There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.
“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”
“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”
Corrinne & Duncan were married on 9th November in The Caves, Edinburgh. The heavily tattooed couple wanted a wedding that reflected them so the bride wore black, the ceremony was humanist ceremony and the personal touches were a-plenty!
“Duncan and I are quite heavily tattooed and it was important for us to to be true to ourselves on our big day”, the bride began. “We didn’t want to hide who we are. Rock n Roll Bride gave us the confidence and some of the inspiration to be us, and we wanted everyone to just enjoy the day and have fun and that was important for us. Things like the candy bar (as I have a HUGE sweet tooth), temporary tattoos and having a humanist wedding made our day great. It truly was the best day of both our lives. I’m a sucker for the little details so those were important to me – we had little Jagermeister miniatures for favours for the adults, a candy bar, matching ‘pick n mix’ cupcakes and homemade button bouquets and buttonholes.”
“We opted for a humanist wedding as we wanted the ceremony personalised to us and our family as much as possible”, She continued. “We both loved it from start to finish and we would recommend everyone to have one now! Juliet, our humanist, was truly amazing. We had a lot of faith in her and she did not disappoint. We could have had anything in the ceremony that we wanted, it really was an open book and for that reason that’s why I’d recommend it. We had one of our good friends do a reading in-between the ceremony and our other friend sang and played and an acoustic version of ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and best wedding they had ever been too. It really was overwhelming.”
Words can’t express how my heart ached for New York and the East Coast of America when I heard about all the tragedies surrounding one of the worst storms in 100 years. I read eye witness accounts from my friends and saw terrifying images of the flood waters rising in the streets that I had walked down just a few days before… And I know it sounds strange, weird even, but being a wedding blogger I also wondered what might have happened to any weddings that we’re planned around this time.
Is that an odd thing to think about? Maybe… But needless to say, I was overjoyed to read Laura & Rich’s story and to see how they still managed have the happiest day of their lives, despite the destruction and chaos around them.
“We were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in New Jersey on 2nd November,” wrote the bride, “and it almost didn’t happen… We were very close to postponing the wedding because it was all so crazy after the hurricane. We were without electricity and running water at home and the Inn’s power was only restored two nights before the wedding date. I got a frantic phone call from Peggy, our florist, the day before to tell us that she had received a call from the Mayor telling her that he could see that the Inn was illuminated from his house and that our wedding could go ahead after all! I really loved how everyone pitched in to make the wedding happen, we felt very lucky. From friends and family carpooling and getting gas in the middle of the night, to Rich having to pick up the tuxedos on the morning of the wedding from another town, to all the girls getting ready by generator power.”
Oh rainbow weddings, how I adore you. To me, there’s nothing more exciting than getting a wedding just like Brianna & Alex’s in my inbox on a drizzly November morning. Talk about brightening up my whole week!
The outdoor location is like a dream, and one that this gorgeous pair completely decorated themselves. They literally hand made everything – all the decor, the paper flowers and even the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses! Everything just works so well. The wedding was held at Canungra Valley Vineyards in Brisbane, Australia.
“We really thought about the kind of atmosphere we wanted to create”, Brianna explained. “We were expecting about 170 people so we knew it had to be a big space. We wanted everyone to mingle and to have activities for people to do so that they were entertained. The atmosphere had to ooze colour, love and creativity. Lots of fun was essential and lots of room to move. Most of the decorations were made us and our wedding party. We had a very long ‘crafternoon’ full of making paper things! The bride and groom picnic chair covers were made by my mum as was the bride and groom picnic rug. She’s a very talented lady!”
Back to the future, Indiana Jones, zombies… If you were to ask me to list my all time favourite things they would all be way up there. So when Ellery & Arlyn’s geeky gorgeous wedding landed on my lap I was more than a little bit excited to blog it… but also rather gutted that we didn’t do our wedding this way!
The Canadian couple were married at The Ironworks Studios in Vancouver. “The Ironworks used to be an old iron factory near the train tracks just outside of Gastown,” began the bride. “It’s now an eclectic venue used mainly for concerts and TV or movie shoots. We went to our friend’s book signing event there a few years ago and when we started talking about venues, the Ironworks was the place we both thought of first.”
“Our ceremony was officiated by Ellery’s dad, who is a retired RCMP,” Arlyn explained. “We wrote our own vows, and while we were saying them there were trains shunting in the background. it was actually quite fitting since Ellery and I spent the last four years working on Thomas and Friends! Our ceremony was pretty special and my favourite part of the day. It was nice to be surrounded by all our friends and family and seeing how happy everyone was for us. My daughter started crying which was totally unexpected and so touching and it got everyone all teary-eyed.”
One of the things that bums be out about living in the UK is that we can’t get married anywhere we like – of course many couples these days opt for a humanist ceremony at the spot of their choice with the ‘legal bit’ taking place a few days before or after, but it’s not really the same. And when I see ceremonies as gorgeous as Candice & Nathaniel right in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, I’m even more envious!
The wedding took place on June 3rd. The couple organised everything themselves and did so for less than $5000. The ceremony was held on 2nd Street Promenade, and the reception was at Memphis at the Santora, just round the corner. The couple met online and had their first date in the area, and Nathaniel proposed on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora,. Basically it was the obvious location for them to have their wedding too!
“Nate & I met online through the most unlikely dating site, OK Cupid”, explained Candice. “Our first date was spent in Downtown Santa Ana, where I was living at the time. Most of our first dates were spent hopping around the bars and restaurants in that neighborhood. We got engaged at midnight on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora. All of our friends were there, the bar bought us a bottle of champagne, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more romantic and loving. We celebrated the rest of the night with our friends, and even called our families at about 1am. It was fantastic.”