Adam and Amanda love steampunk and so the theme for their wedding was an obvious choice. They wanted to get their guests into the spirit of their wedding so they asked them to dress in costumes too… and they all did! Amanda’s dress was from Viola Lahger which she wore with a little hat by Linekka and Adam’s outfit was pieced together from items found at flea markets.
The couple did a lot of things themselves for their wedding including the signage, the paper goods and most of the décor in the reception room.
“Make use of playful inspiration and let your dreams and interests shine through on your wedding”, Amanda advises. “Many people may have opinions about how you should have your wedding but do not let it depress your wishes. This will always be your day and allow it to cost a bit it is worth it! For us it has not just been about a single day, but also the planning.”
Call me cynical, but these days, I can’t seem to move for a new ‘alternative’ wedding fair. They’re cropping up all over the place this year, but there was just one that started it all…
In early 2012, Sassy of Assassynation Photography, Jo of The Couture Company and Rawhide Corsets and Vikki of Liliia had a dream. They dreamt of a wedding fair that was truly alternative and that showcased only the best of the best alt wedding suppliers. They wanted to have a place to host the kinds of suppliers they saw ignored by other, mainstream and vintage, wedding events.
After their small legal ceremony at Bletchley Registry Office, Hannah and Craig hosted their wedding in Craig’s parent’s back garden. They had a blessing followed by a marquee reception. The bride wore two dresses. The first, which she also wore again for dancing at the end of the night, was a bodice and skirt from BHLDN. Her second, more traditional gown was from Trudy Lee.
“Our wedding was a country rustic day but with modern touches”, began the bride. “When I was younger I didn’t have that picture in my head of my perfect wedding, I think it was probably because I had never seen one like ours before (!!) – outside in the open, garden ceremony and fields behind us. I think because we had that space to use that defined what our wedding was going to be like.”
“We were engaged for 3 years before we married. Craig proposed when we’d only been together 7 months so we didn’t make plans straight away. Bur during the spring of 2012 we were looking out across Craig’s parents garden and land and we decided it would be the most perfect venue. It was from then on the wedding plans went into full steam ahead! The ‘venue’ we had was certainly the lighting out of the blue inspiration we needed to kick start the plans. That’s what made the wedding so unique, Craig’s parents have a stunning home and we are so deeply grateful to them for allowing us to hold our wedding at their house.”
Both artists, Natasha and Jared knew they wanted a creative wedding. The idea or something too themed or matchy-matchy didn’t appeal to them at all so they forgot about colour schemes and just included things they really liked!
“We were not afraid to be eclectic”, wrote Natasha. “Jared and I did not want to dictate how others acted or dressed at our wedding. Some wore costumes, some jeans, some very elegant formal wear, and it all looked great! I think this is our style naturally it just came out more that day.”
“We had a lot of help from our friends and family. My mom is also an artist and when she asked what I wanted I said thrones. We now have them in our house! She encrusted found objects on solid antique chairs, painted them and then covered them with resin. Woah they are amazing! Also our friend Colette Peters who, in my opinion, was the original out of the box cake decorator, made a plant fantasy cake that we decorated with taxidermy mice.”
I’m not going to pretend for one second that I’m some kind of expert in the world of travel or honeymoons. BUT you may have noticed that I’ve done rather a lot of globe-trotting over the past 12 months. And as we’re about to launch our 2014 Blogcademy world tour in a couple of weeks it would appear that it’s not really going to change any time soon!
So I figured, why not share some of the places I’ve visited and the experiences I’ve most enjoyed with you lovely lot? First up is a honeymooners paradise - Santorini.
For her 30th birthday Gala decided that she wanted to whisk us away to the Greek Islands. Of course Shauna and I weren’t complaining! Ever the travel guide, she organised most of it (so I can’t take any credit!) but what I can do is share the things we loved on our trip. Hum… it’s my 30th in April, I wonder if we can top this?
Whenever I travel, an apartment rental service like Air B&B or GowithOh! are my hosts of choice. Not only are the houses and apartments usually much cheaper than staying in a hotel, I personally think you get a much more authentic and interesting experience not being hauled up in tourist city.
For this trip we stayed in this apartment, in Oia. I kid you not, it had the best view on the whole island and the private balcony overlooking the ocean completely sold it to us. Our host, Nicolas, was also amazing. He and his porter Vasilis, (who carried our 25kg bags up and down those stairs with ease!) were attentive, helpful and made our stay a total pleasure!
Antonia and Harvey had a three day wedding at Roskilly’s Ice Cream Farm in Cornwall. Their wedding was a true labour of love, with the couple and their friends and family working hard to create the wedding of their dreams. The weekend happened to be the hottest of the year which couldn’t have been more perfect for their outdoor, ice cream farm celebration!
“Ultimately we wanted something that we would enjoy going to and to have a festival style, laid-back feel to the whole party”, began the groom. “Being the most expensive party of our lives, we didn’t want it to be over in a day so we had three days!”
“The retro caravans made for a great backdrop to the festival theme and allowed us to create our weekend jamboree. We dragged our friends to the far end of the country, and in return gave them a church overlooking a Cornish fishing village, magnificent tipis and hippy buses. We had smoke bombs instead of confetti, original 1950s Monte Carlo pin-up glamour playing cards as place cards and table runners made from old public WC roller-towels. Our bunting was Mexican Day of the Dead bunting, we had a piñata ‘first dance’ and lucked out on finding an incredible caterer, celebrating the best of Cornish food. Antonia’s Fur Coat No Knickers dress was a theme unto itself – it was supremely glamorous, laden with historical allure. Yes it was vintage, yes it was rural, but the day sparkled with lavishness.”