Suzanna and Jake have one of those happily ever after love stories from an American rom-com; they went to school together, and lived on the same street as kids, but didn’t start dating until a mutual friend introduced them when they were 19. They got taking because of a shared interest in Oreo cereal and Southern Comfort and the rest is history!
They took those shared interests in mind when it came to figuring out a theme for their October wedding; It was just shit we liked,” said Suzanna. “We lived in Mexico together when I was at uni so we took some inspiration from Mexican decorations. Other than that, we just picked things we loved and built a colourful celebration from that.”
Bill and Julie did not want to confined to one theme for their October 2019 wedding, so took many elements of things they enjoy and paired them with traditional elements that resonated with them to craft the day of their dreams.
From a gothic inspired wedding dress to the use of Scottish wedding traditions, Halloween touches to a sparkler ‘confetti shot’, they used lots of different elements to make the day their own. They also wanted a day that was fun for their guests – and why not give them an excuse to dress up, too!? They stated costume desires on their invites and included the tagline ‘be as devilishly dapper as you dare!’
Bill and Julie set the bar high with their own outfits; Julie wore a black lace gothic-inspired Sottero and Midgley dress, styled with antique jewellery and headpieces from Etsy. Bill rocked a suitably Victoriana inspired ensemble from Violent Delights, and their bridesmaids wore ASOS dresses paired with burgundy lace chokers (made with off-cuts from the dresses) and tartan wraps.
Lyndsey and Marco married on 6th July 2019 overlooking Loch Lomond in Scotland. They had a pretty classic package wedding, but made it their own with rock, hippy and vintage touches – their main aim was to make sure they kept their quirky ways!
They pulled inspiration for their summer wedding from the things they love – their wedding cake was half floral and skulls and half Friends themed. They rocked their own unique style, too. Lyndsey paired her long flowing red hair with ethereal real flowers and personalised Dr Marten boots, and Marco rocked his long hair and beard with a traditional Scottish kilt. “We tried to be true to ourselves and our personalities,” explained Lyndsey. “We wanted to add personal touches wherever we could.”
Adam and Steph always knew they didn’t want a big wedding – they were joined by just five guests (and their toy elephant!) for their September wedding at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. They didn’t have a theme as such, but Steph always knew she’d want their wedding to have a gothic feel and to wear a black wedding dress. “It just felt like us being ourselves.”
As it was a small wedding, there wasn’t a lot of prep to do, but they travelled to their venue the day before their ceremony with a hire car full of wedding props, their cake and Steph’s large wedding dress. Her black princess dress and veil were by custom made by Rose Savage, and she paired them with classic goth boots from Demonia. They kept decor simple but effective, buying a number of large pillar candles from Ikea which they placed in hurricane vases tied with black ribbon, and use them to dress the staircase at the castle. “One of the reasons we chose Allerton Castle was that we knew we wouldn’t have to go overboard to achieve the look we wanted. It’s a simply stunning venue that had all the gothic touches we needed.”
Hannah and AJ had a specific mission for their wedding day – for all their guests to be able to celebrate their individuality with them, as they both celebrated their individuality and their love for one another. There was no dress code, their ceremony was held in a spiritual circle which included everyone attending, and they didn’t stick to what people consider to be traditional norms.
With a budget of £7,000, they hired a farm where they could not only have their ceremony and reception, but their guests were free to camp for the weekend – it was important to them that their guests had as few barriers to attending as possible. Their ceremony was held in a cowshed (!) which they decorated themselves with help from family and friends. In fact, a lot of their nearest and dearest dug deep and helped out wherever they could – AJ’s friends provided the catering, DJing and photography and Hannah’s friends did her make up and wedding cake as gifts, and her mum altered her wedding dress. It turned the prep, and day, into a really personal affair, with plenty of community spirit.
After 17 years together, Chris and Sammy made sure that when they did finally decide to tie the knot, they were going to do things their way! The main inspiration for their day was how they didn’t want their guests to feel constrained by convention or pressured to spend lots of money coming to their wedding, so ‘come as you are’ was an overriding thought. After that, they focused on a colourful festival vibe – they used to go to the Big Chill Festival when it was still running so they wanted their wedding to capture the spirit and feeling of the fond memories they have from there.
They tried to make their day as relaxed as possible, for all of their guests, big and small, “We wanted to make sure that our friends who brought their kids could relax as well, so making sure the kids had loads to do and had a safe place to play and let off steam was one of our priorities,” explained Sammy. “Also, we didn’t want to cost people loads to come along, we just wanted them to be there, so we chose a venue that would allow people to camp if they wanted to.”