Lisa and Jemma met in London, almost nine years ago when Lisa was a personal trainer. Four years later they were training for their first marathon together – a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer, which Jemma lost her father to that year. Running helped her cope, and it soon became their favourite thing to do together, completely occupying their weekends with training, followed by several G&Ts and a good pie. They wanted their wedding to reflect all these things that they love; running, London, pie, Haribo and friends.
They got married on the London Marathon start line then ran the marathon and ended the day with a big party at a bar on the finish line! “We both love running so much, and there is something truly special about the London Marathon,” Lisa began. “We’d run 15 marathons between us, but had yet to run London together. We had jokingly said for years that our dream wedding would incorporate the London Marathon, but we’re too obsessed with getting a good time to stop (!) and didn’t think it would be possible to get married beforehand. One day, during a post-run tipsy picnic, we sent out some scoping emails to the Greenwich registrar, and she agreed if we could find a willing venue. The registrar we spoke to that day was the person who conducted our ceremony and she was brilliant.”
Jane and Ben were married in South Africa in April. They wanted their wedding to feel natural, beautiful and ‘foresty’. They were inspired by A Midsummer Nights’ Dream and wanted something that resembled a wonderland forest meets a magical fairyland! Since the wedding was in South Africa’s Autumn, they also wanted it to have an autumnal feel. They used lots of dried leaves and autumn colours.
However they actually had no real flowers at the wedding. “I didn’t want any flowers, except for the ones on my dress,” explained Jane. “All the bouquets were made of herbs, which we now have hanging around our house and we used my mum’s old brooches for the bridesmaid’s sashes and on my bouquet – it felt very sentimental and special.”
Jessica and Don’s Iowa wedding was colourful, fun and unicorn inspired! They planned the whole thing from Chicago, where they live, which had it’s challenges, but they still manged to pull off a fun, laid back get together which totally felt like them.
“When I was planning the wedding, I really just wanted it to feel incredibly bright, fun and geometric”, began the bride. “It’s since been coined the ‘unicorn garden’ so I think we achieved our goals!”
The wedding took place at The Des Moines Social Club in Iowa. They loved the space, but planning it as a destination wedding had its challenges. “The Des Moines Social Club is just a phenomenal venue. It’s actually an old firehouse that has been rehabbed as a community centre and venue. Our ceremony was in the courtyard – which is actually just a really cool parking lot surrounded by incredible graffiti.”