Natalie and Katie were married at the Priory Cottages in North Yorkshire. They chose it as they wanted a place that they could be for the whole weekend and that all their family and close friends could stay there too. The wedding was a real team effort, with lots of people pitching in to make it perfect. One of Natalie’s friends, Hayley Neil of Glory Days Vintage, made both dresses, another friend did the flowers, another the cake, and they hand crafted the stationery themselves.
“We wanted a very casual wedding with an outdoorsy feel where everybody could feel very relaxed”, wrote Natalie, “In fact it was so relaxed that Katie’s dad, Kev, had his shorts on within an hour of the ceremony! The casual theme was reflected in everything from the style of the meal to the photography and the camping guests!”
Just after we got married in 2008 I found out that you could get married at Pinewood Studios. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit gutted to have not discovered this out sooner, what could be better for a movie nerd than getting hitched at a film studio?! Luckily for Sally and Lisa, they weren’t as slack on their research as I clearly was and they booked it for their wedding in September.
“Our wedding theme was FUN!”, began newlywed Sally. “Lisa and I are often described as big kids, so we wanted a wedding to match our big kid personalities. We have been to a number of weddings that were a little boring and reserved, or they only livened up after a few vodkas. We wanted everyone to have a day of fun and laughter to celebrate our love. We dubbed our day ‘Carry On Shenanigans’, because the Carry On movies were filmed at Pinewood and Lisa used to love watching them. Shenanigans was the perfect word for the tomfoolery we had planned! We had an adult-only guest list to ensure the adults were the ones enjoying the fun and games!”
Lynda and Soph were married in the Brighton bandstand followed by a tipi reception at the Knepp Castle Estate. The whole day had a very laid back vibe and they chose mint, grey and red as their colour scheme.
“As designers, we aren’t the kind of people to go for a ready-made wedding. “his was about doing what we wanted, our way”, they began. “We started off with a field and worked from there up challenging ourselves to do as much as possible (with the help of our friends). We wanted to create a fun, laid back day where everybody could really enjoy themselves, and so that meant tipis, a hog-roast with a vintage ice-cream van to serve dessert, great live music and fantastic local beer.”
Lynne and Danielle were married in a marquee on Hengest Farm in Surrey. The wedding took place in May but as we all know, the British weather is anything but predicable and they had hailstones! Although they had to make some last minute changes, it didn’t put too much of a dampener on the day, they still threw an almighty party and had the best time ever.
“Our wedding was cheap, cheerful and full of love with a bit of red, white and blue thrown in”, began Danielle. “A few things didn’t go to plan like the van for setting up was cancelled the morning of, we discovered the marquee was broken with 14 hours to go, there was a hailstorm and my father-in-law ended up in hospital after being bitten by a dog. Oh, and torrential rain for an outside ceremony meant a last minute plan change. But it was all worth it. I had a genuine heart-in-mouth moment of when seeing Lynne the first time and seeing everybody we love in one place and having a ruddy good laugh was amazing!”
Hannah and Kristie were married at Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA. Their laid back May celebration was one that perfectly reflected them as a couple. “Kristie’s from Virginia and I’m a New England girl through-and-through”, explained Hannah, “so we wanted to find a happy balance that would allow all our friends and family to feel comfortable and have a good time. Elegant, rustic, authentic, quirky, and comfortable were all words we threw around during the planning process.”
“I joke a lot that our wedding was crowd-funded, but seriously! Family members, friends, and friends-of-friends really came through to help us. They arranged our flowers, did my make up, make 150 truffles from scratch, helped with DIY projects, played live music during the ceremony, DJed the whole reception, bartended at the last minute, carpooled, ran errands, and make sure we were eating and sleeping and happy. One of them even get ordained online so they could marry us. This wedding would never have gotten off the ground without them!”
Chloe and Hamish were married in London in April. They wanted their wedding to be fun, silly and totally non-traditional. They were thrilled at how everything went down, starting with their ceremony at Hackney Town Hall. “Hamish is obviously not Hamish’s given name, and it hasn’t been legally changed”, began Chloe. “The registrar was happy to refer to her as Hamish throughout the ceremony, but had to use the given name once. I won’t say what it is, but it doesn’t suit her at all and it always makes me laugh. I thought I’d probably have to suppress a grin, but when the moment came I absolutely collapsed in fits of laughter and couldn’t compose myself, which set all the guests off too. I think that set the tone for the entire day!”
“We wrote personal vows, which included me promising to shoot Hamish in the head in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and ended with us both vowing to ‘love, honour, and annoy’. We didn’t have best people or bridesmaids, but we had a flower boy and three friends who acted as sort-of bridesmaids and sort-of ushers, who sort-of colour co-ordinated with us in shades of pink and grey.”
The couple wanted a DIY and laid back wedding but they spent a lot to make sure Hamish looked good! “Hamish’s outfit cost 1/8th of the budget!” Chloe laughed. “It’s very difficult to find appropriate wedding attire for the butch woman or masculine-identified, female-bodied person, particularly if that person is not into traditional men’s suits. A kilt suit was perfect and having it bespoke meant we could get something that was exactly right. It was worth it for Hamish to feel as fantastic as I did, and as fantastic as anyone should hope to on their wedding day. However I got my All Saints dress on eBay for £180!”