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Pop Punk Meets Rustic Elegance

Valerie and Brian met when she was 18 and he was 23. Brian worked at a skate shop and they would routinely hang out talking about alternative ideologies and hardcore music, never thinking that their paths would cross again. Fast forward a few years and they reconnected via OKCupid and decided to meet up! In typical Jersey Shore fashion, we met for a late night cup of coffee at a diner, and a stroll on the boardwalk; the rest is history”, said Valerie.

They were married in New Jersey at The Loft at Jackʼs Barn. “As music was the glue that held all of our wedding plans together, it is only fitting that the inspiration for our wedding would be an album”, she continued. “The Bouncing Soulʼs 1999 album Hopeless Romantic was the inspiration for our wedding. Youthful, care-free, alternative, and fun, but still romantic in itʼs own right.”

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Jewish & Scottish Fusion Queer Wedding

Glasgow-born Naomi met Jenn in Washington DC, connecting instantly. A transatlantic-sized long-distance relationship led to moving in together and eventually to their elegant and fusion wedding day.

Naomi said, “Jenn has been planning and re-planning her future wedding since she was young, whereas I had not thought about weddings until I met her. We tried to explore options together and make sure it was an event that was an expression of both of us, individually and together. The day turned out to be a sort of Jewish/ Scottish fusion. Jenn is a Jewish American and I’m non-religious and Scottish, so we had a Jewish ceremony with a bagpiper out front and danced the Hora and Scottish ceilidh dances. About half our guests were from the UK or Europe and the other half were from the US. I don’t know if there has ever been another Jewish/ Scottish queer wedding, but there certainly hasn’t been one like ours! We also really personalised everything and made many non-traditional choices.”

The couple had an egalitarian Jewish ceremony with no theme, as such, saying, “We just wanted it to be colourful, joyous, and meaningful. We didn’t narrow ourselves to specific colours, and we chose wildflowers and vintage elements to give ourselves the opportunity to get crafty and artistic. Traditionally, both partners are walked down the aisle by both parents. We created a T-shaped aisle and walked to the middle with our parents, then walked the rest of the way to the Chuppah, just the two of us. We had been meeting with our officiant, Cantor Segal, for about a year beforehand and had selected all the language that was used. Cantor Segal asked us to each write love letters to each other and send them to her. During the ceremony, she read parts of the letters, which she and her husband had written into a dialogue. Until that moment, we had no idea what the other had written. After the ceremony, we had a private moment called a Yichud where we read each other’s full letters.”

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Handmade Wedding with Pops of Colour… and Dinosaurs

Diane and Topher wanted a wedding where they could be completely and utterly themselves. That meant being true to their own tastes and styles, but also not feeling extra pressure to have a wedding that was ‘cool’ just for the sake of it.

“We’re not the most out there of couples but we definitely aren’t a normal one either”, Diane laughed. “We just wanted a beautiful wedding that included some quirky touches.”

“I couldn’t say it was the most unique wedding in the world – I took a lot of inspiration from different sources (including Rock n Roll Bride) but it was ‘us’ in every way. Every single detail was thought through and meant something.”

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A Rainbow-Filled Kid’s Birthday Party Wedding

Let’s get one thing straight: Rainbow weddings are always awesome. Why pick one or two colours when you can have the entire spectrum at your disposal!? Ashley and Ben clearly took this attitude when planning their summer wedding too.

After a ceremony at Tonbridge Castle they held their colourful reception in the groom’s parent’s back garden. “Our wedding was like a kid’s birthday party!” said Ashley. “We had a lot of balloons and roughly 100 multi-coloured lanterns hanging from the marquee ceiling. We also had a bouncy castle, pick ‘n’ mix table and a photo booth. We prioritised the guests having fun over us showing off. As such, people could come wearing whatever they wanted, and they could eat and drink as much as they wanted, whenever they wanted. In short, we believe a wedding should just be an awesome party, nothing more nothing less!”

The rainbow theme filtered through into their outfits too. Ashley wore an incredible custom-made dress from The Couture Company (complete with rainbow petticoat!) Irregular Choice shoes (and rainbow sliders for the evening!) and a Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory veil. “My dress was the biggest expense at the wedding”, she explained. “Initially we were budgeting £500 for it but we decided to go the Couture Company for a consultation and I fell in love with there dresses. I ended up spending over  three times that much but there are no regrets here, my dress was perfect!”

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Colourful Handmade Irish Wedding

Kelly and Mark met when the bride moved from Ireland to Sydney and she was looking for somewhere to live. Mark opened the door to her when she went to visit the house, so technically they’ve lived together since they first met! They were married in August back in Ireland.

Kelly filled the wedding with so many hand made personal touches. She made her own veil with handmade colourful flowers, hand-embellished all the bridesmaid dresses and made their hair slides. She even hand-painted her own leather jacket. This is one seriously creative bride!

“We didn’t have a theme but once we bought all the bridesmaid dresses it became those colours and flower motifs”, she said. “Weddings are such happy occasions and I wanted everything to reflect that. I also wanted everyone to feel relaxed and neither of us had found wedding planning stressful, so I didn’t want it to feel stressful on the day.”

The small details were what made this wedding truly unique. “Everyone commented on the little details”, she continued. “We also had a humanist ceremony which got a lot of positive comments. A lot of people said they enjoyed how it was light-hearted and fun but with lovely meaning too.”

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Pastel Goth Unicorn Wedding for $1500!

I was trying to figure out how to best start 2018 with a BANG, wondering what would be the perfect post that would start as we mean to go on for the year ahead… And then I laid eyes on Suzi and Ivan’s fantasy, fairytale and UNICORN THEMED WEDDING and the decision was basically made for me. This has to be one of the coolest weddings I’ve seen in a long time! They got tattoos, the bride wore a floral purple dress and they even a real life unicorn for goodness sake. Oh and very the best part? The whole wedding only cost $1500 (AUD). Truly incredible.

They were married in Glen Innes, New South Wales in August. They met when the bride moved to the area. “I had moved to Glen Innes from the city and was hating country life”, she explained. “I figured since I don’t like cowboys, I’d never find someone in this tiny town. After a year living here, I was asked by the elders to be the new church door greeter since I ‘look cool’. So that first Sunday night I was merrily shaking hands and welcoming people to the service when I spotted a golden Adonis across the car park heading my way! I mumbled a hello through my drool and then turned to who was next to me and said ‘Dibbs! That one’s mine!’ Six months later he finally came around and decided to ask me out haha!”

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