Marina and Darren were married at Burgh House and The Prince Albert pub in Camden. Their day was simple but elegant and beautiful. The bride read the term ‘rustic luxe’ in a bridal magazine and that seemed to fit them perfectly! “Our wedding was full of beautiful rustic touches, like the flowers and picnic baskets, mixed in with a bit of 1920s glamour to give it a luxurious feel,” she explained. “Birds played a small part, as we had become a pair of Finches! We wanted the overall day to feel relaxed and the evening to be like a bloody good night out!”
Marina wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown inspired by the 1920s with Rachel Simpson shoes and flower clips in her hair from Oasis. The day was laid back and fun, and the small guest list (just 47 in total!) meant they could really enjoy spending time with everyone. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously so there was lots of laughter, humour and silliness throughout the whole day, even starting with my arrival!” she continued. “Guests knew I had arrived as they heard me telling family to get in photos! I wanted to have photos in the ‘Sullivan Garden’ before the ceremony as I was going from being a Sullivan to a Finch…at least Darren knew I had arrived!”
Mike and Manda got engaged in Vegas, so it was only natural that they go back to actually get married too. They wanted a fun and laid back day with no stress at all. They kept things pretty simple and just had fun with it!
“Because we had been to Vegas previously we knew how crazy, carefree and fun it was”, Manda explained. “We wanted the same ideologies for our wedding so this was the perfect place for us to tie the knot. The whole day exceeded our expectations. We had time to reflect later on in the evening, whilst sitting back in our hotel room looking over the dancing neons on the strip drinking vodka. I think we suddenly realised we had just got married in Vegas – that was quite a defining moment. It was such a significant, romantic and awesome feeling in which everything just connected.”
The ceremony was at a drive thru chapel, The Special Memory Chapel, I mean what could be more quintessentially Las Vegas than that?! “We are both non-religious so a church was out of the question (in any country) and we both wanted something fun and non-stressful”, she continued. “I found the drive thru on the internet and the deal was sealed. We both loved the idea as it was a little quirky and different to the norm. It was quick, simple, fun and everything we wanted – we even got a novelty ‘Just Wed’ license plate!”
Angela and Richard were married at The Reading Rooms in Berkswell in May. The groom manages a hotel and sees expensive and impersonal weddings every week, so this couple certainly knew what they didn’t want for their day. What they did want simply evolved from the things they love.
“We really didn’t have a theme. I love all things old and dusty but we really didn’t want to have a vintage wedding”, Angela explained. “We’re both quite childish too. We’re not very serious people and I think that was reflected in our wedding. There were elements of all the things we both love. There’s a nod to Sci-fi with our choice of date – International Star Wars Day (although I’m Trek and he’s Wars); our Comic book invite with some of our favourite films and characters featured – Bud and his zombie pals from Day of the Dead, a Martian from War of the Worlds and of course Darth. We had Lego minifig favours; everyone knows we’re big kids when it comes to Lego.”
Today is an exciting day because it’s time for the New York Blogcademy! I can’t wait to meet the new crop of enthusiastic bloggers who come to the class. It’s always one of my favourite moments of the whole weekend and to celebrate, I wanted to share this awesomely creative shoot submitted by wedding planner and stylish Georgina of Ruby Weddings. Georgina came to the workshop in London in January and I’m so thrilled to share her work with you guys today, what a talented bunch of babes our students are!
“Photographer Shannon of SLR Photography and I wanted to create a series of inspirational bridal shoots for couples looking to do something different for their wedding day”, Georgina writes. “We want to encourage them to think outside of the box. Shannon loves Disney films so we decided to re-create the popular fairytale stories with a little twist. We imagined Rapunzel as a kick ass girl trying to escape from her tower, and when she does finally break free she marries the man of her dreams – a little corny but that is how all of the best fairytales end!”
Liz and Bryan were married at the famous Madonna Inn in California. The day was a beautiful mish-mash of a vintage candy store and a retro tattoo shop. “We really wanted to keep our wedding upbeat and light-hearted”, wrote the bride. “I think the temporary tattoos, candy, giant wood cut outs and photo booth helped create a really fun environment. Halfway through the night the photo booth props became a part of the wedding and we had groomsmen in capes and dresses as the Hulk and Spiderman on the dance floor. It made the pictures hilarious.”
“The inspiration for our wedding came from two places.”, she continued. “First we began visiting a tattoo shop in SLO everytime we drove up the coast to do wedding planning. Bryan got work done on his two sleeves bit by bit and we ended up taking part of our engagement pics in the shop. I got our wedding date tattooed on my wrist during the shoot too. Secondly I’m a painter and love bright candy colors and all things cute and Bryan is a hot rod guy always outside working on his 54 Ford Customline. So our wedding ended up looking like a vintage candy shop that you could get tattooed in! We had ‘candy girls’ instead of flower girls that passed out candy as they walked down the aisle. Our super hero nephew was the ring bearer and wore a black and white striped vest and a black cape. We did not do any traditional dances but we did have my 85 year old Grandma lead all the ladies in the Chicken dance.”
Photography: Brooke Davis
I touched down in New York City late last night and I am so thrilled to be back. I know it’s a terrible cliché but I am so in love with this city – the sights, the sounds and yes, even the smells (OK only some of the smells…) Today Gala and I are mostly getting things ready for the workshop this weekend but I’m sure we can squeeeeze a few hours shopping in there too. Shauna arrives early tomorrow morning and I can’t wait until the three of us are reunited again. It’s only been two months but it feels like forever since we saw each other last.
This is going to be an amazing two weeks and I can’t wait to get cracking. Let the good times roll…
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Seven things I learnt from my wedding day
♥ Sunflowers and superheroes
♥ Retro 1950s vow renewal
♥ Big Sur elopement
♥ Octopus, burner wedding (this bride went all out!)