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A Winter Wedding Inspired by their Heritage with Just Six Guests

It may feel at odds to be sharing a winter wedding in June, but we couldn’t resist the beautiful yet simple details of Brooke and Matt’s November celebration. if you’ve pushed your wedding back to the winter, or you’re now planning to have a much smaller day, you will LOVE this.

Even before they were engaged, Brooke knew that when she got married she’d never have a big white wedding. “I’m a long time fan of Rock n Roll Bride and I think it was very much down to you that my partner and I had the confidence to make our wedding in a way that truly reflected us”, she wrote (also awww we love this!).

They decided to travel to Yorkshire from where they live in Adelaide , Australia, to have their intimate ceremony at Gibson Mill Hardcastle Crags, a National Trust properly in West Yorkshire. They had just six guests there with them. Afterwards, they returned home and had a bigger reception in Adelaide with 125 of their loved ones.

“We feel like travelling overseas was a pretty big move away from the traditional wedding format”, she said. “We certainly heard that as feedback by many friends and family but it was more than going overseas, everything we did had a reason, a family, cultural or historical tie. When we returned home and showed our stunning wedding video everyone said to us that they understood why we did it that way.”

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Homely Laidback Barn Wedding with Navy Dress, Dogs & Beer Blessing

Emma and Kevin wanted their wedding celebrations to reflect their lives, ‘as if you’d just walked into their house’, and I think they totally nailed it. A relaxed barn ceremony, a navy (non) wedding dress from Dorothy Perkins, and their two lurchers made their day super personalised and absolutely perfect for them. Bucking loads of traditions – which Emma wisely says “carry too much symbolic baggage”, they got married on a Tuesday to save money. Oh, and they also had a beer blessing. So, y’know…

They describe the decor they used at Deepdale Farm as “an eclectic mix of junk” designed to make their guests feel like they’ve just entered their home, including vinyls, snow globes and flowers, the exact kind of things they have lying around their house. “First and foremost we wanted our friends and family to have a good time,” Emma and Kevin explain. “We thought about how we could make them laugh – we got napkins done with close up photos of us on them as we thought it would be hilarious for people to wipe their mouths on our faces…”

They kept the ceremony light-hearted, keeping true to what they truly wanted. “As we were legally married the week before in the registry office, we had the freedom to be a bit creative with it. Led by our wonderful celebrant Louisa Starr, it involved our guests doing readings, a quiz answering questions about each other in teams, and a Countdown conundrum. It was totally daft! Our dogs Max and Matilda ‘gave us away’ and totally stole the show at times. We handed out beer from our favourite local brewery, Magic Rock, and had a beer blessing as a sort of interval – our ceremony afterwards was punctuated with cries of ‘All Hail the Beer!’ We finished off the ceremony with our friends reading Dr Seuss’ poem Oh The Places We’ll Go in a flash-mob style, party poppers, and David Bowie’s Heroes.”

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