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Burnley Gardens Elopement with the Bride in Red

If you’re planning a smaller post-pandemic wedding then you’re going to love reading all about Jodie and Joe’s intimate day. They eloped with just a couple of their friends there, and then later planned an ‘engagement party’ where they could tell everyone they’d actually already got married!

“Our elopement was at Burnley Gardens in Victoria, Australia.”, Jodie told us. “Only our witnesses, celebrant and photographer were there… Oh, and our 12 month old labradoodle Banjo. He got his own white collar and lead for the occasion. Afterwards, our witnesses and us went to a restaurant for dinner. We got married on a Wednesday and all of us returned back to work the day after. It was fun having a secret from work our family and friends!”

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Laidback, Family Picnic Style Farmyard Wedding on a £3,500 Budget

Sharron and Chris wanted their spring wedding day to be really laid-back and for guests to feel relaxed without the usual formalities of a wedding. Sharron also knew she wanted an outdoor ceremony, so started their planning finding a venue that would fit their requirements; Cornish Camels in Helston ticked all the boxes! 

With a £3,500 budget, they kept things super simple and low key. Guests were told to bring a picnic blanket and a chair. They served a cream tea picnic as a wedding breakfast followed by vegan street food later on. The entertainment was already provided in the form of the resident camels, who were looking adorably dishevelled as their fur was malting. They kept decor simple, with table decorations of jars with sheet music wrapped around and bunting loaned from a friend’s previous wedding. 

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Budget-Friendly, Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding

Holly and Tim knew they wanted a relaxed wedding day with their friends and family and a full on party/gig vibe in the evening! They were inspired to include elements of all the things they love, including Game of Thrones, Halloween and live music, to create a mash-up theme that represented them as a couple.

The couple were married at Kidderminster Town Hall in October, with a £5000 budget to bring their dream wedding day to life. Pretty much everything at the wedding was crafted; Holly made skulls out of decoupage for table decorations, as well as galaxy jars out of glass skull bottles. She’s an illustrator, so designed their table names, table plan and wedding signs. One of her favourite projects was hand-painting champagne glasses with people’s names with Tim; not only were they used as name places, but doubled up as wedding favours for guests to have a memento from their day.

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Quirky, Budget Friendly, Floral Themed Wedding with Lego, Dinosaurs, Alpacas & Gnomes!

Vicki and Olly wanted their August wedding to be bright, colourful and quirky but most of all; them! They went for a wildflower theme and all their guests were asked to attend in their ‘finest, fancy florals’. As well as flowers, they tried to incorporate other things they love; dinosaurs, alpacas, Lego and gnomes.

“Our home is like a little museum of things that we have loved and collected over the years,” said Vicki, “so we wanted our wedding to feel like an extension of that. We both dress quite quirky in day to day life so we knew our outfits had to be epic! Overall we just wanted the day to feel like a celebration of the two of us, and not just a white wedding because that’s what you’re ‘supposed to do’.”

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Gothic, Pagan, DIY Farm Wedding

Hannah and AJ had a specific mission for their wedding day – for all their guests to be able to celebrate their individuality with them, as they both celebrated their individuality and their love for one another. There was no dress code, their ceremony was held in a spiritual circle which included everyone attending, and they didn’t stick to what people consider to be traditional norms.

With a budget of £7,000, they hired a farm where they could not only have their ceremony and reception, but their guests were free to camp for the weekend – it was important to them that their guests had as few barriers to attending as possible. Their ceremony was held in a cowshed (!) which they decorated themselves with help from family and friends. In fact, a lot of their nearest and dearest dug deep and helped out wherever they could – AJ’s friends provided the catering, DJing and photography and Hannah’s friends did her make up and wedding cake as gifts, and her mum altered her wedding dress. It turned the prep, and day, into a really personal affair, with plenty of community spirit.

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A Carefree & Gender-Fluid Elopement

Imagine what your wedding could be like if you had no-one else but yourselves to please. If you could wear what you wanted, invite who you wanted and spend the day exactly as you liked, no questions asked. This doesn’t have to be a fantasy and although these images are from a photo shoot rather than a real ceremony, I think they’re going to inspire you to look to yourselves for your wedding concept and ideas, rather than getting lost in a world of Pinterest boards and Facebook groups!

“Together we made a point to focus this shoot on the newlyweds and their relationship with each other”, explained photographer Peyton Olivia. “This shoot showcases a carefree style of wedding ceremony. Stepping out of the bounds of traditional marriage procedures allows for non-denominational affiliation, the acceptance of chosen family members, rather than biological, and the growing gender fluid aspects of a more modern age.”

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