Author Archives: Rachel Webb

Music-Focused Wedding in Spain with a Bohemian Vibe

Julia and Noel met in 2006 when Julia was living in Seville and Noel had a band based in Barcelona. The band were on tour and Julia went to see them and then they met after the show. Since it was music that brought them together, it naturally played a big part in their wedding, which they described as a being “a little Rock n Roll with a bohemian vibe.”

“Music was such a big focus for us”, began the bride. “We recorded a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph at Noel’s studio which we played this during a slideshow of pictures for our family. We danced to a pre-recorded acoustic version that Noel did of All the Small Things by Blink182. All our friends sang along to it and it was pretty special. Noel also surprised our guests with a live band show with some of his friends right after our first dance during which we both crowd-surfed and I sang live with him, both of which were a first time for me!”

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Fifth Time Around Vow Renewal at a Secret Location in Berlin

Mina and Nathan didn’t want their wedding day to be the ‘one big day of their lives’, so instead decided to celebrate their wedding day every single year! This year was their fifth vow renewal (!) and it was the right amount of crazy and weird, laid back and a little industrial.

“We have lived together in many beautiful different places around the world,” began Mina, “but there is something particularly special about Berlin and it’s vibes. It’s a place where it’s seems everybody can choose for themselves how to live. It is an absolutely mixed city, culturally and architecturally, and is a place of contrast and individual perspective. Ugly can be beautiful, chaotic and messy can be perfectly organised, rude can be friendly. All of this was an inspiration to us for our wedding renewal and the reason why we wanted it to be in Berlin.”

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Informal Skull Themed Wedding in Manchester

Beth and Martin were together for 11 years before they decided to get married. They wanted their wedding to be a relaxed, informal city wedding with skulls as decorations. They also wanted to focus on everyone having an amazing day. They decided to not have a table plan or a formal sit down meal.

“We took loads of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride,” explained Beth. “We were on there daily looking at different ideas. All of the weddings featured really inspired us when we started planning, as it was great to see that there were other couples out there doing what they wanted! We also didn’t want the wedding to be too formal as it wasn’t our vibe. We didn’t have too much of a strategy when planning, if we liked it, it was in the wedding!”

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Panthers and Pastels Wedding in Hackney

Mel and Tim met when they camped next to each other at Glastonbury and when planning their wedding, their starting point was that they just wanted to have a fun party. They also wanted to avoid anything too formal and ‘wedding-y’. They chose Stour Space in Hackney as their venue as it was relaxed and a little rough around the edges, which they liked. Their wedding was held in the evening, in winter, which further added to the party vibes.

They took inspiration from the 1950s and focused on pastel colours, sequins, kitsch animals and retro typography. Mel explained, “As I had a vintage dress we decided to run with the 50s style. It contrasted well with the sparse, modern venue we’d chosen and stopped it looking too cutesy. We saved endless pictures of 50s fabrics and cocktail menus for inspiration and we were really lucky to have amazing designer friends to bring the theme to life. Gemma created our invitations and little enamel badges, which we gave out as favours. Nat designed all the décor and the dreamy perspex signage; the huge ‘Tim & Mel Say Hi!’ sign now greets people in our hallway!”

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Romantic, Industrial Wedding With a Homemade Pink Dress & A Last Minute Venue Change!

When it came to wedding planning, Alice and James worked on finding a middle ground between their very contrasting tastes. They wanted their wedding to celebrate their differences. They looked at colour as a way of showing their different viewpoints and the end result was a mix of a few different themes. They served vegetarian and vegan food, and they had a vegan wedding cake.

“Our tastes couldn’t be more different,” began James, “so we didn’t really go for a specific theme. Our inspiration was using our contrasting tastes to our advantage. Alice loves pinks and mauves, I love navy and greys, so we looked at showing both these viewpoints and uniting it all with a rose gold to match our engagement and wedding rings. Alice loves layers, complex details and decoration, while I am into stripped back, ‘essentials-only’ type of aesthetics. Food and music were also a huge inspiration and something we felt we HAD to get right.”

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Rainy Rustic Wedding at Home with a Real Rainbow!

Trina and Jessica wanted their wedding to be rustic, honest and personal so did a lot of DIY projects and picked Trina’s parent’s home as their venue.

“Every aspect of the wedding was personal,” explained Jessica. “From homemade signs for the tables and mum-in-law planting flowers around the house, to relatives making our bar and chuppa. Our close friend married us and our caterer was a personal friend as well. Everything had a personalised stamp on it and it made it really special.”

Although they planned for an outdoor ceremony, it rained heavily meaning they had to move it into the marquee. However despite the weather, the ceremony was the couple’s favourite part of the day. “Our ceremony was performed by our close friend,” said Trina. “It was short and simple and we wrote our own vows to make it special. It was down pouring by the time the wedding was supposed to start and everyone was on their phones tracking the patterns of the storm to decide if we should have the ceremony outside or under the tent! In the end we decided rain or shine it didn’t matter, we were getting married to the person we love so rain come at us! The moment we said ‘I do’ was our favourite part. It felt like finally being able to breathe knowing we’d made it to that moment. We were finally married!”

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DIY Wedding in Chile with their Dog as the Videographer!

Wedding photographers Cathy and Seba really knew what they wanted, but also what they didn’t want, for their own wedding. They were married in Chile in August and put their biggest effort into enjoying the whole process and into making as much as possible with their own hands.

“Our wedding was, relaxed, DIY and focused on us and our friends,” said Cathy.  “We didn’t have one specific inspiration, but we made a Pinterest moodboard with all the things we saw all over the internet and wanted for our day.”

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Bohemian & Industrial Wedding in Michigan with a $900 Budget!

Ally and Jeff wanted their wedding to really reflect who they are so they chose a bohemian industrial theme. They wanted the styling to be pretty and light but with rough edges. Their wedding budget was just $900, and they saved money by enlisting the help of family and friends where possible.

“Our ceremony was super short and to the point” began Ally, “We only had maybe 40 people there so it was very intimate, with a lot of happy tears. Our favourite part of the wedding had to be seeing how happy and excited our family and close friends were for us both, it really meant a lot.”

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A Ceremony in Iceland & A Grand Budapest Hotel Inspired Reception: Part Two

If you missed part one of this wedding, their incredible ceremony in Iceland, be sure to check it out over here.

After their ceremony in Iceland, they hosted their reception at the wedding venue that they own, Takk House in Troy, New York. Their decor and theme was inspired by the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The couple did a lot of DIY projects of their wedding day. “My absolutely favourite project was the giant bright pink key mailbox that our friend Eric helped us make”, Heidi said. “It held cards that told our guests where to sit. We also built walls out of huge pieces of cardboard and vintage wallpaper. Frank and I re-purposed an old check-in looking desk we found in the basement. We had a lot of fun with the details!”

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Relaxed Destination Wedding in Italy with the Bride in Black

Adrienne and David decided to have a destination wedding in Italy, and wanted it to be intimate with a unique relaxed holiday vibe. They didn’t want to follow any traditions, so decided to not have a first dance, cake cutting, religion in the ceremony, big crowds, long speeches or for the bride to wear a white dress!

“We didn’t actually go and visit any venues,” began Adrienne. “All we knew is we wanted to get married in Italy! We picked our location from photos provided to us by Design Anarchy Studio, our wedding planner. We wanted as many people as possible to stay at the venue with us for the week leading up to the wedding so we wanted a really special house that would be able to cater for the wedding as well as be a great place to stay for the week. From all of the options we had, Masseria AlChimia clearly ticked all the boxes; it was a stunning house (divided into individual apartments), surrounded by a private olive grove, a big terrace and lots of cacti! Winner!”

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Vintage Circus Inspired Costume & Reenactment Wedding

Fay and Michael met in the most bizarre way – they were set up by Michael’s ex-wife! After 10 years together they decided to get married and wanted their wedding to be an eclectic mix, representing all of their passions and loves. They included ballroom dance, costume, circus, art, festival, sugar skulls, Tim Burton and vintage influences. They also wanted it to be an opportunity to show off their creative artistic flair to their family and friends.

“We were inspired by everything we loved, ranging from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to vintage circus’ with hot air balloons”, Fay explained. “As reenactors we spend a lot of time during the summer camping in fields, fighting on battlefields and then socialising with friends in the beer tent. We wanted to share the atmosphere and feelings we get at reenactment shows with all our friends and family. We didn’t want to be constrained with a ‘reenactment wedding’ though, so we decided to bring lots of things we loved into the day.”

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Colourful Canal Boat Wedding in Amsterdam

Michelle and Chris got engaged in Amsterdam so this is where they chose to get married too. They didn’t want any of the usual traditions like speeches or a first dance, they just wanted to have a colourful party with everyone who meant a lot to to them. As the couple weren’t allowed to legally marry in Holland, they later had a second wedding back home in in Kingston afterwards.

“There was a sweepstake as to where the wedding would be,” began Michelle, “as Chris is really into snowboarding and I’m half Dutch but grew up in Spain. So it was a toss up between Spain, Holland or somewhere with snow! However it turned out Chris really wanted to get married on a boat! We wanted our wedding to be colourful and just did what we wanted. Having been to a few weddings before, we knew what we didn’t want, so it was kind of born from that.”

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Vampire Royalty Wedding

Daley and Logan met at a goth club in Austin seven years ago. They began hosting events together, including the Austin Vampire Ball, which is actually where they got engaged! Their wedding theme was suitably ‘vampire royalty’ and and they wanted their wedding to be one-of-a-kind, but with some nods to tradition.

“Since we are the nominated king and queen of the Vampire Court of Austin, we wanted a wedding that would reflect that,” began Daley. “We also took some design inspiration from Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and The Beast, but essentially we were our own inspiration for our wedding. We wanted people to walk in and immediately say ‘This is definitely Logan and Daley’.”

“We wanted a very unique wedding with some surprisingly traditional aspects. Logan wore custom armour (crafted after the armour from Dracula Untold), with his fangs and green contacts. We also had a dragon cake with a replica of Dracula’s Castle, a crowning ceremony, and more red lighting and flowers than you could shake a stick at!”

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