Anna and Travis were married in Louisville, KY on December 20th. The day had a winter and Christmas theme with lots of homemade touches. “We knew that we didn’t want something formal or scripted for our wedding”, said the bride. “Instead we wanted a big party! Neither of us are one for formal events, and we knew we wouldn’t feel genuine having the cookie cutter wedding. We wanted something laid back and enjoyable that didn’t break the bank and I think we succeeded.”
“To keep costs low we DIY’ed wherever possible”, she continued. “My little sister helped a ton with our floral arrangements. My only regret there is we had ordered dark purple flowers and received pink ones. It wasn’t a huge deal for us, but something I wish I would have known was a possible risk.”
I feature many, many weddings on this blog of mine, but every so often a wedding lands in my inbox that literally stops me in my tracks. That’s exactly what Jamie and Sarah’s amazing day did to me! They were married in December and so wanted a wintery Christmas theme, but without the cheese. It had to also feel like ‘them’, and oh boy did it!
The day was held at Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. “We both wanted the wedding to be in-keeping with the castle and keep to a winter theme”, said Sarah. “We didn’t want it to seem stuffy, so our main aim was to make it feel like a big family gathering. Luckily with it being so close to Christmas the castle was already decorated beautifully, so we just added our own touches with things like the antlers, pine cones, teacup and saucers and lots of bell jars!”
Kristin and Eric were married on 28th December and so they wanted their wedding to have a festive, gilded vibe. They day was held at 1927 Events, a historic space in Seattle. “The time of year really guided our choices”, wrote the bride. “We always wanted a wedding close to the holidays, so we really went for a romantic cocktail and dinner party vibe rather than a wedding. We wanted it to feel really informal instead of the traditional agenda burdened wedding.”
“I’ve had several people tell me how connected they felt to Eric and me that night and that they weren’t just audience members watching from afar”, she continued. “That made me feel like our wedding was so special. In fact my favorite thing about our wedding was how much me and Eric just felt like hosts of a great party celebrating our marriage. We wanted to create a party for people and not a formal gathering. We cherished all our guests and wanted them all to feel important, and also have an amazing time. ”
Katie and Dan had a teeny tiny wedding (just them and their parents!) at The Summerhouse on the Millbrook Estate in Devon in December. Because they kept their guest list so small, they were able to do exactly what they wanted and to pull it all off for under £8000!
Their smaller than average budget certainly didn’t mean they had to compromise on the things that really wanted. Katie had a custom wedding dress made by Jo at The Couture Company and they booked the amazing Shell de Mar to shoot the day.
“We met Christmas 2007 through a mutual friend”, began Katie. “We had our first date in November 2008 at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and a year later Dan proposed at the Christmas Market, we celebrated our engagement with Glühwein and tiny pancakes covered in melted Nutella. With Christmas being such a defining time in our relationship already, we decided to get married on 14th December 2013 and to have a rustic, vintage and Christmas themed wedding! We just wanted cosy and laid back, we like to think we achieved that.”
I’ve got a really fun and unique wedding for you today and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it. In all my years of wedding blogging I’v certainly never seen a sneaker themed wedding!
“We wanted our wedding to really be a reflection of us and our favorite things”, wrote the bride. “Since we are both avid sneaker fans and collectors, it was only fitting that we wear sneakers, specifically Air Jordans, to our wedding. We joke that the theme that day was ‘Love Is In the Air (Jordans)’. Our wedding invitation also incorporated Nike’s tag line ‘Just Do It’ with the highlighted words ‘I Do’. The sneaker theme represents more than just our shared passion for shoes. It also serves as a reminder of our walk with God, first as individuals, and then as the ‘perfect pair’.”
“I know a lot of brides that want to feel particularly poised and elegant on their wedding day, but we were more focused on making sure that we were comfortable and we were going to have fun”, she continued. “Having our entire bridal entourage wear basketball shoes to our wedding, plus our 200+ guests, was going to require a little convincing. Thankfully, everyone was in on the theme and we didn’t have a hard time telling them to wear kicks. It was awesome. We were basketball fans, but even then it still came as a huge surprise when he proposed to me during half time at a Lakers game in Los Angeles (he got down on one knee and asked me to be his ‘Barbie Q’ since his last name was Quizan. I seriously thought he wanted to go to a barbecue!”.
Whatever you’re up to tomorrow I hope you have a fantastic day full of love and laughter. We’re off to my parent’s house tonight (I’m making cocktails – yey!) and tomorrow we’re back there for all the traditional fare. I’m particularly looking forward to the homemade cracker game that Gareth had put together (!) Who knew I married someone so creative?!
Henry & Rachel will be doing their usual excited antics of playing with wrapping paper, sitting in boxes and knocking as many baubles (yes I have glitter skull ones obviously) off the tree as possible.
Lots of love & Christmas sparkle
Kat, Gareth, Henry & Rachel