Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Fun New York Rooftop Wedding with a Pink Suit!

Joe and Beth got engaged on a rooftop in New York, and as they love it there so much, decided it would make the perfect setting for their August wedding, too. They set out to create a day that was not only memorable for them, but showcased to their friends and family exactly what they love about the Big Apple.

With a budget of £15,000, they were married on the rooftop of the Rivington Hotel  on the lower east side – this wasn’t the original plan, their original venue cancelled on them, but it turned out much better than they were expecting, thankfully! They focused their budget on aspects that were important to them – catering, as they didn’t want people to be hungry, and DIY’d elements to not only save money, but to get their friends and family involved in the festivities. For a wedding breakfast they bought in platters of local delicatessen, lobster rolls and a mashup of Milkbar confetti cake and doughnuts for their wedding cake. 

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A Simple, Intimate, Gothic Fairytale Wedding

Adam and Steph always knew they didn’t want a big wedding – they were joined by just five guests (and their toy elephant!) for their September wedding at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. They didn’t have a theme as such, but Steph always knew she’d want their wedding to have a gothic feel and to wear a black wedding dress. “It just felt like us being ourselves.”

As it was a small wedding, there wasn’t a lot of prep to do, but they travelled to their venue the day before their ceremony with a hire car full of wedding props, their cake and Steph’s large wedding dress. Her black princess dress and veil were by custom made by Rose Savage, and she paired them with classic goth boots from Demonia. They kept decor simple but effective, buying a number of large pillar candles from Ikea which they placed in hurricane vases tied with black ribbon, and use them to dress the staircase at the castle. “One of the reasons we chose Allerton Castle was that we knew we wouldn’t have to go overboard to achieve the look we wanted. It’s a simply stunning venue that had all the gothic touches we needed.”

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Rural & Free-Spirited, 1970s Themed Wedding

Allie and Brian describe their first moments of falling in love as ‘like the same existential self-discovery that so many people waxed lyrical about in the late ’60’s and early 70s’. So, coupled with their love of music from the same era (cosily nestled between the folk and Rock n Roll genres), they used this as a starting point for the shaping their wedding around that same kind of ‘groovy, grounding energy.’

They also have the benefit of not really knowing what’s ‘expected’ from a wedding – neither had attended that many, so they were able to plan their day free from the weight of societal expectations. They simply followed their hearts and told their wedding party, officiant and families to do the same. “We wanted the weekend to feel like a music festival or camp-out experience,” explained Allie. They hit up a booze cruise with all their friends a couple of days prior to the wedding, and their wedding party stayed for the weekend at the bed-and-breakfast venue with them. “It was important to us, since we were celebrating in the city that Brian used to live in when we first fell in love, that we really live it up the way we used to back in our Dubuque days.”

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Gothic, Pagan, DIY Farm Wedding

Hannah and AJ had a specific mission for their wedding day – for all their guests to be able to celebrate their individuality with them, as they both celebrated their individuality and their love for one another. There was no dress code, their ceremony was held in a spiritual circle which included everyone attending, and they didn’t stick to what people consider to be traditional norms.

With a budget of £7,000, they hired a farm where they could not only have their ceremony and reception, but their guests were free to camp for the weekend – it was important to them that their guests had as few barriers to attending as possible. Their ceremony was held in a cowshed (!) which they decorated themselves with help from family and friends. In fact, a lot of their nearest and dearest dug deep and helped out wherever they could – AJ’s friends provided the catering, DJing and photography and Hannah’s friends did her make up and wedding cake as gifts, and her mum altered her wedding dress. It turned the prep, and day, into a really personal affair, with plenty of community spirit.

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Moody Celestial Winter Wedding in Nashville

By Southern standards, Abby and Evan’s wedding was out of the box. But by New York standards, their new adopted home, it was quite traditional, and they loved this about their day. “We wanted to create a wedding that merged our traditional Southern upbringing and our urban and modern New York life. We loved that our guests were able to experience parts of our story and personalities that they may not get to see every day, or haven’t seen in their experience with us.”

It was held Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee – a venue the couple used to go to concerts together at during school. They used sentimental details throughout their day; they were married on the vintage rug that Abby played on as a child in her grandparents house, Evan used a stone from Abby’s late grandmother’s wedding ring to incorporate into her band, and her sister read a letter from their late grandmother that she had sent to her on her own wedding day in 2012 – it was dated January 19th, Abby and Evan’s wedding date.

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Rustic, Upcycled New Zealand Wedding with Touches of Harry Potter

Danielle and Glen ended up throwing any notions of a budget out of the window when it came to planning their wedding. After changing their wedding plans what seemed like 101 times, they finally decided on what they wanted with just four months to go.

They were married at The Waterlily Gardens near Waihi, New Zealand in April. Danielle has always wanted to do things a bit differently to the norm, and her plans for their wedding day followed suit. She didn’t want a colour scheme, instead wanting a variety of elements that represented the two of them to naturally form a theme. She wanted her tattoos on display, to rock dusky pink hair and her bridesmaids to be in floral dresses instead of matchy-matchy coloured ones. Ultimately, they wanted a day that reflected and felt like a representation of the two of them.

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