Author Archives: LJ Stocks

Fresh White Wedding with Handmade Ceramic Favours and A Pink Suit

High school sweethearts in New Zealand, Alisa and Henry were on the same rowing team, sharing their first kiss at a regatta late one night on the edge of a lake. After spending 15 years together including moving across the world to the UK, the couple were determined to celebrate in their own way. They told us, “Our inspiration was simply celebrating us!”

Alisa and Henry married in Lambeth Town Hall in August, with two close friends as witnesses, before holding the wedding party a month later, at The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh, Essex. Alisa explained, “Not having the ceremony as part of our wedding celebration is probably uncommon but it meant that our day was worry-free and we could enjoy it from the moment we woke up!”

They held a 30-person party with guests arriving for welcome drinks and canapes whilst the couple had photos taken locally. Alisa continued, “Upon our arrival to the venue we had our good friend and MC Sam introduce us as newlyweds before we danced in, hand in hand, to Everybody by the Backstreet Boys and had confetti thrown over us.”

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Romantic Gothic Elopement in Washington

Eloping in a national park with just five of their close friends and family, Tabatha and Richie planned everything themselves, exactly the way they wanted it.

“We didn’t follow the expected traditions of a wedding itinerary,” Tabatha told us. “We booked a lake house in the national forest for four nights and cooked meals, played Switch games and board games, and just spent quality time together. The memories from that weekend are some of the most special that I have. I am so glad it became such a low stress, intimate event for us.”

Tabatha knew she wanted a black dress, but had a little trouble realising her dream. She explained, “I had several moments where I thought I had to give up on that vision because the options seemed either inaccessible for my budget, or too gimmicky. All the bridal shops in my area that had black options were the same dresses from the same couple of designers. And they were very trendy silhouettes. I wanted something that felt personal, and timeless, and unique.”

“I was very lucky to find an affordable option to have a gown custom-made. I went to a local boutique and tried on a few silhouettes to get an idea of what I felt was the most flattering, and then custom styled that to fit my vision. Seeing myself in all-white also solidified my thoughts that that was NOT for me.”

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Sustainable, Unplugged Wedding with Celestial Details

Hosted at a sustainable artist community, Arcosanti in Arizona, Lauren and Caitlin incorporated a gorgeous celestial theme to their day, with a timeless feel and plenty of sparkles. They didn’t have any single use plastics in the day, nor did they want anyone involved to conform to any gender roles.

They told us, “Watching it all play out was the best thing about our wedding. Having it all pull together to create the celestial theme we wanted was a very beautiful and fun process. Finding a spot off the beaten path was a big challenge for us. We wanted to create something that reflected us and our love.”

They chose to have an unplugged wedding, asking guests to be fully present with them in the ceremony and promising to share all the pictures afterwards. Caity continued, “Both of us walked to different songs, Caity’s sister married us, we each wrote our own vows as we stood on the ceramics studio platform surrounded by art and creation as we created our life together.”

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Colourful Zoo Wedding with A Parrot Ringbearer & A Dinosaur Cake

With a parrot delivering the rings, welcome drinks with penguins, a couples shoot with a sealion and a few lemurs thrown in for good measure, Fern and Scott’s wedding was a celebration of their love of animals as well as each other.

The couple chose to hold their ceremony at St Laurence’s Church in Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire, before heading to The Mansion at Flamingo Land for their reception. Fern explained, “Our love of animals was the inspiration for our wedding, and Flamingo Land has a special connection to our family as my dad is in charge of the shows at the Flamingo Land Zoo. We wanted a lot of colour and animal elements. I chose leopard print dresses for my bridesmaids, which was the best colour ever.”

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Fleetwood Mac Inspired Relaxed Bohemian Wedding

Vincent the dog was the main attraction of Imogen and George’s wedding, getting involved in the ceremony and being the best boy throughout the day! Their wedding was filled with colour, amazing outfits, big florals and dark velvet bridesmaids’ dresses. They were inspired be Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks in particular) for their outfits, and wanted a general boho vibe throughout.

They chose The Pumping House in Newark as their venue, falling in love with the industrial style. In fact the venue was so beautiful, only florals were needed as décor. To bring the bohemian vibe, they incorporated a mixture of dried and real flowers everywhere.

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DIY Wedding with Colin the Caterpillar Cakes & Axe Throwing

Kelz and Will wanted a completely relaxing and fun wedding day, without the taking the typical approach to a traditional celebration. They told us, “The ceremony was partially inspired by pagan and natural aesthetics and our love of the outdoors and woodlands, the reception was inspired by a medieval feast and the party was inspired by us being metalheads!”

They chose the woodland at Edgeworth Polo Club in Gloucestershire for their ceremony, clearing a large circle and walkway from the reception tipi. Kelz explained, “We lined the walkway and the circle with fallen branches, logs and sticks that we cleared from the woodlands which created a really cool stick fence and decorated it with lanterns and jars of flowers. We also built our arch using large branches that we found in the woodlands which we then dressed with paper flowers and material matching our chosen colours.”

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