Allison and Cameron’s colourful wedding took place in Austin in October. They wanted a simple, low-pressure day, with minimal stress. “Cameron and I honestly never wanted a wedding”, said the bride. “I get anxiety when I throw an event, and I am always worried if everyone else is having a good time that I forget to have a good time myself. However, since our mothers would never forgive us if we didn’t have one, we decided to do it our way. We wanted something low-stress and intimate, where we could mingle with all the guests and have a great time.”
The Sunday wedding was a morning and early afternoon event, meaning they served brunch and the whole thing was over by the evening. “Having a brunch wedding felt unique and alternative”, she explained. “Brunch may be the most popular meal in Austin, TX, and our wedding meal was no different. It was fun day drinking with our closest friends at a long family-style table. Our friends and family cheered us off on a ‘Just Married’ pedicab, and we took a brisk ride around downtown Austin taking it all it. After the reception we met up with some friends at our Airbnb across the street! Early in the evening Cam and I were able to split off and have a romantic dinner together and recall all of our favourite parts of the day! It was a really special moment.”
Emma and Dion’s September wedding had a laid back, rustic vibe. It was held at The Wallace Pub and Hotel in Victoria. “Our wedding was relaxed, vintage and a bit random!” said the bride. “I looked at Pinterest and blogs for ideas but mostly we just did things that felt right.”
“We had a surprise Elvis impersonator perform at the reception, which everybody loved! We also made our own invitations and wedding favours which were little jars of homemade marmalade. Boy, was that a long and sticky night of work!”
“We saved money on a lot of things. We went local for flowers which in the end only cost just over $500, including flowers for all the tables. We hired a VW van which was only $200 because we asked a local car aficionado to drive me and didn’t go through a formal car hire company. We also had several different cakes instead of just one traditional cake which was a lot cheaper.”
Bikers Trevor and Jerri wanted their wedding to reflect that mutual love so they got married in the only way they knew how! “Our wedding was a soulful, rustic biker wedding”, said the bride. “It is our way of living, so why change who we are for one day?”
“The ceremony was outside the front of Tawatina Alberta Church. It’s the church Trevor’s Great Grandpa went to but it has since been condemned. His uncle even went and made new stairs for us to stand on. It was chilly but still a beautiful day. I walked down the aisle to Stevie Nicks and my arms were linked with my dad and my step-dad’s. I saw our beautiful bridal crew and my amazing step-daughter and of course, my love waiting for me. I have never felt so blessed and so grateful than I did in that moment and with all of our loved ones around us with love and support the best vibes I have ever felt… And afterwards the entire wedding party rode down the aisle after on Harley Davidsons!”
Manicurist Tabby Casto is popping by today to share this super fun, summer bridal nail tutorial with you. She’s used a neutral base colour, but you could totally funk it up by using brighter colours to fit your wedding colour scheme. Over to you Tabby…
“For this tutorial I felt that keeping things simple was best with an accent nail on the ring finger. I enlisted the help of uber cool nail brand MoYou London who make stamping plates for just about everything you can imagine! These work similar to screen printing in that a design is etched into a little template which is then transferred and stamped onto the nails. I felt the Flower Power plates would work well for a bridal nail as they are pretty, yet subtle.
I’d recommend practising with these a few times before the actual day so you really get to grips with how to use the stamps.
♥ Nail polish remover ♥ Nail file ♥ Cuticle pusher ♥ Cotton pads ♥ Barry M Super Mani 7-in-1 Nail Care ♥ Barry M ‘Plumpy’ top coat♥ MoYou Clear Stamp & Scraper ♥ MoYou Flower Power Collection 03 plate ♥ Coconut oil ♥ Your choice of coloured nail polish ♥ White nail polish ♥ Cuticle oil
Step one: Clean your nails with nail polish remover to get rid of any old polish and oil on the nails. Then shape and file into your desired shape.
Step two: Gently push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher and a little bit of coconut oil.
Step three: Remove any excess oil and then apply a strengthening base coat such as Barry M’s Super Mani 7 in 1 followed by two coats of your coloured nail polish. Make sure you allow both coats to completely dry in between.
Claire and Jamie’s wedding was held at home, in their own barn. Almost everything was homemade by the couple or their guests. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time, and feel comfortable as the reception was at home”, began the bride. “We live in a rural area so we didn’t want anything fancy, just plenty of food, drink and music.”
“Our guests bought homemade cakes for the desert table. We made pom poms over the course of many evenings with friends. The tables were old school tables sourced from eBay (which we sold afterwards!) and covered in dust sheets and chintzy bedspreads. We also had hay bales for seating and to create a bit of structure around the barn. We even grew our own hay in the land next to our barn.”
Max and Kristen were married at the groom’s family home, followed by their reception at a local amusement park! “We have a love for 50s fashion and general art and design aesthetics”, said the bride. “Lakeside Amusement Park supplied an art deco flare and an offbeat reception venue that we had always dreamed of having as a backdrop to our celebration.”
Their ceremony was in the back garden and it rained! “It started raining the exact moment that I stepped foot outside the house for my procession and it stopped right as the ceremony ended”, she laughed. They say that’s good luck, though! Since neither of us are religious, we wanted the ceremony to be focused on personal stories, readings from literature and poetry that have meaning to us, and friends.”