Alejandra and Cameron originally wanted to have a very small courthouse wedding but instead decided to have a bigger celebration (but still with just 40 guests) for their families. They also planned the whole wedding in just two months!
“We didn’t have a wedding party or any of the usual wedding traditions”, said the bride. “One thing that I particularly think that made our wedding unique was how much the wedding reflected our own style. From our rings matching (tungsten carbide rings with carbon fibre), to my dress and Star Wars inspired the accessories! We wrote our ow vows and the judge even said they were the best ones he’d heard in 20 years. Everything was very true to our fun personalities and tried to not get caught up in all the craziness that weddings can be.”
The wedding was held at a restaurant, Little Village On The River. “Our budget was $5000”, she continued. “My dress was from Unique Vintage and while I did originally want a ‘real’ wedding dress, I knew that the time constraints just would not do. Unique Vintage was a great find. They have lots of vintage and pin-up style dresses. I also got a petticoat in royal blue to add some colour. All in all, I ended up spending less than $250 on my entire outfit. We made the cross stitch centrepieces. Some patterns included Star Wars, Carl and Ellie from ‘Up’, and science themed (as we are both scientists). I also made my belt with some Star Wars fabric and lace.”
Caris and Steve were inspired by everything they love for their wedding. So that meant flamingos, kitsch, traditional tattoo designs, Mexican day of the dead, 1950s B movies and octopuses – it was quite an eclectic day!
“We both love colour and knew we wanted it to feature strongly throughout the day, along with a sense of informality, fun and fiesta”, said the bride. “After visiting a few potential venues we realised that we would not be able to do exactly what we wanted at any of them (which were also way over our budget) therefore we would need to start from scratch with a blank canvas.”
“We fell in love with a large 42ft event yurt made by Yurt Maker so we hunted around for somewhere to put it and eventually approached a local wildlife charity who owned the perfect field just five miles from where we live! They were totally up for the idea of having a wedding reception on their land, despite never having done anything like this previously and charged us a really reasonable hire rate and were just fantastic throughout. We were thrilled that rather than our money going to a corporation it was supporting a local charity.”
Dana and Nelson fell in love with Joshua Tree when they first visited, so they wanted to share it with their loved ones for their wedding. “Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2012 we went camping in Joshua Tree and loved it,” Dana began. “The incredible desert landscape has provided us with many new adventures and offered peaceful relief in times when we’ve needed it most. We wanted to share this breathtaking experience with those closest to us.”
“Most of our wedding was DIY. We dyed over 10,000 coffee filters to fill the dance floor. We collected bottles and jars for the flower arrangements on the tables, as well as made all the bouquets, boutonnières and centrepieces from flowers that we bought at LA Flower Market the day before. We made the signs leading guests to the venue. On the day of the wedding, with the help of our wedding party, we hung the decorations for both the ceremony and reception, as well as set all the tables.”
German born Linda and Patrick wanted a wedding with no dress code, no schedule and no rules! “Just come, be yourself and have fun!” was what they told their guests.
The reception was held at Weststadtcafé, Darmstadt. “The wedding theme was bohemian vintage meets music festival meets theme park. Hiring the venue was one of the biggest costs but it was the perfect place for our party. Its an old factory building with graffiti, a big BBQ outside and lots of space – it was just perfect! We also rented a High Striker for our guests to use. It cost €238 but was such a good idea. Everyone loved having a go!”
“We managed to keep costs down by DIYing all the décor and asking our guests to bring food instead of gifts. On our wedding website we had a list of the kind of things we wanted (salads, sandwiches, cupcakes…) and people filled in which they would bring. In the end we had a mind-blowing mixture of amazing food, both cold and warm dishes. We organised the BBQ and it all worked out so well!”
Ana and Juanjo met through work. After dating for seven years they had their son, Mario, and seven years after that, on June 20th this year, they were married in Casares Costa, Spain.
“We didn’t have any particular theme for our wedding, we just wanted to be us and our guests to be themselves!”, Ana said. “We love music from the 60s and 70s and the Woodstock music festival so I guess that inspired us a bit. We also love American country music which was the inspiration for my outfit. The wedding was held in the South of Spain, overlooking the ocean. The beach location worked really well with this variety of styles. It really came together very well.”
Ana’s dress was handmade by her mother. The fabric had belonged to her for 30 years, and she’d kept it especially for her future wedding dress. “The wedding was such a special day”, she continued. “It was such a beautiful place on the beach where everybody I love could enjoy the great company, food, music and drinks! Everyone was so happy. All our family and friends were smiling, talking, singing and dancing. We felt the love of everybody there.”
Nel and Matt were married in a restored 600 year old gate house at the edge of an ancient oak forest. The wedding was held on the eve of summer solstice. “We just wanted a relaxed wedding where everyone could enjoy the surroundings and the significance of where we were”, said the bride. “Luckily the weather was on our side! As having all of our friends and family in one place is a once in a lifetime event, we didn’t like the idea of taking off to a hotel whilst everyone else was still enjoying the night, so we camped on site with the rest of our friends in a bell tent that our bridesmaids had decorated beautifully.”
The bride had her unusual yet beautiful raw silk wedding dress made especially for her. “I know most women dream of that appointment at a bridal boutique to find the dress but to be honest the idea of all that fuss made me feel sick. I’m quite proud to say that I didn’t even try one single dress on! I sent Lucia from Larimeloom my measurements and she made me the most beautiful raw silk dress. I didn’t want to have a veil with my dried flower crown so I impulse bought the lace cape online and it matched my dress perfectly!”