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An Alcohol-Free Summer Gathering with Cake… and a DIY Dip-Dyed Wedding Dress!

Katinka and Andy met on Livejournal in 2008, and after finally meeting in person, it was love at first sight. They were married in May in Belgium and there wedding was themed around the things they love – Toy Story (check out the bride’s shoes!), summer gatherings with friends and cake!

“Whenever we have people over I bake cake and make lemonade”, began the bride. “We just sit and talk the afternoon away, enjoying our food and drinks and we play the occasional game of Kubb. It’s one of the things we love the most, so we just did that for the wedding, but instead of a small group of friends, there were about 70 people!”

“Our wedding was like an afternoon tea/ garden party, without the sandwiches and just more cake. Because cake makes everyone happy and that is exactly what we wanted. There were scones, cakes, homemade lemonades and hot beverages. We didn’t have any beer or wine, only some cider. I don’t drink any alcohol and Andy only ever drinks the occasional cider. We wanted it to be our day, our party. We would never have wine and beer at a party, so we thought, what the heck, why not just get rid of beer and wine for our wedding too?! This saved us a lot of money. The atmosphere was very relaxed. There were people playing lawn games, eating cake, talking, enjoying the sun. Just the kind of party we love.”

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Bohemian Vegan Wedding with a Smoke Bomb Recessional!

Megan and Mason wanted their wedding to feel like ‘them’. While the bride scoured the Internet for real-wedding inspiration, ultimately they just wanted it to represent them as a couple. They planned the day together, equally, and were able to incorporate lots of little personalised elements.

“We included Mason’s artwork, my desire to be a woodland fairy princess, and even our love of Lego!” Megan said. “We also wanted it to be as locally sourced and organic as possible, which was a difficult task when planning a wedding so far from where we live. Our theme was kind of all over the place. If I had to pinpoint it I would say it was mostly inspired by bohemian style. We wanted all of the colours and nothing was really off-limits.”

The day took place at the Pump House B n B in Bloomsburg, PA. The day was Vegan friendly too from the food and drink to what everyone wore. “One thing that was very important to me was that it was as vegan friendly as possible, and we definitely achieved that”, Megan continued. “Our farm-to-table caterer did an amazing job keeping things plant based, we were able to get our cake from an incredible vegan bakery, our favourite Portland plant-based cheese makers shipped 25 blocks of delicious vegan cheese, even the bridal boutique I went to was willing to accommodate my no silk request. This was something that made me feel incredibly grateful. I am vegan but Mason is not, but he was fully committed to making my vegan wedding dreams come true.”

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A Collaborative & Very Musical Wedding in Ireland

Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.

They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”

“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”

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Eclectic Vintage Wedding in Australia

Cayce and Damien both love history, adventure and collecting eclectic pieces, and have always liked the look of rustic weddings. After they began purchasing décor for their own wedding day, they realised they were naturally leaning towards an eclectic vintage theme.

“The building where our wedding was held is very historic,” began Cayce, “and our beloved vintage treasures (sewing machine, vintage camera, etc) added a metaphoric personal page in a collective community story that’s been written since the first person stepped into the building in 1906.”

They had a small, intimate ceremony of only 50 guests. “It was held by the water and Tillee Music performed, we couldn’t have been happier. Having my mum walk me down the aisle is a special memory I will cherish forever. Our officiant was amazing with personalising our ceremony and we were very lucky with the weather as it had rained earlier in the day.”

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Whimsical & Dark Wedding with a Black Wedding Dress

Danielle and Alexander’s ranch wedding had a whimsical theme with a dark, bohemian vibe thrown into the mix. They were married in Florida in February.

“We took inspiration from a lot of different aspects”, began Danielle. “We wanted our wedding to truly represent us as a couple. We wanted little touches of whimsy throughout the decor, so we used ceramic bunnies because we have a pet rabbit. We wanted a minimalist feel with lots of delicate touches; like the parchment paper cone backdrop and the baby’s breath. Instead of going overboard with the decor, we worked with the natural beauty of our venue.”

“I’m somewhat of a crystal lover so we used amethyst geodes on the wedding cake, hematite crystals in my crown and his boutonniere. Each guest table was named after a crystal and we had rock candy on a sticks as our wedding favours.”

“I did a lot of the decor myself. Including the cake table and sign in area. My family and friends helped me make the backdrop of parchment paper cones that we used for the ceremony. Our guest tables had wood slices that Alex cut himself, glass candles that I wrapped in black lace, a ceramic bunny figurine and a mason jar filled with baby’s breath.The rest of the decor I put together or made myself. Thankfully, the venue already had some decor inside the buffet area that included antique items and animal skulls.”

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Rainy Rustic Wedding at Home with a Real Rainbow!

Trina and Jessica wanted their wedding to be rustic, honest and personal so did a lot of DIY projects and picked Trina’s parent’s home as their venue.

“Every aspect of the wedding was personal,” explained Jessica. “From homemade signs for the tables and mum-in-law planting flowers around the house, to relatives making our bar and chuppa. Our close friend married us and our caterer was a personal friend as well. Everything had a personalised stamp on it and it made it really special.”

Although they planned for an outdoor ceremony, it rained heavily meaning they had to move it into the marquee. However despite the weather, the ceremony was the couple’s favourite part of the day. “Our ceremony was performed by our close friend,” said Trina. “It was short and simple and we wrote our own vows to make it special. It was down pouring by the time the wedding was supposed to start and everyone was on their phones tracking the patterns of the storm to decide if we should have the ceremony outside or under the tent! In the end we decided rain or shine it didn’t matter, we were getting married to the person we love so rain come at us! The moment we said ‘I do’ was our favourite part. It felt like finally being able to breathe knowing we’d made it to that moment. We were finally married!”

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