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Bonnie & Clyde Inspired Joshua Tree Elopement

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Mia and Jay wanted to do something completely different for their wedding, so they eloped in Joshua Tree, with just the them, a friend to officiate the ceremony and another to take the pictures. In fact, these photos look like something out of a fashion editorial shoot rather than a real wedding don’t you think!?

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After the ceremony, they buried a time capsule to commemorate the day. “We wanted to tell our story with our wedding, The Desert Noir Story (our surname is Noir)”, said Mia. “We knew we wanted to have a time capsule that contained trinkets of the past six years including our written vows and letters we’d written each other. We will come back in say, 20 years, to dig it up and we won’t know what the letters say until then! We wanted to come up with a creative story around it for the photos, so we shot it like we were burying something we’d stolen from a heist at a bank! Our overall inspiration was Bonnie & Clyde, dark moody colours, and film noir.”

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Intimate Courthouse Wedding for $250!

Intimate Courthouse Wedding for $250! (22)

Paola and Ben wanted their wedding to be as intimate and relaxed as possible. By keeping the guest list low, doing DIY projects, enlisting the help of family and friends and not renting a reception venue they also only spent $250!

They further kept their costs down by having having their ceremony at a courthouse. “We didn’t really plan anything for our ceremony, instead we just tried to go with the flow as much as possible,” began Paola. “Going into it Ben was afraid that our ceremony with a judge wasn’t going to be as special, but we both actually got pretty emotional. The judge also happened to be an old family friend which was a funny coincidence! We were able to have our whole family sit in the room to witness and take as many pictures as they wanted.”

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The bride put her own outfit together from a Halloween costume! “Although we were keeping costs down and trying to keep the day as intimate as possible, I still wanted a dress that would make me stand out at the courthouse”, she said. “My skirt was a part of a Halloween costume so it was on sale and my best friend, Jessica, did the alterations and added the tulle to to make it as poofy as I wanted it to be. My top was from Forever 21.

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New York Bookshop Wedding

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Jade and David were married in a New York bookshop in August. They themed their wedding around their love of travel, and on the tables were photo props for each of the cities they were named after. “We were inspired New York!”, said Jade. “It was the first place we went on holiday together and we’ve been back a few times since. We knew it would be the perfect place for us to get married.”

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After photos around Soho with their photographer, Sascha Reinking, the wedding itself was held at Housing Works Bookstore. “The venue was completely different to any wedding we’d ever been to. As it’s not a typical wedding venue and I suppose we both worried a little on how it might go. However the team there were so incredibly professional and the whole wedding went so smoothly. Also the wedding officiant, Reverend D, can only be described as unique, alternative and different! She was amazing, we each filled out a survey from her before the wedding so she could personalise the ceremony for us. It was short (just as we wanted), hilarious, sweet and so perfect for us. She stayed for the dinner and party after and our guests loved her just as much as we do!”

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Colourful & Fun Brighton Wedding with a Christian Ceremony

Colourful & Fun Brighton Wedding with a Christian Ceremony (19)

The most important part of the wedding day for Katherine and Andrew was the ceremony. Both Christians, this is where they put most of their energy and the bit they enjoyed the most. For their reception they wanted something colourful, fun and inspired by the beach.

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“The inspiration for the wedding was just us!” said the bride. “We wanted something colourful, fun and family-focused by the seaside. Anything we loved, we included. We had random Disney references and a Pixar short movie playing while we signed the register, we picked colours we loved and had a Lindy Hop first dance. There were board games and face mat coasters, balloons, fake tattoos for people to put on at the reception, succulents in teacups (I grow my own at home and we are both avid tea-drinkers!) The watercolour stationery nodded to our artistic sides, and we had some references to Brighton – the city I’ve lived in all my adult life that we both love. The table names were the countries we are travelling to on our 8-month sort-of honeymoon.”

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Music and Art Inspired Brazilian Wedding with a Flash Mob!

Music and Art Inspired Brazilian Wedding with a Flash Mob! (17)

Mary and Caio lived next door to each other for twelve years before they had their first date! For their wedding they brought together everything they love; art, music, friends, family, décor and vintage. They had an art gallery of Mary’s paintings, an old Volkswagen in the fields, five bands (which had the groom playing in all of them!), friends leading their ceremony, craft beer, décor items from their house… and they partied for nine hours straight!

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“I’m a painter, just like my father and my grandfather,” began Mary, “so in the long corridor at the main entrance of our wedding venue, we hung up more than 40 paintings and turned it into an art gallery. We wanted the first impression people had of our wedding to be related to art and for them to get to know more about my family heritage. We also had 14 paintings inside the main dancing hall.”

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Informal DIY Wedding in Nottingham

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Esther and Sid’s October wedding didn’t really have a theme, they just wanted something laid back and informal. They had their ceremony at Nottingham Council House in the centre of the city, and their reception at Canalhouse, a pub in the former Canal Museum.

“We wanted an informal day that was colourful, fun and all about us”, said the bride, “although it did have a slight vintage nod with the stationery. We took inspiration from Sid’s TRUE LOVE tattoos. Sid is a barber and has a barbering academy so we had a barber’s chair and a barbershop backdrop for our photo booth! I love dressmaking (my dress was loosely based on Dior) so as a nod to that we had tape measure ribbon bows on the flower jars and we had a vintage sewing box for the cards.”

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The bride asked her 16 year old son to walk her down the aisle. “My dad and I are not particularly close so I asked Billy to walk me down the aisle. However in the end I decided to ask my dad if he would walk with us too. We were late because dad needed to go to the bathroom so Sid was left waiting, becoming more and more emotional as the music played, wondering if I had changed my mind! He didn’t realise we were all having to wait while my dad found a loo!”

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