An Intimate Lakeside Elopement with a Picnic Reception!

Marjolaine and Julian’s first meeting was your classic love story – at a costume party. He was dressed as a pirate and she was dressed as a banana! “Whenever I think about it, it makes me laugh that Julian decided ‘Tonight I’m going to flirt with the girl dressed as a banana'”, laughed Marjolaine. He must’ve seen beneath her yellow exterior as they’ve been inseparable ever since.

They both live and work in the city, but their favourite past-time is getting lost in nature. Marjolaine was never the sort of girl who had big dreams of a wedding, but she did find herself following wedding blogs as she found the pictures so inspiring. When she stumbled upon photos of a couple who married in the middle of nowhere, alone, without guests, without an officiant – just them, nature and lot of love, she knew that this version of a wedding was one she could get on board with.

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Introducing: Anti Bride Tribe

@amykleinman

Yesterday I had an idea… Actually let me back up for one second… Yesterday I got MAD about something I saw online. It was a post that was so dismissive of anyone getting married that wasn’t white, straight, slim and able-bodied that I got ANGRY AS HELL and it sparked an idea.

As you (hopefully) know, I’ve been championing alternative weddings for over a decade but there is only so much I can do on my own. This blog and the magazine are my way of showcasing incredibly bad ass brides, beautifully unique weddings and all-killer-no-filler wedding day inspo. Whatever your style, budget, ethnicity or sexual orientation you will see yourself represented on our digital and print pages. It is my life mission and my one true goal, to make everyone feel worthy to find love and get married. It might seem like a trivial thing to some but I really do believe that the way we see ourselves when we hit this important milestone has a direct and very real impact on how we live our lives as a whole.

But it still didn’t feel like I was quite doing enough. Bloggers often talk about ‘their little corner of the internet’ and in many ways that’s very true. After all, there are only so many weddings and so many ideas I can share. This is just a tiny corner of cyberspace and the magazine is just one publication in a vast sea of homogenised, hetronormative, cis-gendered, white washed wedding media CRAP.

@fashionbellee

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Cool, Intimate Garden Wedding… with Dark Witchy Vibes!

Yuta and Artyom met when Artyom was tattooed at the studio Yuta works out of. A few sessions under the needle later, they started talking and, as they say, one thing led to another and the rest is history!

They were married in an intimate garden ceremony at Cultura, Tel Aviv, with a reception for close family and friends in the beautiful yard straight after. Their ceremony was performed by Yuta’s good friend and mentor, and continued with a song from another friend that she’d written especially for the couple in Hebrew!

The wooden deck and foliage walls contrasting with the open Tel Aviv skyline made for an personal yet urban setting that really captured the atmosphere the couple wanted from their big day.

Most of their guests were young tattooed people, many working as tattoo artists themselves, so their wedding party looked especially cool. In fact their favourite part of their day was letting loose after the formalities and dancing with their friends. “After the responsibilities of the evening had passed, we were just surrounded by people who loved us and had come to celebrate our love,” explained Yuta. “It was such a great feeling.”

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Why You Should Be Thinking Outside the Box with Your Wedding Venue

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found sorting the venue one of most stressful parts of wedding planning. Not only is it one of the first things you need to do (you can’t set your date, send out invitations or even really start planning your decor and theme until you know where the day will take place) but almost everything else hinges on getting this part right. A fantastic venue will make your wedding day feel like a dream, whereas one that isn’t quite right will make the whole process a bit of a nightmare.

There are thousands of incredible wedding venues to chose from all over the country, and whatever style of celebration you want to have, you will be able to find one that you love. However I have always been a champion of thinking outside of the box when it comes to your search. While a more traditional space, that does weddings week in week out, will obviously have it’s advantages (experienced staff, everything you might need already in place, packages to keep things simple…) there really is something to be said about going off the beaten path a bit, ESPECIALLY, if you’re planning an alternative wedding. Not only will it often be cheaper as there won’t be lots of “wedding extras” included, but you’ll end up with a setting as unique as you want your wedding itself to be.

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Rock n Roll Tea Party Meets Music Inspired Winter Wedding

Kelly and Charlie met after exchanging insults (!) at an Indie/Rock night in Soho, so it made perfect sense that music was a big part of their wedding theme.

Married at Rock n Roll Bride fave, The Asylum Chapel in Peckham in January 2018, it was important to the couple that their day was relaxed and informal. “We didn’t want it to feel like a ‘wedding’”, explained Kelly. “It might sound silly but we just wanted a big party with our closest family and friends”.

To do this they eschewed wedding traditions that didn’t feel right to them – including cutting the cake, having a sit-down meal and traditional wedding favours – instead they continued the music theme with a big stack of records by the seating plan for their guests to help themselves to!

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Greek Mythology Inspired Elopement in the Dominican Republic

YOU GUYS! Stop everything because you need to see this incredible elopement like NOW. Married in January on Macao beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Masya and Sasha, who live in Russia, had a traditional Greek ceremony in the most non-traditional way!

Maysa explains her feelings for her newly minted husband: “We believe that God creates us in two halves. One half remains within us and the better half is disunited. The journey of our lives is to wander through continents, oceans, nationalities, and social status to reunite with our other half. I recognised Sasha as my better half who I had been searching all my life as soon we we met. The feeling came to me so instinctively that I knew he was my soul mate. I have never felt so happy before when I am with Sasha. We are so much like each other that you can say we are our own reflection.”

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