Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Dog-Friendly, Informal Country Pub Wedding with A Whole Lotta Lilac!

As self-confessed animal lovers, there was one non-negotiable when it came to Maja and Ryan choosing their wedding venue; whether or not they allowed dogs. The Silent Woman Inn in Dorset is nestled within the tranquil Wareham Forest, which really set the tone for their laid back day. 

They were delighted to be able to involve their beloved pup Mojito in their wedding – they had always planned to bring their first dog, Mania, with them too, but sadly she passed away a month before. They were able to include her memory, though, with Maja attaching Mania’s name tag to her bouquet and using it as her something blue.

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All You Need is Love… and Donuts! A Laid Back, Child Friendly Wedding

Kayleigh and Darren are very family orientated, so when it came to planning their May 2019 wedding they knew they wanted a venue where the children could have as much fun as the adults! 

Armed with a budget of £10,000 they set about finding a venue, and settled on Valentino’s in Liverpool. A function suite owned by venue dressers, it was the perfect place for their relaxed day as they didn’t want anyone feeling like they had to follow their child around all day constantly in fear of breaking an antique. As a non-wedding specific venue they were super flexible which suited what Kayleigh and Darren wanted down to the ground – a big party to celebrate them exchanging vows! 

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Antique Fairytale Inspired Destination Wedding on the Almalfi Coast

Jennifer and Sacha achieved the impossible for their June 2019 wedding – they managed to bring 31 of their closest friends and family members from three different countries to celebrate with them in Italy! Inspired by both their European heritages and the music and art that they love, they chose to get wed overlooking the beautiful Amalfi Coast in an antique fairytale themed celebration of love, beautiful surroundings and their nearest and dearest.

With a $15,000 budget, the couple chose to have both their ceremony and reception out on the terrace at the Marincanto hotel. They were married by the maid of honour’s mother under a magnificent arch of flowers.

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Nostalgic Camp-Themed Wedding with a Weed Bar

Scott and Jackie’s main aim with their May 4th wedding was to stay true to what they love and care about. They grew to love camping together and got engaged while on a cross-country road trip, and that became the core of the theme – made by hand, a little rough around the edges, mismatched, down to earth, but most importantly to them – a hella good time!

When planning their day, they made a pact – anything that felt contrived, they would nix, and replace it with something that felt more like them instead. They served pies instead of traditional wedding cake; they had no groomsmen or bridal party, just their loved ones showing up for them. They held a spontaneous parking-lot party instead of a first dance and embodied a true to form DIY attitude. They didn’t hire a planner or coordinator and did everything themselves!

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Fun, Lowkey Wedding Celebration at Glastonbury Festival

Lizzie and Nick were halfway to planning a traditional white wedding when they decided to do a 180 and decided to get hitched at Glastonbury instead! They wanted to create a joyful, silly, stress-free celebration of their love that they’d remember forever, and choose their happy place their location. Armed with £1000, they did the admin part in London the morning of the wedding and then hotfooted it down to Somerset to have a friend officiate a ceremony that they wrote themselves.

They decided against having a defined format for their ceremony in order to keep things experimental and most importantly, fun! Lizzie wrote a poem for Nick, and Nick in turn wrote a speech. With Sean Paul announced as the surprise headliner for the John Peel stage that day, their friend did a reading of the lyrics to Temperature between speeches – not your regular heartfelt wedding reading, but it turned out sweet nonetheless!

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A Modern & Colourful Wedfest

Alex and Jody love going to concerts together, so it seemed fitting to them to run with a festival theme for their May 2019 wedding. Armed with $15,000 and a whole lot of creativity, they set about creating a day that celebrated colour, their personalities and love!

The whole wedding was a DIY project, and they wanted to insert a festival/music theme wherever possible. They had a lot of help from family and friends – from the Holy Matrimony donut wall to the bedazzled guitar and drum card box, the hand-painted tambourines that the bridesmaids held in lieu of flowers to the seating chart and table decor. Instead of real flowers, Jody diligently arranged tonnes of artificial silks she picked up in bulk. “It was a lot of work,” she said, “but we made a big list of everything that needed to be done and our friends and families helped set everything up on the day of. 

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