The view from Rent Patina‘s rooftop was incredible. The Manhattan skyline stretched before us looking just as inviting as ever. When ever I arrive in New York, no matter how exhausted I am from the flight, I get a whole new wave of excited energy as soon as I see that view – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building… what’s not to love?
It’s cheesy as hell but it’s true what Alicia Keys said you know, “In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you…”
Daisy and Leigh’s retro wedding themed came about because they knew they wanted anything but a traditional day. “We decided to go down the retro/ vintage theme, but also I didn’t want it to be the typical ‘vintage’ wedding style that is everywhere at the moment!” Daisy wrote. “I also didn’t want a traditional sit-down meal so we had afternoon tea complete with cocktails served in teapots. The wedding eventually became about all of the things we love from the 1950s to the 1990s! I wanted our wedding to be really unpretentious and for everyone to have lots of fun.”
The couple DIYed their stationery and most of their décor items, but really they just wanted to keep things simple and fun for everyone. Daisy wore a short, 50s style dress which she had custom made by Fable and Promise ”I loved my dress”, she continued. “Having it custom made was such a great idea. I had tried on at least 20-30 ready-made dresses before I designed my own and they just weren’t me. Rachel at Fable and Promise was fantastic and understood exactly what I wanted from my dress (including pockets!) I felt beautiful in it and spent a lot of the evening twirling around the dance floor with all of my petticoats!”
Six months after their legal ceremony at Brighton Register Office, Jen and Steve had what they would consider their ‘real’ wedding. “We wanted a spring weekend of celebration, filled with love, laughter and true meaning”, Steve explained. “Having got the ‘legal’ bit out of the way we could design the entire day around what we really felt important to us, which was to be surrounded by like-minded souls having a relaxed weekend house party with a festival feel, centred around a Humanist ceremony that we wrote specifically for ourselves and witnessed by friends and family.”
“We chose Hill Place as a perfect private setting where we could create our event as if it was our home for the weekend with a house full of guests. Some stayed in rooms, others camped in the gardens and some visited on the day. The owners of Hill Place, Rebecca and Will, are lovely people who have opened up their house and grounds to like minded people who can take the entire place over and treat it as their own, rather than a typical venue that has staff, restrictions and rules.”
It’s unusual that I’ll split a wedding into two parts, but as Jen and Steve had two very distinctive and very different wedding days I feel it’s only fair to give both of them equal air time! Their celebrations kicked off with an intimate legal ceremony at Brighton register office… with an Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators as their only witnesses!
“Our wedding was a game of two halves. . . and of two weddings”, the bride began, “We did not want to be married by religion or the state, but had to legally. So, we decided to get the legal bit done in our home town of Brighton at the registry office on our ten year anniversary. No one knew apart from Simon our photographer, it was a total secret. We wanted it to be fun and informal and didn’t take this part too seriously, so it seemed fitting to have the legends that are Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to be our witnesses to complete the farce and to which family and friends could not get upset over. It worked perfectly. We had a magical time with a most irreverent ceremony full of laughter and fun, poked two fingers up at the establishment and then went to the pub for a drink and on to Brighton pier for some photos!”
How do you fancy getting married in a woodland? Well this shoot from Jade Langton-Evans Photography is sure to give you some inspiration in the right direction! I’m loving the pretty, rustic details and Nicola’s gorgeous flower crown. In fact I don’t think I’ll every get bored of brides in flower crowns!
The couple wanted to get back to nature with this post-wedding shoot. The flowers and hair were designed to be very free and natural which fit with the forest location perfectly. Nicola loves vintage cameras and tea so these were also incorporated. “We wanted a very earthy, simple and beautiful shoot focusing mainly on the couple”, wrote Jade, “but we also wanted to show their love for these things within the set.”
Lindsay and Andrew wanted a wedding that reflected their Scottish heritage so the day was held at Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast. The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of beautiful countryside and inviting sandy beaches and the spectacular views made for the most perfect photographs! Lindsay wore a dramatic Terry Fox gown with tartan Christian Louboutin shoes. Andrew wore a version of a traditional Scottish kilt which was designed by the bride herself.
“Andrew always wanted to get married in a castle in Scotland”, Lindsay began. “Being Canadian where no castles exist, I couldn’t say no! I do not see myself as a princess at all but I just wanted to play off of the beauty and nature of the castle itself with our wedding theme. Because the castle was so magical and elegant, I didn’t want to veer to much away from this but add to it with a bit of quirkiness and fun along with the much needed avant garde.”