Originally Ashleigh and Daniel really wanted to run off to Vegas to get married, but Ashleigh being 6 months pregnant kind of scuppered those plans! They still wanted to have their wedding on their own terms though so they keep things casual and intimate. They had just 11 guests and had their reception at restaurant in London.
“We knew when we decided to get married that we didn’t want to do it conventionally”, said the bride. “We both wanted to getaway for a fun, intimate and laid-back day. Actually, we had pretty much made our minds up on travelling to Las Vegas, as we loved it when we were out there in 2011, but when we knew I would be pregnant we opted for something closer to home and London is one of our favourite cities.”
London dwellers Emma and Jason decided to marry at Les Noes Blanches, a gorgeous private hire château in Loire Valley, France. The 450 acres of gardens and private estate made for the perfect setting for their intimate vintage inspired wedding.
“The main theme was the 1920s”, said Emma. “Our colour scheme was white, black and gold but we also gave the day a modern twist. We took cues from art deco and stripped it back to clean lines, and added a softer colours through flowers. The rural French château itself suited our theme too as it was white, clean and unfussy. We removed anything from the wedding that didn’t speak to our core values and we jettisoned anything that is just hanging on for traditions sake. We considered what was important to us, and tried to transmit that with each element.”
“While these were our primary sources of inspiration, I spent a long time scouring the Internet for ideas, and anything that made our hearts sing was appropriate”, she continued. “We also wanted a mystical and spiritual nature at the wedding event. I wore a gold Vesica Piscis temporary tattoo from Danielle Laporte representing the union of god and goddess. The pointed oval at the centre of the sacred geometric pattern is also said to represent the divine feminine. This was something that was really important to me as a woman.”
We’re just getting into the depths of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but our Southern brothers and sisters have their winter weddings in July. Danielle and Zak, from Melbourne, were married at The Willows, the perfect place for a cosy and intimate winter wedding.
“When I was little I was always obsessed with my parents wedding photos”, began Danielle. “They got married in a beautiful lush garden in the 70s, mum wore a beautiful lace dress and dad had an amazing navy suit. They looked so happy and adorable with their long wavy hair and natural blooming flowers. I wanted something with a similar feel for our wedding.”
“We didn’t really have a theme, we just went with what we liked. After we got engaged we knew pretty quickly we wanted an evening winter wedding with lots of candles. We had mismatched vintage jars filled with lots of natural flowers for centrepieces on the tables with the occasional skull. Luckily we both have pretty similar taste so we agreed on most things. It took us a long time to find the right venue though; we had a lot of fun looking at different venues, as we would turn it into little day trips or excuses for delicious lunches!”
If you’re a bit of a flower-perv, prepare to be blown away by the epic attention to detail in Faye and Chris’ Cumbrian wedding!
“We were inspired by a lot of different literature but heavily Lord of the Rings“, began the bride. “Our theme was kind of like storybook fairytale. I wouldn’t say anything we did was specifically to be alternative, but we know we wanted to do things the way we wanted. We spent the night before the wedding together sat up finishing bits and talking long after everyone else had gone to bed.”
Faye walked down the aisle to Many Meetings from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. “My dad had started me teary eyed before I even went in so hearing it almost sent me over the edge! I didn’t look up once until I got to the end of the aisle. I left my dad and youngest daughter at the end of the seating and walked the last bit alone as I didn’t want the traditional giving away. Our florists were amazing the room was incredible and the aisle lined with ferns and moss which fitted in perfectly with the tree arch I had made as a backdrop to the ceremony.”
There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing weddings like this. Ones with truly unique ideas and styling, and ones that so very clearly express the style and mutual awesomeness of the couple! Roxanne and George were married in London on Halloween but then went home to Romania for a big celebration.
“Our wedding was non-traditional, cool, funny, colourful and with loads of love and fun”, said the bride. “We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are. We had this wedding party three days before our two year anniversary.”
“Our small team of ‘fashion and other demons’ (helpers!) were responsible for the groom’s vest, my dress and accessories, and even dying my hair. They also helped with all the decorating.”
Rach and Dan didn’t have a theme for their wedding, they just wanted it to celebrate their love of Scarborough. “We wanted to give our family and friends a good day out at the seaside and show them the highlights of the town”, the bride said. “We had just 42 guests.”
They had a humanist wedding ceremony at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough. “Oliver’s Mount was a special place for us to get married because Dan’s Granddad’s ashes are scattered there, right where we had the ceremony. It was nice that he could also be with us. We hired traditional deck chairs for the guests to sit on and had our two friends, Jess and Toby play Ukulele.”
They didn’t want to spend a lot, so they did everything themselves. There was also nothing was traditional about this day; there was no wedding party, they catered themselves by making a picnic for everyone, and going for fish n chips at dinner time! “Our biggest expense was the vintage bus that we hired to transport our guests around Scarborough to the different locations”, Rach explained. “We loved that we had lots of different places to visit planned out for our guests to enjoy. We had a picnic at the beach huts (we rented two of them for a week and they cost us just £58 each!), we went rock pooling, we all went on the cliff lift, and everyone hired row boats and pedaloes in Peasholm Park.”