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Rock n Sparkles: A New Zealand Wedding Full of Surprises

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Whitney and Craig were engaged on their nine year anniversary and married on their tenth. The wedding was held at one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, The Cardrona, situated between Queenstown and Wanaka.

“Our theme was ‘Rock n Sparkles’,” began the bride. “Those two things pretty much sums us up. We have a deep love of rock music and I have a deep deep love of all things glitter. We also absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE skulls and had white skull confetti up the aisle and scattered on the tables. I randomly stumbled across it five days before our wedding in a Halloween sale and I had to have it! I bought them all up for $1.50 a bag.”

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“One of the more unique things about out wedding was that we had a surprise wedding party of fourteen. Seven surprise bridesmaids and seven surprise groomsmen. None of them knew they were going to be in the bridal party until about half an hour before the wedding! They all wore their own clothes and they looked great even though no-one matched.”

“Another surprise was our ceremony music. As I said we’re both really into rock music so my entrance song was Astronomy by Metallica, the signing of the register song was I am a River by Foo Fighters and our recessional song we left to was The Game by Motorhead.”

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Low Key Wedding at Oxford University

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They met whilst both studying at Oxford University, so when Xandra and Steve got married that’s where they wanted to do it. “We met at the Oxford University Mountaineering Club during our undergraduate studies,” said the bride. “We had just moved to Edinburgh, so our initial plan was to have the celebrations there. Because we were not too familiar with the city, we found ourselves looking at wedding-packaged things, which felt too traditional. We eventually decided on Exeter College as a venue because it is a special place for both of us.”

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“So many people told us that the wedding felt ‘very us’, and that was the biggest compliment”, she continued. “We wanted to have fun, and incorporate things we love, such as Harry Potter, and Disney. We also wanted to pay tribute to our love of rock climbing in some way. We ended up sending our cake makers a sketch of a climbing-inspired cake, with ‘ropes’ of marzipan lining each layer, and 2D mountains on top inspired by a Poosac mountain pillow that was our first purchase for our flat when we moved to Edinburgh.”

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Dracula, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride & Star Wars

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Once they chose their Dracula and Halloween theme, the only date that Jessica and Andrew wanted to have the wedding was October 31st.

“The wedding theme was ‘Dinner at Dracula’s’,” explained the bride. “I wanted to have the spookiness of Halloween mixed with the classiness of dining at with the Count. Harry Potter was also definitely part of my inspiration. I wanted long tables with tons of candles, over the top food bars, and an almost magical, other worldly experience for our guests.”

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The ceremony was held outside, and was officiated by one of the bridesmaids who preformed the monologue from The Princess Bride. “The ceremony was very unique”, she continued. “Since I was wearing a black dress I knew I wanted to go down the aisle to the Darth Vader march, in which I was introduced as ‘All rise for the Imperial Lord’. Also my bridesmaid was the officiant and started her speech with ‘Mawwiage is wat bwings us together towday’ from the Princess Bride.”

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Mountain Lodge Wedding with a Kitten ‘Bouquet’!

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Jenaya and Benjamin’s wedding was inspired by their venue, Kachess Ridge Resort, a private hire rustic log cabin. “Our theme was log cabin meets creepy romantic”, said the groom.

The ceremony was held in the main living room of the cabin. “We had our dear friend officiate and he offered his love with challenges and blessings. Jenaya walked down the aisle to our friend Emily singing Yours by Elle Hendersen. She was holding a kitten instead of a bouquet! Our kids were our whole wedding party and they did great. We wrote our own vows. Everybody cried.”

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“For the food we had everybody bring their own special recipes for chilli and pies! My mom made cornbread and honey butter from the bees that my dad keeps. It brought such a sense of community and the food was better than any caterer. I mean, how can you beat family chilli recipes in the fall?”

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Sweet Like Candy: A Lavender Inspired Scottish Wedding

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Gemma and Chris’ surname is Lavender so that, coupled with the bride’s hair colour, helped them set their candy coloured theme. “Our wedding was a very colourful affair, with the main theme settling on our married name of Lavender”, said Gemma. “I have lavender coloured hair, I am quite heavily tattooed and I wore a light pink dress.”

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“Our other main theme was music, as we are both big metal and punk fans. Our table names were all NoFX songs and album titles and the seating plan was made from second-hand records screwed onto a door that we painted to look like a frame. For our first dance we swayed to Queens of the Stone Age, Make It Wit Chu.”

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DIY Camping and Festival Wedding

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Georgia and Mark did everything themselves for their festival inspired August wedding. They budget was just £4000 and the day was held in a field in the Lake District.

“It didn’t feel like there was a theme to the wedding”, the bride explained. “It just reminded me of the parties that my parents have been throwing since I can remember. Our inspiration was to have nice people, having a nice time. Nothing too structured and very chilled out.”

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“Instead of gifts, each guest gave us £20 towards the cost of the field, alcohol and food”, she continued. “We compared it to having a bar and having to pay for a hotel. This helped a lot and we are still very grateful. Our guests set up tents on the afternoon of the wedding then got ready for things to kick off. Everyone camped overnight, even people that have never slept in tents or visited the countryside. There were no strangers involved in the wedding. We knew every single person that was there.”

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