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Adventurous & Carefree Elopement in the Woods

When a wedding photographer gets married, you know the pictures are going to be a big consideration. Peyton, who married Cullen in June, decided she wanted the day primarily shot on film and so they hired Coral Dove Photography to do the honours. They eloped in the woods in Maryland with a $2000 budget. The bride wore vintage dress she found on Facebook marketplace for $75 and carried a bouquet made from flowers from her grandmother’s garden.

The day began with them getting ready together at home, they then drove to the mountains for their tiny elopement. They all hiked to a spot they picked out between two giant stones and had a hand fasting. They put together a terrarium using dirt from the ground to remember their ceremony followed by donuts and photos.

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Love on a Budget: Casual COVID Wedding at Norwich Castle

Kerry and Luca opted for a low budget, low key spring wedding at Norwich Castle. After a tumultuous 2020, the couple just wanted to get married and so their big barn wedding was replaced with a love on a budget theme which actually ended up suiting them perfectly.

“Our whole wedding was on a budget due to Luca being furloughed for the majority of 2020, so we saved money wherever we could”, Kerry began. Luca’s mum made our wedding cake which was insanely delicious. Luca decided not to purchase a new suit for the wedding, instead choosing to wear one he already owned. My wedding ring belonged to my mum which she gave to me; she no longer wears it following the passing of my dad four years ago. We didn’t need to budget for that and it’s so very special to me.”

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Vintage 1950s Inspired Wedding Planned in just Eight Weeks

Liana and Daniel were married in a little country town called Toongabbie in Victoria, Australia. The ceremony was held in a tiny church which was the perfect size for their 40 guests.

They had been engaged for three years because every time they started planning the wedding they would find out they were having a baby! However the pandemic made them realise there is no time like the present and as they had been waiting for so long they just decided to go for it! They then planned the wedding in just eight weeks.

“Our main inspiration was to have a very relaxed wedding so we had a small 50s style ceremony with our family”, Liana began. “As a vintage hair stylist and make-up artist I’ve worked on so many weddings and one thing I’ve always taken away is that the energy and excitement is always the same and it’s always beautiful. It doesn’t matter if it’s a backyard wedding, a big fancy wedding, the bride and groom are sticking to old school values or they have gone completely the opposite way and everything is completely unique! I just wanted our day to be about us and finally completing our family.”

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Artists’ Eclectic & Sustainable Ranch Wedding

Amber and Ben’s eclectic and romantic September wedding was held at River School Farm in Reno, Nevada – a self-sustaining co-home community that was one of the most magical venues they were able to find. As a studio and tattoo artist, Amber was keen to put her own stamp on their day and also liked the idea of only having decor that could then be used in their new home, or items that could be used a piece of art. 

Each tablescape was a unique collection of found objects from thrift stores, and every decision for the wedding was handpicked by the bride with their guests’ comfort and needs in mind. She made all the backdrops and signage, all stationery and origami, even embroidering a pocket square for Ben’s suit. She made all the flower arrangements by buying wholesale from Fifty Flowers, and made memorial photo frames to hang from her bouquet. She even made her blue veil herself. 

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Tin and Bling Wedding at a Scout Hall

Hannah and Mike postponed their wedding by almost a year due to COVID, finally tying the knot on April 3rd 2021. Although they organised most of it last year so weren’t totally sure how much they spent, they know they wanted to keep the day affordable, with their only big cost being entertainment – in fact it was most of the budget! The groom works in the wedding industry so was able to call in favours and have friends make the food and cake, they didn’t bother with centrepieces or flowers and they asked their guests to bring their own drinks.

They day was held at 5th Brunswick Scout Hall and they hosted an afterparty at their house. Their theme was tin and bling – tin being the traditional gift for a ten year
anniversary (they’ve been together for a decade) “Everyone had to bring their drinks in tinnies because we were celebrating our ten (+1) year anniversary”, the bride explained.

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Colourful October Wedding with DIY Details

A colourful embroidered gown, brightly-hued bridesmaid outfits, a tribute to passed loved ones and lots of DIY details… yep, there’s so much to love about Christine and Dominic’s wedding. Married in October 2019, the pair planned a day which combined the autumnal colours of the season with heartfelt moments they felt really personal to them.

“I walked down the aisle with both of my parents to an instrumental version of John Mayer’s Slow Dancing in a Burning Room“, began Christine. “Sounds dark, but it’s one of my favourite songs and I love this version. One of our best friends was the officiant and he shared a couple of personal stories of his and stories we shared with him about each other. Then Dom and I both shared our personal vows we wrote to one another. We felt the love for each other and from our family and friends all in that moment. It was so beautiful to experience.”

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