Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Symbolic, Rock n Roll Wedding with a Motorcycle Riding Pastor & their own Cemetery

John and Candy are all about the big gestures, and their wedding was no exception! After reconnecting via Facebook after previous relationships fell apart, their first date was a skydive, where they promised to leave their pasts behind them and jump into their new lives together. When John proposed, they were on a classic rock cruise, with KISS, no less. They watched KISS perform on the stage the night before and John got on the stage the next day to get down on one knee.

As for their wedding, well – the pastor rode into the ceremony on a motorcycle, the groom played guitar as he walked down the aisle and sang his vows with a Metallica cover band and they had a cemetery dedicated to the deaths of their pasts as décor. Casual.

As they both grew up listening to rock n roll, this time around they vowed to do things their way – non-traditional and exactly as they wanted. “The entire wedding from the custom made rings, through to the rock n roll attire and rock concert reception were unique to us,” said Candy. “We started talking about what we wanted from our wedding three years prior to it, so to see it all come together and the dream become a reality was awesome.”

The bride had a custom made black wedding dress, and the groom, a custom suit replicated from the John Wick movie. The wedding party wore rock n roll inspired outfits; the groomsmen in tuxedo jacket and trousers with their favourite rock bands’ t-shirt underneath, and the bridesmaids were in in plenty of leather! 

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Birmingham Pub Celebration with a Black Wedding Dress

Nicola and Scott were never overly bothered about having a wedding, having been together for 13 years before they decided to do it, but they came around to the idea because they wanted a big party! “We wanted all of our loved ones together for a celebration but were happy to keep the ceremony a more private occasion,” Nicola told us.

With that in mind, they ditched most wedding day traditions like cake cutting, first dance, seating plans and favours. “We were able to create the same kind of atmosphere you would get at a standalone wedding venue in a pub, on a much smaller budget, by picking a stylish location that didn’t require lavish décor, and spending most of the budget on food and drink, because we all know these are the most important elements to a good knee’s up!”

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Festive Meets Celtic Meets Gothic Wedding in Cornwall

Sharon and Austen met when they both studied art at Falmouth University. Despite being friends, they lost touch when they left. Twenty years later, they reconnected after a chance Facebook ‘other people you may know’ suggestion, they got chatting and the rest, as they say, is history! 

With Sharon’s Cornish family and Austen’s Scottish heritage, a Celtic theme made perfect sense as a theme for the couple’s November wedding. A shared love of history and pulling influences from folktales and mystery made for an otherworldly kingdom feel to their day. With kilts, a bagpiper, harpist, gothic attire and antlers, and lots of references to Game of Thrones and Tolkien, they also used deep colour to embrace the feeling of the season and the combining of two Celtic families.

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Scottish, Autumnal Medieval Church Wedding with Gothic Touches

When it came to choosing a venue for Becky and Ian’s October wedding, there was only one place in contention – Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow. “The venue really set the tone for our wedding,” Becky explained. “It’s a stunning old church in the West End of Glasgow, which is now a restaurant and theatre. I was the last baby to be christened there when it was a church so to us if felt like a no brainer that that is where we should get married.”

Its’ beautiful gothic setting with medieval vibes suited the couple – as lovers of autumn, they wanted an October wedding to make the most of the beautiful crisp nights that Glasgow has to offer and their children are Halloween obsessed, so they let all the kids change into fancy dress for the reception.

Originally the couple had planned a small wedding, but they soon found with big families and large friendship circles that it was more difficult than they first thought to keep numbers low. “I wish I’d known how quickly things can grow arms and legs,” laughed Becky, “there was so many times when we both said to each other ‘lets just take the kids and run’. To be honest I’m not really one for wanting to be the centre of attention. I can get really self conscious and before I knew it I’d planned this massive wedding where I’d have to walk down the aisle in-front of 80-odd guests and have my first dance in front of about 180 folk. But Ian would calm me down and bring me back down to earth and remind me why we were getting married in the first place. When we were told that his dad was coming over from South Africa to see us get married we just thought ‘right that it. It’s going ahead! We can’t run now.’ And I’m really glad we didn’t.”

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Pink meets Rustic, Child-Friendly Barn Wedding

As parents themselves, Arron and Casey based their wedding around how they felt when they took their kids to other peoples weddings. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable,” the bride explained. “It didn’t matter to us if children were running around crazy, in fact we put everything into making it the sort of atmosphere that our friends and family would want to bring their children along to.”

A series of unfortunate events with their original reception venue meant that, with just three weeks before the big day, the couple’s bridal party rallied around to find them a place to party – a disused cow-shed on a very much working farm wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Arron and Casey didn’t let that perturb them!

“It was hard work organising everything but we wouldn’t change a thing,” explained Casey. “I threw my all into DIY-ing decorations – the table plan, centrepieces, I filled the whole barn and marquee with stuff I’d made – and people still talk about our wedding a year later.”

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Colourful, Relaxed, Norfolk Farm Wedding

Hannah and Bob’s love story is particularly sweet. “One of our mutual friends hosted a barbecue that we both went to,” Hannah began. “My son (who was dressed as Jack Sparrow and behaving like a pirate!) took a shine to Bob and spend most of the day playing with him, leaping on him and calling him ‘Mr Poopypants’. I couldn’t help but fall for the handsome giant who clicked so well with the most important person in my life!”

When it came to planning their August wedding, they combined both of their interests – Bob is a farmer and Hannah, an artist, so the order of the day was for colourful, hand-crafted decor within a gorgeous farm setting.

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