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Unicorns, Food Trucks & An Explosion of Colour

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.”

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Norse Pagan & Viking Themed Wedding

I am probably the only person I know not totally watching Game of Thrones but after hearing almost everyone I know raving about it, I’m determined to find some time to give it a go!  I know 99% of the population are all-out obsessed right now, so when Danielle and Donovan’s VIKING THEMED WEDDING landed in my inbox I knew I had to share it immediately! The best part of the whole thing? They pulled the entire wedding off for just $6000!

The wedding took place at the home of one of their friends in Lummi Island, WA. The bride told us all about their day. “We went for a Norse pagan and viking theme. Our families are Norwegian and German, we did it as a shout out to our ancestors. After all, they’re the reason we’re here! One thing we did really differently was that we had our reception before the ceremony. Risky, but it allowed us to play with fire instead of flowers!”

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Music, Pom Poms and a Bride in Red

Krysia and Robbie met at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in Adelaide. When they came to marry, a whole decade later, they decided to incorporate this love of music into the celebration. They always wanted the day to reflect their laid back nature. It was also vital to them to use their wedding to support a charity they believe in, and female run businesses. They had a vegan menu catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and only hired female vendors!

“When we first started planning we were really drawn to beautiful neutral tones, laid back vibes with maybe a few pops of colour throughout,” began Krysia. “But as Robbie and I began talking about the space more we realised that we wanted to make it as much ours as possible. Our house has always been decorated with a collection of different and colourful things so when planning the theme of the wedding it just easily fell back onto the style and vibe that we feel most comfortable in! Our dream was to create a space that our friends and family walked into and felt at home… at our home. Another inspiration for the colourful wedding theme was the colour of my dress! My mother got married in red and I ALWAYS imagined myself in a red wedding dress.”

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Crazy Cat Themed Wedding on the Isle of Man

Ruby and Lukasz hosted their cat themed wedding party in October but they were actually legally married a year earlier. “We were broke, we’d just moved countries to the Isle of Man and we just wanted to get married so we eloped and got pizza afterwards!” Ruby explained. “This time we wanted a big party to share with our loved ones. Our budget for the party was £5000 which was pretty spendy for us, but I think it meant we were able to spend more on the things that really made it special like the photographer, the venue and the food.”

Although they were already legally married, they decided to have another ceremony that their friends and family could be a part of. “We thought about just having a big party but we decided we wanted to do the ceremony again too”, she explained. “The first time went so fast and felt so impersonal so we looked online for non-religious ceremonies on the Isle of Man. The IOM Freethinkers are a humanist society which embodies our own beliefs about life and spirituality so it was a perfect fit.”

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A Low Key & Local Wedding in the Rain

A classic wedding with a retro Rock n Roll vibe is how I’d best describe Chloe-Rose and Michael’s Melbourne wedding. They wanted to keep things local and relevant to their everyday lives so that meant the bride wore a short dress from a high street store and the ceremony and reception were held in some of their favourite local spots.

“We felt the wedding marked a continuation of our relationship rather than a new beginning”, said Chloe-Rose. ” We wanted to be genuine, everyday and real. So we picked our local park just around the corner from our house and had the wedding ceremony there. Prior to our arrival we served people sparkling wine ahead of the wedding so everyone would be relaxed. We then walked to the park through our neighbourhood much as we do everyday with a brief stop at our local pub The Flying Duck for a pre-wedding tipple to calm the nerves. Our reception was at Lucky Penny on Chapel St which is a local cafe not far from the park which we often frequent for breakfast.”

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Bohemian Vegan Wedding with a Smoke Bomb Recessional!

Megan and Mason wanted their wedding to feel like ‘them’. While the bride scoured the Internet for real-wedding inspiration, ultimately they just wanted it to represent them as a couple. They planned the day together, equally, and were able to incorporate lots of little personalised elements.

“We included Mason’s artwork, my desire to be a woodland fairy princess, and even our love of Lego!” Megan said. “We also wanted it to be as locally sourced and organic as possible, which was a difficult task when planning a wedding so far from where we live. Our theme was kind of all over the place. If I had to pinpoint it I would say it was mostly inspired by bohemian style. We wanted all of the colours and nothing was really off-limits.”

The day took place at the Pump House B n B in Bloomsburg, PA. The day was Vegan friendly too from the food and drink to what everyone wore. “One thing that was very important to me was that it was as vegan friendly as possible, and we definitely achieved that”, Megan continued. “Our farm-to-table caterer did an amazing job keeping things plant based, we were able to get our cake from an incredible vegan bakery, our favourite Portland plant-based cheese makers shipped 25 blocks of delicious vegan cheese, even the bridal boutique I went to was willing to accommodate my no silk request. This was something that made me feel incredibly grateful. I am vegan but Mason is not, but he was fully committed to making my vegan wedding dreams come true.”

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