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Metal & Pagan Handfasting Wedding in Wales

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Sadie and Aaron initially wanted a Steampunk wedding, but after two years of planning it developed into an outdoor event in the Welsh hills with a dash of gothic, a hint of metal, and a sprinkle of pagan thrown in for good measure!

“We wanted to completely abolish the formality and pressures of a traditional wedding,” explained Sadie. “Our attitude towards the end of planning was ‘what will be, will be’. What was important to us was that not only our guests were chilled and enjoying themselves, but we were too. We decided to do without a sit-down meal and have an awesome buffet instead which meant that everyone could mingle easily. The guests also got the opportunity to explore the ruins near where we had our ceremony, and soak up a bit of history if they wanted too.”

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They had an outdoor handfasting ceremony which also included a unity candle ceremony. “Our ceremony was absolutely wonderful! Our celebrant, Ellie, even made our son Izaiah his own little cord (to match our handfasting cord) to tie around his wrist to symbolise our little family coming together. That bit made everyone cry! It was also unplugged which is something we will never regret. We wanted everyone to be in the moment with us, to watch and to listen as this whole thing would only happen once in our lifetime. Having banned the cameras and phones meant our photographer, Sassy, got some killer shots of our family and friends reacting, as opposed to staring at us through a screen.”

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Intimate Halloween Wedding with 30 Guests

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There’s something all together extra lovely about the simple, love-filled weddings… The ones without lots of extra details like centrepieces, cakes and fancy receptions… The ones where the couple just really want to get married and so do it on their own terms. So when I saw Jon and Jess’ intimate wedding, which was held at their friend’s house with minimal money spent, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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“We had a small wedding with maybe about 30 people, just our parents, siblings and some family”, began Jess. “I also made the food for dinner, so we didn’t have it catered. I wore a black wedding dress from shein.com.”

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Dark Fairytale Wedding

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Lina and Karl’s Swedish wedding was inspired by Grimm’s fairytales and the darker side of fantasy.

“We chose to call our wedding theme ‘dark fairytales’, alluding to the real endings of the Grimm fairytales and the writings of H.C. Andersen”, said the bride. “It also came from the love of fantasy and dressing up. We are the couple that wear elf ears and robes when The Hobbit opens in the cinema so we couldn’t have a ‘normal’ wedding! Visually, A Midsummer Nights Dream was a strong influence, but there were also nods to Tolkien, Norse and Greek mythology, Game of Thrones and many of our hobbies.”

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The bride had her dress made by The Couture Company in the UK and the groom rocked a morning suit owned by his grandfather! “My dress was magical and working with Jo at The Couture Company was a joy from start to finish. My shoes came from Amazon and I decorated them myself. I also customised Karl’s suit a bit with feathers and some homemade little insects to match my dress. I made his antlers too, in black and gold. The influences for both of our outfits came from Titania and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Gothic Architecture Inspired Wedding In a Cemetery

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Katherine and Andrew wanted their ceremony to be intimate but their reception to be a big party with musicians that they love playing all night. They were inspired by Rock n Roll, cemeteries and gothic architecture. The ceremony was held at an iconic cemetery near where they live.

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“Neither of us had any interest in the conventions and constraints of a traditional wedding. We just wanted to be ourselves, have a short meaningful ceremony and a big party afterwards with lots of friends”, said the bride. “Our ceremony was very intimate, with only a handful of family and friends present, and was conducted by our dear friend Bryan.”

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Moody and Dark Australian Elopement

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Mitch and Tash decided to elope and wanted their wedding to feel moody and a bit dark. So the bride wore black and they had their ceremony in a venue that looked like a gothic mansion!

“I always knew that if I was to get married I would be wearing black and it would be a little different to the norm”, said Tash. “We were inspired by bits and pieces of our lives that stood out. We love to check out Montsalvat every now and then. Its a European style artist’s colony established in the 1940s in Victoria, Australia. It is a very cool place, almost a little medieval and mysterious. We had originally planned to have the ceremony in a state forest but we were a little worried about the weather so it was really lucky that we were able to book the bluestone chapel at Montsalvat.”

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This Australian couple eloped with just their parent’s there as they wanted to keep things small and intimate. “The ceremony was short and sweet. Mitch made our copper ceremony arch which was really cool. I walked down the aisle to Lovecats by The Cure. Eloping locally with just our immediate families there is not something that everyone does, although we have since had some of our friends tell us what a great idea it was and that they would love to do something along the same lines!”

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Classic Rock n Roll Wedding with a Nautical Edge

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Char and Rob were married on a yacht in the San Francisco Bay. They had their ceremony on the deck, followed by the reception inside. The bride, a shoe designer, designed her own shoes which she wore with a stunning fishtail dress from Nicole Miller. The couple met when they were both playing in punk bands and this love of music and having an alternative lifestyle definitely influenced their day.

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“I would say our wedding was Rock n Roll with a nautical edge”, Char began. “Aesthetically, we had the striped print concept and gold anchor detail which was fitting for a wedding on a yacht but also very reflective of our personal style. I have recently started my own company, a speciality women’s footwear brand called Charla Tedrick, and the core prints for my brand are black and white stripes. It’s kind of all over our house, actually! I’ve had a gold anchor surface piercing below my left eye for almost a decade… so obviously gold anchors would make an appearance in our wedding décor!”

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