Gemma and Chris’ surname is Lavender so that, coupled with the bride’s hair colour, helped them set their candy coloured theme. “Our wedding was a very colourful affair, with the main theme settling on our married name of Lavender”, said Gemma. “I have lavender coloured hair, I am quite heavily tattooed and I wore a light pink dress.”
“Our other main theme was music, as we are both big metal and punk fans. Our table names were all NoFX songs and album titles and the seating plan was made from second-hand records screwed onto a door that we painted to look like a frame. For our first dance we swayed to Queens of the Stone Age, Make It Wit Chu.”
Their wedding was inspired by their love of cake and getting together with friends and family. Kerry and Lara wanted their day to be a laid back celebration so a vintage afternoon tea theme suited them perfectly.
“Our wedding had a vintage afternoon tea theme”, they explained. “We picked things that suited us. Being two brides, we both wanted to walk down the aisle so Kerry started it off in her own unique way recreating an 80s style catwalk to the original Clothes Show TV theme tune. Lara opted for her own style from the Dr Zhivago tune Lara’s Theme. We also both wrote our own vows to make it feel more personal.”
The couple met at a Zumba class, so that was their entertainment for the evening! “There was a real party feel to the evening with all the Zumba dancing, arm wrestling and chin ups”, they continued. “Even when things took a turn for the worse… There was a power failure across the whole village at 9pm for the rest of the evening! Everyone stayed calm as we gathered and lit tea lights. Our main concern was the lack of music, which was a key part to our evening celebrations. Kerry worked quickly to find a solution and one of the staff members offered to back their car up to the marquee entrance, once we found the right adaptor we were able to plug the iPod into the car stereo and breathe a sigh of relief. It boomed out of the car and we all started dancing on the gravel outside in true 90s rave style. It was hilarious!”
Helen and Rich are hooked on the TV series, Peaky Blinders, so when they came to plan their Manchester wedding, they based it on their favourite show. “It was only natural that we decided to join the Brummy gang for our wedding day”, Helen explained. “Also, Rich’s father grew up not that far from the real Peaky Blinders gang, he has Irish heritage, and I have always been obsessed by the 1920s. It just made sense.”
“A lot of 1920s themed weddings are very glam, more along the lines of The Great Gatsby. As much as we love that film, we felt that our characters and northern heritage needed more of an edge, especially against the industrial and slightly grey backdrop of Manchester. Neither of us like being the centre of attention unless it’s for being daft, so wanted a smaller wedding with everyone feeling involved by being dressed the part. Rich wanted the Peaky Blinders look and maintains that it was his overcoat and Grandfather’s pocket watch that made his outfit.”
Samantha and Gary’s destination wedding was held at Casa Monte Cristo on the Western Algarve coast. They hired a villa where they stayed for the week before the wedding too.
“We had always wanted an outdoor wedding but me being from Ireland we knew that would be too much of a risk to do it there!” explained the bride. “We decided very early on in planning we would have a destination wedding. We choose Portugal as it has always been a favourite family holiday for me growing up and we also wanted to pick a place that wasn’t too expensive for guests to travel to and stay.”
“As the wedding was going to be completely outdoors, we decided on a picnic party theme with blankets and balloons and games for the guests play. It was also important to us that the whole day be held at the same place, so that guests could really enjoy the day and not have to worry about getting from one place to the next.”
Laura and Simon wanted a wedding that felt like them. They didn’t pick one particular theme. “We didn’t really have a set ‘theme’,” explained the bride. “With so many fantastic sources of inspiration we simply couldn’t decide and commit to one thing. At the beginning, we felt overwhelmed, but soon realised that we needed to focus less on the best bits of other people’s weddings, and more on what we actually wanted for our own. It was important that whatever we chose reflected our relationship, interests and personalities and this is exactly what helped us to bring it all together.”
“We knew we didn’t want the wedding to be traditional or stuffy, but we wanted it to be quite classic with some eccentric touches. We wanted to incorporate a nautical element too as it linked back to our engagement which happened on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. We also introduced the vintage element with pastel colours as we’re both inspired by alternative fashion and trends, and it suited the décor of the venue.”
Imogen and Jordan were married on 31st October in London. The wedding was inspired by art deco, Autumn and, of course, Halloween! However they didn’t want their day to be too themed, so they went for subtle touches such as glittery pumpkins and the bridesmaids wearing black lace masks for the ceremony.
“I’m a huge vintage and an art deco enthusiast and I absolutely love glitter”, said the bride. “At the end of the day all the staff were covered in glitter head to toe. We first met on Halloween, at a party when we were at school. so we wanted to be married on the exact same day. I took inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby too as we really love the style of that film and how beautiful everything looked.”