Sarah and Adam’s wedding was a true reflection of them. They love anime and Star Wars, so that was their starting point! The day was held at Priston Mill, Bath, in December. They wanted their day to be quirky (like them!) but also fun for their guests. They had retro games set up on the balcony of the barn and devised various drinking games, matching their theme, for their guests.
“We could label our wedding theme, but really it was just ‘us’”, began Sarah. “We are big kids deep down! Everything on the day was what we enjoy and what is important to us. One of our fave films is ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and Adam is a Star Wars freak. We knew Star Wars needed to be combined with the anime theme and the ideas went on from there – often fuelled by good friends. gin and Prosecco. Obviously, Star Wars Planets as the table names went down well with our geeky friends – at least we didn’t put the family on Alderaan…”
Although a worry for a lot of brides and grooms, rain on your wedding day isn’t the worst thing that can happen. Although you might be a bit damp (and hey, if you’re in the UK you’re probably quite used to being in a permanent state of saturation) I promise you your wedding will still be wonderful – even if the whole thing is outdoors! Yes, Aaron and Vicky planned for their entire summer wedding to take place on Willow Farm, Vicky’s family home.
“There was a month’s worth of rain on our wedding day”, began the bride. “We have been told this means good luck and that we will be rich in the future. I do hope that is true but on the day it meant we had lots of umbrellas and wellies. We did manage to have the actual ceremony outside despite the weather. And we have plenty of cocktails to keep everyone’s spirits high!”
This is definitely a wedding I wish I was at. Louisa and Richie sure do know how to throw one hell of a party! The styling for the celebration was really centred around their venue – the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall called The Ditch. An unusual choice maybe (and one with no natural light!) but it fit perfectly with what the couple wanted. Louisa’s dress was designed by Catherine Deane. She wore Badgley Mischka and her veil was vintage.
“We just wanted our wedding it to be a big ol’ party with all our friend and family”, began the bride. “We didn’t stick to a script or colour theme or particular look. Every detail was there because we thought it was cool or beautiful or unusual. We weren’t trying to be shabby chic or retro or Rock and Roll, we were just being ourselves.”
Jane and Andrew were married in Lissanoure Castle in Loughguile, Northern Ireland. Their day was eclectic from the start which began with the most unusual, but weirdly perfect, inspiration! “Jane found a couple of starting points for the visual style of the wedding early on”, Andrew explained.
“Firstly this photo of Gram Parsons wearing his amazing white cowboy suit with bold coloured leaves and flowers, and an Alice Temperley dress called the Long Eliah Flower Show Dress. Things evolved a long way from there. We used Pinterest to develop ideas with Jane’s sisters and our lovely designer friend Kat Flint. In the end we had a lovely jumble of different bold colours, with some white and neutral tones from brown paper and hessian.”
“The main thing we wanted was for the whole thing to feel relaxed, friendly and personal”, they continued. “We tried to keep it all quite informal with lots of friends and family helping with different parts of the wedding. Music is really important to us too. Andrew spent a lot of time planning all the different musical elements of the wedding (and sang a song at our afternoon open mic).”
If the thought of being the centre of attention on your wedding day fills you with nervous dread, then let me open up a world of new possibilities for you. Cat and Paul did things to suit them – completely. Not being a girly, girl or ever wearing dresses, two weeks before the wedding the bride decided to go with what made her feel comfortable. That meant wearing jeans, and not doing a ‘grand entrance’. She didn’t walk down the aisle at all, in fact there was no aisle. She and Paul greeted their guests together as they arrived.
“We really just wanted to have all our family and friends around us for the day and enjoy ourselves”, began Cat. “Neither of us were looking for anything more than that really, just throw a good party for everyone to enjoy. The little quirks all came via family and friends. I think there’s so much expectation around weddings these days, you have to have these favours and this dress etc. It started to get a bit like that for us, especially for me.”
But Cat didn’t want to do what was expected and that meant she wore her favourite jeans! “I had a dress planned which was a big thing for me, I’m really not a dress kind of girl but I wanted to impress Paul and do something really special for him. About two weeks before when all the final bits of planning were getting done I had a bit of a mini moment about the whole thing, entering in a dress with everyone looking at me. After a chat with my mum and Paul they both told me just to be myself and wear what I was comfy in. So the jeans and the sparkly shoes were bought! I’m so thankful for the amazing support from Paul on this, I know he would have loved to have seen me in a dress but he knew it just wasn’t me and it was more important to him that I was comfortable and enjoying myself. So I didn’t make any big entrance or anything. I was there welcoming guests with Paul and the rest of our families which I really enjoyed. There was a few people who came in and thought they were late though I think as I was already in there! There’s nothing more Rock n Roll than just being yourself after all.”
David and David met online in 2006. They chatted for a few days and then had their first date at a local tapas restaurant. They both studied at the University of Manchester, so they chose the Museum at the university for their wedding venue. It is an amazing Victorian gothic building, and whilst they didn’t really want a ‘theme’ per-se, there was definitely a scientific and national history thread running throughout the celebration.
“The venue was the inspiration”, they began. “We had some great spaces to fill – not to mention a T Rex threatening to upstage us during the ceremony – so we placed a big emphasis on using lighting to set the scene and add ambiance during our reception. A real highlight was the use of dry ice in our table centrepieces – a great effect which surprised our guests.”
“Fortunately the whole thing went off very well – no disasters! The readings during our ceremony were all excellent, but our friend Judith really stood out with her reading of ‘Us Two’ by A. A. Milne. It was nice to be told by guests who were recently married that our day was better than their own weddings!”