Ania and Stach did not want a formal day or a church ceremony, but they also didn’t want to do the registry office thing, “We thought it would strip the magic away” the bride said. So instead they decided to marry on the hill near the groom’s parent’s cottage. They had the reception in a barn on the same land.
“Stach’s parents have a summer house in Suwalszczyzna, which is a beautiful place in the northern Poland. This place is especially important to us and we spend there all the time we can. The house is in the middle of nowhere and the nature there is enchanting. We thought that having the wedding there would make it a great celebration. We also wanted to show other people the place that meant so much to us – and thought it would be a beautiful opportunity. We brought 300 people from all around the Poland (and beyond) to the place they would never visit otherwise!”
Ali and Steven were married at Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. The whole wedding party stayed there from Friday-Sunday which made it feel more like a holiday away with friends!
“We had the place to ourselves it felt really homely and relaxed”, Ali explained. “We had an afternoon tea on arrival on Friday and the bridesmaids and I decorated the space. Then we all went out for a lovely dinner at the Minishant Inn. We relaxed back at Culzean in the big cosy lounge. On Saturday we all had breakfast together then did some finishing touches to decorations, got ready and had canapes and champagne in the round room with a beautiful view out to the sea. After the ceremony there were drinks in the armoury with the musical trio before dinner in the Georgian kitchen.”
The couple planned the whole wedding themselves, and loved doing so. “We enjoyed doing it ourselves”, she continued. “It felt like a more special day and we were proud during the weekend looking at and experiencing our handiwork.”
“The wedding was inspired by my love of colour and basically anything we saw and liked online. We looked through the A-Z of having a wedding, tore out what we didn’t like and scribbled all over the rest. We kept in anything traditional that we really wanted. For example, Steven didn’t want to see me in my dress until the ceremony and he wanted to cut the cake and I wanted to do the confetti bit – its always a great picture and a fun moment for all to get involved in.”
Oh I do love seeing a bride who’s brave with her wedding outfit. Mind you, if I had Stephanie’s figure I’d most likely be wearing a jumpsuit every day of my life! She married Ben in February at a cottage that they rented in Kauai, Hawaii.
The New York couple fell in love on the islands north shore, so it was only fitting they returned there to get married. “Our wedding theme was ‘no stress’!”, began the bride. “I even surprised Ben and hired a private yoga instructor in the morning of the wedding for a couples yoga session. Wanted to set the tone for the day.”
“The best bit of the day was watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee and exchanging our personal vows. A magical moment. Also, seeing Ben’s jaw dropped and hearing him say ‘Am I marrying Beyonce today?’ when he saw me for the first time before the ceremony! My jumpsuit was Gucci and my shoes were Charlotte Olympia. I decided to wear a jumpsuit instead of a traditional wedding dress as coming from a fashion background, I knew I wanted a statement piece, something designer and well made. I did the go to a bridal boutique and try on a princess gown thing. It just wasn’t me.”
There was no way Aaron and Belinda could pick just one theme for their Queensland wedding. So they did a bit of a pick n mix, grabbing inspiration wherever they could! From the groomsmen on motorbikes, the Delorean wedding car and the Mexican and geometric influences in their reception décor, the was one truly unique celebration!
“We really wanted our wedding to be casual with a party vibe so we threw formalities and traditions out the window to give us more time to enjoy ourselves”, Belinda said.”We got ready together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen and had our photos done before the ceremony. This made the day so enjoyable and so much less stressful. We got our photos in some of our favourite locations including a laundrette that I used to work next to and a bunch of art deco buildings that I love in the area.”
“We didn’t stick to one theme; we just tried to incorporate everything we love. The ceremony was simple with a touch of pop culture and more than a few nods to Star Wars. The reception was Mexican and geometric themed because I couldn’t decide which theme to choose and I felt they would work well together.”
There was a lot of rain for Maja and Gavro’s Slovenian circus themed wedding, but that didn’t put a dampener on one hell of a party! The day was circus themed and planned in just five months. The bride wore an AMAZING one of a kind wedding dress. She bought a relatively plain gown online and added the coloured tulle and black sash herself.
“We met in high school but we fell in love when we were finishing our studies and also partying a lot in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital”, Maja told me. “After 10 years and 4 incredible kids, we decided to get married. Among the reasons was also to have a great party with closest friends and family.”
Victoria and Matthew both work in the music industry (the groom is in the band Madina Lake) which is how they first met. Despite living on opposite sides of the world, the bride in the UK and the groom in America, that didn’t stop them dating!
“Matthew’s band was touring in the UK and I had organised in-store signings at my retail stores with the support band”, Victoria told me. “They invited us to the show afterwards and while we were hanging with our friends in Fearless Vampire Killers, drinking Madina Lake’s beer, their set ended and Matthew walked in.”
“The main inspiration for the wedding was to trade in the traditional for a healthy serving of original; we’re really not traditional people”, she continued. “We wanted the day that was meant to celebrate us to actually represent us, our personalities. We didn’t have a best man, ushers, bridesmaids, speeches, a fancy car or first dance. We just felt that none of those things were for us.”
“With half the guests being American, we wanted lots of British and Mancunian influences”, she explained. “The venue was a Victorian mansion and we hired the whole place so every guest got a room. Each room had a free standing bath tub and lots of original features, fireplaces, ceiling roses – very British!”