Emily and Dave’s December wedding was a romantic candlelit affair, inspired by their love of Christmas and Lord of The Rings, and full of some of the most heart-warming stories we’ve ever seen in a wedding – including loads of charitable elements! Oh yeah – and there’s an Obama cardboard cut-out there as well, because Emily loves Obama…
“My obsession with Christmas definitely had an influence on plans,” Emily says, “but we tried to keep it subtle and cosy rather than going OTT with Santa and elves. We got married at the Red Lion at Burnsall, a beautiful country pub in Yorkshire with exposed beams, tartan chairs and a wood burning fire. We were lucky that our reception venue, Cracoe Village Hall, had an entire room we could dedicate to the kids, where we had a Christmas tree, electric toy train, kids’ Christmas activity packs and letters to Santa with sweets. For the adults, we had barrels of beer and cider on ice as well as baskets with blankets to stay warm in winter, a Christmas BBQ from Big D’s BBQ – and our favours were homemade hot chocolate packs too!”
Yes, you read that right. A surprise wrestling match!
Lorna and Chris’ classic and idyllic farm wedding was held at Skylark Farm, Northamptonshire. With a warm colour palette of buttery yellows, their beautifully rustic ceremony was held in front of “the old-faithful Pinterest PVC pipe backdrop”, which they totally nailed! The rustic DIY theme continued into the reception, where Lorna had crocheted all the favour bags and jar cosies with some help from Chris’ mum. “Wedding DIYs can be really satisfying,” Lorna says, “but also really stressful if time management isn’t your thing, as we found out!”
OK, so let’s get to it. It really is as exceptional as I’ve built it up to be: THE WRESTLING. “We knew early on that we would incorporate a wrestling theme into our day as its something we enjoy watching together and has been a big part of our relationship.” Lorna explains. “We still wanted a fairly classic rustic look for the wedding, so we kept the wrestling theme to the centrepieces, table plan and entertainment. Truth be told, we did start looking at YouTube videos of brides and grooms making wrestling themed entrances down the aisle…but eventually decided that was a step too far for us!”
Choosing 31st October as their wedding date, Lauren and Galen opted for a spooky Halloween theme. With a £10,000 budget they planned a wedding that was quirky, creative and a hell of a lot of fun. They had hints of the 1950s and rockabilly too.
“Our wedding was It was a bit of a mish-mash of industrial vintage (particularly with the venue we chose) mixed in with 50s rockabilly and a bit gothic”, said the bride. “We wanted to squeeze both of our broad interests in there somewhere! Our main inspiration was Halloween. It has always been my favourite day of the year, so having it on this particular day was always something I had in mind. It suited the style we wanted completely so I was overjoyed the venue had this date available!”
The day started with a small, intimate ceremony with just 45 guests. They decorated the ceremony room with lanterns running down the aisle and mini white squashes and flower-filled pumpkins scattered the room. “We kept a lot of traditional elements of a wedding and just gave them our own gothic, Halloween twist. We didn’t want to go too crazy but did want it to be different enough for people to talk about the day and remember it. I was very nervous before the ceremony but once my father had walked me up the aisle, I was absolutely fine!”