There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.
“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”
“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”
Charlie & Simon’s circus and rock themed wedding was held at Circomedia, a circus training school in an old church building in Bristol. The theme was a dramatic statement and full of all the things the couple love! “Our entire theme was rock – we’re both into rock & metal music and we knew that we wouldn’t have enjoyed doing something other than that”, Charlie began. “I am South African and so having some bits from my background was also important.”
“I hate crafting with a passion but I still decided to arrange the flowers into balls of oasis myself”, she continued. “I then just plonked them into the vases. It was the only soul destroying moment of the entire wedding experience and reassured me that I am definitely not a crafty person! Luckily we’re both very good with PhotoShop and so creating things to be printed out was the best solution for the stationery.”
“Being the Jubilee year as well as the Olympics, a red, white & blue themed wedding seemed fitting”, began newlywed Lisa who married Paul this Summer. “I sat with my bridesmaids and mum the night before the wedding watching the opening ceremony with great pride. The bright colour options coupled with my love of rockabilly styling and 1940s glamour added such vibrancy and fun to the day. Paul and I also both love tattoos so we wanted to bring this into our day. The swallows on the wedding cake, invitations, table decorations and gifts were all tied together with tattoo images.”
Lisa even dyed her hair red for the wedding, and despite some last minute panic that it was ‘too pink’ (cue a rush re-dye job on the morning of!) it looked amazing. She wore a stunning red wedding dress by Veromia Couture, bought from Curvy Bridal in Boroughbridge, Iron Fist Union Jack shoes and a headpiece from Voodoo it Yourself. She made the button bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids from an idea she saw on Rock n Roll Bride.
So we’re in to October already so you know what that means… Halloween! And for Oddd & Elle, despite being married in August, their favourite holiday was the obvious choice of theme for their epic wedding.
“Anyone who knows us knew that our wedding was going to be a little different, as we’ve always done things our own way”, began the groom. “After a chance meeting when we were both invited last minute to a day out, we have been inseparable, We got engaged on our first Christmas day in our first home and we set our wedding date for our 9 year anniversary on Friday 17th August 2012.”
“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and reflected our personalities by being fun, relaxed and quirky”, he continued. “We designed our own outfits, wrote our own vows and worked closely with our suppliers. Amy of The Wedding House made our custom designed cake and I designed, carved and painted the cake toppers to compliment it. We were lucky to have close friends and family who were able to help out with hair, make up, nails, invitations, Elle’s dress & my outfit, as well as the additional ceremony and reception decorations.”
“I loved our ceremony”, Oddd remembered.”Elle looked incredible in her custom dress, truly my angel, as she entered the ceremony room to Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Last Beat Of My Heart’. The ceremony had a very relaxed vibe with plenty of smiles and laughs (and happy tears once we began exchanging our personal vows) and suited us perfectly especially with having the Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ played as we signed the register. We lead the guests outside as husband and wife to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’.”
When Jane & Jessie started planning their wedding they knew exactly where (in the country) they wanted to be, they just had to find the perfect venue. After a long search they found The Hideout, near Lake Tahoe, which was the perfect place for their laid back June wedding.
“We searched long and hard to find a venue in Sierra because we’ve both spent a lot of time there and just love it, and identify with it in a way you can with your hometown (though neither of us have lived there, just visited frequently)”, began the bride. “Anyhow, we wanted a venue up the mountains with natural surroundings. There are plenty of venues near Lake Tahoe that are very much ‘manicured wedding venues’ but that’s not what we wanted. They come with lots of rules about noise and how late you can party, etc. It was a long search to find The Hideout and we were ecstatic when we found it. It was better than we had expected from the pictures – including the little lake. Also they had no noise restrictions and very few rules which meant we could pretty much do what we wanted and party as long as we liked.”
Can you guess what initially drew me to Marie-Claire & Nick’s wedding? Yep…her Fur Coat No Knickers vintage wedding dress of course! Marie-Claire also got her wonderful vintage veil from the store and her shoes from Rachel Simpson (yep, another one of my favourites!)
“I guess I didn’t want a regular corporate feel wedding with lilies, tight white roses and a white bodice dress!” Marie-Claire told me when I asked her what inspired their wedding. “So I had a look around for alternative things and found Fur Coat No Knickers and my red dress!”
“From there I decided I’d like something quite vintage and low key. We tried to use suppliers which were in our area to keep it local – all the flowers came from a mile up the road and the singer Kirsty Macleod is one of our neighbours. Nick’s Mum also made chutney as favours for our wedding and his brother designed the label. Our invitations came from Dottie Creations (you can see them here.)”