Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Bold Meets Moody: A Modern Multicultural Wedding with their own City!

Stephanie and Rich married on their 10 year dating anniversary, to the day. As a couple, they love to be creative and tell a story – Rich’s proposal included an elaborate scavenger hunt to all they significant date spots across San Francisco, with meticulously planned video clues pre-recorded and all their friends and family waiting at the final proposal spot! No pressure for their wedding, then. 

The couple came up with the concept of creating a ‘city’ to represent their relationship as their reception theme. The couple have deep love for their urban lives – Stephanie grew up in San Francisco and Rich works as an estate agent. They hinted towards it with house-shaped structures and city lamps as props and created ‘destinations’ for their guests to visit during the reception based on all their favourite past-times; a car show, an art gallery, a bar named after their dogs and ‘restaurants’ of their favourite foods, to name but a few.

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A Serendipitous Salvation Mountain Elopement

Micaela and John knew they wanted to tie their wedding in with a three week trip of the US, but beyond that, they were easy! “We originally thought we’d rock up to a Vegas chapel,” explained Micaela, “but I was not like most brides and planned everything last minute. A week before the wedding I was going to book the chapel and found out that the ones we were interested in charge extra for bringing your own photographer, which we had not budgeted for, and they charge a lot for a 10-minute ceremony anyway! After chatting with our photographer, he suggested we travel out to Salvation Mountain – he’d remembered me mentioning our interest in it and we decided why not!”

“We hadn’t sorted flowers, a minister or a cake. The drive was five hours away from where we were staying in Vegas. We got there all sweaty and covered in dust, my hair was a mess and my make-up had melted off, but it was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Rose Gold & Navy Themed, Family Friendly Winter Wedding

Jon and Steph’s love story had a rocky start – they met at a military charity boxing event on the army base where Jon was posted, but just a week later was posted over 180 miles away. Undeterred by this, they spent every night together in the time they had left, and Jon promised when he left that he would come back to see Steph at weekends. “I don’t think I really believed he would, so was happily proved wrong when he came back two weeks later!” Their determination to make things work paid off, and they were married in December.

With no set theme, the couple focused on using Steph’s favourite colours of navy and rose gold to tie everything together, and to make everything as family friendly as possible. “Our marriage was not just about us but was about our children, too,” she explained. “Jon has an 11 year old daughter from a previous marriage and I have a two and half year old son. Our marriage was about bringing us all together officially and celebrating the fact we all have each other.”

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Beer Garden Inspired Urban Warehouse Wedding

Brodie and Joel were living in inner-West Sydney when they first got together, so the area’s hipster/ grunge/ alternative scene seemed like a good starting point for their October wedding day. “We’re not nature lovers, we prefer the city, and inner-West Sydney symbolises us and our relationship. We definitely didn’t want anything traditional, neither of us are religious. We just enjoy a cold bevy and a burger. Good music, people and cool place to hang out at,” said Brodie.

Picking the perfect venue was the starting point to the couple achieving their dream, laid-back day. They had both their ceremony and reception at Stick and Stone in Marrickville, New South Wales – a warehouse space and the perfect blank canvas for Brodie and Joel to add personal touches and do things their way. Everything was geared towards creating a relaxed environment. They had a food truck, a cake smash, no bridesmaids or groomsmen. “Not that we don’t have any friends,” they laughed, “we are lucky to have too many and just couldn’t choose!”

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Horror-Inspired Wedding in a Cinema with a Drag-Queen Celebrant

Terri-Sian works in the music business, so when it came to organising her December wedding to partner Stewart, she had a head start on the organisation side of things. The couple found strength in their conviction to be able to plan a day that was based around them and their interests; in fact, the only traditional things they did were have speeches and cut the cake! “We were the inspiration for our wedding; we chose things that made us happy and just did things our way.”

They went to the cinema on their first date, and Stewart is a film buff, so having their ceremony at The Duke of York’s Picture House in Brighton was a no-brainer! As guests arrived, they were handed a glass of fizz and a bag of popcorn, then lead to their seats in the screen. They were entertained with a montage of clips of classic black and white horror films while Terri-Sian and Stewart had their first look on the balcony with their bridesmaids and Harrison Ford (the dod) dressed as jaws.

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A Homemade Rainbow Explosion Wedding with Pokemon, Dominos & Nerf Guns!

Becca and David knew that when it came to planning their wedding, they wanted something completely different. “Having the same wedding that I’ve been to 10 times already is my idea of a nightmare,” said the bride. “We just wanted a super fun day full of high energy and all the things we love.” Who could be melancholy with so much colour around them?!

The couple were actually already married, just the two of them and best man in a Pikachu costume (of course) in a little chapel in Vegas, so their home September wedding was a chance to celebrate with all their friends and family. They had a £13,000 budget so undertook a lot of DIY to bring their dreams to life. “The hardest part was trying to find somewhere to put a bunch of teepees and power and toilets that didn’t want to charge £2k for the privilege!” said Becca. 

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