Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Recycled Festival Wedding Inspired by Lost Village Festival!

Emelya and Alastair’s August wedding had a very specific inspiration – Lost Village Festival in Lincoln. They wanted to recreate a surrealism and intimacy of the yearly dance festival, holding their day in their own abandoned forest in Devon.

With a £13,000 budget, they also focused heavily on recycling and collaboration to create their day – all the props were upcycled by the groom, and friends and family stepped in to help out everything from officiating the ceremony to running the bar! It made for a personal, cooperative day full of community spirit – exactly what the couple wanted.

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Super Mario Meets Metal Themed Israeli Wedding

Galit and Amir’s October wedding combined colourful, playful elements from the video game world’s happiest offering – Super Mario! Both Galit and Amir work in software testing and they love video games. The first flower Amir gave Galit was the fire flower doll from the game, so their wedding theme was set!

Lucky enough to have a talented planner and designer friend, the coupled briefed her to create a day that felt fun but not childish, taking inspiration from a game that celebrates colour, happiness and fun and translating it into a wedding design! Together with her staff, Vicka made the centrepieces, the designs for the wedding invites and Mario-themed photo props. They custom built props from PVC pipes, and customised carnations for Galit’s bouquet.

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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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