For Roxane and Pierre, a relaxed homespun wedding was perfect. Their small ceremony was held at city hall, and they hosted the reception in the bride’s house. “Pierre and I met in Qatar, where we both work as airline pilots”, the bride began. “Everything happened very fast and after eight months together we decided to move in together. The only problem was that you are not allowed to live together without being married in Qatar so we decided to get married!”
“We organised everything in 6 months”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to do a picnic in a field very close to my house in Belgium, because it’s a place that I love and we both love nature. For that reason, everything had to be simple, especially as we both live so far away. Our priorities were having our families and close friends there, and lots of cheese, wine and champagne!”
Roxane wore two beautiful lace dresses, both super affordable. Her long sleeved ceremony dress was, unbelievably, from H&M and her reception one was from Lookbook Store. “I wanted a short dress that looked simple”, she said. “I found one in H&M that I liked, but at first it didn’t feel like ‘the one’, and then I found another one on Lookbook Store. I loved both of them and I didn’t know which one to wear so in the end I wore both!”
Anna and Jack wanted a fun wedding with a party atmosphere. So they hired their venue, Inshriach House, for the entire week, and stayed there in the run up with some of their guests. “We wanted the wedding to be a big fun party with as many of our nearest and dearest as possible”, Anna said. “We wanted our personalities and sense of humour to shine through. We wanted to get to married in the highlands, near my hometown of Kingussie and we felt the best way to do this was to organise most things ourselves and to have equal input and responsibility.”
“We stayed in the house during the week running up to the wedding with lots of family and friends, which was amazing. We got to pretend that we were fancy country people for a week. Walter, the Laird, has created a wonderful vintage feel to the house and it’s surroundings. This includes things like the old Old Aviemore train station having been transported to a field beside the house and turned into a bar! This is where we had the ceremony.”
Hands up if you love a little bit of sparkle and a lot of rainbow? Then prepare to fall in love. Zoe and David’s wedding has both coming out the wazoo! They were married in a church but had the reception in David’s great aunt’s garden.
“It’s difficult to have a truly unique wedding – you think you’ve thought of something independently and then the next blog you see its already been done!” Zoe wrote. “I think there’s a real upside to this, in seeing how people have already done things. No competition, all collaboration! David and I were so lucky in all the support we had from our amazing friends and family. It was such an epic day. So full of love and fun.”
So I KNOW you’re all desperate to hear about Zoe’s dress! Well, it was from one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Ouma. She has it customised from this dress and only cost her £120. What a bargain! Her shoes were Irregular Choice.
There was also plenty of DIY in this wedding including the bridesmaid dresses, the cake, the stationery and the food. “The wedding meal was a big family effort”, she said. “My brother made vegetable kebabs, my sister made nibbles. Two South African friends cooked the BBQ – they refused to cook anything that wasn’t meat so another friend, Pete, did the vegetables! We also had an ice cream stall from The Icicle Tricycle Cambridge which was a real hit.”
Jonathan and Sarah were married in May at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They wanted an intimate wedding which didn’t cost the Earth (in terms of budget and the environment!) They spend around $7000 on their day and it was perfect.
“We wanted our wedding to be small, twinkly, warm, delicious, inviting and with minimal impact on the environment”, began the bride. “The Botanic Gardens and The Mercury Cafe actually fit all of those things! As Jon took me jitterbug dancing for our first date at the Mercury Cafe, that was absolutely going to be our reception spot. We wanted to choreograph our first dance to ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. Which we NAILED by the way! Having our ceremony at a garden allowed us to save a fortune on flowers and decorations.”
“We didn’t do any printed out programs for environmental reasons so instead I wrote out seating charts on an old mirror that I had. We added strips of our wedding color fabric. I also made a wine picnic basket for our unity ceremony with help from Hobby Lobby and Michaels.”
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been looking forward to featuring Anna and Adam’s wedding for a while. Anna is a wedding photographer herself, and I’m a big fan of her work, so I knew her own wedding would be something special. The wedding was 100% DIY. They picked a venue that wasn’t specifically for weddings, but meant a great deal for them. They didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so did most things as frugally as possible. Their main concern was that the day involved all the special people in their lives.
The wedding took place by the sea in Anglesey in May. “We didn’t have a wedding theme as such”, began Anna, “we just wanted it to be colourful, relaxed, fun, full of laughs, unpretentious, family-focused and very much DIY and personalised to us and the people and things we love. We wanted everyone there to feel special and comfortable and get involved as much as they wanted to. Lots of weddings focus just on the bride and groom, but to us it was also very much a day about our wonderful group of friends and family. We’re both incredibly close to them and it was really important to us to celebrate the fact that we weren’t just coming together as a couple, but also as part of a precious larger community.”
When it comes to me accepting submissions to feature on this blog, I always ask myself the same two simple questions: Will my readers like this? And are there ideas in here that people can actually apply to their own weddings? More and more these days, I’m only able to answer yes to both these questions with the real weddings I’m sent. However sometimes, just sometimes, a styled wedding shoot fits the bill as well.
I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous shoot with you today because it is just that – totally gorgeous – but all the fun, colourful details are very much DIY and budget-friendly. You could take what you see here and apply the ideas to your own wedding without too much fuss (or expense!) and that makes me very happy indeed.