Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Bohemian Brazilian Beach Elopement & Pregnancy Announcement!

Larissa and Giovanni wanted their wedding to be as simple as life in the sea – surrounding by just a few people that they love, in their favourite setting, bringing back childhood memories of time at the beach and the smell of the ocean.

They planned their day at the last minute, when their maid-of-honour and photographer was back from travelling to her destination weddings for the season. It was a particularly poignant time for the couple as they were expecting their first child, so it was particularly emotional to be able to celebrate their wedding and pregnancy announcements at the same time.

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Moody Autumnal Wedding with Skulls and Flowers

Ben and Jo met on Myspace through mutual friends in 2007 and began chatting on MSN. They met in person while studying at uni and have been inseparable ever since!

Inspiration for their wedding was drawn from their lives and their relationship. Jo grew up in Sydney, so they used native Australian flowers and foliage throughout their day. Skulls have always had significance for the couple; Ben has more skull tattoos than you can count and Jo’s engagement ring was adorned with skulls, so they continued this throughout their decor. They even had Ben’s tattoo artist design them a wedding tattoo and added into their temporary tattoo station by Doris Loves!

Although Jo and Ben didn’t do any ‘arts and crafts’ in terms of DIY projects for their day, instead entrusting talented professionals and designer-makers to complete their aesthetics, they were innovative with their ideas – decorating the venue with glass skulls filled with fairy lights and decorating signs to tie in with their stationery. The scoured the likes of Hobbycraft, TKMaxx and Asda Homewares in the lead up to their wedding collecting skull snow globes, skull tea light holders and the glass skulls to use throughout their decor.

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Cosy Christmas & 1950s Inspired Wedding with Grandma as Bridesmaid!

Sarah loves decorating her and Richard’s house for Christmas, so this drew the first inspiration for the couple’s November wedding day. “We wanted a family friendly, rustic yet glamorous, cosy and romantic winter wedding,” explained Sarah. “I love decorating the house for Christmas with rustic, old fashioned decorations and lots of winter foliage, and wanted to capture that coziness for our wedding. I also love all things vintage, especially 1950s and Rockabilly, and had to give a nod to the styles I love so much.”

However, one of the sweetest parts of their wedding has to be the fact that Sarah asked her Grandma to be one of her bridesmaids. Would you get a load of this adorableness! She had her  as bridesmaid for a very special reason. “I don’t want to run on and bore you but when I was 18 months old my mother died, and my nanny gave up everything for me to live with her while my dad got himself back on track. Don’t worry there was a happy ending – he got re-married and I grew up with a mum that could not be more perfect! But I wanted to honour my nanny for her selflessness throughout my life in front of everyone we care about who attended our big day.”

With a £4000 budget, the couple got hands on and DIY-ed as much as they could. “I got a bit excited a long time before the wedding,” explained Sarah, “and this resulted in crafting as much for it as I could think of!” This included flower arrangements, buttonholes, personalised coat hangers and wedding party gifts, table plan, seating cards, signs and display… the list is endless!

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Lithuanian Woodland Wedding with a Fairytale Picnic Reception

Tadas and Dovile adore nature and spend nearly all their free time walking, camping and relaxing in the great outdoors, so it was the perfect starting point for inspiration for their wedding. They wanted a day that was laid back, relaxed, and suited them as a couple.

They started their day by getting ready separately, and then meeting in the woods for a first look, quick dog walk and photos. They had initially intended to have an outdoor ceremony, but had to move it inside last minute due to the threat of rain. After a unique, personal service, they headed to their reception – a picnic by the lake! They had a relaxed afternoon with family and friends, enjoying good food, drinks and games.

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Punk Rock Princess: The Ultimate Emo-Inspired Wedding

In doing their initial research, Sarah and Brian quickly started to realise that for the price of a traditional package wedding at a hotel or resort, they could instead piece it together using the people, places and things they already loved. “Using our everyday favourite things as inspiration for our day made decisions easier and the wedding itself feel authentic and real.” said Sarah.

They married in a traditional Catholic ceremony, and although the church wedding completed contradicted their style, with Catholic families, they felt they felt the serious nature and ritual behind a religious ceremony was important to keep. “You have very little creative control over Catholic ceremonies,” said Sarah. “Although obviously we knew this ahead of time, it meant that the ceremony wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be, and at times felt impersonal.”


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Simple, Vintage Inspired Scottish Winter Wedding with a Six Month Pregnant Bride!

Ben and Ruth first got married on the night that they met – albeit, a drunken, fake marriage, but something in them must have known that they’d be doing it for real six years later! When it came to planning their actual day, they knew they wanted to keep it as simple as possible and focus on the things that were important to them – close friends and family, good food and perfect views.

They planned their wedding in just three months – the fact that Ruth was six months pregnant on the day meant they had no time to dilly-dally. “It really doesn’t take as long as you might expect,” explained Ruth. “Once we found the venue we just worked backwards from there!” Their venue, the Signet Library in Edinburgh, is one of the cities finest Georgian buildings, providing an elegant, historic setting that didn’t need much in the way of decor – the couple hit up Hobbycraft for chalkboards and signage and eBay for candles and let the venue do the rest of the talking.

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