Lisa and Alex wanted to get married on the side of a hill, but the rules on where and how you could legally get married in their home country of the UK meant that wasn't possible, which is where their journey to 71 weddings around the globe started.
They met in 2000 but were just friends until they got together eight years later in 2008. They are both from Hull, but were living in Manchester. "As soon as we got together we knew we wanted to travel. We started to save straight away and put Alex’s business and our home up for sale! It took longer than we expected to sell the business but after 3 years it finally went. We opened our home and sold all of our belongings including furniture, clothes and shoes and all of our beloved kitchen equipment!" remembers Lisa.
Over a couple of bottles of wine, they decided they would travel and have a wedding ceremony everywhere they went - a mere three weeks before they left England. "Of course our friends and family thought we were more than a little crazy but once we explained the idea, they loved it…as long as we didn’t get legally married by accident!"
They didn't want cookie cutter weddings across the globe - they wanted each ceremony to honour that place's traditions and customs. "All of the weddings are special for very different reasons, some for the location, some are quirky and really different, all of them open our eyes to cultures we have never experienced and they all involve meeting some really great people without whom this trip would not be possible," says Lisa.
Their first wedding was close to home in their village of Didsbury. "With the help of 25 local businesses...it all started by accident really and became something amazing...it was a complete surprise to me and it happened the day before we flew to Canada to start our adventure!" says Lisa.
"As we travel we make very few plans, we have a vague route around the globe which started in Canada. We travelled east to west Canada, to Hawaii, down the west coast of America into Mexico, covered the whole of Central America and through South America. We flew to South Africa and Kenya for a few months and we returned to England where we visited Scotland, Wales and Ireland and then we drove to North Africa," she says.
They don't have a favourite of their 71 wedding ceremonies, per se. "It is difficult to choose a favourite so far; but; we loved the Andean ceremony in Peru for its intensity. The smells, sounds, commitments and offerings in the ceremony are all so special and make the whole occasion very touching, emotional and spiritual! We have never felt anything like it before! We also fell in love with Colorado, Denver. The wedding there was perfect. Surrounded by the great outdoors, stunning scenery and the simple pleasures that we adore. Good food, wine and of course great company! Our Scottish wedding was up there too. With Alex's family originating from Campbeltown we felt an amazing connection with the area. The piper and fiddler just made our day and the Mid Argyll pipe band was just incredible. We had a perfect day despite the arctic conditions and 6 foot snow drifts! The Irish wedding is my current favourite but it does change regularly," says Lisa.
They originally planned to travel for two years, in their campervan 'Peggy', but the trip has since turned into a five year adventure, but they've kept to a very tight budget throughout. "The budget is very tight and especially as we have now extended our journey to 4+ years instead of two but we are managing. We did set a weekly budget as we started our journey but as we travel through countries the cost of living varies so greatly so we tend to try to keep our spending to a bare minimum. Our biggest cost is fuel as you can imagine but as we have the camper we do not have accommodation costs as we wild camp most of the time, we can cook in the van so do a weekly shop at local markets therefore reducing our living costs and of course we could not even begin to afford to throw a wedding every other week if it was not for the generosity of the photographers, suppliers, families and people we meet on our journey. Everyone helps us for free or a minimal cost as they want to help us spread the love and to be a part of our adventure!"
What's been the effect of the whole trip on their relationship? Well, they're even more in love than when they started, according to Lisa. "We are together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and live in a 6 feet by 16 feet space. We arrange weddings, share the driving, and split the blog workload. We take it turns to make each other breakfast in bed every day. If there is anything that makes a couple know they are meant to be together it is surviving this trip without a single argument. We still get nervous before every single ceremony!" Aww!
See the rest of their weddings below!