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!”
Cat and Andrew’s September wedding had no theme other than them wanting it to pay homage to the West Country, where they live. A lot of things were found cheaply or homemade. The bride wore a dress by La Redoute, the groom was in Topman and the bridesmaids, ASOS. The cake was made by the bride’s mum and they also arranged all the flowers themselves.
“While we have nothing against a good theme, I don’t think we consciously went for anything too specific”, said Cat. “Our love of the West Country definitely shone through, but we basically just took all our favourite things and put them together in a tumbledown barn! Wildflowers, candlelight, a massive full moon, camp fires, live music, locally sourced food and drink. Cider With Rosie meets bohemian gin palace? Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Wurzels gig?!”
“I love wild swimming and have been visiting Farleigh River Swimming Club, next door to our venue, since I was a kid”, she continued. ” The vague idea that a morning dip would be a good way to shake post-wedding hangovers led us to check out the neighbouring farm. It’s stunning setting and reputation for excellent cream teas sealed the deal. From that point on, the surroundings dictated the direction the wedding took. The barn was a ‘proper’ barn, with swallows in the rafters and piglets in the yard, so it was never going to be a white linen and fine china kind of a do.”
James and Polly’s wedding was a mixture of Halloween and autumnal themes. They were married on October 31st so it only made sense! They decided on Halloween because it’s both of their favourite holidays.
“When we chatted about getting married, we were struggling to think of a month to do it”, the bride began. “I think I jokingly said ‘What about Halloween?’ and suddenly we realised it was the perfect day since we celebrate It every year anyway! To be honest I don’t think any of our guests were surprised when they were told the date.”
“When we started planning the day and looking for wedding inspiration it soon became apparent how much we wanted the autumnal colours to play a part in the wedding too. It’s such a beautiful time of year and our ceremony venue, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, could not have provided a better backdrop. The colours in the park were so perfect.”
“Although Halloween was our chosen day to get married we wanted to keep it bright, colourful and cosy rather than the darker colours you can associate with the holiday”, she continued. “Every year we have a Halloween party and we go all out with decorations and fancy dress. I think most of our guests were assuming that’s how the wedding would be too. However we wanted them to be surprised. We wanted it to be more pretty than scary with just hints of Halloween with the table skeletons, Halloween bunting dotted and SO many pumpkins!”
Ione and Will wanted their wedding to be bright, fun and homemade. It was also really important to them that all of our friends and family were there so they kept to a strict budget so they could accommodate everyone.
“We met just under seven years ago on Brighton seafront at a club night called Club NME!” the bride began. “I was 18 and he was 23. I was his first girlfriend so we feel like high school sweethearts.”
“For the wedding we wanted to combine both my Cuban heritage (I’ve also lived in Spain) and Will’s love of Sussex, where he’s lived his whole life. We felt we had lots of little odes to each one. We wanted a village fete type feel and had 120 people from 2pm for our reception. We kept it simple with a vegan paella and a chicken paella with baguettes and some salads that I made to keep costs down. Everyone was so happy with a simple feel to the day, we personally didn’t feel like we needed more than one sit down course.”
Imogen and Jordan were married on 31st October in London. The wedding was inspired by art deco, Autumn and, of course, Halloween! However they didn’t want their day to be too themed, so they went for subtle touches such as glittery pumpkins and the bridesmaids wearing black lace masks for the ceremony.
“I’m a huge vintage and an art deco enthusiast and I absolutely love glitter”, said the bride. “At the end of the day all the staff were covered in glitter head to toe. We first met on Halloween, at a party when we were at school. so we wanted to be married on the exact same day. I took inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby too as we really love the style of that film and how beautiful everything looked.”
Inspired by the TV show Don’t Tell the Bride, Michelle and Jamie’s wedding was organised as a complete surprise for them by the bride’s employers, Cosatto, who make brightly patterned pushchairs. Inspired by their products, and the bride’s own colourful aesthetic, the team pulled together a truly one-of-a-kind wedding!
“Every year our fantastic CEO gives one lucky member of the team £10,000 to do something they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do otherwise”, bride Michelle explained. “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to have a wedding with a difference and do it it Don’t Tell the Bride style. My colleagues planned the whole wedding for us and we knew nothing about what it was going to be like until the day! It was great fun but very hard at times wondering if they would get things like the dress to my taste but they did absolutely amazing!”
“On the day I was a rollercoaster of emotions – one minute a nervous wreck, the next dancing around on cloud 9 with excitement! I was also a social outcast at work for the past few months with all of the whispering and little meetings they had. No one would talk to me for months in case they spilt the beans!”
The bridesmaids were dressed as clockwork dolls in black tutus with pink cheeks, tea cup hats and keys on their backs. The homemade cake was flamingos and they served Afternoon Tea. The entertainment was mime artists, stilt walkers and fire eaters, The bride arrived by unicorn!