You might think that there’s nothing more traditional in English weddings than a country garden setting, but Abby and Hoi’s big day was anything but quaint! They took the traditional elements and turned them on their head. From the bride’s short polka dot dress and purple hair, to the Hello Kitty cake and the vintage ice cream cart for dessert, this was a wedding that was quintessentially ‘them’.
“The inspiration for out wedding was to tell the story of how we met”, began the bride. “As well as to share the memories we have made with our family and friends. Some of the props we used were personally belongings from my granddad. We used his seeder plant boxes and Wellington boots to put flowers in.”
They were married in Cornwall, and Molly and Kelly were keen that the location be celebrated in their day. They held their reception in the gardens of Polpier House and had one long table set up for all their guests to sit at. Don’t you just love that?!
“With the majority of our family and friends travelling all the way from North America to attend, we were determined to make this as unique and memorable of an occasion as possible”, explained the bride. “We also wanted to retain a certain element of intimacy and elegance to our day.”
“Upon discovering that the dates of the wedding aligned with Mevagissey’s annual feast week, rather than shy away we decided to embrace the festival and fully integrate it into our day’s festivities. This included participating in the carnival procession and making a dedication for the magnificent fireworks display, which the wedding venue provided VIP seats for!”
Heather and Jeremy had a distinctive 1920s vintage theme for their South Carolina wedding. Held at The Farm at Ridgeway, the Friday wedding was a true labour of love, with the bride hand crafting and collecting nearly everything herself. She scoured thrift shops and antique stores and got a lot of things from Etsy.
“I have always loved all things old timey and the romance and sweetness that vintage lace, keys, napkins and little details bring back to life”, Heather explained. “The things that were distinctly different about our wedding was the time we spent to go out and hand pick each and every item that was used to decorate the venue and the time I spent crafting. I did everything from making the invitations and programs to assembling the bouquets and making the napkin rings for each place setting. We asked that all guests dress in 1920s inspired clothing, almost everyone did!! We also played 1920s music throughout.”
The bride bought her gorgeous dress from Etsy for just $199! The vintage gown was made of lace and was from the early 1900s. The condition was almost perfect and Heather only had to give it minor alternations. Her headpiece was homemade to match.
Her bridesmaids were given pretty much free reign on their dresses. Heather’s only stipulation was that they were light in colour and vintage inspired. Her flowergirls wore dresses that the bride made herself from curtains found in a thrift store for 50 cents!
Adrien and Nate met through their mutual love of music. The bride was in a band, Trouble Lights, and the groom booked them to play at his music festival. So clearly, music was going play a big part in their wedding. They were also inspired by the décor of Mexico, but they added their own unique twist to it.
“For our wedding, we were inspired by all of our artistic friends”, Adrien began. “Everyone involved with the wedding was also someone we know personally – the musicians, the caterers, the decorator, the photographer, the officiant, the bartenders…. We wanted music to be the main theme of the wedding so we booked the DJ and the bands the moment we nailed down a date. We are also both inspired by Mexican décor and color schemes, which inspired the big roses and the Papel Picados in the décor. However we wanted to go with a slightly more muted color scheme, so we took the colors found in Mexican folk art and created a pastel version – peach and aqua with touches of red, white, black, pale pink and pale blue. These colors fit well with the beautiful Iowa countryside locale.”
Bella and Matt were married at Cowparsley, a wedding venue in Somerset. They wanted a relaxed, outdoorsy day with a festival feel, a picnic lunch and a meaningful ceremony.
“We searched for a long time for a venue that would give us free reign to do what we wanted, (at an affordable price!) and we had nearly given up when we discovered Cowparsley”, the bride began. “The whole day; ceremony and reception, was spent in their delightful farmhouse country garden. We had our ceremony in a lovely little orchard, saying our vows in front of a tree that we decorated with Mexican flag bunting, flower garlands, paper petal strings, and paper birds. We drank Pimms and played croquet and skittles on the neighbouring lawns, where we also relaxed on blankets for our picnic style feast. There was a lovely big antique canvas marquee, in which we danced in the evening, before sitting round the bonfire back in the orchard at the end of the night. Everything being in one place allowed everyone to kick off their heels and make themselves at home, rather than standing on ceremony. This informal atmosphere was very important to us.”
“We wanted to get married outside, under a tree, in the sunshine”, she continued. “Sadly, it is not currently possible to have a legal marriage service outdoors in England, so we went to a register office in the morning with Matt’s mum and my step-mum as witnesses. In and out in 20 minutes, no fuss. For what we considered the proper ceremony, that afternoon, with our family and friends, we considered hiring a Humanist minister, as we are not at all religious. However, we felt that it would be a little odd to have a stranger preside over such a personal event, especially as we had quite an intimate wedding, with just 70 of our closest friends and family. So we asked a close friend to be our celebrant. Esh is an actor, so very confident with public speaking. He has also shared a flat with us in the past, so knows us both very well, and has a unique insight into our relationship! He did a wonderful job, creating the relaxed, fun tone we wanted, and giving a brilliant speech in which he logically proved that our relationship was a good one, with reference to a theory by philosopher Bertrand Russell!”
Lindsey and Ned were married in Tasmania, at the bride’s parent’s farm. overlooking the ocean. Their reception was at Stanley Town Hall. “Getting married on top of a hill overlooking the ocean (where the next landmass is South America!) and utilising whatever venue we could find locally was a pretty unique experience”, began the bride. “A weather proof reception venue was key to us as we can’t stand a flapping marquee on a windy, crappy night which is so often the case in Tassie. We were so lucky that the only place suitable was a recently restored, beautifully painted Art Deco hall! And it was only $800 to hire for four days!”
“We made/collected so many elements of the wedding ourselves without going overboard and getting stressed about it. I think the Pinterest generation are pressured to have hand made wedding elements and for people who may be not that way inclined already, they may feel forced to craft everything. It can really take the fun out of wedding planning. Luckily, I love making things and thrifting anyway but also feel like I got the balance right by not stressing about the little things.”