Author Archives: Erin Balfour

Laidback Vegan Wedding in Brighton

Violet and Jacob didn’t choose the plant life, the plant life chose them. And that’s why their super chilled Brighton wedding day was a totally vegan affair with tons of gorgeous donuts, pizzas and other goodies. They married in a low key, intimate ceremony with just 35 guests at Brighton Town Hall, with part one of their reception following in the coffee shop where they first met. By approaching their styling in a laidback way and their family and friends all pulling together to provide various services, they managed to create this gorgeous day for under £5,000.

Violet said, “Our aim for the wedding was to have a really nice day and throw a big (ish) party in celebration of our love, surrounded by our favourite people and eating great food. To us it didn’t make sense to eat food we’d never eaten before, or throw a party somewhere we weren’t familiar with, so we chose to give our guests food we knew we loved and took them to places that meant something to us. Part of our reception was held at Bond St. Coffee, where we met, which is owned by a friend of ours. We’ve met so many wonderful people here, some of whom were at the wedding. Most of our suppliers were friends of ours and people we know, so I guess friendship and community was a big part of it. We also didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen in the traditional way, and there was no seating arrangement, so it was all very relaxed.”

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Artistic DIY Nashville Farm Wedding with a $3000 Budget

Lovebirds since just after high school, Gabi and Jacob, also known as Stinky and Barnes, married at home on Little Belly Farm in the coolest most laidback ceremony that shows what might happen if an art gallery met a music festival. There was tons of DIY done by their friends – even down to having their guests bring their own food and booze. Because of this generosity, the day only cos the couple $3,000. Their friends loved that it was more like a big party where the couple happened to be getting married rather than a straight-up formal wedding too!

Gabi described their wedding as artistic and bright. “The inspiration was really just our lives and the people we surround ourselves with every day. Always thinking we’d elope, we decided why wouldn’t we just throw a party with our closest friends and family? Instead of a typical ‘Pinterest’ wedding, where nothing really looked like ‘us’, we wanted it to really reflect us as a couple. We live on a farm, in a refurbished school bus, and I’m a sign painter in Nashville. My studio space is alongside amazingly talented artists I get to call friends, and the wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them. And my childhood best friend happens to be an amazing photographer, and she ventured up to capture the evening.”

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Contemporary and Body Positive Wedding

Sarah and Callum have been sweethearts since their very first week at Edinburgh University where they met seven years ago. Their wedding day style was beautifully contemporary, with lots of greenery hoops, florals and the modern look an arts centre naturally possesses. And what’s more, Sarah wanted to show that all brides are gorgeous in an industry at times obsessed with selling one image of beauty.

“When we were planning our big day, I never would have thought to describe our style as particularly Rock n Roll, but it turns our that a plus-size bride who is unapologetic in her body, and who wants to be the centre of attention at her dream, contemporary wedding, is pretty revolutionary in the wedding industry! I’d love to show all brides – but particularly those who are plus size – that looking banging on your wedding day doesn’t have to mean diet pills, exercise regimes and shapewear, it can mean loving yourself as you are and surrounding yourself with people who love you, too.”

“We wanted our wedding to feel modern and relaxed, but still special. We tried not to get caught up in ensuring everything fitted with our ‘theme’ but towards the end we tied everything together with elements of pink marble, gold and lots of foliage. Callum had been a wedding photographer’s assistant growing up so had seen a ton of super traditional weddings, but I’d never been to a wedding as an adult, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing as I was shielded from a lot of the traditions and expectations. I wanted to create an atmosphere that felt really natural and ‘us’ – the kind of party I’d love to be invited to.”

The ceremony and reception were held at Summerhall, Edinburgh, and officiated by a family friend, chosen because she had conducted Callum’s parent’s wedding ceremony. “She had previously been a full-time registrar, so helpfully had all the scripts to hand and could chat us through the options. It still felt quite impersonal though, so we added in some elements from scripts we found online – cue frantic Googling of ‘feminist wedding ceremony’ – including a section where she read our short paragraphs we had written about why we love each other. We’d initially chatted about writing our own vows but I hate public speaking, so having her read them took the pressure off, although Callum still ended up crying!”

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Late Summer Wedding With Sunflowers, Glitter & Lots of Pink

We know how you love your rainbows, so today we bring you Julie and Matt’s fiesta of colour that kept the summer shining on their September wedding day. Sunflowers, colourful pom poms, and Julie’s amazing pink hair – you can’t not feel happy looking at this wedding!

Their ceremony was at St Mary Without-the-Walls in Handbridge, Chester, and the reception followed at Eccleston Village Hall“The theme for our wedding was colourful and fun,” said the bride. “We wanted it to be a relaxed affair – just a party to celebrate our togetherness. The inspiration was ‘us’! I don’t think we did anything unique – we wanted the formality all to be in the ceremony and then for everyone to have a party with us and enjoy some scrummy food.”

“The ceremony was magical and relevant. Matt started crying as soon as he saw me (he also cried in rehearsals). Good advice was given by the reverend about having ‘that special picture of the day’ on the fridge to look at when things get hard as a reminder of the love. My niece Cat and her four-year-old daughter did Personal Penguin as a reading. I’d picked it but hadn’t realised it was a song. They sang it (everyone was crying at this point) and it was beautiful.”

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Macabre Edgar Allen Poe Inspired Bridal Shoot

As a long time fan of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, photographer Vicki Moyer of Garnet Dahlia Photography used his work as the inspiration for this bridal shoot with a difference. “We’ve brought his macabre and visual romanticism to life with a dark and sultry colour palette,” she said.

Vicki wanted to create inspiration that completely strays from the idea of what makes a ‘normal’ wedding; something centred around darkness and passion. The shoot took place in Pennsylvania, USA, with its focal location being the cemetery to really capture the eeriness of the theme.

Black feathers with names written in calligraphy for the place settings are a nod to Poe’s classic tale The Raven. The monochrome cake by Ciao! Bakery with its cemetery gates, murder of crows, and looming full moon even bring to mind a little Tim Burton element, but the top belongs firmly to Poe with that anatomical ‘tell-tale heart’ bleeding ominously down the sides. Gothic motifs to the max here.

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Spring Wedding in a Tropical Glass House

Ella and Alex got married in the spring at the Secret Garden in Kent, where they had a day filled with floral patterns, pastel shades (as well as fresh vibrant colours). The overall feel to their wedding is just pure romance. And by the powers of DIY, they achieved this beautiful day for £10K.

They didn’t really have a theme, the theme was just ‘them’ and the way they wanted to do things. “We had pastels and bright colours, flowers, books and cats”, said the bride. “Nothing matched but everything worked together. The way things should be. We started looking at venues early on – it felt to me that once we had the venue, everything else would work around that. There was a beautiful one just around the corner from us. It was really lovely, but wasn’t quite us, it felt just a little too formal. We just wanted somewhere to have a party with our friends and family.”

“I found the Secret Garden online, and it looked perfect, so I booked in to see it in the August. One weekend, I was down in Brighton visiting my cousin when I found out that the husband of a friend of mine had sadly passed away. He had just turned 32 and they had only been married for three months. I instantly felt like I needed to do something positive and happy, so we drove to the Secret Garden – it just felt like the right time to view it (even if our appointment wasn’t for another couple of weeks). I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt when we arrived. I knew from that second that this was where I was going to marry my best friend. It was perfect. Beyond perfect. Its Glass House, where we had our ceremony, was like a tropical paradise, and it was only small but had such character; it was different from anything else I’d ever seen.”

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