Tawnee and Luis, high school sweethearts, were married after thirteen years together. Five years later they decided to renew their vows in – where else? – Las Vegas!
“We wanted to take a spin on the traditional, ‘run off to Vegas and elope’ idea,” said Tawnee. “Having been married for five years, we really wanted to renew our vows, update the promises we’d made, create new ones for what lies ahead, and really embrace our love. We are both now in the wedding industry and we see lots of designs and ideas that we wished we had done five years ago. This was a way to spark our own creative touch for ourselves.”
“We felt that Vegas was the perfect setting, a simple getaway from San Diego and a place already known for losing inhibitions. We wanted to renew, get boozed and tattooed!”
“For the ceremony we used an awesome pop up wedding trailer!” she continued. “Flora Pop, based out of Las Vegas, pulled up with the coolest vintage teardrop trailer to officiate our vow renewal. We chose the Kings Row Rv Trailer Park as our location; one for nostalgia, two because of the vibrant teal pool. She definitely added the unique, out of the box vibe we wanted.”
James and Polly’s wedding was a mixture of Halloween and autumnal themes. They were married on October 31st so it only made sense! They decided on Halloween because it’s both of their favourite holidays.
“When we chatted about getting married, we were struggling to think of a month to do it”, the bride began. “I think I jokingly said ‘What about Halloween?’ and suddenly we realised it was the perfect day since we celebrate It every year anyway! To be honest I don’t think any of our guests were surprised when they were told the date.”
“When we started planning the day and looking for wedding inspiration it soon became apparent how much we wanted the autumnal colours to play a part in the wedding too. It’s such a beautiful time of year and our ceremony venue, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, could not have provided a better backdrop. The colours in the park were so perfect.”
“Although Halloween was our chosen day to get married we wanted to keep it bright, colourful and cosy rather than the darker colours you can associate with the holiday”, she continued. “Every year we have a Halloween party and we go all out with decorations and fancy dress. I think most of our guests were assuming that’s how the wedding would be too. However we wanted them to be surprised. We wanted it to be more pretty than scary with just hints of Halloween with the table skeletons, Halloween bunting dotted and SO many pumpkins!”
Ione and Will wanted their wedding to be bright, fun and homemade. It was also really important to them that all of our friends and family were there so they kept to a strict budget so they could accommodate everyone.
“We met just under seven years ago on Brighton seafront at a club night called Club NME!” the bride began. “I was 18 and he was 23. I was his first girlfriend so we feel like high school sweethearts.”
“For the wedding we wanted to combine both my Cuban heritage (I’ve also lived in Spain) and Will’s love of Sussex, where he’s lived his whole life. We felt we had lots of little odes to each one. We wanted a village fete type feel and had 120 people from 2pm for our reception. We kept it simple with a vegan paella and a chicken paella with baguettes and some salads that I made to keep costs down. Everyone was so happy with a simple feel to the day, we personally didn’t feel like we needed more than one sit down course.”
Tiffany and Josh’s November wedding was inspired by a mixture of Halloween and good old fashioned Rock n Roll! They were married at Bottom of the Hill, a club in San Francisco.
“The club was fully decked out in Halloween decorations”, said the bride. “We gave out sugar skulls and had a trick or treat station. We also embraced that fact that we got married at a rock venue. So we played a few songs, made everyone put on temporary tattoos and had our DJ play a carefully curated 70s power pop set list. We really wanted everyone to feel like they were going to a rock show. Our invitations were designed to look like old punk show flyers and we allowed people to start drinking right when they arrived.”
“I worked really hard to add as many unique elements as I could. What comes to mind is the venue, the temporary tattoo favours, and the food (we went with a Hawaiian/Mexican fusion-sushi, papas fritas, saimin, tacos, etc…). However, the most important thing to us was performing original songs for our guests in lieu of our first dance.”
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”
Elodie and Matt’s wedding was held at Le Couvent des Carmes, an old convent between Grenoble and Valence in French Alps. The day was themed around a mix of lots of different things from nature to childhood memories, and Rock n Roll to travel.
“We drew ideas from lots of things for our wedding”, the groom explained. “Vintage things, our childhoods, our bohemian lifestyle, and love of nature. We tried to make our wedding feel like us and we wanted to do a lot of things by ourselves. Elodie wore green heels, and I wore a deep red suit. Our transport was a yellow VW van like the one in our favourite movie, Little Miss Sunshine. At the reception we had gold dinosaurs, ferns and artichokes as decorations.”