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An Eclectic, DIY Wedding with Owl Ring Bearer & (Not So Great) British Bake Off!

With the surname of ‘Gather’, Luke and Louise couldn’t not be inspired by this for their September wedding, and so ‘The Gathering’ was born – a bringing together of all the people who mean the most to them. The venue was a no-brainer. Luke grew up around the corner from Elvaston Castle in Derby, and went for regular walks around the grounds. The couple live together nearby and walk their dogs there regularly, so it holds a special place for them.

The gothic hall of the castle inspired some autumnal and outdoorsy touches in their day; they had an owl ring bearer for their ceremony, and an hour of bird handling during drinks and canapés to keep everyone entertained. The wedding was also very DIY heavy – Louise hand-wrote calligraphy and goal-foiled every single save the date and invite, made all the flowers – bouquets, bridesmaid hoops, table centres, buttonholes and hanging flower chandeliers – from felt and crocheted mini versions of the two of them as a cake topper. Luke made lawn games, created hanging lyric signs on mirror to decorate their reception marquee and they made their own wedding rings together. “We absolutely loved being able to be creative and coming up with ideas for touches that truly reflected us as a couple,” said Louise.

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Soft Yet Edgy Wedding with Vintage Touches

Meghan and Brendan met through their love of tattoos: Brendan was Meghan’s tattooer! They really wanted their wedding day to feel like them; alternative in style but also to reflect their kind, soft and gentle sides. They described their theme as vintage with a bit of steampunk and, for décor, they incorporated different metals, lanterns, marquee letters and piping mixed with lace, tulle and soft flowers. It was soft, but edgy. Just like them!

“We used lanterns for my bridesmaids instead of flowers,” began Meghan, “and, instead of favours, we made donations to our two favourite charities. We gave our guests beer bottle tops (each representing $1) and asked them to choose a charity from our choices and donate their bottle top to them. We then matched the total amount given to each charity out of our wedding money. We had a friend play acoustic guitar during our ceremony and vows and had a donut cake since we love donuts more than… well a lot of things!”

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A Romantic Glass Chapel Ceremony

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Chris and Patrick’s romantic wedding was very small. They had only a handful of guests, mostly family.

“The only inspiration I had was that I wanted the wedding to be just about us, our love and our family”, the bride said. “We wanted everything to be simple. This was actually our second wedding because we originally ran away and eloped in Vegas, just the two of us! We went off to Arkansas to get married in the woods, in the fall surroundings with just a few people who are the most important to us (including our kids) there.”

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The ceremony was held inside a glass chapel. “The Thorncrown Chapel is set inside the woods and it was so beautiful with all the fall colours. We attend the Unity Church of Peace back home which I tend to describe as the best little hippie church around, we are very much all about peace and love! We found a local minister who worked for the local Unity Church and she performed a very touching and personal ceremony for us.”

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Colourful Dia De Los Muertos Wedding in Austin

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Adam and Cathy’s wedding took place in November and had a Dia de Los Muertos theme as a nod to the bride’s Mexican heritage. She wanted a way to incorporate lost loved ones.

“To many people our wedding looked really different, but to us it seemed perfectly normal!” said the bride. “We had some women in the groom’s party, and some gender fluid friends as well. We did try to steer away from the Americanised version of Dia de Los Muertos, which is the red/ black macabre design. The holiday is a joyful celebration full of love and colour and happiness, and we wanted to be true to that. Also, we had karaoke at our reception!”

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“Our ceremony was very personal”, she continued. “We wrote our own vows, played one of my most favourite songs, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, and had a reading from the book The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. Our officiant also wore a sparkly jacket. It was magical!”

The couple did so many DIY projects and homemade all the décor. “We made all of the paper flowers that were used throughout and we made the table centrepieces. Luckily I have some very crafty friends!”

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Mountain Lodge Wedding with a Kitten ‘Bouquet’!

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Jenaya and Benjamin’s wedding was inspired by their venue, Kachess Ridge Resort, a private hire rustic log cabin. “Our theme was log cabin meets creepy romantic”, said the groom.

The ceremony was held in the main living room of the cabin. “We had our dear friend officiate and he offered his love with challenges and blessings. Jenaya walked down the aisle to our friend Emily singing Yours by Elle Hendersen. She was holding a kitten instead of a bouquet! Our kids were our whole wedding party and they did great. We wrote our own vows. Everybody cried.”

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“For the food we had everybody bring their own special recipes for chilli and pies! My mom made cornbread and honey butter from the bees that my dad keeps. It brought such a sense of community and the food was better than any caterer. I mean, how can you beat family chilli recipes in the fall?”

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Alice in Wonderland Wedding on Friday 13th

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House of Mooshki wedding dress, Irregular Choice shoes, and an Alice in Wonderland theme… Yep, I’m pretty sure you’re all going to adore Craig and Alice’s wedding! They were married on Friday 13th November in Northern Ireland.

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The couple met on a Christian dating website, and both being religious, the ceremony was the highlight of the day for them. “Having a religious ceremony was important to us”, they began. “However we didn’t let this stop us from injecting our own brand of quirkiness to it. We didn’t have any seating plan and our vows were much more relaxed. I entered the church to The Luckiest by Ben Folds and we danced out to Kiss Me by New Found Glory.”

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