chainstore. We fell in love with the building and its surroundings and I immediately pictured our wedding. When we looked into it we found that it is a complete blank canvas which was music to our ears as we had visited other, more traditional, wedding venues that were dictating everything to us. That, to us, sounded like hell!”

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