Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

A Marvel, Lego & Red Wine Themed Wedding In Birmingham

Becca and Suzy met at work nearly a decade ago. They became good friends and that was it – until a drunken Christmas work do tipped their friendship into new territory – they haven’t looked back!

Their intimate wedding was held at The Bond in Birmingham in November 2017. Loving how different it was from ‘regular’ wedding venues, and also in their old hometown of Birmingham, it felt right for the couple as they knew they didn’t want a typical venue – and that the surrounding graffiti-covered streets would make for awesome photos. 

While they didn’t set out to have a theme for their day, they joked that as they love red wine, perhaps that should be the theme – and it kind of stuck! They chose lots of things in red wine hues, made a cork board guest book out of used corks that their family and friends were tasked with saving for them. They even had their tables named after their favourite wines from around the world.

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Wes Anderson Inspired Film Premiere Wedding in a 1920s Cinema

Both Carl and Katy share a passion for film, and in particular, their favourite director – Wes Anderson. As she plays an active role in the antiques quarter in Sheffield, Katy had her heart set on getting married at Abbeydale Picture House – a 1920s cinema in Sheffield. Mix the two loves together and it made perfect sense for their wedding to be film premiere themed!

They didn’t just have cute touches like a film-credit style table plan and a movie soundtrack style CD as favours to support their theme. No, this couple went the extra mile and staged their their whole ceremony as a film premiere! They filmed and edited their own Wes Anderson style fictionalised version of their relationship – playing it on the cinema screen before their ceremony. From meeting, to dating, to getting a house and dog together and Carl proposing – these ‘chapters’ were played to their guests before a title screen for ‘Chapter Five – Carl and Katy Get Married’ was shown, and Katy walked down the aisle for the ceremony; and so their next chapter began!

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Red Rock Roadtrip Elopement – with Irn Bru toast!

Lauren (from Fife in Scotland) and Matt met while Lauren was solo travelling in the USA in 2015 – they met in New York and bonded over music, live shows and wine on a Brooklyn brownstone rooftop overlooking the Manhattan skyline. They stayed in touch, talking everyday, after that and their love blossomed. He even sold his car to visit Scotland to meet her family and friends!

After doing long distance for a while. flying back and forth and having epic road trip adventures in both countries, Lauren was lucky enough to get a work visa and move to Philadelphia with her company for a year. In 2017, Matt proposed at the top of a mountain on one of their many road trips, and Lauren made the move to Brooklyn to be with him full time.

With their love of travel, it made perfect sense for them to elope – and get married at the top of another mountain – this time in Sedona, Arizona. They finished off with another road trip down the West Coast – catching places like Vegas, Bryce Canyon, LA and San Diego.

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A Bat Out of Hell Piss Up in a Brewery!

Kat and Chris have a little secret – they actually instantly disliked each other when they first met at work! That soon changed though as they co-managed a team together, they soon became the best of friends and the rest, as they say, is history.

While they were careful not to have a strict theme for their big day, they knew that they wanted it to reflect both their personalities – and their budget! Although they’re known best for black wardrobes, another plot twist – they knew they wanted their wedding to be a mish-mash of colours, prints and sparkles. As well as drawing inspiration from their love of music, with CD-sleeve style wedding invitations with a bespoke-Ramones style logo, they also wanted to include their beloved cat, who featured on the invites, and who’s portrait was pride of place at the top of the aisle. Throw in rocking a whole lot of polka-dots, some Star Wars and Frankenstein prints and their working-brewery location, these beer-lovers achieved a day that they could look back on and pinpoint exactly where they let their personalities shine through.

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Colourful Meets Mid-Century Wedding at the People’s History Museum

Alex and Danielle’s inspiration for their big day came from something very personal for them – Danielle’s tattoo sleeve! “I wanted our wedding to echo the colours and flowers in my tattoo, and for our guests to be put into a happy, upbeat frame of mind as soon as they walked into the room. I think it was a success – we got so much feedback from our guests that it was one of the most laidback and fun weddings they’d ever attended!” said Danielle.

The location for their wedding, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, provided the perfect starting point for their colourful day. They decorated it with hundreds of paper lanterns and pinwheels that Danielle and maid of honour Cecile spent many painstaking hours making by hand, but it wasn’t so bad, “Turns out alcohol and paper crafts are a great combination!” laughed Danielle. Alex was tasked with cutting 360 lengths of multicoloured ribbon to create the table plan and adorn the bouquets.

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Friday 13th Galaxy Themed Backyard Wedding

Amy and Emil tore up the wedding rule-book from the very beginning of their wedding planning; they held their big day in the bride’s parents’ backyard and kept it small and intimate. They didn’t have a bridal party, instead wanting all their guests to sit back and enjoy the ceremony together. They even got married on Friday 13th – unlucky for some, but as the couple started dating on a Friday 13th and got engaged the same date a few years later, it only made sense for them to continue their lucky streak!

Instead of a traditional afternoon ceremony followed by wedding breakfast, the couple opted for a sunset ceremony, enjoying dinner with their nearest and dearest beforehand. After their first look, Amy was walked down the aisle by both her parents. Their officiant was Amy’s father, who performed a ceremony that Amy had written entirely from scratch. It included readings by their friend and an exchanging of vows that Amy and Emil had written for each other. Their ‘I Do’s were sealed with a kiss and confetti poppers, and then they headed inside to party!

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