It might be the middle of summer, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to share this elopement with you all today – it’s just too beautiful not to! Natalie and Andrew were married on Christmas day in Lapland!!
The ceremony took place in the Luvattumaa Ice Gallery. “I love Christmas and we both love adventures!” explained the bride. “We chose to elope on 25th December in an ice chapel and we arriving by reindeer sleigh! The ceremony was officiated by a local registrar who was wearing a traditional gown. I entered down some stairs, and walked through an ice tunnel to get to the altar, which was made of carved ice.”
After the ceremony they went for a meal at a local restaurant. “A funny moment was just after we arrived at the restaurant, the waitress accidentally spilt a whole glass of champagne on my dress! I was fine about it (my dress was vintage and only cost £52!) and it didn’t leave a mark, but the poor waitress was mortified and wouldn’t accept that we were OK with it so insisted on giving us a free bottle of champagne and her details in case it needed dry cleaning!”
Amanda and Jake were married in January. “The theme of the wedding was simple and elegant”, explained the bride, “and our colours were purple and grey. The inspiration was based on the colours I love and just basically how I always pictured my dream wedding! I wanted it to be at night, to be romantic and for there to be lots of lights.”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “The ceremony was beautiful!” Amanda continued. “One of the best moments was when Jake said ‘I do’ because he not only said it to me but also to my two little girls. That was really significant. My favourite parts of the wedding was hearing his vows, listening to the speeches from the people we love, and dancing with my friends and family.”
There’s something so extra special about tiny weddings and Hannah and Calum only invited very close friends and family to their December wedding. They were married at private house by Loch Lomond. They hired it for the full weekend and everyone stayed there with them.
“We wanted a relaxed weekend with friends and family with a wedding in the middle”, said the bride. “From the beginning we knew we wanted to do a lot of it ourselves with all of our guests pitching in. Everybody helped out, from baking the wedding cake, to creating the ceremony room, to arranging the flowers, to keeping everybody fed for the weekend. Our inspiration was that we just wanted to have lots of delicious food and spend the weekend with our favourite people.”
The bride wore a silvery grey dress (which she designed herself with the help of a dressmaker) and a green cloak that was over 100 years old and had belonged to her grandmother. “We had grand plans to whisk Hannah and Calum off and make the most of the stunning Loch Lomond scenery”, took over photographers Tino & Pip. “However that was scuppered somewhat by the raging storm! We did get a few cracking shots of them standing together braced against the wind and rain inches from the water’s edge. Hannah’s dress and cloak certainly looked dramatic against the landscape!”
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”
Pavel and Gulnara are both video game fanatics. This is how they met (playing World of Warcraft) so of course they had to bring it into their winter wedding.
“We both love video games and met online”, the bride explained. “He was administrating a WOW game forum and lived in Moscow. I lived 600 kilometres south-east from capital, in Kazan. He invited me to a party and I booked a plane ticket. Our nicknames in the forum were Ked and Dior so we had giant letters of these made for the wedding.”
“The wedding had winter theme with geekiness added!” she continued. “Our cake toppers were Eva and WALL-E, we had or PacMan muffins and 8bit invitations. Our wedding website was also in 8-bit style and we had a game developed about us killing space invaders!”
We’re just getting into the depths of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but our Southern brothers and sisters have their winter weddings in July. Danielle and Zak, from Melbourne, were married at The Willows, the perfect place for a cosy and intimate winter wedding.
“When I was little I was always obsessed with my parents wedding photos”, began Danielle. “They got married in a beautiful lush garden in the 70s, mum wore a beautiful lace dress and dad had an amazing navy suit. They looked so happy and adorable with their long wavy hair and natural blooming flowers. I wanted something with a similar feel for our wedding.”
“We didn’t really have a theme, we just went with what we liked. After we got engaged we knew pretty quickly we wanted an evening winter wedding with lots of candles. We had mismatched vintage jars filled with lots of natural flowers for centrepieces on the tables with the occasional skull. Luckily we both have pretty similar taste so we agreed on most things. It took us a long time to find the right venue though; we had a lot of fun looking at different venues, as we would turn it into little day trips or excuses for delicious lunches!”