Katy-Jane and Alex met when they were 13 years old. Each other’s first loves, they split after just a few months together but remained friends. Then in 2009 they finally got back together and married seven years later. The day was hosted at the Rosliston Forestry Centre in Swadlincote and had an Indian style theme. The general vibe they wanted was relaxed and fun.
“Our wedding was inspired by our love of travel and our love of India”, said Katy-Jane. “From the fast-paced entertainment to the outdoor ceremony itself, everything was quite different and reflected us. I brought some packs of bindis with me from India and everyone was wearing one by the end of the day. We also had a balloon modeller who was a great alternative to sweets for keeping the little ones occupied!”
Cheryl and Andy had two celebrations, their legal ceremony with just close family in America, followed by a big reception back in the UK. Their budget was £4000 which included their outfits, the venue, all the decor and catering for 135 people (they served pies so it came in at under £8.50 a head!)
“Our main inspiration, for both weddings, came from our love of tattoos, comics and music”, said the bride. “It was just one big reflection of our personalities. We weren’t going to have a theme as such, but our love of comics and comic TV series and films did come through!”
“We found it hard to do something that hadn’t already been done so instead we just focused on things that were special to us. For the wedding in the States, it was unique as we stayed at The Stanley Hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining. We had our wedding dinner there too before the ghost tour around the hotel. It was such a cool place, they had a channel that just played The Shining all day! You could just imagine the twins walking the corridors. For the reception in the UK we did scrap a lot of tradition. There weren’t any speeches, we didn’t have a first dance (we bounced on space hoppers instead to our mate’s skiffle band!) and we didn’t have a table plan – guests grabbed a pie from a vintage van and sat wherever they wanted!”
Sami and Aaron were married at Elysian, a private garden sand event space in Los Angeles. The venue definitely inspired their theme which ended up having a garden vibe with urban touches.
“We got married in a really beautiful outdoor garden area”, said the bride, “and that inspired the design and colour scheme that we chose. Our beautiful ceremony was written by my friends, Craig and Brenda, that happen to be incredibly talented, published poets. We knew we wanted to have a friend officiate us and they immediately popped into my head and they were perfect.”
“You can’t tell by the photos, but it was 108 degrees outside! Literally it was the hottest day of the year! So the ceremony was a perfect length, about 20 minutes, considering, and everyone was very patient and enjoyed it very much which was great to hear! Because it was so hot out, we decided against doing ‘first look’ and opted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. Leading up to the wedding I kept asking Aaron if he would cry during our vows. He is a very sensitive man, but not a huge crier, so mainly I was joking. But when I walked up the aisle and we saw each other for the first time, I saw tears in his eyes and I said, ‘Don’t you do this to me!'”