Shirley and Jonny wanted a relaxed wedding with all the most important people in their lives there… including their two dogs. In fact they picked their venue, The Arcadia in Portrush Northern Ireland, specifically because they could have them there!
“We really just went with the flow when we were planning the wedding”, Shirley explained. “We picked things that worked with our venue and the surrounding area. Both our venue and photographer where chosen because of our love of dogs. We had to have Max, our nine year old boxer, and Millie, our one year old Chinese Crested there. They are a massive part of our family no way could we have got married while they had been put in kennels for the day!”
“Unfortunately our baby Max passed away recently. We are all devastated but we have the most beautiful memories of him on our wedding day. If anyone is unsure whether they should include their dogs in their wedding we would say definitely do it.”
Sally and Jacques were legally married in September 2014, however they wanted to have a casual beach wedding so had a non-legal blessing with their family and friends there in January of this year. “We did not want to have a long boring ceremony”, said the bride. “We’ve both been so so many weddings with long boring sermons and we didn’t want that for our own.”
The day was held at The Umtamvuna River Lodge, a unique wedding venue and holiday destination set in a tropical paradise on the banks of the Umtamvuna River. “We kept it sweet and simple. The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin played and we both entered by horse. Jacques came over to me and helped me off mine and we walked down the aisle together. We exchanged rings, gave a hug and kissed. Said we loved each other and bam! It was done. That’s how we liked it.”
Fer and Jou had a wedding in two parts; a traditional Mayan ceremony one day and a steampunk themed celebration party with their friends and family on another. They live and were married in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
“We met when we were both were studying in Spain”, the bride explained. “Fer asked me maaaaany times to go out, but it was on until he invited me for Guatemalan chocolate and bread that I agreed! We were married three years after that.”
Sam and Timm were married ten years ago in Vegas. They wanted to renew their vows and so they invited all their friends and family to a party in their own back garden.
“We had originally planned to have a big wedding ten years ago, but we had a few hiccups so we decided to run off to Vegas, keep things small and get married by Elvis instead!” Sam began. “We’d always wanted a big wedding though, so renewing our vows was our chance to do just that. As we didn’t need to worry about any of the legal stuff, we hosted it at home so we could have everything exactly to our taste. We didn’t want to have compromises or restrictions this time!”
The couple have had a tough few years with Sam being very ill, so the vow renewal was also a really amazing way for them to celebrate coming out the other side. “Our renewal fell a year after, almost to the day, of my first life saving surgery so it was a really poignant moment”, she continued. “I had struggled enormously with my self esteem and confidence after the surgeries left my body totally changed. The day was just so amazing. I loved all of it. It was the best day ever from start to finish.”
There was no way Aaron and Belinda could pick just one theme for their Queensland wedding. So they did a bit of a pick n mix, grabbing inspiration wherever they could! From the groomsmen on motorbikes, the Delorean wedding car and the Mexican and geometric influences in their reception décor, the was one truly unique celebration!
“We really wanted our wedding to be casual with a party vibe so we threw formalities and traditions out the window to give us more time to enjoy ourselves”, Belinda said.”We got ready together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen and had our photos done before the ceremony. This made the day so enjoyable and so much less stressful. We got our photos in some of our favourite locations including a laundrette that I used to work next to and a bunch of art deco buildings that I love in the area.”
“We didn’t stick to one theme; we just tried to incorporate everything we love. The ceremony was simple with a touch of pop culture and more than a few nods to Star Wars. The reception was Mexican and geometric themed because I couldn’t decide which theme to choose and I felt they would work well together.”
Nicole and Caio’s Brazilian wedding was a huge explosion of colour and fun. They planned the entire thing themselves, inspired by 1950s Rock n Roll and rainbows!
“Our wedding theme was vintage rock”, began the bride. “All the decorations and stationery were handmade by the groom. Our main colours were lilac, blue, green, orange and pink and our bridesmaids and groomsmen all had outfits based on one of the five colours. On the tables we had bottles and homemade lampshades as decorations, we had a wall with photos of us growing up on, and we had a Gibson guitar with our wedding logo on it.”