Simona and Denis were married in Orta San Giulio, Italy. They had a traditional church ceremony followed by a casual reception on the banks of Lake Orta.
“We were inspired by black and white photography for our wedding”, said the bride. “I am a photographer and we share a passion for it so it made sense. I wore a black and white dress and our tables were named after some of our favourite photographers. Our invitations were the ‘film’ of 35mm rolls.”
The bride’s dress came from Atelier Emé. “For an Italian wedding my dress was very unconventional”, she explained. “It was also the biggest expense in the wedding. When I tired it on I immediately knew it was the one. It was actually the first and the only one I tried. I didn’t know the price when I tied it on and initially I thought t was too much. But my parents told me to take it anyway. I wanted this dress not because it was expensive, spectacular or in fashion, but because I felt like me when I put it on.”
Jake and Emily were married at Isola Farms in Florida. They wanted their wedding to “make our love a tangible thing people could see and feel”.
The ceremony was held outside, and was both of their favourite parts of the day. “Our ceremony was beyond perfect”, said Emily. “Nestled in between two giant oak trees with chandeliers hanging above our flowered cross, it was more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed of. Jake was so perfect standing there trying hard not to cry. Our vows were hand-written in books that we both used for wedding planning. I cannot describe the feelings, other than to say it was so much better than I had hoped for.”
The couple did nearly all the décor themselves. “A very, VERY large portion of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “If it was not done by me it was done by a close family friend or relative. Everything from our chalkboard signs to our photo booth. We thought, what better way to show our love then to make everything hand-written? We even had hand-written notes for each guest on their seat at the reception.”
Helen and Rich are hooked on the TV series, Peaky Blinders, so when they came to plan their Manchester wedding, they based it on their favourite show. “It was only natural that we decided to join the Brummy gang for our wedding day”, Helen explained. “Also, Rich’s father grew up not that far from the real Peaky Blinders gang, he has Irish heritage, and I have always been obsessed by the 1920s. It just made sense.”
“A lot of 1920s themed weddings are very glam, more along the lines of The Great Gatsby. As much as we love that film, we felt that our characters and northern heritage needed more of an edge, especially against the industrial and slightly grey backdrop of Manchester. Neither of us like being the centre of attention unless it’s for being daft, so wanted a smaller wedding with everyone feeling involved by being dressed the part. Rich wanted the Peaky Blinders look and maintains that it was his overcoat and Grandfather’s pocket watch that made his outfit.”
Samantha and Gary’s destination wedding was held at Casa Monte Cristo on the Western Algarve coast. They hired a villa where they stayed for the week before the wedding too.
“We had always wanted an outdoor wedding but me being from Ireland we knew that would be too much of a risk to do it there!” explained the bride. “We decided very early on in planning we would have a destination wedding. We choose Portugal as it has always been a favourite family holiday for me growing up and we also wanted to pick a place that wasn’t too expensive for guests to travel to and stay.”
“As the wedding was going to be completely outdoors, we decided on a picnic party theme with blankets and balloons and games for the guests play. It was also important to us that the whole day be held at the same place, so that guests could really enjoy the day and not have to worry about getting from one place to the next.”
Amy and Hegazy wanted a beach wedding and they chose Ain el Sokhna, a resort in Zaafarana, which was an hour and a half away from Cairo, Egypt. “I have always had an affinity to the Red Sea and it was natural that I get married on its shores”, the bride began. “I always imagined my wedding day would be bare feet, undone braided hair and dancing in the sand surrounded by friends and family.”
The day also had a colourful, Mexican theme. “We actually went with the Mexican theme after we asked Gringos Burrito Grill (our absolute favourite take out) to cater our wedding”, she continued. “We thought a Mexican vibe would go perfectly with the beach setting and food.”
Laura and Simon wanted a wedding that felt like them. They didn’t pick one particular theme. “We didn’t really have a set ‘theme’,” explained the bride. “With so many fantastic sources of inspiration we simply couldn’t decide and commit to one thing. At the beginning, we felt overwhelmed, but soon realised that we needed to focus less on the best bits of other people’s weddings, and more on what we actually wanted for our own. It was important that whatever we chose reflected our relationship, interests and personalities and this is exactly what helped us to bring it all together.”
“We knew we didn’t want the wedding to be traditional or stuffy, but we wanted it to be quite classic with some eccentric touches. We wanted to incorporate a nautical element too as it linked back to our engagement which happened on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. We also introduced the vintage element with pastel colours as we’re both inspired by alternative fashion and trends, and it suited the décor of the venue.”