Travis and Erin challenged themselves to spend no more than $5000 on their wedding – and they did it! One of the key things about this wedding was that they kept it a secret from their guests. That’s right, they had no idea they were going to a wedding that day… they all thought they were just there for an engagement party! The day was held at The Briars Homestead Garden, Mount Martha, Australia.
“We both wanted a day where everyone felt relaxed, with a beer in their hand and a belly full of good food”, the bride explained. “My family used to love going on picnics when we were young and we thought that would be the best way to translate what we wanted to achieve; a day in the sun with friends, music, food and booze. So our theme was a laid back picnic engagement party turned SURPRISE WEDDING with splashes of red and blue!”
Cecilia and Stuart’s Glasgow wedding was pure vintage glamour – with a big dollop of pin up rockabilly cool thrown in for good measure! The couple were married at St Patricks church and their reception was held at Sloans, Gasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant.
“We tried to keep the wedding cheap, cheerful and small”, wrote the beautiful bride. “We only had 40 guests during the day. We spent the most money on the bands, car and our photographer. I had seen Sassy’s work on a few wedding blogs and I knew it had to be her to photograph our wedding. She was so friendly and accommodating in communication – we knew immediately that we had made the right choice and that was only confirmed when we met her and Millie the night before at the rehearsal.”
“We chose to have the ceremony at a local church, as it is where I grew up. My grampa, who I was very close to, passed away a year ago this month; he attended that church for many decades. He and my gran were also married there in 1951. It was our little way of including him in the day.”
You know me, I’m no wallflower, so when Claire’s asked me if I’d like to play dress up using some of their brightest of the bright brand new hair adornments, I really couldn’t say no. When that trademark lilac packaging landed on my doorstep and I tore into it, I was greeted with so many pretty florals and bright colours that it instantly lifted my hump day mood. I immediately started thinking of ways I could dress them up, bridesmaid’s style!
So, on a slightly damp Tuesday afternoon, Shell and Elbie jumped on a train bound for Reading and we brought our own kind of sunshine to the proceedings! This was such a fun project, and from Shell’s amazing photographs you’d never tell we shot these in my (definitely not very glamorous) kitchen and back garden!
Neon Pop Flower Princess
This was probably my favourite look of the entire shoot. As Elbie was doing my hair and make up, my long-suffering ASOS delivery man (I swear he judges me more and more each time he hands something over) showed up with my latest purchase. I hadn’t planned it but it just happened to perfectly match the coral and pink version of this flower crown. Talk about photo shoot serendipity!
Claire’s actually sent me two of these crowns so I thought it would be fun to double them up and create an all-over flower look. It reminds me of a vintage swimming hat or something!
‘Bloom’ flower crown – £12, Claire’s | Neon skater dress – £65, ASOS
If there’s one thing I love more than anything else it’s cats. I am a bona fide and unashamed crazy cat lady. I’m the one who’ll say hello to the feline in the room before the person I’m actually there to see… So you can imagine my elation when Anita and Paul’s cat/ music themed wedding landed in my inbox! These guys went all out, even so far as the bride and her bridesmaid’s carrying stuffed cat toys instead of bouquets! And yes, the bride did throw her ‘bouquet’ at the end of the night. Oh my fluffy goodness…
“I feel flowers are so temporary that it conflicted with the purpose of marriage”, began the bride, “and since I’ve had cats, I’ve never been able to have plants, so they aren’t very important to me. I wanted a way to include my pets in the ceremony since they couldn’t actually be there. I also thought it’d be fun for the bridesmaids… or really embarrassing for them!”
Being a wedding photographer herself, there was one big thing at the top of Kerry‘s wedding must-have list – a great photographer of course! They picked Sally T for the job and they all flew out from the UK together. They ceremony was held at the Chapel of the Flowers and was officiated by – who else – Elvis! They didn’t have a formal reception but just partied out and around Freemont Street.
“Well you don’t get more Rock n Roll than Elvis!” laughed Kerry. “The whole day was just crazy from start to finish. Me and Rob met up and had a first look before the actual wedding in the middle of a casino. Then we went off around Vegas for some couple portraits with Sally. This was loads of fun and took the pressure off massively! By the time we were making our way to the chapel it felt like we were going as a team.”
Kalli and Brandon were married Knollwood Golf Club Old Barn in Ontario, Canada. Theydidn’t set out to have a themed wedding, but there were a definite butterfly, peacock and nature motifs throughout the day.
“We struggled with deciding on a theme for quite a while”, Kallie began. ” We had so many ideas and things we liked we couldn’t settle on just one so in the end we kind of went with an ‘anti theme’ in a way. We just went with everything we liked. I tried to incorporate as many personal touches as possible instead of focusing on a particular theme.”