Christable and Julius’ retro inspired wedding took place in June. The wedding was a whimsical DIY barn party with influences from a number of different eras.
“Even though we are both from the city, we love getting out to the country”, began the bride. “We wanted to do something that had us all over it and not a pre-decorated banquet hall. We decorated the entire barn just hours before having to get dressed in the upstairs room. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.”
“We knew it was going to be lot of work but I think the one thing we didn’t REALLY think about was a good clean up plan. It was a lot of work to put it all up and just as much work to put it all away along with the gifts after celebrating a wedding! Some guests did help but it still was more than we actually thought. You spend so much time thinking about putting it all together and then you forget about taking it all apart!”
Ray and Tah-Lia wanted their wedding to be as casual and laid back as possible. So they took a long time to organise the day (two years!) and made decisions that kept things simple.
“We love vintage clothing and really vintage everything and we wanted to have a fun wedding with minimal stress”, said the bride. “We also share a love for music so having a live band was a must, and we wanted a lively band that would get people dancing!”
“We organised everything ourselves! We bought the cake and wines from the grocery store (which saved us money) and bought a keg from Deschutes Brewery. We also had a friend do a fun photo booth during the reception for our guests to take pictures. We let our bridal party pick what they wanted to wear (as long as it was black) and tried to keep everything as simple as possible.”
I know I say every single issue that the new one might be my favourite so far… but this time I really, really mean it because my sister Rachel’s wedding is featured inside and she’s on the cover! Ahhh what an utter babe.
Planning their wedding was so amazingly fun (and very stressful at times!) but it was so exciting to see it all come together. Then seeing their magazine feature materialise gave me all that same stress and excitement all over again. I have to give extra props and love to my lead designer Shauna on this spread – she’s probably never had to deal with a more neurotic client than me while working on it!
Trying to figure out the perfect image choices was… well… an experience (if you think planning a wedding presents you with a lot of opinions, try designing a magazine spread of said wedding and keeping everyone happy!) Every day I was emailing her like “Erm, what about if we switched this with that?” or “How about changing that one and adding these instead?” I’m sure she was cursing my name and putting a hex on me from her studio in Portland!
We got there in the end though and I can’t wait for you guys to see how the wedding (and feature!) have turned out.
Issue 10 isn’t just 165 pages of Rachel and Jamie though, there are also ten other incredible real weddings for you to feast your eyes on. From a burlesque and 1950s themed day in South Africa, to a Haunted Mansion wedding on Halloween and a mermaid inspired wedding down under, this issue is packed with over 100 pages of real life weddings. Here’s a tiny preview…
Hannah and Trent were married at Matilda Bay Reserve in Perth, Western Australia. They hired furniture and knick knacks from Turtle and the Pelican and Maisey Collections to furnish the outdoor space. They also borrowed lots of props from friends.
“The two biggest factors to us choosing our venue were that we were able to bring our own booze and there was no curfew which was very difficult to find in Perth”, began the bride. “A friend suggested to look at public reserve spaces and hiring a marquee. After booking Matilda Bay Reserve I felt that a marquee would look tacky and ruin my vintage look with all the dark wooden furniture items, which then lead me to find Zest Event Design who hire out tipis. I fell in love instantly but due to the price we could only get one, which was fine for a cocktail setting. The tipi looked amazing suited the vibe and was well used. We danced in the tipi till 4am in the morning!”
Rachel & Jamie by Camera Hannah (full wedding featured in issue 11, on sale September 1st!)
Rose gold has definitely become the metal of 2016. It’s been all over the high street (from shoes to handbags and everything in between), is being used on tech products such as phones and laptops and of course cropping up in more and more costume jewellery too. I can totally see why – it’s warmer than white gold or silver, cheaper than platinum and a bit more youthful than yellow gold. It’s somehow wearable yet super luxurious with just a hint of cool all at the same time.
Despite being super popular on the high street, finding premium rose gold products like wedding bands and engagement rings can still be a bit tricky, which is why I wanted to share some of my favourite finds from Diamond Mansion with you today.
For those of you that haven’t heard of them, they are located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ historic jewellery district (but sell online and ship worldwide). What distinguishes Diamond Mansion from other jewellery companies is that, with the help of one of their friendly, patient, and knowledgeable customer service advisers, you can fully design a wedding or engagement ring to suit your budget or personal style.
Here are my favourite rose gold rings from their extensive collection. Remember each one can be customised, so rather than seeing these as ‘the’ ring you might get, think of them as starting off points for creating your own, completely unique dream engagement ring!
Round cut natural halo pave contemporary ring
Round cut Verragio insignia infinity style engagement ring
Asscher cut split shank with sidestones
Scott and Hayley were married on Halloween but they didn’t want to make the obvious choice to have a spooky themed wedding. Instead they were inspired by vintage pieces (the bride wore a dress from the 1940s), and Victoriana with a Rock n Roll twist. Of course there were a few autumnal touches such as pumpkins on the tables, but overall it was just a reflection of everything they love.
“We wanted our wedding to be different and not traditional but also show our personalities”, said the bride. “We collected vintage props for the tables but the venue, The Roost in Dalston, also had lots of quirky pieces of furniture and props that we could use. Music was also a big influence we spent months creating our perfect playlists for each part of the day.”