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Eco-Conscious, Australian Boho Wedding with Homespun Touches

Melyssa and Emily met on the internet in 2005 – back when it was the scary way to meet people! Emily was in America and Melyssa, Australia – they exchanged emails and the rest, as they say, is history. 

When it came to planning their September wedding, they wanted a day that felt intimate, light-hearted and as if they were just chilling out in their lounge. With a $9,000 budget, they set about to create just that. Firstly they found their ceremony venue – Blenheim Beach Reserve in Vincentia, NSW, and then they hired an AirBnb just up the road for their reception.

The whole thing was planned in just a few weeks – with Emily’s family deciding to come out on holiday from the U.S with little notice, the couple jumped at the chance of having both their families on one continent and planned it quickly.

They brought the lounge vibe into their ceremony by hiring mismatched chairs, rugs and a coffee table to set as their backdrop. They walked down the aisle together with their three children; having been together for 15 years already, they didn’t want to walk down separately, and wanted to begin their union as a family unit.

Another personal touch was the inclusion of a coffee during ritual; “Every decision we make, large or small, are always taken over coffee,” the couple explained. “Conversations and plans are made with a coffee first, so it only made sense that we include it in our wedding day!”

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Retro & Budget-Conscious Whitby Wedding with a £40 Vintage Dress

Living and working in London but both originally from up north, Fiona and Jack, who met when they both auditioned for the same band at uni (the band is still going and they have been making and releasing music together for their entire relationship!) planned a retro inspired wedding in Whitby. It’s a place they have spent a lot of time in with family over the years so it was a very sentimental place for them to tie the knot. The autumn day started with a ceremony at Whitby registry office before a walk down to the seafront to play on to 2p arcade games and have their photos taken. The reception was then held at a recently reopened old church centre which they decorated and made their own.

Fiona is a graphic designer so made all the invitations and sign, and most of the decorations were DIY, too. Their cakes were Colin and Connie the caterpillar cakes from M&S, the table decor and flowers were all homemade and instead of a DJ or band they put together their own playlists. The day really was a celebration of all their passions and a true reflection of the love between them.

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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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A Niagara Falls Elopement & Colour Explosion Reception at Dreamland

Becca and Lewis had a two-part wedding. Their elopement ceremony took place on a boat at Niagara Falls and they hosted a big reception party for all their loved ones when they returned home to the UK at Dreamland in Margate. Their inspiration was colour… and lots of it! From rainbow balloons to the bride’s Rixo dress (an eBay find!) and their incredible rainbow streamer photo backdrop, they went all out to make their party as fun and vibrant as possible.

For all their rainbow decor needs they hired Rachel Emma Studio instead to make their dreams come true, “She did a way better job than we could have!” Becca laughed.

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Florist’s Beachy Boho Wedding in France

They met 14 years ago at a mutual friends house and were married last May in Gruissan, a village in the South of France on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. After a traditional church ceremony, led by the bride’s father who’s the deacon there, Camille and Chris hosted their reception at La Cambuse du Saunier, a local restaurant with a function room that they could decorate themselves.

Camille, a florist by trade, undertook most of the decorations herself. From the flowers to the table decorations and even the catering, this was a DIY wedding in all senses of the word. In fact, they did so much themselves that they only spent €5000.

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A Sunrise Ceremony for their Second Marriage (to Each Other!) on Assateague Island

Blair met and married her husband Rick when they were both very young, and by their own admission “made a of a mess of it”. They divorced, he married someone else and had two kids, but they managed to find their way back to each other and got re-married in June this year.

“We met in a pool hall when I was home on a break from college”, began Blair. “We dated for seven years and got married. Long story short, we made a mess of it and were divorced soon after. Rick moved on and had two children with his second wife but the relationship didn’t work out. Six years after our divorce, Rick and I decided to have dinner to catch up. I had no idea I still had feelings for him, but once we saw each other, we realised the feelings were definitely still there. We dated for about three years and finally decided to get married again! It seemed we had found our person the first time, the timing was just not right.”

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