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Winter Stardust: A Botanical Inspired Winter Wedding in South Africa

We’re sent hundreds real weddings every month to consider for publication so I’m sure you can imagine it’s quite hard to narrow them down sometimes… However there was no question in our minds when we clapped eyes on Alexa and Andries’ two day celebration in South Africa.

They decided to split the wedding in two, with an intimate church ceremony for just close family and a big reception for everybody else three days later, in order to keep both of them happy. “I think the fact that we split our wedding into two parts definitely made it a hard pill to swallow for some people”, began the bride. “In South Africa there is still a lot of very conservative ideas when it comes to weddings. The idea to split it over two days actually happened, because my husband and I had two different ideas of what we wanted for the wedding. I wanted something super intimate, more like an elopement, whereas he felt that we would regret it one day if we didn’t share this day with all of our friends and family.”

“The ceremony was super intimate and held at an old farm church in the town where I grew up. Only our parents, siblings and grandparents attended. Although, one bridesmaid did party crash (but she took videos, so we weren’t too angry!) The band and minister are also special people to us. I have known them since I was a little girl.”

The reception was held three days later where the bride wore a completely GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind dress that was handmade for her by her mother. “This was the day that I wore my wedding dress, and our wedding party got ready with us. However, instead of a ceremony we did a first-look, and instead of the bouquet toss we hit a piñata on the dance floor!”

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Vintage World’s Fair Wedding at The Houdini Estate with All the Colour, Steampunk Details… and Sloths!

Jade and Nick’s wedding was a riot of gorgeous colour and elements that really reflected them as a couple, at the ultra-cool Houdini Estate in Los Angeles – yup, that’s the old estate belonging to Harry Houdini himself! Jade is a big fan of bright colours, and Nick is a robotics engineer, so when planning the wedding, they thought they’d combine the more whimsical county fair vibe with the more ye olde worlde futuristic side, and came up with a vintage world’s fair look, which worked PERFECTLY.

Jade had already picked her stunning Jovani dress (which was actually an occasion dress, not explicitly a ‘wedding’ gown) before they’d picked the venue, so they let the dress guide the colour scheme. This meant they had bright colours and lots of floral elements, which looked incredible against the backdrops and the blazing Californian sunshine.

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Magical Wonderland Forest Wedding in South Africa

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.”

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An Elopement with Family on the Isle of Skye

Lisa and Alex, from the US, decided to elope with a few family members in tow. They picked the Isle of Skye in Scotland as their location because of it’s beauty and the fact that some of their family members had never even left America before!

“A big part of our relationship is travel, so we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding”, said the bride. “We did a lot of research before we came across a photo of Isle of Skye and fell in love. We wanted our wedding day to be laid back and intimate so we decided to only invite our closest family.”

“We opted to not have a traditional ceremony and reception venue. We got ready in an Airbnb and then found a spot for our ceremony in the mountains. There are a few castles on Skye that we looked into, but they didn’t feel very us. We didn’t know the exact location of our ceremony until the day of the wedding. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony in the Quiraing, but we didn’t have time to scout it out the day before. So on the day of the wedding, we drove until we found a spot that looked beautiful and pulled over. We got legally married back at home before going to Scotland, so our ceremony was short and simple, we just read our vows to each other. Almost as soon as our ceremony ended, it started raining. Our families hurried back to the cars, but Alex and I (and our photographer, Frankee) stayed out and took some rainy photos.”

The couple are wedding videographers so they decided to shoot their own video! “We also decided to shoot our own wedding video which was a really fun challenge for us”, she said. “We were so excited to edit the film that we started on the train back to Glasgow. I’m sure people wondered why we were crying so much!”

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Glamorous Scottish Wedding with a Floral Dress… and a Stag!

When it came to planning their wedding, Sarah and Colin had a wedding planning advantage. The bride is an event organiser and owns her own venue! Not surprisingly, Sarah had already been dreaming of her wedding for many years and knew she wanted a big, over the top, extravagant Scottish celebration.

“I wanted it to be traditionally Scottish but also glamorous and contemporary too,” she explained. “Luckily I was given a very loose reign by my husband-to-be as he trusted my vision. He was involved in all the big decisions but let me run with the entire event myself pretty much…which is as most brides want it, lets be honest! As I’ve organised events for a living for many many years I knew how it was going feel planning a huge event – ever so slightly stressful but amazing and fun and magical too!”

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