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Baroque, High Fashion Wedding Inspired by Still Life Paintings & Art Classes

Ben and Matt had a very specific vision for their November 2019 wedding; “We love Francisco de Zurbaran’s baroque still life paintings,” said Matt, “these inspired our table decorations. We were also inspired by fashion designer Molly Goddard who recreated an art class for her A/W 2015 presentation. We wanted the tables to feel a bit like an art installation and our guests to feel like they were part of the piece.”

With wanting to create such an immersive experience for their guests, impeccable attention to detail was vital. The couple found planning incredibly intense, with a number of boardroom style meetings with themselves and suppliers to discuss food, decor and entertainment. They did all the decor themselves, with the help of friends and family. They spent months prior to the wedding collecting ornaments and antiques from charity shops and eBay, and paired them with fresh fruit and vegetables, taxidermy and flowers to set against black tablecloths, napkins and plates to recreate the baroque tablescapes.

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Blush Pink & Glitz Inspired Wedding with Matching Kilts!

John and Chris toyed with returning to Vegas to get married after getting engaged there in September 2015, but with young family it wouldn’t have been practical, so they set about finding the perfect venue for them to be able to give their big day the feel of the glitz and glam of Vegas! Held at Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton outside of Glasgow, they worked with the coordinator there over a three year engagement to create a day that everyone would remember – and a strict ‘no hat, no entry’ policy to boot!

The couple opted for a very personal humanist ceremony; simply, their story from the very beginning until the present day. It was humorous at times with readings from both of their godmothers but most of all it was emotional, intimate and focused on the two of them. “I made sure to take everything in while walking down the aisle with my mum,” explained John, “and was fixated on my soon to be husband who was waiting on me at the end of the aisle. We literally felt like the only two in the room – it was beautiful.”

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Urban Australian Wedding with Pizza and a Punk Rock Reception

Marlie and Ben’s love story is like something out of a rom-com – they met officially in 2010, but were too shy to speak to one another. They spent a few years politely waving at each other when their paths crossed, until Ben came to Marlie’s rescue while she was stuck in the pouring rain and they finally spoke. They moved in together six weeks later!

Eight years after this, they had just witnessed one of Australia’s first gay weddings and felt so moved by the experience. “We had always said we would only get married when Australia had marriage equality,” explained Marlie. “That day Ben said ‘Let’s do it’, and we cried so many happy tears as we knew it was the best decision ever!”

They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, relaxed, fun, and very true to themselves. They didn’t set on a particular theme, just making decisions based on the things they loved to create a day that was very authentic to them.

For Marlie and Ben, this meant meant holding their day at an urban winery where all their guests could let loose and enjoy the day. It meant serving pizza on the dance floor and having a punk-rock reception. It meant choosing a photographer who got their relaxed style and didn’t make them pose for photos. It meant smashing the patriarchy and re-appropriating old traditions into something relevant to them. “For us, marriage means equality, and celebrating love!” explained Marnie.  “We stayed true to our style and personalities and it went down a treat. When you realise people are there to celebrate YOU, not some weird wedding version of you but the REAL YOU, you can get on with focusing on whats important for you, instead of what you think is expected of you!”

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