Jo and Andrew’s wacky wedding was in three parts. It started with the legal ceremony at Brighton registry office. Two days later they had a outdoor blessing at their venue, Fair Oaks Farm in Steyning, where the night ended with a huge party where everyone wore outrageous fancy dress, hula hooped and had their faces painted!
“We met at the festival called Playgroup just outside of Brighton in August 2011”. the bride explained. “I was hulahooping to the music, and Andy said he just couldn’t take his eyes off me! We got chatting, I ended up teaching him how to hoop, and the rest is history. Then in 2013, Andy proposed with an amazing choreographed hula hoop flash mob!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was things that make us happy: friends, fun activities, dancing, festivals, glitter, crazy outfits, delicious food and general silliness”, she continued. “Neither of us are very traditional, so we wanted the day to reflect our personalities, not be bogged down by any tradition. Our wedding was officially called the Glitter Wedding! We are known for using excessive amounts of glitter in every day life so when we came to planning our wedding, we knew that it would be a big feature.”
Josh and Katie, both from the UK, travelled to San Francisco in September to elope. They had a reception for their loved ones back home at a later date.
“We are both very fond of the 70s era”, Katie explained, “Our living room is like something out of a mid-century furniture magazine. I knew my dress would be vintage, but I didn’t have a set style in mind. When I came across my 70s, handmade Mexican dress on Etsy, I knew it was the one. I had bought it within a month of us getting engaged. It needed a fair bit of work, but a friend is a seamstress and fixed it up wonderfully. Perhaps the dress set the bar for the laid-back, bohemian feel.”
“Our wedding was different just because of the way we did it”, she continued. “We decided to elope alone to San Francisco at City Hall. It is one of the most beautiful and grand buildings either of us has had the pleasure of visiting. It was perfect and neither of us can imagine doing it any other way. We got married exactly a year after Josh proposed in New York with an Edwardian ring of opals and diamonds, on the rooftop bar of The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.”
Johnny and Michelle wanted a colourful, funky and fun wedding. “We wanted the environment and décor to be a visual representation of our personalities”, said the bride. “This led us in a lot of different directions that included things like bright colours and watercolour cakes. We also had a bit of southwestern influence from the groom and bohemian style from the bride. It was great to see all these different ideas come together to form a single cohesive look for the wedding!”
“We’re very colourful and animated people so we wanted a casual, relaxed, fun atmosphere with vibrant, whimsical touches”, she continued. “We also really wanted to throw a party for all our family and friends!”
Nicole and Jonathan wanted their wedding to represent them. They didn’t care if things didn’t necessary go together, they just wanted the day to feel like them. They included their favourite colours, their love of Lego, Jonathan’s Chinese heritage and their mutual appreciation for all things Japanese!
The wedding was held at Lower Grange Farm, an 18th Century barn owned by the Scouts that is hired out for weddings. “We wanted things to be personal to us”, began the bride. “Jonathan wanted red to be part of the colour scheme so we went for bright red, orange and yellow. The bright shades really suited the date of the wedding – mid-July – as the colours were summery.”
“The colour scheme also worked with our desire to include some Chinese touches to reflect Jonathan’s heritage, we also got engaged in Hong Kong so it was very appropriate! We incorporated Chinese lanterns, a wish tree decorated with Chinese wedding envelopes, and our invitations were genuine Chinese wedding invites that a friend of ours had bought back from a visit there!”
So I haven’t actually got the scoop of the century, sharing unseen photos from Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s wedding… but I’ve got the next best thing! This shoot, photographed and styled by Claire Macintyre Photography, has got to be one of the closest homages to this iconic wedding that I’ve ever seen!
Claire explains, “Our inspiration was Marilyn. She is the ultimate Rock n Roll bride, and I have always been completely fascinated with her. I am getting married in 2017 and she is the first place I went to for inspiration. I absolutely loved the laid back, intimate vibe of her wedding to Arthur Miller. I loved the really low key glamour, with the focus completely on them and not complicated by heavy décor and fiddly details.”
Sabrina and Taylor had a minimalist wedding with an industrial vibe. They didn’t go overboard on the décor, bringing along just a few key items, mostly relying on how their venues were already decorated. It saved them a lot of stress and extra hassle!
“The inspiration for our wedding was ourselves. We aren’t ‘wedding people’ but wanted it to feel like us”, said Sabrina. “Our wedding wasn’t traditional in a lot of ways. I didn’t walk down the aisle, my father didn’t give me away, and we didn’t have a first dance or a cake cutting. We wanted things to be simple, with no fuss.”
Sabrina wore a gorgeous simple dress from Reformation which showed off her incredible back tattoo! “I didn’t wear a stitch of clothing under my wedding dress and mentioned it to Taylor so his mind was a little preoccupied all day!” she laughed.
“My mom and sister’s came over that morning so we could all get ready together then we walked over to the restaurant where we held our ceremony (it was only a block away) where Taylor was waiting. Hearing my mom cry walking behind me was pretty special but walking into the restaurant and seeing Taylor’s face was definitely my favourite moment of the whole day.”