Luke and Emeline were married at Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon. Their unconventional wedding was quintessentially ‘them’, from the bride’s pink hair, the Japanese and video game theme and the groomsmen carrying weaponry!
“I’d describe our theme as a Japanese culture based experience”, explained the groom. “Video games, action adventure, samurai’s and of course a manga styled bride with pink hair.”
“We both wanted something very relaxed”, Emeline took over. “We wanted our guests to have fun and feel like if they were on holiday with friends and family. That’s why we decided to have a gourmet BBQ style dinner by the seaside. We didn’t have any seating plan, it was very chilled. We ate outside, with a wonderful sunset in the background. Perfect for the last summer day!”
“We had a lot of unusual elements including our groomsmen carrying hand-engraved samurai swords and crossbows to remind them of our day and to always fight for their dreams!” she continued. “It was quite funny to hear our photographer asking the wedding party to put their weapons down. Definitely not something you would expect at a wedding!”
Meghan and Andy planned their wedding while travelling around Australia so they really relied on their friends and family pulling together to help them out. That being said, they did an awesome job by keeping things relatively simple.
The inspiration for their reception space was a photograph of another wedding filled with balloons that Meghan saw on Rock n Roll Bride! “I saw a photo once on Rock n Roll Bride of a wedding filled with balloons… and after seeing it that one time I could never find it again” [is it in here?], she explained. “But as soon as I saw it I knew this was what I wanted. Our wedding began to look a bit like like the movie ‘Up’. We attached 375 multi-coloured balloons to 100 chairs.”
“We really wanted our wedding to be relaxed,” she continued. “We are late for everything so time didn’t really control anything on the day. We weren’t really bothered if things went wrong either. I was actually sick the whole day! To me, our wedding was unique because we did it all ourselves. I would think of something and Andy would make it come to life. People had said they never had been to a wedding like it and they had so much fun… That to me alone is a success.”
For flowers they bought heaps of babies breath online and arranged it themselves. “We used it for everything and it looked amazing”, she said. “For bouquets, headdresses, and to decorate the ceremony area. It was also a more affordable option than elaborate flower arrangements.”
Pearce and Angela love all things vintage and retro, so their 1950s wedding theme came easily to them. They wanted a theme that their guests could be a part of (with fancy dress!). The celebration was held at Craig Y Nos Castle near Brecon Beacons in South Wales. “We loved the venue because it was quirky, wonky and theatrical so it suited us down to the ground”, Angela said. “It was once owned by a very famous opera singer, Madam Patte, in the 19th century, who used to throw lavish parties and entertain the great and good back in the day. It was actually completely different to what we initially had in mind for a venue, but when we walked in we just knew it was perfect!”
The bride wore a vintage dress from the 1950s which she bought from Rachel’s Bridal Boutique. “Even though the dress had lovely details, it wasn’t too fussy, which appealed to me”, she explained. “Like a lot of things that I wear, I really wanted to have fun with it and make it my own by incorporating colourful accessories. I added a flower and beaded wedding belt that I made with my Auntie Katherine, and a colourful 50s style petticoat. Colour is such an important part of my life – it makes me so happy, I wanted to build as much colour into my outfit as I could get away with whilst still keeping traditional with a white dress and veil.”
Ben and Helen had a casual wedding in Tooting. “We wanted to throw a wedding for our families as much as for us, to celebrate life and love and enjoy a special day together”, Helen said. “It was important to us to celebrate all the years we’d already had together (and all the ups and downs, joy, growing up and hard work in that!) rather than acting as if the wedding was the start. So that was part of the message on our invitations, and we got the Registrar to frame the ceremony that way in her welcome – a celebration of 8 and a half happy years and the witnessing of our next step together.”
The ceremony was held at Merton Registry Office and their reception at Tooting Tram & Social. They got the tube between the two! “We threw out any of the traditions that didn’t suit us, and built our day from the ground up to make sure it was personally meaningful”, she continued. “Traditions we ditched included the top table, cutting of the cake, fancy tired wedding cake, bride given away by father, bridesmaids, best man, receiving line, just men doing speeches. We included lots of creative and soppy details, and prioritising fun! Guests say they were still feeling the love and humming the tunes weeks later! Our venue was an old tram shed turned gig venue – a stunning reclaimed industrial space with gorgeous natural lighting, chandeliers, industrial piping and vintage tiles.”
Rosie and Colin live in London but wanted to get married in Scotland, where Colin is from. They took inspiration from lots of places for the theme, but the three key elements were skulls, Scotland and vintage 1920s touches.
“We took inspiration from all over the place for our wedding!” said Rosie. “I have a skull tattoo on my arm and have always loved anything including skulls! I also love the juxtaposition of skulls with other really beautiful things like flowers, I think it has such a striking impact. A lot of people don’t get the skull thing. When I spoke about some of my wedding décor ideas, some people said ‘right, so you’re having a Halloween themed wedding?’. Far from it! When everyone saw it come together they all loved it.”
Debbie and Angelo picked an unusual venue for their September wedding – a cow shed! In fact when they visited the farm before they booked it, there was actually cows living in it!
“We were determined not to have a traditional reception venue or anything that resembled a package wedding”, said the bride. “We just wanted to fill our wedding with things we love. That includes Angelo’s batman socks and Star Wars cuff links, the James Bond themed Martini reception drinks, the Mariachi band, the homemade tea leaf bar, the tuk tuk to take us to our reception, the travel themed tables and the jam jar cups for every guest. All these are things that we love and remind us of some of the best times in our lives.”
“The reception venue was probably one of the most unique things about our wedding, certainly in terms of what our guests were used to. Before the wedding most of them didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest I think they all thought we were mad. But on the day they were all amazed at what we were able to do with a barn which, when we first visited it, had cows living in it!”