Shirley and Jonny wanted a relaxed wedding with all the most important people in their lives there… including their two dogs. In fact they picked their venue, The Arcadia in Portrush Northern Ireland, specifically because they could have them there!
“We really just went with the flow when we were planning the wedding”, Shirley explained. “We picked things that worked with our venue and the surrounding area. Both our venue and photographer where chosen because of our love of dogs. We had to have Max, our nine year old boxer, and Millie, our one year old Chinese Crested there. They are a massive part of our family no way could we have got married while they had been put in kennels for the day!”
“Unfortunately our baby Max passed away recently. We are all devastated but we have the most beautiful memories of him on our wedding day. If anyone is unsure whether they should include their dogs in their wedding we would say definitely do it.”
Anna and Travis were married in Louisville, KY on December 20th. The day had a winter and Christmas theme with lots of homemade touches. “We knew that we didn’t want something formal or scripted for our wedding”, said the bride. “Instead we wanted a big party! Neither of us are one for formal events, and we knew we wouldn’t feel genuine having the cookie cutter wedding. We wanted something laid back and enjoyable that didn’t break the bank and I think we succeeded.”
“To keep costs low we DIY’ed wherever possible”, she continued. “My little sister helped a ton with our floral arrangements. My only regret there is we had ordered dark purple flowers and received pink ones. It wasn’t a huge deal for us, but something I wish I would have known was a possible risk.”
Leeanne and Zak wanted a DIY wedding in all senses of the word. Initially they weren’t even going to have a professional photographer, but thankfully some friends convinced them otherwise! While this was a bigger expense than they were planning, they were able to counterbalance that with lots of savvy money saving options. The bride’s dress was £29 in the Monsoon sale for example! Their ceremony was at Leeds town hall and their reception at Thwaite Mills, an industrial museum, also in Leeds.
“We wanted our wedding to be informal, welcoming and inclusive”, said the bride. “Zak’s mum is Spanish and we love the way they do a great mix of food and good times over there. While our wedding wasn’t exactly Spanish themed, we were influenced a lot by that. We also wanted as much colour as possible. It looked amazing against the industrial back drop of the water mill. Leeds can be very grey, so we wanted to be sure there was colour.”
I have a funny feeling you’re going to completely fall in love with Helen and Ainge’s colourful wedding. Rainbow roses, bridesmaids ear headbands made of flowers and a bride carrying a hamburger purse! I mean what’s not to adore about it?!
“When we were planning the wedding we didn’t really have any strong ideas regarding what we did want but we knew exactly what we didn’t want”, began Helen. “We didn’t want a bare function room, we didn’t want it to be too traditional and we definitely didn’t want it to be too stuffy or formal. We viewed the Belle Epoque in February 2014 and booked it a few days later. It was exactly what we were looking for – quirky, cosy and with amazing food!”
“When it came to our theme, I’ve always loved colour and am known for my brightly coloured shoes!” she continued. “Our house is filled to the brim with colourful things and I just couldn’t imagine only choosing two or three colours for the wedding. So we went for all of them! We were so lucky that we found our florist Emma Fawcett-Eustace as she was fantastic from start to finish. I told her my (very rough) ideas for the flowers and she just went to town and created the most amazing bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces. She was so enthusiastic about our colourful wedding and was just a joy to deal with. The groom, the dads, the best man and each groomsman had a different coloured buttonhole each and myself and the bridesmaids had bouquets filled with gerberas, parrot tulips, craspedia and, of course, glorious rainbow roses.”
Brandi and Chris’ wedding had a Victorian gothic theme, to reflect the bride’s gothic tendencies! “We drew inspiration from the Victorian era”, she said. “Chris has a love of aviation which we celebrated through our venue choice, Royal Canadian Air Force Officers Mess.”
“The most significant story of our wedding is that our officiant didn’t show up!” she continued. “Once the time of the ceremony came and he wasn’t there, four people got on their phones calling everywhere for an emergency officiant. While I patiently waited in the limo (and popped the champagne early) Chris was the one who found someone first, and our replacement arrived 20 mins later. Flustered as we were, our ceremony began an hour later then scheduled. Because of the delay we couldn’t get to our planned photo location, the National Art Gallery, but a big receiving door next to the venue did the trick. We plan on re-doing our photos in the original location for our first anniversary.”
Michelle and Thomas met when they were both working in South Korea. “I was supposed to go with a friend who pulled out two weeks before”, she explained. “I decided to go anyway and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I had never been outside of North America and I was terrified! However, if my friend actually came I would have never met Thomas. He ended up taking her position and lived next door to me.”
“We didn’t have a set theme to follow for our wedding, but we wanted it to be elegant, romantic and fun”. she continued. “We also wanted to weave in personal touches that represented us and infuse some pops of colour since the manor house was very white. I included some paintings because we love art and we decided to give our guests bookmarks as a wedding gift since we both love to read. I chose to wear some statement jewellery and accessories, which I changed throughout the evening.”