Stephanie and Rob’s wedding was nearly all handmade. They wanted it to have a laid back and unfussy feel but for it to be a little bit fancy. One of the biggest projects for the wedding was Stephanie’s dress, which she knitted herself!
“I designed and hand knit my dress from linen and cashmere yarn”, she explained. “I used some turn of the 20th century gowns for inspiration, particularly for the shape of the skirt, and combined a variety of related lace patterns. I was really, really happy with how it turned out, but I think the mirroring of the pattern on the waistband is my favorite part.”
“After the wedding, I hired a pattern writer to work with my notes and the dress itself to write a pattern for the dress for anyone who’d like to knit one themselves. It’s not for beginners, but it really wouldn’t be that complicated for someone who has a few sweaters under her belt.”
To avoid wedding planning stresses, the couple called upon their talented friends and family to help out where they could. “Wedding planning has a terrible reputation for turning women into either monsters or weepy stressballs (or both!), but I didn’t really experience any of that”, she continued. “In fact, one of my bridesmaids started referring to me as a ‘bridechilla.’ That’s not to say that I didn’t have a pretty clear vision for what I wanted. I did, and I put a lot of work into executing it. But the projects I took on were all things that I really enjoy doing, including the organizational aspects and problem solving. And we really took advantage of the skills and strengths of everyone we know to a degree that I think is pretty unusual.”
Harry and Vanessa’s barn wedding took place in September. The day was relaxed, fun and geeky, they also had a cheerful blue and yellow colour scheme. “We gave up on picking or really sticking to a particular theme”, wrote the bride, “instead we just used anything we liked – it was much easier that way, and felt a lot more personal!”
“Firstly, we obviously looked at Rock n Roll Bride a lot for ideas! It was really great to see that other people wanted to have weddings that were different, as to begin with we felt a bit of pressure to ‘fit in’ and have a very typical wedding. After a lot of false starts, we realised that we just wanted to throw a big party with our friends and family, and have a day that was personal to us, lots of fun, and informal.”
“We ended up doing a lot of DIY and tried to include tons of references and things that we enjoy and love, regardless of whether or not it ‘belonged’ in a wedding! We handmade Super Mario star decorations (and my earrings matched!), Lego heart centrepieces, pictures of comic book couples, yellow and blue Claptrap robots as bride and groom cake toppers (from the videogame Borderlands), Pokémon inspired place names and table names, brightly iced cupcakes, and Star Wars recessional music. We also brought our vinyl Batman and Robin toys to celebrate with us – they go everywhere with us!”
Ames and Tel met when they were twelve, at school. Needless to say it wasn’t love at first sight! However eleven years later they virtually bumped into each other on MySpace and saw each other on a few nights out. Shortly after that they started dating.
“We didn’t set out with a theme in mind for our wedding, we just knew we wanted a laid back relaxed do with close friends and family”, Ames explained. “We didn’t have much money to spend (our budget was £3000) so we wanted to do as much ourselves as we could. I think in the end we had a laid back, homemade vintage feel to the day.”
The wedding was held at the bride’s parent’s house in Spain. It was important to the couple that their day was small and stress-free. “I’ve struggled for years with depression and social anxiety so much so that I even ducked out of being a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding because I just wanted to blend into the day, rather than be part of it”, the bride continued. “At the start we spent hours looking for inspiration for our day. We wanted something really understated that our budget could stretch to (I have a large family who would travel far and wide to go to a wedding so we needed to take those needed to keep numbers in mind). We toyed with ideas of parties in marquees and village halls and even booked and paid a deposit for a venue in Scotland (close to my Scottish family).”
Aimee and Adam couldn’t have the wedding they originally planned, but not wanting to wait to get married they decided to keep things small and as simple as possible. It was just the two them and only really close family and friends in attendance at their Oklahoma Supreme Court ceremony.
“We were married in the courthouse with family and close friends and then left them all behind to spend the day with each other and our dear friend and photographer, Cary Holton“, Aimee began. “We ate lunch at one of our favorite spots, took pictures in our vintage/oddities shop, The Salvage Room, and shared a shot of Jameson instead of champagne. We spent most of the day in an overgrown field taking pictures, and laughing. It was intimate, non-traditional and so special.”
With a surname like Wildblood, Dean and Jen’s wedding was never going to be boring. In fact they wanted their wedding to be just like them – quirky, stylish, fun and with a hint of vintage. Jen wore a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress and jewellery, and Dean looked dashing in his Reiss suit, Thomas Pink tie and Kurt Geiger shoes.
“It was really important to us that our wedding represented us and our tastes”, Jen wrote. “While we’ve been to a few modern weddings and they’ve been beautiful and elegant, we personally wanted something with an older, less polished feel. All my thoughts became cohesive when myself, my maid of honour Han and my mum went to I Do Vintage Wedding Fayre. I found everything there – the photographers, the cake makers, the lady who made my veil and garter and our music trio. I didn’t go to another fayre. This helped me focus my ideas and inspired me to use vintage crockery for the wedding breakfast, which was the major jumping off point for the whole feel of the wedding.”
I don’t know if it’s because Spring is finally in the air or because Gareth took it upon himself to do all my dirty washing this week, thus highlighting how completely impossible it is for me to fit all the clothes I own in my wardrobe at the same time… But yesterday I went through all my cupboards and had a good old clear out.
Not only did I realise that I own ELEVEN black cotton maxi dresses but there were way too many tee-shirts with cats on, most of which I’ve probably worn only once. My wardrobe was also heaving with things I’ve collected from photo shoots and promotions over the years. That giant pink fluffy tutu might have been fabulous but a) when the hell am I really going to wear it again? and b) it doesn’t half take up a lot of space.
There is something so immensely satisfying about throwing things away. In actual fact I think I find it somehow more gratifying than actually getting the stuff to begin with. Now, not only can actually close my wardrobe and chest of draws, but I probably have space for a few new things. BONUS!
Oh, and if you happen to be in Reading any time soon and are on the look out for a giant fluffy tutu or a bunch of tee-shirts with a kitties on it you might want to to stop by Oxfam… Just sayin’.
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Natural, coastal wedding ideas
♥ 1960 mod shoot
♥ Handmade Canadian barn wedding
♥ Comic book ‘pow!’ bouquet
♥ Austin botanical shoot
♥ Vera Wang’s Spring 2015 wedding dress collection is unexpectedly gorgeous and quite alternative!