Sarah and Scott’s September wedding was originally meant to be held completely outside in a beautiful hollow in the trees at Hirst Priory, amidst beautiful lighting and hay bails for everyone to sit on. However, thanks to the UK weather and its mischief, they had to rethink and bring the outdoors in for much of it, including the arch! But then check out those moody skies and try and tell me you don’t love them. Do not fear the rain, people. It can never bring a good wedding day down.
You also have to admire this couple’s gung-ho attitude towards the budget. Sarah told us, “We didn’t have one! We decided from the beginning that we would do everything the way we wanted to without worrying about the cost. We wanted beautiful quality and that is 100% what we got!” When we asked was there anything they really saved money on, the reply was “No haha!! The biggest expense of our day, apart from the venue and two dresses, were our flowers because I wanted (needed!!) so many, and let’s face it they were so beautiful!” Yes, girl!!
Sarah, who got much of her inspiration from Pinterest, described their vibe as “Botanically rustic with a sparkly twist”, and their day really was all about the florals with her flower belt, flower crown and amazing bouquets.
Liz and Marc’s big day has it all: Succulents, vintage style, a canal boat, Dolly Parton covers, a handmade quartz crystal crown and matching leather jackets with portraits of their Huskies painted on them! They wanted everyone to come to the wedding and say “This is so you two!” – and we think they TOTALLY nailed it. From the start of the wedding journey, when Marc proposed with his Nan’s 70 year old ring during a period of serious illness for Liz, we knew it was going to be an emotional and personal one – but it’s also super stylish and a riot of fun too.
As a creative couple, it was key that the day celebrated creativity and friendship. “We wanted our wedding to be about our lives together being celebrated with everyone we love, but importantly not at the expense of blowing a ridiculous amount on just one day”, said Liz. “We are extremely fortunate that we have a very talented group of family and friends around us that were able to help us out!”
Liz’s mum owns The Blonde Company and hand-sewed loads for the day, including custom banners, hessian favour bags, tablecloths and lots of the decor. Their wedding invites and guestbook were created by their friend at Fawn, who mastered a black and white B-movie style invite featuring the couple battling through cacti and dinosaurs to their wedding. Their incredible matching leather jackets were created by one of the bridesmaids, Kim of Lace & Bone Designs, who painted on portraits of their beloved Huskies Sega and Scarlett on the back.
Their jackets looked MEGA over their already incredible wedding outfits, both vintage. “I’m a bit of a magpie, and I love hunting for sparkly things and bargains, so knew a conventional wedding dress wouldn’t be for me. My sequinned, angel-winged dress was £200 off eBay, and I loved the fact that another bride had worn it on her big day. All it needed was some small alterations, and as soon as I wore it I felt amazing!”
Matt and Laura, who met at University, went for a dark botanical theme for their London wedding. They were inspired by their reception venue, The Islington Metal Works and used their prop store to source a lot of the decor. They also brought in lots of things from their own home (and the homes of their friends and family!) and handmade what they could. The DIY projects included their wish tree for guests to write on, and even the cabinet where they placed the wedding favours. They were collection of personal trinkets and curios that they’d bought from various flea markets in Berlin and San Francisco that would suit each guest. Guests were invited to look through the cabinet and find the one with their name on to take away – talk about going the extra mile am I right!? All-in-all this was one hell of a cool and creative event.
“After a lot of Pinterest moodboarding, we settled on ‘Dark Botanical’ as a theme”, they began. “Our boards were full of our love for designers like Alexander McQueen, who used atmosphere and sophisticated drama to create moods, colours and textures that combined imagination with an appreciation for natural history and antique curios. We wanted a strong connection to nature to embrace a more humanitarian celebration of love over a religious one.”
“We have always had a flair for the darkly dramatic, avoiding ‘gothic’ styling but embracing alternative styles of self expression. Our wedding aimed to be a deconstruction of what a wedding could be and then rebuilding it in our personal style, but in a way that everyone coming could also embrace and join in with.”