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Picnics, Punting & A Potting Shed Reception: A Glam Meets Relaxed Un-Wedding

With their careers in hospitality and production for the entertainment industry, Gemma and Howard know a thing or two about organising events. “Though to be honest it’s best not to think about it too much and just get on with it,” said Gemma, “otherwise you’ll end up curbing all your ideas and never realising your plans!”

And big plans they had for their wedding, as they wanted to create a celebration fit for their venue. Held in the landscaped grounds of Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, they were inspired by the Neo-classical mansions history, and channelled Georgian soirees, bacchanalian feasts and lovers trysts peppered with bountiful blooms, sequins and personal touches to help shape the feel of their day.  They had the added gravitas that they are, and will be, the only couple in living memory to have been married at Berrington Hall as it’s a National Trust property; better have a party to end all parties, then!

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A ‘Secret Cinema’ Inspired Baz Lurhman’s Romeo + Juliet Wedding Spectacular!

What’s the most romantic story of all time? Clearly, it’s Romeo + Juliet… And the best adaption of that story is arguably the Baz Lurhman film staring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. So, what could be a better theme for a wedding than THAT? And, oh boy, did Jane and Brendan go all out for their incredible day, Any bride in wings is a-OK in my book!

They were inspired by Secret Cinema and the immersive film experiences so they kept a lot of the wedding plans a secret from their guests in the run up, only revealing little details when they absolutely needed to know them (such as telling them what to wear). The bride explains, “All the guests were assigned a family, either Capulet or Montague. To maintain a level of mystery guests were collected by coaches and dropped off at ‘Sycamore Beach’ at the venue; a collection of food trucks, thatched-roofed bars and palm trees reminiscent of the rundown beach from the film.”

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Secret Elizabethan Themed Wedding with a Rock n Roll Edge

Holly and Toby wanted to forego the pomp and ceremony often surrounding weddings, and so chose to invite only their closest family and friends to their actual wedding day. They had a big party in the pub where they first met in for everyone else a month later. Not wanting a lot of fuss, they didn’t have an engagement, engagement rings or even tell anyone bar their nearest and dearest that they’d tied the knot until afterwards, wanting to maintain a degree of intimacy and privacy, and concentrate the process on their commitment to each other.

They gave themselves just six months to plan and organise everything, and focused their £6,000 budget on areas that meant the most to them; for Holly, it was investing in pieces of Tessa Metcalfe’s feminine yet macabre jewellery that would hold sentimental value for their day and could be passed down generations. They saved money by using dried flowers instead of fresh throughout their decorations – with dried flower crown, bouquet and buttonholes by The Artisan Dried Flower Co., and buying dried flowers wholesale for decorating the reception venue from Essentially Hops.

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A Secret Wedding with Good Food, Tattooing & Nexflix!

When a bride and groom meet at a tattoo studio, you just know that’s going to become part of their wedding too! Sadie and Ped met when she booked him to do her first big tattoo. They were married in March and wanted their wedding to be like their best day out out together. That meant a ceremony with just the two of them, good food and getting inked!  

”We just planned on having a relaxed day,” said Sadie. “We didn’t have a theme or any expectations of the day except that we would each end up married to our best friend! No-one knew we were planning on getting married, we kept the whole day a secret! We had no guests. The day was the ceremony followed by a pit stop at a tattoo studio. We were back at our hotel by 2pm in bed with food and Netflix! We then went out to eat in the evening, wearing our normal clothes and it just being our little secret we got married less than 10 hours earlier. it felt really special.”

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