High school sweethearts Victoria and Ian were married in May. Their wedding was loosely based on their love of Glastonbury festival with references including their invites and the decorations.
“We wanted the wedding to be fun and informal”, said Victoria, “and we really wanted to have the ceremony outside. We fell in love with a secret garden at Burton Manor but it wasn’t licenced for ceremonies. So we decided to sign the register a day earlier and have a non-legal ceremony on the day that we organised ourselves. It was a massive gamble on the weather, but we lucked out and had lovely sun throughout. My uncle Tony played guitar for the guests as they arrived and we supplied camping chairs for the ‘more mature’ festival goers, while other guests remained standing for the whole ceremony.”
“The only thing I knew about flowers is that I wanted them bright and colourful”, she continued. “I let our florist use their imagination to create an amazing surprise for us on the morning of the wedding. The flowers were one of the highlights of the day and took the least amount of effort and stress.”
“One of our favourite things was our rings. We couldn’t find rings any that we liked so we decided to do a wedding ring workshop to make our own! We did everything for them including coming up with the ideas and melting down Ian’s granddad’s ring to use. They are now even more personal and special because we made them ourselves.”
Julie and Arthur wanted something colourful and relaxed, with a Latino and ethnic touches to reflect the bride’s Colombian heritage. The wedding took place in France in June.
“We wanted more on an American style wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to be outside and we didn’t want a traditional church ceremony. We rented this amazing house with a view over the ocean for a week. This gave us time to prepare everything and to welcome our family and friends for longer. It was more like a holiday with a wedding in the middle!”
Sarah and Colin’s homemade wedding was full of personal touches and Scottish references. They were married at Comrie Croft in Perthshire, Scotland.
“We had loads of help from friends and family with making things including individual crochet favours for each guest made by my mum, the cake by one of my bridesmaids, the table numbers by another and all the wooden props by my dad and brother”, Sarah said. “All the other cakes and desserts were made by guests – we had a cake competition! I also made the ribbon curtain we had at the ceremony and me and my bridesmaids made our own flower crowns.”
“The best bit of the day was the woodland ceremony. Seeing Colin shed a tear and having all my favourite people around us made me feel really special! Our friend Matt runs a community choir so we got him to make the guests into a wedding choir – they sang The Proclaimer’s Let’s Get Married. They all sounded so beautiful and it was a truly special moment for us.”
Iris and Josef planned their entire wedding by themselves. They wanted something casual and fun rather than formal and stuffy, so they chose to have their reception in a park in Regensburg, Germany.
“We wanted everybody to feel comfortable”, they explained. “So there were no rules, only a lot of friends and good spirits. We basically changed everything we didn’t like about weddings!”
“One of our favourite things was the ‘friendbook’ that we made instead of a guestbook. Everybody had to fill it out and say things about us, for example what animal they think we’d be, what other names we could have… it was really funny to read the next day!”
Nadia and David were married in September at Meadowood Centre in Bellville, OH. The 1820’s barn sits on top of a hill in a woods and was the perfect place for their casual nuptials.
“By the time we were married, it had been 10 years since our first date”, Nadia explained. “This wedding was a long time coming, so we didn’t want to just pay to have everything thrown together without thought. It was important to us to make it really special, not only for each other, but for everyone who’s loved and supported us through the years. Everything had sentimental value. Whether your guests are aware of the stories behind every detail is insignificant; the important thing is that you remember your day as being hugely personal by every stretch of the imagination. It might take more effort, but if you give yourself enough time, it’s more fun than it is work. We spent time making sure every aspect of the day came from the heart, and doing anything from the heart is unique and inspiring.”
Nadia wore a BHLDN dress with jewellery from Etsy and a flower crown made from real blooms. Her bridesmaids all wore cream or white and she let them choose their own dresses. “We just wanted everything to feel natural and for our guests to have a good time”, she continued. “I think when you avoid colour schemes and trendy themes, your wedding will be timeless.”
Meg and Natasha met online. “Its our dirty little secret”, they laughed. “We are both super busy business women and were looking to find someone like-minded. Within a couple days of signing up we connected and then both ended our subscriptions. We both knew we had found our match.”
They were married in Colorado at Two Rivers Winery & Château.” We are both well-travelled, we own a high-end salon, and wanted to do something non-traditional for our wedding”, they continued. “We really focused on having more of a celebration than a stuffy wedding.”