Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Stevie Nicks went Safari Glamping: A Boho, San Diego Zoo Wedding

Lauren and Matt wanted a wedding day that not only celebrated their unconventional love story and kooky personalities, but one that would serve leave mementos of the world that we should leave for the next generation – one teeming with wildlife and animals.

Held at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the couple were not only inspired by the inhabitants, but also nature and the environment in general – taking inspiration from soft, neutral tones, their vegan lifestyle and ethical efforts, and pairing them with pops of glamour for a goddess-like, ethereal vibe.

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Moody, Vintage Inspired Wedding with A Tattooed Bride and Dogs in Bow Ties!

Hannah and Steven love all things vintage and old-fashioned looking, but wanted to keep their own personal style for their wedding day. They pretty much aimed for the opposite of a big, fairytale wedding, instead focusing on all their guests having fun with them!

With a £13,000 budget, they held both the ceremony and the reception at Dragon Hall at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich. A medieval merchant trading complex with exposed, original oak beams and a lot of history for the couple, too – not only did they get married on the street in which it sits, but they met and live there as well!

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Sustainable, Bohemian, Backyard Wedding with Homemade Macrame & Self-Grown Succulents

Andrew and Brittney gave themselves just four months to plan their August 2018 wedding. It was important to the couple to keep sustainability and frugality in mind with all the decision making for their wedding day. They had a $10,000 maximum budget, but in reality they managed to keep it just under $9,000. They held the day at Brittney’s parents back garden which meant they didn’t have to shell out for expensive venue hire.

For decor they used a lot of things they had already acquired throughout their relationship, and anything they purchased would have a purpose and place after the wedding day. They rented the majority of larger items, and skipped things like favours and invitations as they wanted to limit the amount of disposable stuff that was involved in their day. They wanted as much natural beauty as possible in their day. They had plants everywhere, even hanging in macrame from the trees.

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Simple & Vintage Inspired, Sentimental New York Wedding

Andrew and Ariana met just over five years ago at a tattoo shop in the Lower East Side neighbourhood of New York City. The owner of the shop, a mutual friend, had been scheming for months to try to get the couple together and the timing finally worked out on Andrew’s birthday in 2015. They spent the night dancing and making out at a dive bar downtown and that was it – from that point on they were inseparable. Their next date, just three days later, lasted for thirteen hours. “We knew that was it” said Ariana.

When it came to planning their wedding day, they knew that they wanted to keep things simple and modern, knowing that their venue – the Metropolitan Building – had all the special details and vintage accents to make it unique. Also as Ariana work in event production for a living, she knows exactly how exhausting and stressful planning an event can be.

“My goal with our wedding was to keep everything as simple and stress-free as possible. We wanted to be able to enjoy every minute without having to worry about tiny details and manage multiple vendors all day, so we chose a space that was as all-inclusive as possible. Our venue offered a vast collection of antique furniture to decorate the space, and we selected pieces in soft greens, pinks and grey to adorn the space. Because the venue was so quirky and intricate, we didn’t need much to bring it to life.”

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Modern, Glam & Monochrome Wedding in Brooklyn with a Sparkly Dress

Matthew and Hillary wanted every aspect, from beginning to the end of their wedding day to feel very true to their personalities, their personal style and the things that they love. “We really wanted our guests feel like it was a wedding only we would have,” said Hillary. “ Our motto for the day ended up being ‘aesethic or forget it!’ We wanted to focus on what we love and share that with our guests, instead of focusing on traditions and the things we ‘should do.’”

Hillary was never someone who pictured herself in a wedding dress, and when it came time for her to pick one nothing felt right – until spying LOVE by Pnina Tornai where it was love at first sight! The glittery gown of dreams came with a removable belt which she opted to DIY and add to the back of her beloved leather jacket that she customised with woven patches from Elisa and Eliza on Etsy. Her jewellery was also from an Etsy seller, and the backdrop necklace made some stunning dramatic photo moments.

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Fantasy, Fairytale Themed Wedding with Harry Potter and LOTR Touches

Rett is someone that has been dreaming of her wedding since she was a little girl. “As I was 39 when I finally got married, there were a lot of dreams to try and fit into one day!” she laughed. She met her husband, Neil ,on OK Cupid in 2012 and with a 87% match rating, love of all things fairytale, renaissance and fantasy they soon hit it off.

Rett is a huge Harry Potter fan, where Neil leans more towards Lord of the Rings, so the battle of the the two fantasy worlds collided for their wedding day theme! The couple had a Harry Potter themed seating plan, Great Hall set-up reception with long tables and common room sitting area – even printing a little copy of their own Daily Prophet wedding announcement tucked in amongst the decor! The Lord of the Rings inspiration comes from the elvish classicism of the reception decor and Rett’s purple hooded cloak that she wore during the ceremony. “We tried not to be too overt with our references,” said Rett, “so that it didn’t feel like cosplay or theme park.”

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