Liz and Luke said “We do” in October at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. They wanted a simple and modern wedding with Autumnal colours and plenty of homemade touches.
“We did lots of DIY”, the bride began. “Luke ad I made the favours – mini glass bottles filled with O’Haras Spiced Rum (the spiced rum of Sheffield). I hand wrote all the name tags as calligraphy is a hobby of mine. Myself, Luke and my mum handmade all the wedding invitations and we also collected postcards from our West Coast USA road trip (where we got engaged) for the table names and created the table plan and table signs using these.”
“However our biggest projects was the coke bottles!”, she laughed. “We made the fatal error of deciding to try and find Coca Cola bottles with every single guests name on to go with their rum favours. This started when we were in the supermarket and managed to find about 30 of them in one go and from there thought we’d be able to find them all in the months running up to the wedding. What we didn’t take into consideration was that the names we had found were the relatively straight forward ones – you know, the Steve’s and Dave’s. We didn’t quite realise how many unusual names were in our wedding party until being too far into this mission to quit – names such as Lanty and Tanasity for example. Coca Cola also didn’t really cater for the names of some of the older generations such as those of our aunties and uncles. Amazingly we did manage to find 68 of 75 guests in supermarkets. The final few we luckily managed to get printed at the supermarket when Coca Cola toured the UK. I still struggle to walk past the coke bottles in a supermarket without feeling the need to completely remove the entire stock from the shelf and rummage through it to see what names I can find. I think they will haunt me forever.”
New Yorkers Jen and Drew nearly met through a friend who tried to set them up on a blind date, however Jen wasn’t into the idea. However, as luck would have it, about a month later they met at a party and really hit it off. I guess that friend says”I told you so” to them a lot now!
The were married in Brooklyn, at the Wythe Hotel which was originally a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. The building was constructed in 1901 and has recently been converted into a 70-room hotel. The urban vibe was perfect for their modern themed day. “Our wedding was inspired by the beautiful simplicity of the hotel”, said the bride, “industrial meets modern. We used fresh, light, airy colours meets glitzy, glam sparkles. We embraced the neighbourhood (graffiti, ‘hipsters’, view of the city) and brought it into all aspects of the day. Both of us grew up in small country towns, where our families still reside, so we wanted them to experience ‘our city’.”
Having your wedding in a disused swimming pool might not be the obvious choice of venue for most couples, but for Natalie and Liam it was the most perfect setting for their day.
The venue was Victoria Baths in Manchester, a grade two listed building that opened in 1906 and has since been restored. “We had a non-religious ceremony in the Pineapple Room (so named because of the pineapple in the stained glass – it originally housed the Male 1st Class wash baths)”, began the bride. “From there we had a drinks reception in the Turkish restrooms before our wedding breakfast and reception in the Male 2nd Class pool which now has a dance floor!”
Natalie found her unique bridal gown at The Mews in Notting Hill. “I spent over a year trying on dresses that weren’t quite right”, she said, “but as soon as I walked in to The Mews, I knew ‘the one’ was there – and it was. The dress was Flemming by Rime Arodaky.”
The New York wedding of Tracy and Bryan was held in the Music Hall of Williamsburg. They really wanted the night to feel more like a huge party, rather than a wedding. The décor had a very cheerful and celebratory vibe with pops of gold and pink.
“We wanted the vibes to be upbeat and fun, so we kept the ceremony super short and lengthened the reception”, said Tracy. “The stage backdrop for the ceremony was so stunning and was the perfect way to highlight the vows, as well as the band later on in the night.”
“We did a lot of the décor ourselves. Along with family, we made over 700 tassels to be hung on chairs, stair rails, balconies, and anywhere else we could stick them. We made super cool half circle garland that criss-crossed the dance floor along with string lights. We hung additional garlands along the bars and put confetti EVERYWHERE.”
Michelle and Thomas met when they were both working in South Korea. “I was supposed to go with a friend who pulled out two weeks before”, she explained. “I decided to go anyway and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I had never been outside of North America and I was terrified! However, if my friend actually came I would have never met Thomas. He ended up taking her position and lived next door to me.”
“We didn’t have a set theme to follow for our wedding, but we wanted it to be elegant, romantic and fun”. she continued. “We also wanted to weave in personal touches that represented us and infuse some pops of colour since the manor house was very white. I included some paintings because we love art and we decided to give our guests bookmarks as a wedding gift since we both love to read. I chose to wear some statement jewellery and accessories, which I changed throughout the evening.”
Bethan and Rob’s wedding was held at The Eden Project in Cornwall. They took their inspiration from the domes themselves and the plants inside, creating a natural themed wedding with geometric accents.
“The ceremony and reception were both inside the Mediterranean Biome in the Eden Project”, wrote the bride. “Thematically we had nature, geometry (taking inspiration from both the biome’s hexagonal roof structure and plant life) and fun, with a hint of the mystical. We wanted to tap into our friends’ creative talents as much as possible to make it really personal.”
“Instead of flowers we chose to use succulents. There is something quite ethereal about the plumpness, gentle merging colours and geometric patterns in these beautiful plants. The wonderful thing about using succulents is that they are incredibly hardy, so even the ones that weren’t in pots (ie. my bouquet) did not go to waste. The stalks were just trimmed afterwards and they were replanted.”
“Our family and friends are all great gin lovers, so as wedding favours, we decided to offer them little medicine bottles with pipettes filled with sloe gin. I’ll never forget watching my Grandpa pipette sloe gin into his mouth between courses!”