Are you ready to witness the fitness of the prettiest garden wedding ever? Well prepare yourself because Jennifer and Jordan
’s German wedding is seriously gorgeous! They were married in August at the bride’s family home.
“We wanted everything to be unique and personal so we spent a lot of time hunting for decorations on eBay and flea markets and making SO MUCH stuff”, Jennifer said. “Like most brides today, Pinterest became my best friend was a huge help getting all our ideas together. I probably had about 10 different wedding boards by the end! We decided early on that we wanted to get married in my parents’ garden so we built the wedding around that. We went for a little Alice in Wonderland vibe mixed with a vintage funfair and lots of small details. I think the wedding represented us as a couple and all things we love. Jordan and I both work in the film industry in creative jobs so we were very particular on how we wanted every tiny detail to look, almost like building a film set.”
The couple made almost everything at their wedding, it took eight whole months of daily crafting! “We made about 350 differently decorated jars for our table decorations, my dad sawed tree slices from an old collapsed tree for us, my uncle helped us built all the four funfair booths, we made our vintage living room photo wall from scratch and decorated it with old family wedding photos from both sides. Each guest received a jar of home made vanilla rhubarb strawberry jam as their name tag, my aunt sewed the bunting from mountains of old fabrics everyone collected, and my mum and I spent hours decorating the cans that we attached to the bridal car and decorating the bridesmaids hangers with their initials. Jordan’s sister made the home made lemonade for our lemonade stand.”
Kristina and Florian were married in a tent on the beach in northern Germany. After their small ceremony, they danced, played and got messy on the beach with all their guests… Oh and everyone was in animal fancy dress!
“Our wedding was crazy and out of the box”, said the bride. “Our daughter loves animals and it was her idea to have everyone dressed up! The Germans tend to be very conservative, especially in the northern part of the country where we are, so it was very hard to get our dream wedding – we had to fight for it!”
You might remember that in July I went to Marrakech with Gala and Shauna. Well, I loved it so much that I convinced my sister Rachel (who’s getting married next July) that we totally needed to do a winter sun vacation for “wedding décor research”.
It might sound like a ridiculous indulgence, but when we actually looked into it properly it wasn’t such a mental idea. She wants to buy or hire lots of Morrocan-style throws, rugs and lamps for the wedding but we were quite frankly astounded at the cost. Even the hire places we looked into had a minimum spend that was over what she wanted to shell out on décor and this way she gets to keep it all afterwards!
Our flights were only £120 and we’re staying in a much less fancy Riad than I did last time meaning that the whole trip is costing us less than £300 each. Plus it’s going to be a really fun pre-wedding adventure.
If you’re as obsessed with YouTubers as I am, you’ll already know who Helen Anderson is. Blogger, Vlogger, musician, Instagram celebrity… She has a fantastic channel which I’m not ashamed to admit I stalk on an almost daily basis! So when she announced that her boyfriend Matthew had proposed while they were on a trip to DisneyWorld, I was instantly excited to see their upcoming wedding.
So you can imagine my elation when their engagement shoot landed in my inbox last week! Now, I’ll admit, I don’t often feature engagement sessions, but well, I had to make an exception for this one didn’t I!?
“The idea behind our engagement shoot was love and laughs”, said Helen. “We just wanted something fairly simple but very much about me and Matthew having fun. I wore a sparkly dress from ASOS and we shot in our fine city of Norwich! It’s where we both grew up (and fell in love with each other) and I just wanted the shoot to be close to home and to reflect both of us.”
Sometimes the simplest weddings really are the best. Cumi and Jake decided to have their ceremony at an art gallery, and their reception in a shelter in a park. They got married on a Tuesday, the bride’s mother walked her down the aisle and the most important thing to the pair was that they felt like themselves.
“Our theme was rockabilly”, said Cumi. “We had very different ideas of what we wanted in a wedding (Jake wanted traditional and I wanted anything but). Jake’s idea to have a rockabilly theme was the first that we immediately agreed on and were excited about. We didn’t go into our wedding planning with the goal of being unique. Instead, we asked ourselves what we wanted and not what weddings traditionally look like.”
Kelly and Thom wanted their wedding to be inspired by their love of travel, but with fun little unexpected touches. They weren’t constrained by a particular theme, they just picked things they liked, such as having a ‘Herbie’ Beetle as their transport! The ceremony was held at Old Wardour Castle and the reception at Spitfire House Farm, private farming estate owned by family friends.
“We looked for every opportunity to pour ourselves into the décor”, said Kelly. “Most of the decorations were handmade by us or things we already had. As part of the invitations we sent postcards of Wiltshire and Boise for RSVP, using the returned cards as bunting decoration. The flower bunting flags were handmade by a family friend and surrounded the entire marquee. We had small frames all around with quotes from some of our favourite books and every table had a small tower of books from our own collection. Thom designed the table numbers, each featuring a different lyric from The Beatles. Thom also has a collection of vintage cameras we placed around the tables. The trains were all from the Brio set that Thom and his brothers grew up with. And I designed the little iSpy cards. For fun we got a whole bunch of the foam flying gliders for every place setting. Thom’s dad also made the large sized Jenga!”