Pippa and Daniel were married at Barton Hall in Kettering. The inspiration for their wedding came from the bride’s engagement ring, which the groom had designed himself. It features a large amethyst stone in the centre (the bride’s birthstone) and that, alongside a bright blue which Daniel loves, became the colour scheme. Daniel knew he wanted an untraditional suit in blue and the colour amethyst was a perfect choice for the bridesmaid’s dresses.
“Daniel and I knew from the beginning that we wanted a wedding that was individual, but that our friends and family would also enjoy”, Pippa began. “We were sure that we didn’t want to get married in Kettering, where we live, due to the lack of unique venues until we visited Barton Hall. Although unfinished, we fell in love with the 16th century architectural elegance of the Grade 1 listed Orangery within the grounds.”
“Our venue and food were where we spent the majority of our money”, she continued, “I guess this is to be expected. Second to that was my wedding dress. We saved a lot of money on our cakes though. I attended the Birmingham wedding show and was overwhelmed by the variety of cakes available but was shocked by the cost. We didn’t really care about having a traditional cake, we just wanted one that was scrummy. In the end we found Gayle’s Catering. She visited us at home and we loved her portfolio and the fact it was more substance over style and had a real home made feel. We ordered a mixture of cupcakes in toffee and red velvet with crème cheese frosting, and three round cakes in carrot cake, cookies and cream cake and a vanilla rainbow cake!”
This is shabby chic, but not as you know it! When it came to styling their wedding at Casa de Festas Largo do Arruda in Brazil, Danilo and Mônica spared no expense!
“We believe every wedding is unique”, wrote the bride. “When planning our wedding we quickly found on Pinterest and Rock n Roll Bride, which helped us a lot. We looked at other weddings we liked, but instead of copying things, mashed them with things that we felt were very ‘us’.”
“We did some DIY and some things we nearly forgot about, like having tags on the invitations. We had to do it by ourselves because we were late with their delivery. It took several hours cutting paper, writing and making a tiny heart shaped hole in each tag. The same thing happened with the rice packs that we used instead of confetti.”
Sarah and Ben chose Islington Metal Works for their July 2013 wedding. The bride wore Valentino, the groom a snappy suit from Topman, and their whole day was just a massive representation of the two of them.
“We really wanted our wedding to just reflect our personalities and what we love!” wrote Sarah. “We both share a love of taxidermy, skulls, vintage furniture and weird curiosities so we wanted to bring that across but in a light pretty way softened with fairly lights and flowers. We would have loved more taxidermy but it was surprising how much it costs to hire it!”
“We also love places that are a little run down and industrial and the Metal Works was the perfect venue for this. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we had a small private family ceremony in our local registry office the day before and had our close friend Christian perform a short ceremony for us at the Metal Works. Friends read and our best friends daughter was the ring bearer. It was perfect and just what we wanted. Intimate with plenty of laughter.”
Vintage weddings are getting more and more mainstream which is why I am so excited to share a genuinely unique one with you today. You certainly don’t see many Edwardian themed weddings dotted about all the wedding blogs! Laura and Matt were married at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, South East London, a deconsecrated church that is now hired for shoots and events.
“We didn’t want our wedding to be too formal or conform to any traditions that we didn’t feel comfortable with”, began Laura. “We also wanted an interesting venue with history, but not one that was religious. We didn’t have a big budget so many historic places were not an option. Even if our budget was larger, we still wouldn’t have wanted anything overly grand, we wanted something more us and where everyone could relax and be themselves.”
Amanda and James were married in Derry, Northern Ireland. The day started with the bride getting ready at her parents’ house and a catholic ceremony, but that’s where the tradition ended! Their reception, at Thatched Cottage in Craft Village, was a true reflection of them as a couple. Casual, laid back and thrifty. They spent just £1500 in total!
“Our wedding was bohemian, handmade and vintage inspired”, began the bride. “We didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen (just two witnesses) and chose to keep thing as simple as possible. We wanted a low key wedding, something special and intimate to share with family and friends… no fuss! We also wanted the wedding to reflect who we are and not get lured into the circus and stress that often surrounds weddings. We aimed to create an artistic, homemade, bohemian atmosphere.”
Courtney and Nick wanted a day that didn’t break the bank. They managed to keep the costs down by shopping in charity shops, accepting help from family and friends and DIYing a lot! They put the flowers together themselves, had a playlist instead of a band or DJ and made their own stationery. Both of their outfits were “lucky finds on the internet”. The designers didn’t matter to them, only that they liked what they wore. The bridesmaids had dresses from eBay.
“Our wedding was loosely themed around ‘all you need is love’, but we didn’t really stick to a genre”, explained the bride. “We drew inspiration from vintage, cottagey garden vibe which you can see in the table settings and all the bunting, as well as the lawn games that included a super fun giant Jenga set. The ceremony was set in a beautiful pine forest, with hay bales as seating giving a forest fairy feel.”
“There were loads of different places we got inspiration from, but most importantly we wanted to make sure that it reflected us as a couple. We wanted a day filled with fun that celebrate our LOVE. The Beatles played a major part, as this is one of our favourite bands, and love of music is one of the first things that brought us together.”