Shimrit and Liron planned their Jewish wedding in Tel Aviv in just a month. Because of the short time frame they ignored a lot of traditions and forgot about having lots of extra details. They kept things simple and affordable.
“The inspiration for the wedding was the good old weddings, before weddings became tacky and cheesy and brides and grooms lost proportions”, wrote the bride. “The guests said that they felt like they were sent back in time. I think we managed to create a good combination between the vintage feeling, oldies songs, light mood, simplicity, Israeli and the respect we gave to the ceremony. It didn’t feel fake, it felt authentic and ours. I think it’s rare to be at a wedding that really reflects the couple’s vibe.”
“We did a lot ourselves including the table centrepieces, the table numbers, the flowers and candy arrangements”, she continued. “My wedding dress was inspired by the 1920s and was made from ivory velvet, French silver-cream lace and decorated with lots of pearls and Swarovski stones. I designed and made it myself as well as all of the bridesmaid’s dresses (six adults and three flower girls!) I also made the bow ties for the boys.”
A bar brawl at a wedding isn’t usually something I’d encourage, but that’s exactly how Sarah started to tell me about her Irish pub wedding! The event took place in The Fly’s Tie Pub in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
“Devon is of Irish descent”, she began, “and I am from New Orleans. Since we couldn’t afford a destination wedding in either location, we decided to keep the wedding local but have a Celtic and Creole ‘fusion’ inspired day. We chose March 15th because it was a weekend between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day!”
“Instead of a tiered white cake, we had a tower of beignets (creole doughnuts) and instead of cutting the cake, we poured an Irish whiskey caramel sauce on top. Some of the other items on our menu were corned beef and cabbage po-boy sandwiches, low country boil including Louisiana crawfish and local Mayport shrimp, and Irish soda bread pudding. We didn’t really get too bogged down by details, but the details we did pick meant a lot to us. The main color accents were black and gold, which are New Orleans Saints’ colors as well as the colors of Devon’s college fraternity. Our handfasting cords reflected the colors in Ireland’s flag as well as the Hash House tartan.”
I was convinced this wedding was a styled shoot with models. Convinced. These kinds of beautiful people don’t exist in real life do they?!
Well, apparently they do, and I’ve got the photographs to prove it. Stand by for some serious wedding envy my friends – That light! That dress! Those model-esque bridesmaids!
Oh and before you say “How is this a Rock n Roll wedding?” let me tell you that this couple spent waaay below average on their wedding. They were super clever with the supplies that they booked, left a lot of things that they didn’t care about out, and DIYed wherever they could. This just goes to show that truly stunning photography can make even the most budget-concious event look like an editorial spread from Martha Stewart magazine!
Jean and Brett were married in May under a canopy of trees in an open field at Glades Farm, South Africa. Fiona Clair was on hand to capture the magic as it unfolded.
“We wanted to keep our day raw and real”, wrote Jean. “We kept our spending to an absolute minimum, allowing ourselves to have a few key items on our wish list. The first thing we did was give photographer Fiona Clair, a call. We’d done an amazing shoot with her before so she feels a part of our circle and most importantly, we love her vibe. We even picked our wedding date around her schedule! Next on our wish list was our videographer, James Gibbs. He has a real knack for capturing raw emotion and he totally got that we weren’t after your typical commercialised wedding.”
I fell in love with Erin and Jon’s budget wedding as soon as I saw it – I loved the cute, affordable and easy-to-DIY details, the beautiful venue and the bride’s lilac dress (which was actually a bridesmaid’s dress from J Crew). The day was held at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Captiola, California on the bride’s birthday (!) and was planned, in the most part, by her mother. She did almost everything herself, from chalk painting the mason jars to making the dessert trays from using vintage plates and tea cups.
“The overall theme for our wedding was vintage shabby chic”, explained Erin. “I have always looked up to my Nana and Papa and their marriage and I wanted our wedding to feel classic and vintage like an old love story. We had vintage photos of couples in our seating chart and lavender medicine bottles from 1900s in each centerpiece. Most of the décor was from antique stores and flea markets. I wanted the colors to reflect the season so we chose lavender and purples.”
Abbie and Tristen were married at the iconic The George Hotel in Rye. They had a beautiful and alternative wedding, but one that didn’t break the bank. As the venue was so gorgeous already that they didn’t need to spend a fortune decorating it, a few stings of bunting and some homemade paper flowers and place names was just enough.
The majority of their budget went on their photographer but they even saved on that by only hiring him for 3 hours. Pretty much everything else was DIY or a bargain. In total they spent just £2000! “We originally weren’t planning on having a professional photographer but we are sooo glad we did!” began Abbie. “The feelings of the day are captured forever!”
Tony and Vicky didn’t have a particular theme or idea behind their wedding, just that they wanted it to celebrate them and their love. They also didn’t get to held up on the little details and kept things as simple and authentic as possible.
“The inspiration was just really ourselves”, Vicky wrote. “We didn’t think about how our wedding compared to other people’s or whether we were being unique, we just wanted to celebrate the things we love with the people we love. We’re pretty laid-back people, so we organised a pretty laid-back wedding. We let people make their own decisions about what to wear, there were no seating plans and everyone just worried about having a good time.”