What a lovely summery week we are having here on the blog – today it’s more nature, lakeside, lovely DIY details, gorgeous brides and dogs!
This wedding was shared by Lucy and Victoeia’s photographer Becky Harley.
TELL US ABOUT THE DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME, INSPIRATION, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST FUN PART FOR YOU?
We had a floral/ Hessian and Lace theme. Think vintage tea party in the country! The ceremony was outside, in front of the lake which was very important to us. We made a lot of our decorations including centre pieces, favors, bouquets, hanging baskets and planted up teapots for the outside tables! Our 3 Border collie dogs, Lexi, Maggie and Molly were part of our bridal party, dressed up in their floral bow ties! Lexi was also the ring bearer, carrying a ring cushion on her back. We hired a camping field for our guests to stay in, and we spent our wedding night in a yurt on the edge of our own secluded pond. We were really keen to put on a relaxed, fun day so we could really enjoy spending the time celebrating with all our nearest and dearest – and we certainly got that.
We were so lucky to have so many friends and family members who helped out with our special day, which made it that bit more personal. Our bridesmaid dresses were lovingly made by Victoria’s sister, Rebecca Salt, bespoke to each bridesmaids size and with multi-way ties to suit their own individual style.
All wedding stationary was made by our brother in-law Stephan Salt’s design company ‘Just Add Salt’. He was so patient with us and made all our ideas come to life better than we could have hoped.
Amy and Louise got married at the Bridge House Barn in the heart of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. Tipis, DIY decorations, gorgeous nature around and doggies with bow ties – what not to love!
Read what Amy told us about their big day.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met via mutual friends in London. Both of us had recently separated from ex partners and despite some hesitation, friends convinced us to go to London for a break. Little did we know we would each meet the love of our lives.
TELL US ABOUT THE DAY
We had two ceremonies and two receptions! Greedy I know! The legal part… that was done in South Wales, where I’m from, in a registry office in a little town called Bridgend on the 30.09.2017. We had the reception in my parents back garden and my Mum’s best friend cooked us a huge BBQ. We spent the evening singing, listening to music and drinking in their summer house and under the gazebos.
The ceremony & reception were at Bridge Hose Barn (Kibworth Harcourt, Market Harborough in the Leicestershire countryside) we were in the open air during the ceremony and in a huge tipi as the day went on.
It’s a DIY venue, where pretty much most things are acceptable (within reason). It’s set in the Leicestershire countryside. The venue is made up of two fields and is set alongside a beautiful canal overlooking two locks. There is camping on site (in the adjacent field to the ceremony), electricity, and a shower with plenty of parking. The venue provides posh portable toilets and has their own 3 top hat tipi with benches and tables, lots of props, bales of hay and fully stocked bar. There is also a very handy 3 bedroom B&B / Apartment / Honeymoon Suite attached to the field. We cannot recommend this venue enough, the owners are amazing and nothing was too much trouble.
So the wedding nearly didn’t happen… it was due to take place May 2017 but 6 weeks before the date, my mum had an accident which left her laid up in hospital for 7 weeks. Thankfully she managed to walk again and we were able to re-arrange the wedding for October 2017.
One of the most important things for us was that all our close family and friends were there so we knew we had to cancel in May and re-arrange when everyone could be there. We are so fortunate to have amazing friends and family who mean so much to us.
We wanted our wedding to represent us! We wanted something fun, relaxed, informal and homemade. We also wanted to make sure guests were well fed and watered! We had always had visions of having the wedding ceremony in the open air and under a tree. I love trees, they remind me of laying down roots, growth, strength and rejuvenation).
We arrived the venue to set up the day before. We roped in family and friends to help dress the venue. My Dad had spent two years making decorations, games, props and signs for the day which all looked amazing. This meant so much to us because everything was completely personal. Louise spent the day before, with a couple of friends and family, prepping all the food. We had a huge buffet as our wedding breakfast, which lasted well in to the night and provided wine as toasting drinks (neither of us are keen on Champagne and we felt the wine went well with the cheese cake). We also provided a Hogg roast (Roasting Pig) in the evening. We think we achieved our goal of keeping people well fed and watered.
The night before the wedding we stayed in a bell tent together (it was freezing (we should have guessed as much given that it was October). I got ready in the Honeymoon suite (a room of the apartment located at the venue) and Louise got ready in her parents’ 4 man tent.
So excited to be sharing this shoot with you!! It’s definitely different from anything I’ve shared on this blog so far, and I hope you love it too. Gisela and Garazi’s lovely styled couple shoot starts with hanging out on the sofa and turns into portraits in the most gorgeous outfits (by our own Brighton based L-O-M!).
“Wherever she is, this is home to me”
I was reading an article about a same-sex couple, and the discrimination they suffered just to show their love publicly. It’s so sad… How can we destroy the essence of a word like “love”, with this kind of hate? It’s terrible. And I was talking with a friend about it, and she told me that it would be great to do something together, she with her girlfriend, just loving them each other at home. Well, we had everything planned and two days before she told me she can’t, and then I found Garazi and Gisela, and they were perfect for this. That’s why we had an idea about a very simply shooting at home, with a couple, in a normal lifestyle shoot. Laying in the sofa, exchanging some anecdotes, sharing warm smiles… Love has many faces, and for us this was the perfect Sunday morning face.
Photographer Jess Rose shared Kira and Jenny’s lovely wedding with us. Take a look and see what did girls say about their big day.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met online (good old gaydargirls!) and after a few messages back and forth decided to meet face to face for a coffee in Starbucks. That coffee lasted about 4 hours! We even went back on our one year anniversary and recreated the date – it wasn’t 4 hours second time round though!
As we are from the North East both of our families and a lot of friends had to travel a significant distance for our wedding. We tried to make it as easy as possible for them by choosing a venue where we could have everything in one place and also ‘make a weekend of it’. We wanted our day to be as authentically ‘us’ as possible, after this the most important thing to us was to make our guests feel as valued as possible. Our inspiration was ourselves, our story so far and the things we like. We are well known for socialising events where everyone has a good time, nice food, booze and often board games. This formed a theme for our day – the save the dates were paper fortune tellers, our seating plan was a personalized monopoly board, and the favours were travel board games for the children and scrabble tile initial keyrings for the adults. We are also known for being quite last minute/spontaneous people which is why we decided to set the date and plan the wedding in six months. We knew that even if we had two years to plan it we would do it all in the last six months anyway so it didn’t seem worth waiting! We are both willing to get stuck in and Kira is a creative person so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we could. This meant we made the save the dates, invitations, order of services, seating plan, favours, name cards, table names, advice cards, guestbook hearts and Jenga, I-Spy selfie sticks, hangover kits, dried petal confetti, all flowers, table decorations and various signage.
This wedding makes me miss summer, sunshine, and green trees.. Oh how much would I give to be sitting by the lake now… Charlotte and Sharon had an amazing wedding with lots of sunshine and the gorgeous scenery of Loch Ard.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Through a friend whilst on rugby tour at the Magaluf beach.
TELL US ABOUT THE DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME, INSPIRATION, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST FUN PART FOR YOU?
The main thing that we wanted from our wedding location was to get married by the water, whether that was on a beach or next to a loch. The second thing that we wanted was to be able to get married outside (British weather permitting). Charlie found Altskeith Country House while recovering from a broken ankle and it ticked all of the boxes and more for us. Firstly it was on the side of Loch Ard, secondly it had several stunning outside options to get married and thirdly it had the most stunning views across the loch with Ben Lomond in the background. When we went to view the house over the Christmas holidays in 2015 we knew instantly that it was where we wanted to get married. Charlie was grinning from ear to ear before we even got out of the car and saw the inside of the house. We were also very fortunate that the owners, Alison and Yas, were so welcoming and made us feel at ease straight away. They were so proud of the transformation they had made to the house and that they could share it with couples like us who wanted a dream location for their wedding day. The final bonus was that as the house was in Scotland we could legally get married outside if the weather was on our side on the day.
Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day!!! Now when you’re all full of love and chocolate, we wanted to share something really beautiful with you. Photographer Kirsty Mackenzie sent us this gorgeous shoot she shot, styled by Bow & Beau. The stylist tells us about the inspiration behind this shoot and wedding suppliers involved.
Our aim for the shoot was to bring in quirky and unconventional features to an otherwise relaxed, outdoorsy, woodland wedding setting: a cool whimsical shoot for the alternative bride. We also wanted to promote a same sex, quite relaxed and natural shoot.
Look at these guys! We absolutely love their wedding and pictures shot during their walk in South Bank, they are hilarious. Take a look at pictures taken by Rhapsody Road Photography, and read what they told us about their big day.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met each other on the Worldwide web! It was New Years Day 2011, we chatted online and decided to meet that evening. The rest is history! We started dating straight away and I, David, moved in with Pete on April Fools day 2011!
In November 2012 we went to Australia to meet Pete’s family who live in the Hunter Valley area of New South Wales. We arranged an additional trip to visit the Great Barrier Reef. To my surprise, Pete proposed at a waterfall inside the rainforest in Queensland-just the two of us. It was super romantic and amazing.
We chose shoes by Crocket & Jones because we wanted high quality goodyear welted men’s footwear and it does not get better than this.
We picked shoes shaped the same but I had lace ups and Pete chose buckles so they did not look identical even though we knew they were the same shape.
Our personalized cuff links were from Links of London. David’s were engraved D&P and Pete’s P&D. We had the same engraving inside our wedding rings along with ‘May 2017’
Finding straightforward high quality men’s wedding bands was harder than we thought. Wedding jewellery seems to be all about the ladies! A friend recommended Ritz Fine Jewellery and the service they provided was second to none and made both grooms feel like brides!
We are all about being your self and organising a wedding exactly the way you want it, no matter what magazines or blogs say. However inspiration is a wonderful thing and we will always do our best to show you what is out there to spark a bit of creativity. What if you have a venue, want your wedding to be beautiful but have absolutely no designer skills? Then quickly get yourself a stylist – like our guest author today – Chenai of by Chenai . She prepared for you a round up of what will light up the 2018 wedding scene from fashion style to venue selection. We hope it will give you some amazing new ideas (we are loving these grazing tables!!).
Whilst it’s always important for personal style to dictate your wedding planning and styling decisions, we can’t ignore the influence that art, design, and fashion play on the choices we made in society & culture. With this in mind, here’s my big 8 themes for 2018 weddings.
The Grazing Table
It genuinely surprises me that this has yet to permeate wedding culture in Britain. No, really, I mean it. Australia has been ahead of the curve on this front as evidenced by the number of platter companies offering the service. The beauty of the grazing table is that it lends itself to an informal setting and when styled creatively and (depending on size and scale) is an affordable option for feeding guests. It can be a show stopper between acts, instead of canapes between ceremony and reception for example and thanks to likes of Grape and Fig, the first platter company in the UK, I guarantee you, many a summer and outdoor wedding will feature grazing tables next year.
Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you can’t have missed the engagement news of our favourite royal, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Every single detail from her dress to who will serve has her bridesmaids has been written about in blogs in publications everywhere but undoubtedly the so called ‘Meghan Markle ‘ effect will influence bridal style from Spring 2018 onwards.
Village Hall? Check. A field at the back of your dad’s friend’s neighbours house? Check. A cosy pub? Check. Railway arches? Check.
You get the picture. Traditional venues often satisfy the requirements of lovely views, gardens or rooms and make for wonderful photos. However, great value and flexibility is to be found in non traditional spaces. Increasingly, couples are getting bolder in their thinking where venue search is concerned and and as long as it has basic facilities, you know like electricity and running water (or at least access to) we’ll continue to see couples opting for everything but the country manor house.
Alberto: I live and work in Lugano in my hairdressing salon, and Lorenzo is from Parma, a city in the heart of Italy. We meet the fist time on September during a Disco party with friends in Verona (city of lovers… was it be a chance?).
I was a staff member and my rope was door selection. Lorenzo, after saw me nearby entrance, worked up the nerve and engaged me during party and so we spent together the rest of the night.
After a while without some together time for our respective work reasons, we had another meeting and we finally fall in love.
Now Lorenzo has came to live here in Lugano with me and we’re looking for a more spacious house where live with the our “furry sons”, two chihuahua dogs named Pedro and Oscar. Now our aim is to have their first holiday together, marked with relax.. but maybe not to much!