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Urban Wedding With Retro Cool… & a Gold Sequinned Dress!

Taryn and Mark’s day was a masterclass in urban cool with retro beginnings. As they’re from different sides of the Atlantic, the location was super important to them and refined elegance shone through at their venue, the achingly impressive Refinery Bar, Bankside, London. They wanted their wedding to reflect the fab location as well as harking to some retro styling – and just look at Taryn shining like a film starlet in that metallic Badgley Mischka number and perfect berry lip. Be still, our beating hearts!

Taryn and Mark met for impressive rooftop views of London before making their way into their ceremony together. “We went for a ceremony that was brief, but very meaningful,” Taryn explained. “It was officiated by my oldest friend Tessa, and featured readings by Mark’s ten-year-old daughter, Astrid, and eight-year-old nephew, Digby.” They said their vows in front of a lush foliage wall bursting with fronds of greenery which stood out amongst the slick industrial vibes of the restaurant’s interior.

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Laid Back Outdoor Wedding… with Lots & Lots of Crisps!

Amy and Martin went from slumming it in “grotty uni accommodation for four years” as friends, to getting wed at the beautiful and swanky Hampton Court Palace last August with a £13,000 budget. Their goal was to make the day as fun and stress-free as possible, and to wear pants that were in keeping with their surroundings. Yes, you read that correctly. More on that later.

Amy said, “We were our own inspiration. We wanted to make it as personal to us as possible. So having scratch cards as favours, a quiz at the reception, and rude wording on light boxes all helped to make it a fun, laid back day!”

They chose to have their ceremony and reception in The Garden Room for several reasons, said Amy. “Firstly, it’s where we got engaged. Well, sort of! Martin pulled up on a boat on the river in front of Hampton Court and proposed with a Haribo ring (sweet, right?!) Secondly, it’s stunning and I am a massive history geek, so it was a great backdrop to our big day. Thirdly, we live down the road and wanted somewhere local and relatively easy for the majority of our guests. We also wanted the venue and reception in one place to keep logistics simple and maximise drinking time (priorities!) Finally, I work there – some people might find it weird to get married where they work, but it’s a spectacular setting and certainly not your average office, so it made complete sense to us to have it there.”

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Bright Mexican Inspired DIY Lawn Wedding

Liz and Ade decided to have a wedding that totally reflected what they wanted, getting rid of ALL the traditions they didn’t find important – and we have ALL the love for their beautiful day! They transformed their dry hire venue into a bright and relaxed fiesta, held outdoors in some gorgeous (and unusual!) June sunshine.

“I’d always wanted to get married outside, but it’s not as easy as you’d think in England!” Liz warns. Despite this, once they found their dream outdoors venue – Huntsmill Farm in Buckingham – everything fell into place. “We chose to have a handfasting ceremony in the gorgeous grounds of Huntsmill Farm, having legally married at a pretty registry office one month previous. Martin and Rhiannon from Perfect Handfastings were amazing and lead such a meaningful ceremony – everyone commented on how beautiful it was! No one had been to a handfasting before and all enjoyed something a little different.” During the ceremony, they handed out cake and mead to everyone. They also chose to have an unplugged ceremony: “It means so much to me that you can see everyone enjoying the ceremony rather than looking through their phones.”

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Whimsical Woodland Wedding Featuring Foxes, Star Wars & Lots of Colour

Lucy and Stuart’s playful wedding brought together elements of everything that they loved. To suit their rustic barn venue, High House Farm Brewery in Matfen, they went with a woodland vibe, which they then added whimsical edges to it as, in Lucy’s own words, “I wanted to add unicorns and glitter!” Squirrels, foxes and unicorns were the inspiration for the day, and this totally shows. “I wanted to include lots of things that were special to us, and I love anything personalised so everything we did had a bit of ‘us’ in it.”

As film fans and comic lovers (after initially talking on OK Cupid, they met for the first time at a London Comicon where Lucy was dressed as the Troll Hunter from the film Troll Hunter!) the guys all had paper buttonholes made from comic books or music sheets by Becky Meadows. The ladies all had daisy chains, to keep up with the whimsical woodland feel. Stuart also managed to get a Star Trek quote into the ring exchange that was part of their laid back ceremony.

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Vegas-Inspired Wedding with Snazzy Suits, Sequins & All the Confetti!

Gemma’s ‘Suits and Sequins’ summary of her wedding to Guy is very apt, as in true Sinatra style they did things their way. Their Peckham wedding, shot by megababe Devlin Photos, was emotional and incredible from start to finish, from that sparkly green wedding dress (swoon) to the ‘Silly Old Beans’ sign they were married under, and the story behind their couples’ amazing portraits…

“There wasn’t a straight up inspiration for the wedding,” explains Gemma, who works in events as a day job. “With any event I plan I can find that really restrictive, and the beauty of a wedding is that you don’t have to have those boundaries. It can just be about you two, even if nobody else ‘gets it’. Having said that, we did ask everyone to dress in suits and sequins, and it was amazing how everyone turned up – the best dressed bunch of wonderful people.”

Speaking of sequins, Gemma looked every inch the glittery goddess in a spangly green number. “My dress was made by my bridesmaid, Nadia. I found the whole focus on what I was wearing quite overwhelming – it seemed to be everyone’s first question! Even though I left making it until a few weeks before the wedding, we had been searching for the perfect fabric for a few months. I wanted the perfect deep green so I felt like a Supreme. The dress shape was taken from a £12 New Look dress I loved the shape of on myself, which we then adapted.”

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Beach Wedding Where the Marvel Universe, VW Camper Vans & Surfing Collide

Simon and Jodie’s midsummer wedding was the best kind of mash-up that brought together all the things they love. Taking place by a beach they surf in Cornwall, the bride described their day as, “Very us – Marvel, surfing, travel, beach, colourful and uncouth – we first danced to I’m a Believer by the Monkees and ended the night crowd surfing.” Judging by the crazy amount of glee you can see on everyone’s faces, they pulled off an absolute cracker of a day, and all for a budget-friendly £6,000.

The way they approached it all was with tons of fun and not taking themselves seriously. “We didn’t try to conform to a theme or a particular look – we just went with our hearts. We had a clash of colours, a large toy donkey, painted skateboard decks, and a dance off. We weren’t caught up with trying to please people or trying to look perfect. Friends said that what made it unique was that they knew it couldn’t have been anyone else’s.” And that right there is 100% wedding goals.

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