DIY Backyard Wedding in Victoria: Matt & Moz

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Matt and Moz were married at home, in their own backyard in Collingwood, Victoria. Their wedding budget was $5000 and they didn’t go a penny over. The bride wore a dress that her mother made for her, and the flowers were sourced from a market.

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“Our plan was to have a wedding that was more like a party”, she said. “We wanted to keep the vibe relaxed and we didn’t really stick to any particular style or rules. Our guests told us that they loved our wedding because it was super casual and was a real reflection of us.”

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Retro Antique Store Wedding: Lydia & Klem

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For their April wedding, Lydia and Klem wanted a day that would be unforgettable for their guests. They chose a unique venue, Big Daddy’s Antique’s in San Francisco for their reception. However their ceremony took place two weeks prior and was a small, intimate affair.

“We really enjoyed having our small ceremony completely separate from our reception”, Lydia wrote. “It was simple and sweet. But our vision for our big reception was to have the most fun and memorable cocktail party our guests had ever experienced. The only ‘wedding-y’ things we incorporated were a first dance and the cake cutting… oh! And of course we got to wear our fancy wedding duds for a second time. BONUS!”

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“I produced many of the signs and favors myself, and we made the invitations. But the only real DIY piece was my show stopper of a jewel bouquet which a close friend created for me. I had put a post out on Facebook asking for any misfit earrings, buttons, brooches or baubles that my friends and family were willing to donate. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and filled with so much love. It is a masterpiece!”

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Whimsical Circus Wedding: Tamara & Chip

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Ahh the circus! So colourful, so fun, such a perfect theme for an alternative wedding! Tamara and Chip’s Florida wedding was a true DIY labour of love. They did almost everything themselves.

“We are both light-hearted and fun people, so we wanted our day to feel like a party with our family and friends”, explained the bride. “We are not stiff and formal, but love vibrancy and uniqueness! Our whimsical circus theme fit perfectly with how we wanted our wedding day to feel.”

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“Almost everything we did was DIY, unique and local”, she continued. “Aside from a few amazing vendors like our day-of coordinator, Ashley Packett, who was amazing and seamlessly took my vision and DIY projects and made it come together! We did not want a cookie cutter wedding. I am far too crafty to have let someone else create our wedding day. From our wedding ceremony in front of our DIY circus tent, to our reception under the stars and string lights, to our bartender serving drinks and locally brewed beer from a canoe cooler, to our guests playing shuffleboard, our wedding was far from the norm.”

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Alternative Wedding Readings and Vow Ideas from Indie & Rock Love Songs

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Trying to find some unique ceremony readings? Struggling with writing your vows without being cheesy? Why not call upon the true poets of our time, the rock stars?! Here are some of the most romantic lyrics from the most beautiful rock love songs. No cheese allowed.

OK just a little…

Iris, Goo Goo Dolls

And I’d give up forever to touch you
‘Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t wanna go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
When sooner or later it’s over
I just don’t wanna miss you tonight

Real Love, John Lennon

Thought I’d been in love before,
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

Don’t need to be alone
No need to be alone

It’s real love
Yes it’s real, yes it’s real love
It’s real, yes it’s real love

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Janis Joplin Inspired Retro Picnic Elopement

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There are plenty of wedding inspiration shoots being featured on wedding blogs and in the magazines, but there’s a distinct lack of same sex models for my liking! Which is why when this shoot from Six Hearts Photography came in, I was thrilled!

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“We just wanted to put together something groovy and pretty that we designed and were in full control of”, photographer Schellie told me. “The sunflowers come out in July for like two weeks, and they’re so beautiful and fleeting, we jumped at the chance to shoot among them.”

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Geeky Renaissance Fair Wedding: Gwenn & Dave

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Gwenn and Dave were married on 4th May so they started their inspiration with – what else? – but Star Wars. From there, they added lots of other geeky references of the things they both love, specifically Doctor Who and Disney. The bride wore a handmade dress that she made herself, a crown which she got at a Renaissance fair, and a veil made by her mother. Her amazing boots were House of Elloit.

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“We met at a Renaissance fair”, explained Gwenn. “We both were in the same group and Dave was the secretary and kind of used that to his advantage to get to me her better. We were inseparable all weekend and pretty much knew right then it was true love!”

“We got married on May the 4th so Dave had storm trooper pins for the groomsmen”, she continued. “We also had a Tie Fighter pin for the bestman and a Darth Vader pin for Dave. We had an epic lightsaber battle between the two of us which was great for photos! The rest of the wedding was highly influenced by Disney, Doctor Who and other nerdy things.”

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