We may be finally edging our way into Spring but I couldn’t help but share this delicious winter wedding with you today. Rather than avoiding the enviable snow situation, Briar & Simon embraced it with a winter wonderland theme and blue colour scheme! The wedding was held at Boynton Bros Farm in Ontario, Canada. The ceremony was held outside in the woods (brrr!) and the reception in on of the farm sheds (double brrr – these guys are HARDY!)
“Our wedding was a winter wonderland – cold and blue with lots of sparkle”, explained Briar. I loved that we were able to have an outdoor wedding despite the temperature. It couldn’t have worked out better. We actually first started dating when I was playing hockey at a local ice rink where Simon worked so the cold was also kind of appropriate! I also loved doing the photos with just me and Simon outside in the snow.”
Bryce & Josie were hitched in October at As You Like It restaurant and bar in Newcastle. They budgeted £5000 for the wedding but ended up over-spending a little with the whole day coming in for a still very impressive £8000.
Wearing a vintage dress from eBay and a Topshop mini lace dress in the evening, Josie carried a vintage feather bouquet that had belonged to her mother. Her bridesmaid wore dresses from Hobbs and carried homemade crepe paper bouquet. Her groom was decked out in an Oliver Spencer suit.
“We met in 2005 in a bar in London, my last night out in Kew before moving to Islington”, began Josie. “A few weeks later Bryce followed my lead and moved down the road to Highbury. What can I say, his persistence paid off, 7 years, 3 cities and 2 kiddies down the road we got married!”
“This wasn’t the original wedding we planned,” she continued. “At first it was going to be a country village, marquee in the garden affair in May 2011. But various life events cropped up and meant that that was no longer to be. Never mind, who’d want a smooth running wedding plan anyway..!? Where are the stories to tell in that?! So we began to construct a plan for the North East.”
Describing their wedding as “Mod meets Moghul – a theme based on the sharpness of the Mod culture coupled with the glamour and colour from the Rajasthani era in India”, Aelia & Stuart were married at Kedleston Hall in Derby. They chose this space because it perfectly encompassed both of their cultures, which was really important to them. Aelia explains, “Asian weddings are notorious for being huge, but we didn’t want that. We wanted everyone there to truly feel part of the wedding. This was going to be a party for our nearest and dearest. We set out to find a unique venue to capture both our sides, tall order! We looked everywhere: gallery spaces, sculpture gardens, castles – the lot. We were losing hope until we came across a beautiful National Trust site in Derby. It was stunning and we fell in love with it straight away. Not only could we pretty much use the whole house for our ceremony, reception, dinner and dancing but it was closed to the public and it had a history steeped in the Rajasthani era as the owner was the Viceroy to India. Perfect! I had the Indian side covered and Stu had the design and architecture by Robert Adams covered. We couldn’t believe our luck.”
“Our inspiration stemmed from our two cultures: India and the Mod scene of the 60s”, Aelia continued. “Our profession as graphic designers also played a huge roll in making it a well designed wedding. My religion is Islam and Stu’s is, well… Jedi! We actually asked the string quartet to learn the ‘Ceremony Song’ from Star Wars so I could walk down the aisle to it! We both also have a love for geometric forms, and coincidently Islamic art is full of it so this naturally became the motif for all our stationery and paper goods.”
“Our next step was to secure the food. There was no question about it, we were to have curry for dinner. It was pretty much demanded by my friends and family. An Asian wedding isn’t complete unless you have a good curry. Five Rivers surpassed all our expectations. But this was a wedding of two halves, and instead of having canapés with drinks at the reception, we decided to have a tea party with copious amounts of cake, finger sandwiches and posh tea. This was kept a secret and I wish I’d been there to see everyone walk into the great kitchen to see a table running down the centre of the room with a mad hatter style party and a Choccywoccydoodah cake.”
Isn’t it funny when two of your worlds collide? I’ve been
stalking following Talia on Instagram for ages (I love love love her cute kawaii style!) and so when I received their wedding photographs from Eric Ronald I literally jumped up and down with glee! I knew this wedding was going to be awesome from the few sneaks I’d seen on her feed but I was little prepared for this level of amazement…
“As you will read below, I find this story so incredibly beautiful”, began Eric’s email to me. “Their strength, piece and love for one another is truly inspiring. I was literally wiping tears away during the speeches and the photos of Talia during Zac’s speech still make my eyes well up. Nowadays many couples have been together for quite some time before getting married which makes the wedding more of a milestone in the midst of their story rather than the beginning. They have been tested and overcome so much as individuals and as a couple which made their wedding day so special. I believe that there is something in Talia & Zac’s wedding that represents what modern day weddings are all about.”
I’m lucky enough to get to blog a lot of gay weddings, and whenever I do I never really like to make a big ‘thing’ about the fact that is it one. To me, a wedding is a wedding and love is love and whether it’s a guy and a girl, two girls or two dudes getting hitched makes not a damn bit of difference. But with Lee & Alistair’s wedding, I just can’t help but make a point of how happy it makes me to see these two guys getting married. It’s so utterly clear from these photos how much in love they are, and I’m so bloody chuffed to be able to share their story with you today.
“One of the grooms, Lee, had a series of health problems in the 12 months leading up to the wedding, eventually leading to a major operation & having part of his kidney removed due to a cancerous tumor,” they began. ”Throughout that time Alastair & Lee’s closest friends gathered to help rehabilitate Lee back to normal health so as well as sharing in our wedding, it was also a big thank you to everyone for all the love and support they’d given in the year leading up to the big day.”
I was so incredible honoured when blog reader Cécile sent me this drawing that she’d done of Gareth & me. As photographer Christine who took the original photograph said when I showed it to her, “It takes me straight back to that moment! It makes my heart smile so much! Wow such a talent that Cécile is”.
Thank you Cécile for the beautiful gift. You can see more of her gorgeous work via her own website La Belette Rose.