When Jess first saw Nick she felt like she was in her very own movie, “I was shopping with my mum and sister and we were taking a break in the food court. I looked up, and in slow motion (it was like a movie, I literally saw it in slow motion) I saw the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. I just sat, frozen in my seat, mouth open, staring shamelessly. Then (also in slow motion), he turned his head, locked eyes with mine, and winked. Not even joking. I giggled, blushed, and turned away. Next thing I know, I hear a voice say, ‘Can I sit here?’ I turn around, and it’s him! Before I left the mall that day, I gave him my number, and we took a picture together, right in the food court.”
So of course when they came to get married, they had to relive this moment by holding their ceremony at movie theatre! “The theatre is 100 years old”, she said, “They put our names on the marquee and played a slideshow of pictures of us on the movie screen! In terms of our theme, Nick is a huge Spiderman fan, and I am the same with Batman, so we also had a lot of Superhero inspiration. We had Batgirl and Spiderman action figure cake toppers. We also had superhero inspired cups, centrepieces, and the garter and bow that I wore!”
Victoria and Rob were set up by mutual friends. They were clearly on the right track too because they moved in together within two weeks and were engaged four months later! They were married in London at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Their reception was held at The Londesborough Pub.
“We both had a really clear idea of the sort of wedding we wanted from the onset”, explained the bride. “We’re not particularly traditional so we wanted to avoid anything too stuffy or formulaic, opting instead for something much more relaxed and informal with personal touches that reflected our personalities. We love anything and everything vintage, so we also wanted to incorporate that into the styling and decoration but ultimately, we really just wanted to throw a kick ass party for our nearest and dearest!”
“Being a Londoner myself and with Rob having lived here for over seven years, we were certain we wanted a London wedding. It also meant I could get ready at my family home where I was born and raised and I’m so glad I did – it felt very significant! I work in Stoke Newington and we live about three miles away so both the Town Hall and the Londesborough were familiar stomping ground and I loved the idea of being able to walk past the venue where we were married every day at lunch! Before I had even met Rob, I had decided I wanted to have my wedding at the pub (how presumptive!) as it is such a warm and welcoming venue with real personality and character.”
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.”
Adorable couples with budget-friendly weddings make my heart soar! Sarah and Matthew were married in London in June. They spent just £2000 and had their reception at home.
“Matthew and I met on OkCupid”, Sarah told me. “I’d started online dating when I moved to the UK from Canada in 2013; it was a great way to meet new people and see different parts of the city. However, I also found it could be extremely boring when you don’t click with someone and spend the evening pulling teeth trying to make conversation. Once I’d settled into London life a bit more and found myself busy with work and new friends, I decided to throw in the towel, but I’d already set up a date with Matthew. We clicked right away! We broke all of the first date taboos by chatting about everything from politics and religion to feminism and pop punk. We’d been dating for 8 months when we got engaged and 4 months after that, we got married. I used to think people were daft when they’d say ‘When it’s right, you’ll just know,’ but for us, that was completely true.”
Their ceremony was held at Wandsworth Town Hall. “We had a town hall ceremony followed by a garden reception at our home later in the afternoon. Things wrapped up in the evening so we could head to a hotel for our mini-moon, so it was much shorter than many weddings. Everyone commented on how laid back and fun it felt. I think a big part of that was only incorporating traditions that felt meaningful for us. For example, we exchanged rings, but there was only one speech, no bridal party, and no feeding each other cake! We focused on the things that were important to us: good company, good food, good drinks, and good music. Everyone mingled in our back garden; it was very relaxed.”
Laure and Cyril were inspired by their love of food and Rock n Roll so they had a retro American diner themed wedding! Harking back to their childhood’s, they had souvenirs of the film Grease and a 1950s atmosphere throughout.
“We had black and white chequerboard with pink and blue as our colours”, the bride said. “In the diner we had lots of authentic details right down to the hamburgers, hot dogs and donuts that we served. Other details we loved were our guest book, the homemade goodie bags for the children and my balloon bouquet.”
I’m totally obsessed with the spectacular location of Holly and Tom’s informal Welsh wedding. They were married in the lighthouse at Nash Point, on the coast of Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. They chose the location because it was so naturally beautiful.
“We drew inspiration from our gorgeous surroundings, the beautiful beach and the stunning coastline”, said Holly. “Tom used to be a keen surfer so we instantly knew that we wanted the wedding to take place near the sea. We were so lucky that Nash Point has a breath-taking view. The fact that the lighthouse is the only working lighthouse in the country licensed for weddings sealed the deal.”
“We didn’t want anything too formal so I spent hours scouring Pinterest for casual wedding ideas”, she continued. “The first thing we wanted is for the wedding to be like one big party, like a festival, so we hired tipis and set them up in the field next to the lighthouse for our reception. The farmer we hired the field from also let us borrow his hay bales which made for great decoration and seating. We wanted to have a sweet table, a popcorn bar and s’more kits for our guests which we made ourselves the night before the wedding. The finishing touch had to be fairy lights and bunting because let’s be honest they make absolutely anything look pretty and magical!”