Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Philosophical & Kawaii Mash-Up Wedding… with Dogsmaids!

Kerry knew it was love when Nick took her Alpaca trekking as a date. They met on OK Cupid and bonded over a shared love of Moomins and both having siblings in Hong Kong, In fact they turned away completely from tradition, because, in Kerry’s words, “not to be cool but because we found it all a bit sick-in-your-mouth and cringeworthy.”

They cancelled plans for a huge wedding in Budapest and got married in secret at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, with just 12 guests present, and their two Chihuahuas as ‘dogsmaids’ instead of bridesmaids! They spent the night before, and morning of the wedding together, and walked down the aisle together. They ‘said yes to the dress’ together, Kerry didn’t do a ‘pre-wedding diet’ (“in fact, I ate and drank more in the run up!”), they had no cake cutting or planned speeches or first dance… and they didn’t invite the brides’ parents.

“I made the decision not to invite my parents to the wedding which caused a lot of upset and hurt but I decided not to do it just to ‘tick a box’,” explained Kerry. “While I love them dearly, I haven’t had the easiest of relationships with either of them and nor do they with each other. I didn’t want to bring drama to the day and families usually spell drama. It was the best decision I made because since that point, I have had more meaningful conversations with my mother than I’ve had in a decade, so sometimes it pays to make a difficult decision.”

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A Glittery & Moroccan Inspired Technicolour Wedding Weekend

Rosie and Charles’ inspiration for their wedding was to have a two-day party with all of the people who meant the most to them in the world. Choosing a wildflower covered hilltop overlooking Bath and Somerset, they combined festival elements to create a celebration that allowed them to really express themselves.

They were lucky enough to have an army of friends who helped build the wedding from scratch the day before their wedding weekend began – everyone camped over at the venue for two nights so it was a real festival atmosphere. Together they created everything from floral displays, to the canapés and desserts. “It was so magical to have the support and love of our family and friends, doing everything together ourselves made it so personal,” explained Rosie.

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April Fool’s Elopement in the Las Vegas Desert

Karly and Rodney decided to elope because, by their own admission, they’re far too disorganised to plan a wedding! So an elopement with minimum fuss was the perfect call. They were engaged for less than a year, so what few decisions they had to make were made quickly, to a tight budget and not constrained by any sort of theme – just based on things that they love!

Their outfits were a mix of secondhand finds, low budget additions they happened to stumble upon and pre-owned items – in their $6000 budget, Karly even managed to squeeze in an outfit change! For her first look, she wore a thrifted tulle skirt and top from a clearance rack at Forever 21, both items that came to her entirely by happenstance. Her second look was a custom bridal dress by Solstice Intimates, paired with a custom calligraphy jacket by Winkink Design Co. She accessorised with pieces that she already had in her wardrobe, and loved the way everything came together in its own quirky way.

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Edgy White Sands New Mexico Desert Elopement

Tiago and Ines can thank a certain Mr Zuckerberg for their romance – like many modern love stories, they met on Facebook and the rest, as they say, is history! They’ve never felt particularly enamoured with traditional weddings – feeling that society can often bottleneck you into getting married, so an elopement was the perfect way for them to relieve themselves of all the external pressures that having a traditional wedding can sometimes bring.

Despite living in the UK, and their photographer based in Portugal, they chose White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for their elopement as they both love the desert; specifically how devoid it is of other people! “We don’t thrive in a big city lifestyle,” explained Ines, ”we like empty spaces, with limited (to no!) humans so we decided we would take the wedding to where we’d feel at home… the desert!”

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Mermaid and Fairytale Inspired Elopement by the Sea

Celia has always always dreamed of being a mermaid, and both her and Jared have a strong love for the ocean, so they knew they had to make their commitment to one another standing in the waves. They live close to where their ceremony was held – El Matador Beach, Malibu – so knew the location would be perfect roaming cliffs, sunset views and ocean that stretched for miles and miles.

Celia always imagined getting married in a less traditional way, and this carried through in her blush, tulle dress and choice of flowers; she bought a simple bouquet from the supermarket and added natural pieces that they collected on their walk to their ceremony!

“I picked green and yellow mountain crawlers from the cliffs, and dried washed up kelp from the ocean. It all came together to create a beautifully natural bouquet fit for a mermaid!” explained Celia.

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Rustic, Beer Themed Wedding with a Temperley Wedding Dress

Charlie and Duncan were lucky enough to score a gem of a venue for their wedding – Outfields Farm in Bedfordshire. Usually used for holiday accommodation, they had their reception in the barn usually used as a bunk room, and the whole bridal party were able to take over the holiday cottages adjacent for the whole weekend. Many of their other guests camped on site too. As it wasn’t an advertised wedding venue, happening to belong to Charlie’s bridesman’s parents, they’re convinced they managed to achieve what they wanted from their big day for a third of the price of hosting it in a manor house or country club!

Being able to stay over the nights before and after the wedding meant that there was a real party atmosphere for the whole weekend, not just the day itself, which is just what Charlie and Duncan wanted when they began their planning. The couple took their inspiration from the rustic charm of the venue itself and their love of relaxed days spent in pub gardens with friends, family and dogs. They wanted it to be as personal as possible, and the input of so many friends and family ensured the day was completely tailored to their tastes and passions by those who knew the couple best.

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