Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Colourful, Relaxed, Festival Inspired Wedding

Like many couples, Angela and Robin didn’t really have a theme in mind for their wedding – until they stepped back and realised what they had created once all their different elements came together! In the back of their minds, they knew that they wanted their wedding to have a fun, colourful, relaxed feeling that going to music and art festivals evokes, but just chose vendors, decorations and props that felt right to them, instead of to hit the theme.

Undoubtedly, a key element in creating the festival vibe was their venue – so choosing a glamping-come-wedding-venue site was a big part of their low-key theme! They chose Barnutopia, a piece of rural heaven in Shropshire, for both their wedding and reception venue celebration. Although Barnutopia is a registered wedding venue, they wanted their ceremony to be as personal to them as possible and felt having a friend marry them instead of a registrar would do just that, so they completed the legal part at a local register office the Monday before. “Although it was still a special moment, Saturday still felt like our true wedding day.” said Angela.

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Secret Elizabethan Themed Wedding with a Rock n Roll Edge

Holly and Toby wanted to forego the pomp and ceremony often surrounding weddings, and so chose to invite only their closest family and friends to their actual wedding day. They had a big party in the pub where they first met in for everyone else a month later. Not wanting a lot of fuss, they didn’t have an engagement, engagement rings or even tell anyone bar their nearest and dearest that they’d tied the knot until afterwards, wanting to maintain a degree of intimacy and privacy, and concentrate the process on their commitment to each other.

They gave themselves just six months to plan and organise everything, and focused their £6,000 budget on areas that meant the most to them; for Holly, it was investing in pieces of Tessa Metcalfe’s feminine yet macabre jewellery that would hold sentimental value for their day and could be passed down generations. They saved money by using dried flowers instead of fresh throughout their decorations – with dried flower crown, bouquet and buttonholes by The Artisan Dried Flower Co., and buying dried flowers wholesale for decorating the reception venue from Essentially Hops.

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Colourful, Informal Wedding with a Navy Ombre Sequin Wedding Dress!

The inspiration for James and Cherry’s wedding was “doing it our way”, which for them meant colourful, informal and relaxed. They focused their attention to doing what they love – eating, drinking and dancing, and spent less time on the formal stuff. Doing the legal bit days before gave them the freedom for their day that they so craved. “We couldn’t even tell you the date we officially got married!” explained Cherry. “For us it was just a box ticking exercise – our wedding anniversary will always be the day we made a promise in front of our friends and family.”

Their day was held on a working farm, with an outdoor ceremony and reception in a marquee on the grounds right after. Cherry wore a navy ombre sequin dress from Phase Eight, with Monsoon shoes and beautiful dried flower bouquet and matching flower crown from Folkey Dokey. James’ outfit and their adorable blush pink flower girl outfits were from Next.

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Philosophical & Kawaii Mash-Up Wedding… with Dogsmaids!

Kerry knew it was love when Nick took her Alpaca trekking as a date. They met on OK Cupid and bonded over a shared love of Moomins and both having siblings in Hong Kong, In fact they turned away completely from tradition, because, in Kerry’s words, “not to be cool but because we found it all a bit sick-in-your-mouth and cringeworthy.”

They cancelled plans for a huge wedding in Budapest and got married in secret at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, with just 12 guests present, and their two Chihuahuas as ‘dogsmaids’ instead of bridesmaids! They spent the night before, and morning of the wedding together, and walked down the aisle together. They ‘said yes to the dress’ together, Kerry didn’t do a ‘pre-wedding diet’ (“in fact, I ate and drank more in the run up!”), they had no cake cutting or planned speeches or first dance… and they didn’t invite the brides’ parents.

“I made the decision not to invite my parents to the wedding which caused a lot of upset and hurt but I decided not to do it just to ‘tick a box’,” explained Kerry. “While I love them dearly, I haven’t had the easiest of relationships with either of them and nor do they with each other. I didn’t want to bring drama to the day and families usually spell drama. It was the best decision I made because since that point, I have had more meaningful conversations with my mother than I’ve had in a decade, so sometimes it pays to make a difficult decision.”

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A Glittery & Moroccan Inspired Technicolour Wedding Weekend

Rosie and Charles’ inspiration for their wedding was to have a two-day party with all of the people who meant the most to them in the world. Choosing a wildflower covered hilltop overlooking Bath and Somerset, they combined festival elements to create a celebration that allowed them to really express themselves.

They were lucky enough to have an army of friends who helped build the wedding from scratch the day before their wedding weekend began – everyone camped over at the venue for two nights so it was a real festival atmosphere. Together they created everything from floral displays, to the canapés and desserts. “It was so magical to have the support and love of our family and friends, doing everything together ourselves made it so personal,” explained Rosie.

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April Fool’s Elopement in the Las Vegas Desert

Karly and Rodney decided to elope because, by their own admission, they’re far too disorganised to plan a wedding! So an elopement with minimum fuss was the perfect call. They were engaged for less than a year, so what few decisions they had to make were made quickly, to a tight budget and not constrained by any sort of theme – just based on things that they love!

Their outfits were a mix of secondhand finds, low budget additions they happened to stumble upon and pre-owned items – in their $6000 budget, Karly even managed to squeeze in an outfit change! For her first look, she wore a thrifted tulle skirt and top from a clearance rack at Forever 21, both items that came to her entirely by happenstance. Her second look was a custom bridal dress by Solstice Intimates, paired with a custom calligraphy jacket by Winkink Design Co. She accessorised with pieces that she already had in her wardrobe, and loved the way everything came together in its own quirky way.

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