Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Dark & Twisted, Australian Elopement with Halloween Touches

Tara and Matthew moved away from tradition for their October wedding, instead embracing their own style to help craft the wedding day of their dreams. They weren’t interested in having a big wedding, so decided to elope (with a couple of carefully chosen close family members) opting for an all-in-one package from Goosewing Cottage in the Hunter Valley, and making it their own with special details.

They took inspiration from their wedding date – October 31st – and added a few Halloween touches in the form of pumpkins, hand-carved by the couple together the night before the wedding, and Halloween masks and candy for their reception. The pergola they were married under in the grounds of Goosewing was decorated with fresh flowers, and animal skulls. 

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Dark, Moody & Whimsical Wedding Inspired by Movies, Astrology & Magic

Christopher and Emily reflected on their own likes, interests and things they have in common to draw inspiration for their October 2018 wedding. Their vision for the day was dark, moody and whimsical, with nods to Halloween since their wedding date was October 13th. They planned the whole day themselves, and wanted it to be a true reflection of their style and personalities, focusing on themselves rather that what was trending online, and didn’t listen to other people’s opinions on what a wedding should, or should not, include.

Emily and Christopher met working at a movie theatre, so with their shared love of films they used that to guide their soundtrack for the day. Christopher and the groomsmen walked into The Godfather’s main theme, the bridesmaids walked in to Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, and Emily’s procession was to You Are The Pan from Hook, one of the couple’s favourite movies of all time. The bridal party intros at the reception were movie based as well, and they chose songs that reminded them of one of the bridal party – a few gems included the Jurassic Park theme and Ghostbusters.

“The songs were a surprise and no one knew what they were walking out to so it made the moment even funnier seeing the look on their faces,” said Emily. “My husband and I grew up watching WWF/WWE and were introduced via Stone Cold Steve Austin’s intro music. We walked in with the glass shattering and proceeded to chug our drinks appropriately.”

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Southern Gothic Destination Wedding

Tim and Natasha were inspired by the city of Savannah itself for their October wedding. They wanted an intimate, destination wedding to celebrate simply with their closest friends in a manner that was true to them and the things they enjoy; great food, craft cocktails and fun! “The city of Savannah was the perfect setting for our vision of an intimate, darkly romantic celebration,” said Natasha.

They skipped most traditional wedding elements like invitations, a cake and gifts, instead focusing on creating a memorable experience to enjoy with their friends. Rather than a formal reception, the ceremony was followed by drinks at a nearby lounge, then dinner and they wrapped up the evening with a haunted pub crawl. 

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A Great Adventure: Colorado Motorbike Elopement with All Black Everything

Chris and Kate knew even before they got engaged that they didn’t want a big wedding; instead they wanted a day focused on them and their love, and to rid themselves of all the stress and craziness that comes with wedding planning! When Kate’s mum sadly passed a few weeks before she and Chris were due to get wed, it made them really take stock on what was important, and they ended up cancelling most things they had planned and just went with what felt right.

In May 2019, Kate and Chris rode a Triumph Bonneville from Boulder to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, stopping along route to take in the breathtaking surroundings and for photo ops. They were joined only by their dear friend and photographer, Amber, who had also been monumental in getting the couple together; it was only right that she was the one to photograph their day.

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Smallwoodstock: Festival Meets Summer Fête Wedding with Fun For All the Family

Louise and Gaz were inspired by the fun times they had going to Reading festival together in their 20s when it came to planning their summer wedding. They also wanted as un-wedding like wedding as possible; having been to all the stereotypical weddings over the years, they were determined to have the absolute opposite. 

And that’s how Smallwoodstock was born! They originally considered having a low-key register office ceremony, but having waited 18 years to finally tie the knot, they wanted a day that their family could remember; “And at our age, there’s not that many excuses for a big party,” said Louise, “you tend to see people at funerals not weddings haha!”

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Laid Back, Music Themed Wedding with Vintage Influences

Amy and Darren used traditional weddings they’d been to together to influence what they didn’t want from their own big day! Instead, they wanted their wedding to be fun and to feel like one big party. As they’re both big music lovers, they focused on their shared interest and the bands they’d seen together to theme the decor. Throw in wedding outfits that reflected their personalities, instead of things they ‘should’ wear, and you’ve got yourself a very Rock n Roll Bride worthy wedding where the couple ignored tradition where it didn’t suit them, and ran with ideas that made it personal to them!

With a £12,000 budget and a long engagement, Amy and Darren were finally married in April 2019 and this part of the day was traditional; they had a church wedding, which they’d both always wanted, and Amy was given away by her dad. They had a religious ceremony and readings, and a confetti exit. Their reception was where they really let their personalities shine through.

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