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Picnics, Punting & A Potting Shed Reception: A Glam Meets Relaxed Un-Wedding

With their careers in hospitality and production for the entertainment industry, Gemma and Howard know a thing or two about organising events. “Though to be honest it’s best not to think about it too much and just get on with it,” said Gemma, “otherwise you’ll end up curbing all your ideas and never realising your plans!”

And big plans they had for their wedding, as they wanted to create a celebration fit for their venue. Held in the landscaped grounds of Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, they were inspired by the Neo-classical mansions history, and channelled Georgian soirees, bacchanalian feasts and lovers trysts peppered with bountiful blooms, sequins and personal touches to help shape the feel of their day.  They had the added gravitas that they are, and will be, the only couple in living memory to have been married at Berrington Hall as it’s a National Trust property; better have a party to end all parties, then!

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Wildflowers & Records: A Rock n Roll Preston Court Wedding with a Vintage Carousel!

Holly and Simon go to a lot of gigs and festivals together, so they wanted to incorporate this into their September wedding. Making things as colourful and fun as possible was their main priority – they wanted a festival-esque party with a carousel, cassettes, live music and fresh flowers. They were married at the incredible Preston Court in Kent which ticked all their boxes – it even had its own vintage carousel!

“Our ideas came from a hash of boho and festival related Pinterest boards and our experiences at festivals”, began Holly. “We wanted the barn to be completely filled with greenery, which was a challenge to do on a budget as it’s such a large space, so we briefed the florist to hang strings of flowers between the beams, based on pictures we’d seen. We were lucky to have found an inventive company (Rebel Rebel) who were able to bring our ideas to life so perfectly. Walking into the barn and seeing hundreds of wildflowers hanging from the ceiling was an unbelievable moment.”

“The bridesmaids and I made all the centrepieces and cassette tape placeholders. The girls were absolute lifesavers – I can’t stress how much nicer wedding planning is when you get your friends involved. Everyone fully threw themselves into it and made all those little time-sucking tasks a fun experience instead of a stressful one. We made the table numbers from cardboard numbers from Hobbycraft, which we covered in PVA glue and gold glitter and then stuck to records, and we used an old-school Dymo label maker to add names to blank cassettes. We also used cheap fairylights and artificial ivy strings to finish off the tables. One of my bridesmaids dried petals at home to save on confetti and made the cones out of old music sheets, and I designed and printed the table plan and all of the invitations.”

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Bright & Colourful Happiness-Focused DIY Wedding

Sarah and Darren’s colourful day had happiness as the theme, and we LOVE it. With loads of super cute and thoughtful touches for their guests, it was a joyful day of celebration. And you KNOW it’s going to be a super cute day when their romantic story began Gavin and Stacey style, falling in love when chatting IT sales over the phone – legitimately! My heart!

“Our wedding theme was the same as our inspiration in our relationship which has always been HAPPINESS,” Sarah explains. “We only wanted a wedding that we’d remember for colourful, relaxed and happy guests, and went for a summer fete kind of thing. We had hay bales, a gin and prosecco van serving over 40 different types of gin, lawn games, and basically a very relaxed summer’s day. The ceremony itself was in the secret garden of The Manor House Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, and we had exclusive use of the whole place for the day. Most guests stayed overnight at the venue (it has 28 rooms), so it meant people could really let their hair down and relax with us.”

Despite the wedding reception being held in a hall dating back to 1066 (therefore being quite dark) Sarah and Darren used rainbow coloured table decorations to keep it bright and emulate the sun outside. Their table numbers were cities they love and the overall theme had a slight Fijian theme. Sarah’s brother lives in Fiji and him and his partner wore traditional Fijian clothes – they also had an INCREDIBLE Moana themed cake made by Sarah’s cousin Jessica May!

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A Festive Barbershop Wedding

Rachel and Nick may have met on Tinder but their relationship was anything but a quick hook up! Both barbershop singers, the bride more or less trawled the app (and Facebook!) to find Nick when some friends told her they’d spotted him as they were swiping through! When they finally met they hit it off immediately and were married two years later, on December 28th.

“Our wedding was very relaxed”, the bride said. “We just wanted a big celebration with all of our friends with lots of music.” The day was held at The White Hart Inn, Moorwood Moor, and despite it being winter (and so dark by 3 o’ clock!) they opted to not get married until 5pm.

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Hong Kong Meets London: Guitar Shops, NOLA Jazz & Kilts!

Lottie and Dave were married at the Union Club in Soho, London. As they planned everything from Hong Kong, where they now live, they didn’t see it until two days before the wedding but it ended up being completely perfect for what they wanted. They didn’t want a specific theme, just for it to feel like them. That meant photos in guitar shops, Chinese Lucky Cats, the men in kilts, NOLA jazz and a live jam session.

“Soho played a major part in our relationship”, began Lottie, “we hung out in Denmark Street’s music shops and drinking holes, and my first apartment was in a mouse infested studio above the 12 Bar. Eclectic flamboyance, Rock n Roll, neon lights and vibrant diversity sum up our home from home. The most important thing was that there was more party than formality! We kept the traditions we genuinely loved, and threw caution to the wind with everything else.”

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Skulls, Taxidermy & Dead Things: An Elegant Gothic Wedding with a Classically Beautiful Twist

Public service announcement: If you’ve been trying (and failing) to convince your more conservative family members that a skulls, taxidermy and dead things wedding can totally be elegant and classy and not at all scary… then show them this wedding RIGHT NOW. As if by magic, your argument will be won. Sophie and Richard, we salute you!

They were married on the August bank holiday weekend at the beautiful Morden Hall which is set in the grounds of a National Trust park in South London. The theme of the day was influenced by the bride’s love of dead things and classic glamour.

Inspired by Carrie’s wedding outfit in the Sex and the City movie, Sophie wore a stunningly dramatic gown by Ian Stuart, perfectly accessorised with a taxidermy pheasant headpiece made by Flora & the Fox. “Although I’m not really a Sex and the City fan, I was inspired by Carrie’s bridal look from the film. I also really love Ian Stuart’s dresses, and after seeing Kat’s Antoinette dress in the Rock n Revolution photo shoot I just knew I had to have it!”

Her shoes were from from Office and she also wore a bespoke bird skull ring from Baroque Brighton, where her engagement ring and both their wedding rings were made. “Rich had the ring made and gave it to me via my maid of honour as a present on the day”, she said. “I was so surprised, it was beautiful.”

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