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!”
American Courtney met her British groom met when she went to get tattooed by him! “I was following him on Instagram and I really loved his traditional work and, well, he was English (how dreamy)”, Courtney began. “But being in the US, I didn’t think I’d get an opportunity to ever get tattooed by him.”
“Then one day, he posted that he’d be coming to the Midwestern states and to email him if you were interested in getting tattooed. I jumped at the chance to get an appointment! When he replied the conversation was very natural and we began texting each other everyday for weeks. Long story short, Rich came over and we spent the whole time together. In that time we decided that in a month, I’d come to visit him in England.”
Jess and Steve wanted a wedding in the West Country that reflected lots of little things that they love. “We wanted a day that would be a lot of relaxed fun for us and our guests”, said the bride. “We wanted elements of things that we love, like 40s and 50s fashion and music, without it being ‘themed’. The plan was for a big West Country party!”
The day started with a church ceremony. “We were married in St Brendan’s Church. It was the church where Steve’s parents were married. It’s also 1000 years old! I’m a Christian, while Steve is Agnostic so it was lovely to have a church ceremony that would mean something to both of us. The ceremony was beautiful, the string quartet played a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (It was a tough decision between that and the Jurassic Park theme music) that I walked down the aisle to with my Dad.”
Emma and Chavez were married in London at Islington Town Hall. Before the ceremony they did some fun portraits with their photographer the Barbican Centre and on the London Underground and afterwards they had a low key reception at The Jugged Hare pub.
“We didn’t have a particular theme or inspiration”, said the bride, “we just chose things we liked and it came together on its own. We just focused on doing things the way we wanted them done without thinking too much about what we were *supposed* to do.”
Gayle and Jay’s wedding theme was nautical and geeky with a hint of vintage. They had lot of Lego, the bride carried a button bouquet and they had some paper flowers instead of real ones.
“People commented on all the little touches and how we had made the day ‘so us’”, said the bride. “We were very lucky to not have pressure from others to be traditional. We also paid for everything ourselves meaning we had no financial ties to anyone. Our budget was £9000.”
“My dress came from Honeypie Boutique and I bought it online. A lot of the wedding was DIY and our friend Laura made all the paper flowers. Another friend, Rachel, helped me decorate the jam jars that the flowers were in. I made the signs for the tables in frames with scrabble letters, chalk pens and a piece of slate from my mum’s garden! Jay created the build-your-own centrepiece sign to go with the Lego too.”
Childhood sweethearts Mirlah and Nik were married in June and had a colourful Mexican fiesta inspired wedding. The day also had a bit of a festival vibe with the bell tents and their laid back attitude.
“The word ‘Fiestaval’ cropped up a few times”, said the bride. “I think our wedding was nothing like our guests had ever seen before! There were details in every nook and cranny, but everything had meaning and were really appreciated. Our venue really did us proud and no one tired of the amazing view! We did away with the DJ for the evening and hired a jukebox. The mix of music was unreal and had everyone of the dance floor. Mod classics and pop tunes mixed old school R’n’B. Everyone loved it!”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “We stuck to tradition where we wanted too and mixed up where it didn’t feel quite right. We decided to ditch the top table in exchange for a ‘sweetheart table’ so we could spend some time together. Our food was served from Mexican style street food stalls, and we did the cutting of the cake but only because it had sweeties inside!”