Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Intimate & Colourful, Skateboard Wedding with a Personalised, Embroidered Wedding Dress

Annabel and Nash met at a Halloween party in 2009, bonding over hungover KFC the next day, and their mutual love of skateboarding and mountain boarding! The couple also share a love of the outdoors, adventure and a laidback attitude to all that they do.

After keeping their engagement a secret for a little while, the couple decided to flip tradition on its head, and actually kicked off their celebrations with their honeymoon – before they’d got hitched! They spent nearly three weeks driving across Europe to Slovenia for the World Mountainboard Championships, where they both competed for the UK.

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Maid of the Mist Elopement with Custom Slogan T-Shirts!

Marc and Sam met when he was the local pizza delivery guy and she was ‘the girl with a pizza addiction’ – no wonder it was basically love at first sight – who doesn’t love the guy who brings them pizza?!

Their wedding was inspired by an episode in The Office – the one where Jim and Pam run off from their big ceremony to exchange vows in a simple, small ceremony on the Maid of the Mist, because they just couldn’t wait for their planned reception date in 2020. So that’s exactly what they did!

As the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls is a public attraction that can’t be reserved for a private party, they bought their tickets like everyone else that day and stood in line with their guests, photographer and their officiant and hoped for the best regarding which position they’d manage to bag. “We hurried to the back of the boat (and I only had to shoulder check one person out of the way!) where our friends and family made a semicircle around us. For being in such an open, public place, we felt so secluded and intimate being surrounded by our loved ones. It’s pretty funny though that the majority of ‘guests’ in attendance were completely by chance!” laughed Sam.

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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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