Sebastian and Wiebke hosted their ceremony in the bride’s parent’s garden, followed by a reception at a local restaurant. Their theme to be a colourful garden party inspired by pop art.
“Our wedding theme was inspired by our living room and the art in it”, said the bride. “We both like Roy Liechtenstein and we were inspired by him to use primary colours and to have speech bubbles. The stripey pattern that became our signature wedding pattern started when we made our Save the Dates. It was based on an album cover (Die Ärzte by Planet Punk) combined with Liechtenstein’s colours.”
“Other than that we aspired to make everything look and feel light and cheerful. Since our tastes in stationery and decorations are quite different, we tried to achieve a synthesis of both of our tastes. Sebastian likes sleek professional design and I love cute and colourful handmade things.”
Yes that’s right – Kitty and Stu’s wedding, or more specifically the bride’s dress, was inspired by the November Rain music video. They had lots of other musical influences throughout the day too.
“We wanted music to be a huge part of our day, and for it to be as chilled out as possible”, said the bride. “We opted to ditch the traditional three course meal and instead served fish n chips and burgers and fries. My dress was inspired by the Guns n Roses November Rain video and we had a friend’s cover band play in the evening. We also spent weeks working on our wedding playlist.”
Lily and Owen, who live in the US, came back home to the UK for their August wedding. They day was held in the groom’s parent’s farm. The bride wore an upcycled vintage dress and their budget was £8500.
“Our wedding has always centred around friendship”, said Lily. “We knew that we would sacrifice detailed luxury over guest numbers as living on two continents for equal parts of our lives means that we’ve collected quite the community of amazing people along the way. Our friends are like family and our family are like friends. We wanted a celebration that would reflect our love and appreciation for all those people and one that would also reflect a little bit of all of them in one creative way or another.”
Christine and Timo were married in Aschaffenburg in northwest Bavaria, Germany. The wedding was mostly held outdoors and had a hippy, boho and festival vibe.
“We were inspired by music festivals, especially the Castle Festival in Holland which could be described as a pagan, live action role-playing game and fantasy festival”, said the bride. “Our invitations were made to look like festival tickets and we gave each guest a wristband.”
The ceremony was pagan, and included rituals for each of the four elements. “We had a free open-air wedding ceremony with hay bales for seating which were covered with colourful blankets. The wonderful Simone Pfundstein lead the ceremony and said many personal things about us. The highlight was the ritual of the melting of the rings, which were frozen in ice to symbolise the element of water. We then planted a symbolic tree to represents the earth, used torches for fire, and finally ignited an incense burner for air.”
Spanish-born Vero and Agus had been living in London for five years before their wedding so they wanted to bring a bit of ‘Britishness’ into their wedding back home. They chose their venue, Jardín Müller in Granada, because it reminded them of the gardens in the UK.
“Our wedding theme was shabby chic”, said the bride, “and I got a lot of ideas from wedding blogs. I wanted the wedding to be a celebration with family and friends.”
“On the day, everything was perfect. Time flew from the morning to the night. There were so many unique moments: the time I spent with my sister in the hotel, the arrival to the gardens, that moment when Agus saw me, our proud and happy parents, the excitement, the happiness, the tears… It was a magical day.”
I doubt many of you will have seen a wedding venue quite like this before because Ellie and Charlie got married in a cave! More specifically at the Underground Lake in Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall. They also didn’t tell their guests where the ceremony was going to be held beforehand.
“We wanted our wedding to be a journey of discovery for our guests”, said the bride. “We asked them to dress to a certain colour palette and suggested they have fun with what they wore such as incorporating fairy lights or creating an animal mask!”
“On the day we set them fun tasks too. The first was to help us make the food for the wedding breakfast (we have some very talented cooks in the group, we would have hated to have wasted that!) and secondly to decorate their hard hats for the ceremony. At this point they were all still unaware of the location of the ceremony (although they may have had their suspicions from the task) and would only find out where it was upon their arrival by taxi.”