Ana and Juanjo met through work. After dating for seven years they had their son, Mario, and seven years after that, on June 20th this year, they were married in Casares Costa, Spain.
“We didn’t have any particular theme for our wedding, we just wanted to be us and our guests to be themselves!”, Ana said. “We love music from the 60s and 70s and the Woodstock music festival so I guess that inspired us a bit. We also love American country music which was the inspiration for my outfit. The wedding was held in the South of Spain, overlooking the ocean. The beach location worked really well with this variety of styles. It really came together very well.”
Ana’s dress was handmade by her mother. The fabric had belonged to her for 30 years, and she’d kept it especially for her future wedding dress. “The wedding was such a special day”, she continued. “It was such a beautiful place on the beach where everybody I love could enjoy the great company, food, music and drinks! Everyone was so happy. All our family and friends were smiling, talking, singing and dancing. We felt the love of everybody there.”
Prepare to feel inspired to throw out everything that is giving you pre-wedding stress and get married just like Zoe and Nico! The wedding was the ultimate low-key wedding. They rented a beach front house, invited people over and did all the catering themselves. They spent just $2000 – $1200 on the rental and $200 on groceries.
“We rented a beach house on Fire Island and had our ceremony in front of the lighthouse”, explained the bride. “That’s pretty much it! We didn’t feel like it was necessary to blow cash on this. We wanted it to be very low key, honest and to feel like a party with friends. It ended up feeling more like a wedding than we though it would because it was inevitably more emotional than expected.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
Sally and Jacques were legally married in September 2014, however they wanted to have a casual beach wedding so had a non-legal blessing with their family and friends there in January of this year. “We did not want to have a long boring ceremony”, said the bride. “We’ve both been so so many weddings with long boring sermons and we didn’t want that for our own.”
The day was held at The Umtamvuna River Lodge, a unique wedding venue and holiday destination set in a tropical paradise on the banks of the Umtamvuna River. “We kept it sweet and simple. The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin played and we both entered by horse. Jacques came over to me and helped me off mine and we walked down the aisle together. We exchanged rings, gave a hug and kissed. Said we loved each other and bam! It was done. That’s how we liked it.”
Roy and Tabi’s wedding was a real family affair. The guest list was small, just 36 people, and they were married at the bride’s family home. The ceremony was even officiated by her grandfather.
“Our main inspiration for our wedding was that we wanted to have it at my parent’s place, on the beach”, said Tabi. “Of course this limited the number of guests we could have due to the size of the venue, but early on we both agreed that we really liked the idea of having a small, intimate wedding with just our immediate families. It created a really relaxed and special atmosphere where we, and our guests, could just enjoy ourselves. No pressure, no fuss, just an amazing day.”
“Our wedding theme focussed a lot on homemade things”, she continued. “Roy and I spend a lot of time together on projects and hunting for bits and pieces at op shops that we can renovate or upcycle and add to our home afterwards. We also agreed that we wanted our wedding theme to be somewhat simple, so we chose just a few ideas and spread them throughout the details of the day to bring it all together. The DIY included the outdoor canopy/ marquee, a custom-made bar area, all the indoor furniture, the kid’s crafts table, the cake, the photo wall and wooden frames, the favours and the flowers.”
It’s finally getting warmer which is making me dream of sandy beaches and tropical getaways. Jacqui and Peter’s Costa Rican wedding is doing nothing to help my craving to hop on a plane!
The couple met in 2006 at an international electronic music festival. To their surprise they discovered that they were both from Philadelphia. They were married nine years later, in January 2015. “Both of us love travel and the adventure of it”, Jacqui said. “This inspired us to go somewhere else to get married….and drag our friends and family with us!”
Both being artists who work with light, they wanted this to be a recurring presence at the wedding. “Peter creates a digital and surreal environment with his visual projections of light and lumens, and my theatre company hand paints masks and costumes with special paint that reflects ultraviolet light. We both create work that is said to have a magical and inspiring effect on people when they see it. We decided to integrate light into a night time wedding using glow sticks in unique ways, and LED lit tables and chairs.”