Katinka and Andy met on Livejournal in 2008, and after finally meeting in person, it was love at first sight. They were married in May in Belgium and there wedding was themed around the things they love – Toy Story (check out the bride’s shoes!), summer gatherings with friends and cake!
“Whenever we have people over I bake cake and make lemonade”, began the bride. “We just sit and talk the afternoon away, enjoying our food and drinks and we play the occasional game of Kubb. It’s one of the things we love the most, so we just did that for the wedding, but instead of a small group of friends, there were about 70 people!”
“Our wedding was like an afternoon tea/ garden party, without the sandwiches and just more cake. Because cake makes everyone happy and that is exactly what we wanted. There were scones, cakes, homemade lemonades and hot beverages. We didn’t have any beer or wine, only some cider. I don’t drink any alcohol and Andy only ever drinks the occasional cider. We wanted it to be our day, our party. We would never have wine and beer at a party, so we thought, what the heck, why not just get rid of beer and wine for our wedding too?! This saved us a lot of money. The atmosphere was very relaxed. There were people playing lawn games, eating cake, talking, enjoying the sun. Just the kind of party we love.”
Megan and Mason wanted their wedding to feel like ‘them’. While the bride scoured the Internet for real-wedding inspiration, ultimately they just wanted it to represent them as a couple. They planned the day together, equally, and were able to incorporate lots of little personalised elements.
“We included Mason’s artwork, my desire to be a woodland fairy princess, and even our love of Lego!” Megan said. “We also wanted it to be as locally sourced and organic as possible, which was a difficult task when planning a wedding so far from where we live. Our theme was kind of all over the place. If I had to pinpoint it I would say it was mostly inspired by bohemian style. We wanted all of the colours and nothing was really off-limits.”
The day took place at the Pump House B n B in Bloomsburg, PA. The day was Vegan friendly too from the food and drink to what everyone wore. “One thing that was very important to me was that it was as vegan friendly as possible, and we definitely achieved that”, Megan continued. “Our farm-to-table caterer did an amazing job keeping things plant based, we were able to get our cake from an incredible vegan bakery, our favourite Portland plant-based cheese makers shipped 25 blocks of delicious vegan cheese, even the bridal boutique I went to was willing to accommodate my no silk request. This was something that made me feel incredibly grateful. I am vegan but Mason is not, but he was fully committed to making my vegan wedding dreams come true.”
Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.
They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”
“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”