Alex and Maddy had different ideas about what their wedding should be like, but luckily they learned to compromise! “When we first started discussing the type of wedding we wanted, we realised we were on opposite ends of the spectrum”, explained the bride. “Alex would have been more than happy with a simple registry office with minimal guests whereas I wanted something where we could celebrate with all of our friends and family, where I could feel a bit like a princess for the day! In the end we agreed on a rustic woodland theme and kept to a relatively small budget considering the size of our guest list. We had 105 people (big families!).”
“We decided to throw out all of the typical conventions and plan a wedding that was ‘us’. Alex didn’t want much to do with it (events aren’t his forte) so he gave me a list of his requirements (which were pretty much ‘Hog roast’ and ‘No hats or fascinators’) and I set to work with making the rest of it fall in to place.”
“I don’t feel our wedding was particularly unique or cutting edge, but it was completely right for us and our family and friends. It was a relaxed chilled out day with LOADS of personal details. Having our three year-old daughter involved in the ceremony was really special. She helped tie the knots around our hands during the handfasting part.”
Kelly and Thom wanted their wedding to be inspired by their love of travel, but with fun little unexpected touches. They weren’t constrained by a particular theme, they just picked things they liked, such as having a ‘Herbie’ Beetle as their transport! The ceremony was held at Old Wardour Castle and the reception at Spitfire House Farm, private farming estate owned by family friends.
“We looked for every opportunity to pour ourselves into the décor”, said Kelly. “Most of the decorations were handmade by us or things we already had. As part of the invitations we sent postcards of Wiltshire and Boise for RSVP, using the returned cards as bunting decoration. The flower bunting flags were handmade by a family friend and surrounded the entire marquee. We had small frames all around with quotes from some of our favourite books and every table had a small tower of books from our own collection. Thom designed the table numbers, each featuring a different lyric from The Beatles. Thom also has a collection of vintage cameras we placed around the tables. The trains were all from the Brio set that Thom and his brothers grew up with. And I designed the little iSpy cards. For fun we got a whole bunch of the foam flying gliders for every place setting. Thom’s dad also made the large sized Jenga!”
Stephanie and Jeff planned their wedding at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in less than a month. Incredibly, even with such a short time-frame they managed to do nearly everything themselves!
“In the vision of creating a truly personal day, there was quite a bit of DIY”, explained the bride. “We did the invitations, the place cards, the table numbers, the table runners, the flower arrangements, the gold vases, the bouquets and the boutonnières. We also spray painted the robot and dinosaur table décor, made the ribbon wands for the ceremony, and did all the graphic design.”
The ceremony was held outside the front of the main building an was officiated by two family members – Stephanie’s aunt and Jeff’s cousin. “With the huge help of my aunt, the three of us created a ceremony that we genuinely believed in and cared about”, she continued. “Jeff and I wrote our vows together the night before our wedding and recited the same ones; it was important for us to create those together.”
There were parts of Becky and Stewart’s wedding that were traditional – the grand manor house, the toastmaster, the order of the day, and others that couldn’t have been more Rock n Roll. The bride wore an incredible blush pink wedding dress and veil, their portraits featured smoke bombs, and there were nods to their mutual love of music throughout. This wedding goes to prove that you can intertwine the wedding traditions that you like with the alternative elements that you crave and it will still totally work!
The day was held at Wrenbury Hall, Cheshire. “The inspiration for our wedding was our favourite artists”, said the bride. “Our wedding was also truly about us! My sister Hannah is a DIY Queen and she made the table plan themed around records and our favourite artists including the Chemical Brothers, David Bowie and Kasabian. We used vinyl LPs from a charity shop instead of a guest book and on the Blondie one we’d swapped Debbie Harry’s head with mine and the other heads with Stew!”
Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.
“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”
“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”
Patrick and Chris were planning to get married in October 2015. In fact they still are having a wedding then, but when the opportunity came to adopt their foster son, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer. So they flew to Vegas and eloped!
“Our wedding was very spur of the moment”, Chris told me. “We have a more traditional wedding planned for October (although we’re still only going to have 15 guests!) but Patrick LOVES Elvis and always wanted a Vegas wedding so when the opportunity came up we moved our wedding date and eloped!”