I’ve featured a lot of colourful brides in various coloured dresses in my time, but I think Lauren might be the brightest! I mean any bride with the kahoonas to rock a multi-coloured Betsey Johnson dress with a homemade bright blue veil is a-OK in my book!
This day was the epitome of a low-key backyard wedding. It took place in their own garden, in their Brooklyn home and the bride’s mother officiated the ceremony. Once the formal part of the day was done the atmosphere quickly switched into party mode! Sparkling rose and beer were served, a band consisting of friends of the couple played, and 6-foot sandwiches from Defonte’s Sandwich Shop were devoured!
“We wanted our wedding to be comfortable and true to our personalities”, Lauren began, “a real celebration of Erik and Lauren. I think the way it all came together was kind of patchwork. It took a village to build something so strong. Erik and I are so different from each other in so many ways that a traditional white classical wedding just isn’t our kind of union. It needed to be odd and surprising, happy, romantic and a little ridiculous to reflect our relationship.”
The couple did do a lot themselves, with the help of lots of friends and family. Their biggest expense was getting their garden ready to hold all their guests! “My only advice on having a DIY wedding could be: necessity is the mother of invention. Whether its budget or time or space that’s got you in a bind, remember to keep an open mind and pull a couple of late nights and memorable creative ideas will emerge.”
When wedding gift list specialists Prezola asked me if I’d like to “test them” by compiling a fantasy gift list of anything I could possibly dream of wanting, and seeing if they could deliver it all, I thought it would be fun way to pass a drizzly Tuesday afternoon… and it was… well, until it wasn’t.
Let me explain.
I merrily click-click-clicked along, adding more and more pretty (and overwhelmingly pink!) things to my dream gift list. I looked back at it all and thought “Maaan, our house would look so good with all that stuff in it”. But then it dawned on me, I actually didn’t get to keep any of it! What a travesty!
Luckily for you though you are actually getting married and anything you add to your list may actually end up on your marital doorstep. I AM FOREVER JEALOUS.
(See my full wish list)
When Katie and Mike discussed getting married, they knew a big wedding was out of the question. Their elopement was held in Elysian Park, Los Angeles, at sunset.
“We decided to go against the odds and have a small elopement”, the couple began. “We met at school, and knowing our guest list would be endless, we decided simple bohemian elegance was just right for us. We had our friend Rebekkah marry us, and two of our best friends stand beside us. We stood alongside a mountain, overlooking the city in Elysian park. It was absolutely perfect.”
“Our wedding was truly a celebration of love”, they wrote. “A mid-week wedding, the intimacy of the ceremony, and the celebration with our closest friends afterwards was truly special. We wanted simplicity and a way to bring architecture outdoors. We did that with the mantle we were married in front of. We wanted something unique, and that definitely was. We liked how it wasn’t expected yet added a personal, elegant touch.”
Sarah and Damien’s Melbourne wedding was DIY heavy and full of load of handmade touches including the cake, flowers, stationery and even the bridesmaids’ dresses which the bride and her friend Anna made from fabric bought in Tokyo!
“We are repulsed by quite a lot of weddingy things so we tried to cut out a lot of the cringe-worthy predictable things and just make it as personalised to us as we could”, Sarah began. “We wanted it to be something we would enjoy if we attended. A lot of this distain towards wedding things comes from me working at a fabric and craft store for years and having to deal with bridezillas having emotional meltdowns about the shade of a ribbon for invitations and people covering everything wedding-related in diamanté.”
“We had a lot of handmade things”, she continued. “Damien and I are both a bit artsy. We had interactive things for people to do, like signing our huge ‘munny’ toy instead of a book. We also had a tiny polaroid (fuji instax) camera which was really fun too. We also had a lucky dip box of wedding favors instead of a bonbonniere thing. The lucky dip was full of random capsule toys that we had collected during our trip to Japan.”
I don’t often feature straight up inspiration styled wedding shoots as I prefer to show you guys real couples doing real things for their real weddings… But this shoot sent over by wedding photographer Laura Babb was so packed full of cute ideas, many of which I’d never seen before (multi-faceted gem covered wedding cake, hello!) that I couldn’t resist posting them.
“I put this shoot together with Alex from The Bijou Bride“, Laura told me. “We basically wanted to play around with sparkly things and confetti canons in a cool warehouse location for the day. We wanted to bring together two big trends in weddings this year; geometrics and mixed metals and to work with a mixture of textures to create something contemporary, stylish but also fun.”
With a bride who’s obsessed enough with horses to get three of them tattooed as a chest piece, photographer Catalina Jean knew what the starting point for her next styled bridal shoot had to be. “Ginny and Jack are having an indoor wedding this next winter so I brought up the idea of doing a bridal session at a fun outdoor location on a day with nice weather”, she explained.
“While I helped them a bit with the location choice it is a completely real bridal session they are using for their Save The Dates. Most of the shoot was me turning around and they were just doing adorable, in love things. It was definitely one of my most fun shoots to date.”