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A ‘Make Do & Mend’ Wedding Inspired by the 30’s & 40’s: Megan & Henry

Megan & Henry wanted their wedding to embrace the beauty of Australia and to be a mixture of glamour and the ‘make, mend and do’ styling of the 30’s & 40’s. The wedding was held in the Officer’s Mess at The Gap Bluff Centre, Sydney.

“The simple yet elegant characteristic of the art deco building in Watsons Bay National Park felt like the perfect place for us to celebrate our wedding with an intimate group of family and friends,” Megan wrote. “Surrounded by a bush setting and overlooking Sydney Harbour, our guests joined us on a glorious Winter’s day for a relaxed pre-ceremony gluhwein (mulled wine), and continued the celebrations into the night, dancing to the lively jazz tunes of the Red Hot Papas.”

“Not a lot of decorating was needed inside the art deco Officer’s Mess, so a few home-made or vintage items, and the large floral arrangements and cake, were enough to add colour to the white furniture – set up for an informal cocktail celebration. The flowers chosen for the bouquets and cake topper were all native, and the groom and groomsmen wore a succulent on their lapel.”

“We weren’t tied to the conventions of many marriages,” she continued. “We took the reigns early and really enjoyed coming up with our color, texture and typography pallets. We were also celebrating our wedding on our ten year anniversary, so were pretty well established in knowing what was going to best represent the both of our styles, as a couple.”

“Our first inspirations were of mashing Dead Wood with The Great Gatsby…dusty sepia flapper dancing with lawn boules and croquet … things became more realistic as we fine-tuned the details and ended up with mulled wine on the lawn and a banjo and double-bass player in the band to help us satisfy the fundamentals of our original vision.”

The bride wore a gown by Oanh Ma Couture with Camper shoes. The groom made their beautiful stationery.

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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?


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.


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 French Wedding with Afternoon Tea: Charlotte & Cédric

Charlotte & Cédric were married in Toulouse, France, at a former rural hospital founded in 1735 by the Bishops of St. Bertrand de Comminges.

The homemade cakes and DIY flower arrangements made this wedding personal as well as saved the pennies. The bride also made the giant pink pom pom flowers which lined the church aisle and her giant flower which she carried instead of a traditional bouquet.

“I think it was a Rock n Roll wedding because we wanted some fun and to share our happiness without a fuss,” Charlotte told me. “We organised a bubble battle with our friends and took some photos with fancy dress props in order to help people to be more relax. I think we were Rock and Roll with our accessories too: Cédric with his pink Converse and me with my giant flower.”

The reception has an afternoon tea feel and the decor was chosen to fit this theme, “The wedding theme was around the tea, and cake and mustaches (for Cédric!)” she continued. “Every table had some teapots, cups and flowers and each table was named after a famous person who had a mustache!”

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A Personal Preston Court Wedding: Gideon & Dara

Gideon & Dara described their wedding as not really having a particular theme. What was important to them was that their wedding was full of love and that the whole day felt very personal.

The wedding was held at Preston Court in Kent (I love this venue, just check out the reception room with the carousel wall!) which the couple decorated with all manner of things which they had collected themselves. These included paper place mats from Anthropologie, table numbers from Dear Emma Stationary, pom poms from Paper Pom Poms, Mustaches and Lips on Sticks from Mister Mustache and many other props from Amazon and various fancy dress stores.

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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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