As far as simple and breathtaking weddings go, I think this family focused elopement in Big Sur, California wins everything. It was just Ulysses, Cyntia and their two gorgeous children, Phoenix and Galaxy in attendance. Their officiant, Colette Cucchia, was there to marry them overlooking the water and their wedding photographer captured the whole thing beautifully.
“We both really like the small and simple weddings”, Ulysses began. “Our children also inspire us, they were very central to our wedding. A unique part of our wedding was the Greenbrier. We really love that van and thought it would be nice to have it featured in our wedding pictures. Different to the norm? We are a non religious family and our wedding reflected that.”
Naomi and Glen spent just £4000 on their amazing boho wedding in a yurt in September. They saved money everywhere – from the bride having her dress made by a friend, the food being made by friend and family, DIY stationery, the flowers being arranged by Glen’s mum and the cake being made by Naomi’s sister in law!
“We really wanted to make our stamp on this thing”, began Naomi. “We made the invites, signs and props (my favourites signs were made from wooden plaques found in Glen’s late grandad’s house), the drinks dispensers, the cake stands and a room screen for the photo booth. We made our own rings using a blowtorch at home for mine and some heavier duty machinery for Glen’s! The hog roast was a gift, and all the food was done by family and friends. We really and truly poured our heart and souls in to getting the day off the ground and we really did do everything ourselves.”
“We got so many great deals by just asking around so if you’re stuck for an affordable venue check local farms and country b&b’s with land or camp sites”, she advises. “And don’t underestimate how much work it is putting it all together. I’m not sure the wedding would’ve happened without our AMAZING groomsmen and bridesmaids. We love them. SO MUCH. Keep your goals in perspective too. Some homemade things ended up just as expensive as if we’d bought them and can take a whole lot of time and work, but there are lots of things that can be made thriftily”
Chelsea and Evan hosted their reggae themed wedding at a gas station turned country bar in Woodland, CA. Their day was laid back, unique and most of all fun for everyone who was there!
“One day we were drinking mimosas around our apartment in San Francisco with two of Evan’s best friends, and kind of joking, they decided it would be really cool if we had a reggae-themed wedding”, explained the bride. “In the spirit of compromise, I said no to a watermark of Haile Selassi on the invitation but did incorporate the red/green/yellow colors into the stationery and hired the coolest funk/reggae/soul band from the bay.”
“We wanted the day to be very unique,” she continued. “Our worst nightmare was a cookie-cutter wedding. A big part of making it different was the venue. We chose Plainfield Station, a gas stationed turned country bar with a huge backyard, and they’ve never had a wedding before. I’d link to them but they don’t even have a website. It’s the kind of place that you wonder if you are on Mars as you’re driving to it, and when you get there, it all makes sense and you never want to leave.”
Jake and Amanda spent just $4000 on their amazing wedding. Everything, bar the catering, was either homemade or donated by friends and family. The location was a friend’s estate in Chatsworth, California. They chose a secluded clearing amongst the trees with breath taking views as their ceremony spot.
“The décor was modern bohemian and eccletic”, began the bride. “Our theme was kind of rustic American mixed with moroccan and indian influences. The backdrop of our friends property really helped frame a western fairytale. Our intent was to stay true to ourselves while providing friends and family a meaningful ceremony and a fantastic celebration. We felt by having so much help from our family and friends, we brought back an older tradition of a community coming together to truly celebrate the union of their newest family.”
If a simple, emotional and beautiful wedding is what you’re after, then let me introduce you to Pieter and Noortje. Married in the Botanical Gardens in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, their wedding had a natural, organic and bohemian vibe. Their reception was held at De Waard van Kekerdom, a bar in Kekerdom, where they had a simple meal followed by an after party!
“We tried to make our wedding as personal as possible, with our own camper, a choir of 30 family members in the church and the band from the cafe where we met each other”, explained the bride. “We had our ceremony in a garden and afterwards had a simple but delicious meal at a not too fancy but very cosy restaurant. We didn’t want anything to be too cliché, we just tried to make it simple but very personal. A lot of our retro bohemian hippie kind of taste came through too, as well as our love for nature and being outside.”
This hippy-esque countryside shoot was set up by wedding photographer Camilla Rosa. who really wanted to shoot an emotional set that perfectly reflected the couple in it. Jesse and Charlie live in a hut on the banks of a river with no electricity, sing in a band, home made pretty much everything and only wear charity shop or home made clothes – so her idea was perfect for them!
“I wanted to have the opportunity to shoot a ‘wedding’ in my own style, the way my hands and head tell me intuitively to do it”, Camilla wrote. “So I called upon the most in-love people I know to help me out, Jesse and Charlie, who I knew fitted with the way I naturally love to shoot. As a couple they are just cool, and totally unaware of it, mainly because that is how they were brought up and this is who they are.”