“We met way back when in a crowded bar”, the bride began. “There were only two seats left, so naturally I sat next to the cute guy. We got to talking and he offered me his leftover pizza. I thought that was totally weird and he still insists it was very sweet. A dog, a house and about 7 years later he proposed in our living room.”
Although Kate and James kept traditional elements in their day, they did so in their style. As they both love autumn, it was the perfect season for their celebration to be held at East Quay Venue in Whitstable.
Kate handmade pretty much everything they used to decorate the venue, which made it very personal to them, and they incorporated their favourite musical influences as their love of which brought them together, too!
Kate created faux floral hoops for all the bridesmaids, as well as faux flower centrepieces in vintage glass bottles that they had collected from various seaside holidays – in them were the table names which were vinyl records as a nod to their love of music. The table names were romantic quotes from geeky or 80’s movies.
As an artworker, Kate also made all the stationery and table plan with faux greenery and for the aisle she decorated lanterns with faux greenery, mini pumpkins and log slabs. She made a light-up ‘Hell Yeah’ sign for the dance floor, and their guest book was an Alexisonfire vinyl record as they where the first band they discovered which they had a mutual love for.
Elizabeth and Nicholas embraced their wedding being just days after Halloween, on November 3rd, by leaning into a spooky theme. They had a super intimate ceremony with just 10 guests on the stairs of the Dane Estate just outside of Boston, followed by a reception with under 100 guests, Elizabeth wore her mother’s wedding gown which her mum altered into a tea length dress that was more her style. Her veil was even made with left over fabric from the original dress.
“The inspiration for our wedding was to have something a little bit moody, a little bit spooky, a little bit vintage and with whole lot of personalization”, Elizabeth told us. “We had skeletons on our invitations, skeletons sitting at our sweetheart table and a general Halloween moody vibe going on”.
With autumn just around the corner, we know you’re going to love swooning over Gemma and Neil’s big day. They were hitched in November 2019, and planned their day to reflect their mutual love of the season.
“Autumn is our favourite”, Gemma told us, “it’s absolutely beautiful in Cumbria at this time of year. Our decor had a symbolic nod towards new beginnings with fallen autumnal leaves below green foliage and freshly bloomed flowers.”
Choosing Three Hills Barn in Torpenhow as their venue, they were really able to make it their own. The couple did all the flowers themselves as well all of the decorations. The bride’s mum even made the cake. “We wanted the day to be as personal with as much meaning as possible”, she continued. “We had our favourite incense burning throughout the ceremony and in our decor we used items collected on our travels together. The autumnal leaves, pine cones and conkers all have their little stories attached, my favourite memory was collecting the conkers while walking alongside the river in Paris.”
As major Halloween fans, there was only one theme in contention for Mark and Brook’s wedding day – held in October, of course! “It’s our favourite holiday, we’re fans of anything to do with Halloween,” explained Brook. “We’re also from Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team, their colours are black and gold, so our theme was formed!”
They weren’t afraid to be themselves when it came to what they wanted from their day. “No-one ever got noticed for being traditional,” said Brook, “I think everything we did for our wedding was non-traditional in our circle.”
The whole bridal party wore all-black everything, with Brook in a long-sleeve, corseted, floor length dress with matching cathedral back veil. Mark wore an all-black Vera Wang tuxedo with gold detailing, and the bridesmaids wore black floor-length gowns with gold glitter detailing on top.
The couple had a $30,000 budget to bring their dream day to life. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Greenhouse Winery in Pennsylvania, which formed the biggest part of their budget. They saved money on flowers and centrepieces; instead of going through a florist, they ordered silk flowers from Etsy and made the centrepieces themselves. Not to mention that, as well as the cost saving, with silk flowers everyone got to keep their arrangement as a former memory.
With the surname of ‘Gather’, Luke and Louise couldn’t not be inspired by this for their September wedding, and so ‘The Gathering’ was born – a bringing together of all the people who mean the most to them. The venue was a no-brainer. Luke grew up around the corner from Elvaston Castle in Derby, and went for regular walks around the grounds. The couple live together nearby and walk their dogs there regularly, so it holds a special place for them.
The gothic hall of the castle inspired some autumnal and outdoorsy touches in their day; they had an owl ring bearer for their ceremony, and an hour of bird handling during drinks and canapés to keep everyone entertained. The wedding was also very DIY heavy – Louise hand-wrote calligraphy and goal-foiled every single save the date and invite, made all the flowers – bouquets, bridesmaid hoops, table centres, buttonholes and hanging flower chandeliers – from felt and crocheted mini versions of the two of them as a cake topper. Luke made lawn games, created hanging lyric signs on mirror to decorate their reception marquee and they made their own wedding rings together. “We absolutely loved being able to be creative and coming up with ideas for touches that truly reflected us as a couple,” said Louise.
Paloma and Cole wanted a laid-back, typical New Orleans wedding. They both really love to travel, so wanted to have their wedding somewhere unique that they would want to plan a vacation to. Most of all they wanted to keep the day fun and to avoid the stuffiness of a traditional wedding.
“We had a quick, intimate ceremony with 50 guests in a small wedding chapel in the French Quarter”, the bride began. “The ceiling of the chapel was covered in hundreds of dollar bills, and there were giant cardboard cutouts of our dog Hunter’s face on either side of the altar (which was essential, since he was back at home, in Seattle, with a nanny). My best friend, Sierra, was my officiant, and Cole and I said our own vows — his were unbelievably sweet and heartfelt, and mine were, of course, an awkward stand-up routine. Afterwards, we pinned our own dollar bill to the ceiling of the chapel.”
“Immediately after our ceremony, we led a second-line parade through the French Quarter to our reception venue. The parade consisted of our friends and family pelting people with mardi gras beads, a brass band, and a police escort. It was a blast!”
Their reception was held at Brennan’s, a traditional New Orleans restaurant. They didn’t fuss with lots of extra details – there was no cake, their photographer made Paloma’s bouquet and they put together their own playlist of requests from their guests instead of hiring a band or DJ.
Maxine and Josh wanted to include some traditional wedding elements in their day, in particular when it came to the ceremony, but they also wanted to ensure that it felt like them and reflected their own style. As the bride was on the liver transplant wait list for a long time and finally got her life-saving operation in October a few years ago, they also knew they wanted to get married around this time of year as it’s such a special time for them.
They went for a dark bohemian theme with decor including a mixture of of black glass, skulls, fairy lights, foliage and red roses. They didn’t go too overboard though, just wanting hints of things to suit the theme, They weren’t at all bothered about making it look ‘wedding-y’ either, they just wanted to pick things they really liked. “I love all the autumnal colours and we were always going to have a dark colour theme”, Maxine said.
Jess works for a fashion company and was inspired by one of the store’s props for her October wedding to Dustin. It was a beautiful dried flower arrangement, which as luck would have it, ended up in a sample sale after the season was over, so she snapped it up! They used it to build the altar decor for their ceremony. and from there, the muted pastel tones paired with copper metal inspired an ‘optimistic autumnal’ theme for the rest of the day.
Jess and Dustin always knew thy wanted a small and intimate wedding, and loved the idea of keeping it really local to where they live. They chose to have their wedding at one of their favourite restaurants in Brooklyn, before moving on to the local shuffleboard club instead of a traditional reception. They then finishing the night with pirogies and dancing to 90s music in a nearby bar ’til 1am.
When Noelle found her wedding dress (which was only £315!), it inspired everything else for her October wedding to Brian. They wanted the day to have a day with the same elegant gothic vibe and for them that meant a black and gold colour scheme with mid-century leanings rather than Hot Topic vibes!
“We both love the spookier and darker things in life so we wanted that to come across in the classiest way possible”, she began. “My florist asked me what I meant by gothic when I pitched the floral ideas and I had to be clear that we weren’t looking for ‘Hot Topic goth’ so, no purple, stripes or skulls.”
Julz and Andy almost cancelled their wedding… until they discovered Rock n Roll Bride (!!) Planned in just six months, the couple wanted a day that played homage to the art deco styling of their venue and the season in which they said their ‘I dos’. The bride told us, “The magazine pretty much saved me while I was wedding planning. I almost cancelled the wedding so I could grow my hair and lose weight. I couldn’t find any brides at all that looked like me… until your mag came into my life so thank you!”
They were married in October at Leith Theatre in Edinburgh, an old art deco theatre. Although it was undergoing a massive renovation and development, it was very easy to dress because it was already is stunning. “I come from a creative background so found it really easy to dream up a ‘vision’ of how I wanted the place to look”, explained Julz. “I wanted flowers, food, disco and autumn rolled into one.”
Lucy is obsessed with autumn and Halloween so always knew she wanted to get married in October. She also loves to read, and Toby is an English teacher so together they came up with the idea of having a gothic literature themed wedding with touches of Halloween and fairytale aesthetics thrown in for good measure!
They spent quite a while looking for the perfect venue but when they found Butley Priory in Suffolk they were so inspired and immediately came up with lots of ideas of how to theme the already amazing 14th Century former monastery. “We did spend a long time finding the perfect venue,” explained Lucy, “but after that everything else fell into place really quickly. We loved planning so much!”
Although Gina and Mark’s autumn wedding included some seasonal details – skulls, pumpkins etc – most of all they wanted their day to reflect them. They included their love of Mexico (and Mexican food!) and DIYed a-plenty to make their day feel their own.
They decided to do a first look, followed by a first pint at the pub next to the registry office (where they also had their second date) before their ceremony. Doing things this way round also meant they could do all the photos before everything kicked off giving them the most time to celebrate with their loved ones.