Bella and Matt were married at Cowparsley, a wedding venue in Somerset. They wanted a relaxed, outdoorsy day with a festival feel, a picnic lunch and a meaningful ceremony.
“We searched for a long time for a venue that would give us free reign to do what we wanted, (at an affordable price!) and we had nearly given up when we discovered Cowparsley”, the bride began. “The whole day; ceremony and reception, was spent in their delightful farmhouse country garden. We had our ceremony in a lovely little orchard, saying our vows in front of a tree that we decorated with Mexican flag bunting, flower garlands, paper petal strings, and paper birds. We drank Pimms and played croquet and skittles on the neighbouring lawns, where we also relaxed on blankets for our picnic style feast. There was a lovely big antique canvas marquee, in which we danced in the evening, before sitting round the bonfire back in the orchard at the end of the night. Everything being in one place allowed everyone to kick off their heels and make themselves at home, rather than standing on ceremony. This informal atmosphere was very important to us.”
“We wanted to get married outside, under a tree, in the sunshine”, she continued. “Sadly, it is not currently possible to have a legal marriage service outdoors in England, so we went to a register office in the morning with Matt’s mum and my step-mum as witnesses. In and out in 20 minutes, no fuss. For what we considered the proper ceremony, that afternoon, with our family and friends, we considered hiring a Humanist minister, as we are not at all religious. However, we felt that it would be a little odd to have a stranger preside over such a personal event, especially as we had quite an intimate wedding, with just 70 of our closest friends and family. So we asked a close friend to be our celebrant. Esh is an actor, so very confident with public speaking. He has also shared a flat with us in the past, so knows us both very well, and has a unique insight into our relationship! He did a wonderful job, creating the relaxed, fun tone we wanted, and giving a brilliant speech in which he logically proved that our relationship was a good one, with reference to a theory by philosopher Bertrand Russell!”
Nick and Tamar were married at Danby Castle in North Yorkshire. This was a DIY wedding and the bride even made her own dress! She wore it with a vintage kimono jacket in the evening. The groom’s sister made the cake and the bride and her bridesmaids arranged all the flowers.
“Our wedding was inspired by roses, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, vintage cups of tea, floral prints, lace, mason jars, and the country side”, said Tamar. “We wanted to keep it as true to ourselves as possible. The most important thing for us was that our wedding represented our own personalities. If there is anything that shines in our character is that both are a mix of classic and modern. Nick has an amazing moustache (he even made his groomsmen grown moustaches for the wedding day!) and I’m a creative person and always try to express myself in any possible way (including my skin!) Another thing that made our wedding really special was that my brother played the ukelele and sang while I was walking down the aisle. ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’ by Elvis Presley.”
With a budget of just £4000, Ryan and Connie planned a beautiful 1950s inspired wedding. The bride wore a dress made especially for her by Honeypie Boutique, shoes from Next and fun Tatty Divine jewellery. The bridesmaids’ vintage inspired dresses were by Vivien of Holloway.
“We love colours, patterns and prints so we wanted the wedding to reﬂect that”, said Connie. “All the bridesmaids chose their own coloured dress and I had a bright pink ice cream bag!! We wanted to use local suppliers as far as possible and keep costs low by making things ourselves. We also wanted the day to be colourful and bold but also relaxed.”
The day was held at Kelham Island Museum and Little Mesters Bistro in Sheffield. “Our wedding was on the Tour de France weekend and Shefﬁeld was crammed with people!” she continued. “Travelling to the venue with my bridesmaids in our vintage VW camper van was incredible! There were so many people, including lots of street performers on stilts, looking in and waving. It made it feel even more special.”
Lorna and Liam were hitched at Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire. They hired the place for a whole weekend in August so they could have a nice, long celebration. “We both love nature and fell in love with the venue straight away. This had a massive influence over the whole wedding”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be informal, fun and a great reflection of our relationship and life.”
“Our theme was definitely a rustic woodland theme. We love colour so had many colours around, we used swallows inspired from our tattoos, logs from Liam’s yard, sunflowers have always been my favourite flowers… We tried to keep it as ‘real’ as possible. We did loads of DIY. We had three main areas to fill and two nights worth of fun. We were very fortunate to have so many amazing people to help us. Liam’s friend made us a coconut shy, my sister made all the signs and Hannah, our wedding planner, did all the stationery. It really was a joint effort of DIY.
Jojo and Andy were married in August at Nettlestead Place, Kent. While the groom wasn’t too bothered about having a big wedding, the bride wanted something special and so a steampunk theme it was! She wore a corset from Baba Studio with an AMAZING purple and turquoise skirt, made for her by Sisters of the Moon on Etsy. Her biker boots were from eBay.
“While I’d like to say we just planned the wedding that we wanted, Andy would have preferred to just go to the registry office in a t-shirt and jeans!” Jojo began. “But I’m a bit more flamboyant than that, and he wanted me to have the day I wanted. So I pulled out all the stops and did something much more ‘me’. I’ve always been alternative and I love to dress up so this was the only way forward. We also thought that if everyone had to dress up, that they would feel much more like part of our day, rather than just being onlookers and well wishers.”
Jessica and Dashiell eloped in June at Migdale Water Mill Cottage in Migdale, Scotland. The bride wore a gorgeous vintage dress from the 1930s. “After calculating the cost of a big wedding for family and friends, we agreed that we’d be much happier spending 1/3 of the cost for a small ceremony in the Highlands”, she said. “It was simpler and more appropriate to find a beautiful location rather than to attempt to make a location beautiful.”
“We wanted an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by greens and grey, attended by wind and drizzle; very nature inspired, it was perfect! The ceremony was amazing. It was lovely to have a celebrant who outwardly enjoyed the experience as much as we did. We were married by Penelope Hamilton from the Humanist Society of Scotland.”