Brittany and Dustin’s wedding was a very personal day with rustic yet simple touches. The outdoor ceremony was held at Santee Lakes and the reception was in BNS Brewery, both in Santee, California.
“All we wanted was good food, good music and good friends and family”, said the bride. “I hate weddings with so much clutter on the tables, 10 plates, 30 forks… there is no reason for that and no one will remember that stuff. I just wanted personal touches everywhere. Almost everything was DIY – the signs, some of the tables, the centrepieces, wheel barrels filled with beer, the invitations, save the dates and thank you cards.”
Alex and Steve’s wedding was all about being thrifty but also not being wasteful. They had a £3000 budget, had their reception at a community hall and the bride wore a dress made by her mum from organic cotton an bamboo. The flowers were all picked on the day and the cake was made by the mother of the groom.
“Our inspiration was our friends, their creativity, and nature”, began the bride. “Most of the decoration was made by friends and family. Our ‘theme’ was handmade, simplicity and local. Steve’s mum crocheted over 100 flowers that were on guests’ plates to wear as corsages. We organised a day of willow weaving (run by a friend) in the run up to the wedding to make the willow hearts and flowers. Alex’s niece and nephew collected and painted stones from the beach for the place names.”
“All the food was local: we got the meat from a local organic small holding, the veg was grown by friends who run an organic veg box scheme, the rest was bought at our local independent health food shop. Alex’s Dad made a barrel of homemade cider, and a friend brewed two barrels of ale for us. We made a big batch of elderflower champagne for guests as they arrived at the hall. Alex’s school friends brought a dessert each to share with everyone. The night before about 20 friends and family helped us set up the hall, and more came in the morning helping us do the final touches. It was a lovely way for people to meet each other and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Casey and Will wanted an intimate wedding where they could spend lots of time with their loved ones. Instead of booking a traditional wedding venue, they hired a holiday home that they could all stay in.
“I would describe the theme of the wedding as eclectic, charming, elegant, and intimate”, began the bride. “I didn’t really plan a themed wedding, but just went with everything that I thought was beautiful. I figured it was our only wedding and I was just going to do whatever I liked.”
“We were inspired a lot by how my sister had done her wedding because I loved how intimate it was. She had her wedding at a large vacation rental so we could stay up and celebrate all night and nobody was going to kick us out. I really liked that as a guest, so when Will and I started planning, we wanted to find a place that we could rent overnight and stay up and celebrate as long as we wanted. That’s how we found the Second Star Vacation Rental in Homer, Alaska and knew it would be perfect. All of the other details and ideas came from my own personal style mixed with ideas I liked that I found online.”
Danielle and Darren were set up on a blind date. Their wedding was inspired by a trip to Tunisia and their love of travel in general. They were also influenced by Glastonbury and their family, friends and children.
The wedding was held at The Keeper and the Dell, a unique outdoor wedding venue in Norfolk. The ceremony was held outside. “We stood outside the marquee, with the beautiful wooden dressing screen for the backdrop”, the bride explained. “The sun shone so brightly and our sons held the rings. Darren’s father officiated the ceremony. I loved coming down the aisle with my nine bridesmaids.”
“Some of our favourite details were the buddha heads, the scent sticks and the fact that we had no table plan or set menus. We had bell tents and colourful fabrics lining the marquee, large rugs and mosaic dishes. We covered some old bus seats from a car boot sale which were bought for £3 for the guests to sit on. We were all in bohemian dresses with bare feet, tipsy dancing, non-stop smiling and laughing.”
Amy and Ryan wanted a sweet, nostalgic and happy wedding. They were married at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, in March. “I originally wanted a ceremony at our house, but there was no way we could ﬁt everyone, so we brought elements of our home to the venue”, Amy said. “We both love mid-century ascetics, but didn’t want it to be too kitschy or overdone. One guest described it as ‘if Wes Anderson remade Steel Magnolias’ which is a fantastic compliment if not just a really, really good idea.”
“Our décor was a combination of handmade projects, beloved items from our own home and items provided by family. Our taxidermy weasel on our sweetheart table was actually what Ryan proposed to me with… long story! My mom even made us a piñata for guests to drop in their well-wishes. All of the paper ﬂowers in the décor were made by Ryan, my mom, her students and myself. The ﬂowers in my bouquet were picked up that morning at Whole Foods and beautifully thrown together.”
Magda and David wanted a simple autumnal wedding with lots of warm colours. Their reception was held in a restaurant with gold chandeliers and they decorated the tables with ivy and leaves. “We wanted the wedding to feel like we were just at home”, the bride said. “Our dress code was ‘whatever makes you feel relaxed’ and we made almost everything ourselves.”
The day started with a quick ceremony at Gothenburg town hall. “The ceremony lasted for about 30 seconds and was very simple. There were a few words of wisdom from the officiant about listening to and appreciating each other, the classic ‘Do you take each other?’ and so on before the kiss and it was over! Outside on the steps our families threw uncooked rice and confetti.”