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Intimate 1950s Inspired Brighton Wedding With Only 10 Guests

Gemma and Tom’s gorgeous Brighton wedding proves that sometimes size isn’t everything. They celebrated with only ten members of their immediate family and had the intimate wedding of their dreams, with a small dinner following their ceremony. They had a loose theme of 1950s burlesque, romance and Hollywood glam.

“We knew Brighton was the perfect backdrop for some stunning photos we would treasure forever,” Gemma explains. “We got ready at The Artists’ Residence and then our ceremony was held in the Regency Room in Brighton Town Hall. My Grandad walked me down the aisle to Heroes by David Bowie – and bless him, he stood on my dress as I was walking into the room! Everyone gasped as they thought I was about to stack it but luckily I managed to get through it with my dignity and dress intact. My favourite part of the wedding was seeing everyone’s faces as I walked/tripped into the room!”

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Intimate Americana Ghost Town Wedding in Arizona

I love today’s couple, Olivia and Joseph, for their do-no-harm-and-take-no-shit approach to wedding planning. Their intimate Ghost Town wedding was nothing short of breathtaking – just the two of them in Jerome, Arizona, getting ready together and then getting married (and livestreaming it!). Although it wasn’t an elopement, they turned their wedding into an awesome adventure, and a stunning one at that.

High school sweethearts – bonding over a Set Your Goals t-shirt and having their first conversation about Dave Grohl – they’d been engaged for almost five years. “Every time we started to talk about a wedding, we would get overwhelmed,” Olivia explains. “Money, travelling, communications… it all just seemed like a lot. In August 2017, Joseph opened up a copy of the Phoenix New Times and saw an ad for somewhere in Jerome. We just kind of agreed that that would be where we were wed, then we decided on Halloween, and everything just evolved from there.”

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Intimate Brunch Wedding in New York

Chloe and Thomas’ delightful and intimate urban wedding held in Brooklyn, New York is definitely what ol’ Alicia was singing about – a total dream made last October in that concrete jungle. Their day was laidback but not lacking, gritty but über-romantic.

The couple first met for an emotional first look near the the Brooklyn Bridge (our heart!) Chloe looks gorgeous in her midi-length toffee-coloured silk dress and red lip, and Thomas looked equally as cool and effortless in a two-piece Indochino suit. They then stopped to have photos taken with their family, who’d united from everywhere from Florida to California to unite for the day! Leslie Swan, their photographer, explains, “On top of that, Chloe and Thomas had spent a year apart while Chloe was working on her phD abroad, so it was really an incredible gathering.”

The ceremony and reception brunch were both held in Aurora, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with a magical ivy-covered terrace. Guests sat underneath beautiful beam detailing and industrial lighting as Chloe and Thomas walked down the aisle together hand-in-hand (which we love!) After the ceremony and whilst cocktails were served inside amongst cosy embraces, the leafy covered garden was transformed into the reception with long trestle tables adorned with simple big-headed blooms in bottles, arranged by Molly Oliver Flowers. Guests were treated to a personalised cocktail favour from Chloe and Thomas. “We designed, printed and put together our wedding favours, a copy of the recipe to our signature cocktail (a variation of an Americano) with two bottles of Underberg tied to it. We like Amaro and bitter liqueurs and this was a great way to share that.”

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Private Cornish Barn Elopement with Netflix Before Bed!

Looby and Ryan’s big day was not at all traditional but incredibly personal, and that’s why we love it so much. The couple eloped to beautiful Cornwall, with a ceremony in a refurbished rustic barn with just the registrar and officiants as their witnesses, followed by their ‘reception’: A night in in a beautiful cottage at the venue. We love their whole attitude towards wedding planning and how true to themselves they stayed – Looby and Ryan, we salute you!

The whole day was held at The Green Cornwall. For the ceremony, the refurbished barn was made to look intimate with a drawn curtain and fairy lights hanging from the beams. Looby and Ryan walked from their cottage to the venue together and then down the aisle together to Old Pine by Ben Howard (oh, the tears!) Afterwards they walked out to Year 3000 by Busted. Mark from Evolve Photography took their portraits with their two pugs and the bump, and then followed on with their intimate reception where they played battleships back at their cottage whilst a professional chef cooked them a three course meal. They then had a bath and watched Netflix. Is that the dream or is that the dream?!

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Intimate Glamping Wedding Inspired by Rainbows, Mermaids & Unicorns!

When we first laid eyes on these photos, we were convinced it must be a staged photo shoot, real weddings aren’t this perfectly pretty are they? But no, this was Ashley and Graeme’s actual wedding! They described their dreamy and intimate summer celebration as bright, colourful, fun and relaxed, with their inspiration coming from mermaids, unicorns, rainbows, and a whole lot of pretty.

The bride said, “We really just did exactly what we wanted, and had very few traditions. We wanted to have a relaxed and fun evening with our friends, and so that’s what we did.”

The couple opted for a very small ceremony, almost an elopement, held at MacDonald Acres., They are both quite shy and wanted space to reflect quietly on their marriage, so only two of their best friends were there as their witnesses. Afterwards, they invited a few of their favourite people to join them in celebrating at an al fresco style dinner, and eating delicious sweet treats from The Cotton Candy Lady, with everyone being invited to camp out in luxury style, courtesy of Luxe Camp. The whole night was filled with giggling, good food, music from DJ iPhone, and celebration.

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Low Stress Woodland Fantasy Wedding for Under $2500

Mercedes and Roman are both big fans of sci-fi and fantasy gaming (think Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering) so they wanted their wedding to hint towards a fantasy theme, without being too over the top.

“We wanted to do something with a subtle fantasy theme,” explained Mercedes. “Our venue really allowed us to play with that theme and our photographer was more than happy to use that for inspiration in some of the edits of our photos. Rock n Roll Bride helped us realise that we could achieve our goal while sticking to a budget and maintaining a low stress experience through planning our wedding. All in all, the focus of our wedding was to be romantic, personal, and low stress to plan. We probably could have gone more all out with a fantasy theme, but instead chose to keep things simple.”

As a hint to their theme, Mercedes wore fantasy inspired accessories with her wedding dress. “I have a bit of an alternative appearance and style and chose to wear a light blue and lavender dress as well as Elven and fantasy inspired accessories. Roman has bit of an eclectic and vintage style and was happy that he wore something a bit different from a standard tuxedo.”

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Intimate Wedding at The Las Vegas Neon Boneyard & a Bride with a Broken Wrist!

Charlotte and Ben’s first attempt at planning their wedding ended up being an exercise in pleasing other people, which didn’t work out as you can’t ever keep everyone happy. Sadly, they decided to cancel the wedding. However, not to be defeated, they gave it a second bash, and this time jetted off to Las Vegas with their closest family. The bride said, “It was a tough call, but ultimately the right decision. And this time around, we just did whatever we wanted. No overthinking or worrying about other people’s opinions. Our true inspiration was to get away from the stress of reality! Where better than Las Vegas!” Add in an Elvis officiant in a gold jacket, and I say where better indeed!?

Their intimate ceremony was at the Neon Museum’s Boneyard: Where Las Vegas’s historical neon signs are rescued and restored. Charlotte said, “It was just a small group – my mum, her partner, our two children and us. We were given the main boneyard in the Neon Museum because the North Gallery, which is the usual wedding venue, was under renovation and the work had overrun. Worked out well, as I loved the Moulin Rouge converted ‘In Love’ sign. It was the perfect backdrop for our ceremony.”

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Intimate (Almost) Elopement in Williamsburg

Karly and Richard’s wedding was inspired by shotgun weddings of the late 60s and early 70s. They wanted their day to be as least wedding-y as any wedding could be, but still celebrate their marriage. They also planned everything in just eight weeks!

“We didn’t have much time to plan our wedding”, said the bride. “We decided eight weeks out that we would get married on April 11th. In hindsight, having a couple of more months would have been useful but considering the short time span, we managed to exceed our expectations of what we could achieve.”

Their wedding ceremony was held at City Hall in New York. “We loved the idea of getting married at City Hall – a real New York experience. We wanted to get in and out and for it not to be a big event. The important thing for us was the reception and we chose a local restaurant that had a significant personal history for us. Bar Velo in Williamsburg is a small and intimate restaurant that could only accommodate the 20 people that we invited. It was perfect as it allowed us to have an intimate dinner with our close family and friends.”

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A Ceremony in Iceland & A Grand Budapest Hotel Inspired Reception: Part One

Today’s real wedding is super special. So much so that we’re sharing it in two parts! The reason being that Heidi and Frank had two wedding days and both were completely different in style. The first was an intimate ceremony in Iceland with only close family and friends present.

“Neither of us wanted a big ceremony, we just wanted to keep it intimate and special,” explained Heidi. “Frank’s Mother was born and raised in Iceland and moved to the US in 1978, but all of that side of the family still live in Iceland. We knew we wanted to have a celebration with our Icelandic family too! In order to share the ceremony with everyone in the states we made a really special video. At our reception back in New York we played the ceremony on the big screen. When it ended we got introduced and went into our first dance. We really loved the way everything came together. We were able to have the best of both worlds and still include everyone!”

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Intimate Courthouse Wedding for $250!

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Paola and Ben wanted their wedding to be as intimate and relaxed as possible. By keeping the guest list low, doing DIY projects, enlisting the help of family and friends and not renting a reception venue they also only spent $250!

They further kept their costs down by having having their ceremony at a courthouse. “We didn’t really plan anything for our ceremony, instead we just tried to go with the flow as much as possible,” began Paola. “Going into it Ben was afraid that our ceremony with a judge wasn’t going to be as special, but we both actually got pretty emotional. The judge also happened to be an old family friend which was a funny coincidence! We were able to have our whole family sit in the room to witness and take as many pictures as they wanted.”

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The bride put her own outfit together from a Halloween costume! “Although we were keeping costs down and trying to keep the day as intimate as possible, I still wanted a dress that would make me stand out at the courthouse”, she said. “My skirt was a part of a Halloween costume so it was on sale and my best friend, Jessica, did the alterations and added the tulle to to make it as poofy as I wanted it to be. My top was from Forever 21.

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Intimate Halloween Wedding with 30 Guests

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There’s something all together extra lovely about the simple, love-filled weddings… The ones without lots of extra details like centrepieces, cakes and fancy receptions… The ones where the couple just really want to get married and so do it on their own terms. So when I saw Jon and Jess’ intimate wedding, which was held at their friend’s house with minimal money spent, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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“We had a small wedding with maybe about 30 people, just our parents, siblings and some family”, began Jess. “I also made the food for dinner, so we didn’t have it catered. I wore a black wedding dress from shein.com.”

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Gothic Architecture Inspired Wedding In a Cemetery

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Katherine and Andrew wanted their ceremony to be intimate but their reception to be a big party with musicians that they love playing all night. They were inspired by Rock n Roll, cemeteries and gothic architecture. The ceremony was held at an iconic cemetery near where they live.

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“Neither of us had any interest in the conventions and constraints of a traditional wedding. We just wanted to be ourselves, have a short meaningful ceremony and a big party afterwards with lots of friends”, said the bride. “Our ceremony was very intimate, with only a handful of family and friends present, and was conducted by our dear friend Bryan.”

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Eclectic, Colourful & Intimate Vow Renewal

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Sarah and Josh were married in 2004. After being together for so long, and having two kids, they decided to renew their vows in June of this year.

“We’ve been together a long time and our kids are out of the ‘little’ kid phase”, said Sarah. “I feel like we are entering a new chapter in our lives together as a family and thought this would be a great way to enter into that and also allow our children to be a part of such a special ceremony.”

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“Josh is a tattoo artist and specialises in American traditional which uses bright bold colours. We both love Dia De Los Muertos art and Catholic art, which all use bright bold colours, too so what better than to go with that theme for our vow renewal? I knew we were going to have all these amazing bright flowers, so I wanted our attire to be pretty neutral. Plus I wore a red dress for our actual wedding, so I wanted to wear white for the renewal.”

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