Emma and Jimmy’s Wes Anderson inspired wedding had a bit of a pink theme – from the groom’s suit (which he made himself!), the DIY flowers and even the chapel they were married in! Their summer wedding took place at Kent Life in Maidstone which is is a working heritage farm and museum.
“The thing that was most important to us was that the day felt relaxed and fun”, began Emma. “We had a bit of a mismatched theme with lots of Wes Anderson touches (we’re big fans), chevrons, animals (the venue is a farm), and music.”
“We took a lot of inspiration from our venue. We had use of the grounds and three buildings. The ceremony took place in an amazing 19th century pink tin chapel called the Cuxton Chapel as it used to be in the town of Cuxton. The chapel is deconsecrated, which was perfect for us as atheists. Plus, I love religious iconography and symbolism so the dark teal interior with the organ and crucifixes were just perfect. It was like something from a film or a retro photo. Also, there are alpacas! We first visited Kent Life before we were engaged and after Jimmy proposed I think we both knew that there was never going to be any other option as to where we got married.”
Zoya and JP’s wedding day was themed around themselves and the things they love, which meant the groom’s Scottish heritage, florals, pirates!
“The day celebrated all we hold as fun and great about each other”, began JP. “From my Scottish heritage, to my wife’s amazing love of all things floral, to our love of pirate events to Treasure Island and the sea, to great food and dancing the night away with close friends. We kept thinking what would make people smile and have fun, and what would make them think, ‘That’s so JP & Zoya!’ – and then we did it!”
The couple married in May at the very grand Lulworth Castle in Dorset, looking out over the sea. They had a legal ceremony first, then a Captain Jack Sparrow actor arrived to officiate a pirate-themed second ceremony! “We made the seating plan into Treasure Island, and the wedding breakfast into a love of all things pirate and sea-scape”, said the bride. “JP and his entire band of seven best men were in full Highland regalia, whilst I wore a floral wedding gown. We involved our Chow Chow throughout the entire day, and all the wedding guests stood as witnesses to our marriage – instead of the usual one or two. Apart from that, it was a standard, run-of-the-mill wedding… If you don’t include the bouncy castle and the rum bar. Oh, and the pirate dress-up!”
Sarah and Jamie had a summer wedding that they described as “Retro with bright colours and lots of food!” The inspiration for the theme came from their love of music, art and food, most of which was provided by family members because they wanted to keep the budget low. Plus food made with love for your best day is always going to add a really special something to proceedings, right?
The couple married at Hull Guildhall, with the reception at music venue warehouse, Früit. The bride said, “From the start of our wedding planning, the venue was always going to be our main priority, and we have always known that we wanted it to be held at Früit. We picked a date they had available and planned the rest around that. We felt that the relaxed décor (and the incredibly lovely venue manager, Chris), was perfect for us to add bits to and make it our own. As we already loved the venue as it was, we kept things simple. The ceiling was decorated with paper lanterns and fairy lights. The table decorations consisted of hessian cloth and glass jars and bottles collected from family and friends, into which we placed wild flowers from Bloom & Wild. The bouquets came with crazy miniature pineapples!”