Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Casual, Budget, Destination Wedding in Hawaii

Brendan and Cheyanne come from Reno, Nevada which, by their own admission, is known for it’s super-speedy drive thru weddings and wild nightlife. “This didn’t really fit us,” explained Cheyanne. “We wanted something small and intimate, and we wanted to take our time and make it special in our own way. We love to travel together, and I’ve always been totally drawn to the ocean, so we decided on Hawaii.”

It was also important to the couple not to take on any debt for their wedding, and so spent just $5,000 on their day. “I think we brought a new meaning to ‘Ballin’ on a Budget’”, said the bride. “By focusing on each other, and our small number of guests, we created something super intimate. It wasn’t about materialism, or how much the dress cost, or how fancy the venue was. We did everything we wanted to do, no more no less.”

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Boho Brewery Wedding with Pink, Pink and More Pink!

Vicki and Sam met through a mutual friend in 2007, and like all good millennial relationships, found each other on Myspace and chatted on MSN messenger for a while before going on their first date not long after. Thirteen years later they’re now happily married! 

The couple’s theme revolved around a portrait drawing a friend had gifted them. “I ended up editing it and using it pretty much anywhere I could without going overboard!” said the bride. They married at Wylam Brewery in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a reception at the same venue. 

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Relaxed & Intimate Wedding Celebration on a Greek Island

Amanda and Will were inspired to get married on the Greek island of Naxos because they had gotten engaged there on a backpacking trip three years ago. “We fell in love with everything about Greece, the food, the people, the history, and the beauty of all the Greek islands,” they said.

They chose a secret location near to where they’d gotten engaged. For aesthetics, they were inspired by the surrounding nature, “We wanted authenticity, and the idea of seamlessly blending into the nature around us. I really like visuals of ancient Greek statues and places that have been abandoned where nature has regrown.”

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Festive, Rock n Roll Themed Wedding with Vintage Touches

If you’ve had to postpone your summer wedding until the winter, you’re going to love the festive inspo from Jess and Tom’s December 2018 celebration. The couple had been dating since they were teenagers and ten years later Tom proposed to Jess with the most perfect 1920s emerald ring. This, and the fact that they desperately wanted to keep their early December anniversary as they’d been celebrating it so long together, inspired their festive theme, but they kept it true to their everyday style with plenty of rock n roll touches.

They were married at Sheffield Town Hall with a reception at The Old Rectory in Sheffield afterwards with a budget of £9000. Jess wore a Brighton Belle dress with a vintage inspired faux fur stole and family heirloom jewellery. Tom had subtle skull touches with the lining of his Twisted Tailor waistcoat, a vintage inspired pocket watch and personalised cuff links as a gift from the bride. 

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Pastel meets Moody New Zealand Wedding with Skulls, Crystals and Flowers

Zoe and Myles were in school together; they didn’t share any classes together but knew each other from mutual friends. During a party they hit it off, dated for 8 months then Zoe threw a spanner in the works and moved to England. “I thought that might be it for our relationship as I was planning on staying for a few years,” explained Zoe. “I had the one way ticket before we met. After 5 months, Myles made the leap and moved to England with me. The rest is history.”

The couple travelled home for their December 2019 wedding, which was held at Zoe’s parents house. Their families worked tirelessly over the course of a year to prepare the grounds for the wedding. “My brother’s building firm built fences, retaining walls, stairs, terraces, gardening, a car port and finished off the house to ensure it looked incredible on the day. Having it at my parents place made the whole feel of the wedding relaxed and laid back. It was so special and we could arrange the venue however we liked.”

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Girly Glam Rock Wedding in Northern Ireland

Inspired by their love of rock music and some of their favourite movie moments, Jenn and Tommy planned a personal, rock ‘n’ roll and wedding at Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena, Northern Ireland last summer. They opted for quite a ‘girly’ colour scheme with pinks, peaches and rose gold, but included many things that reflected Tommy too – not least of all a very special guest appearance from Iron Man himself!

“Music is the centre of our universe,” began bride Jenn. “Instead of coffee in the morning, we blast an earful of Aerosmith. Going to gigs together is our favourite past-time, we’re avid festival goers and Tommy is the singer for a hard rock band. So it was a no-brainer for us to use this as a starting point for our theme, and go from there.”

Jenn walked down the aisle to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Sweet Child o’ Mine. Their recessional was The Darkness’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love and their first dance was to I Remember You by Skid Row. Each of their tables was named after one of their favourite artists. They made table-tents which had the menu on one side and a portrait of the artist on the other, which was painted by Jenn.  “We didn’t really get the whole guestbook thing,” said Jenn, “it’s just something we think you’d look at once and put away in a cupboard somewhere. Instead, we bought a surfboard off Gumtree and sanded and painted it. We got our friend to make a vinyl sticker for it saying ’til death do us party’ and got everyone to sign that instead. We’re going to mount it on our kitchen wall so we can appreciate it all year round.”

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