High school sweethearts Victoria and Ian were married in May. Their wedding was loosely based on their love of Glastonbury festival with references including their invites and the decorations.
“We wanted the wedding to be fun and informal”, said Victoria, “and we really wanted to have the ceremony outside. We fell in love with a secret garden at Burton Manor but it wasn’t licenced for ceremonies. So we decided to sign the register a day earlier and have a non-legal ceremony on the day that we organised ourselves. It was a massive gamble on the weather, but we lucked out and had lovely sun throughout. My uncle Tony played guitar for the guests as they arrived and we supplied camping chairs for the ‘more mature’ festival goers, while other guests remained standing for the whole ceremony.”
“The only thing I knew about flowers is that I wanted them bright and colourful”, she continued. “I let our florist use their imagination to create an amazing surprise for us on the morning of the wedding. The flowers were one of the highlights of the day and took the least amount of effort and stress.”
“One of our favourite things was our rings. We couldn’t find rings any that we liked so we decided to do a wedding ring workshop to make our own! We did everything for them including coming up with the ideas and melting down Ian’s granddad’s ring to use. They are now even more personal and special because we made them ourselves.”
Nel and Matt were married in a restored 600 year old gate house at the edge of an ancient oak forest. The wedding was held on the eve of summer solstice. “We just wanted a relaxed wedding where everyone could enjoy the surroundings and the significance of where we were”, said the bride. “Luckily the weather was on our side! As having all of our friends and family in one place is a once in a lifetime event, we didn’t like the idea of taking off to a hotel whilst everyone else was still enjoying the night, so we camped on site with the rest of our friends in a bell tent that our bridesmaids had decorated beautifully.”
The bride had her unusual yet beautiful raw silk wedding dress made especially for her. “I know most women dream of that appointment at a bridal boutique to find the dress but to be honest the idea of all that fuss made me feel sick. I’m quite proud to say that I didn’t even try one single dress on! I sent Lucia from Larimeloom my measurements and she made me the most beautiful raw silk dress. I didn’t want to have a veil with my dried flower crown so I impulse bought the lace cape online and it matched my dress perfectly!”
I have to admit that I’ve never actually watched an episode of Game of Thrones myself, but I knew as soon as I saw Laura and Paul’s June wedding that I had to share it! They were married at Meols Hall in Churchtown.
“The inspiration for the wedding was a mix of a number of concepts”, explained Laura. “I would describe my personal style as ‘contemporary Nordic’ so I love furs, antlers, skulls, slate and wood. I think that one of the main things that made our wedding unique was ‘Dave’ our deer head. Paul and I have a number of animal skulls in our house but Dave is one of our favourites so the wedding wouldn’t have been the same without him!”
Tom and Fran’s wedding was inspired by their love of Mexico and the beautiful decorations and colours that are used in traditional Mexican weddings. “When we started planning the wedding, we just couldn’t bear to look at one more lavender satin chair cover so we decided to make it as colourful and interesting as we could”, said the bride.
“Since we’ve been together we’ve spent a fair bit of time in LA and from that have come to love Mexican food so we put together a delicious Mexican menu that everybody would enjoy. Again, we just couldn’t stand the idea of the traditional ‘chicken in a cream sauce’ you get at every other wedding! And of course, we also had to have a Mariachi band. They were a definite highlight.”
Did you catch my post over the weekend on the 14 things all cat lovers need at their wedding? Well you loved that you’re going to totally adore this wedding because Charlotte-Mary and Adrian had a real life cat themed day!!
“Our wedding was simply inspired by things that make us happy”, said Charlotte-Mary, “so that meant cats, particularly our own two cat babies Cedric and Lolita! They couldn’t join us on the day but were still dressed up for the occasion. We used our favourite colours (orange for Ade and pink for me) and had lots of chocolate things as I am a chocolate geek. We also wanted to bring both of our cultures into the wedding, Filipino and Irish.”
After the church ceremony, the reception was held at Fabrica in Brighton. “The reception venue had no outdoor space so we said ‘why not bring the outdoors indoors?’, and that was that! I guess our theme would be a colourful cat garden with lots of DIY and art!”
Gabriella and Iain wanted a relaxed and rustic wedding. They picked Lower Grange Farm in Kent as their venue. “When planning our wedding we wanted to make sure that it reflected us, rather than following traditional wedding conventions”, the bride began. “We wanted our day to be totally relaxed – good food, good music and good people were the three most important things. We were also on a budget so had to make decisions about where we could afford to splash out and where we needed to reign in the spending and keep it simple.”
The bride handmade a lot of things for the wedding including the cake, the stationery and most of the décor. “I absolutely love organising parties and being the hostess and I also love crafting and DIY projects, so I knew that I would be able to do a lot of things myself. I took inspiration from wedding blogs and from Pinterest so I quickly built up an idea of the look and feel I wanted for the day and created lots of lists and spreadsheets detailing what needed to be done and how much everything would cost.”