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Relaxed, Intimate, Californian Beachside Two-Day Wedding

Carolina and Sam met while studying at the University of London several years ago. With Carolina from San Diego and Sam from Devon, they did many years of long distance while they they continued their studies separately, finally managing to settle down together in California to get married in August 2019.

They wanted to move away from a lot of the traditional symbolism and formal elements of a wedding to create a celebration that felt true to who they are. They didn’t have a single theme, but tried to work in accents that would tie everything together and create a relaxed and comfortable vibe. As Sam’s family were travelling long distance, they wanted to make the most of the California coastal location so opted for an outdoor ceremony and reception.

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Intimate & Colourful Dinner Party Wedding with just 13 Guests

With a budget of just £4000, Kirsty and Ben knew their wedding plans had to be different to the majority of the weddings that Ben, a musician in a function band, sees day in day out. They wanted to have their day in a beautiful setting, but kept their guest list small to limit the expense. The wedding was held on a Thursday and they had just 13 guests at the reception, and had everyone sat around one big table for the meal, just like they were hosting a family meal at home.

“Ben has seen first hand couples being dragged into the wedding industry machine and seeing replica impersonal weddings time and time again”, Kirsty said. “We wanted something that was 100% designed by us, that wasn’t going to break the bank, that felt intimate and relaxed. There was no particular colour or styling theme just colour!”

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A Simple, Intimate, Gothic Fairytale Wedding

Adam and Steph always knew they didn’t want a big wedding – they were joined by just five guests (and their toy elephant!) for their September wedding at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. They didn’t have a theme as such, but Steph always knew she’d want their wedding to have a gothic feel and to wear a black wedding dress. “It just felt like us being ourselves.”

As it was a small wedding, there wasn’t a lot of prep to do, but they travelled to their venue the day before their ceremony with a hire car full of wedding props, their cake and Steph’s large wedding dress. Her black princess dress and veil were by custom made by Rose Savage, and she paired them with classic goth boots from Demonia. They kept decor simple but effective, buying a number of large pillar candles from Ikea which they placed in hurricane vases tied with black ribbon, and use them to dress the staircase at the castle. “One of the reasons we chose Allerton Castle was that we knew we wouldn’t have to go overboard to achieve the look we wanted. It’s a simply stunning venue that had all the gothic touches we needed.”

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Simple, Intimate & Rustic Wedding in Spain

Raul and Ruben married in an intimate ceremony at Casa Benigalip, Alicante in July 2019. Joined by their closest friends and family, they wanted a day that was rustic, intimate and that reflected their love of food, drink and a good time – and judging by these gorgeous images, they achieved that and then some!

With a €20,000 budget, they employed Le Cocotet wedding planners to help co-ordinate from start to finish. “We didn’t hesitate to hire a wedding planner,” explained Raul, “we wanted someone to take the lead and help us make all the important decisions so there was no nasty surprises!” They used a variety of American wedding magazines and blogs to help inspire the details for their day – pulling inspiration from the local surroundings with opulent florals and rustic tableware, and Las Vegas dessert weddings with macrame and woven basket detailing.

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A Sunrise Ceremony for their Second Marriage (to Each Other!) on Assateague Island

Blair met and married her husband Rick when they were both very young, and by their own admission “made a of a mess of it”. They divorced, he married someone else and had two kids, but they managed to find their way back to each other and got re-married in June this year.

“We met in a pool hall when I was home on a break from college”, began Blair. “We dated for seven years and got married. Long story short, we made a mess of it and were divorced soon after. Rick moved on and had two children with his second wife but the relationship didn’t work out. Six years after our divorce, Rick and I decided to have dinner to catch up. I had no idea I still had feelings for him, but once we saw each other, we realised the feelings were definitely still there. We dated for about three years and finally decided to get married again! It seemed we had found our person the first time, the timing was just not right.”

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Low Key Vegas Hotel Suite Wedding with Take Out, Donuts & 70s Flair

The inspiration behind Lee-Anne and Keegan’s November wedding was a bit of an inside joke – they’d been to Vegas together the previous year and joked around about how fun it would to get married there. They got engaged at the top of a mountain in their homeland of Canada, and while climbing down Lee-Anne said, “So, are we still getting married in Vegas then?” and that was that!

They chose Vegas as primarily they wanted their day to be fun and for all their guests to have a good time. They had an Elvis for laughs and entertainment and Chinese take out and donuts for dinner. It was a super small and intimate affair; fun, non-traditional yet classy.

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