Sequoia and Andrew were married outside, in the Oakland Hills. Their wedding was a true DIY affair and they did everything themselves including all the décor, flowers, stationery and the catering. Even the band was made up of the bride’s step-dad and step-brother!
“Our wedding was a DIY Mexican boho wedding”, explained the bride. “More than anything we wanted to have an intimate setting to exchange our vows. It was really important to us that we be surrounded by love and support. We know that with marriage comes struggle and hardship at times, and we wanted to be reassured by our loved ones that they would be there to remind us of our wedding vows. The way we looked at each other. The promise that we made.”
“Having my step-dad, and step-brother play the music was really special”, she continued. “I didn’t want the traditional wedding music, we are far from traditional. I asked them to play ‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo & Johnny as I walked down the aisle, and they learned it and nailed it.”
“Instead of chairs we laid out Mexican blankets in the middle of a Redwood grove, forming a circle with us at the top. We felt like it really connected us with our friends and family. After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast and some snacks before heading to the venue for an all out PARTY.”
Although Tiffany and Bright had already been together ten years when get got married, they still really wanted to have a wedding to celebrate their love with their friends and family. It took place in August in Essex. The ceremony was held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wickham Bishops, and their reception a short walk away at Wickham Bishops Village Hall.
“Wickham Bishops Village Hall is no ordinary hall”, wrote the bride. “It was originally built in 1928 (my Grandad reliably informed me it was the place to go disco dancing back in the day) and rebuilt in 2005. It has kept a traditional barn look on the outside and fully modernised on the inside. It’s also surrounded by a green with a huge tree in the centre, which was a great spot for for photos.”
Laid back couple Tina and Rob wanted a wedding that celebrated their love of Denver. Instead of doing anything traditional, they decided to plan their wedding as if it was their perfect day in the city. Their ceremony was held in the garden of The Populist and their reception at Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Lab.
“We met in Spring of 2011 when I was trying to get my furniture business off the ground and bartending nights to make ends meet”, began the groom. “Some old friends of mine walked into the bar and a man named Dexter introduced me to his lovely friend named Tina. We only had time to flirt for a couple minutes before I had to get back to work. On her way out I ran around from behind the bar and gave her my number. A couple days later we met up for drinks and hit it off.”
Santorini is – by far – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. So when Shannon and Joss’ wedding landed in my inbox I didn’t hesitate to say “Yes, I want to feature it!” They had their ceremony on a terrace at Marizan Caves in Oia, a reception dinner at Katharos Lounge on Katharos Beach. The following day they had sunset boat cruise around the Aegean sea.
“Joss has a very strong connection with the ocean and I have always loved the bohemian style”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to effortlessly combine the two to create a casual wedding. We had our wedding ceremony on a terrace at Marizan Caves. We both had a strong sensation we had to visit this island and Marizan Caves was the first place we considered and we never looked back.”
“Our reception dinner venue was Katharos Lounge (just down the cliff from Oia). We were looking for something beach side, close enough from our ceremony that had a killer menu and a great atmosphere. As we didn’t book Katharos Lounge exclusively, we also opted for a second day of reception celebrations by booking out a boat through Santorini Cruises just for us and our guests. We cruised around the island, visited the hot springs and watched the sunset. We chose this as a more intimate venue for the cutting of our cake, our dance and speeches.”
Patrick and Jessica were married June 29th with a budget of under $5000. They planned everything themselves and the bride’s uncle conducted the ceremony.
“Patrick and I grew up in the same county and graduated in the same high school class”, began the bride. “Where we live is very ‘small town America’. We wanted our wedding to have the same feel. Patrick and I both love camping and the outdoors. Every aspect of our wedding had our own personal touch and backstory. We wanted our wedding to represent us and our guests really loved how genuine it was. We didn’t want a generic wedding we wanted something that we made and represented our relationship.”
The ceremony was held at Big Trees State Park on Beaver Creek and the reception was at the group camp area. The flowers were gathered and arranged by the bride and her bridesmaids. They made flower crowns and the centrepieces.
“I loved the night before and the morning of our wedding”, Jessica continued. “The bridesmaids, tribesmaids and I camped out and made the floral hair wreaths, boutonnières, and table arrangements. We slept under the stars and at dawn we had a silent vigil on a beach at the river. The silence was broken when we all jumped in the water. It was very serene and empowering to start the morning with my closest friends and jump into the brisk water. It was symbolic to the day, plunging into my new life as a married woman.”
Fiona and Mike wanted an outdoorsy, chilled out wedding that was as fun for their guests as it was for them! They went above and beyond to provide entertainment, drinks and food that everyone would enjoy. Having as much as possible locally sourced was also really important to them both.
“We wanted to have our wedding outside surrounded by the landscape that makes us both happy – the dramatic mountains, colours and trees of the Scottish Highlands”, explained the bride. “The wedding was also to be a celebration of time and place and locality. Using local, seasonal and sustainable food, drinks and materials as much as possible. To be true to ourselves by throwing our ideal summer party where all our guests felt valued and included.”
The wedding was held at Inshriach House in Aviemore, Scotland. “We live in Edinburgh but regularly take the 2.5 hour trip up the A9 to my family’s second home near Aveimore”, she continued.” We got engaged up there in the woods on Alvie Estate with Archie the dog beside us. So it seemed only right our wedding was the same!”
In terms of DIY, there was plenty! The groom, his brother and both Dads built the arch structure for the ceremony, which was then draped with flowers. The bride’s father also cut railway sleepers into blocks which they attached the menus too. All the signage was also homemade.