“Sam pretty much let me run with the theme,” Aebbe told me. “I love Alice in Wonderland and as my first wedding was very traditional and straight laced (not me at all) he really wanted it to be magical not just for me but him as well. We had a true fantasy day.”
You might mistakenly think that Jessie & Mark’s wedding is a little on the pretty and elegant side for me, but you’d be wrong. On the odd occasion (in between all the tattooed chicks and badassery) I do like to swoon over a genuinely beautiful wedding like this one.
The outdoor ceremony wedding and rustic barn reception were held at Fischer Hall, Texas. The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston gown which she found on preownedweddingdresses.com and real flowers in her hair.
“Our inspiration was sort of Footloose meets a vintage romance,” Jessie told me. “i.e soft beautiful flowers, vintage vases, mismatched plates and silverware, personalized touches for each guest, good wines and rockin’ music to dance the night away! What better place to do it in than an old dance hall that is more than 100 years old?!”
“Our entire wedding was DIY. Everything,” she continued. “We even hunted down enough vintage mismatched plates and silverware for every guest. Our awesome family and amazing friends all pulled together to make it happen. Anna did the flowers. Noi dj’ed. Emily almost gave herself a heart attack helping bake the gluten free cupcakes. My baby brothers, their ladies, Mark’s sister and brother in law came in at the crack of dawn to help set up the hall. But think our best diy story is about the spoons…”
“After seeing the idea (on god knows what blog, I stalked many wedding blogs during my planning!) of a set of personalized wedding party spoons I decided that we were going to do them for all of the guests. It seemed so awesome and easy in hindsight. Awesome yes. Easy no. But it didn’t matter because we wanted each guest to have something really unique and special. I first had to round up all of the spoons, all 140 mismatched vintage ones plus extras for mistakes…And although I love my husband he didn’t understand that not just any spoon would do, it had to have a specific type of handle pattern to appease my crazy vision. So this task was all me. Once gathered they then had to be pounded flat and everyones name hand hammered into them. 120 spoons, a whole lot of profanity and a few thrown spoons later we were done. It was way more work than my crazy wedding obsessed brain had anticipated but damn they were awesome. Thanks to Nathan we have pictures to prove it!”
Agreed Jessie, these are freaking beautiful. I would definitely love to receive one of these as a wedding favour…
“Not everything went as planned that day,” she concluded, “but that didn’t matter. In the end it was all about us, hand in hand, celebrating our journey with everyone we love.”
Molly & Sam’s beautiful vintage rockabilly wedding was held at The Promethean in Adelaide.
Before the ceremony, the couple met at Cafe Salsa – a 50’s themed beach cafe – for photographs. They also has some shots taken at the skateboard park as Sam and his friends can often by found hanging out there.
“Sam and his mates did some brief skate manoeuvres and everybody prayed nobody took a spill and injured themselves,” photographer Helen told me. “Then it was on to The Promethean for the ceremony and a cool party with groovy music. They walked down the aisle to ‘Rose of my Heart’ by Jonny Cash. The party went on until 5am!”
Sometimes the simple and fun weddings are the ones that steal my heart…especially when the first photo I’m sent is this one. Amaze…
“We didn’t want a big formal wedding and we didn’t want the sort of off-the-peg wedding we saw on offer in all the hotels,” the bride, Danny, told me. “We kept everything simple and relaxed and organised it all in about three or four months. We were so happy with how laid back and informal it was on the day. Everyone told us organising a wedding is the most stressful thing you can do, but if that’s the case they’re doing it wrong! We enjoyed every minute of it and had a fantastic day. We knew that all we had to do was get all our friends and family together in one place and we’d have a brilliant time.”
The wedding was held at The Star and Garter pub in Putney. “The venue made such a difference to the vibe of the day, having a wedding in a pub was brilliant and suited us both so much, Danny continued. “We decided before we’d even picked a venue that we’d really like to have pie n mash and the Star and Garter did a great job of arranging that for us. The food was fab, we were even craving it when we were on our honeymoon in Iceland!”
The bride had a male ‘bridesmaid’ and the groom has a female ‘best man’. “We didn’t set out to be deliberately different by having a male bridesmaid and female best man, it’s just how it worked out,” Danny explained. “Paul wore a suit from Topman and Jess wore a red dress by Stop Staring.”
Danny’s dress came from Vivien of Holloway. “I altered the halter-neck strap making the dress strapless and added some simple brooches from Accessorize. I didn’t do the whole big dress shop with anyone. I had tried one other dress on previously but as soon as I tried the Vivien of Holloway dress I knew it was the one and it was a perfect fit.”
Alan & Chrissie were married in September on the Swedish island of Gotland. The couple were the first from Hong Kong to be married there and their nuptials even made the from page of a Swedish newspaper! They flew British photographer Ian Johnson to shoot it for them.
“I proposed that we should go travelling in Europe and maybe get married while we were there,”Alan explained, “There was no kneeling down and all that fluff but she said yes!”
Neither of the pair had ever been to Sweden, and they discovered the location after Chrissie saw a wedding there featured on a wedding blog.
“I’d never forget the wedding for the rest of my life,” Alan continued. “The reason why we wanted to do it was because we believe marriage is about just the two of us. We wanted to make it as special as possible.”
Chrissie wore a short gown made by Jeff Dark Art and a headpiece handmade by her groom.
“We love gothic rock music,” they concluded, “that’s why we choose the church ruins as our ceremony venue and slightly gothic style outﬁts. Gotland is a lovely place. We will come back for our anniversaries in a few years.”
I seem to be featuring a lot of beautifully simple weddings at the moment, which is fine by me because I love them! Just to clarify, by ‘simple’ I mean weddings that authentic and personal to the couple and their families, and weddings that don’t ‘over fuss’ with fads or trends. Its all about the love right?
They wore each other’s wedding rings around their wrists before they exchanged them…I LOVE this idea the MOST!
I love DIY weddings (well really who doesn’t?!) and weddings like Taylor & Jeremy’s, where their whole family pitched into help, just make me melt. The wedding was held at Sunnyslope Farm in New Hampshire. The couple had an intimate outdoor ceremony which meant a lot to both of them. “Seeing Taylor walk down the aisle was my favorite part of the day,” Jeremy wrote. “…and my favorite part was also walking down the aisle!” Taylor agreed. “Walking up with my Dad and him telling me how proud he is and how much he loves Jeremy and I….and then watching Jeremy break down when he saw me!”
I said Taylor, Jeremy and their families DIYed nearly the whole wedding and I wasn’t kidding! Taylor’s Dad built the cupcake stand and her sister’s boyfriend built the photo booth. Her sister also found the piano for FREE on craigslist which was played as the bride walked down the aisle.
Taylor and her grandmother picked wildflowers for the bouquets, centrepieces and ceremony and the bride’s brother and sister built the arch that they were married beneath.
The bride’s Mum made all the cupcakes and the bride put together the ‘s’mores’ jars. They even had bottled water with their faces on! “The lady who owns the barn has a spring and bottles her own water, ‘NH2O’ she calls it, so she made those labels for a small price!”