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!”
Becki and Elliott had a ton of DIY details in their Bristol wedding. From the flowers to the stationery and nearly everything in between! They even had a ‘make your own centrepiece’ competition for their guests and the winner was a life size Becki replica made from paper plates!
“We wanted the whole event to be an informal celebration, rather than a traditional affair”, explained the bride, “so we didn’t include certain formalities such as the wedding breakfast. We went straight from the ceremony to welcome drinks and then arts and crafts activities. We then had speeches, our first dance (including confetti cannons) and a ska band fuelled party!”
“Most of the décor was hand made by us with friends and family, and included paint pots, spray painted signs, a paint palette wall hanging and massive canvases that were hung on the walls that spelled out ‘Life is a blank canvas, so paint an adventure’. Our colour theme was primary colours rather than just one colour…”
“We decided to get married just three months after the proposal”, she continued. “We didn’t fully appreciate how much work there would be in organising a predominantly hand-made wedding! However apart from a few moments, we mainly complemented each other. Elliott works in project management with an (overly) obsessive attention to detail (and love for spreadsheets!) whereas I work in healthcare where caring and doing the right thing is most important.”
Stephanie and Sebastian travelled from their home in Germany to have a teeny tiny elopement ceremony on a dry lake bed just outside of Vegas. The bride wore a homemade dress and headpiece, and she arranged her own bouquet with flowers from Whole Foods. They brought lawn flamingos as décor and Mexican blankets to use as props for their photos.
“We tried to skip all the typical Vegas wedding things and keep it simple and cool”, wrote the bride “so we just head out of town! Luckily we found our wide open space in the middle of the desert and got married beside our beautiful friends. My friend played on the ukulele and sang after the ceremony which was very emotional.”
Well it doesn’t get more quintessential Rock n Roll than this! Jill and Simon met online and instantly connected over their love of heavy metal, eighties metal and Iron Maiden in particular. When they decided to get married there was only one way they were going to celebrate – with an all out heavy metal themed bash!
“I guess we were our own biggest inspiration for the wedding theme”, the bride began. “When we decided to actually have a wedding, all we knew is that we wanted a really cool rock party with a sprinkle of hitching. So we said ‘fuck it’ to the wedding norms and did our own thing. We created our own heavy metal matrimony full of high spirits and kick ass music. Our friends and family expected nothing less and were huge supporters of our ideas through the entire process.”
“We both live for eighties metal and hard rock so it was only natural to try inject it into every wedding day crevice possible. Everything from the invitations, our outfits, the favours, décor, cake, music for the whole day, and dress code had rock flavour. Our cake was a Marshall Amp with dials that went up to 11. For the dress code, we encouraged everyone to unleash their inner rock star and dress with rock or heavy metal flair. We were so thrilled everyone jumped on board the crazy train and bust out the tight leather pants, tatts (real and fake), teased hair, studs, denim vests, band shirts, and rock legend impersonations. It was so incredible to see and definitely boosted the day up to a whole other level of wonderful.”