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70s Inspired Wedding with a Butterfly Release & an ASOS Dress

Holding their October wedding at a bar they like to go to together, The Thunderbird Lounge in Pheonix, Arizona, Alexis and Taylor wanted a celebration that was laid-back and fun for all their guests. “The bar has a 70s theme and was the perfect vibe for what we were going for so we didn’t really have to do much to it in terms of décor which suited us,” Alexis told us. “We had one of our best friends marry us, he wrote a beautiful speech, a butterfly release ceremony and we also had a fire dancer at the end of the wedding to close it out.”

The couple kept things casual and thrifty across the board, having a friend do Alexis’ hair and make-up, she picked up a bunch of flowers from a grocery store to use as a bouquet and the couple went for high street options for their own outfits. “I didn’t really enjoy the dress shopping experience,” Alexis continued. “No dress was really my style/size to even try on and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Plus It was in 2021 so I felt a lot of people were shopping for dresses at that time. I ended up shopping online so a lot of mail try-ons and returns but when I did find my dress on ASOS I was very happy with how it looked and felt very much like myself in it!”

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Spontaneous, Sunrise Stone-Circle Wedding in West Cornwall

As photographer-duo of both Enchanted Brides and Cornwall Elopements, Jo and Patrick are no strangers to weddings, so when we received this submission in our inbox we knew it would be otherworldly, symbolic, unique and brilliant!

“We loved the idea of a two-part elopement,” Jo began. “Our love of nature and the outdoors and uniting our little family in a symbolic and meaningful way was our main priority. We did not want to buy things just for the sake of a wedding or follow a theme or a trend, we just wanted it to be as low-key as possible but still meaningful.”

With this in mind, the couple spent around £1500 and planned everything in just a few weeks. “We have seen so many weddings in our time as wedding photographers so we wanted to do something a little different. Also, we find weddings so wasteful, or people doing things to keep other people happy and also all the faff and stress people put on themselves with planning. We didn’t want our own wedding to feel like work or something we had seen before. We took inspiration from nothing but everything that just felt ‘right’ and effortless.”

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Family-Focused, Fun Vegas Wedding with a Pizza Party Reception

Adelina and Aiden chose to make their April 2022 Vegas wedding family-focused as, prior to their celebration, neither of them had seen their families for over two years! “I cried tears of joy for weeks when New Zealand opened up for travel post-pandemic,” Adelina told us. “Initially we sped up our wedding and just thought we’d elope, but the guest list kept on growing. We had people join us from New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and the UK.”

With no planned theme in mind, the order of the day was to bring the fun! They kept things super simple, booking a bouquet with Bloomsday and a Vegas- themed cake with the ubiquitous Cakedup Lv and let the rest flow naturally!

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Intimate, Queer, Trans Wedding with Alternative Flair

Luna and Omari wanted to disrupt stereotypical wedding gender norms and make their October wedding day feel as queer, trans and authentic as possible, all while keeping their alternative flair. “We originally were planning a huge wedding but did not have enough money to do so,” Luna told us. “Being the ambitious people that we are, we decided to do a last-minute small wedding ceremony at Prospect Park and a few days before we booked a venue through Peerspace for a reception.”

Everything about their day was DIY and collaboration with their friends and family, from their florals to their reception food. “Everyone bought their own drinks and showed up dressed as their best selves.” The couple spent around $4,000 on their day, with their most expensive elements being their outfits.

Omari told us, “We were very fortunate to have my former tattoo shop where I was apprenticing at the time pay for all of the alcohol and food at the reception.”

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Crochet & Video Game Themed Emotional Wedding

As huge gamers, Adam and Sian knew they wanted to include references to their love of video games in their April wedding in Leeds. “It was never really meant to be a theme, exactly, because a true theme takes an awful lot of commitment! But there were a lot of features that managed to creep in, so it ended up being a lot more themed than we anticipated,” Sian told us. Their name cards on the tables included the gamer name/ tag of the person where applicable and their wedding favours were video game-themed pin badges from Etsy.

There were further personal touches to do the day, too – they used the colour red to honour Sian’s late mother, as she wore a red dress on her wedding day, and their reception entertainment included a caricaturist, big screen Mario Kart and a temporary tattoo station which was loved by adults and children alike.

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Pink & Red Brisbane Wedding with Sparkles & Dinosaurs

After bonding over their love of alternative music and good coffee, Nicola and Carl married in January 2022 at The Refinery in Brisbane. “I had to do a big search on Pinterest to figure out what styles I liked,” Nicola told us, “After saving a little bit of everything, I started to narrow in on nice bright pinks and reds.”

“There was a very subtle dinosaur element to the wedding too. I’m a bit of a fan of dinosaurs (with a couple of tattoos to prove my commitment) and after seeing a wedding on Pinterest with dinosaur candle holders, I spoke with our planner Danielle at Til Death Events about maybe including some just subtly snuck in on the tables.”

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Dark Academia Meets Ghost Hunters Themed Wedding

Inspired by Harry Potter, Over the Garden Wall and 1920s – 1950s style, Alix and Kevin are advocates for having fun and making your wedding day your own – even if it’s creepy! They filled their day with taxidermy and antique decorations, threw it at a haunted hotel and treated their guests to a vegetarian menu and a tarot card reader at their reception.

They built their papermoon photo backdrop and paired it with a Lomography instant square camera for a DIY photobooth. They also made their wedding arch, ouija board table and their wands. “We also grew all of the pumpkins in the wedding”, the bride explained. “We used lichen and moss from our yard and we thrifted and framed all of the antique wedding photos for centre pieces.”

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Tropical Inspired Spanish Winter Wedding

Noemí and Iñaki met seven years ago when they were introduced by a mutual friend and have been inseparable ever since. Inspired by their love of tropical plants, geometric shapes and intense colours they worked with planner and stylist Suspiratie to create a tropical theme that worked with the existing styling of their venue.

They chose Finca Valdemora in Leon, Spain, to host their November wedding day for its’ easy yet chic, casual but elegant feel. They wanted distinct areas for the different parts of their wedding day – ceremony, cocktails, banquet and party, and based the rest of the décor around the original styling. As they don’t live nearby, they relied on their planner to take care of everything, which they said made the process much easier. “Delegating was our favourite part of wedding planning,” Noemí laughed. “We work a lot and didn’t have much time to dedicate to it, so outsourced everything.”

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Colourful, North London Wedding with All the DIY

Aiming for their August wedding to feel like ‘the best night out in a pub EVER!’ Ali and Jed’s colour scheme was inspired by her custom dress by The Couture Company and her jewellery from Rosalyn’s Emporium. “The oxytocin symbols were a nod to Jed’s love of science,” Ali told us, “and the buses were to represent my late father.”

Their reception was a good old fashioned knees up at The Prince Albert in Camden. “COVID meant we had to rearrange three times and also consider how we would manage with a much smaller version of the guest list,” Ali continued. “In the end we choose to hold out for a date when we could have the original numbers. In the end we were engaged for three years before getting married so I ended up with a lot of time to make DIY stuff.”

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Feminist Meets Heavy Metal Love Fest

Lizz and Tim chose an Iconic Canberra wedding venue – National Arboretum – for their March wedding day. “I was pretty nervous,” Lizz told us, “as it can be very cookie cutter, but I did as much as I could to include ‘us’ at every possibility!” This meant designing all their stationery from scratch, designing Lizz’s rings, and being badass at every possible opportunity!

The couple incorporated their favourite metal music ‘wherever we wouldn’t upset the wrinklies’ and said ‘fuck the patriarchy’ to sexist traditions with brideshumans instead of bridesmaids, Lizz walked herself down the aisle and made their wedding speech instead of Tim, too.

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Celestial Inspired Scottish Elopement

Inspired by their love of stargazing, science, geekery and our awesome universe, Emily and Alex’s Friday 13th elopement was their dream party and gave them the chance to wear and be surrounded by the things they find most beautiful in the world. The couple told us; “Our styling was inspired by Alasdair Gray’s zodiac night sky mural on the ceiling at the venue we chose, Òran Mór, which is the largest piece of public art in Scotland.”

As well as choosing Glasgow for sentimental reasons, Emily and Alex wouldn’t have been able to have the ceremony that reflected them in England. “Scotland allowed us to have a Humanist ceremony, and Scottish vows don’t require you to refer to your new spouse as a wife/husband or any aspect of traditional marital roles. This was really important for us as an equal partnership and queer couple, with one of us being non-binary. In a Scottish wedding, there are no ‘legally prescribed form of words’ (i.e. required vows) other than “I take you [name] in marriage” which meant that we could keep our ceremony short, simple, and focused on affirming our relationship as it really is.”

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Pink, Pints & Prosecco: A Laid-Back London Pub Wedding

After meeting at a student club night in university, the theme for Dawn and Chris’ October wedding had to be their ideal party! The couple chose a wedding that incorporated all the things that they liked and wanted, but discarded a lot of expectations and traditions. Dawn told us, “Once we found the band and the dress, the day grew from there!”

The band was One Big Reunion via Tailored Entertainment, and the dress, a dip-dyed pink slip dress from Rock n Roll Bride favourites, Lucy Can’t Dance. “As a UK size 16, I struggled to fit into any dresses in some traditional bridal shops,” Dawn told us. “Lucy Can’t Dance made my dress especially to order.” She paired it with Victoria Percival accessories and a hand-painted white leather jacket.

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Dark & Moody Phantom of the Opera Inspired Wedding

Every couple has their thing, right? For Heather and Micah, their thing is Phantom of the Opera. They went to a show together early on in their courtship, and it has been a shared love of theirs ever since. So naturally their wedding was a Phantom-fest, hosted on Halloween weekend.

The bridesmaids carried lanterns in lieu of bouquets, the guests sported glitter and feathers, and every single person wore a masquerade mask. Heather walked down the aisle to the Phantom theme, and Micah’s brother officiated the non-traditional fantasy-inspired service. Instead of a first dance, the newlyweds sang Phantom’s “All I Ask Of You.”

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