John and Lucy were married at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire in September. They chose it because it had the pretty outside space that they wanted, and they were able to say their vows outside (which isn’t always possible in the UK!) in their covered pavilion.
“We are both artists, I paint and John is a photographer, and we are both deeply inspired by nature”, said Lucy. “I am also borderline obsessed with the vision of an enchanted forest so we wanted our wedding to feel like a blurry childhood memory of a place that was so beautiful and fantastical that you’re not sure whether it was real or not. We fell in love with Larmer Tree Gardens the minute we clapped eyes on it. There were peacocks and parrots roaming around so we used a loose theme based on the colours of the peacocks plumage by having the boys in teal and the girls in royal blue.”
For entertainment they had giant lawn games, badminton and space hoppers! They kept the decoration in the reception space simple and reflective of the gorgeous outside area. They had slices of oak with the guests’ names on for place cards (which John made), gold painted animals (also DIY), toadstool candles and ivy.
“I DIY’d the confetti as I really wanted the colours to pop in the photographs but also to be eco-friendly”, the bride continued. “My friend and I sat round with a bottle of wine and mixed the petals and stuffed the bags, it was really fun! All the decorations were DIY. We cut the place names from birch and hand painted the golden animals for the tables. It was a mad rush the day of the wedding rehearsal to do the ‘find your seat’ board. Our parents were waiting outside our house whilst we were still painting the board. It was very nearly forgotten about!”
Wearing a second hand dress, black velvet Dr Marten boots and a homemade flower crown in her lilac hair, Laura married Colin at Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston Upon Thames. The reception was held at the London Museum of Water and Steam, which they decorated themselves with the help of their families. Nearly all the flowers were grown in Laura’s Mum’s front garden and were arranged the morning of the wedding.
“Our inspiration was London, spring-time and marjarelle blue from gardens in Morocco, where Colin proposed”, began Laura. “We both love history and I work as a carpenter/welder so the industrial past of the museum and the still-working women’s forge in the grounds suited us perfectly. I like things juxtaposed so I used lots of spring flowers, candles and white linen to add femininity.”
You are going to love Beckie and Paul’s wedding. From Beckie’s amazing pink and teal corset and skirt combo to her purple and green hair, and their amazing DIY details including the knitted faux taxidermy bust centrepieces (!!) this really is a crazy creative wedding with a difference. The ceremony was held at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucestershire and the reception at the quirky Over Barn which came complete with farm animals and a bowling lane!
“We started off with traditional circus in mind but this was more of a guide for the colours, the feeling and the tone of our wedding rather than a theme”, Beckie began. “I don’t think we featured anything from any particular theme in the end, it was a bit of a mish-mash.”
“I didn’t want to use white at all from the start. I never wear it and as soon as we bought a house I started painting the rooms colours so it seemed crazy that we would use it on our wedding day. This did cause some issues when hunting for non-white wedding things. I ended up sourcing a lot from non-wedding vendors or making things. My dress was custom made by the amazing Jo at The Couture Company in Birmingham.”
Purple. Dinosaurs. Peacocks…
These were the things that inspired Lauren & Matt’s October wedding. Although the theme wasn’t really intentional, by incorporating the things they just really liked it totally worked!
“Our ethos for our wedding was that we were going to what we wanted and not what people expected”, wrote Lauren. “We picked and chose aspects of tradition that we liked and binned those we didn’t. We had a humanist ceremony which isn’t like a registry wedding – it’s a lot more personal. We tied a Celtic knot which we practiced loads before hand! My friend did the reading of ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs and dinosaurs are awesome! One of our other close friends gave us the book as an engagement present and we thought it was apt as a reading. We also had a dinosaur cake topper!”
Ever since working on the Ice Cream Dream shoot, where Elbie wore a lilac wig, I’ve been a little obsessed with this colour hair. If I was ever in the market for a deviation from pink, it might have to be my next move. Anyway so, as you can imagine, I loved Terri, and her wedding to Garreth, just as soon as I saw it.
The day was split into three parts. The first, a ceremony at Belfast City Hall, was followed by lunch at Made In Belfast (who I’ve featured before – remember?) Then for the afternoon celebration and evening party, the wedding moved to The Secret Garden at Filthy McNasty’s.
“Our wedding was about one thing”, began the bride, “and that was Garrath and I having as much fun as possible with our friends and family. I laughed from the very start to the very end. We didn’t have flowers or hire cars. We used Star Wars music for the ceremony. There were no seating plans or formal photos, no cheesy DJ or decorations. We had our reception in a bar, the food was a buffet and there was no top table. We hired a greaser band that played all their own music and everyone had a ball! We did what we wanted to do regardless of tradition – we even went home to visit our dog. I broke my foot during the band, but barely noticed and still danced on tables and moshed all night long! If that’s not Rock n Roll then I don’t know what is!”
Jeez, I hope your foot is OK Terri!
I don’t feature a while load of engagement sessions on my blog, but I simply couldn’t resist Jeni & Manny’s urban beach session. “When Boston make up artist/hair stylist extraordinaire, Jeni Teran, contacted me regarding engagement photos with her fiancé, I immediately started brainstorming!” wedding photographer Shannon Grant told me. “How would I do justice to such a sweet and (ahem) gorgeous couple?”
“Keeping the background more neutral by using the beach really helped set off her unique style and the couple’s down to earth personalities. Sometimes less is more and with lots of color going on, a nice simple location really allows for people to shine! Just an outfit change, a blanket and their love was all we needed to create this fun loving, beautiful engagement session.”