Author Archives: Ellie Kime

Colourful Woodland Wedding with Dominos and the Notorious B.I.G

Katy and Mark are my new best friends. No, but in all seriousness, their wedding looks like SO MUCH FUN and I think you’re going to fall in love with them instantly. With a loose theme of colour and fun, a focus on it being a carbfest (we’re talking fish and chips for and then Dominos later on) and eclectic and wonderful decor, it’s a super beautiful and inspiring day by all accounts.

“We didn’t necessarily have a set theme,” Katy says, “but I guess if I were to name one, it would be colour. We just did what we wanted, with no set theme or real formalities (bar the ceremony)!”

As Katy has worked in the wedding industry for most of her life, she had a head start on the planning. “I would say that it is amazing how quickly your budget/imagination can run away with you! When we first started planning we did get carried away and it started to resemble a fun fair – yes, with a waltzer and everything – but that didn’t really sit well with our budget. So we started again and stuck to what we needed and what we wanted it to be about: Our close friends and family and food, of course –  lots of carbs! It was a total carb fest!” They ordered yummy finger food from M&S, had a fish and chip van for their main food and ordered Dominos pizza for their evening buffet.

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Uber-cool Hackney Wedding with a Canal Boat Arrival

Gigi and Ale’s big day deserves big words: This is one of my favourite weddings I’ve ever seen, ever, and that includes in every outlet and in every Instagram scroll. In their own words, “The whole day oozed relaxation and the ability for everyone to dismiss the fact that weddings are quite often stuffy and just let loose!” They arrived on a canal boat waving flares, left wearing trainers, and in the middle did a whole lot of incredible celebrating…

From the get-go, Gigi and Ale knew they wanted their day to be non-traditional and chilled out. They also wanted it to reflect their Italian and Scottish roots. “Alongside a lot of movies we both enjoy (Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino flicks in particular) we were also inspired by the delicate touches romantic Italian weddings are known for and a lot of booze for the Scottish side of the family. There’s also a lot of homages to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The inspiration for our wedding in short is just a manic collaboration of things we love, it almost reflects our chaotic brains.”

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Los Angeles Brunch Wedding with the Bride in a Red Jumpsuit!

When the bride is a literal, bona fide rockstar, you know the wedding’s going to be a corker – and Cato (AKA CATO Sound) and Nick’s wedding definitely did not disappoint. They flipped the status quo with a house party and night out dancing on the Saturday and their ceremony and brunch on the Sunday! Cato’s outfit also ticks every box (“Gotta have pants, gotta have pockets, gotta have a train” she said) as do their incredible photos. Let’s begin, shall we?

“Actually, the inspiration for the wedding came to me in a dream”, began Cato. “I woke Nick up, told him what we were doing, and he liked it so we went back to sleep! At first I thought Pinterest would be helpful – oh how wrong I was! I think its best use would be to show a wedding planner what you are thinking, but I think it distorts expectations and encourages us to overspend on one day of our lives money that could give us more freedom in the years to come!”

“The biggest inspiration for us in reality was our community. From the very start, we knew our joy was only possible with the support of our community, so we wanted our wedding to be about all of us going through life together. We wanted our friends and family to be woven into our wedding in the same way they are woven into our lives, and thus most of our vendors were friends, or are friends now.”

“We held our wedding in reverse, with a Saturday night out dancing at Funky Sole at The Echo in Echo Park, and then a brunch wedding and reception on Sunday,” she continued. Their ceremony was a Reform Jewish ceremony with plenty of character. Their Rabbi, Jim Kaufmann, had them write a story about how they’d got to this point, which he then read in three parts woven into the ceremony.

“By the time we exchanged rings, everyone had relived that journey with us. We were very honest about our partnership and it resonated with our guests.” It was held at The Eveleigh, a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, and at the suggestion of their wedding planner Taylor from Reidsley they placed their chuppah in the middle of the room so they were surrounded by their family and friends.

They walked out of their ceremony to a mashup of Disarm by The Smashing Pumpkins, Where is My Mind? by The Pixies, and Wake Up by Arcade Fire, arranged by Ro Rowan, their violinist before heading to the chillest, nicest wedding brunch ever.

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Vintage Glam DIY Church Wedding in Nebraska

Lyndee and Connor’s Omaha wedding was a stunning celebration of family, friendship and faith. With a loose theme of ‘vintage glam’, they had their ceremony in an old prebysterian church, built in the 1920s, before moving to 1000 Dodge, a fun industrial space for the reception.

As Lyndee is a hair stylist, she styled her gorgeous blush pink asymmetrical pixie herself alongside the hair of her bridal party. With Connor blindfolded, she also did his hair before he got ready! She wore a beautiful Vera Wang dress from David’s Bridal alongside royal blue heels for her ‘something blue’ (before changing into glittery rose gold Kate Spade Keds for the reception). Her eight bridesmaids also wore Vera Wang, wearing blush satin maxi dresses.

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Spiritual Woodland Wedding with Crystals and Sage Stick Smudging

If you are interested in spirituality, this is the wedding for you. Felix and Jack’s delightful woodland wedding, held in the garden of their family home, was inspired and led by their spirituality, with numerous rituals taking centre stage.

“We were inspired by our belief that all things are connected, and energies are much more profound when shared collectively,” the couple explains. “Upon arrival, our guests took part in a sage purification ceremony to rid themselves of any negative energies. The ceremony involved walking through the billowing smoke of burning sage smudge stick, then balancing the masculine/yang aspect of that exercise by passing through the feminine/yin aspect of incense. Clapping or ringing a bell between the two produces a total cleansing effect.”

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Laidback Love Extravaganza Wedding In Dublin

Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!

Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.

Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.

Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.

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