Kate and Graham had a rustic and boho inspired wedding in South Africa. They spent under £9000 on their dream wedding. “We really wanted a lot of greenery and ever since I was little have always dreamed of getting married in a forest”, said Kate. “We chose Cranford Country Lodge as our venue to incorporate all of that.”
“Our ceremony was lovely because it was so relaxed and informal”, she continued. “We live in London now and had only flown back to South Africa a week before, so we had never got a chance to chat to our pastor properly. But he surprised us with these lovely metaphors using some rope to symbolise our bond, and it definitely got the crowd laughing and made us feel very relaxed.”
Meg and Craig didn’t want a big wedding but with the bride having a large Irish family it was slightly inevitable! In the end they agreed a guest list of 85 which was mostly close family and our best friends. They were married at Pangdean Barn, Pyecombe, Sussex.
“I would say the theme was rustic barn setting with a cute and quirky decor that reflected us!” said Meg. “We didn’t want formal or traditional and this was my first wedding to attend that wasn’t in a church! I LOVE Harry Potter and was allowed to have one Harry Potter element in the wedding. It’s better he restrained me really other wise we could have been getting married in Gryffindor robes by Albus Dumbledore. Our tableplan was my nod to Harry Potter. Made by my sister Becky, we named each table after a couple from the books and we sat at Snape and Lily’s table which was written on a page from the chapter the unbreakable vow.”
The most important thing for Bree and Justin was that their rustic Canberra wedding had a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for their guests. “We wanted the reception to feel like us”, said the bride, “and for everyone to have a happy and had a wonderful time.”
To reflect both of their backgrounds they had lots of Australian and Canadian details. “We had a board made with the Australian and Canadian flags, rabbits ornaments, and wooden magnets as favours. Our name plates were a Canadian maple leaf with a maple leaf shaped burlap behind it.”
Julie and Bryce’s San Francisco wedding took place at The Log Cabin in Presidio Park. “Tucked behind the Golden Gate Bridge in a giant city park called the Presidio resides a very little known (even to locals) log cabin in the woods”, explained Julie. “Here, we married, figuratively and literally, the idea of our big city love with our absolute happy place, which is Tahoe. The perfect blend of Truckee cabin and city skyline, it was the perfect crossroads of everything we love.”
“Being San Francisco natives (a very rare thing), it was very important that we kept things traditional to our roots while combining our biggest loves and inspirations: travel, design, cookies, family, and our dog. In the spirit of Tahoe, we created a s’more bar outside and a fireplace setting in front of the Log Cabin’s indoor fireplace. We also didn’t have any cake, we served milk and cookies instead!”
Lorenzo and Jodie met on a dating website. Their first date lasted 48 hours and they’ve been inseparable ever since! For their September wedding they wanted something to reflect their own style, so that meant something was relaxed, alternative and vintage inspired.
“We both wanted the wedding to be about our guests in a relaxed atmosphere but with a vintage theme (there was lots of browsing on Pinterest!)”, said the bride. “We wanted to express our personality throughout the day, which included little quirky props and all tattoos on show!”
“Our ceremony was very relaxed with a fantastic, friendly registrar. We didn’t have any personal vows but even without them, it was very emotional.”
Seth and Lauren’s wedding had a laid back vibe, a budget of just $4000 and lots of lovely homemade details. They planned the day in just three and a half months with lots of help from their friends and family! “I love gold and feathers”, said the bride. “I had seen some gold tipped feathers and I took that as our initial idea and ran with it. I have also done some events at work where we covered the tables with butcher paper and used very simple yet beautiful decor like succulents, twine, and tins. It all fit together very well.”
They out together all the flowers (the feathers were from Etsy and the flowers themselves came from Walmart), a friend made their cake, and instead of a band or DJ they created their own Spotify playlist. “We had a craft party where we made ALL of the decor. We made boutonnieres and bouquets, cleaned tins and glued lace and burlap on them, and hand-painted all the signs. We did everything ourselves. The wedding really wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the selfless friends and family who were willing to come out for a craft day, prep all of the food/cake and freeze it, let us use tables and chairs. The decorations I paid for were purchased in bulk and we spent very little on them. For example: the butcher paper rolls were $12 and we only used half of one roll.”