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A Humanist Lewes Castle Wedding: Sara & Lucy

Sara & Lucy were married in a humanist ceremony at Lewes Castle, just outside of Brighton (they did the ‘legal bit’ a few days before in Brighton register office). Both girls wore coloured dresses. Sara found her 50s floral number at Fur Coat No Knickers and Lucy wore a a grey dress from Pretty Eccentric.

The low key reception was held at Bill’s Cafe, an organic restaurant in Brighton, which didn’t need much decorating. However they added a few personal touches with the table names, the bunting and the flowers. “Bill’s organised all decor”, the girls told me. “They were amazing.”

“We decided to walk from the castle to Bill’s to gave everyone a chance to see Lewes, walk off some bubbles and approach Bill’s who had laid out lanterns and Bay trees for our arrival,”, they continued. “Flip flops were required for both brides for this journey!”

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A 3-day Wedding at a Rockstar’s Retreat: Holly & Karen

Ridge Farm, a working farm and ex-recording studio in Surrey, proved to be the perfect location for Holly & Karen’s May wedding. “What made our wedding Rock n Roll? Definitely the venue!” Holly told me. “Aside from being a beautiful farm that we fell in love with instantly, Ridge Farm is also a recording studio where so many of our musical heroes have recorded albums and stayed – so our wedding guests were partying in the very same place that Queen, Whitesnake, Muse, Roxy, Rush and many more have partied! We hired the farm for the entire long weekend – Karen is Irish and it’s Irish tradition to hold 3 day long weddings so we had a big meal on the Friday for family and friends then the wedding on the Saturday, followed by a pool party with live music and a hog roast for everyone on the Sunday. The farm sleeps 24 plus there is a camping field so all our hungover guests could just crawl out of bed on Sunday morning and stumble over to rejoin the party. By Sunday evening everyone was in the jacuzzi swigging prosecco from the bottle, even Karen’s mum!”

“We wanted to fit a lot into our 3 day wedding but we were also determined not to start married life with a ridiculous amount of debt so we decided to try and swap our skills as web designers with various wedding suppliers,” she continued. “I would definitely recommend doing this, Karen posted an ad on Gumtree and we had over 20 bands offer to play for free! We also had offers from florists, entertainers and videographers. We chose 4 of the bands and they played in a mini festival on the Sunday in return for either website help or just a few beers! The bands were all lovely and we’re planning to go and see some of them when they next play in London.”

“Our friends and family also helped out massively – our ceremony was conducted by a friend, she was even ordained especially for the occasion! My mum made over 90 metres of bunting, a friend made us origami cranes, my aunt made our cake, my dad, best woman and Karen’s sister made all of the cupcakes and canapes – which were all served on large slates provided by my brothers roofing firm.”

“Karen made a sweet table to keep the children happy, although it was the adults that ended up eating most of them! It was the adults that had the most fun with the space hoppers we had too! We also made a lemonade stand and our page boys, my little brother and Karen’s nephew, served homemade lemonade to guests on arrival. We made a huge batch of rum and elderflower punch for after the ceremony and the caterers topped up glasses using a watering can.”

“We didn’t really have a specific theme,” Holly responded when I asked about it, “we kind of just picked all things that we liked. We wanted our wedding to feel more like a big party or festival than a wedding so we kept everything relaxed and tried to avoid anything that we felt was too wedding-y. The most important thing to us was that everyone else had a good time, so big sharing platters of food, loads of rum and wine and lots of music were the main things we focussed on.”

As the venue played such a huge role in the look and feel of the wedding, the couple did have a slight musical theme with their table names being named after albums. “We named our tables after albums that had been recorded at the farm – and I made a table plan using old records with mini doilies covering the record label to show the table name/number. I also used some of the old records that had been recorded at the farm to make bowls for our sweet table – I put the records in the oven on a low heat and placed them on top of various bowls/containers with a tin of beans on top to weigh them down as they melted into the shape of the bowls.”

“For the table decorations, we scoured charity shops and car boot sales for old china cups and bowls, we then filled them all with wax and made them into candles for each table. We made vases from old glass bottles and jars that our friends saved for us, then decorated them with the fabric that was left from the bunting. We also used the leftover fabric to tie each persons cutlery together, to make table cloths and to attach name tags to the favours (personalised m&ms) and my Nan made aprons from it for the waiting staff to wear. Maybe our theme was leftover fabric! I also cut up strips of burlap fabric to make the table runners and scattered each table with butterflies punched from our invites, beads from broken necklaces and old badges. I loved styling our wedding so much that I’m considering starting up a wedding styling and catering company now!”

“We both dislike the term ‘civil partnership’ so we went with ‘Karen and Holly are becoming civilized…’ as the introduction on our invites,” Holly concluded. “Karen wrote our ceremony and it was conducted by our close friend in Ridge Farm’s beautiful orchard. Having a friend carry out the ceremony made it much less intimidating and really personal, Karen’s sister wrote an emotional poem that she read during the ceremony and another friend did a reading that included quotes on love/marriage from our flower girl and page boy.”

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A Vintage Tea Party Wedding: Chloe & Emma

After a New Year’s Eve proposal (“not at midnight, we’re not that cheesy!”) Chloe & Emma set to planning their tea party wedding for the end of March. Being two girls, they knew their wedding would stand out and they wanted that as well as to put their own stamp on their day. As Chloe explained “Obviously as two girls getting married our wedding was always going to be a bit different. People kept on asking which one of us was going to wear the suit but we were both determined to be complete princesses on the day. We knew we wanted a vintage tea party wedding and we looked at lots of different ways to achieve it as we had a tight budget. In the end my mum who found Jam and Tea, who provided the tea & cake catering, online (she is an expert Googler) and the rest of the wedding fell into place from there.”

“Maryanne of Jam and Tea was the heart and soul of the whole day. Her food is insane and totally yummy and so beautiful to look at. We came away from the food tasting completely high on sugar and knowing the wedding was going to be perfect. I guess the other thing we did that was Rock and Roll was only use independent female British businesses. From the caterer to the dresses, photographs and head pieces, we tried to promote great British girlies as much as possible and they were all amazing!!”

“We also made a lot of items for our wedding as we are both creative people,” she continued. “I guess the biggest thing we made was the wedding invites. We hated anything that said ‘Civil Partnership’ on them and found traditional ones so impersonal. I love to bake and Emma has a degree in industrial design so we decided to do it ourselves with a £50 budget. We also made little boxes with teapot sugar cookies inside as favours. They were a complete hit and everyone said they were the best wedding invite they ever had. They also came in under budget.”

Chloe wore a short, 50s style dress which she had made by Dolly Dare in Spitalfields Market, London, and Emma’s gown came from Ghost. “We would love to add a special mention to Nazrine Elms of Dolly Dare for making the most amazing dress for me,” Chloe raved. “We went into the shop looking for shoes (they sell Irregular Choice shoes) and accidently bumped into an amazing dress designer. She does not usually make wedding dresses but was willing to give it a go and put up with us in her shop every Sunday for 3 months. It was a complete creative process and the dress is 100% bespoke and unique. I can’t thank her enough for her brilliant creative mind. I would recommend her to anyone.”

The girls chose Shell de Mar to shoot their wedding as they fell in love with her bright and fun style. “Shella made our wedding pictures look like the ones I had been looking at as inspiration for years, except better. I’m still blown away by how she made our wedding look. I knew it was a beautiful day but the light and the softness she managed to capture (on a particularly crappy March day) was phenomenal. If she and Maryanne of Jam and Tea ruled the world it would be an extraordinarily beautiful place.”

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A Wedding on the River Seine: Stéphanie & Wendy

Stéphanie & Wendy were married in Paris, on a bateau-mouche (an open top excursion boat) on the river Seine. Stéphanie is French & Wendy is American. They live in San Francisco together but wanted to return to Paris for the wedding…and what could be more romantic that a boat ride around the city?!

Newlywed Stéphanie told me about their day, “Our magical day started with a smile and a ray of sun while having breakfast on a Parisian terrase. Then make up, hair spray, corset and dress made us even more impatient. A beautiful stroll in the Tuileries garden gave us the pleasure of admiring stormy clouds and gentle light while on our way to the boat. We cruised away on the lovely Seine, telling each other that it will be beautiful and forever in front of our friends and family. This was magical and even more….We walked home hand in hand looking at the City of Light, smiling and happy.”

The couple booked Pimprunelle Photography to shoot their nuptials as they loved her Holga photography.

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Screw Prop 8! A Safari Inn Engagement: Frances & Arianne

Frances & Arianne engagement shoot was captured in and around The Safari Inn in Burbank, California – the motel where Clarence and Alabama Worley stay in the movie True Romance.

“Fran and I met at a club,” Arianne told me. “I gave her my number and, as she puts it, ‘it didn’t save in her phone’. Three months passed and a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go out after work. I didn’t but decided to go anyway and Fran happened to be there. We talked and, after a little ‘hard-to-get’, I gave her my number again. After that we were inseperable! After a few years, and some hard times, we decided to end the relationship and I moved back to California. Three years later, I got in touch with her during a visit to Washington. Once I saw her again, I knew she was still the one.”

“We corresponded as friends for a year and then finally decided to take the plunge again. She moved to California and my life has been complete ever since. Turns out, all we needed was some time to grow and find ourselves so that we could be the best for each other. We got engaged last July. She threw me a huge surprise party for my 30th birthday and invited all of my friends and family. I had no idea about the party and was even more surprised when she got down on one knee. I will never forget that day and I feel blessed to have her by my side, everyday.”

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Edgar Allen Poe & A Day Filled with Love: Joann & Jacqueline

A quote by Edgar Allen Poe was the starting point for Joann & Jacqueline’s wedding plans. ‘We loved with a love that was more than love’ made them realise that really, their love was at that mattered. Luckily for these two beautiful women, they were surrounded by the stuff on their big day.

“No matter how much planning that went into that day, we were both blown away by the amount of love we received from our family and friends,” they explained. “We can’t fully explain or describe how it felt, but hopefully the love and laughter in the atmosphere of our wedding day had everyone just as thrilled and excited as we were. Our wedding was held at Penn Park, in Whittier, CA. The greenery was vivid and lovely just the way fairytales usually are, except this time there were two princesses.”

“Joann looked beautiful in her dress,” gushed Jacqueline. “I told myself I wouldn’t cry, but when we got to the front of the aisle and I looked at how gorgeous my bride was, and felt the amount of support we had from our family, we both couldn’t help but let the water works run wild.”

After a touching ‘sand ceremony’ (where each partner takes a different coloured sand and pours it into one vessel to symbolise the joining of their two families) they hosted a reception at Memories Dance Hall in Uptown Whitter. “The Ceremony was romantic and simplistic,””  Jacqueline continued. “We used white, ivory and hints of black to show our softer, feminine side. An outdoor wedding with the greenery of the earth and a commitment of love between two people. We expressed our commitment through a sand ceremony to symbolize the joining of our families, while we read our vows said from personal feelings and poems by Edgar Allen Poe.”

“Our Reception was the complete opposite – fun and flamboyant. We both love black, so the theme and colors completely changed to black with hints of red and gold, showing our Rock n Roll side. We never would have expected the decorations and everything to look as beautiful as it did. It captured the very essence of us and we couldn’t be happier. Our friends and family are not shy when it comes to having a good time, and that was fine by us. The Curse and Cure cover band started off the night. Our first song was a cover by Adele ‘Promise This’, we both had left feet and had never slow danced before, but in that moment it was just right and everything fell into place. The DJ was up after the speeches and from that point the love, laughs, booty drops and kisses were endless.”

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