Stephanie and Gabriel were inspired by lots of things for their Iowa wedding. Their theme was a mixture of all things rustic, bohemian, hipster, creative and geeky!
“We drew inspiration from the items and people we love”, said Stephanie. “For example, our table names were book titles that Gabriel and I chose based on their significance in our life. We also found inspiration in frugality. The areas we spent more money on were the items that would directly interact with the guests, i.e. the food, the drink and the favours.”
“When it came to decorating, we have to give a lot of credit for the final look to Jenn of Harper Hadley Events, because we sat and told her the desired feel and the ambiance we wanted to achieve, and she nailed it. She brought together all our individual must-haves and created a coherent, absolutely beautiful event.”
Gary and Traci love Halloween. So much so that they decided the best place for them to get married would be at their Halloween party in their own home. The coolest part of this wedding was that it was a complete surprise for all their guests! After telling everyone they were getting married then and there, they then assigned each attendee a roll in the celebration.
“We were trying to figure out how to do a ceremony and reception for our families that live in New York and California when we live in Alaska”, explained the bride. “We wanted our ceremony to be meaningful and something we could share with family at a later date, but we also wanted to focus on the celebration part of marriage and do that with friends that we know will be there to support us in the future with our families not geographically close.”
“I am a BIG fan of Halloween and we knew we were going to throw a party at our house”, she said. “It was a dream come true when Gary came up with the idea of doing a surprise wedding ceremony during the party for our friends. In Alaska, any person can marry you, so we came up with a plan to choose ‘characters’ to fill the traditional and not-so traditional roles during the wedding. We had roles for an officiate, maid of honour, best man, slutty bridesmaid, drunk uncle, father of the bride, ring bearer, flower girl, and wedding singer. The best part was, not knowing which friend would get selected to play each role.”
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Claire and Lou wanted a relaxed wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “The inspiration for our wedding came quite naturally”, Lou told me. “All we wanted was to feel comfortable in our outfits and for our guests to feel comfortable too. We wanted people to socialise as much as possible and for everyone to have an amazing time with us. We wanted a nice flow on the running order and our priority was to ensure that no-one was hanging around waiting for the next part of the day feeling hungry or bored!”
The wedding was held at Southend Barns in Chichester. “The minute we saw our venue we knew that it was perfect”, she continued “I walked around the grounds and imagined certain props in certain places and got an idea of what would work and what wouldn’t. I got a lot of my décor inspiration by simply standing in the middle of the venue and looking around and thinking about what I could do.”
They wanted a ceremony to signify their commitment to each other, but Ariane and Adam decided not to be legally married. Based in Queensland, Australia, they decided they didn’t want to be man and wife until same sex marriage was recognised by their country.
“We really wanted to respect the ceremony of showing our love and commitment in front of our friends and family”, they said, “so we took seriously the ritual of the ceremony but then after that… It was party time. The ceremony was officiated by our dear friend Alan at The Gardens Club. We wrote our own vows and Alan wrote the script for the ceremony.”
Joe and Kristina spent $300 on their wedding. They didn’t want anything big, fancy or extravagant, they just wanted to be married. They said their vows up in Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles and afterwards went for drinks and bar food with their friends at Ye Rustic Inn Tavern, where they first met.
“Joe and I met while he was on holiday in Los Angeles”, Kristina told me. “The night I had gone to a big, fancy Hollywood party and felt totally out of place to decided to leave and check out a friend’s gallery show down the road. I don’t usually do this, but afterwards I decided to grab a drink next door on my own at a local dive called Ye Rustic Inn. I ordered whisky on the rocks and sat in the corner when I saw Joe dancing with a friend. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I feel as though I loved him as soon as I saw him. I wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t talk to him, so I walked over and opened with a silly bit of small talk. We got along famously all night and exchanged info. We were both attending a music festival later in the week and made plans to meet up… Which we did! We had a great time and tried to spend as much time together as we could before Joe headed back to England about a week later. We kept in touch online for about six months, until I finally decided to visit him overseas as a surprise for his birthday. I went to England for about a week (I was nervous how this trip would go so didn’t want to stay too long) and after a wonderful stay, we decided to keep our long distance relationship going.”
Taylor and Jay both adore nature, animals and exploring local wildlife, so when it came to planning their July wedding there was no question that this would be their theme.
“Jay proposed to me on the threshold of our newly purchased house with a rather large beautiful porcelain fox head ring from And Mary“, began the bride. “It was a fantastic ring but we did have to downsize to a smaller more practical rose gold fox from Kyle Can. The ring was a response to my love of nature and British wildlife. Foxes, badgers, birds etc are a design featured throughout our house and play a big part of our lives so it made sense to bring this part of our personality and life together into our wedding too.”
“The décor included animal themed tables, foxy touches here and there, a nest for cards and animal masks for the guests to wear. As the fox theme developed, we decided to make giant fox heads for each other, the groomsmen also had fox masks, bridesmaids had rabbit masks and my flower girls were barn owls. We also made our own elderflower champagne a month before the wedding. We picked the flower heads that were growing at one of our favourite local beaches, brewed it from scratch and bottled it up in foxy themed ‘Wet Your Whiskers’ bottles, one for each guest.”