Cas and Geoff may have picked The Eden Project in Cornwall, a very modern looking venue, for their September wedding, but there theme was old fashioned and quirky. Victorian Steampunk is a style that they both love and so it made complete sense that it be the inspiration for their amazing day.
“My parents are really into cosplay and they love to attend sci-fi events on a regular basis”, explained the bride. “Steampunk is all the rage out in the States and Mum and Dad are really into it. We love the Victorian style so we thought it would make an excellent theme. The girls were all in corsets and the guys all looked very stylish in their top hats and waistcoats. It was very vintage tea-party.”
They met online and with a mutual love of all things nerdy (their first date was eating cheese toasties and watching Dark Crystal) they connected instantly. They were married in August at Sole Street House in Kent. “Our theme evolved into a relaxed, geeky garden party”, wrote Kirsty. “Vintage touches and having the full day to relax into the venue meant that it felt very natural and laid-back. We picked a colour theme of teal and asked all of our guests to wear something to match. As time went on, it became green and blue in all of the shades but it meant that we could relax about a ‘theme’ and still have everything come together.”
“Our dress code was ‘relaxed but smart’ and everyone looked fab. There were small geeky touches throughout the day, we served Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and the ‘table’ plan featured Team Zissou, the Scumm bar and number of other geeky gatherings.”
The ceremony was held up a tree house on the grounds with their guests watching from below. “One of our favourite moments was our ‘first look’ which is where we saw each other before the ceremony”, she continued. “We had the time to just relax with each other and enjoy the moment. Stepping out onto the balcony of the tree house was pretty special too. We were hiding inside with the registrars whilst all of our friends and family gathered below us. We could hear them laughing and chatting and then when we stepped out together, in full regalia, there was an audible gasp. Pretty good for the ego. It was wonderful to look down and see everybody smiling back at us.”
Yellow, teal and silver were the colours of Jess and Rob’s June wedding. The event was held in their own home, mostly in their back garden, in Connecticut. The wedding was kept casual, with no bridal party or speeches and with the main aim being that everyone had a really great time.
“The first thing I bought for the wedding were my shoes. I just fell in love with the teal and that became the main color for the wedding”, Jess explained. “The yellow and silver were added once I started designing the save the dates and invitations.”
“It overlapped into everything, especially my dress. I knew I wanted a short dress from the start. I looked online and saw lots of pretty dresses but none that I thought were quite right. In the end I went to my local bridal shop which happens to be owned by a childhood friend of mine. It worked out incredibly well and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. On my 5th or 6th dress I found the one but I immediately wanted to cut it up and make it my own. Bliss Bridal’s tailor was so fantastic, she listened to my crazy ideas and worked with me to turn the gown I found into something with a bit of a pin up vibe but with an elegance to it.”
It’s not a very sexy topic (the important things rarely are!) but working out how the two of you will run your home together is crucial. Of course the likelihood is that most of you probably already live together before you get married but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t something you should still discuss before walking down the aisle.
8. Housework, DIY & Everything in Between
I hate housework… and cleaning… and tidying… and DIY. In fact I’m always joking that I’m a “terrible wife”. The roles are very much reversed in our house, with me earning the money and him, for the most part, looking after the home. Even before I started my own business I was always the main breadwinner in our house so this set up isn’t weird for us. However it could have caused problems if we didn’t sit down and discuss it before we got married.
Chelsea and Evan hosted their reggae themed wedding at a gas station turned country bar in Woodland, CA. Their day was laid back, unique and most of all fun for everyone who was there!
“One day we were drinking mimosas around our apartment in San Francisco with two of Evan’s best friends, and kind of joking, they decided it would be really cool if we had a reggae-themed wedding”, explained the bride. “In the spirit of compromise, I said no to a watermark of Haile Selassi on the invitation but did incorporate the red/green/yellow colors into the stationery and hired the coolest funk/reggae/soul band from the bay.”
“We wanted the day to be very unique,” she continued. “Our worst nightmare was a cookie-cutter wedding. A big part of making it different was the venue. We chose Plainfield Station, a gas stationed turned country bar with a huge backyard, and they’ve never had a wedding before. I’d link to them but they don’t even have a website. It’s the kind of place that you wonder if you are on Mars as you’re driving to it, and when you get there, it all makes sense and you never want to leave.”
Photography Credit: Lakshal Perera
This week has been slap bang back to work all round! After one last quick splash in the ocean we said goodbye to Port Douglas and hopped on a plane to Brisbane to teach our first class.. The babes that came along to Bleeding Heart Gallery last weekend were of course as wonderful as we could have hoped for, in fact I don’t think Gala, Shauna and I have laughed as much during a class before!
Then, bright and early Monday morning we packed up and left for the airport again to catch our flight to Melbourne… or so we thought. We’d noted the time of our flight down wrong and arrived an hour late! ARGH! Luckily the very nice man on the Virgin Australia service desk took pity on us and switched us onto a later flight – phew!
These past few days we’ve been teaching our first class here in Melbourne. Yesterday was particularly exciting because ABC News came to film us for a news story (you can watch it online here!!) But that’s not all, I’m also getting to hang out with one of my favourite photographers – and people – in the whole worldwide wedding industry, Lakshal Perera, who is shooting the class for us too. What a treat!
Bright and early tomorrow morning we jet off again, this time to Auckland for our next workshop this weekend – no rest for the wicked! So let’s see what has been keeping me entertained on all those flights shall we?
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