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Winter Stardust: A Botanical Inspired Winter Wedding in South Africa

We’re sent hundreds real weddings every month to consider for publication so I’m sure you can imagine it’s quite hard to narrow them down sometimes… However there was no question in our minds when we clapped eyes on Alexa and Andries’ two day celebration in South Africa.

They decided to split the wedding in two, with an intimate church ceremony for just close family and a big reception for everybody else three days later, in order to keep both of them happy. “I think the fact that we split our wedding into two parts definitely made it a hard pill to swallow for some people”, began the bride. “In South Africa there is still a lot of very conservative ideas when it comes to weddings. The idea to split it over two days actually happened, because my husband and I had two different ideas of what we wanted for the wedding. I wanted something super intimate, more like an elopement, whereas he felt that we would regret it one day if we didn’t share this day with all of our friends and family.”

“The ceremony was super intimate and held at an old farm church in the town where I grew up. Only our parents, siblings and grandparents attended. Although, one bridesmaid did party crash (but she took videos, so we weren’t too angry!) The band and minister are also special people to us. I have known them since I was a little girl.”

The reception was held three days later where the bride wore a completely GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind dress that was handmade for her by her mother. “This was the day that I wore my wedding dress, and our wedding party got ready with us. However, instead of a ceremony we did a first-look, and instead of the bouquet toss we hit a piñata on the dance floor!”

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Laid Back Woodland Wedding with an Embroidered Floral Dress

Rosie and Alex’s beautiful early summer wedding was held at Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire. The fantastic thing about their venue was that they were able to be married outside in the woodlands, like they always wanted. This helped to set the theme of their day.

“The theme unfolded from the venue and the stunning woodland setting”, explained Rosie. “I had always had a secret dream to get married outside and the when we saw The Woodlands I knew this could be possible. Al and I are country bumpkins at heart, what with trees, a babbling brook and cabin-style accommodation, the venue had it all. Also it is only 10 minutes from our home, making it perfect for the majority of our guests.”

“I started collecting bits and bobs as soon as we got engaged, and things grew from there. My good friend Millie (who also made our cake) helped to decorate our venue with beautiful flowers – she has such an eye for detail and after the ceremony I saw what she had added and I was blown away by what she added to the décor.”

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Minimal Meets Magic & Witchy Wedding

There is so much to love about Roxanne and Andrew’s wedding and although they got married in June, the witchy theme, which included tarot and crystal elements to the decorations, makes it perfect to share at this time of year! One of the things I love the absolute most about this wedding is how paired back and minimal everything is – less is more and all that! This gorgeous celebration proves that you don’t have to go completely overboard with the decor and theme to still have a fantastic looking event.

“We were inspired by our personal aesthetic and interests”, began the bride. They also wanted the day – well, weekend – to be laid back and enjoyable for their guests so they invited their closest friends and relatives stayed at the cabin, where the wedding was held, all weekend.

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Enchanted Middle Earth Inspired Backyard Wedding in Portland

Both lovers off Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Hannah and Derek wanted their Portland wedding to transport their guests to Middle Earth. The theme was a botanical woodland and the day was unique, intimate, and moody, while reflecting their Oregon roots.

“We wanted a wedding fit for hobbits and elves”, began the bride. “We wanted it to reflect our love for fantasy, but also be elegant and not blatantly obvious. In the end, I think it was exactly how we imagined it would be.”

They met on OKCupid and with both of them being card carrying introverts, it was important to them that they both felt their most comfortable on the day. They opted for Hannah’s parent’s back garden as the venue. “We wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet”, Hannah continued. “I came from the deck and walked through the garden to Derek. I walked down the aisle on my own to Iron & Wine’s cover of Time After Time. We had done a first look and photos before, so he wasn’t totally surprised seeing me, though he is a softy and cried. Our officiant went through his speech, which included a quote from Bilbo Baggins. We saved our vows for the honeymoon, as we both have a hard time talking in front of crowds. After kissing and being announced we exited to the song All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar.”

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Pagan Wedding at a Medieval Hobbit Village

Stefanie and Loren picked 22nd to 24th September as the weekend to celebrate their wedding, chosen to coincide with the autumn equinox. The bride being an alternative wedding planner herself meant she handled everything. She also put together all the flowers (with her team of helpers!) and the groom created the invitations.

The weekend took place at Cae Mabon, and eco-friendly retreat centre in Snowdonia. “The whole site of Cae Mabon looks like a medieval hobbit village as all the dwellings are traditionally built eco-friendly designs” Stefanie began. “So in terms of décor we hardly needed to do anything at all. They don’t normally allow weddings here, just small retreats so we were very lucky and had to really honour the space by using eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner and recycling every single bit of our wedding waste. The whole site has beautiful carvings etched into the trees like the Fairy Queen who watches over the woods, medieval style thatched huts and even a wood-heated natural hot tub right next to the stream so other than adding a few flowers, signage and fairy lights, we didn’t need to do anything!”

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Vintage Hawaiian Weekend Extravaganza with a Custom Made Blue Wedding Dress!

Marie and Nigel’s Oxford wedding had a retro, tropical theme. The bride, a costume designer, even made her incredible wedding dress herself. They were married in June 2016. “I’m a massive vintage fan so always knew that would be part of my day”, said Marie. “We decided to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon and the two themes just worked perfectly together.”

The day was held at Springfield Lake, Oxford. “Most of the weddings we’d been to up until that point had been at a regular ‘wedding venue’, and although we considered these options it just wasn’t for us. We wanted total control and flexibility over what we were doing, and wanted to pick and choose what traditions to follow. Our venue wasn’t registered to do legal ceremonies, but I’ve always wanted to get married in Vegas so we decided to legally marry there as part of our honeymoon (which is totally epic by the way!) but to do a full unofficial ceremony at our wedding venue.”

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