Fiona and David’s Kent wedding was influenced by the style of the 1940s through to the 1960s. “I think the whole day was defined by it really being a reflection of us as a couple”, Fiona said. “We really didn’t want an identikit, faceless, corporate feel. Also, we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. We didn’t want anyone to stand on ceremony or feel uncomfortable. We just wanted all the people closest to us there and to eat, drink, dance and have a lot of fun.”
The day was held at Kent Life, a heritage farm in Maidstone. The space was decorated from top to toe by the couple themselves. “I’d always imagined a street party type feel for our wedding but that proved to be quite difficult to organise so we were really pleased when we found this original 1940s village hall at Kent Life”, she continued. “The fact that we could decorate it ourselves was a massive incentive for choosing the venue. Neither of us are fans of doing things as tradition dictates and the idea of having chair covers and white tablecloths foisted upon us made me very anxious! The venue was great and the fact that the village hall is surrounded by farmyard animals somehow made the whole idea of a wedding seem less pretentious and not too grand.”
Eric and Megan’s colourful Oklahoma wedding took place in May. They wanted an outdoor ceremony and the Festivities Event Center in El Reno was the perfect setting. They also wanted a chilled out wedding where their guests could relax and so they really didn’t care about too much fuss and didn’t stress out over all the little details.
“Let me be honest”, began Megan, “I don’t really care about everything being perfect or super intricate. It was never a concern of mine to have the fanciest and most detail oriented decorations. I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are and nothing else, so that’s what we created. We made decorations that had meaning to us and reflected our own personal styles. I am obsessed with birds (so much so I have them tattooed across my back) so I made sure there were birds everywhere, whether they went with the theme or not. I truly took on the thought that it didn’t really matter what anyone else thought. The wedding was going to reflect us regardless of what may look the best, what might be the coolest, or what anyone else might think, and if that’s not Rock n Roll I don’t know what is! Also, having bright orange hair and the random dashes of Star Wars stuff certainly helped add some quirk to the whole shindig.”
Lynda and Soph were married in the Brighton bandstand followed by a tipi reception at the Knepp Castle Estate. The whole day had a very laid back vibe and they chose mint, grey and red as their colour scheme.
“As designers, we aren’t the kind of people to go for a ready-made wedding. “his was about doing what we wanted, our way”, they began. “We started off with a field and worked from there up challenging ourselves to do as much as possible (with the help of our friends). We wanted to create a fun, laid back day where everybody could really enjoy themselves, and so that meant tipis, a hog-roast with a vintage ice-cream van to serve dessert, great live music and fantastic local beer.”
Vintage has become a bit of a dirty word in the wedding world. It’s been overdone more than any wedding trend I’ve ever known… and in many cases pretty badly. But vintage weddings as a concept are beautiful, and some of the most creative and beautiful weddings that I’ve featured have fallen under that ‘vintage’ banner. In fact vintage weddings are not limited to pearls, lace and mismatched crockery – they can be so much more than that, the only limit is your imagination.
If you have a love of things from the past, The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair is for you. Taking place in Cambridge on Sunday September 15th, this is a show that boasts a plethora of weird and wonderful wedding suppliers just aching to help you with your vintage or alternative wedding. The show takes place at Cambridge Union Society from 11am-4pm, is completely free to attend and entry even includes a complimentary goodie bag!
It’s rare that I feature engagement shoots but when I saw Karlee and Justin’s Game of Thrones shoot I knew I had to break my own rules. So needless to say I’ve been looking forward to seeing their actual wedding for a while and oh boy they certainly didn’t disappoint. Again, designer Karlee hand made pretty much everything including both her dress. The wedding also had an unusual and very specific theme, 1913!
“I am a seamstress so I went into this wedding knowing I was going to be making everything”, she began. “We chose the year 1913 as inspiration because we both love things and places of another time. Finding a venue that would work with the theme of the wedding was tough. We wanted a laid back feel, something along the lines of a party that our great grandparents would have thrown – a family gathering on a farm, rather than a ritzy city building filled with every acquaintance you know. Coincidentally there just so happened to be a farm with a historically built barn on a beautiful piece of ocean front property, nestled in the mountains… available on our 7 year anniversary.”
I’m not really sure if any other words could bring as much joy to me as ‘gold’, ‘neon’ and ‘unicorn’, which is why I pretty much leapt off my chair when I saw them decorating my inbox. Wedding photographer Kris Holland sure does know how to push my buttons! Leilani and Jeremy were married in July. Their ceremony was held outside, in Galena Creek, Reno to be exact, and their DIY reception was in Jeremy’s grandparent’s back garden.
“Having the reception at Grandma and Grandpas and getting married in a park that only costed $65/hour then throwing a killer disco after party at our friend’s bar in downtown Reno saved us a lot of money,” Leilani explained. “Our total venue bill for the entire day was $260…can’t beat that!”
“Our wedding theme was Magical Artsy-fartsy Disco Unicorns!” she continued. “At one point, we were tying ribbons to a pole and one of my little sisters said ‘It looks like a unicorn barfed on it’ and I said ‘Perfect!’”
“The biggest difference was how we split the day. Our ceremony was in the morning, and we had a brunch reception to follow, then everyone went home to rest and chill out before our big dance/ cocktail party that night! This enabled us to keep the ceremony part intimate and mellow for the older folks, and then we could invite as many friends and family as we wanted to get down on the dance floor that night!”