Music is a massive thing for Carrie and Dee, who met at a house party after they’d finished working at Belfast Music Week in 2011, plus Carrie photographs bands for Getty Images (as well as weddings!) so it was a major theme for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Their other big love is good food and wine, so the meal had to be amazing! Basically, they said, it was all about everyone enjoying themselves.
The couple planned everything themselves. Dee had worked running Queen’s University Students’ Union for years, so he knew his way around organising an event, plus they wanted everything to be as DIY and personal as possible. Regarding a budget, Carrie said “Honestly we didn’t really set one as we had no idea where to start. Lots of friends and family helped, which made things so much easier for us, and both of us knew from the start we didn’t want to spend a fortune and end up paying for it for years to come, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect and for everyone to have an amazing time, so we cut costs where we could to keep it reasonable.”
Aimee and Drew’s inspiration of their wedding was simple – “Tattoos, music, and us” – but totally effective, resulting in an absolutely gorgeous day. They wanted to bridge the gap of being respectful to the traditional wedding bits that meant a lot to the people they cared about, whilst still having a wedding that reflected them and what they love. They nailed it.
“We didn’t set out to have an ‘alternative’ wedding,” Aimee explains, “but just made our decisions based on what we love, because as a couple we always encourage each other to be who we are.” This meant a gorgeous House of Mooshki dress with red accents, a By Harriet headpiece with matching red birdcage veil, and the most incredible platform heels you’ve ever seen in your life. They also had a retro-tattoo themed cake from Miss Kitsch Cake, and Drew arrived in the van from The A-Team.
ARE. You. Ready. For this wedding? It’s the lushest wedding of all time – full of good vibes, gorgeous people and INCREDIBLE suppliers. Brace yourselves, get a good drink in hand and take a breather because you’re going to need to mentally prepare your mind and body for this two-day festival anti-wedding. Captured by the incredible Jessica Withey Photography and immortalised in video by the super cool Costa Sisters Productions…
Toni and Lewis’ big day took place on a belting Saturday in July, in the Sugar Loaf Barn in Abergavenny, South Wales. It’s actually a working sheep barn that’s cleared out to hold a handful of weddings each year, making it a super quaint venue that’s a million miles away from providing what Toni called ‘conveyor belt weddings’. Against anything regimented, the couple just wanted the good times, the music and the drinks flowing.