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An Anti-Princess, Nerdy & Eco-Friendly Wedding: Josh & Jaclyn

Josh & Jaclyn were legally married on July 13th but had their reception on the 16th at Smith & Wilson Winery in Cedar Springs, Ontario. “We decided to have the reception and the ceremony were on separate dates,” Jaclyn told me. “On the Wednesday before the Saturday reception Josh, I, our parents and two close friends went to city hall for a justice of the peace ceremony. It was really relaxed – we didn’t even dress up in our fancy wedding attire.”

“I wanted this because wedding ceremonies always bore me to tears and didn’t want to put our guests through that. It is also a good thing because I got a case of the giggles so bad that tears streamed down my face and we had to pause so I could catch my breath. That would have been so horrible in front of 100+ people!”

“The inspirations for our wedding were simple, keep it fun, keep it green, keep it us,” the bride continued. They also DIYed a lot of the wedding including the bunting which was made of fabric all donated by the guests. “At the shower guests were informed to wrap all gifts in fabric. I then surprised the guests when they saw all their swatches used in the creation ofover 150 feet of bunting banner. (I went a bit overboard creating triangles.) I am now in the process of using the triangles to quilt a wedding blanket of our bed.”

The couple also made the red & white gingham table cloths, the custom Munny cake toppers, the Lego envelope box, the flower bomb favours, cake stands and the guest book.

Jaclyn wore a Catherine Langolis dress which she bought from The Brides’ Project in Toronto. The Brides’ Project sell second hand wedding dresses and donate all the proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. “If you can help others with a purchase you were already going to make anyways why wouldn’t you?” Jaclyn asks. “My dress ended up being a donation from a previous bride who had is custom made by a local Toronto Designer. It is also going to see it’s second time at The Brides’ Project. I will be donating it back to help another unique bride to be and people affected by cancer…and the environment. Wins all around.”

Jacyln also had some great tips to pass onto future brides.

“If you are having an untraditional wedding don’t call it a wedding. Call it a party, a get together, an event, a celebration, anything but wedding. I found that people were less creative/inspired with ideas if you called it a wedding. I feel it is because they would think of all the weddings they had been to in the past and just get stuck on those ideas.”

“Pictures can help convey your ideas. My Mum had a hard time envisioning my unconventional concepts because she had never seen anything like that. When I could see that verbal descriptions we not working I emailed her picture of what it could look like. That helped tremendously and the more visual inspiration she had the more she got into the ideas.”

“Prioritize. It will save yourself a lot of stress, time and money when planning your event. Example – we were going to have a photo booth and candy table but we could only afford one. We chose candy table as a cotton candy tree had a lot more impact in the room then a draped off photo area.”

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A Brightly Coloured Floral Explosion of a Wedding: Sam & Dave

OK so don’t hate me…but there’s no Thursday Treats or Post it Notes this week or next week as I’m off galavanting in the US of A. However I hope I can make it up to you with today’s beautiful wedding (and the promise of a MASSIVE bumper edition of Treats and some extra special wedding and business tips on my return!)

Sam & Dave were married in London in July. After a church ceremony the couple and their guests all walked down the road to Wanstead Golf Club. “I wouldn’t say we were that Rock n Roll really. We just did what we wanted and tried not to think about what we ‘should’ be doing and people’s expectations,” the bride explained. “We tried to do it on the cheap and make what we could ourselves. I even just called a cab to take me to the church as I didn’t see the need to waste money on something that was just dropping me up the road!”

“We found it a bit annoying when people in the lead up to the wedding asked what the ‘theme’ was. I hate ‘the theme’. The ‘theme’, we explained to them, was that we were in love and getting married. And that was it. We just wanted to be surrounded by things we loved or thought were funny, whether they went together or not. But I guess if there was a theme it was a bit of an indoor fete feel. There was lots of bunting and fun stuff. Lots of colour (it was a bit like Gay Pride had thrown up all over it) and pretty much everything we’d done ourselves.”

Sam wore a vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey with leopard print, peep-toe Louboutin’s and a flower head garland, “I tend to wear quite flamboyant stuff, so my choice of dress was extremely modest for me – so I knew I wanted a bit of a statement on my head,” Sam continued. “When Rihanna appeared on X Factor last year she wore a big flowery headband and I really wanted something similar. So my Mum and I spent an afternoon together with lots of red wine and we made it from a load of old silk flowers she’s had stuffed at the back of her cupboard for years, which we wired on to a 99p Superdrug hair band! I was a bit unsure of whether to wear it as I was worried it looked a bit ridiculous and perhaps as if I’d just stepped off a carnival float, but I’m glad I did.”

The groom looked dapper in his bespoke green suit and oversized red bow tie, and the bridesmaids wore pink. “I had three main bridesmaids: my god-daughter Amber (14) and my nieces Rebecca (13) and Charis (8). The two elder ones wore shocking pink, 50′s style A-line dresses (I got the pattern from eBay and then my Mum made them) with a bright red sash with a huge bow on the back (bought from H&M.) I bought Charis a different dress – a sparkly red sequined party dress from eBay with a big tulle hooped skirt, which she wore with a pair of sparkly red Dorothy shoes that she chose from Accessorize (like me, she’s like a magpie when it comes to party dresses and sparkly stuff!) I just wanted her to have as much fun as possible and it to be a bit ‘fancy dress’ as opposed to having everyone matching.”

“I also had 5 older sort-of-bridesmaids – or wing-women, if you like (my best friends.) I asked them to buy any dress as long as it was a really bright block colour, and to team it with red shoes. So they looked a bit like a rainbow! Paula (canary yellow), Kate (red), Ash (pink), Nat (bright blue) and Caroline (orange.)”

They wanted to keep their reception casual and fuss-free. They served bangers n mash for the meal and  sparkly cupcakes for afters which were a part of the centrepieces on each table. They’d made cake stands out of mismatched crockery bought from charity shops. Like her headband, Sam wanted the flowers to be eclectic and not over-styled either. “The brief I gave to the local florist was that I wanted bright flowers – anything – but for them to be a bit messy and to look as if they’d been grabbed from a Nanna’s garden on the way. I was a bit worried that it might all look really wrong, especially with the cake flowers and the silk flowers on my head, but I loved it. It was just an over-the-top mess of colour. A bit like me.”

“We’d made up red and white striped candy bags with old school pick ’n’ mix for our favours,” Sam continued, “and attached a personalised vintage-style temporary tattoo to each (either a heart with a dagger or a swallow – but both said ‘Sam and Dave’). Also, everyone got one of those squealing rocket balloons in their sweetie bag, which NEVER fail to make people laugh. There were rocket balloons squealing all over the place which was exactly what we’d anticipated.”

“Dave painted our wedding invites too. We wanted to have a royal crest, as a bit of a joke because of the royal wedding – so we made our own. It’s got the Wanstead herons on (as this is where we live) wearing our bow-ties, the cat at the top is our cat Fidget and he’s holding the Brazilian flag, because this is where we met. Our friend Tim drew the pictures of us to drop in. We wanted something really different and personal, and don’t like to take ourselves too seriously.”

How awesome are these guys?

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An Intimate Wedding at Voodoo Doughnut: Cassie & Eric

Cassie & Eric’s sweet n simple ceremony took place at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. The day was small and intimate and after their ceremony the couple and their guests took a limo ride to a friend’s house for the reception.

The bride wore a dress from Brooklyn Industries, shoes from Macy’s and a headpiece from Forever 21. The groom’s outfit was from J Crew and Nordstrom.

Their were no bridesmaids or groomsmen and a friend performed the ceremony. The flowers the bride carried were picked that morning from a friend’s garden. The cakes were of course provided by Voodoo Doughnut.

Sooo many more beautiful photos after the jump…clicky clicky.

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A Magical New Year’s Eve Wedding: Danyelle & Daniel

Danyelle & Daniel were married on New Year’s Eve in Islington Town Hall, North London. They picked this day for their wedding because the bride’s great grandparents were married on Christmas Eve before her great grandfather has to go off to fight in World War II and they felt it would be nice to have their special day around the same time of year, in memory of them.

“There is something a bit magical about that time of year, and since they had the best innings I can imagine for a married couple I was also hoping some of their luck might be rubbed off onto us,” Dannyelle told me. “Also, Christmas time is a lot easier for those travelling from Australia (where Dannyelle is from) in terms of holiday so it worked well for my parents and grandmother.”

The bride wanted a vintage dress but thought it was a lost cause as she is a curvy girl and vintage dresses are usually teeny tiny. That was of course until she discovered Fur Coat No Knickers. “I was really starting to fret about the whole vintage wedding dress issue, especially as I am quite curvy, until I stumbled across Laura and Emma at Fur Coat No Knickers. As soon as I walked in to the shop I knew that if I couldn’t find my dress there, it wasn’t too be found. Thankfully we found a beautiful, floor length, almost grecian looking number from America, which the girls shortened, added a petticoat to with navy blue detailing, added a velvet sash and some floaty shoulder wraps and we were on out way,”

“My friend Gaby made my headpiece, my shoes were from Office which I had dyed to match the exact navy of Dan’s blazer and my sash, and my bouquet was made from foam roses, small pearls and crystals and peacock feathers. I found my 1950′s jewellery online through Chic and Unique (thank god for the internet!). I also found a vintage fur stole in a boutique in Angel and added a peacock feather brooch to it to tie it into my outfit.”

The reception was held on the top floor of a beautiful old pub called the Queens Head in Angel. The bride’s friends & Mum decorated it on the day of the wedding, “I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked when we walked in,” she said. “As we had somehow randomly ended up a with a navy blue and white colour scheme, Daniel and I had gone trekking round the markets in east London for crockery, glass ware and containers to fulfil our ‘kitschy afternoon tea’ feel.”

“We also bought in loads of old fashioned sweets that we had found in Selfridges including sugared mice and bought giant blue and white whirlypops as wedding favours for the guests. I found some sweet love bunting, and photo prop moustaches online which went down a storm. As we like to bake cupcakes for our friends and family we decided that was the way to go  - we used Crumbs and Doilies and speared these with custom flags we had made up by a seller on etsy. Although we didn’t go all out on some of the details like loads of couples do, we knew we were going to have the issue of lugging all the stuff across London on NYE so planned smart!”

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Butterflies, Rainbows, Flowers & Rock n Roll: Irma & Dan

Irma & Dan’s Rock n Roll wedding was held at Windermere Manor in Ontario, Canada. Originally from Mexico the bride wanted to bring colour and fun into their big day.

After proposing at Sunfest, the bride’s favourite festival in Canada (check out the video!) they set to work planning their ‘butterflies, rainbows, flowers and Rock n Roll’ themed wedding. “Thank you to everybody that made possible and perfect,” wrote the bride. “Starting with God that gave us a sunny beautiful day, following with our professional vendors Brent Foster Photography who was amazing, human and an authentic artist.”

“Julie-Ann from Windermere Manor for her efficiency and easy going personality. Patti Lofgren from Kettle Creek Weddings for providing the most beautiful service in the ceremony and making clear our deep love for Jesus. And Ana, my sister, Maid of Honor and bestest friend ever.”

“My sister woke up at 5am on our wedding day to finish the centrepieces and to decorate the hall.  She rocks my world. My sis is my most important support and everything she has done for us is amazing. I love her to death event hough she never closes the doors of the cabinets in the wash room! Thanks to everybody’s good vibes, love and blessings. That is why our life is so easy. We are around good people that has peace to offer. No party poopers in our lives at all!”

The bride wore a dress Sears which she got in an outlet store for just $70. She also made her bouquet herself from paper butterflies, “I made my bouquet with florist wire and dollarama butterflies,” Irma told me. “I love butterflies and I didn’t want a real flower bouquet as many are so expensive. I was either going to bring a single calla lilly (my Mom’s favourite flower) or a bouquet made by myself with butterflies incorporated to it. Then I saw a magazine with a bride that had a bouquet of floating butterflies, and since I had thought about something similar, I decided to give it a try with my own materials and creativity.”

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Regula & Bruno’s Afternoon Tea Party Reception (Part Two)

Remember Regula & Bruno’s spooky Rye wedding? Well they’re back, not once but twice today! I’m kicking of this Wednesday morn’ with the Belgian leg of their wedding and this afternoon I’ll be sharing their creepy wedding portraits taken at an abandoned fairground! Originally from Belgium the couple were keen to have a tea party reception in their home city for all their friends & family that didn’t come over to the UK for their ceremony.

Writer Regula told me all about their tea party. “We knew what we wanted to do for our wedding reception immediately. Because we were getting married in England we wanted our friends from Belgium to feel like they were in the UK. We decided we were going to do a wedding afternoon tea.”

“The biggest task of all was making our wedding tea invitations, both of us being graphic designers we had an image in our heads of how we wanted it to look. We combined these visions and worked on the designs for over 6 months only to get them ready just in time. Our invitation was actually a folder filled with a number of cards people could discover as they opened it, in each invitation we sowed a customised teabag. We also made a wedding blog with our digital invitation so people could check the blog for details if they didn’t have the actual invitation with them. We put some homemade video’s on it of us assembling the wedding invitation packs, together with some 1940′s video’s of how to prepare the perfect tea. We had information on it explaining people what afternoon tea is all about as most Belgians don’t know a lot about the custom.”

“For our venue we chose a bar/gallery in Antwerp owned by friends, Bruno designed their logo website and front of the building and was given full creative liberty so we knew the place was perfect to be our venue. Bruno’s illustrations were still up on the walls from his exhibition so the wall’s were all ready decorated with our things. Since it was our friends bar we were allowed to do what we wanted with the place. We unscrewed things and took them out and cleared everything we didn’t need. The furniture in the bar was all vintage or DIY, perfect for our vintage theme.”

“For the decoration, we collected vintage crockery and bell jars for a year, and by the end of may our  house was full of boxes. We made bunting, posters, cards, labels… from making decorations to hanging them up, also the catering we did ourselves. Most of the food we brought home with us from the UK the rest was made by us. Then we had to do all the things that you have to do for getting a bar that has never seen a wedding into wedding-land.”

“We decorated the tables with vintage teapots, sugarbowls and milk jugs. We attached a red balloon to every teapot like it showed in the design of our menus. We put bell jars on tables, each containing things from our house including the little doll’s dress I’ve treasured whole my life and inspired my wedding dress. We had little pots of jam with a cotton cover we stamped our wedding logo on. We scattered around pictures of me and Bruno which me made to look vintage and we had rock candy made with our names and logo as wedding favours. On the tables we put paper spoons with table conversations and we customized bubble blowers with our design. It was so much fun seeing people blowing bubbles and enjoying themselves with looking at our photograps. Mind you after the party all the bubbleblowers, decorations and most of our pictures were taken home by our friends.”

“We had paper cups with our logo to drink from, for the toast outside, as we only found out last minute that there weren’t enough glasses. For the reception we wanted everyone to drink their wine and beer out of the old teacups. Mind you, we were very surprised everyone did so. For our buffet we had all the English classics like scones, sandwiches, cakes, cookies and even real clotted cream which our lovely photographer brought with her from the UK. We had a British cheese selection and cupcakes, sweet and evil but mostly loads of them. Our beautiful wedding cake was made by the lovely Becky from Consumed by Cake. Being a food blogger my cake was a big thing! It featured two swallows flying to a heart. A classic 1950′s sailer tattoo image.”

“We had a British candy buffet for people to fill bags to take with them and a glass dispenser with the homemade lemonade I made in the morning and one with Pimms. Instead of a DJ we had an Antwerp street musician playing his old piano in the most melancholic way.”

“This guy composes his own songs and plays them from the heart. He plays in the streets of Antwerp and pushes his piano around the city by hand. I had him in mind to play at our tea party but sadly didn’t see him the months before the wedding. The day before we left for the UK for our ceremony I heard his music and tracked him down through the sound. I was so excited I found him and asked him to come and play.”

Don’t you just love it?! Be sure to come back later today for part three of the Regula & Bruno saga – their wedding photo shoot in an abandoned fairground!

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