Chloe and Thomas’ delightful and intimate urban wedding held in Brooklyn, New York is definitely what ol’ Alicia was singing about – a total dream made last October in that concrete jungle. Their day was laidback but not lacking, gritty but über-romantic.
The couple first met for an emotional first look near the the Brooklyn Bridge (our heart!) Chloe looks gorgeous in her midi-length toffee-coloured silk dress and red lip, and Thomas looked equally as cool and effortless in a two-piece Indochino suit. They then stopped to have photos taken with their family, who’d united from everywhere from Florida to California to unite for the day! Leslie Swan, their photographer, explains, “On top of that, Chloe and Thomas had spent a year apart while Chloe was working on her phD abroad, so it was really an incredible gathering.”
The ceremony and reception brunch were both held in Aurora, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with a magical ivy-covered terrace. Guests sat underneath beautiful beam detailing and industrial lighting as Chloe and Thomas walked down the aisle together hand-in-hand (which we love!) After the ceremony and whilst cocktails were served inside amongst cosy embraces, the leafy covered garden was transformed into the reception with long trestle tables adorned with simple big-headed blooms in bottles, arranged by Molly Oliver Flowers. Guests were treated to a personalised cocktail favour from Chloe and Thomas. “We designed, printed and put together our wedding favours, a copy of the recipe to our signature cocktail (a variation of an Americano) with two bottles of Underberg tied to it. We like Amaro and bitter liqueurs and this was a great way to share that.”
ARE. You. Ready. For this wedding? It’s the lushest wedding of all time – full of good vibes, gorgeous people and INCREDIBLE suppliers. Brace yourselves, get a good drink in hand and take a breather because you’re going to need to mentally prepare your mind and body for this two-day festival anti-wedding. Captured by the incredible Jessica Withey Photography and immortalised in video by the super cool Costa Sisters Productions…
Toni and Lewis’ big day took place on a belting Saturday in July, in the Sugar Loaf Barn in Abergavenny, South Wales. It’s actually a working sheep barn that’s cleared out to hold a handful of weddings each year, making it a super quaint venue that’s a million miles away from providing what Toni called ‘conveyor belt weddings’. Against anything regimented, the couple just wanted the good times, the music and the drinks flowing.
Liz and Marc’s big day has it all: Succulents, vintage style, a canal boat, Dolly Parton covers, a handmade quartz crystal crown and matching leather jackets with portraits of their Huskies painted on them! They wanted everyone to come to the wedding and say “This is so you two!” – and we think they TOTALLY nailed it. From the start of the wedding journey, when Marc proposed with his Nan’s 70 year old ring during a period of serious illness for Liz, we knew it was going to be an emotional and personal one – but it’s also super stylish and a riot of fun too.
As a creative couple, it was key that the day celebrated creativity and friendship. “We wanted our wedding to be about our lives together being celebrated with everyone we love, but importantly not at the expense of blowing a ridiculous amount on just one day”, said Liz. “We are extremely fortunate that we have a very talented group of family and friends around us that were able to help us out!”
Liz’s mum owns The Blonde Company and hand-sewed loads for the day, including custom banners, hessian favour bags, tablecloths and lots of the decor. Their wedding invites and guestbook were created by their friend at Fawn, who mastered a black and white B-movie style invite featuring the couple battling through cacti and dinosaurs to their wedding. Their incredible matching leather jackets were created by one of the bridesmaids, Kim of Lace & Bone Designs, who painted on portraits of their beloved Huskies Sega and Scarlett on the back.
Their jackets looked MEGA over their already incredible wedding outfits, both vintage. “I’m a bit of a magpie, and I love hunting for sparkly things and bargains, so knew a conventional wedding dress wouldn’t be for me. My sequinned, angel-winged dress was £200 off eBay, and I loved the fact that another bride had worn it on her big day. All it needed was some small alterations, and as soon as I wore it I felt amazing!”
Jess and Paul’s wedding is a modern day London fairytale. Their autumnal celebration featured a lot of gorgeous and delicate gold elements with splashes of pink, beautifully simple single-stem bouquets, and a plethora of incredible suppliers local to Islington, where they first meet for a date night after work.
With Jess’ love of bright colours and a ‘more is more’ attitude but Paul being a true minimalist, the planning involved a lot of stylistic compromise. A lot of the original inspiration was drawn from Jess’ stunning Claire Pettibone dress and its decadent gold embroidery, and her incredible golden-lobster-adorned Kurt Geiger flats – which I’ve totally fallen in love with, FYI. Her gorgeous headpiece was actually a necklace from John Lewis which cost £15 and her my mum turned it into a headpiece by using gold wire to attach to a hairband from Claire’s Accessories!
Jade and Nick’s wedding was a riot of gorgeous colour and elements that really reflected them as a couple, at the ultra-cool Houdini Estate in Los Angeles – yup, that’s the old estate belonging to Harry Houdini himself! Jade is a big fan of bright colours, and Nick is a robotics engineer, so when planning the wedding, they thought they’d combine the more whimsical county fair vibe with the more ye olde worlde futuristic side, and came up with a vintage world’s fair look, which worked PERFECTLY.
Jade had already picked her stunning Jovani dress (which was actually an occasion dress, not explicitly a ‘wedding’ gown) before they’d picked the venue, so they let the dress guide the colour scheme. This meant they had bright colours and lots of floral elements, which looked incredible against the backdrops and the blazing Californian sunshine.
Jennie and Scott’s Putney pub wedding was a riot of colour and a day of totally relaxed fun. The couple were completely chilled about the day – even when things weren’t going to plan – and you can see how beautiful the results were in the gorgeous pictures from Kat Forsyth!
They had both their ceremony and reception in the Duke’s Head, Putney. Alongside a theme of “pink, grey and very, very relaxed”, the couple drew inspiration from the pub itself and its quirky atmosphere and décor. Their ceremony was held in a quaint room upstairs, which was decked out in pink and white puffy decorations and confetti balloons and mismatched chairs. The sash windows were thrown wide open for a stunning September afternoon, all soundtracked by classical cello versions of old rock songs. Despite Scott messing up his vows when promising to be faithful, and Jennie hardly being able to get the ring on her finger due to the heat, they said “We giggled, we laughed, and it was perfect.”
A graphic designer by trade, Jennie did loads of bits herself, which both saved money and helped make it super personal. Finding the little details to add to the day was her favourite part of planning. “Each thing brought a little smile!” she explained. “Being a graphic designer and hands-on person, I made everything I possibly could. I did the bouquets, the guestbook and little confetti bags were made by me and so were the cake decorations, which still sits in the house today.”
Danielle and Lee’s wedding was a masterclass in how to make the slightly kitsch incredibly cool. Their wedding, fittingly held at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford last summer, was candy and sweet-themed, and featured lots of DIY projects, a rainbow colour scheme, and some badass portraits that make them look like a super-cool indie band…
Describing their theme, Danielle explains. “We didn’t want anything particularly traditional. No real flowers, just lots of colour and sugar!”
And sweet and saccharine it definitely was, even from the start. “The invitations were handmade in the form of a colour-pop chocolate bar wrapper, which we then printed onto a Galaxy Bar and posted to everyone! The chair ribbons, bouquets, bunting and so on were all rainbow coloured. All the centrepieces were candy jars and whirly pops, and we had candy trees on the mantelpieces and a large pick ‘n’ mix buffet.”
OK full disclosure: I’ve lusted after this wedding ever since I saw it on the incredible Matt Parry’s Instagram last summer. From the brief preview shots he posted of Becky and her black-clad bridesmaids posing on the steps of Preston Court to the handwritten flow chart table plan, it was obvious it was an incredibly special day full of laidback love, laughter, and some legendary stories. Nearly a year later, this has been confirmed, and it’s with total GLEE that I’m writing this up…
Becky and Phil describe their wedding inspiration as “Pretty much a big old party with ‘Drunk in Love’ as the mission statement”. To this end, they were pretty chill about much of the wedding planning, so long as people had a cracking time and got drunk.
Looby and Ryan’s big day was not at all traditional but incredibly personal, and that’s why we love it so much. The couple eloped to beautiful Cornwall, with a ceremony in a refurbished rustic barn with just the registrar and officiants as their witnesses, followed by their ‘reception’: A night in in a beautiful cottage at the venue. We love their whole attitude towards wedding planning and how true to themselves they stayed – Looby and Ryan, we salute you!
The whole day was held at The Green Cornwall. For the ceremony, the refurbished barn was made to look intimate with a drawn curtain and fairy lights hanging from the beams. Looby and Ryan walked from their cottage to the venue together and then down the aisle together to Old Pine by Ben Howard (oh, the tears!) Afterwards they walked out to Year 3000 by Busted. Mark from Evolve Photography took their portraits with their two pugs and the bump, and then followed on with their intimate reception where they played battleships back at their cottage whilst a professional chef cooked them a three course meal. They then had a bath and watched Netflix. Is that the dream or is that the dream?!
Maysa and Lee got married on Friday 13th last year in a gorgeous intimate reception on a private campsite in Ohio that’s owned by their friends. Describing their wedding as ‘almost like they invited Jason Voorhees or something’ their autumnal day oozed dark romance.
Both the ceremony and the reception took place in Shannon’s Pond, a secluded woodland campsite owned by the couples’ friends with a large pond at the heart of it. Covered in a canopy of trees, it made for perfect first look photos for Maysa and Lee. From the start of their relationship, Maysa knew she wanted to wear a red wedding dress and built the wedding around both this and enhancing the nature around her. Her stunning strapless number from Holly’s Unique Weddings and Gowns was only $650 (and totally bespoke!), which she wore with jet black jewellery from Charming Charlie, a headpiece crafted by her cousin Shae, and rose gold Converse.
A lot of the elements of the day focused on their loved ones, from the venue to the finale entertainment. Before the day, Maysa and her bridesmaids made the bouquets and boutonnières at a DIY party held at the Flowerman, alongside all of the DIY decor, including painted glass bottles and all of the stationery made by Maysa and her grandmother. The favours were all homemade hot chocolate mixes!
Bunny and Michael’s elegant castle wedding is an absolute STUNNER. Their big day was gothic whilst still being glamorous, grungy yet gorgeous, and dark without being dull. These scenes look like they’ve been lifted straight out of a fantasy world (not that we’re complaining, in the slightest!)
Even though it looks like it could be nestled in mysterious Transylvania, their venue was the glorious Hempstead House in New York. Bunny explains that both her and Michael “fell in love really hard with this venue, so there was no doubt [we] were ready to do what it took to have it.” And we can totally see why – those airy feature windows and intricate corners inside, with that incredible walled ceremony garden and it’s expanses of candyfloss coloured sky beyond.
It’s all too easy for venues to give loads on the outside but have been forgotten about on the inside, but all these gorgeous portraits captured by Mike Zawadzki Photography and Tara Tomlinson Photography prove this is the cream of the castle crop, full of nooks and crannies and ever-changing shafts of light that keep throwing up more never-seen-before magic.