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Summer Garden Party Wedding at Elmore Court

Richard and Melvin went all out for their July 2018 wedding. They hired beautiful Elmore Court, a grade II listed mansion in Gloucestershire, as their venue. Then, 10 days later, they had a second party at a private members club in London (where they had their first date) for 250 people who couldn’t attend the main event!

“We had a summer wedding built around a garden party with an informal vibe and a strong musical presence”, the grooms told us. “We had opera singers in the service and a jazz band with friends (and one groom) singing during the afternoon garden party.”

Although they grew up thousands of miles apart – Melvin from the Bahamas, Richard from the UK – both their grandfathers were farmers and both sets of families had strong links to farming and the countryside. Although they now live in London, they both love gardens and the countryside so wanted to bring this into their day. Richard’s dad even grew some of the flowers which were used in the arrangements and the self-designed stationery had wildflowers on as a nod to the theme.

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Secret Christmas Eve Wedding on their Grandparents’ Anniversary

Both their grandparents were married on Christmas Eve (what are the chances!?) so when they pushed their big wedding back to later this summer, Millie and Ian decided to carry on the family tradition and have a secret festive elopement. It was also the two year anniversary of their engagement so really, the date felt pretty perfect.

The bride wore an ASOS dress which she’d originally bought for her (also postponed) hen do and made her bouquet from faux flowers herself. “We had spent 18 months planning a large forest wedding that was postponed until next July”, Millie told us. “With how the world was looking we one night had a chat and decided that actually we just wanted to be married and could have the big party when everything was safe again. We quickly called my auntie, who is a registrar, who had us booked in and sorted straight away.”

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A Fuss-Free COVID Wedding with A Silver Sequin Dress!

Getting married during Covid certainly made for unusual circumstances for Ruth and Ricci’s October wedding, but for them, it only made it feel more special. “I love the photos of us and our guests with masks on,” Ruth told us. “It captures how much of an odd year it’s been, but it didn’t stop us from doing what we set out to do.”

In fact the couple were actually glad to have to downsize their original plans for a wedding with 120 people to just 15, as it made the organisation so much easier! “We always wanted a fuss-free wedding, which focused on good food, drinks and not to have to stress over the little things. We wish we’d known from the get-go how much there is to think about! I’d never put much thought into what I wanted my wedding to be like so when I realised all the different things you’re supposed to think about in the process, it was a bit overwhelming, so cutting things back really was a blessing for us.”

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Intimate, Fifties, Rock n Roll Style COVID Wedding

Mandi and Joeby fought tooth and nail to make their 2020 wedding happen. “We were determined to stick to our date no matter what,” Mandi told us. “We decided quite early on that even if it just meant us and a witness, we would just get it done – I’d proposed to Joey in 2018 and for us it was important to just be married, not about a big party or putting our lives on hold – and this sentiment felt particularly important to stick to before the world went to complete shit!”

As it happened, their October date was slotted in between two lockdowns, so although they spent most of the year in a horrible limbo, glued to news updates and had to axe their planned garden-party reception, the majority of their original wedding plans stayed the same.

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Party Like it’s a Pandemic: A Low-Key London Wedding

Unintentionally, Vicky and Jake’s September became vintage London themed because they wanted to show off the city that they love. They chose Chelsea Old Town Hall as both their ceremony and reception venue, booked a vintage double decker red bus and planned their photos around some of the most iconic tourist attractions. Décor and theme wise they did keep things pretty simple, choosing simple DIY floral arrangements that let the venue be the star of the show.

Vicky wore a Needle and Thread dress, a jacket from Nasty Gal, and Public Desire boots. Her veil was vintage, and her mum’s, and her epic floral mask was homemade, inspired by this shoot which we published over the summer!

“I think the most unique thing about our wedding is that we had it during a pandemic”, Vicky told us. “We really tried to embrace the government restrictions into our wedding with matching masks and pandemic swag bags. We also dragged our guests around London to eat doughnuts and get photos at fun tourist location… Not many couples can say they had formal wedding photos outside Buckingham Palace!”

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The Night Sky, Skulls & Rock n Roll Inspired Tipi Wedding in the Rain

Brad and Joolz chose 27th July 2019 for their wedding so didn’t think they’d have to worry about the weather… however the universe had other ideas! Despite having a mostly outdoor day planned, and it being scorching hot the week before, it chucked it down all day. Rather than stress about it through, they grabbed some umbrellas, moved their ceremony inside the tipi and embraced the chaos.

“If there was one thing I had repeatedly said for the year leading up to the wedding, it was that I wanted a beautiful hot summer wedding and no rain!” Joolz began. “Well, it rained non-stop ALL WEEKEND but oh how we didn’t care! When it comes down to it, after all the planning, stress, organisation, creating, making and everything else that you think is important, it turns out none of it’s important at all. When I stepped out of the car my brother drove with my dad, ducked under my umbrella laughing with the girls in the rain, it all just seemed so trivial and ridiculous! We were about to have the best day of our lives, and the rain just made it all the more special.”

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