I think Shannon and Jordy’s summer wedding might just be one of the prettiest I’ve ever featured. They kept things relatively simple, but it made for a really beautifully styled day.
“Jordy proposed on a surprise trip to Montreal with a beautiful custom ring that perfectly suits my minimalist aesthetic”, Shannon said. “Our wedding was intimate, industrial and a bit mid-century. We decorated the venue like we would decorate our home, and we ended up using some of our own furniture to set the tone.”
The day was held at Frame Arts Warehouse Winnipeg “Our inspiration was the beautiful warehouse buildings in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, which were originally built to store merchant goods during a boom period in the early 1900s. We work in the neighbourhood and we were excited to share one of it’s special spaces with our families. The exposed brick, heavy timber framing, high ceilings and big windows in the venue spoke for themselves and didn’t need much embellishment.”
If you’ve picked up a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine this month, you will have seen that nestled in between the wedding prettiness and awesome advice, is a photo shoot for a campaign that I’m working on with Plan UK. The global children’s charity have created these wedding ring favours to help raise money and awareness for making child marriage a thing of the past.
Did you know that 1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th birthday? That’s 41,000 girls that are forced into marriage every single day.
This shoot features Charley, who, at 13 years old, is the same age as a lot of girls who are forced into marriage. We decided to set it at a school to highlight the fact that this is where children should be, not walking down an aisle.
Clearly, I am an advocate for weddings and marriage, but working with Plan UK to support their ‘Because I am a Girl campaign’ has been a stark reminder to me that there are thousands of young girls around the world who don’t have any choice about getting married or who their husband might be.
Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and often their chance of an education but it increases the risk of girls experiencing violence and abuse. I was especially moved by the story of Amrita from Nepal.
Alice in Wonderland has always been an obsession for Vicky, so when she married Mark in September there was only one theme she wanted for their wedding!
“Alice in Wonderland was my favourite childhood book and I have always loved and been fascinated by it”, said the bride. “I love all its quirkiness so I wanted to use it as the theme for the wedding because it would make the day not only special but also unique. We also had touches of Scotland.”
The day was held at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. “The venue added to our wedding being different because it was held in a nature reserve”, she continued. “A particularly special element of our wedding was that our son Jacob carried our wedding bands on the Alice in Wonderland book that my dad used to read to me when I was a little girl.”
Casey and Will wanted an intimate wedding where they could spend lots of time with their loved ones. Instead of booking a traditional wedding venue, they hired a holiday home that they could all stay in.
“I would describe the theme of the wedding as eclectic, charming, elegant, and intimate”, began the bride. “I didn’t really plan a themed wedding, but just went with everything that I thought was beautiful. I figured it was our only wedding and I was just going to do whatever I liked.”
“We were inspired a lot by how my sister had done her wedding because I loved how intimate it was. She had her wedding at a large vacation rental so we could stay up and celebrate all night and nobody was going to kick us out. I really liked that as a guest, so when Will and I started planning, we wanted to find a place that we could rent overnight and stay up and celebrate as long as we wanted. That’s how we found the Second Star Vacation Rental in Homer, Alaska and knew it would be perfect. All of the other details and ideas came from my own personal style mixed with ideas I liked that I found online.”
Burning Man is a place where anything goes, so it was the perfect place for Angela and Michael’s to have the wedding they’ve always dreamt of. “We were married at Burning Man so our theme was loosely a mixed interpretation of a royal wedding”, the bride said. “In truth, weddings are rarely just about the bride and groom and we wanted a wedding that was just about us. We already had tickets to Burning Man and had heard about people getting married there so once the idea was put forth it was an easy decision to make. When we told our families our plans they were completely unsurprised. Apparently running away to the desert is completely in-keeping with our personalities and reputation!”
“Pretty much everything about our wedding was different!” she continued. “Our outfits, the setting, our vows which we wrote ourselves, the fact we incorporated a beer toast in the wedding. Michael also took my last name.”
“We were married in front of the Temple in Black Rock City. We read our own vows in a ceremony we’d put together with our officiant and capped it off with a beer toast. After the ceremony, the designer of the temple approached us. It turns out he had walked by and stopped to watch the ceremony and was overwhelmed that we had decided to get married in front of his creation. Many hugs and tears ensued.”
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, more than anything else in your wedding, you should invest as much as you can in your wedding photographs. After the cake has been eaten and the dress is relegated to the back of your wardrobe, the photos taken of your special day are all that remain (well, apart from the marriage of course!) They will sit on your parents’ mantelpiece forever and when you’re old and grey you’ll be dragging out that photo album to show your grandkids how young and gorgeous you looked.
I know I drill this fact into you over and over again, but I’m so strongly passionate about the importance of capturing life’s most precious moments, that I’ll nag you about it as long as this blog exists! Plus, the number one post-wedding regret I hear from brides is that they wish they’d spent more on their photography because they’re unhappy with the results they got when scrimping on it.
Those of you that haven’t got your photographer for your 2016 wedding booked yet, listen up! I’ve partnered with my babe Andreea of VeVi Photography to give one lucky couple completely FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY!! Time to celebrate!