Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
Patrick and Chris were planning to get married in October 2015. In fact they still are having a wedding then, but when the opportunity came to adopt their foster son, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer. So they flew to Vegas and eloped!
“Our wedding was very spur of the moment”, Chris told me. “We have a more traditional wedding planned for October (although we’re still only going to have 15 guests!) but Patrick LOVES Elvis and always wanted a Vegas wedding so when the opportunity came up we moved our wedding date and eloped!”
Timo and Kriss were officially married on March 18th. They had an intimate ceremony, just a few of them, and then a bigger Cinco De Mayo inspired reception a couple of days later. The bride wore an amazingly colourful skirt made for her by a friend.
“I am allergic to anything white”, said the bride, “white plates, white cups…drives me insane. I live in colour and am surrounded by colour so we wanted our wedding gold and bright pink! I spray painted vases with gold glitter and ordered the biggest bunch of pink carnations from my favourite florist. I decided to make carnations cool again.”
“There was no other way than going with the Cinco de Mayo vibe. In November 2014 we both ran a race in Chile, and as soon as we got there and had dinner in a small café with plastic table cloths, mismatched cutlery and plastic flowers, I knew this was how I wanted our wedding one day!”
Well this is something new (well, actually very old!) – a groom in a suit of armour! As soon as I saw this wedding, I had to know more about it. Leen and Liron were married in March in Israel.
“The inspiration to the wedding was medieval times and fantasy literature”, explained the bride. “We also both LARP (live action role play) so a wedding full of magical characters in medieval style was a natural choice for us. We chose a venue that beautifully suited the theme and we chose the night of the Jewish holiday, Purim, to celebrate the wedding because it’s a masquerade holiday – and we knew people would enjoy dressing up! We asked the guests to dress in theme, and had some props for the ones who didn’t (we were so thrilled and our guests were beautiful).”
“Our wedding ceremony was officiated by my best friend”, she continued. “He was dressed as Lord Petyr Baelish, and wrote the whole ceremony by himself. We had a traditional vow exchange, and then a handfasting ceremony.”
Claire and Joe always wanted to have a fun and stress-free wedding. So when Claire found out that Joe was going to visit one of his favourite ever places, she decided this was the perfect time for them to elope. The real twist is that Joe had absolutely no idea!
“When I knew Joe would be in California on business and he’d be working at his favourite race track, I decided it would be fun to just do something totally unique and fun”, explained Claire. “We had no parents, friends or family members trying to tell us what to do because they don’t even know we were getting married!”
“Although Joe knew we’d be getting married at some point soon (because we needed to get a marriage license) he had no idea he was actually going to get married at the racetrack and on THAT day. I’d secretly been planning the pop-up wedding for three months!”
The day was a bit chaotic and overall just a really great time”, she continued. ” Watching Joe walk towards me super happy and in complete disbelief was the most amazing moment. He totally did not see it coming.”
Keir and Donna were married in London. “Keir proposed on a night bus from Elephant and Castle”, the bride began, “and it was perfect for us. We didn’t have any particular inspiration or theme for the wedding, we just wanted to do something in London that was simple and involved all our friends.”
“We stayed together the night before the wedding in Church St Hotel in Camberwell with some of our closest friends. We ended up drinking far too many cocktails and crashing around 3am!”
Donna wore a Charlie Brear dress and jewellery that she had designed by a friend, Roberto Costa. “I was very laid back about the whole thing. I bought the flowers for me and my bridesmaid the morning of the wedding from a local florist.”