Lisa and Jim were married at Prestonﬁeld House in Edinburgh on Halloween. They planned the wedding in just five months, had just 18 guests and did a lot of the key elements themselves.
“The idea behind our wedding was to have a small intimate candle lit ceremony at night with an open ﬁre”, began the bride. “We wanted all our guests and ofﬁciant to be dressed in black – black evening dresses and black evening suits with bow ties. There was a gothic touch and a spiritual element which all tied in with Halloween.”
“After a champagne reception we had a dinner party with a woodland, harvest theme. Jim and I love Halloween, but for different reasons – Jim loves horror movies especially ‘Halloween’ and has three different Michael Myers’ tattooed on him. We had Michael Myers mentioned in our ceremony by the ofﬁciant as a joke. I love Halloween as this is when it is the Celtic New Year, Samhain, celebrated at sunset on 31st October. This is why I wanted an evening wedding. Samhain marks the end of the harvest and the start of a chapter, new beginnings. Jim and I do not celebrate the traditional New Year of 1st January. Jim also lost his mum recently and so we felt that Halloween being traditional for the dead to be closer to the living to be a touching time to think of his mum being there with us when exchanging our vows.”
I simply can’t get enough of sweet little DIY weddings… which is why I feature them so often. If you too love looking homemade details then you’re going to adore Stephen and Gilly’s Glaswegian wedding!
“We’re not big on themed weddings, we just wanted ours to be relaxed and laid back”, said Gilly. “There were no extras or unnecessary frills. We just wanted all our guests to enjoy
themselves, and I don’t think either of us have smiled that much, ever!”
“The inspiration came from the things we love and are passionate about including music, films and mid-century design. We met on match.com and discovered through each other’s profiles that we both adore Wes Anderson films, so the characters from The Royal Tenenbaums were our table names. Each guest had a badge with their character on it as a favour, which I made. Most of the wedding was handmade so it felt very personal, and guests commented on how it was a great expression of both of us, which is lovely to think that our personalities came through.”
Bronwyn-Sara and Jesse were married at Red River Valley in Tennessee. “Tradition is the last thing that describes what Jesse and I wanted”, the bride began. “We drove my mother-in law-crazy with our ideas. We threw tradition to the side and did our own thing with our thrift store purchases and last minute planning!”
The bride bought her dress on Craigslist, wore no shoes (just like most of the wedding party) and did her own make up. Her bridesmaids were in various vintage style dresses bought from places like David’s Bridal, Etsy and thrift stores!
If the idea of a small elopement, with just a few special guests there with you sounds like wedding heaven to you, then you’re going to adore today’s real wedding. The couple are super private, hence wanting to marry in this way. They only invited very close friends and family members.
“We met at College of the Atlantic, a tiny liberal arts school in Bar Harbor, Maine, and were just friends for years”, the bride explained. “Several years after we both graduated, I moved back from the west coast where I’d been for awhile and we started dating. We both had always had a slight crush on each other actually. We were together for three years when he proposed at the beginning of September and a month and a half later we got married.”
The ceremony took place at Acadia National Park in Maine and their ‘reception’ was on Hunter’s Beach. “We liked the idea of an elopement, but decided to have a small gathering for the ceremony and have a larger celebration with family and friends a year later”, she continued. “There was no theme. We let the locations speak for themselves. It was very unique. Not many people hike halfway up a mountain and get married under a towering stone bridge built on the carriage roads all over Acadia. And it was totally us, since we hike with our dog constantly and these carriage roads and mountains are right in our backyard.”
If supporting small and independent companies during your wedding planning is something important to you, then I’d love to introduce you to wedding stationer Emma Jo. Obsessed with all things paper from an early age, Emma has taken that passion and formed her own boutique wedding stationery company. She offers a diverse and ever-expanding collection of beautiful invitations, save the dates and paper goods for weddings.
Wanting nothing more than to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience for her clients, Emma launched her company in 2009 in response to seeing way too many ‘ordinary’ wedding stationery around. She wanted to design things that were anything but ordinary! She loves nothing more than listening to her couple’s stories and designing their stationery around them.
“I am so proud of the diverse styles we offer”, Emma told me. “My company may be small but I have big ideas and am always exploring new concepts to give our couples more and better options. For example gold foil printing is super popular at the moment, but many of my couples only require small numbers of invites, are tight on time or simply don’t have the budget to go all out. So I designed the ‘Little Gold Heart’ range with all the luxury of a specialist print with a metallic gold foil heart, but the option to have personalised, and printed in small quantities. This is also a great affordable option compared with fully foiled or letterpress stationery, and these invitations start at £3.40 each including envelopes.”
Did you ever see a wedding as pretty as this one?! From the paper poms, the delicate blooms, the pastel crockery and the flamingos, prepare to lose your shit just a little bit…
Monika and Mike were married in the Hazelbrook Gardens in the Blue Mountains, Australia. The bride wore a vintage dress, which she found in her friend’s attic!
“I am an artist and so wanted our wedding to reflect the style and palette of my work, said the bride. “I paint in a delicate and restricted pastel palette of translucent watercolours, and one of my main painting series’ was titled of lace and moss. It depicted delicate girls dressed in pastel silks with flowers in their hair, reclining in mansions lost in the woods, with vines and ivy creeping through abandoned windows.”