Veils are awesome, capes are fabulous, but we really don’t see enough brides in hats. Nothing about Cassy and Elliott’s courtship was traditional, so why should their wedding be? They met through friends and once they got together (after quite a few drunk texts!) things moved really quickly. They moved in together after two months and were engaged in just four!
The wedding day was based around a colour palette of pale pinky peach, red and bright orange, which put together by the groom. “To be honest, we didn’t have a direct inspiration”, said the bride, “but I always looked to Rock n Roll Bride magazine and website to see how other people executed certain aspects such as signage and décor. I sprayed a small trash can and wire shelf the peachy pink tone from our theme and flowers were popped in them for reception. The bright bold blue of Ells’ jacket showed his unique style.”
As photographer-duo of both Enchanted Brides and Cornwall Elopements, Jo and Patrick are no strangers to weddings, so when we received this submission in our inbox we knew it would be otherworldly, symbolic, unique and brilliant!
“We loved the idea of a two-part elopement,” Jo began. “Our love of nature and the outdoors and uniting our little family in a symbolic and meaningful way was our main priority. We did not want to buy things just for the sake of a wedding or follow a theme or a trend, we just wanted it to be as low-key as possible but still meaningful.”
With this in mind, the couple spent around £1500 and planned everything in just a few weeks. “We have seen so many weddings in our time as wedding photographers so we wanted to do something a little diﬀerent. Also, we ﬁnd weddings so wasteful, or people doing things to keep other people happy and also all the faﬀ and stress people put on themselves with planning. We didn’t want our own wedding to feel like work or something we had seen before. We took inspiration from nothing but everything that just felt ‘right’ and eﬀortless.”
They met when Jade moved to Strafford-Upon-Avon and, after responding to an ad for a house share, moved in with Cara and her then-girlfriend. They were married in summer 2021 in Brighton, where they’d also gotten engaged.
With a budget of £6k, they wanted their day to feel fun and to not cost a bomb. They didn’t opt for traditional outfits, choosing things which felt much more ‘them’, and prioritised the photography and video, spending the biggest chunk of their budget on these to make sure they were exactly what they wanted. “We wanted a typical Vegas style wedding, ‘in and out’ vows and then for it to be all about FUN!” they told us.
As huge gamers, Adam and Sian knew they wanted to include references to their love of video games in their April wedding in Leeds. “It was never really meant to be a theme, exactly, because a true theme takes an awful lot of commitment! But there were a lot of features that managed to creep in, so it ended up being a lot more themed than we anticipated,” Sian told us. Their name cards on the tables included the gamer name/ tag of the person where applicable and their wedding favours were video game-themed pin badges from Etsy.
There were further personal touches to do the day, too – they used the colour red to honour Sian’s late mother, as she wore a red dress on her wedding day, and their reception entertainment included a caricaturist, big screen Mario Kart and a temporary tattoo station which was loved by adults and children alike.
Aiming for their August wedding to feel like ‘the best night out in a pub EVER!’ Ali and Jed’s colour scheme was inspired by her custom dress by The Couture Company and her jewellery from Rosalyn’s Emporium. “The oxytocin symbols were a nod to Jed’s love of science,” Ali told us, “and the buses were to represent my late father.”
Their reception was a good old fashioned knees up at The Prince Albert in Camden. “COVID meant we had to rearrange three times and also consider how we would manage with a much smaller version of the guest list,” Ali continued. “In the end we choose to hold out for a date when we could have the original numbers. In the end we were engaged for three years before getting married so I ended up with a lot of time to make DIY stuff.”
Inspired by their love of stargazing, science, geekery and our awesome universe, Emily and Alex’s Friday 13th elopement was their dream party and gave them the chance to wear and be surrounded by the things they find most beautiful in the world. The couple told us; “Our styling was inspired by Alasdair Gray’s zodiac night sky mural on the ceiling at the venue we chose, Òran Mór, which is the largest piece of public art in Scotland.”
As well as choosing Glasgow for sentimental reasons, Emily and Alex wouldn’t have been able to have the ceremony that reflected them in England. “Scotland allowed us to have a Humanist ceremony, and Scottish vows don’t require you to refer to your new spouse as a wife/husband or any aspect of traditional marital roles. This was really important for us as an equal partnership and queer couple, with one of us being non-binary. In a Scottish wedding, there are no ‘legally prescribed form of words’ (i.e. required vows) other than “I take you [name] in marriage” which meant that we could keep our ceremony short, simple, and focused on affirming our relationship as it really is.”
After meeting at a student club night in university, the theme for Dawn and Chris’ October wedding had to be their ideal party! The couple chose a wedding that incorporated all the things that they liked and wanted, but discarded a lot of expectations and traditions. Dawn told us, “Once we found the band and the dress, the day grew from there!”
The band was One Big Reunion via Tailored Entertainment, and the dress, a dip-dyed pink slip dress from Rock n Roll Bride favourites, Lucy Can’t Dance. “As a UK size 16, I struggled to fit into any dresses in some traditional bridal shops,” Dawn told us. “Lucy Can’t Dance made my dress especially to order.” She paired it with Victoria Percival accessories and a hand-painted white leather jacket.
Using the Flower of Life and a fractal as the starting point for, Louise and James planned a spring wedding at Law Castle, West Kilbride. They wanted to bring the ideas of universal energy and sacred geometry into the celebration wherever they could. The rings were made with meteorite included in the opal and they used crystals on the crowns and the bride’s the wedding dress. They also both painted the patterns our boots and Louise’s jacket.
The ceremony was conducted by a minister from the Unitarian Universalist Church, a small church who welcome all faiths and beliefs and are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. “This meant we could thank the Universe for our meeting in marriage and also include readings from more than one religious text”, Louis explained. “We had quotes from books and philosophers and also an ancient Celtic blessing.”
Giving away with all the traditions which didn’t appeal to them, Laura and Georgia were married in February (22/02/22 to be exact) this year. Both chronically ill, these beauties decided doing things just for tradition’s sake didn’t work for them. Instead they planned their day around their own wants and needs.
“We did all of the preparation together (chose our outfits together, spent the night before together and got ready together on the day)”, they told us. “We also did away with traditions like the garter (ew!) and parents giving us away. We walked down the aisle together. Everything came from a very feminist place where we were in charge of our own choices. The only reason Laura chose a white dress was because it was pretty (she originally wanted blue!) We also incorporated a little bit of Georgia’s Jewish heritage by smashing a glass at the end of the ceremony.”
Inspired by their love of Halloween, Harry Potter and autumn weather, Ellie and Luke spent around £10,000 on their October wedding. They handmade a lot of the elements themselves, from gifts for the bridesmaids to the groomsmen’s ties as well as props and decorations.
Held at De Vere Horsley Estate in Surrey, the day was styled by The Fairy Godmother of Weddings – aka, Ellie’s mum, who also took care of all the florals for their day. They tasked celebrant Jenny Knight with crafting a truly personal ceremony, and catering was provided by the venue, which was their biggest expense.
Kirrie and Siôn took inspiration from the stunning colours of an old copper mine, Parys Mountain on Anglesey, for their day. They had their bridesmaids and groomsmen choose their own outfits based on the colours from said mountain – resulting in a lovely mix of pink, copper, burnt orange, green, burgundy, silver, blue and black.
The couple didn’t want too much fuss and veered away from tradition, with Kirrie planning pink hair for the day, a black wedding cake and no top table, opting to sit with their bridesmaids and groomsmen instead.
The groom also ensured he acknowledged all the important women in his life, telling us, “During my groom’s speech I took the opportunity to thank all the significant women in my life starting from aunties and ending, of course, with my wife. I got them all to stand up when I called their name and asked everyone to applaud their influence on my life.”
Remember the autumn of 2020? Where weddings were tiny and life was so uncertain? Martyn and Emma chose to still go for it, planning a micro-wedding of 12 people when they married that October.
Emma explained, “The pandemic meant doing things differently! I bought my dress online and altered it myself – the same for Martyn’s jacket and waistcoat. Everything was done over Zoom and we really made the most of our guests’ talents. They created the cake and decorations and provided the music.”
With Martyn hailing from Scotland and Emma from Devon, they fused the two to create a relaxed wedding in a dramatic landscape. “We used the landscape and the time of year as our inspiration”, Emma told us. “Scottish autumn is stunning and a little spooky so we had a light nod to Halloween! Getting to wander about in the stunning landscape in all our finery was one of our favourite parts of the wedding.”
Liv and Owen met when he came in to get tattooed while she was working as an apprentice, aged 18. He got tattooed over the years by someone else in the studio, but every time he came in they would chat. It wasn’t until six years later that they went on their first date, but four years on from that they were married.
“The inspiration for our wedding was to have something homely!”, said Liv. “Our home is quite rustic and cosy and so when we visited Donington Park Farmhouse, we got the feeling of our home. Exposed brickwork, reclaimed wood, so beautiful in layout and the general aesthetic of the converted barn/courtyard was everything we could have wished for!”