Marina & Phil wanted a small and intimate destination wedding in Maui. They love to travel and adore the water so a ceremony at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm followed by an after dinner boat cruise was perfect! “We love the outdoors”, Marina wrote. “In particular, we love picnics with a great view. That’s what we ended up doing – a wonderful picnic on a mountain on a tropical island. We laugh that we could not decide whether to get married on a mountain or on a tropical island, so did both. We also decided to have our wedding on the 4th of July because we wanted fireworks!”
The ceremony was officiated by Phil’s grandpa Jim, a retired navy captain and still an avid world traveller. “This man does not like Hawaii because it’s ‘too damn hot’ and asking him to officiate was the a way to get him to attend to the wedding!” Marina laughed. “His ceremony was simple and entertaining. We are so blessed that he could attend.”
I was a grunge kid. Nirvana and Sonic Youth were my jam and ripped baggy jeans and chains around my neck were my attire of choice. So when I was sent this grunge inspired elopement by Tawnee of the wedding and events company Urban Shindigs and Sarah of photography duo Val and Sarah I couldn’t wait to relive my teenage years by sharing it with you all.
“We really wanted to incorporate things in a true 90s grunge fashion,” Sarah explained. “Not just black and studs. We wanted to bring the bright color from Nirvana t-shirts, torn off jackets and just the feeling of being laid back and in the moment and be reminded of a time when MTV actually played music videos.”
If a simple, emotional and beautiful wedding is what you’re after, then let me introduce you to Pieter and Noortje. Married in the Botanical Gardens in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, their wedding had a natural, organic and bohemian vibe. Their reception was held at De Waard van Kekerdom, a bar in Kekerdom, where they had a simple meal followed by an after party!
“We tried to make our wedding as personal as possible, with our own camper, a choir of 30 family members in the church and the band from the cafe where we met each other”, explained the bride. “We had our ceremony in a garden and afterwards had a simple but delicious meal at a not too fancy but very cosy restaurant. We didn’t want anything to be too cliché, we just tried to make it simple but very personal. A lot of our retro bohemian hippie kind of taste came through too, as well as our love for nature and being outside.”
Photography: Shell De Mar Photography
Oh my God, I’m BACK! I know it’s a terrible cliché but these past two weeks have been a whirlwind of epic proportions. From Reading to Santorini to Mykonos to London (where we taught two back-to-back workshops no less, what were we thinking?!) Gala, Shauna and I haven’t had much time to rest, but we’ve had the time of our lives in the process.
It already feels like a million years ago but on the flight to Greece Gala informed us that she wanted to make some home videos to commemorate our trip (yey!) What ensued was a mix of stupidity, sailing and a mammoth sunglasses trying on session…
After three days in Oia (the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited – by far!) we hopped on a ferry to Mykonos for some much needed R&R. We stayed at the utterly beautiful Grace Hotel (AKA paradise) and believe me when I say I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a hotel so fabulous. The pool alone made it worth the terrible (and rocky) four hour boat trip!
Most of our fellow hotel guests were honeymooners. If you fancy the Greek Islands for your honeymoon you have to stay here, just tell them the girl with the pink hair sent you. I do wonder what the staff and other guests made of us though. The three excitable girls who rocked up all sequins and tattoos certainly made an impression!
We also had an unexplainable obsession with Club Tropicana during this part of the holiday, hence why it ended up being the song in this video. Warning: it will be in your head all day after watching this. Sorry in advance…
But on to the real reason why you popped by today – Thursday Treats. Prepare yourself for a bumper edition…! I mean, I did promise you one didn’t I?!
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Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Intimate touch of vintage wedding
♥ Confetti-filled Cali wedding
♥ Superhero inspired engagement ring
♥ Black and white Italian wedding
♥ Handmade Californian ranch wedding
Photography: Matthew Morgan Photography
Planning a wedding is bloody hard work and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. I’m sure you’ve stressed a little over flower arrangements, worried if your bridesmaids will like their dresses or navigated your way through more family issues than you even knew you had. Big weddings are wonderful occasions but I’m yet to meet a couple who haven’t wondered at some point if that crazy idea to elope was really so crazy after all.
Simon and Leanne wanted to skip all that fuss and drama and so when they married in April, they decided to do just that – to elope on a beach with just a few witnesses in attendance. The ceremony was held on Saligo Beach, a private beach, on the Isle of Islay. “Raymond and Katherine are the kind couple who gave us the use of their own private beach for our ceremony and ‘after party’ picnic”, began the groom. “They treated us like close friends while we were there. Dr Rev Rob Barlow performed the ceremony. His wife Gwen was also there, and alongside Pete, our photographer, was the other witness. We had a truly spiritual service with an enigmatic magnetism that we couldn’t have wished more for.”
New kid on the block Dale Weeks is a force to be reckoned with. What he lacks in experience (starting his career as a music photographer, he’s been shooting weddings professionally for a little under a year) he totally makes up for in incredible talent and the utmost enthusiasm!
“I dropped out of college to tour in a band and when that didn’t work out I started getting into taking photos of bands”, he writes. “Then a couple of years ago I discovered Carl Zoch and some of the other amazing wedding photographers out there. Their images inspired me so much that I decided to take myself seriously and start my own wedding photography business. I love shooting couples in a natural setting and bringing out real smiles!”