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Winter Stardust: A Botanical Inspired Winter Wedding in South Africa

We’re sent hundreds real weddings every month to consider for publication so I’m sure you can imagine it’s quite hard to narrow them down sometimes… However there was no question in our minds when we clapped eyes on Alexa and Andries’ two day celebration in South Africa.

They decided to split the wedding in two, with an intimate church ceremony for just close family and a big reception for everybody else three days later, in order to keep both of them happy. “I think the fact that we split our wedding into two parts definitely made it a hard pill to swallow for some people”, began the bride. “In South Africa there is still a lot of very conservative ideas when it comes to weddings. The idea to split it over two days actually happened, because my husband and I had two different ideas of what we wanted for the wedding. I wanted something super intimate, more like an elopement, whereas he felt that we would regret it one day if we didn’t share this day with all of our friends and family.”

“The ceremony was super intimate and held at an old farm church in the town where I grew up. Only our parents, siblings and grandparents attended. Although, one bridesmaid did party crash (but she took videos, so we weren’t too angry!) The band and minister are also special people to us. I have known them since I was a little girl.”

The reception was held three days later where the bride wore a completely GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind dress that was handmade for her by her mother. “This was the day that I wore my wedding dress, and our wedding party got ready with us. However, instead of a ceremony we did a first-look, and instead of the bouquet toss we hit a piñata on the dance floor!”

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Seventies Inspired Vegas Elopement with a Seven Month’s Pregnant Bride!

Pia and Chris met through their mutual love of Rock n Roll, when they were both using the same recording studio. Pia ended up joining Chris’ band and they’ve been playing together ever since.

They got engaged on Valentine’s Day and the very next day they found out she was pregnant! They began by trying to plan a big family wedding, with guests from New Zealand (where Chris is from) and the US (where Pia is from) travelling over to the UK (where they now live) but it all proved quite difficult and stressful with a baby on the way. In the end they decided to throw tradition completely out the window and to elope. This also negated the issue of having a religious ceremony. With the bride’s family being Hindu and the groom’s, Christian, they would have probably ended up needing two ceremonies to keep everyone happy, which they really did not want. So, with Pia seven months pregnant they flew to Vegas and were married by Elvis instead!

“Our wedding had a retro and 1970s feel with an old school Vegas vibe”, Pia said. “We are very inspired by the fashion, music and the general feeling of the 1970s so this inspired our wedding too. I love looking at old, classic weddings photos of Mick and Bianca Jagger, Priscilla and Elvis, John and Yoko and the final scene in The Graduate. I also love pictures of the Beatles in India and wanted to bring in some of those elements and my family’s traditions in with the Hindu garlands and the bindi.”

Their ceremony was held at The Graceland Chapel which they followed by taking photographs around the city with their photographer Ashley Marie Myers, ending the night with a private dinner for two at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains.

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A ‘Secret Cinema’ Inspired Baz Lurhman’s Romeo + Juliet Wedding Spectacular!

What’s the most romantic story of all time? Clearly, it’s Romeo + Juliet… And the best adaption of that story is arguably the Baz Lurhman film staring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. So, what could be a better theme for a wedding than THAT? And, oh boy, did Jane and Brendan go all out for their incredible day, Any bride in wings is a-OK in my book!

They were inspired by Secret Cinema and the immersive film experiences so they kept a lot of the wedding plans a secret from their guests in the run up, only revealing little details when they absolutely needed to know them (such as telling them what to wear). The bride explains, “All the guests were assigned a family, either Capulet or Montague. To maintain a level of mystery guests were collected by coaches and dropped off at ‘Sycamore Beach’ at the venue; a collection of food trucks, thatched-roofed bars and palm trees reminiscent of the rundown beach from the film.”

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Plants, Glitter, Food & Family: An Eclectic Hackney Wedding

After a ceremony for 100 at Hackney Town Hall, Prue and Nick’s reception was held walking distance away at Hackney Showroom at the Hackney Downs Studios. They loved the space as it was essentially a blank canvas which they could do whatever they wanted to. The day had a laid back, eclectic, and extremely East London vibe – so much so that the bride and groom got the bus between venues. In true London style, no-one batted an eyelid!

“The day reflected our love of food, plants, glitter and family”, said Prue. “We had lots of lights, lots of feasting food, lots of confetti and lots of laughing. It sounds cliché but we were inspired by each other. I love plants and greenery, Nordic design and LOTS of confetti while Nick loves food and cooking, disco and sustainability/recycling (all of our plates and bowls etc were recyclable palm leaf and we made sure that everything was recycled or repurposed after the day).”

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Nature Inspired Meadow Wedding with Skinny-Dipping!

Katherine and Jason’s wedding was like something out of a movie, and was a real community effort. They rented a cabin for all their guests to stay in the week before. The day itself started with a first look, right by the water, followed by an intimate and nature-inspired ceremony. They served burritos and dessert bought from Costo and the day ended with them skinny dipping!

Most of all the wanted their day to feel personal to them. The field they were married in was buzzing with bees. They kept the decorations simple, instead focusing on the people they love that were there with them.

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Gothic Castle Ruins Wedding

Karen and Dean were married in the ruins of Ettington Park‘s chapel in October. Their day had a gothic theme which was reflected in the bride’s choice of black wedding dress (made by The Couture Company), their Black Cherry Cake Company cake and all the decorations. They used skeletons, trailing ivy, dramatic candelabras with black candles and purple and black flowers.

They were helped a lot by their friends too. “We were inspired by our love of goth and rock music”, said the bride. “We had friends who made lots of decorations that were spread around the venue. Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath and his wife Maria attended as they are very good friends of ours too.”

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