Grace and Chris’s wedding really showcased the best of London weddings – they got ready at the beautiful St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, got married at Islington Town Hall, and then partied at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Yep, that’s right – they had their wedding in a bowling alley, and it was all kinds of awesome!
“Our inspiration was really having things we both loved in life being part of our wedding,” Grace explains, “Our dog, pizza, power ballads and bowling!”
The day was relaxed and focused on fun, with no readings during the ceremony. “The ceremony was short and sweet – just the vows, the signing and the kiss! We made a playlist to play while guests were waiting (which was longer than we’d have liked, as there was a bomb scare in London that day and it took me longer to get to the venue because the roads were closed), and one of my favourite photos from the day is when one of Chris’s choices, Flo Rida’s Going Down for Real came on. He danced on his own at the front of the hall and it is such a perfect candid moment!”
“I came in to Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland, as I have two Wizard of Oz related tattoos and it’s been on repeat for most of my life. As huge Jurassic Park fans, we signed the register whilst playing the theme tune by John Williams, and as massive power ballad fans, we walked out to Tina Turner’s The Best!”
Tahmina and Tom’s wedding was a rock and metal festival by the sea, held at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. As they’d met at uni and hit it off straight away by sitting the corridor talking about music and sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels, it was only right that music played a huge part in their big day.
Right from the off guests knew they were in for some festival-style fun, with Wedfest wedding invites that looked like festival tickets and lanyards made up for the wedding info and order of the day. Music was a central part of their ceremony too, with Tahmina walking down the aisle to Wicked Game by HIM and them both walking back up with TNT by AC/DC. “Our ceremony was the bit we were least looking forward to,” Tahmina explains. “Despite the tattoos, coloured hair and loud mouth persona, I’m actually quite shy and suffer from crippling anxiety when I’m in an uncomfortable situation. The thought of a room full of people watching me walk down the aisle and stand there brought me out in hives, so we chose the quickest option given by Kent County Council – it was over within 10 mins!”
OK, prepare your minds, bodies and souls for the stunning wedding that’s about to grace your screens – this is not a drill! Anna and Steph’s beautiful barn wedding had a focus on “Good food, good music and fun” with a colour scheme to celebrate Pride. It was natural, un-fussy, and totally, breathtakingly beautiful.
The ceremony started with Anna and Steph dancing down the aisle together hand-in-hand, each in incredible wedding outfits influenced by powerful women. “As two women we decided not to go down the traditional ‘one dress, one suit’ route,” they explained. “Anna, inspired by Janelle Monáe’s style, wore an iTailor blue suit with braces. Steph, inspired by Beyoncé, wore a Tina Waller jumpsuit in her favourite colour, orange (with a touch of lace). For both of us, pockets were an important feature! Seeing each other for the first time in our outfits was a standout moment for us both.”
Their ceremony was held in the barn at Bellows Mill, Bedfordshire. “We chose the venue because they allowed us to get creative and personalise the space,” they continued. “Due to our outfits being less bridal than is traditional; and the day in general being less ‘weddingy,’ we wanted to be a bit more traditional/bridal in the barn decoration so we went for cream and golds. Anna’s parents decorated the barn beautifully with gold and cream drapes, fairy lights, and art work from the local wickerman!” Their family and friends, representing three generations, delivered beautiful and meaningful readings, and Anna and Steph read poems instead of doing traditional vows.