Oddities by the Sea: A Big Sur Elopement!

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Big Sur, on the California coastline, might be one of the most spectacular places on the planet, which is why do many couples say “We do” there! Amanda and Jake eloped there in April.

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“Our wedding theme was ‘Oddities by the Sea and taxidermy meets Cabinet of Natural Curiosities’,” said the bride. “We wanted to elope near the sea with minimal accessories or fuss. My bridal bouquet was constructed with fresh mint, thistle, chocolate cosmos, air plants, a cat skull and a fox tail!”

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Pastel Fun Fair Wedding

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Laura and Andy’s August wedding had it’s own fun fair! “We wanted an alternative theme but done in a grown up way” said Laura.

“When we first got engaged, we sat down to brainstorm all the things that make us ‘us’. We hadn’t been to many weddings, so we were able to let our imagination run wild! Our main viewpoint was that we wanted our guests to come away not just thinking ’that was the best wedding ever’ but ’that was the best day ever!”

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“We had a secret fun fair! While our guests were eating, we had two fun fair companies arrive and set up stalls, a high striker, swing boats and mini golf! Then the guests were told that they were moving to a different part of the venue and the fun fair was revealed. Our plan went perfectly and it was totally worth it to see Andy’s 79 year old nan swinging on the swingboats with our 5 year old flower girl.”

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Retro & Whimsical DIY Barn Party

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Christable and Julius’ retro inspired wedding took place in June. The wedding was a whimsical DIY barn party with influences from a number of different eras.

“Even though we are both from the city, we love getting out to the country”, began the bride. “We wanted to do something that had us all over it and not a pre-decorated banquet hall. We decorated the entire barn just hours before having to get dressed in the upstairs room. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.”

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“We knew it was going to be lot of work but I think the one thing we didn’t REALLY think about was a good clean up plan. It was a lot of work to put it all up and just as much work to put it all away along with the gifts after celebrating a wedding! Some guests did help but it still was more than we actually thought. You spend so much time thinking about putting it all together and then you forget about taking it all apart!”

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Portland Wedding with Minimal Stress

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Ray and Tah-Lia wanted their wedding to be as casual and laid back as possible. So they took a long time to organise the day (two years!) and made decisions that kept things simple.

“We love vintage clothing and really vintage everything and we wanted to have a fun wedding with minimal stress”, said the bride. “We also share a love for music so having a live band was a must, and we wanted a lively band that would get people dancing!”

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“We organised everything ourselves! We bought the cake and wines from the grocery store (which saved us money) and bought a keg from Deschutes Brewery. We also had a friend do a fun photo booth during the reception for our guests to take pictures. We let our bridal party pick what they wanted to wear (as long as it was black) and tried to keep everything as simple as possible.”

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Issue 10 Available for Pre-Order… And My Sister is Our Cover Star!

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I know I say every single issue that the new one might be my favourite so far… but this time I really, really mean it because my sister Rachel’s wedding is featured inside and she’s on the cover! Ahhh what an utter babe.

Planning their wedding was so amazingly fun (and very stressful at times!) but it was so exciting to see it all come together. Then seeing their magazine feature materialise gave me all that same stress and excitement all over again. I have to give extra props and love to my lead designer Shauna on this spread – she’s probably never had to deal with a more neurotic client than me while working on it!

Trying to figure out the perfect image choices was… well… an experience (if you think planning a wedding presents you with a lot of opinions, try designing a magazine spread of said wedding and keeping everyone happy!) Every day I was emailing her like “Erm, what about if we switched this with that?” or “How about changing that one and adding these instead?” I’m sure she was cursing my name and putting a hex on me from her studio in Portland!

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We got there in the end though and I can’t wait for you guys to see how the wedding (and feature!) have turned out.

Issue 10 isn’t just 165 pages of Rachel and Jamie though, there are also ten other incredible real weddings for you to feast your eyes on. From a burlesque and 1950s themed day in South Africa, to a Haunted Mansion wedding on Halloween and a mermaid inspired wedding down under, this issue is packed with over 100 pages of real life weddings. Here’s a tiny preview…

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Relaxed Fun Party Vibes

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Hannah and Trent were married at Matilda Bay Reserve in Perth, Western Australia. They hired furniture and knick knacks from Turtle and the Pelican and Maisey Collections to furnish the outdoor space. They also borrowed lots of props from friends.

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“The two biggest factors to us choosing our venue were that we were able to bring our own booze and there was no curfew which was very difficult to find in Perth”, began the bride. “A friend suggested to look at public reserve spaces and hiring a marquee. After booking Matilda Bay Reserve I felt that a marquee would look tacky and ruin my vintage look with all the dark wooden furniture items, which then lead me to find Zest Event Design who hire out tipis. I fell in love instantly but due to the price we could only get one, which was fine for a cocktail setting. The tipi looked amazing suited the vibe and was well used. We danced in the tipi till 4am in the morning!”

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