Sally and James’ first meeting was unusual to say the least! “James sent a text to an old work colleague seeing if he fancied a catch up”, said Sally. “Unbeknown to James his friend had recently got a new phone and no longer had that number. 250 miles away I had just got a new phone and the network provider had reused the number. I received a random text asking to meet up and I jokingly replied! 11 years, 3 kids and a mortgage later we finally got married! Coincidence or fate!?”
Their summer wedding took place at Fforest in Wales and was inspired by the surroundings and the venue itself. “Because of its location and its uniqueness we just went with what fitted with the venue”, she continued, “so that meant rustic, woodland, glamping and bohemian! We always wanted a weekend wedding as we were bringing our family and friends from opposite ends of the country. We also wanted somewhere where our guests could all stay in the same place and get to know each other a bit better. It took over a year to find Fforest but when we did we knew it was right.”
Laura and Lauryn’s wedding was inspired by their loved ones. They had their friends help them wherever they could, but not in traditional roles. One friend made Laura’s dress, another made Lauryn’s and lots of others helped out with decorations.
“We didn’t have bridesmaids or people in traditional roles” explained Lauryn, “but we liked the idea of highlighting a few people who went the extra mile for us so we named our house cocktails after them! We had the Bekgarita, the Hanna-lol Spritz, the Cosmic Emelie and the Papprihinia.”
“My dress was made by my best friend Bek who works in fashion” she continued. “I drove her absolutely insane talking about ‘the vision’ of what I had in mind. I think ‘the vision’ will haunt her forever! In all seriousness though, I can’t underestimate how much she did for me and how special she made me feel. I’ll probably never again have the opportunity to own something so beautiful, that was one-of-a-kind and made just for me.”
Zoe and Pidge met when they were just 13 years old! Five years later, on Zoe’s 18th birthday, they confessed their love to each other and have been together ever since. They wanted their wedding to be completely individual and really relaxed; to reflect both their individual personalities and themselves as a couple.
“We knew we wanted a really unique outdoor ceremony in our own back garden so we had a legal ceremony at the registry office in the morning, and then had another personalised ceremony in the afternoon”, Zoe said. “Our oldest friend performed the outdoor ceremony for us and we wrote the entire thing ourselves. During the ceremony we had a hand binding where we asked each bridesmaid and groomsmen to come up and bless us in turn.”
“As the wedding was at our own home we did a lot of DIY projects. We made the colourful archway for our ceremony out of a garden vine archway and paper tissue pompoms from Amazon. It took almost two days from start to finish, but it looked so amazing in all of the pictures so it was totally worth it. The bridesmaids and I wore wool pompoms in our hair which were made by my mum. We are a family of devoted knitters and I even have a tattoo of a ball of wool on my leg so I needed incorporate wool into the day somehow!”
“We also painted our own garden shed to look like the TARDIS from Doctor Who, and transformed the inside of it into a Polaroid photo booth for our guests. My mum and I did all the cakes and buffet ourselves: we didn’t want to put all the pressure on one ‘wedding cake’ so we had an entire table of different cakes, each with their own toppers!”