Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Eco-Conscious, Festival-Inspired Wedding Weekend with Rave Reception

When Jess and Chris decided to get married, they found that the place they drew inspiration from the most was seeing how other people had done things their own way. They chose elements that they had enjoyed from other weddings, and did away with traditions they felt had no meaning to them.

“We made every decision together and questioned everything ‘typical’,” Jess explained. “If we didn’t see the point of something, we didn’t do it, and we replaced it with something meaningful to us.” This meant switching an elaborate cake which no-one would eat for a bountiful buffet of local cheeses. They picked their flowers based on what was local and in season, and made blackberry whisky as their wedding favours as something that people would enjoy, rather than leave behind.

In lieu of a particular wedding theme, it was important to the couple that they spent their budget on what mattered most to them and that, in line with their day-to-day principles, they didn’t consume more than was necessary or create a load of waste. They borrowed tablecloths, vases, hampers and fire pits from friends who’d used them in their own weddings. They made several hundreds metres of bunting from old sheets and shirts. Flowers were arranged in vintage jugs, borrowed vases, even an old watering can and large mayonnaise jars. With their venue boasting 360 degree views of the Sussex countryside, they felt it needed little embellishment for the sake of doing so, and were happy to allow the beauty of the local surroundings to shine through.

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Rustic, Welsh Barn Wedding with Dashes of Disney

Aly and Dan knew they didn’t want anything too formal or traditional for their wedding, and have always loved a rustic vibe, so with Sugarloaf Barn in South Wales right on their doorstep, they didn’t have to go very far to find their perfect venue! Located in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, it was the perfect setting for their relaxed day.

As the barn is pretty much a blank canvas, the couple really enjoyed being able to put their own stamp on things with regards to decoration. They went in hard with the DIY; three days of prep in the lead up to the wedding, to be precise! They made hundreds of paper lanterns and pompoms to hang throughout the venue, covered it in fake flowers and fairy lights to make it completely their style. They even thought to make a little cosy corner for their guests to relax in, covering hay bales with blankets, cushions and glass jars filled with candles to create a laid back vibe.

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When Sparks Fly: A Sparkly Meets Industrial Wedding… with Taco Trucks!

There were so many sparks on Dan and Annaliese’s first date that they decided to theme their wedding after them! “We were living about an hour apart at the time so that first date was a bit reluctant to be honest,” said Annaliese. “Although I thought Dan looked cute and funny, we both just thought the distance was a stumbling point. I jokingly said to a friend that I’d probably only go on one date with Dan, unless ’Sparks are showering the floor like a welding shop’.” Fortunately, that was exactly how she felt about that first date!

It was fitting, then, that they chose a former steel works for their big day, where they held both their ceremony and their reception for over 300 guests. When it came to thinking about the inspiration for the day, they made choices knowing that they wanted their day to be a celebration of love, full of sparkles and one big party.

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Autumnal Country & Western Themed Wedding

Craig and Christina originally planned to marry in Vegas, but when that couldn’t happen, they brought the Americana vibes to the UK! They wanted a relaxed and informal feel to their day, reminiscent of what you’d achieve in Vegas or the American mid-West.

Instead of traditional sit-down catering for their reception, they hired a wood-fire pizza oven. They had a ‘cake smash’ instead of a cake cutting, in honour of their Americana theme. They decorated with vintage-looking whiskey barrels and wagon wheels as decorations for a barn-dance feel, gave wooden cowboy boot bottle openers as favours and had plenty of country music on their playlist.

They had a traditional church wedding in the same church that Christina’s parents married in thirty years previously “If we couldn’t get married in Vegas, I knew I wanted to get married at Kislingbury church,” Christina explained. “It meant a lot to me to have the ceremony there as it was almost 30 years to the day that my parents married there.”

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Glam Nashville Elopement with Dinner & a Drag Show!

Amy and Sonia don’t have the most conventional beginning to a relationship; they met while Amy was already married (to a man) but knew shortly after being introduced that she’d met her soulmate in Sonia. The couple chose their hometown of Nashville to elope in, simply because there’s nowhere else they’d rather have been.

“We wanted to become united in the city that united us,” explained Amy, “we loved the idea of having photos in front of all our favourite Nashville murals, and wanted it to be a day that was authentic to us, too.”

They were also inspired by old school Hollywood glam, with Amy wearing a dramatic low back, white sequin, floor length dress, paired with silver glitter pumps and old Hollywood waves and vintage rhinestone hairpins. Sonia carried on the glam by rocking rhinestone lapel pins and her own cowboy boots with her suit.

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Vibrant & Colourful Wedding with a Crochet Bouquet

Rachael and Ross (no, not THOSE ones!) bonded over their mutual love of tattoos and alternative music while at work. Eighteen months of casual dating later, Ross proposed to Rachael in front of 4,500 people at the halftime of an ice hockey game! With a proposal like that, they knew they couldn’t do things by halves, so spent the following two years planning and saving to have the wedding of their dreams.

For them, this meant having a colourful alternative to a traditional style day. They knew they wanted a day as vibrant and colourful as them. “Bright colours make everyone happy” explained Rachael, “so why not give your guests additional happiness on an already happy day?!”

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