I got married at the end of October. Yes, Spring and Summer weddings are pretty and warm and sunny but we both agreed that they sounded like hell. No one wants to sweat to death in a posh frock or suit all day or squint in to the camera for the photos – no, not our thing! Hurrah for Winter Weddings!
We got married in a castle and we think it perfectly suited the wintery weather as it meant we could decorate with beautiful church candles and the whole day felt cosy and so pretty. Even if I could get married again, it would still be in the colder months. Flying the flag for off-season nuptials, I have 3 stunning winter weddings to show you.
Although we’re packing away our winter coats in hope of spring finally bursting into life (summer clothes! sandals! sunshine!), we’re throwing it back a season to look at some of the most beautiful winter weddings we’ve ever seen. Why? Well, doubtless some of you are planning your own winter wedding this year or next… so we thought a little bit of inspiration wouldn’t hurt! And, of course, these are just so gorgeous we couldn’t wait six months to tell you all about them. Whether you’re battling with a guest list or wrestling with a ring sizer, stop what you’re doing and take a look at these. You’ll certainly feel cosy after you check out these beautiful winter weddings.
Getting hitched in a wintery castle
It doesn’t get much more romantic than a ceremony held at a magnificent Irish castle with room after room of roaring open fires, does it? Oh, but it does – add in a childhood love story, a natural disaster and an adventure overseas, and you’ve got Amanda and Sean’s beautiful winter wedding. American couple Amanda and Sean began dating in school. Almost a decade later, Sean got down one knee among the wreckage that was their home together after Hurricane Sandy tore through it, proposing to her against a backdrop of shattered windows and broken doorways. Opting to fly over to Ireland, the pair wed in County Mayo on the date of their high school anniversary, bringing their closest and friends and family to celebrate with them for a candlelit dinner in the middle of December.
Tying the knot in the new year
Wed on January 5, Anna and Paul filled their day with personal touches a little closer to home. Married in a barn, Anna walked down the aisle to a song from an album the couple listened to lots when they first began dating, with Uncle Jim conducting the entire ceremony that the duo had written together. Their friends made heartfelt instrumental and vocal performances, and Anna’s dad drove her to the alter in his trusty Volvo… making the whole day a real family affair! We love the fact Anna and Paul held their reception in Leaf, their favourite venue in Liverpool city centre, boarding a double decker bus with their guests to party the night away.
Exchanging vows in a quirky London venue
How do you fancy something a little different? Take a leaf out of Tom and Lizzie’s book by tying the knot on 28th December at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham. The venue’s blue painted walls were peeling, exuding faded glamour and history with plenty of exposed concrete and stained glass to compliment it. Lizzie’s blue boots and blue velvet cape are like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and worked beautifully with her bouquet of winter flowers and flickering candlelight as the couple exchanged vows. Bucking tradition by walking down the aisle together, the pair made their winter wedding quirky and original, true to their personalities. Their guests were kept warm with mulled wine and a hearty beef stew before everyone took to the dance floor, making us realise that winter weddings are as much warmed by the couple’s attention to detail as anything else!