Hailee and Carl met on an island in Maine. They now live in Washington State, but wanted to return to Mount Desert Island to have their wedding. “We came up with ‘Cosmic Honey’ as our wedding theme while trying to combine the things we wanted to include in the event”, said the bride. “We were inspired by creativity and our love.”
“We were very hands on with our approach. This resulted in every element and detail having our personal aesthetic and reflected our unique dynamic as a couple. It took a lot of energy and time, but we are so happy with how it turned out.”
The ceremony was held at a private residence by the ocean. “The weather and scenery were breathtakingly beautiful”, Hailee continued. “We kept the atmosphere relaxed and informal. Our good friends sang a beautiful operatic piece as my family and I approached the arbour made by Carl’s father. The ceremony was officiated by our close friend Patti and included exchanging of charms between Carl and my family, a reading of the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver and an acoustic Bruce Springsteen song Should I Fall Behind performed by Carl’s father and brother.”
Al and Tony both love the sun, so they decided on a destination in Ibiza. “We are both sun-worshipping beach bums”, the bride said. “I grew up in Australia so the beach and the sea is in my blood, and Tony spent his younger years backpacking and chasing the summer. We go to Spain for a summer holiday every year and Ibiza is a special place for me due to it’s spiritual flavour, so it was the obvious choice for our wedding.”
The couple were legally married in Islington Town hall in London (on Al’s birthday!) a few days before the Ibiza wedding. “We both always wanted a beach ceremony and to be outdoors and close to nature, so La Escollera was the perfect location”, she said. “It had rained a lot that week, but we were totally blessed on the day as the sun came out in its full glory.”
Tatum and John were married in South Africa in April. They planned the wedding from London, where they now live. “Our wedding was boho-ish”, said the bride. “We really wanted the day to reflect who we are, so we didn’t follow any set theme but used elements of many things that we loved. There were lots of fresh flowers, candles in jars and pretty fairy lights everywhere. We also wanted to stay true to our African roots so included elements of traditional Xhosa fabric in the bunting, napkins and blankets.”
“Something we did differently to a lot of other weddings is that we walked down the aisle together”, she continued. “It was important to us because we’re partners in life so as cheesy as it sounds we wanted to do that together.”
Cat and Andrew’s September wedding had no theme other than them wanting it to pay homage to the West Country, where they live. A lot of things were found cheaply or homemade. The bride wore a dress by La Redoute, the groom was in Topman and the bridesmaids, ASOS. The cake was made by the bride’s mum and they also arranged all the flowers themselves.
“While we have nothing against a good theme, I don’t think we consciously went for anything too specific”, said Cat. “Our love of the West Country definitely shone through, but we basically just took all our favourite things and put them together in a tumbledown barn! Wildflowers, candlelight, a massive full moon, camp fires, live music, locally sourced food and drink. Cider With Rosie meets bohemian gin palace? Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Wurzels gig?!”
“I love wild swimming and have been visiting Farleigh River Swimming Club, next door to our venue, since I was a kid”, she continued. ” The vague idea that a morning dip would be a good way to shake post-wedding hangovers led us to check out the neighbouring farm. It’s stunning setting and reputation for excellent cream teas sealed the deal. From that point on, the surroundings dictated the direction the wedding took. The barn was a ‘proper’ barn, with swallows in the rafters and piglets in the yard, so it was never going to be a white linen and fine china kind of a do.”
Ben and Lori’s London wedding was held in a coffee shop. They had a laid back, bohemian theme that worked really well with their urban location.
“I suppose the most unique part of our wedding, that sets us apart from most weddings we have been to, is that we did not have the same sense of formality”, explained the bride. There were no bridesmaids, or groomsmen for example. We didn’t feel attached to those traditions. Also, we Skyped in some of my family members and closest friends from Canada, so it was a little funny seeing an iPad in the corner of our eye with six tiny squares of my favourite people from overseas, smiling and crying from a screen.”
“I would say our theme was confused rustic bohemian. The best bit of the day, and the part that still gives me the most exciting rush of emotions, is our ceremony. Our venue had stairs that led from a loft down to the main area where we had set up our ceremony area. Before most people arrived, close friends all worked together to decorate; hanging the ribbon backdrop, laying out confetti bags, and clearing the area. It was a bit rushed, but so lovely for everyone to work together like that. Ben worked some magic on the music and used the instrumental from LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yourself Clean for us to walk down the stairs together to and it was absolutely wonderful. I love that we walked together. For us, it was important to show the unity between us before we were married, as well as the further commitment we made on that day.”
A $5000 budget, a family cabin and a whole lotta love went into creating Cory and Ailsa’s dream wedding. Their beach ceremony comprised of a homemade arch and the ceremony itself was officiated by one of the bride’s mother’s oldest friends.
The family cabin and barn that served as their venue is located at the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. “Our wedding was completely DIY”, said the bride. “We wanted to focus on having everything made for the wedding. We didn’t want to have anything ordered or hire anyone we didn’t know to do anything.”
“The cabin has been in our family since 1930 so it was really special to get married there. We used trees from the property to make the benches. The entire wedding party camped with us the night before and the night of the wedding, and all of the 57 guests helped with something.”
“The ceremony was on the beach. Our friend built an arbour for us to stand in front of out of massive branches from driftwood and trees on the property. The benches were chainsawed into shape where they sat. The ceremony was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The Bay of Fundy has the biggest tides in the world and we let the tide wash everything away when the ceremony was done.”