Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Irish Pagan Wedding with Outdoorsy, Festival Touches

A decade after they were set up on a blind date, Chris and Stephen married in a Pagan ceremony at The Hamlet Court Hotel in Meath, Ireland on 3rd May 2019. As they are both musicians and go to a lot of concerts together, they wanted a lot of musical influence over the day. Chris originally wanted to get married outdoors, like a ‘real Pagan’, so they tried to have some woodsy touches too to bring the outside in – and so their weird and wonderful wedding theme was formed! 

With a budget of €10,000 they dropped a big chunk on they venue, but it was a big package deal with many extras included. “I know package weddings get a bad rep, but it was a great way to have it all without overspending,” said Chris. “We had a bonus The Hamlet Court Hotel is about as far from a cookie-cutter venue as you can get – it had a wonderfully warm atmosphere there and felt like a little home away from home.” They brought in decor and props themselves, with the help of friends and family – everything from the archway to the confetti was painstakingly handmade. 

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Medieval Wedding at Manor by the Lake

As this was not their first time ’round the block’, Peter and Julia wanted to do something different for their April 2019 wedding day, something that joined their interests and focused on entertaining their guests. They chose a medieval themed wedding – specifically, the year 1342 – and started by planning the party that they wanted to have and went from there. They knew their venue would shape everything else about their day, eventually settling on Manor By The Lake in Gloucestershire, and the rest followed. 

On their invites, wax sealed of course, the couple requested that their guests join in their theme with appropriate clothing, either by wearing their own or those provided on the day, and even no technology! It was important that they kept their day as authentic and immersive for themselves and their guests as possible, and they were thrilled when their friends and family joined in with gusto.

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All You Need Is Love: A Beatles Themed Wedding with Rock n Roll Flare

Jayne and Pen met seven years ago when Pen was playing at a Battle of Bands and his drumstick hit Jayne on the head! He offered to buy her a drink as an apology, and the rest, as they say, is history.

When it came to their wedding day, they didn’t set out to be different as such, but they just knew what they did and didn’t want and made it happen. They wanted a fun day full of things they like, without too much formality or tradition. “Pen always said if he ever got married he wanted to wear a white suit,” said Jayne, “so that’s what he did! I went to one bridal shop and felt so out of place in every dress I tried on, I wanted to be comfortable so I chose a dress from ASOS which was a lot more ‘me’.” Pairing it was a custom painted leather jacket, Irregular Choice shoes and a flower crown completed her look.

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A Budget-Friendly, Laid Back, English Countryside Wedding

Brad and Rachel value their individuality so it was a no-brainer to the couple that their June 2019 wedding reflected everything that they hold dear. They also wanted to make sure that they didn’t sweat the small stuff, that they focused on having a good time over spending a lot of money, and they wanted it to be real.

As an ode to Rachel’s upbringing in the English countryside, the day was held at Greenacres Colney, Norfolk with a reception at a local village hall. They had a budget of £5000 to spend on their big day and they achieved it by focusing on he things that were important to them, and spending five hours the night before the wedding setting up the hall themselves. 

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Dog-Friendly, Informal Country Pub Wedding with A Whole Lotta Lilac!

As self-confessed animal lovers, there was one non-negotiable when it came to Maja and Ryan choosing their wedding venue; whether or not they allowed dogs. The Silent Woman Inn in Dorset is nestled within the tranquil Wareham Forest, which really set the tone for their laid back day. 

They were delighted to be able to involve their beloved pup Mojito in their wedding – they had always planned to bring their first dog, Mania, with them too, but sadly she passed away a month before. They were able to include her memory, though, with Maja attaching Mania’s name tag to her bouquet and using it as her something blue.

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All You Need is Love… and Donuts! A Laid Back, Child Friendly Wedding

Kayleigh and Darren are very family orientated, so when it came to planning their May 2019 wedding they knew they wanted a venue where the children could have as much fun as the adults! 

Armed with a budget of £10,000 they set about finding a venue, and settled on Valentino’s in Liverpool. A function suite owned by venue dressers, it was the perfect place for their relaxed day as they didn’t want anyone feeling like they had to follow their child around all day constantly in fear of breaking an antique. As a non-wedding specific venue they were super flexible which suited what Kayleigh and Darren wanted down to the ground – a big party to celebrate them exchanging vows! 

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