Author Archives: Ellie Kime

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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Black and White Victoriana French Chateau Wedding

Cristina and David’s wedding was epic and elegant yet dark and gothic, with two ceremonies, a marching band and a gorgeous venue.

The venue Cristina and David chose was the Domaine de Courson, a beautiful stately home in the village of Courson-Monteloup. Not only is it a stunning, impressive building with rolling greenery and lakes surrounding it, but it has sentimental value too: it’s also in the village where they live, had their first apartment together, and where they just bought a house!

Their theme was black and white, which they chose as they felt it would go well with the venue, but also with their guests. “We had a lot of tattooed, non conventional friends at the wedding,” Cristina says, “which was very funny because we spent the all day in the Domaine de Courson, which is a very fancy place, where they’re not used to having people like us!” Their Victoriana-inspired day was the perfect marriage of the two.

After the civil ceremony inside, Cristina and David led their guests – accompanied by a marching brass band – to their beautiful outdoor ceremony which was laid out on the grass in front of the stately home. “The outdoor ceremony was led by Mathieu, our friend,” Cristina continues. “It was very emotional and all our close friends and family had a chance to say a word – we cried a lot. The day of the wedding was actually the 56th year wedding anniversary of my grandparents marriage. They both where there and were so lovely and helpful!”

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Laidback Bright Barn Styled Shoot with a Stunning Colourful Dress

Oh HEY beautiful colour, beautiful dress and beautiful people – what a treat this shoot is! Coordinated by Beth A Weddings and shot by Angela Ward Brown, this bright, relaxed elopement shoot was inspired by Hope Macaulay‘s incredibly colourful ‘Roman Goddess’ dress, and had a focus on young and up and coming talent. We dig.

“The ‘Roman Goddess’ dress by young designer Hope Macaulay is everything we hope that wedding dresses of the future will be,” Beth explains. “It’s full of colour, incredible design, beautiful embroidery and personal romantic touches – such as some of the most stunning landmarks Italy has to offer.”

It was styled with an oversized colour pop floral headdress by Rabbit and the Rose. They then built upon this bold and bright theme to make an intimate, stylish elopement with a super cool and super colourful vibe.

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Brothers Grimm Fairytale Meets Punk Wedding in Belfast

Orla and Chris’ wedding is a dark and twisted fairytale in the best kind of way. Inspired by Brothers Grimm, their big day was moody and ethereal, and totally beautiful!

“The inspiration for our wedding was dark fairytales, enchanted forests and woodlands,” Orla explains. “I was originally basing it on Brothers Grimm, but it ended up quite similar to the Once Upon a Time tv show!” After a spiritualist ceremony performed by Belfast Spiritualist Church, including a willow stick ceremony to make their bond everlasting, they moved through to their reception, also hosted in Malone House.

Their flowers were heavily influenced by woodlands, with a lot of foliage and thistle as well as some beautiful blooms in moody jewel tones, and their tables were decorated with icy sequin tablecloths as well as lots of curated curios, including gingerbread houses and skeletal snow globes. They also had ice sculptures around the room, including a glass slipper, a frozen rose, and a dragon with an inbuilt drinks flume. Their wedding favours were little bottles of Buckfast with love potion labels, and Orla made an enticing candy cart from an old vintage tea trolley. Not to mention Barbie Bakes Cake‘s creation!

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Laidback & Silly Engagement Shoot on a Beach in Florida

Lindsey and Kyle’s engagement shoot is on a whole next level of CUTE. Kat first saw this in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group (which you can join hereand fell in love with them and their approach to wedding planning, as exemplified by this tropical-inspired photo shoot.

Although they’d originally had a mini shoot right after their engagement, Lindsey and Kyle chose to redo them to stay true to who they were as a couple. Lindsey explains: “I was inspired by seeing another photo shoot that a couple had done a flamingo theme. As our wedding was having a tropical theme it was perfect. It didn’t quite work out with what we were aiming for – apparently it’s very hard to find lawn flamingos in Florida in the summer (who knew?) – so we just decided to keep shooting. We were going out of town the next day for a tattoo convention in New Mexico, so we just went out to the beach, to have fun and to make it work!”

Their shoot was located on St Pete Beach, Florida, at the public access beach, with V Simpson Photography – and we have to say, they’re naturals in front of the camera. “Nothing was staged, and that’s how I think we got the best out of it,” Lindsey explains. Special mention should go to Kyle, too, who rocks the camera amazingly – what a groom!

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Vegan Festival Wedding with DIY Bar and Silent Disco

Lizzy and Jack’s festival wedding is a thing of beauty; inspired by and featuring things made by lots of their creative friends, they planned a day that was a riot of music, colour, and fun. It was all vegan, too!

As music is super important to the couple – they met in Bournemouth putting on a gig for their degree course, and both work in the industry – they wanted to make it a central part of the day. “For the bridal entrance, I entered the tipi with my bride squad, and with my band – Jack, my dad, and our previous bandmates Fi and Dom – waiting on stage, I joined them on stage to sing Burn The Witch by Radiohead,” Lizzy says. “Confetti cannons were let loose and we were off! It felt like such a natural way to kick it all off, avoiding a nerve-wracking walk down the aisle. One of my favourite parts of the wedding was looking out at a sea of cheering family and friends as we were smashing through a Radiohead song, knowing this was going to be an amazing day.”

Their wedding venue was a tipi erected in a family garden, allowing Lizzy and Jack to have loads of DIY elements to their wedding. “We tried to cut out all single-use plastics, so collected and painted 100 jam jars for people to keep and drink from. This took my sister and partner about a year – we all had to eat a lot of a specific vegan curry sauce as it comes in tall jars which were perfect!” Lizzy laughs.

They also decorated the tipi with beautiful fluffy clouds on the stage, which were a thrifty spot: “If you want props, ask retails shops for their old window displays. I got five big clouds to hang from our tipi from White Stuff for a £25 donation to their affiliated charity. Wagamamas kindly saved us 12 Lucky Buddha Beer bottles for our flowers – for free. If you spot things, ask for them. They can only say no! Most people were really happy to be involved, and I sent them photos of their items in use after the wedding and got some really lovely emails back.”

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Homely Laidback Barn Wedding with Navy Dress, Dogs & Beer Blessing

Emma and Kevin wanted their wedding celebrations to reflect their lives, ‘as if you’d just walked into their house’, and I think they totally nailed it. A relaxed barn ceremony, a navy (non) wedding dress from Dorothy Perkins, and their two lurchers made their day super personalised and absolutely perfect for them. Bucking loads of traditions – which Emma wisely says “carry too much symbolic baggage”, they got married on a Tuesday to save money. Oh, and they also had a beer blessing. So, y’know…

They describe the decor they used at Deepdale Farm as “an eclectic mix of junk” designed to make their guests feel like they’ve just entered their home, including vinyls, snow globes and flowers, the exact kind of things they have lying around their house. “First and foremost we wanted our friends and family to have a good time,” Emma and Kevin explain. “We thought about how we could make them laugh – we got napkins done with close up photos of us on them as we thought it would be hilarious for people to wipe their mouths on our faces…”

They kept the ceremony light-hearted, keeping true to what they truly wanted. “As we were legally married the week before in the registry office, we had the freedom to be a bit creative with it. Led by our wonderful celebrant Louisa Starr, it involved our guests doing readings, a quiz answering questions about each other in teams, and a Countdown conundrum. It was totally daft! Our dogs Max and Matilda ‘gave us away’ and totally stole the show at times. We handed out beer from our favourite local brewery, Magic Rock, and had a beer blessing as a sort of interval – our ceremony afterwards was punctuated with cries of ‘All Hail the Beer!’ We finished off the ceremony with our friends reading Dr Seuss’ poem Oh The Places We’ll Go in a flash-mob style, party poppers, and David Bowie’s Heroes.”

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Snowy Rock n Roll Meets Game of Thrones Mountaintop Elopement in New Zealand!

If this elopement had a soundtrack, it’d be a very emotional rendition of You Take My Breath Away mixed with the Game of Thrones theme tune. Jess and Sam’s beautiful wedding is a genuine breath-taker, as they got married at Glendhu Bay Lookout, which looks over the Mount Aspiring National Park. Fittingly, I am now aspiring to get to this national park, stat. Then, they took a helicopter ride to Fog Peak and, well, the photos speak for themselves.

“We’ve never been fans of large, traditional style weddings so we’ve always wanted to do something a little different from the norm,” Jess says. “We also fell in love with New Zealand and the beautiful landscapes when we did a road trip around the country in 2017. After considering different types of weddings to have at home in Australia with friends and family, we decided that it wasn’t ‘us’, and that we had to do what made us happy. We both wholeheartedly agreed that we wanted to have an intimate wedding and get married amongst the stunning scenery in NZ!”

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Bold and Bright Galaxy-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Am I going to hear collective groans if I tell you today’s styled shoot is out of this world? OK, probably deserved, but you’re going to replace those groans with gasps when you see it in all of its dark and celestial beauty!

The shoot was styled by Cathy at Boelle Events, who wanted to push boundaries (a cause we can get totally behind!) “The idea for the shoot came from wanting to rethink ‘celestial’ styling and show that you can still go big and bold and create a daring, unique and sophisticated look”, she explained.

“As a venue stylist I’m always trying to show that you take any theme and really run with it. I wanted to play on the moody and magical colours associated with space so decided to work with deep blues, golds, magentas and blacks which were brought to life by wild flowers and vibrant crystals.”

If you’ve got Issue 22 of the magazine (it’s on sale now, so do go grab it!) you’ll notice the stellar backdrop Cathy used to showcase the gorgeous Legend Bridal Designs dresses. “It’s important for me to show couples that you can step away from the traditional dress and styling and still have something utterly gorgeous, but unique to you,” Cathy explains.

Both models are wearing Legends Bridal Designs, showing a gorgeous light and dark interpretation of the theme. One of the models is wearing a divine plunge neck dress in black sparkles and star embellishments around the waist (not to mention the pentagram ribbon lacing at the back!) whilst the other is wearing a super cute white lace two-piece with an angular bodice section and full skirt. Peep the little star freckles by Rebecca Anderton too!

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Book-Inspired Greenhouse Wedding in the 42°C Melbourne Heat

Ella and Michael’s wedding is the wedding of plant lovers’ dreams. Their venue was the Glasshaus, a plant nursery based in Melbourne, and their styling was simple, green and nerdy – in the most breathtaking way! It’s so beautiful I’d even brave the 42°C heat (yep, celsius, you read that right; Ella and Michael got married on the hottest day of the year) to be there, and that’s coming from a girl who complains at 22 degrees. But enough about me – let’s talk about this STUNNER of a big day, shall we?

The couple had decided early on that they wanted a big dinner party with food and drink as their focus. Unusually, Ella and Michael chose their caterer before they chose anything else, then working with The Farm Café and their wedding planner Amelia to find a venue that was suitable.

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Cute as Candy Retro Balloon Wedding

Sam and David got married last year in a whirlwind of pastel-coloured fun with loads of retro-inspired touches including super cute stationery (well, when the bride is a stationer, you have to don’t you?!)

“We were the first couple to get married in the pergola outside in the gardens of Briars Hall Hotel, so it was a bit of an experiment for them!” Sam explains. “I felt sick with nerves but it was lovely. After we had said I do, I’d planned on a confetti cannon picture, but some of the guests found them and surprised us as we walked back up the aisle. I nearly wet myself!”

The pergola was adorned with giant three-foot tasselled candy colour balloons from Brilliant Balloons and personalised bunting – just one of the many stationery touches Sam designed for the day. “I’m lucky that I’m a stationer – I run Prim & Glad Bespoke Wedding Stationery – so I made most of the little elements of our wedding that make the difference. As well as the bunting, I made the guest book sign, candy buffet sign, table plan, table names, menu, favour tags, photo wall, etc…”

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