When a bride is a wedding dress designer you just know she’s going to rock something truly incredible on her own wedding day. Getting married to John at the spectacular Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire, Vikki wore two stunning gowns, both of which she made herself. She also handmade her bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories.
The day had two ceremonies, the first, a humanist handfasting blessing outside followed by the legal one right afterwards. The couple opted to do this as they really wanted to get married outside to fit in with their nature theme, but it is unfortunately still not legal in England. ”We had two ceremonies rolled into one, a personal and intimate hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland clearing in the grounds and then immediately afterwards a short legal ceremony in the library”, Vikki explained.
You are going to love Beckie and Paul’s wedding. From Beckie’s amazing pink and teal corset and skirt combo to her purple and green hair, and their amazing DIY details including the knitted faux taxidermy bust centrepieces (!!) this really is a crazy creative wedding with a difference. The ceremony was held at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucestershire and the reception at the quirky Over Barn which came complete with farm animals and a bowling lane!
“We started off with traditional circus in mind but this was more of a guide for the colours, the feeling and the tone of our wedding rather than a theme”, Beckie began. “I don’t think we featured anything from any particular theme in the end, it was a bit of a mish-mash.”
“I didn’t want to use white at all from the start. I never wear it and as soon as we bought a house I started painting the rooms colours so it seemed crazy that we would use it on our wedding day. This did cause some issues when hunting for non-white wedding things. I ended up sourcing a lot from non-wedding vendors or making things. My dress was custom made by the amazing Jo at The Couture Company in Birmingham.”
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!”
Abigail and Lisa’s wedding was eco, natural and laid back. Held at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent they did the majority of the décor themselves, or at the very least put their own personal spin on everything. Both girls opted for non-traditional wedding day outfits, and wore two suits each throughout the celebrations. To fit with the natural and eco wedding idea they had wooden rings made from paddock wood by Simply Wood Rings based in Chicago.
The theme continued with their tree stump cake (made by a friend), their hand picked flowers and the DIY hand stitched invitations. “All the reception décor inside the marquee was made from old books, these included heart bunting and flowers”, explained Abigail. “The tables had log style birch candle holders, paper flowers and personalised homemade matches. Outside the marquee, on the field, we had a homemade sweet stall and a seafood stall also made by us and my super mum. My mum also made a Moroccan-looking area out of two gazebos, which was a chilled out shisha pipe area. We wanted a Moroccan corner as I proposed to Lisa while we were there. We even had a snuff bar which went down a storm!”
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.”