High school sweethearts Kim and Michael were married at Cielo at Castle Pines in Colorado. Their wedding was bright and colourful but most of all fun and reminiscent of the time they started dating. “Since we were high school sweethearts, we used this as our wedding theme,” Kim explained. “We decided to recreate some of those happy memories in our wedding. We had bright sunset colors in our flowers, lighting, table cloths, attendant dresses and ties, and even on our wedding cake. Rainbow colors represented our happiness both in the past and for our future.”
“The music we selected included many of the bands which we listened to during our school days that still hold close to our hearts. We created custom CDs with pictures of the bands’ album covers to put on each table. We then gave our guests ‘concert tickets’ to a band’s table where they were to sit.”
“In addition to our buffet dinner, we had a candy buffet with little chocolate baseballs, Mario table decorations because we played a lot of Mario 64 games, and lots of sunset colored candies to capture the warm feeling of summer break. We included ‘scratch cards’ (with a high-school era photo of us) that allowed our guests to win prizes, because Michael and I bought scratch cards nearly every day while we were in high school.”
Always wanting to do a wedding inspiration shoot with a difference, photographer Sharon Cooper finally found her mojo when she came up with this hotch-potch and patchwork theme. “I wanted to do something that packed a punch and used a range of uplifting colours”, she explained, “an alternative to weddings which have one single colour theme. This shoot embodies pleasing mixed colours and offers a smorgasbord of individualism. I found myself loving patchwork and texture and colour.”
The chair by designer Kelly Swallow really was the staring point for this shoot. From there she had button bouquets made, stationery with an scrapbook vibe and dresses that push bridal boundaries. “I wanted to showcase my work and things I loved”, she concluded. “I’m really happy with how the shoot turned out. I wanted to show brides that by letting go of that idea of one limiting colour shade, they can select elements they love that still work together and add a contrast to their amazing choice of wedding gown.”
For their March wedding, South Africans Angelo & Candice wanted a colourful day that oozed fun…so a rainbow theme it was! “Angelo and I are generally out of the box thinkers and the ‘same old same old’ wedding décor was not what we wanted”, began the bride. “We knew we wanted colour and fun and we went from there. There were a few elements I needed to ‘sell’ to my parents but they went with most of my ideas (thankfully). Angelo and I are both involved in film and TV (Angelo is an actor and I am a Junior Creative Producer) so a strong film element had to be prevalent in our day. We had popcorn holding up our table numbers and a picture of a clapper board on our invites.”
Candice’s gorgeous custom wedding gown was made by a costume designer, Julita de Wet and her shoes were from Nine West. She wanted her bridesmaids to be comfortable but colourful and stylish so instead of stuffy bridesmaid’s dresses they wore maxi skirts – each in a different colour – and white tank tops. They all carried giant paper flowers instead of bouquets.
Brad & Christie planned their wedding themselves with the help of close friends and family. The day took place in March at The Gap Bluff Centre in Watsons Bay, Sydney. They couple had decided to try for a baby before they got engaged and so as a result, the bride was seven month’s pregnant on the wedding day!
“With a bub on the way we wanted to keep our purse strings as tight as possible, so I basically DIYed the whole wedding”, explained Christie. “I had mum making tissue paper pom poms for weeks and I used scrap fabric to make my own tablecloths & decorative bunting, as well as the groomsmen’s ribbon corsages. What I couldn’t make by hand was sourced online including the honeycomb garlands and the oversized balloons.”
Describing their wedding as “Mod meets Moghul – a theme based on the sharpness of the Mod culture coupled with the glamour and colour from the Rajasthani era in India”, Aelia & Stuart were married at Kedleston Hall in Derby. They chose this space because it perfectly encompassed both of their cultures, which was really important to them. Aelia explains, “Asian weddings are notorious for being huge, but we didn’t want that. We wanted everyone there to truly feel part of the wedding. This was going to be a party for our nearest and dearest. We set out to find a unique venue to capture both our sides, tall order! We looked everywhere: gallery spaces, sculpture gardens, castles – the lot. We were losing hope until we came across a beautiful National Trust site in Derby. It was stunning and we fell in love with it straight away. Not only could we pretty much use the whole house for our ceremony, reception, dinner and dancing but it was closed to the public and it had a history steeped in the Rajasthani era as the owner was the Viceroy to India. Perfect! I had the Indian side covered and Stu had the design and architecture by Robert Adams covered. We couldn’t believe our luck.”
“Our inspiration stemmed from our two cultures: India and the Mod scene of the 60s”, Aelia continued. “Our profession as graphic designers also played a huge roll in making it a well designed wedding. My religion is Islam and Stu’s is, well… Jedi! We actually asked the string quartet to learn the ‘Ceremony Song’ from Star Wars so I could walk down the aisle to it! We both also have a love for geometric forms, and coincidently Islamic art is full of it so this naturally became the motif for all our stationery and paper goods.”
“Our next step was to secure the food. There was no question about it, we were to have curry for dinner. It was pretty much demanded by my friends and family. An Asian wedding isn’t complete unless you have a good curry. Five Rivers surpassed all our expectations. But this was a wedding of two halves, and instead of having canapés with drinks at the reception, we decided to have a tea party with copious amounts of cake, finger sandwiches and posh tea. This was kept a secret and I wish I’d been there to see everyone walk into the great kitchen to see a table running down the centre of the room with a mad hatter style party and a Choccywoccydoodah cake.”
Jo & Sian had an intimate wedding at Upper Reach Winery in Baskerville, Australia. As gay marriage is not legal in Australia (yet!) they decided to buck most traditions and just do things their own way! “Our officiant was my brother Kieren,” Sian began. “This was one of the most important decisions for us. As gay marriage/commitment is not legal in Australia we didn’t have the requirement to have a so called official celebrant to perform our ceremony. I lieu of this we wanted somebody who was really important to us and who we knew was 100% supportive of us and our relationship to perform celebrants duties and go on to be the MC for the evening. By brother Kieren is one of the most amazing people we have in our lives and he has always been there for both me and Jo. We wouldn’t have chosen anybody else. I wrote the vows myself.”
Sian designed her own wedding dress which she then had made by Kubank Designs. She also handmade the jewellery that she wore. Her bridesmaids wore shocking pink dressed from Aqua which they accessorised themselves as Sian wanted each girl to put their own individual stamp on their look. Jo also put together the outfits she and her ‘bromaids’ wore from various sources including Roger David, Tarocash and YD.