Jason and Alexis’ home grown wedding was held at at The Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire. They wanted a weekend long affair, with all their guests camping and staying with them. With the bride being a writer, the wedding had a literacy feel. She wrote the ceremony herself their were book and poetry references throughout the wedding.
“Home grown and alternative are the first words that come to mind”, began the bride when I asked her about their theme. “We wanted something different, while still appealing to older family members and those who expected a more traditional wedding. Most of our friends have been married in the woods, in fields, in barns, so this was expected for their inner circle, but their families were blown away by the whole weekend affair.”
“As a writer, I wrote the ceremony, which consisted of quotes from Harry Potter and Hugo’s Les Miserables. For their vows, we took turns reading from the children’s book, I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, a book which I had given Jason several years ago.”
The couple really wanted to put themselves into their wedding, with nods to all their favourite things throughout the weekend.
Aaron and Cariad were hitched at Willesborough Windmill in Ashford, Kent. They fell in love with it as the owners were super laid back and allowed them to do whatever they liked! Their day was fun, casual and all the colours of the rainbow.
“We actually got married on the weekend of our 10 year anniversary”, began the bride. “Our inspiration for the wedding was just to be unique and alternative. When we started planning a wedding we soon realised there was no way we could afford a venue big enough to house everyone we loved, so we invented this thing called The Wedding Tour. We got married at the windmill with our close, local family and friends and then we packed up all the decorations and took the reception on tour!”
“We had parties throughout the rest of the month, which was cool because we got to wear out wedding outfits a bunch of times and had four colourful wedding cakes! It was a bit more money on top (but nowhere near as much as a big wedding in a venue that asked for £3000 just for hire) and it was more tiring that we had expected, but we definitely got more quality time with guests and made a lot more memories than if it was just one day.”
While planning their colourful and DIY heavy wedding for May this year, disaster struck. Stu and Lisi’s flat burnt down, bringing with it nearly all of the things they’d collected for their wedding so far! Starting over must have been massively stressful, but they were still able to pull off the DIY wedding of their dreams in a relatively short time frame!
“Our theme was colourful boho, with a little vintage inspiration”, wrote the bride. “We love boho décor, and we needed to have loads of colour to match our personalities. There are a lot of boho themed weddings recently, but very few that incorporate so much colour and vibrancy. We aimed for fuss free décor, and we had to have flowers, flowers and more flowers. The more colour the better, and you can see from our wedding cake that we carried through that notion from décor to food!”
If there’s one thing the Irish know, it’s how the throw a good party and this was the exact criteria for Ana and Ricky’s humanist wedding. Held on the Liss Ard Estate in County Cork, they wanted a colourful day that celebrated them, but that was also really fun for all their guests.
“My family is half Colombian and we wanted to celebrate the mixing of cultures in our wedding so we decided to have a wedding with a Latin theme”, explained Ana. “Both being fans of bright colours, we hoped our special day would reflect our gregarious personalities and loving relationship. We are definitely more spiritual than religious, so we took a lot of inspiration from traditional folk celebrations such as the Mexican Day of the Dead as well as the decorative religious imagery found in catholic churches around Latin America.”
“We wanted an event that was unconventional, joyful and exuberant, in contrast to the muted and restrained style of weddings traditionally held in the UK and Ireland, but with a touch of the vintage glamour we both love. Our priorities were for their guests to relax and have fun, and for everyone to be pleasantly surprised with the originality and creativity that had gone into planning the day.”
Shimrit and Liron planned their Jewish wedding in Tel Aviv in just a month. Because of the short time frame they ignored a lot of traditions and forgot about having lots of extra details. They kept things simple and affordable.
“The inspiration for the wedding was the good old weddings, before weddings became tacky and cheesy and brides and grooms lost proportions”, wrote the bride. “The guests said that they felt like they were sent back in time. I think we managed to create a good combination between the vintage feeling, oldies songs, light mood, simplicity, Israeli and the respect we gave to the ceremony. It didn’t feel fake, it felt authentic and ours. I think it’s rare to be at a wedding that really reflects the couple’s vibe.”
“We did a lot ourselves including the table centrepieces, the table numbers, the flowers and candy arrangements”, she continued. “My wedding dress was inspired by the 1920s and was made from ivory velvet, French silver-cream lace and decorated with lots of pearls and Swarovski stones. I designed and made it myself as well as all of the bridesmaid’s dresses (six adults and three flower girls!) I also made the bow ties for the boys.”
Jake and Pixie were married at the fabulous Lyde Court in Hertfordshire. They took that space and transformed it! Two years of wedding planning meant the couple had plenty of time to collect and create all the little details that went into their beautiful reception space.
“We both love vintage things”, explained Pixie. “I am a photographer and graphic design and love vintage creations. I love collecting objects and rummaging through charity shops. I love the fact that they have been used before and all have a story. I also am a bit mad and love crazy stuff, so decided to go with a vintage style mad hatter’s tea party for our wedding. My collections were everywhere!”