Meredith & Nic’s wedding couldn’t be any more perfect for a
blustery unseasonable warm changeable autumnal day like today. The warm orange accents with the lakeside location are all kinds of wonderful…
The wedding took place in September at the family cottage on Bob’s Lake, Ontario, Canada.
“The bride and groom were officially married (i.e. they signed the paperwork) early that morning in front of their parents while drinking their morning coffee,” photographer Elissa told me. “That afternoon, they went for a ceremonial paddle around the lake at the start of the wedding ceremony, and after their hand-fasting ceremony they served their guests champagne and went for another paddle.”
“The majority of the wedding was DIY. The bride’s parents folded 1000 origami cranes that was used as decor; board games and lawn games for the guests; no first dance/bouquet toss/garter toss/other ‘traditional’ elements to the reception – just a lot of happy talking and food. It was a daytime wedding and ended when the sun set.”
“The groom’s sister also experimented with lemonade recipes all summer and picked 6 custom lemonade flavors for the reception including lavender lemonade, spicy rosemary lemonade, and ginger limeade.”
Agnese & Iveta’s DIY shoot was set up with the help of Jaye from Tux & Tales Photography. Jaye has been doing a DIY inspiration shoot series, to show brides that they don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful wedding (I featured one of her first ones here).
“For this shoot we decided to focus on a civil partnership. We decided early on to go for a ‘rustic’ theme that focused on the colours and tones of late summer,” Jaye told me. “Each of our DIY shoots was styled (including the dresses!) on less than £250. This shoot was particularly fun because we got to recycle and upcycle a lot of items which is really a great way to save some cash. Plus, we scavenged for items from ‘the wild’ to help create our top table.”
“I am an absolute nut for using fruit and veg as part of a design (c’mon, beautiful and edible!) and so we loaded the table with fresh fruit from our local green grocers. The confectionery and baked goods were all top shelf varieties from local supermarkets and just looked amazing mounded up with the fruit. A little macaroon to go with your cold grapes? Yummy!”
“We decided that we would use a same-sex couple for this shoot because we couldn’t think of any civil partnership inspiration shoots that we had seen before. There are so many considerations that go into a civil partnership that are different from those of a traditional wedding (such as clothing choices and who gets a bouquet!) that we think they deserve a little separate attention. That said, we really hope that brides and grooms of all makes and varieties find a little rustic inspiration in our images.”
Aebbe & Sam wanted to go all out with their wedding theme and had it resemble a kind of Alice in Wonderland/Willy Wonka hybrid.
“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.”
“I think I managed to be really savvy with making decorations to save money,” the bride continued. “I don’t know what I would have done without my bridesmaid Vicky’s help.”
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.”