Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Artists’ Eclectic & Sustainable Ranch Wedding

Amber and Ben’s eclectic and romantic September wedding was held at River School Farm in Reno, Nevada – a self-sustaining co-home community that was one of the most magical venues they were able to find. As a studio and tattoo artist, Amber was keen to put her own stamp on their day and also liked the idea of only having decor that could then be used in their new home, or items that could be used a piece of art. 

Each tablescape was a unique collection of found objects from thrift stores, and every decision for the wedding was handpicked by the bride with their guests’ comfort and needs in mind. She made all the backdrops and signage, all stationery and origami, even embroidering a pocket square for Ben’s suit. She made all the flower arrangements by buying wholesale from Fifty Flowers, and made memorial photo frames to hang from her bouquet. She even made her blue veil herself. 

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Bohemian & Spiritual Desert Wedding

Sari and Luke are both rock climbers and yogis from Washington, DC. They knew they wanted a non-traditional wedding and they both love the red rock desert so they chose Moab, Utah for their location and were married by one of the groom’s best friends. They had custom rings made and chose a new last name for themselves – Sādhaka, which is someone who follows a particular way of life designed to realise their ultimate ideal, and a concept that they deeply resonate with and are dedicating their lives to embodying. And to boot, the pair are stylish as hell! 

Sari wore a Melissa Sweet dress with a homemade quartz crystal headpiece and jewellery from local designers. Luke made a matching crystal accessory to adorn his Brixton hat with, Their rings were made from moonstone and turquoise and were custom made for them by Workman’s Daughter.

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Emotional COVID Wedding inspired by Coburg & Cairns

Vika and Tyler’s inspiration for their June 2020 wedding was ‘home’. The split their photos between a tropical rainforest greenhouse, to represent Tyler’s hometown of Cairns, Australia, and the old town of Coburg, Germany for Vika’s hometown. They wanted to bring their worlds together for their day.

Due to COVID restrictions, Tyler’s friends and family were unable to join them from Australia, so they ended up having their own party for the couple down under and joined in throughout the day over FaceTime. “It almost become two parallel parties on two continents,” Vika told us, “which is pretty cool when you think about it!”

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Boho Meets 1920s Rainy Lake Wedding

Despite what Alanis Morrisette said, rain on your wedding day isn’t always a bad thing and today’s wedding feature is a lesson that your day will still be perfect even if things go differently than planned! Rebekah and Jesse were inspired by their love of nature for their September wedding, choosing Blue Heron Lake in Dorset, Ohio to host the day.

The couple didn’t stick to a budget, but reckon they spent around $8,000. Agape Photography beautifully captured the day, and they planned it themselves. Rebekah wore a BHLDN gown and accessorised with a hair drape from Azure Jewellery. Jesse chose some amazing decadent floral boots to accessorise his suit.  The couple chose custom wedding rings made by The Northway Studio.

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Autumnal & Rustic, Cruelty Free London Wedding

Sam and Jay always planned to be married on Halloween – because every Halloween since they first met nine years ago on a dating site, they have played host to a fancy-dress party and people now expect it of them. Jay’s grandparents also got married on Halloween, so they wanted to follow the tradition. 

Unfortunately COVID scuppered their plans for a big fancy dress ball where the theme would have been ‘anything goes’ (including both grooms in custom-designed wedding dresses!) but they were still able channel the Halloween vibes with autumnal tones, pumpkin centrepieces and hessian and lavender mixed in too – they even had burnt orange facemasks for the bridal party, so no detail was left unconsidered.

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An Autumnal, Geometric Themed Italian Wedding with Two Ceremonies

Alice and Simone found a creative way around COVID restrictions for their October 2020 wedding day – they split the day into two! Guest numbers were limited to 30 just days before their wedding day, so after much deliberation they decided in the daytime they would have their civil ceremony with their families, and in the evening a symbolic ceremony with their friends!

“Not everybody gets to enjoy such an experience as two ceremonies,” Simone told us. “Both were beautiful and unforgettable without any effort, and that’s all because of the affection of our families and friends. Alice was often in a giant puddle of tears!”

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Laid Back & Sparkly Wedding with Rustic Fairy Vibes

Amy and Ben were inspired by the town of Rosendal in South Africa for their March wedding. “As we were getting married away from home, we wanted our friends and family to experience this destination the way did – which was romantic, rustic and laidback.”

The couple enjoyed thinking of ways to make the wedding a magnificent experience for everyone, and for ways to incorporate Ben’s Afrikaans heritage into their day. The hosted for the whole weekend, made all the decor themselves, incorporating local foliage into centrepieces and table decor and got married in the groom’s family backyard under a willow tree under an arch his family lovingly made as a surprise for them. 

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Smiley & Simple London Wedding with a Sequin Jumpsuit

Sian and Amir met on dating app Hinge – their first date was on a dreary Tuesday evening in January at Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green. Sian told us; “We ended up drinking 5 pints of strong IPA and that was it, we were smitten! Amir proposed on New Years eve 2020 – He had bought the ring 6 months before when we had only been together 6 months. It was really a case of when you know you know.

They wanted their wedding to be in London as that is where they live, and they liked the aesthetic and feel of other urban/city themed weddings. “I like the idea of weddings happening around chaos of people going about their daily lives.”

COVID put stop to their big-pub knees up plans, but in the end, it made the couple reassess what was truly important – who was there and getting married. “We just wanted to get married at this point, and ended up being one of the last couples to do so before the second lockdown in England. Initially, I was stressing about place names and menus etc, and se spent ages thinking about our invitations but ultimately, 90% of the people we invited couldn’t actually come. So it really simplified things for us.”

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Relaxed, Boho Wedding with A Floral Dress

Ava and Nic were actually introduced by Ava’s dad. “Nic had met my dad at a local Trap Shooting Club,” Ava told us. “But the first time we saw each other Nic was hanging out the side of his best friend’s ride (haha) They beeped at me at me sitting at an intersection and waved to me. Apparently I sped away and he knew I stole his heart right then.’

Planning a 2020 wedding mean there was the obvious spanner in the works – COVID – but the couple scaled things back to an intimate affair in their own backyard. “Like for many couples, planning a 2020 wedding sucked but it did bring us closer together and made us realise what is really important; our love for one another. And now we get the best of both worlds! A small, intimate, family wedding ceremony and a large party and celebration later on!”

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Simple & Romantic Boho Wedding

Portugese lovers Mafalda and Carlos met through mutual friends at a beach party. “We joke that it was love at second sight,” Mafalda told us, “because on the first day I thought we had nothing in common!”

They began planning a completely different wedding, but when they found people’s opinions confusing matters for them, decided to strip things back and do things just as they wanted them. “The decor and style was really important for me. Carlos and I chose every single detail.”

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Sunset Meets Festival Vibes in Melbourne

Two Ton Max in North Melbourne was the perfect blank canvas for our friends at Good Day Club to unleash all the festival party vibes for Becky and Gearóid’s wedding day! The couple met at a music festival, but instead of the usual tipi and field theme for their day, they chose beautiful relaxed sunset vibes moving into a dark, neon-filled party night.

Becky wore a custom top by Coralie Newman with a skirt by BHLDN for their ceremony, changing into a dress by the same brand for the reception. She paired them with jewellery by small businesses and the bridesmaids chose their own dresses.

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Wild & Romantic Scottish Highlands Elopement Inspo

If there’s one place in the UK the springs to mind when it comes to when you think of running away to elope, the Scottish Highlands is it! Photographer Charlotte Kinsella was inspired by the beautiful Glencoe area while putting together this elopement shoot with gorgeous real-life couple Danielle and Jeremy.

“I also wanted small business and sustainability to be at the heart of it,” Charlotte told us. “I also wanted to create something super wild and romantic all while tapping into my obsession with high fashion and an editorial style. When I came across Coop Couture in my search for a dress, I completely fell in love! Her silk dresses are knitted by hand (by the woman herself, Gracie Cooper) and if the bride so wishes, can be entirely unravelled and reconstructed into a new design. She offers to redesign brides dresses into other pieces after their wedding day, which I thought was amazing.”

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Dark & Moody Bohemian Wedding with a Miniature Horse!

Originally, Amy and Shaun planned a vintage country theme for their November 2020 wedding day, but that soon changed once she started dress shopping. Once she found her favourites at Flutter Dress, she quickly realised that a dark bohemian wedding was more her style. Amy is also obsessed with collecting various animal skulls and made sure to incorporate them into their day by hand-bleaching a bison skull for her guests to sign.

Amy also turned her hand to floristry for their day, putting together all the ceremony florals, arches, bridal party bouquets and table lanterns. “I wish I knew why pampas grass is so expensive,” she told us. “however we kept costs down by spending weeks snipping live, in-bloom pampas grass and spraying it with sealant. It worked a treat!”

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