River and Raven are an unconventional couple in all senses of the word. Although both male (and using male pronouns) they favour a more feminine gothic aesthetic so this, and their mutual love of fantasy gaming, was the main inspiration for their November elopement.
They met online, in a forum dedicated to a fantasy video game that they both love. Neither of them were looking for a relationship at the time, especially in such an unexpected place, but they ended up falling for each other very hard and very fast.
River writes, “The inspiration for our wedding was a bit of fantasy mixed with a bit of high fashion. We wanted to incorporate our mutual interest in dramatic fantasy since it was what brought us together, but we also wanted the ceremony to be lighthearted, a little silly, and stress free, so we combined the two contrasting concepts.”
They met just over four years ago at a metal tribute night in a Camden pub, so clearly, Alina and Alex were going to have a suitably Rock n Roll wedding! They even hired the same band that they went to see to play at the wedding! Married in June at The Ash Barton Estate in North Devon, they hired The Costa Sisters to document the day.
“We pretty much started living together since week one”, Alina told us, “and three months later Alex took me on a surprise trip around Europe and in Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet, he asked me to marry him. He handed me ring from The Great Frog (that’s how I knew he is the one so soon!) So, actually we spent most of our relationship (so far) being engaged!”
Ahh Lily and Claribell’s wedding brings us so much joy!! They were married at My Moon Restaurant in Brooklyn and although they had just $5000 to spend their day was beautiful and so right for them! The theme was a combination of keeping things simple and intimate but with rustic and romantic touches. They wanted to celebrate their day with their closest loved ones and avoid anything to formal or fancy.
“Our inspiration was for it to be romantic and simple”, they explained. “We loved that our venue provide everything for us and we didn’t have to go crazy hiring multiple people to put our vision together, My Moon had everything we wanted from decor to ceremony space.”
Holy forking shirtballs. Yep, I think the only explanation to these stunning, STUNNING images is that Erin and Steve got married in actual heaven… Because WOW. In reality, the wedding was held in Queenstown, New Zealand but same, same right?
They planned to have a laid back ceremony in the AirBnB that they rented to stay in, but when they got there is didn’t have the mountain views they desperately wanted. So, they spent the whole day before scouring local spots to find a new place! Luckily they found the perfect spot at the very last minute.
“Our passion for snowboarding and music has always been our glue”, Erin explained. “When we got engaged we knew we didn’t want to spend all our savings on a big elaborate wedding but wanted something memorable with our nearest and dearest. I love dark colours, skulls, coffins and anything gothic so I decided that’s the theme I wanted to roll with. With this in mind and our love for the mountains I suggested a winter wedding with a snowboarding honeymoon.”
The exchanging of the rings is one of the most exciting and personal moments in any wedding. You also have to look at your wedding band every day, so making sure your rings are personal and authentically you is super important for even the most non-traditional couples. Whether you want something minimal or a ring that’s never been seen before, there are plenty of unique ring options out there.
The Great Frog
Chances are you’re already familiar with The Great Frog (and if you’re not, check them out immediately – their skull rings are legendary) but you might not know that they do their own range of wedding rings, too. All of their wedding bands can be created in silver or gold, and each is handmade for you. They have everything from the deceptively simple to more unusual geometric styles, so you’re bound to find something that speaks to you.
One way of making sure your wedding bands are unique to you is to get them engraved. Sofia Zakia has a range of out-of-this-world wedding rings, including these utterly beautiful constellation bands which you can have etched with the constellation of your other half’s zodiac sign – I can’t think of a better way to match without really matching.
If the zodiac’s not your thing, there’s also a huge range of gorgeous rings made with different stones and diamonds, inspired by everything from goddesses to the cosmos. A ring inspired by a Greek goddess is definitely something I’m on board with.
For those of you a little more inclined to head towards the dark side, you should head over to Kipkalinka’s Etsy page. Her wedding bands are dainty but still full of character, with an amazing variety of metals and jewels so you can find something that suits your bad ass personality. Those simple skull bands would make amazing matching couples rings, whilst her various coloured diamonds would make the perfect showstopper.
Although they had a smaller than average budget, Jess and Nathan wouldn’t let that stop them having an incredible wedding. The bride loves anything modern and sleek and they were both massive emo kids, so they decided to combine these two aesthetics for their day.
They were married in Manchester, at the city council, and had their reception at Barca Bar. They also included Alan Partridge references (something they also bonded over on their first date) naming their tables after his quotes and walking out from their ceremony to Cuddly Toy by Rochford from Alpha Papa (an Alan Partridge movie).