Anna and Tommy wanted a wedding that was “rustic, homemade, and Anthropologie meets Urban Outfitters in style” but with some added bite… literally. Oh yes, to go alongside their cute little wedding ideas they threw in some zombies – and why not?!
“I was inspired by a combination of weddings scenes in movies such as Braveheart, and Little Women. I loved the type of wedding that took place in a secret place, or the home of a relative”, began the bride. “I also loved the idea of our friends and families standing around us in a very intimate setting. I think the main thing that made the wedding unique was that it is 100% about who we are as people. So, that is always going to be unique as no two couples are exactly alike.”
“I decided very early on that I was going to only adopt and support the ideas of a wedding that I truly believed in. I felt like once you started breaking the rules, it was liberating. When we decided that we wanted to have zombie wedding crashers, we didn’t even blink.. we just started plotting and planning. It just made total sense for who we are. What a juxtaposition! We just wanted everyone to have as much fun as possible. They were amazing, and really got the party started!”
Emma and Rikki had a lunchtime wedding. They were married at 10am and their reception kicked off right after. The ceremony was held at Eskdale War Memorial Church and their reception at The Old Church Restaurant and Bar in Napier, New Zealand. They day had a subtle vintage theme with the bride wearing a headpiece that had been her mother’s and little vintage touches throughout the reception décor.
“I was really in love with the vintage and rustic wedding themes, but I didn’t want my wedding to be an exact replica of other bride’s day”, wrote Emma. “I wanted our wedding to still be beautiful but still have the charm and personality of our individual tastes. I think by making it a day event helped our wedding to be more relaxed. We never wanted an overly ‘styled’ celebration or looked like we had tried too hard to fit into a theme that was never really ‘us’. I tried to keep this ideal in mind when I had my consultations with my vendors.”
Kathryn and Christopher were married at The Georgetown Stables in Seattle. Their wedding had rustic touches throughout with nods to their mutual love of tattoos. The groom is a tattoo artist and they met when he tattooed a sugar skull on Kathryn!
There were lots of little quirky details that made this wedding unique. Instead of a guest book they had an old guitar which they painted white and asked people to sign, there was traditional Americana tattoo art everywhere and they wrote their own ceremony and vows.
When it came to planning their New York wedding, Jamie and Marty didn’t really know what they wanted. It wasn’t until they found their winery venue that it all fell into place. The rustic yet urban space completely set the tone of the day.
“We didn’t do anything that was intentionally unique, quirky or alternative,” Jamie explained. ” we just knew we wanted our wedding to reflect us. By doing that, the rest just naturally fell into place. We found the Brooklyn Winery, it was the first and only venue we looked at, and when we saw it we just knew!”
Tim and Scarlett were married on 8th August, their five year anniversary. They had a church ceremony followed by a tea party reception in the gardens of Baxby Manor, a gorgeous 705 year old Manor house. “We knew that we wanted somewhere beautiful, and Baxby ticked all the boxes”, Scarlett began. “It even came with a glamping site down the lane for all our guests to stay over! Baxby isn’t a wedding venue, just a luxury holiday letting, but the owners were amazing and let us create a beautiful day there, as if it were our own house.”
The bride used to work at a wedding venue so she had a strong idea beforehand about what she didn’t want! Most of the wedding was DIY from the cake to the flowers and the stationery to the catering.
“I didn’t want a theme. After working in a wedding venue where I saw the same style of weddings every week, I knew I wanted ours to be different. I also have quite a strong style. While I am not trying to claim I’m something so different, or so cool or anything, I know what I like and I don’t care what other people think. Tim is a fashion designer and this drives him crazy – he wants to style me all the time!”
After their small legal ceremony at Bletchley Registry Office, Hannah and Craig hosted their wedding in Craig’s parent’s back garden. They had a blessing followed by a marquee reception. The bride wore two dresses. The first, which she also wore again for dancing at the end of the night, was a bodice and skirt from BHLDN. Her second, more traditional gown was from Trudy Lee.
“Our wedding was a country rustic day but with modern touches”, began the bride. “When I was younger I didn’t have that picture in my head of my perfect wedding, I think it was probably because I had never seen one like ours before (!!) – outside in the open, garden ceremony and fields behind us. I think because we had that space to use that defined what our wedding was going to be like.”
“We were engaged for 3 years before we married. Craig proposed when we’d only been together 7 months so we didn’t make plans straight away. Bur during the spring of 2012 we were looking out across Craig’s parents garden and land and we decided it would be the most perfect venue. It was from then on the wedding plans went into full steam ahead! The ‘venue’ we had was certainly the lighting out of the blue inspiration we needed to kick start the plans. That’s what made the wedding so unique, Craig’s parents have a stunning home and we are so deeply grateful to them for allowing us to hold our wedding at their house.”