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Atlas Mountains Destination Wedding with a ‘White Party’ BBQ Reception

Ashleigh and Daniel decided to fly themselves and all their loved ones over to Morocco for their October wedding. They opted for the Atlas Mountains and had one hell of a cerebration at L’Amandier Hotel in the Ouirfane Valley, just south of Marrakech. The day after the main event, they hosted a casual BBQ for everyone and the theme was ‘all white’ with everyone dressed head-to-toe in white. They were legally married back when they got back to the UK a week later.

“My husband Daniel and I had zero experience planning weddings when we started our epic journey”, began the bride. “The only reason we even embarked on planning a destination wedding by ourselves is because we were dissatisfied with the way that every venue we approached kept forcing us to choose from a set-menu of pre-packaged options (from flowers to food) that made it impossible to craft our dream day. We were working with a budget below the national average, so getting a wedding planner was never going to be realistic for us, but we still wanted a personalised experience that we could never forget!”

They were mostly inspired by their surroundings for the theme and decor. They made their own favours as well as the seating plan and all the paper goods.

“For us, the core values of our wedding were to have:

1. Key family and friends being able to attend
2. Lots of GOOD food – this may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how limited ‘package wedding’ food options can be
3. An intimate, natural setting – we didn’t want a big resort with lots of strangers milling around
4. Authentic charm – in our case we wanted our wedding to have a traditional Moroccan influences
5. Good music and dancing into the night!

Every time we were faced with tough decisions we had these core points to come back to. This made it a lot easier to be decisive and let go of anything that didn’t really serve us.”

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A Spanish Superhero Themed Wedding with a Belfast Music Hall Reception

Jamie and Michael had two very different wedding celebrations –  a small family-focused event in the scorching heat in Malaga and a second a few weeks later, for all the rest of their friends and family back home in Belfast… in the rain! The two events couldn’t be more different (the bride even changed her hair colour between the two!) but both felt completely right for them. After all, isn’t that what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about?

“We wanted our wedding to include the everyone and everything we love and to show our personalities, we didn’t see the point in changing ourselves or pretending to be something we weren’t, just for one day”, began the bride. “We both always knew we wanted to get married abroad but hadn’t decided where. After a bit of research, we fell in love with Cortijo Rosa Blanca. I hated the thought of a white wedding, I was keen to have lots of colour in our day. I also hate the smell of fresh flowers, they make me sneeze! We also knew we wanted to include superheroes, we both love Marvel and DC and have seen every single superhero movie.”

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Glitter, Sequins & Mermaids: Colourful Club Tropicana Wedding in Ibiza

Alright, we need to talk about one of the greatest destination weddings I’ve probably ever seen: Cara and Tod’s insanely awesome, super colourful, don’t-give-a-fuck Ibiza wedding! The groom wore a silver sequin jacket and his groomsmen were in NEON PINK SHORT SUITS. I kid you not, you will never have seen a wedding quite like this one before. Oh and there were real life mermaids at their reception – NBD.

They split the wedding over two days, meaning they could have a whole weekend of fun in the sun with all their guests. “The legal ceremony was a traditional beach ceremony followed by a meal at El Chiringuito“, Cara explained, “but the after party/ reception was anything but traditional. The dress code to our guests was ‘Glitter, sequins, tropical, festival vibes’ – you can see by the photos what a fabulous effort everyone made!”

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Fun & Festive Yet Elegant & Edgy Wedding in Mexico

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Anna-Rose and Matt flew to Mexico for a week for their spring wedding. The day was elegant with an edge and the bride wore not one, but two, stunning dresses.

“Our rehearsal dinner was fun, festive and very Mexico, but for the wedding itself we wanted to do something unexpected: a formal wedding in Mexico” explained the bride. “Everyone was expecting the typical beach wedding, but I’m not a beach wedding kind of girl, so we were married in the courtyard of the villa we rented and kept all the colours very muted (whites, blacks, some gold and leafy greens).”

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“My husband’s mom passed away one year before our wedding and the week she passed, she was in the hospital, a bit delirious and someone asked her what she wanted, her response was, ‘a beach’. That was the last thing she said. Up until that moment I had been planning on getting married in Michigan, but when I heard that, I thought, life is too short to do things just because it’s the thing to do. You have to live your own life. Some people were very upset and judgemental about us having a destination wedding, but most people embraced it and were so happy to be a part of it.”

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Xunantunich Ruins Wedding

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Michael and Sandy were married in Belize at the Xunantunich archaeological site. The couple are both fascinated by the ancient Maya culture and love visiting sites throughout Central America so saying their vows there was really special to them both.

“We met when Michael came to work at my tattoo shop”, said Sandy. “Our wedding was inspired mostly by black and red (our favourite colours) and Day of the Dead as we both love that celebration. We love skulls, motorcycles, and Rock n Roll!”

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“The ceremony was held at the base of El Castillo, the main temple at the site. The day was perfect, not too hot, blue skies with a few puffy clouds. The guests lined up to create an ‘aisle’ for us to walk down and we had provided them with red and black paper parasols for shade. We had created our own vows to say to each other before the Justice of the peace said her part.”

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Simple Destination Wedding in Marrakech

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I love Marrakech, so much so that I visited twice last year! So when Eyman and Bandele’s colourful destination wedding landed in my submissions pile, I was super excited. The bride is from Sudan, the groom from Jamaica, and they now both live in the UK.

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The wedding was held at the Dar Anis Riad. “We decided to keep things simple and use the natural surroundings as our décor”, said the bride. “As the main courtyard contained three small orange trees we used oranges as name placements with simple toothpick type labels inserted into individual whole oranges. The table centrepieces were locally sourced flowers and candles.”

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