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.”
For her bridal shoot, Gabi, a make up artist from Rio, wanted something modern but with a boho twist. Her wedding dress was made for her and inspired by a Chanel gown she saw at a runway show. She chose a cool and elegant hotel in Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, for the location.
“The place is truly amazing, with perfect natural lighting and art objects”, explained photographer Marina Lomara. “I loved having the opportunity to photograph a bride so beautiful there. Here in Brazil, wedding photographers generally just have just a few minutes for the bride’s portraits on a wedding day so it was amazing to have two hours to shoot here. Gabi loves to be photographed and made sure to have a special photo session before going to the party. She did her own make up and with the short dress, pixie hair cut and dark red lips she looked like an actress right out of the 1940s.”
Sigh! I just adore weddings liked Mark and Erika’s. Chilled out, not at all matchy-matchy and where everyone looks like they had a total blast. The couple didn’t wait a ‘tick the box’ wedding, instead they pulled inspiration from all over – their heritage, their home and their friends. “We didn’t really have a theme or colours that matched”, Erika wrote. “I have always been a mis-match kind of girl so we had elements of our backgrounds so Japan / Yorkshire / countryside / Autumn / vintage/ boho!”
The reception was held in a tipi in their own back garden. Erika wore a stunning 1920s vintage dress from Jane Bourvis and flowers in her hair. Her simple aqua necklace was a family heirloom and had been handed down by her mother.
“It was such a wonderful day, just having everyone there to share in our special day and to have all the love and support given to us”, she continued. “We just couldn’t define our wedding with one story – it was a complete day from start to end! The people around us made our wedding day interesting and unique. I have never done anything all that normal – I like being different and I like to have things relaxed. There was no pressure to have fun, we just wanted people to be in the moment and enjoy it. It was a home grown event where everyone was involved, like a little community. It was perfect for a tipi wedding!”
Dan & Charlotte had a two-day wedding celebration in Wales. They started off planning just the Saturday wedding by the beach with a pagan blessing, as this was what Charlotte really wanted. However they soon realised that legally, and for family reasons, they would need to have another ceremony with a registrar present, in a venue sanctioned for wedding ceremonies. “I did view having to have both ceremonies as a bit of a compromise”, Charlotte explained, “But rather than just doing the legal bit in a quick service on our own in a registry office or something, we set about finding somewhere just as beautiful for that part and made it into it’s own distinctive day. We also really wanted our wedding to last a bit longer than the usual one day which is why we split it into two. I would advise anyone planning their wedding to think about spinning things out a bit! It’s all over so quickly on the day and we really treasured the extra time we gave themselves over the weekend to spend quality time with everyone that came to celebrate with us.”
The first ceremony, on the Friday, was held right by Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in Wales. Afterwards they had a small reception at The Plough Inn - local pub in the Welsh village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant (!) They kept it informal with a roaring fire, a simple buffet, and a cosy, intimate and very laid back atmosphere. “We run our own business and dare to do things differently on a daily basis”, explained the bride. “Our shop was recently voted the ’7th Most Unusual Shop in the UK’ by the Guardian, so I suppose it was it was inevitable that our wedding would be a bit different! In terms of inspiration we both love nature and being out in the countryside, and I felt really strongly about being married as ‘outside’ as possible. We started visiting this waterfall a couple of years ago, so as soon as we realised we could get married at there it made complete sense. It’s a really special place, a lush green Welsh valley with the mighty fall like a hidden gem. There’s a calmness there, a natural spiritual feeling.”