Sarah and Ben hired a small farm in North Wales as their venue. As vegans, serving a vegan menu was of the utmost importance, so they self-catered the whole event! They wanted to do things as eco-friendly as possible too so collected decor items from charity shops, utilised things that already owned, and DIYed practically everything.
“We wanted our wedding to reflect our interests and personalities, and to feel relaxed and comfortable for our guests” said Sarah. “In doing so the end result was an aesthetic that felt very much like our home. We chose colours and textures that we liked, used the wedding as an opportunity to regularly trawl our favourite charity shops for vintage glassware to decorate the tables, and made as much as possible ourselves. We tried to source everything as ethically as we could and spent our money with small independent businesses via websites such as Etsy and by sourcing our bread from a local bakery.”
“We’ve been following Rock n Roll Bride for years and have always been inspired by other couples who have gone against the grain and had their weddings exactly how they wanted. We felt that our wedding should be a true reflection of ourselves. We’re not big fancy people so we didn’t want a big fancy wedding. We were (and continue to be) inspired by mismatched colour and print, 70s boho vibes and quirky DIY touches. We also wanted to include some Chinese décor and traditions to pay tribute to Ben’s family heritage.”
Reut and Gidi had a few key things that wanted to include in their Israeli wedding. These were a relaxed vibe, an unusual venue and vegan food!
“We wanted something natural, genuine, simple and most importantly – that felt like us”, the bride began. “We are also vegan so vegan catering was a must. This is quite a big deal in Israel, where food is a big issue for wedding goers, and they ‘expect their steak’. Another issue that made the wedding unique was the lack of dancing. Gidi hates dancing, so we had an event where the centre is not a dance party (which is the norm in Israeli weddings) and more just like a casual get together.”
The wedding was held at an vineyard called Karmei Yosef, a communal settlement in central Israel. “Obviously the location also contributed to uniqueness of the wedding too”, she continued. “Israeli wedding usually take place in venues that are designated for that, and not in an olive grove.”
“Our wedding was very simple and very close to nature. In terms of décor we also kept it fuss-free. We drink lots of beer in our home, so we always have loads of empty beer bottles around the house. We peeled the labels and made our own vases that were filled with flowers and were
spread everywhere throughout the wedding.”
There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.
“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”
“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”