Chris and Emmy were married early in the day, so they wanted to lay on lots of entertainment for their guests. “We wanted a day that was relaxed, fun and family-friendly”, wrote the bride. “We had our humanist hand fasting ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, so we wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do throughout the day. We go to a lot of festivals and run a dance tent with my family called the Griffin Tent, so we used that as a starting point, using the marquee and having a pub quiz and live bands in the afternoon.”
“The river running through Loudwater Farm is the same river we both played in as children (we’ve known each other since we were 11!), so we had fishing nets and wellies for everyone to paddle. We added archery, circus toys, dreamcatcher making and an art and crafts den, and finished up with a silent disco.”
Dean and Helen wanted to focus on the details of their outdoor, camp site wedding. They put their hearts and souls into hand crafting (with the help of friends and family!) a wedding day that really reflected them and everything they love.
“We have been a couple for so long that we wanted our wedding to reflect us”, said the bride, “but we didn’t really have a theme as such. We both wanted an outside venue that people could stop over as there is nothing more disappointing at a wedding when your just getting started and the music gets shut off and everyone goes home. We only looked at one venue and as soon as we found Woodland Tipis and Yurts we fell in love. It wasn’t a wedding venue, but it was exactly what we wanted so we went for it.”
Vicky and Ben chose a very unusual venue for their wedding, an old Victorian Railway station! Having somewhere so different meant that they could pretty much do what they wanted for their big day. They went all out adding personal, colourful touches.
“The inspiration for our wedding was colourful, fun, summer garden party, relaxed atmosphere, not too formal!” began Vicky. “I am a florist and I love colour and love working with the bold bright colours of flowers. Ben is a design engineer, so both being quite creative people we knew we wanted to style the wedding and make lots for it ourselves. We are silly people so wanted the day to be fun and keep our guests laughing at all times! Ben also likes to entertain, he is a juggler and dabbles in a bit of magic so that was an influence too, mainly in our stationery and our wedding cake which was chocolate brownies decorated like playing cards!”
“Our venue was quite unique, an old Victorian Railway station”, she continued. “We fell in love with it as it was so different and Val, the owner, kept the gardens looking beautiful! The different areas of the venue made it interesting for guests to explore. We wanted our wedding to feel like a summer garden party with lots going on. We told all our guests to dress colourful and there were some great outfits and load shirts on the day.”
Their wedding was always going to be colourful and fun, and Oliver and Helen found pulling their theme off relatively easy, despite having a smaller that average budget of £8000. They threw tradition out of the window and simply picked things they loved and could make themselves.
“Our wedding theme was all about colour”, explained the bride. “I spent lots of time searching through Pinterest and wedding blogs (in particular, Rock n Roll Bride!) but didn’t really want to narrow my ideas down. I was desperate not to narrow down my colour scheme despite being told I probably should. I’m glad I didn’t!”
“So we decided anything colourful would work. I was really excited about creating everything myself with the help of my amazingly creative mum, sister in laws and bridesmaids. I was very lucky to have them all on board!!”
Nic and Dan were married on Friday 13th July at 13.00 at St John the Evangelist Church in Brigg. The day started with them both getting ’13’ tattoos and ended with a pub reception at The Exchange Coach House. Nic didn’t want a traditional dress, so she wore a black one lined with skull fabric! Skulls were a recurring theme throughout the day, and were also on her custom Converse, their cake, and the DIY bunting that decorated the venue.
“It’s always been an aim of Dan to get a 13 tattoo on Friday the 13th so we decided that we would do this on our wedding day!” Nic began. “The two best men, and one of their wives also got ‘13’s to remember the day… as did our photographer Sassy! We also chose to meet at the pub for a pint before going to the church too. This was a very wise choice, I was really relaxed by the time I had to go and get married!”
Sadie and Marie were married at Calke Abbey Riding School, a National Trust venue in Derbyshire. They were the first same sex couple to marry here and they fell in love with it’s less than perfect appearance. It was the ideal setting for their alternative wedding.
“Our wedding day was perfectly imperfect”, explained the brides. “We were adamant we did not want a prefabricated, immaculate wedding and opted for a laid back, rough round the edges kind of day. We chose the amazing venue, not for the grand unstately home (yes it’s really called that!), but for the rustic, flaking paint and quirky riding school, owned by the National Trust. We also made history by being the first same sex couple to have a ceremony there! We visited the venue on several occasions and it was transformed every time. We wanted a blank canvas where we could truly make our mark.”