There are so many reasons why I love Ariane and Nikki’s wedding. The setting, their outfits, the laidback-ness… the whole thing just made me feel happy as I wandered through their gorgeous photos. The day started with a small ceremony at City Hall in Deurne and ended with an epic reception at Mirror Tent in Rijkevorsel, Belgium.
“We came up with the wedding theme from one of our favourite songs (which we also sang together at the wedding) Onderweg by Pieter Embrechts”, explained the bride. “It’s a great song about a couple who jump into a car, not knowing where the road will take them, but they’re together and that’s all that matters. We realised that it described our relationship best. Even now we still have our most important conversations in the car, driving from one spot to another. We do a lot of road trips too or take trips with our caravan. it’s also the reason why we did the family pictures in front of our caravan.”
Abbie and Tristen were married at the iconic The George Hotel in Rye. They had a beautiful and alternative wedding, but one that didn’t break the bank. As the venue was so gorgeous already that they didn’t need to spend a fortune decorating it, a few stings of bunting and some homemade paper flowers and place names was just enough.
The majority of their budget went on their photographer but they even saved on that by only hiring him for 3 hours. Pretty much everything else was DIY or a bargain. In total they spent just £2000! “We originally weren’t planning on having a professional photographer but we are sooo glad we did!” began Abbie. “The feelings of the day are captured forever!”
I was so excited to get Eileen’s email about her wedding because she wore the Gala bow from my collection with Crown and Glory at their reception! Doesn’t she rock it so well?! She and James were married at Brighton College and their wedding had a retro theme with geeky touches.
“We crammed so much of ourselves into the day”, began the bride. “We didn’t really set out to have a theme but people that came to the wedding said it was so ‘us’! We’re pretty geeky and love books and films. We nicknamed the venue Hogwarts so we made table confetti out of pages from Harry Potter books as well as vintage atlas pages. James proposed to me using a vintage map poster that he had marked out all the places in the world that we had visited so far and the places we’re going to go, and wrote across it, ‘Will You Marry Me?’”
“Our table plan had couples from films that we both love and we gave the kids Harry Potter themed gifts. Our favours were little wildflower kits to save the bees, because I love bees (my mother in law knitted bees for the kids, too). We had DIY photo props, the top table had a crystal skull bottle used as a vase and I wore several glittery things including a dinosaur brooch and my Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory hair bow!”
Agnes and Liam’s Balham Bowls Club wedding was full of budget-friendly DIY details. “We did everything we could to not have a theme – if we liked something, we used it, regardless if it went with anything else or not!” the bride began. “We said from the outset that we wanted everything to be a joint decision, and Liam to be as involved as me in our choices.”
“We wanted our wedding to be an excuse to get all of our favourite people in the world together in the same room, without everyone feeling like they had to be on their best behaviour. We made an active decision to do things that we wanted to do, regardless of whether they were the done thing or not, so I walked down the aisle to the theme to Carry On Loving, and we walked out to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark (making it seem suitably epic).”
Elisa and Ricky were married only a year after meeting in a bar at the end of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (on 27th of July 2012). Although she wasn’t interested at first, and after turning down his number a bunch of times, she eventually agreed to go out with him about two weeks later! “After six hours of talking that night, I decided I would give him a go and It’s been a whirl wind romance since. I still can’t believe it”, she explained.
“But as fate would have it, on September 7th, I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The prognosis wasn’t good and our world came crashing down. After just three weeks we knew we were meant for other and this was our challenge. On that night, three very special words were uttered from us of both and the rest is history. Love really is the best kind of medicine. Since I became sick our motto has been HOPE – FAITH – LOVE so we had it as a recurring theme throughout our wedding. It was on my engagement ring, on our invites and on the tables.”
Corey and Xavier were married at Palm Door, a quirky event space in Austin. Their inspiration started with a vintage theme but they also wanted tons of colour so they collected and crafted all of of the décor items themselves.
“The inspiration for our wedding started with a vintage feel”, wrote Corey. “We knew we wanted a Texas wedding with traditional Texas food (BBQ!) so we opted for a somewhat vintage look with a backyard twist. We wanted to put a lot of personal touches on the décor and thanks to Pinterest and a willing bridal party, we ended up with a spectacular event.”
“The backdrop was definitely a labor of love. It involved hours upon hours of ‘fringing’ colored crepe paper, but it was worth it and turned out lovely. We knew we wanted bright colors as well, so after some time debating we settled on fuchsia and aqua. We ordered tissue paper pom pom flowers and lanterns from Amazon to put the finishing touches on our beloved back drop.”