Sarah and Josh were married in 2004. After being together for so long, and having two kids, they decided to renew their vows in June of this year.
“We’ve been together a long time and our kids are out of the ‘little’ kid phase”, said Sarah. “I feel like we are entering a new chapter in our lives together as a family and thought this would be a great way to enter into that and also allow our children to be a part of such a special ceremony.”
“Josh is a tattoo artist and specialises in American traditional which uses bright bold colours. We both love Dia De Los Muertos art and Catholic art, which all use bright bold colours, too so what better than to go with that theme for our vow renewal? I knew we were going to have all these amazing bright flowers, so I wanted our attire to be pretty neutral. Plus I wore a red dress for our actual wedding, so I wanted to wear white for the renewal.”
Michela and Federico had a secret wedding. They got legally married in the morning, but didn’t tell anyone. They just organised a party for their 10 year anniversary and surprised everyone by telling them they got married earlier in the day!
“We knew that we wanted a different wedding that spoke about us and about our love story”, said the bride. “The best part of the day was the surprise when our guests found out we really got married! Nobody, except our families, knew that we got married that morning. As our party was only supposed to be an anniversary party some of our friends though it would be funny to prepare a fake ceremony for us. It should have been a simple joke but at the end of it the ‘officiant’ told everybody that during the morning we were truly get married! Everyone was so shocked!”
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.”
Colin and Tash wanted a wedding with good food, good wine and good people. They wanted it to be laid back and non-traditional and chose a restaurant as their venue. When she couldn’t find her dream dress in the usual places, the bride bought one on Etsy, and the groom ignored the traditional Scottish wedding dress code of a kilt, opting for tartan trousers as a nod to his late grandfather.
“We wanted the day to be solely about us and those who matter the most to us in the world”, said the bride. “With an 11 month old son, our wedding was celebrating us as a family, not just Colin and I as a couple. It was very intimate and although we both have big families we decided on only having our immediate family and the rest of our guests were friends. In all there were 35 guests and only 9 were our immediate family. We took all the things we love and incorporated them into our day”, she continued. “Harley Davidsons, Sailor Jerry, tattoos, good food and Beyonce (I walked down the aisle to Love on Top).”
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Ru and Matt’s wedding perfectly reflected them. The bride wore a striking Jenny Packham dress with messy, boho hair and they both had their tattoos proudly on display! Their epic cake played homage to their favourite 80s movie, Lost Boys, and they used lots of deep colours in the flowers and decor to show their love of all things Moroccan.
“Our wedding was very music-orientated”, said Ru, “we were also influenced by travel mostly, colour, Morocco, Thailand, elephants and boho! One of my favourite things was our cake from Little Cherry Cake Company. We didn’t want everything to be serious. We also had a Game of Thrones themed card box which I made.”