Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Geeky, Black & Purple Wedding with Star Wars and Dr Who

Monica and Wayne wanted their May 4th 2019 wedding to be a day that reflected them. “We don’t care for white dresses or old traditions. We are big fans of Doctor Who and Star Wars and wanted out wedding day to reflect who we are.”

Held at Forest Grove in Queensland, Australia, the couple had a $30,000AUD budget to bring their dream to life. Their biggest expense was their photographer “because you can’t be cheap with memories” the bride said. They saved money by DIYing elements such as the seating chart, table numbers and stationery.

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Rustic Meets Rock n Roll Woodland Barn Wedding with a Woodland Fairy Bride

Leslie and Dillon both love hiking and camping, so knew they wanted an outdoorsy wedding from the get-go. With the help of family friends’ pasture land, complete with idyllic stream and woodland, and a $10,000 budget, the couple set about creating the natural, rustic day of their dreams.

They saved a lot of money because of how generous their family and friends were. “All you have to do is ask for help and generally people are more than happy to do so,” said Leslie. “Working with people you know is also a huge benefit because its easy to get in touch with them and they really know what want. It can save so much in the end if you opt out of wedding planners and just ask friends to help you with the organisation and planning.”

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Tropical, Tiki Themed Wedding with Flamingos, Crocodiles and Hawaiian Shirts

Liz and Marcus wanted their spring wedding to represent them so they went for a tropical and fun theme. They wanted their guests to walk in and be met with bright, colourful decor and for them to feel like they were in their tropical-themed house, so they knew they were in for a good party!

With a £10,000 budget, they opted for a mix of handmade elements to let their personalities shine-through and used the opportunity to employ independent, creative sellers to help bring their dreams to life. “I buy from independent sellers a lot,” explained Liz, “so as well as the help of our friends and family, it was amazing to be able to support some of our favourite creatives to make things for our big day.”

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Meets Marie Antoinette: A Lavish Regal Inspired Wedding

Lauren and Carl didn’t have a set theme for their June 2019 wedding; it was simply a big mix of stuff they liked and a case of putting it together to make it work! “I spent every lunch break on Pinterest and Instagram creating mood boards,” said Lauren. “I was inspired by a few things; notably the large, colourful flowers, lighting and animals from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, the aesthetic of Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with the antique gold frames, mixed pastels and lavish regal vibes.”

With a £20,000 budget they were able to use it creatively to make their dream come to life. “Never again will we be able to spend money like that on creating an aesthetic/ambience and I loved every minute of it!” Lauren extensively researched all their suppliers, going on recommendations from friends or stalking their social media for months to ensure they had the perfect team to create the vision for their big day. 

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Blush Pink & Glitz Inspired Wedding with Matching Kilts!

John and Chris toyed with returning to Vegas to get married after getting engaged there in September 2015, but with young family it wouldn’t have been practical, so they set about finding the perfect venue for them to be able to give their big day the feel of the glitz and glam of Vegas! Held at Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton outside of Glasgow, they worked with the coordinator there over a three year engagement to create a day that everyone would remember – and a strict ‘no hat, no entry’ policy to boot!

The couple opted for a very personal humanist ceremony; simply, their story from the very beginning until the present day. It was humorous at times with readings from both of their godmothers but most of all it was emotional, intimate and focused on the two of them. “I made sure to take everything in while walking down the aisle with my mum,” explained John, “and was fixated on my soon to be husband who was waiting on me at the end of the aisle. We literally felt like the only two in the room – it was beautiful.”

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Spontaneous San Francisco Elopement Inspired by the Number 13

The inspiration for Meg and Chad’s San Francisco elopement is unlucky for some – the number 13! “It’s both our favourite numbers,” said Meg, “and we originally had a wedding planned for January 13th, 2019 and were going to San Francisco for the holidays. We were planning our trip out for sight-seeing and things to do, and we look at each other and half joked about how cool it would be to get married in San Francisco! We had said though that we would only do it if we could still have 13 in our anniversary. I logged into the City Hall website, and the only date available for when we were in San Fran was October 30th – 10/30 = 13!”

And so their spontaneous San Francisco elopement was booked! “It’s lucky I had to look up the available dates,” said Meg, “as I had no idea you had to book a City Hall appointment to register separately from the wedding nor that you had to do so far in advance – we’d originally just planned to rock up!” 

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