Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Village Fete Meets Woodland Vegan Wedding

Wheeler and Tylah’s love story reads like a millennial fairytale – they met on Instagram (!) when Tylah was moving house and posted that she hadn’t unpacked her kettle yet, so Wheeler offered her round for a cup of tea.

Their initial inspiration for their wedding day was the wedding from Twilight, though Pinterest then took over. Tylah and her dad stopped by the bar on their walk down the aisle for a quick shot of Apple Sourz, and as their big day fell on the same day as the World Cup quarter finals, a few guests were sneakily watching the England v Sweden match on their mobile phones under the table at dinner!

If you’re thinking “Damn, this is the most photogenic couple I’ve ever seen”, it’s for good reason – both Wheeler and Tyler work in the modelling industry. So when it came to deciding their budget for their big day, they knew the value of spending as much as possible on your photographer/videographer. They made the rest of their £10,000 budget work hard by DIYing pretty much everything apart from their outfits.

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A Rustic, Steampunk, Fairytale Wedding in Germany

As fantasy cosplayers in their spare time, there was no doubt in their minds that Joana and Maria’s wedding would be a fantastical fairytale! Drawing inspiration from all different areas – their participation in medieval festivals, their love of steampunk and all things rustic and fairytales; they didn’t want to be constrained by one particular genre so they just chose all the things they love.

They brought their vision to life by DIYing practically everything for their big day – from their stationery to their ceremony and reception decor, they even made their own outfits, painstakingly keeping them secret from one another and stealing moments to sew when the other one was out.

“It made it quite complicated and stressful at times, but sewing our own outfits was my favourite part of planning the wedding,” said Maria. “We really wanted to surprise each other and have the first moment we saw each other’s outfits at the ceremony.”

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A Wes Anderson Inspired Colourful Brixton Bandstand Wedding

It came very naturally to Zoë and Gav to have a day that reflected their true personalities and to make choices that felt right to them.  “I’ve never understood why girls who have never set foot in a national trust in their lives suddenly want to get married in a stately home,” said Zoë. “Maybe its just nice to be someone else, someone more fancy and regal for a day?”

Working in a banqueting department of a hotel as a teenager probably didn’t help with Zoë’s frame of reference for traditional weddings – seeing the same puffy dresses, Abba medleys and enough royal icing to survive a nuclear war week-in, week-out would be enough to make anyone ensure their own day was fiercely unique to them, a celebration of both of them as individuals, and their joint lives together.

Their ceremony was held at the bandstand in Myatts Field Park, London. Zoë and Gav spent seven years living right by the park and walked their dog in it every day, so it was a poignant place for them to say their vows. “I purposefully used a gate quite far from the bandstand so we’d have a really epic aisle to walk down,” continued Zoë. With both her mum and dad walking either side of her and her multicoloured bridesmaid and bridesman squad walking behind, they made quite the powerful entrance to their guests eagerly waiting at the bandstand!

“As all my squad are amazing, inspiring, independent women, I wanted their outfits to reflect their individual personalities, so I gave them a colour palette to work with and told them to pick out something they felt incredible in. We had a trouser suit, some ASOS dresses and jumpsuits and a long sold-out velvet jumpsuit scored on eBay. We got to do this epic stomp through the park to the bandstand and they all looked so amazing!” Zoë also did different flowers for them all too instead of bouquets – some had hair garlands, wrist corsages or lapels.

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Kawaii Camp-Out with an All-Night Dance Party!

Dena and Dave met at a burlesque show of a mutual friend – Dena was filling in for a performer, dressed as a depression-era hobo complete with fake moustache which she wore all night while they hung out at an after-hours bar.

When planning their big day, they had one requirement in mind – a venue that wouldn’t kick them out at 10pm! Dena found a small summer camp property on Airbnb and the listing included some photos of a wedding there. They ran with the camp theme, inspired by movies like Wet Hot American Summer, and added in elements of things they love – childhood obsessions, all things kawaii, candy, and their mutual love of cats!

Their non-traditional venue allowed them to be completely free with their decor choices, and do exactly what they wanted. They DIY’d almost everything – from camp brochure invites to custom camp t-shirts, Hello Kitty candy centrepieces to My Little Pony Bouquets! They decorated the ceremony and reception spaces from scratch, including 100 tassel for the paper lanterns.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice meets Glastonbury Summer Solstice Wedding Weekend

Fern and Adam were childhood sweethearts, meeting in sixth form and getting together while both at their second year of university. Fast forward eleven years later, and adventures like living and working in Australia together, completing the Rickshaw run in India and many a Glastonbury festival and you’ve got yourself a modern romance!

It was their experiences at Glastonbury that gave them a ton of inspiration for their wedding festival – even choosing the dates they got married around it, as it fell on Glasto’s ‘fallow year’, and summer solstice. They had their handfasting ceremony, performed by a Celtic Priestess, on the Friday; it was held inside a stone circle in Tholt-y-Will Valley on the Isle of Man, which runs along powerful ley lines similar to that near Glastonbury.

Their ceremony incorporated visiting the elements of air, fire, water and earth, where various rituals were performed including smudging using incense, and lighting three candles to symbolise Fern’s family, Adam’s family, and their unison together as a new family. Tradition was kept by exchanging rings and saying vows to one other before the handfasting with hoop, wand and ribbon and jumping the broom.

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Moody and Romantic Autumnal Woodland Wedding

Travis and Romey met five years ago, and were obsessed with each other from the moment they laid eyes on one another. It took a year for them to pluck up the courage to make a move, but once they did – the rest, as they say, is history!

Their focus for their wedding day was to choose what they liked, and to make their day unique to them. Their venue, Haycroft Farm, allowed for them to have their humanist ceremony in the beautiful pine forests on the grounds. It was performed by Romey’s sister, which made for an extra-special and emotional moment.

“The ceremony was my favourite part of the day,” said Romey. “Walking arm in arm with my dad through the forest to the clearing where our ceremony took place, was an amazing feeling. Then seeing all the people I love in one space, looking at me with smiles on their faces really filled me with so much joy. Finally, seeing my husband with tears rolling down his face at the end of the aisle absolutely so me off – I could barely get through reading my vows! It all felt like a dream.”

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