Emma and Eliza’s May wedding was inspired by nature and their love of their doggos! Married at Deepdale Farm in York, it was the perfect setting for their laid back meets festival meets DIY celebration.
Their humanist ceremony was led by Louisa of Starr Gazing Ceremonies. It even included a letter from their dog Max who couldn’t be there with them (aww!) “The ceremony was so lovely”, Emma said. “It was completely bespoke, Louisa was amazing and created a whole ceremony around our favourite things – drinking, animals, travelling and each other. It got all the guests involved and it was so much fun. It fitted us perfectly. Our family dog, Tigger, was our ring bearer and he was so well behaved and cute, wearing a lil tux, we loved that he was involved in the day. A funny moment was part way through the ceremony when we realised my Dad had his shoes on the wrong feet! It cracked everyone up and sums up my Dad perfectly.”
Alison and Elizabeth wanted an intimate ceremony followed by a pub lunch and then a big party for all their loved ones in their own back garden. They chose London’s smallest registered wedding venue to get married in – the bandstand in Myatt’s Fields Park, a community-run garden between Camberwell and Brixton. Their day had an overarching theme of flowers and gardens so hired Charley at the London Flower House to decorate the bandstand as well as the marquee frame in their garden with seasonal blooms.
“We are really into our gardening and love big bright flowers”, they explained. “We didn’t have to add much decoration to our garden for the party, but Charley was able to bring all the same colours into our floral arrangements. It all came together really nicely. We kept other decorations to a minimum so the flowers decorating the bandstand and the marquee really stood out.”
The Alnwick Treehouse is a one-of-a-kind venue in The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland. Built from sustainably sourced Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood and English and Scots pine, it sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it has been there forever. What a spectacular spot to say your ‘I dos’! Liam and Jade knew it was the ideal place for their October 2018 wedding as soon as they saw it.
They wanted their autumn wedding to feel ethereal and to be surrounded by trees. “It was always going to be a forest wedding”, Jade explained. “Liam calls me a pixie and everyone at work has nicknamed me pixie (I have no idea why but everyone thinks I look like a pixie!) We have always taken our dog Beatrice on walks in the forest and pixies in the forest just became a thing for us. We are both vegan and both quite spiritual too. Liam more so than me, he loves to meditate and do yoga in the forest.”
As this was not their first time ’round the block’, Peter and Julia wanted to do something different for their April 2019 wedding day, something that joined their interests and focused on entertaining their guests. They chose a medieval themed wedding – specifically, the year 1342 – and started by planning the party that they wanted to have and went from there. They knew their venue would shape everything else about their day, eventually settling on Manor By The Lake in Gloucestershire, and the rest followed.
On their invites, wax sealed of course, the couple requested that their guests join in their theme with appropriate clothing, either by wearing their own or those provided on the day, and even no technology! It was important that they kept their day as authentic and immersive for themselves and their guests as possible, and they were thrilled when their friends and family joined in with gusto.
Jayne and Pen met seven years ago when Pen was playing at a Battle of Bands and his drumstick hit Jayne on the head! He offered to buy her a drink as an apology, and the rest, as they say, is history.
When it came to their wedding day, they didn’t set out to be different as such, but they just knew what they did and didn’t want and made it happen. They wanted a fun day full of things they like, without too much formality or tradition. “Pen always said if he ever got married he wanted to wear a white suit,” said Jayne, “so that’s what he did! I went to one bridal shop and felt so out of place in every dress I tried on, I wanted to be comfortable so I chose a dress from ASOS which was a lot more ‘me’.” Pairing it was a custom painted leather jacket, Irregular Choice shoes and a flower crown completed her look.
Armed with an £8000 budget and a desire to plan a wedding that showcased their world, Clare and Phil planned their Cornish wedding to include all of their favourite things. “Cornwall, the trees, autumn berries, the smell of the wood fired food, the sea air and surfing”, is how the bride descried their day.
They were married in October at Retorrick Mill, Newquay. Their ceremony took place in the marquee outside, while their guests sat on comfy sofas instead of chairs or, as is so often seen at boho style weddings, hay bales. “I’d never been to a wedding where there was a sofa aisle”, Clare said. “We had about 35 people to the ceremony and they all sat on comfy seats with a beer or glass of bubbly in hand. It definitely wasn’t planned that way, but it worked and we were so relaxed about everything. Mike, our photographer, really captured how it relaxed everyone to sit and just chill.”