Niki and Andrew were married at Fazeley Studios, Birmingham in April. Their wedding had a boho circus theme and they used some of my all time favourite Brummy suppliers to make it happen. The amazing Ava Event Styling made all their décor dreams a reality. They had a small wedding which meant they could invest a lot more of their budget on making the space look utterly amazing.
“We only invited immediate family and close friends to make it an intimate affair”, explained Niki. “We didn’t want to do anything traditional like readings, speeches or a first dance. We worked closely with Ava Styling to include items and pictures that epitomised us and our quirky personalities. At least half of the guests were actively involved in the wedding making it really it feel really special. Lots of our guests commented that they felt like they had entered a magical world like a fairytale or Alice in wonderland. We turned one of the bistro’s seating areas into an absinthe booth. Our cake topper from Little Ruby Red was AMAZING, us in full circus regalia and our gorgeous cats in top hats.”
Always wanting to do a wedding inspiration shoot with a difference, photographer Sharon Cooper finally found her mojo when she came up with this hotch-potch and patchwork theme. “I wanted to do something that packed a punch and used a range of uplifting colours”, she explained, “an alternative to weddings which have one single colour theme. This shoot embodies pleasing mixed colours and offers a smorgasbord of individualism. I found myself loving patchwork and texture and colour.”
The chair by designer Kelly Swallow really was the staring point for this shoot. From there she had button bouquets made, stationery with an scrapbook vibe and dresses that push bridal boundaries. “I wanted to showcase my work and things I loved”, she concluded. “I’m really happy with how the shoot turned out. I wanted to show brides that by letting go of that idea of one limiting colour shade, they can select elements they love that still work together and add a contrast to their amazing choice of wedding gown.”
Neil and Joanne were married in the picturesque Henley-on-Thames in May. They spent just £7,500 on the wedding, managing to keep costs low by avoiding traditional wedding ‘stuff’ as much as possible! The bride bought her Monsoon Bridal dress for £45 from eBay and did her own hair and make up. The venues were also pretty affordable. The ceremony took place at Henley town hall and the reception at Hambleden Village Hall. The groom’s mother made the cake, they designed and printed their own stationery and they drove their own car.
“Our wedding was colourful and handmade”, explained Joanne. “I run an etsy shop myself so I love doing DIY projects. We didn’t want to tie ourselves to a small palette of colours and wanted it to feel like a riot of colour – hopefully we achieved that! We wanted to make the day fun, to have a relaxed atmosphere with good food, good drink and lots of dancing. For us it wasn’t about the ‘wedding stuff’ (let’s face it, wedding’s aren’t really that romantic), it was about celebrating our marriage with our fantastic friends and family and everyone having a great time.”
James and Sally spent just £6000 on their multi-coloured farm wedding in May. It was a wedding full of love, laugher and a damn good time. Their official ceremony took place at Southampton Registry Office but they had a humanist blessing at Green Pastures Farm in Hampshire where they also hosted their reception later that day.
Sally wore a second-hand dress which she bought from Oxfam Bridal and the groom’s outfit was also from the high street. Instead of hiring caterers they asked their guests to each bring a dish for the lunchtime buffet. After lunch they arranged for a vintage ice cream van from by Bluebelle the vintage ice cream & cupcake van to serve dessert. It was a big surprise for the guests and also made for some great photo ops.
“Our theme kind of evolved as we planned everything and the wedding ended up with a kind of folksy, countryside village fete feel, which was perfect”, explained Sally. “We didn’t choose any particular colour scheme because we didn’t want to restrict ourselves to one or two colours, but again, as things came together we found ourselves with a bright, rainbow colours for everything.”
“Our friend Martin performed the ceremony in the barn which he made both hilarious and extremely touching. It was amazing to be surrounded by loved ones, family and friends all under one (barn) roof laughing at Martin’s jokes with the sound of birds nesting in the rafters, it completely set the tone for the rest of the day.”
Rich and Fran chose Romsey Town Hall as the venue for their April wedding. They wanted a day that was fun and personal but didn’t break the bank. With a lot of help from friends and family and a truckload of DIY, they created a wedding day that was the perfect reflection of them and their love.
“Our wedding was defined by our families and friends and the huge amount they supported us”, began the bride. “We are both very close to our families and our friends are just like a little family to us too. From start to finish our wedding was a real team effort. Having my grandma, aunts and uncles making pompoms the week before and then turning up to the venue the day before the wedding to see my oldest friend hanging them up with my cousins was really humbling. On top of that my Mum pretty much organised the whole thing and my Dad made nearly everything. We owe them so much and are so incredible grateful. They didn’t say no to any of our crazy ideas, even though at first they weren’t convinced by us eating lasagne and curry (our favourite meals) or having a male bridesman.”
How often does your mind get blown by the things you see on wedding blogs? Well today might just be the day… oh and you might want to go and grab some sunglasses because these babies are bright. Prepare yourself for a visual feast and to walk around for the rest of the day wondering why the real world is so damn grey!
“This shoot started life in a car journey between Jo of The Couture Company and me after we’d heard Kirsty Mitchell talk at Photography Farm’s Farm Week“, began photographer Hannah Millard. “We were really inspired by the idea of physically creating a scene and our mutual love of Japanese fashion was at the heart of the collaboration. It had to be full of detail, colour and texture.”
“After deciding to create a Harajuku inspired bridal shoot we started recruiting like-minded suppliers. The dresses were all made by The Couture Company and were perfect for the theme, bringing in the frothy girlishness we needed for the shoot. She also made all the belts and headpieces, we all fell in love with the unicorn headdress! The outfits were accessorised with the totally bad ass decoden-inspired shoes, phone cases and jewellery by Revivemeboutique who created pieces especially for the shoot. The bouquets were crafted by Ava Event Styling and we couldn’t resist the phenomenal talent of Black Cherry Cake Company who pulled out all the stops designing a unique cake, complete with edible decoden-inspired decorations, kawaii unicorns and topped off with a couple of Totoros!”