Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.
“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”
“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”
Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.
“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”
The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!
“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”
The wedding of Chris and Brielle was held at The Icehouse in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Their goal was to save as much money as possible, but still have a beautiful wedding.
“I wanted everyone to remember the wedding as beautiful and a reflection of the love that we share”, said Brielle. “Who says you can’t have a gorgeous wedding on a budget!? It was exactly what I had imagined and more. The space already had so much character; it didn’t need an overload of décor. I searched every bargain shop for the decorations. Nothing about my style usually matches so my wedding decorations didn’t need to match either.”
“The signs were either paintings or photo frames that I bought from Goodwill and turned into chalkboards, the cocktail room had photo holders made from candlesticks and wine corks (yes, wine was consumed to retrieve those), my flower crown, bouquet and bridesmaid’s bouquets were all made by my friend, Meredith. Also the wands for the getaway were made out of strips of cloth and wooden sticks, sparklers take too long to light!”
With just a few guests and $7000 to spend, Joanne and Paul planned their travel themed wedding at Wakarusa Historical Museum. “The inspiration for our wedding was ‘love is a journey’ and nostalgia”, said the bride. “We both love to travel, hence the train station location. Our unique flowers were made of old maps and we had suitcases and atlas jars with candles. We also had lots of globes and vintage cameras. We were married in the waiting room of the train station.”
“All the décor was DIY and we planned the whole thing ourselves. My favourite part of our wedding was our handwritten vows where we both expressed that we not only married one another, but our children too. We are a blended family of one another and three children total.”
Well this is something new (well, actually very old!) – a groom in a suit of armour! As soon as I saw this wedding, I had to know more about it. Leen and Liron were married in March in Israel.
“The inspiration to the wedding was medieval times and fantasy literature”, explained the bride. “We also both LARP (live action role play) so a wedding full of magical characters in medieval style was a natural choice for us. We chose a venue that beautifully suited the theme and we chose the night of the Jewish holiday, Purim, to celebrate the wedding because it’s a masquerade holiday – and we knew people would enjoy dressing up! We asked the guests to dress in theme, and had some props for the ones who didn’t (we were so thrilled and our guests were beautiful).”
“Our wedding ceremony was officiated by my best friend”, she continued. “He was dressed as Lord Petyr Baelish, and wrote the whole ceremony by himself. We had a traditional vow exchange, and then a handfasting ceremony.”
Keir and Donna were married in London. “Keir proposed on a night bus from Elephant and Castle”, the bride began, “and it was perfect for us. We didn’t have any particular inspiration or theme for the wedding, we just wanted to do something in London that was simple and involved all our friends.”
“We stayed together the night before the wedding in Church St Hotel in Camberwell with some of our closest friends. We ended up drinking far too many cocktails and crashing around 3am!”
Donna wore a Charlie Brear dress and jewellery that she had designed by a friend, Roberto Costa. “I was very laid back about the whole thing. I bought the flowers for me and my bridesmaid the morning of the wedding from a local florist.”