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A Laid Back Camden Wedding: Gemma & Liam

Recently I’ve been getting so many weddings in my inbox where the couple describe their wedding theme as ‘laid back’. This makes me very happy indeed. I think a lot of couples stress so much about having the perfect magazine or blog worthy wedding that they forget about actually enjoying the whole process! Well not my readers… you guys know where it’s at!

Gemma & Liam’s Camden wedding couldn’t have been more gorgeous. The relaxed vibe of the venues they chose, and their quirky and fun fashion choices made this wedding stand out from the crowd. “The whole wedding was a very laid back affair, from organisation through to the actual day,” Gemma told me. “I didn’t even write a to do list until 2 weeks before the big day and I’m not sure if I even used it!”

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A Long Weekend Wedding at Cliff Barns: Nic & Will

Nic & Will hired the gorgeous Cliff Barns in Norfolk for the entire weekend (and then some!) for their wedding. The venue sleeps 20 and with family coming from far and wide they decided having the space from the Thursday to the Tuesday would make for a nice mini break for everybody with a wedding thrown in to boot! “We decided to make a long weekend of it, and invited our family (from NZ, NYC, Canada) over to stay in the house with us for 4 days”, Nic told me. “It gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and meant that we didn’t feel like we had to squeeze all our ‘hellos’ into one day.”

“We were looking for a relaxed and intimate vibe for our wedding and liked the idea of a festival style wedding, and Cliff Barns leant itself perfectly to that. You can’t help but be relaxed and playful in a venue surrounded by such treasures.  I was particularly fond of the tipi and fancy dress outfits!”

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A Homemade Festival Wedding: Anna & Jonny

“Although there were some traditional elements to our wedding, we wanted to keep the day as informal as possible,” began newlywed Anna. “We wanted a traditional wedding ceremony, but for the reception we just wanted to create a space for our friends and family to enjoy themselves. We had music all day, put out games and a fancy dress box, and left a jar of moustaches on the bar. The fancy dress box was well-used and our wedding became the chaotic festival-party we always wanted!”

“We didn’t really plan a theme, our wedding was just a collection of all the things we love – The English countryside, camping, festivals, folk music, food, beer and Fancy Dress! We’re big campers, and love going to festivals in the summer so our wedding loosely followed that.”

Anna & Jonny were married in April in Hampshire. Their ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church and their marquee reception was in the grounds of Gilbert White’s House & Museum. “We both grew up around Selborne village and wanted to celebrate our wedding somewhere that was close to our hearts”, the bride continued. ” Johnny used to work in the gardens of the Gilbert White Museum when he was younger, and we wanted our wedding day to have a real English-country garden feel to it so the beautiful setting and history of the place was perfect for us!  The museum has only just started making itself available for weddings so we felt very lucky to be able to hold our wedding there.”

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A Maryland Farm Wedding: Jamie & McKenzie

This wedding is just too gorgeous for words…like literally. I just stared and stared at these amazing photos for (what seemed like) hours before I found the words to start writing this article. There really is something utterly breathtaking about this wedding and Lydia Jane‘s images that captured it. I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you today so please forgive my gushing…

Jamie & McKenzie were married at home. They love their lifestyle on their farm, living alongside the sheep and chickens, so a homespun wedding was really the only option. The couple have a hugely supportive family who all helped out to make the wedding happen.

“Initially our wedding budget was non-existent. Jamie had just broken his arm, had surgery with no insurance, was out of work, and I was supporting the both of us”, McKenzie told me. “Our families pulled together to make our wedding a completely different ‘animal’ than we’d initially imagined. We were going to do a modified potluck, put together a bunch of small 12×12 tents, clean out the garage and open the house up to guests if it was raining, pick our own wildflowers, etc. I think combined, our families spent about $6,000 on us. I’m not completely sure but I’ll be honest, this is a sore spot for us because $6,000 is an incredible amount of money and it’s challenging to say no to people who really just want your wedding to be beautiful and ‘normal’ and non-farmy and accessible to older relatives. We eventually gave up a lot of our original ideas because we realized that if our families were going to help us, we’d have to be flexible with our values (local food vs. Costco, etc.) It sounds like I’m complaining, but really it’s just out of concern for what people can really afford and a strong dislike for harmful consumerism. Spending even $100 to us is a BIG deal. We’re trying to start a farm and thinking about that money going towards one-day’s worth of non-local baby carrots was a little unnerving (I don’t actually know how much money was spent on carrots, I’m just saying…) Overall, it was a beautiful day, and everyone worked their butts off to make it so. We are lucky that our families care about us enough to wrangle sheep, brave potential poison ivy patches, build new stairways, and let go our non-traditional trash set-up. This was where the money spent on non-local food became okay in our eyes. We divided the set-up into recycling, trash, and chicken-scraps. After dinner, our guests scraped their own plates in a homemade ‘mess hall’ and were overall pretty respectful of us wanting to feed the food scraps to our chickens. Our chickens ate like royalty for the next few days!”

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A Pretty Pastel Cinema Wedding: Lynn & Nick

I need weddings like this is my life right now. Yes need. I hate to jump on the ‘British summer, what summer?’ bandwagon but jeez Louise where is the sunshine Blighty?! I do not approve. What I do approve of however is little rays of joy like Lynn & Nick’s wedding crash landing into my inbox. Sunshine! Rainbows! Pastel pretty things! This baby has them all…

The wedding was held at an old movie theatre in San Diego. When the couple couldn’t find a wedding venue they loved, Nick suggested this place. It really allowed them to let their creativity run wild and include things that were special to them.

“I had to keep reminding myself that there is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding”, began newlywed Lynn. “This day just had to fit our personalities, and be what we wanted. We mixed old with new and handmade the rest. Our friends took turns being DJ, our favorite restaurant catered. I’m a fashion designer so I made the bridesmaid dresses (the tutus came from etsy). The colors I chose for them set the color palette for the entire wedding. The band we chose were the ones that were playing when we first fell in love.”

“We wanted our wedding to be fun and meaningful,” she continued. “Mostly we wanted it to feel like ‘us’. We LOVE movies and everything old, so we decided to get married at the vintage Ken Cinema which was built in 1912. Family was also a huge deal to us. Our invitations read, ‘Please join us as we become a family’. My 7 year old son Owen became best friends with his new step dad immediately. We felt as though we were all getting married, so we included Owen as much as possible. He was the best man as well as the ring bearer and he wore a vintage powder blue suit. He said the words, ‘you may now kiss the bride’ and made a toast at the reception that consisted of a knock knock joke. He was even on the top of the wedding cake with us, depicted as a baby vampire.”

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Star Wars, Video Games & A Geek Chic Themed Wedding: Jane & Neil

Facebook loves these guys. How do I know? Well because I sneak peeked a photo of them (with the focus on Jane’s epic Terry Fox wedding dress) and people went crazy for it. Cue the most ‘liked’ wedding photograph on my facebook page ever. 430 (and counting) likes to be precise. Mind = Blown.

So needless to say, I’m assuming there’s a lot of Rock n Roll Bride’s out there eagerly awaiting seeing the rest of this wedding… and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better I have 3 words for you.

Star. Wars. Theme.

And yes.. they we’re married on May 4th. Contained yourself? Then I’ll begin…

Jane & Neil were married at The Maynard, Derbyshire. “We chose ‘Star Wars Day’ as our wedding date as we are both fans of the films, proud to be geeks and it tied in with the ‘geek chic’ theme”, Jane told me. “We were also lucky that it was a Friday before the bank holiday weekend.  Plus, how can either of us ever forget our anniversary now? We chose Jon of S6 Photography as our wedding photographer. I knew we were going to hire him as soon as we stepped into his front room and Neil instantly clocked his flat screen tv, PS3 and Xbox 360.  Neil is a gadget and gaming geek and the fact that Jon gave a photo presentation on a digital projector (and his awesome dog loved Neil) sealed the deal. It also helps that he does the most amazing photos and we both fell in love with his blog!”

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