Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Laid Back, Music Themed Wedding with Vintage Influences

Amy and Darren used traditional weddings they’d been to together to influence what they didn’t want from their own big day! Instead, they wanted their wedding to be fun and to feel like one big party. As they’re both big music lovers, they focused on their shared interest and the bands they’d seen together to theme the decor. Throw in wedding outfits that reflected their personalities, instead of things they ‘should’ wear, and you’ve got yourself a very Rock n Roll Bride worthy wedding where the couple ignored tradition where it didn’t suit them, and ran with ideas that made it personal to them!

With a £12,000 budget and a long engagement, Amy and Darren were finally married in April 2019 and this part of the day was traditional; they had a church wedding, which they’d both always wanted, and Amy was given away by her dad. They had a religious ceremony and readings, and a confetti exit. Their reception was where they really let their personalities shine through.

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Cemetery Chic: A Wedding Inspired by Death and the Funeral Industry

Sophie’s time working in the funeral industry has taught her that true love shines brighter than ever in our darkest hours. Therefore when it came to planning her wedding to Tim, there was only one theme that felt fitting to them. “Funerals capture your story and reflect our true feelings”, she explained, “so for us it was the perfect theme for our special day. We are a family that celebrates life and seek to change the outlook of death and the stigma surrounding it in the UK.” 

Married in the woods at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire in June, with a reception at Horseshoe Cottage Farm in Cropston afterwards, Sophie and Tim put their all into creating a day bespoke to them, which was taxing at times. “We originally looked at a venue that supplied everything but the cost was so big we took on the challenge of doing everything ourselves and in hindsight, we wouldn’t have saved that much money. Though we did get more for our money but it took everything including our sanity at some points.”

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Contemporary, Industrial, Indie Wedding

Emily and Craig have been to a LOT of weddings over the last few years – 33 in five years, to be precise – so knew they wanted to do something completely different to what they’d experienced before. As music is a massive part of both of their lives so it was super important to them that it play a big role in their wedding day, too. They wanted the wedding to feel like a music festival with a contemporary twist – less wellies and haybales, more Berlin industrial with street art, greenery and warehouse vibes.. Oh and a massive party to boot! 

With a £23,000 budget, they started their planning by sorting their venue. They fell in love with Constellations in Liverpool, which set the tone for the day. They had a hefty price to pay to secure it exclusively on a Saturday in peak wedding season, but Emily and Craig felt it was worth every penny. “If you find somewhere you love, with a vibe you love, just go for it,” advises Emily. They saved money by creating all their own signage and decor, and serving their wedding cake as dessert. “Other than that we tried to everything carefully but out motto was if you really want it, get it – you only do this once.”

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Colourful Vegas Wedding with a Chotronette Dress

Liam and Tara’s September wedding was inspired one thing; their journey together. Meeting at 17 and being each other’s first loves, they’ve had a rocky road to get to where they now are and so wanted to celebrate not only the things that they like together, but also as individuals. This translated as a fun, geeky mismatch of inspirations; comic books, unicorns, Disney, Alice in Wonderland… the list goes on!

With a £2,500 budget though, they didn’t focus on material things, instead ploughing their funds into creating experiences; booking to get wed in Vegas so they got a trip out of the day too, DIY-ing elements together in the run up and working together to make the experience fun for their guests as well as themselves. “It’s should be all about the marriage,” explained Tara, “and not just the one day – so we didn’t stress about the little things and just had fun with it!”

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Informal Heavy Metal Wedding

Jen and Joe met at a Slipknot gig four years ago. They got talking and bonded at the bar over black Sambuca. When it came to planning their April 2019 wedding, there was only one theme that would work – heavy metal, of course! 

With a budget of £14,000, the couple were married at Deighton Lodge, a glam, bespoke barn wedding venue near York. With a relatively blank canvas to work with, they were able to bring in elements they love to bring their heavy metal day to life. They focused on including lots of skulls, black and leather throughout their decor. Jen had a bespoke dress made especially to show off her tattoos. They bought mini bottles and filled them with their favourite rum as wedding favours, and the groom used these as everyone’s toast drink during his speech.

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Big Love: An Ibizan Wedding in Norfolk with a Two Month Engagement!

Jonathan and Laura met by chance. When her friends birthday party gatecrashed another group’s table at the local pub, Laura ended up sitting opposite Jonathan and it was love at first sight! She packed up her life in Ibiza to be with him and the rest, they say, is history.

They were married exactly two months to the day after they got engaged, and amazingly, DIY’d almost every aspect. Laura is a milliner and Jonathan an illustrator, so they had creativity on their side! Their reception was held at the aforementioned pub – the Rumsey Wells in Norwich – which was extremely special for the couple to be able to celebrate their wedding in the place that they met. During the speeches they were literally pointing to the very spot they met and fell in love! 

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