Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
The most important thing for Bree and Justin was that their rustic Canberra wedding had a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for their guests. “We wanted the reception to feel like us”, said the bride, “and for everyone to have a happy and had a wonderful time.”
To reflect both of their backgrounds they had lots of Australian and Canadian details. “We had a board made with the Australian and Canadian flags, rabbits ornaments, and wooden magnets as favours. Our name plates were a Canadian maple leaf with a maple leaf shaped burlap behind it.”
Nikki loves biscuits. So much so that she built a business on designing things with them on! So when she married artist Michael in May, she knew their wedding would somehow have to reflect her obsession!
“We wanted a casual day, surrounded by the people we loved. We were inspired by creativity and our love of art and design,” she said. “We were inspired by all of the things that we love. We wanted to share our story with our guests through our combined creativity.”
The ceremony was in their own back garden. “We had a humanist ceremony in our back garden. Somehow we managed to squeeze in 90 of our closest family and friends! Having our ceremony outdoors was weather dependent, but we were lucky – the sun split the sky just in time for our vows!”
Meg and Jeremiah’s wedding had a gypsy and viking theme with a couple of special guests – a baby goat and their unborn child! They were married on a friend’s farm in June.
“I have always loved the romanticised version of gypsies and growing up my dad would always say I have gypsy blood”, explained Meg. “Jeremiah’s background is Acadian and Norwegian and we wanted to bring both of these things into our wedding. This was really a natural theme for us.”
“The main inspiration was the Solstice and Full Moon together. After picking the date based on those two things, everything just fell into place. We had tarot cards on all the tables and when it was time to eat, the MC randomly drew cards to see which table went first.”
“About one year before the wedding I started brewing mead, which is viking honey wine”, she said. “I wanted to have it on all the tables, instead of normal wine. I bought glass bottles from Ikea, and had an artist friend draw up a label that said ‘Gypsy Tears’ and the wedding date with a sad gypsy on it. I asked my cousin to make me a carnival cutout for people to take photos with that looked like a giant tarot card.”
Lynette and James’ wedding was quintessentially ‘them’. They were married with just the bride’s brother, the groom’s mum and their two children as guests. Their son wore a dragon onesie and their daughter fluffy ears and a tail. The bride wore leopard print leggings under her dress. After their short ceremony they all went to a local restaurant for lunch together.
“Our wedding was unplanned, smiley, full of love and dinosaurs!” said Lynette. “We just wanted everyone to enjoy the day and be happy. We spent less than £500 too. We were pretty impressed with ourselves. We are not materialistic people and the whole day was just about us and the fact we were getting married. We just invited the children and James’ mum. We just wanted minimum fuss and the whole day to be about us, our love and getting married. We wanted the day to be special to us and to only have each other and a couple of guests made it a much more intimate and special day in our eyes. Plus, now we can spend the money we saved on travelling and adventures!”
David and Nicoline’s South African wedding had a very obvious theme – rainbows! They wanted their day to be colourful, cheerful and fun. “We wanted the day to be special, a day that our guests would always remember and talk about”, the bride said. “We did a lot of things differently but one of the most obvious ones was that there were no girls in the bridal party – we had ‘bridesmates’ instead!”
“The ceremony was very special, our guests were sitting on straw bales and on the grass,. It had a very casual vibe. The officiant gave a beautiful speech and afterwards we planted a tree.”