When it comes to me accepting submissions to feature on this blog, I always ask myself the same two simple questions: Will my readers like this? And are there ideas in here that people can actually apply to their own weddings? More and more these days, I’m only able to answer yes to both these questions with the real weddings I’m sent. However sometimes, just sometimes, a styled wedding shoot fits the bill as well.
I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous shoot with you today because it is just that – totally gorgeous – but all the fun, colourful details are very much DIY and budget-friendly. You could take what you see here and apply the ideas to your own wedding without too much fuss (or expense!) and that makes me very happy indeed.
If there’s one kind of wedding I can’t get enough of it’s ones with lots of COLOUR! I don’t know about you, but seeing it all there together makes me so damn joyful. Even with the dark and moody British skies, Matt and Lauren’s May wedding looks super fun, bright and sunny!
The wedding was held in Cornwall, with the reception at Porthilly Farm. “I didn’t want to create an average wedding. I wanted the guests to be wowed and surprised throughout the day”, wrote the bride. “It helped keeping as much as we could a secret from as many guests as possible. I was not a bride who delegated; instead, I worked hard on DIY projects, and hid anything that would give people clues about the day!!”
“I wanted to make sure the first impressions of our wedding would set the feel for the day”, she continued. “So I designed the Order of Service and ensured it was fun, casual and didn’t have fancy words or writing. That wasn’t what our wedding was about! I hand-sewed and made each guest a felt flag saying fun words on them to wave during the ceremony. I was determined I wanted a lively upbeat ceremony and figured flags were the best way to do it. That combined with an incredible soul band singing our upbeat choice of songs and hymns resulted in the whole congregation and the vicar enjoying the fun filled but still special ceremony.”
Both being lovers of all things Mexican (particularly the food!) the theme for Hev and Gaz’ wedding was a natural choice. They were hitched in September at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.
“We both LOVE food, and in particular Mexican food, so we decided to loosely base our wedding on a Mexican theme”, began the bride. “It was pretty unique and a lot of people, including our suppliers, said it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’d ever been to. We made and designed everything ourselves, and then this was supported by Beau Bright, our event designers. They were AMAZING.”
“We made everything ourselves except the lanterns. Gaz is a graphic designer so he did all the paper goods and I sat and cut out miles of Papel Picado (Mexican bunting) and all the pom poms. We also did labels on tins, the pinatas (which we forgot to do!) We also made chilli cupcakes with chilli powder in them!”
After waiting 16 years to be allowed to legally married, Lita and Carol were ready for one hell of a celebration! They wanted to use their wedding to celebrate them, but also love – in all forms.
“We waited so long to be allowed to legally marry!” began the girls. “So we were so excited to finally be able to do it. We love the island of Jura, off the coast of Scotland, and wanted a wedding at dawn on the beach. However our professionals and others were held up because of Hurricane Bertha, so we started in the afternoon rather than the morning, and compressed a full days worth of activities into half a day.”
“We wanted a beautiful rainy weather option for our ceremony which is why we hired the tipis from Highland Tipis, we ended up having the ceremony in them so we’re glad we did! They were very good and ensured that we were safe from the gusting winds.”
“In terms of décor, we had hand painted lots of jars and bottles and put these around with candles and flowers in”, they continued. “We had lots of rustic candle holders dotted around, as well as second-hand saris weaving around the tipi walls. We wanted to recreate an authentic ‘love is happening’ feel to both tipis. We are both nearly 60 years old and so we wanted to share the ‘all you need is love’ experience of the 60s and 70s with our guests, some of whom, were too young to have been there first time around!”
Clare and Stuart didn’t want a big wedding. In fact they wanted their wedding to be so small that they went to Belfast City Hall for their ceremony with just 10 witnesses! Still wanting an awesome celebration with their loved ones though, they held this colourful party the following day at Brookhall Barn in Lisburn.
Clare explained, “We knew what we didn’t want – no white dress, no bridesmaids, no church, no rings, no walking down the aisle, no giving away, no big ceremony, no speeches, no first dance, no hotel reception, no florist arrangements. None of that stuff was ‘us’. Once we found the right venue, somewhere where we could do our own thing and where some of our friends could stay, everything else fell into place.”
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.”