Featuring this wedding is a little bit extra special for me because I actually went to school with the bride, Emma! When she told me she was getting married, and hosting it in their own back garden, I insisted that she submit it to me afterwards. I’m so thrilled that she did! Emma is now a florist and owns the Green Parlour in Pangbourne, so clearly this wedding was going to be full of beautiful blooms. Just look her her bouquet! Epic or what?!
Oh and they only spent £1000 on their wedding. UGH, SO AMAZING.
“We had been engaged for what seemed like forever (3 years to be precise) and during that time our lives changed so much, we became a family”, Emma told me. “Suddenly the whole idea of what we might want for our wedding shifted. It became about our space, our home and our garden. We wanted an amazing day but we also wanted to transform our back yard into a lasting memento of the day, something we can remember each year. We knew it had to be colourful, and unbeknown to Chris at this point the colour gold had to be included in as many places as possible!”
Nick and Tamar were married at Danby Castle in North Yorkshire. This was a DIY wedding and the bride even made her own dress! She wore it with a vintage kimono jacket in the evening. The groom’s sister made the cake and the bride and her bridesmaids arranged all the flowers.
“Our wedding was inspired by roses, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, vintage cups of tea, floral prints, lace, mason jars, and the country side”, said Tamar. “We wanted to keep it as true to ourselves as possible. The most important thing for us was that our wedding represented our own personalities. If there is anything that shines in our character is that both are a mix of classic and modern. Nick has an amazing moustache (he even made his groomsmen grown moustaches for the wedding day!) and I’m a creative person and always try to express myself in any possible way (including my skin!) Another thing that made our wedding really special was that my brother played the ukelele and sang while I was walking down the aisle. ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’ by Elvis Presley.”
Leila and Jake were inspired by their mutual love of music for their wedding. That, and the groom loving the fun fair! The wedding took place in Malibu, California. “To others our wedding might have looked unique or alternative, but for us a couple it was just who we are”, began the bride. “We are both pretty heavily tattooed and pierced and we met outside one of his shows in California (he is a professional drummer).”
“Our inspiration for our wedding was the way we first met. Music wasn’t a ‘theme’ for our wedding, it’s just simply a important part of our life. We had little touches like VIP passes as escort cards and 45 records as table numbers were a way to bring our love of music into the wedding with out overwhelming it.”
“The ferris wheel and carousel were some of our favorite things”, she continued,”We had them because Jake loves rollercoasters and them parks! We also had an interfaith ceremony with a female rabbi and a tattooed Buddhist officiant!”
Wedding planning advice can be found everywhere, but the best source of advice surely has to come from past brides who have actually had weddings similar to the one you’re hoping to have too.
Whenever I interview couples for their real wedding features, I always ask them if they have any advice for future brides and grooms. Here are some of my favourites!
You don’t have to invite everyone
Source: Intimate mountain cabin wedding
“Don’t be afraid to not invite someone. Make a list and stick to that list. People will generally understand, and you can’t be scared of hurting somebody’s feelings when you have a budget to keep or space limitations. Also, things will go wrong. We got a ticket the moment we pulled out of the courthouse when we got our marriage license. We were so pumped and then immediately so bummed. Just shake it off and eat some flapjacks. It all becomes a part of the story, and you’ll love those parts in the end.” – Elia
Ask around for great deals
Source: Handmade budget savvy wedding
“We got so many great deals by just asking around so if you’re stuck for an affordable venue check local farms and country b&b’s with land or camp sites. And don’t underestimate how much work it is putting it all together. I’m not sure the wedding would’ve happened without our AMAZING groomsmen and bridesmaids. We love them. SO MUCH. Keep your goals in perspective too. Some homemade things ended up just as expensive as if we’d bought them and can take a whole lot of time and work, but there are lots of things that can be made thriftily” – Naomi
With a vintage black dress as the starting point, photographer Amy Cloud set out to style and shoot an alternative, yet elegant wedding inspiration session. The shoot took place on The Great Salt Lake in Utah.
“I love untraditional weddings and knew I wanted to do a shoot with a black dress”, she explained. “Once I found the dress everything else fell together. I wanted a slight dark yet romantic feel. I incorporated golds and purples to tie the theme together.”
Taylor and Derek wanted a glamorous destination wedding so they flew off to the Florida Keys. The day was held at The Key Largo Lighthouse and the ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle which made it extra special.
“I really wanted classic elements and a neutral color palette for our wedding because the venue was so beautiful”, the bride began. “We really wanted to highlight the gorgeous ocean, palm trees, and stunning orchids. I wore a Vera Wang White Collection gown and my bridesmaids all wore off-white. All their dresses were different. My only other requirements were that they were not be full length, and have some kind of texture. The end result turned out so beautiful.”
“One of the most unique elements of our wedding would definitely be some music choices. We came up with a really fun mix for the reception and had some untraditional songs play during important moments. For example, we played The Smiths song There Is A Light That Never Goes Out when we cut the cake. I am a Morrissey fanatic and how do you not play your favorite music on your wedding day? We had such a romantic meaningful ceremony and after we kissed we walked out to White Lies song To Lose My Life. It started at the chorus. This was the perfect transition from romance to rock and roll party time.”