Sometimes, we all need to step back and remind ourselves what is truly important in life. If your wedding planning journey is starting to feel overwhelming or stressful – and we’ve all been there – then please take some time today to read this beautiful and brave account of one of the most incredible weddings we’ve featured on these pages. Our words cannot do justice to what it means to marry your beloved in this manner, so we will leave you in the hands of amazing Elle, a bride who epitomises what your wedding really is all about: everlasting love. (Trigger warning: please have tissues to hand.)
You’d be forgiven for thinking we’d muddled up our dates when we tell you that this outdoor ceremony took place in October, but we speak the truth (the whole truth, and nothing but the truth): this foliage wedding, blessed with the most incredible light, was held outside in the autumn. Every detail of the day is exceptionally stylish, with a stunning couple, gorgeous Dessy bridesmaids dresses, fantastic foliage and florals – and that poolside ceremony setting. The involvement of friends and family helped to make the day even more special and personal, with the bride’s mum designing a lot of the decorative details and her aunt rustling up homemade rhubarb gin favours for 135 people. Mmm!
We have the perfect antidote to any midweek woes with this Croatia destination wedding. No passport required! Henriette & Reuben’s celebrations start with a beautiful and romantic wedding ceremony in a 16th-century palace, styled with a stunning white wisteria hanging centrepiece which has to be seen to be believed. Their day continues in equally fabulous fashion – on which note, how chic is the couple’s black tie dress code – with their wedding breakfast taking place on a seaside terrace offering amazing views of Dubrovnik. You may have to pinch yourself to believe that somewhere so beautifully really exists on earth.
This ‘barnquee’ wedding is a first for us – but we certainly hope not a last, as the marriage of barn and marquee is sheer brilliance. Claire & Andrew look completely at home in the rustic luxe setting – perhaps unsurprising when their love story started just down the road in St Andrews, where they met as students – which comes complete with its own 16th-century castle, boasting 10 bedrooms and 44 acres of land. Foliage and florals dominate the styling, with perfectly placed urns and arches stealing the show, as well as some fabulous botanical wallpaper in the barnquee. Genius. Plus, with the groom in a kilt, the bridesmaids in tonal dresses by Ghost and the bride in Charlie Brear, there is so much pretty lurking in every single corner. Smitten? Just a little.
If the streets of London are paved with gold then take me to Barcelona, for this golden jungle wedding – just outside the Spanish seaside city – must have been touched by Midas himself. Stunning couple Laia & Carlos shine amidst the hanging stars and sparkling lights at Masia Ribas, where the line between inside and outside is beautifully blurred by the incredible styling at the wedding breakfast. Gold insects, gold stars and gold vases vie for attention, but it is Laia’s golden headpiece that steals the show.
We are utterly obsessed with this magical matrimony, which truly is romance made real. The Riding School at Calke Abbey, a National Trust property in Derbyshire, is a stunning no corkage wedding venue with high ceilings and exposed brickwork, which Megan & Kurt style superbly with soft drapery, fairylights, pretty florals and the pièce de résistance: a moon gate altar. Megan’s must have – ghost chairs – have set our hearts aflutter here at RMW (we totally get why they were top of her wishlist), and just when we thought this wedding couldn’t get any better we spy leather jackets, a doughnut wall and a glitter bar. Do not miss groom Kurt with a sparkly blue beard!
If ever you needed proof that superwoman wears a wedding dress, this is it. Emily looks sensational in her lace Avalon dress and plain bridal cape, flanked by her bridesmaids in jumpsuits and leather jackets. Talk about bridal party goals. In fact, talk about wedding goals: Emily & Simon’s ceremony focused on equality, with the bride walking down the aisle alongside both her parents and the couple having a handfasting ceremony (instead of rings) conducted by their mums. We also love the industrial feel of Clapton Country Club, simply but beautifully decorated with winter flowers, foliage and festoon lights to create a winter wonderland with a hint of Christmas charm.
We are bringing you all the goosebumps with this forest themed wedding, a day that is not only spectacularly stylish (and completely DIY-ed) but also a testament and tribute to the strength of love. Groom Will was diagnosed with cancer at the start of 2018, six months before he was due to marry Kirsty – his childhood sweetheart – in June. Too poorly to make the original date, the couple postponed their wedding until September, grateful that all of their suppliers were able to accommodate the difficult situation and new date. Wonderfully, Will got the all-clear before the wedding, turning the day into the most poignant and perfect celebration. We could not be more thrilled for this sweet couple, or more in awe of their epic styling efforts, which nail their rustic boho brief beautifully.
French destination weddings will always be in fashion; who wouldn’t want to say ‘I do’ amidst land that oozes love? Amy & Tim’s wedding weekend has us weak at the knees, with every picture perfect detail adding its own je ne sais quoi: from the incredible venue to the beautiful dress to the sensational styling – just look at that cornucopia of candles! – this catalogue of captures shows that heaven truly is a place on earth. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the Aperol spritz bar. Someone catch me before I fall even more head over heels.