I’m not sure there is a wedding backdrop more beautiful than the plains of South Africa. And when Ulrike and Dirk started to plan their September wedding they knew that a farm backdrop was perfect for them. “We decided to have a farm theme seeing as our wedding was held at a farm”. began the bride. “I was infatuated with the idea of a barn wedding.”
“We decided to make everything ourselves, and that nothing should be matching. We wanted our wedding to be very informal and mainly just see it as a fun party. People sat where they wanted and while some people ate, others were watching the band or playing Foosball. We just included whatever we thought was pretty. It didn’t matter if it matched or not.”
Cameron and Lizzy chose a red, white and blue colour palette for their August wedding. Starting with the bride’s stunning bespoke gown and the groom’s three-piece suit, it then filtering though to the hydrangeas and rose arrangements, and finally the attendant’s clothes.
“There was no single theme for the wedding, but rather a sense that we wanted people to be wowed all over again as they moved from space to space”, began the bride. “The ceremony was all red, white and blue – very British. We had big hydrangeas and red roses in crates and flowerpots, and the bridal party and groomsmen all decked out in the same. For the afternoon tea in the ballroom, we took Brympton‘s 2,000-piece tea set as a starting point and created a very eclectic and vintage-y look. Then, for the evening reception in the orangery, we went for a gentleman’s club feel – lots of jewel colours, plush furnishings and bits and bobs raided from my parent’s house.”
I’ve featured a few weddings at Asylum Arts in Peckham before, but I couldn’t resist sharing another with you today. Melissa and Yoni took that crumbling chapel and made it come alive with colour! They used the de-consecrated church as the venue for their ceremony and wedding breakfast, and moved to The Big Red Pizza Bus in Deptford for their after party.
“We moved to Mexico for a year to teach English ten days after the wedding so we tried to tie in travel and Mexico”, Melissa replied when I asked about their theme. “Our cake was Day of the Dead themed, the place names were glider planes, the orders of service were paper planes, and each table placename was a scene of a place we’ve travelled to so far. Yoni’s family also surprised us with a mariachi band performance during the speeches which was fantastic!”
Wedding photographer Morgan Wade had been dreaming of a bridal shoot in an overgrown forest for ages. Eventually she plucked up the courage to just go out and shoot it, and she brought an amazing team along with her. “My initial goal was to create a sort of anti-editorial; something that would appeal to a wilder kind of woman”, she wrote. “A bride who wanted to sidestep all the pretty stuff and just go for raw. I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. Somewhere out there are women who have to hold back the urge to howl at the moon; those are my brides.”
Alongside Claire of Poppystone Floral Couture, she sourced local props and décor items. “Claire had pulled together a beautiful scene and sourced everything locally”, she continued. “We purchased the gowns on eBay; beautiful vintage pieces that made us (and the models!) squeal and do happy dances. Our hair and make up artist, Jennifer Wriston, wove olive leaves, flowers, branches, feathers and pops of bright color into the models’ hair.”
Ian and Jacqui were married in a 150 year old chapel called The Chantry, located between the south downs and High Weald in East Sussex. Right from the start of their planning they knew they wanted a village hall for their reception and chose Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall. They wanted a blank canvas that they could put their own stamp on.
Jacqui wore a vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey with vintage shoes, jewellery and a veil. “I knew I would choose a vintage wedding dress but I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted”, she explained. “All I had in mind was that I wanted a full length gown and probably in lace. I went along to Elizabeth Avey in North London and they had lots of beautiful vintage gowns to choose from. After trying a few I actually ended up buying the first one I had put on, a beautiful 1950s lace dress with a tiered train. The dress fitted perfectly apart from the sleeves which were a little (well a lot actually) on the tight side so my friend recommended Lindsay who specialises in vintage alterations and she did an amazing job of making them a perfect fit.”
Lara and Gav were married in Lara’s parent’s back garden. They set up a marquee and decorated it with collected and borrowed items from friends and junk shops. “The garden was beyond perfect despite the rain”, explained the bride. “It has been lovingly created and maintained by my parents since they moved in 15 years ago. It has always played host to whimsical parties, and lent itself brilliantly to the occasion.”
“We wanted the day to be as communal as possible and accordingly roped in as many guests as we possibly could”, she continued. “Everyone was most happy to oblige, and this communal feeling was ultimately the theme and what really made the day for both of us, and everyone involved.”