They wanted their wedding to to reflect the time of year that they got married – November. So Emily and Andrew decided to have lots of autumnal touches at their wedding. They didn’t have a theme or grand plan other than than seasonal flowers and a few woodland thrown in!
“The first thing I bought before deciding on a venue, dress, or anything else, was the cake topper from Melabo Wed on Etsy as we both loved it”, said Emily. “This was the starting point for our inspiration! I think we surprised ourselves with how many traditional elements we included in our wedding day – however there were things which we knew we didn’t want. I didn’t have an engagement ring, we didn’t want a first dance, to throw the bouquet, or full 3-piece suits for the men. Andrew had always told his mum that he would get married wearing trainers, which he did!”
“We were both very apprehensive about the ceremony”, she continued. “Neither of us are keen on standing up in front of people, and I think my legs were shaking the whole time. To make us less nervous we asked Emma, our photographer, if she would take the photographs of the two of us together before the ceremony, and we had our bridal party photographs taken then too. This worked really well as it meant that we had more time with our guests following the ceremony and we got to see each other beforehand to steady our nerves. Emma was fantastic with us – despite the fact that we are both usually averse to having our photos taken she made us feel completely relaxed.”
Kia and Daniel’s July wedding took place at Dalston Roof Park in London, a quirky and cool events space in Hackney, overlooking the city’s skyscrapers. The day didn’t really have a theme other than having fun!
“Since we had both been married previously with all the traditional trappings, we went for something unique which reflected our personalities and interests”, explained the bride. “We wanted to be surrounded by the people we love, enjoying themselves with great food, a stunning view and dancing the night away.”
“We took a little bit of inspiration from some fantastic parties we had been to. We aimed to throw the best party and not think of it as just ‘our day’. Our friends and family are so important to us that they were the main focus for our day. We wanted to have all our friends mingling and break up the traditional ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ feeling that you get with a lot of weddings. This relaxed approach meant that we had friends old and new talking, eating and dancing together. The photo booth and free-flowing cocktails seemed to help that along nicely too!”
A baby pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a glitter station, a unicycling juggler, a hula hooper… Yep Harri and Al’s June celebration was every bit a Rock n Roll wedding!
“When we started planning we themed things around our love of travel and vintage”, the bride said. “When we contacted our suppliers I told them our wedding was going to be a ‘vintage, travel, Around the World in 80 Days, elephants, gin, pink haired tattooed bride type of affair’. However as we got further down the planning we actually started to add more things we like such as festivals, glitter, hula hooping and circus! Al joked that we were planning a ‘Disco Circus of Love’… and it just stuck! We ended up putting it on our wedding invites, kept the theme on our website and got our guests to hashtag #discocircuswed.”
“In the end we had an incredible mish mash that included a pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a unicycling juggler, hula hooper, a Moroccan feast, moustaches, vintage circus acts as table names, a glitter station and pyrotechnic fire dancers!”
The wedding was held at Larmer Tree Gardens in Salisbury. “Our venue was a bigger expense than we had planned, but when we went to Larmer Tree we fell it love with it and knew it was ‘the one'”, she explained. “I also knew from the off that I wanted an amazing photographer and videographer so that was our next big expense, and totally worth every penny.”
Kirsty and Michael’s wedding had lots of lovely kitsch details with a strong helping of Scottish heritage. “We wanted the day to be a big love affair of tartan and colour”, said the bride. “We started with the tartan and worked from there. Our house is full of retro finds and bits and bobs and we wanted our wedding to be the same. Our main aim was for our guests to have a brilliant fun day.”
“I wanted to do as much DIY as I could, to save money and make it personal. I purchased each bridesmaid two necklaces. One to wear in its original state and one to dissect for parts. I used the bits to add to the shoes and hat bases. Using my trusty glue gun, obviously. I also made them each a hanger with their name on and I painted the invitations and programmes using watercolours.”
With a budget of just £4000, Gabrielle and Paul had a quirky Southend-on-Sea Wedding on 10th June 2015 (happy anniversary guys!) The ceremony was at the registry office and their reception was hosted at Bacchus Restaurant.
“In all honesty, other than the venues and what we were going to wear, there wasn’t really much that we planned”, explained the bride. “We just wanted our eccentric personalities to shine through in a transcendent and immersive setting surrounded by the ones we love.”
“As creative professionals, we are both often commissioned to showcase chosen inspirations for campaigns, so it was a new an interesting process for us to be able to just portray exactly what we wanted – our own personalities and interests. We really didn’t choose any specific theme but we were influenced a lot by having something that was a contemporary mix of vintage aesthetics, world culture and nature.”
Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.
“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”
They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”