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Colour Explosion, Day of the Dead Dress Up Barn Party: Neil & Tash

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I’ve seen a lot of Day of the Dead themed weddings in my time, but hand on my heart, none have been as incredible as this one! From the bride’s black dress with hidden rainbow petticoat, to the extravagant and gorgeous DIY decorations and the holi powder war (!), this is a wedding I KNOW you’re all going to love.

“Between the two of us we share a few cultures – Indian, Afrikaans, Polish and good old everyday South African”, began Tash. “Mashing the cultures, and therefore the traditions that accompany the various cultures, with our own individual likes and dislikes, was inevitably the inspiration for our day.”

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“A few eyebrows were raised when we shared our ideas with family and friends, but we stuck to our guns and created a day that reflected who we are as individuals. This to me was what made it ‘alternative’ (besides the black dress, unlimited vodka and skulls everywhere).”

The day was held at the Mckenzie farm in Lions River, South Africa. The ceremony was in the nearby woods and the reception was in the barn. “The thinking behind our wedding theme was that we got engaged in India, we both love colour and we both love to dress up”, she continued. “I love skulls and Neil dislikes anything fancy and elegant. I also love DIY and power tools! From that process evolved our theme: laid back, unpolished, colour explosion, Day of the Dead dress up barn party!”

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Relaxed Back Garden Wedding in Surrey: Rachel & Ally

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Rachel and Ally won their wedding photography though a contest hosted on this very wedding blog, so when Rachel excitedly emailed me with the resulting gorgeous photos, I couldn’t wait to post them! The wedding was held in Ally’s parent’s back garden in Surrey.

“When we first got engaged and I started to look at possible venues I got so downhearted that I abandoned the search for 18 months”, began the bride. “Every couple wants a wedding that represents them, and we were no different, but I felt everywhere I looked we either couldn’t afford or wouldn’t let us choose the things that were important to us. They all seemed to insist that you use their recommended suppliers. We are both laid back and wanted something that wouldn’t be stressful to organise.”

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“Rather than start at what we wanted, we started at what we didn’t want and built from there. We didn’t want formality or to subscribe to tradition. I didn’t want a wedding dress and Ally didn’t want a morning suit. We wanted it to feel very natural and relaxed so cut out many of the usual parts that make up a wedding. I didn’t want to be a princess; the only thing I wanted to be on our wedding day was Mrs Jowett.”

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Bohemian Wedding at Big Trees State Park: Patrick & Jessica

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Patrick and Jessica were married June 29th with a budget of under $5000. They planned everything themselves and the bride’s uncle conducted the ceremony.

“Patrick and I grew up in the same county and graduated in the same high school class”, began the bride. “Where we live is very ‘small town America’. We wanted our wedding to have the same feel. Patrick and I both love camping and the outdoors. Every aspect of our wedding had our own personal touch and backstory. We wanted our wedding to represent us and our guests really loved how genuine it was. We didn’t want a generic wedding we wanted something that we made and represented our relationship.”

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The ceremony was held at Big Trees State Park on Beaver Creek and the reception was at the group camp area. The flowers were gathered and arranged by the bride and her bridesmaids. They made flower crowns and the centrepieces.

“I loved the night before and the morning of our wedding”, Jessica continued. “The bridesmaids, tribesmaids and I camped out and made the floral hair wreaths, boutonnières, and table arrangements. We slept under the stars and at dawn we had a silent vigil on a beach at the river. The silence was broken when we all jumped in the water. It was very serene and empowering to start the morning with my closest friends and jump into the brisk water. It was symbolic to the day, plunging into my new life as a married woman.”

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Bohemian Midsummer Wedding in Scotland: Fiona & Mike

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Fiona and Mike wanted an outdoorsy, chilled out wedding that was as fun for their guests as it was for them! They went above and beyond to provide entertainment, drinks and food that everyone would enjoy. Having as much as possible locally sourced was also really important to them both.

“We wanted to have our wedding outside surrounded by the landscape that makes us both happy – the dramatic mountains, colours and trees of the Scottish Highlands”, explained the bride. “The wedding was also to be a celebration of time and place and locality.  Using local, seasonal and sustainable food, drinks and materials as much as possible. To be true to ourselves by throwing our ideal summer party where all our guests felt valued and included.”

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The wedding was held at Inshriach House in Aviemore, Scotland. “We live in Edinburgh but regularly take the 2.5 hour trip up the A9 to my family’s second home near Aveimore”, she continued.” We got engaged up there in the woods on Alvie Estate with Archie the dog beside us.  So it seemed only right our wedding was the same!”

In terms of DIY, there was plenty! The groom, his brother and both Dads built the arch structure for the ceremony, which was then draped with flowers. The bride’s father also cut railway sleepers into blocks which they attached the menus too. All the signage was also homemade.

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Creative and Colourful 1950s Inspired Wedding: Ryan & Connie

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With a budget of just £4000, Ryan and Connie planned a beautiful 1950s inspired wedding. The bride wore a dress made especially for her by Honeypie Boutique, shoes from Next and fun Tatty Divine jewellery. The bridesmaids’ vintage inspired dresses were by Vivien of Holloway.

“We love colours, patterns and prints so we wanted the wedding to reflect that”, said Connie. “All the bridesmaids chose their own coloured dress and I had a bright pink ice cream bag!! We wanted to use local suppliers as far as possible and keep costs low by making things ourselves. We also wanted the day to be colourful and bold but also relaxed.”

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The day was held at Kelham Island Museum and Little Mesters Bistro in Sheffield. “Our wedding was on the Tour de France weekend and Sheffield was crammed with people!” she continued. “Travelling to the venue with my bridesmaids in our vintage VW camper van was incredible! There were so many people, including lots of street performers on stilts, looking in and waving. It made it feel even more special.”

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Woodland Weekend Wedding in Yorkshire: Lorna & Liam

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Lorna and Liam were hitched at Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire. They hired the place for a whole weekend in August so they could have a nice, long celebration. “We both love nature and fell in love with the venue straight away. This had a massive influence over the whole wedding”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be informal, fun and a great reflection of our relationship and life.”

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“Our theme was definitely a rustic woodland theme. We love colour so had many colours around, we used swallows inspired from our tattoos, logs from Liam’s yard, sunflowers have always been my favourite flowers… We tried to keep it as ‘real’ as possible. We did loads of DIY. We had three main areas to fill and two nights worth of fun. We were very fortunate to have so many amazing people to help us. Liam’s friend made us a coconut shy, my sister made all the signs and Hannah, our wedding planner, did all the stationery. It really was a joint effort of DIY.

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