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An Intimate Australian Wedding & A Bride in Blue: Fiona & Andrew

Fiona & Andrew’s DIY wedding in Victoria, Australia was themed around the things they love – vintage items, 1950s styling, cherries, hearts and flowers. They took these ideas as the starting point and built their wedding around them. “We wanted the guests to be able to feel as much a part of the day as possible, hence the small guest list of only 45 and the extended weekend long celebration”, began the bride. “We made a lot ourselves. I made a ring cushion from the same fabric as my sash/bolero and a piece of fabric from my mum’s wedding dress. We had a ring warming ceremony before I arrived where the cushion was brought around my my 5 year old nephew, Oliver, and guests where asked to send a blessing our way.”

“We had a photo booth, typewriter guestbook and buffet style/sit where you like dinner,” she continued. “Guests were asked to help themselves to the 2 types of cookies that I made as favours. I made Toblerone, Peanut Butter and white chocolate & ginger flavours. We supplied all of the accommodation and made gourmet breakfast provision packs for everyone.”

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A Rainy Brazilian Wedding with DIY Details: Cecilia & Luciano

Cecilia & Luciano wanted a simple wedding inspired by their choice of venue, Pousada Estrela D’água, in Trancoso, Brazil. “My inspiration was the wedding venue”, explained the bride. “The village of Trancoso, Bahia, is beautiful and simple at the same time. That’s what I sought in all my wedding decisions. I did not want anything too pretentious. For the decorations we used photos of family and tablecloths that belonged to our great grandmothers. The decor had a bit of our history and showed a lot of our personality.”

Cecilia made her own dress from the lace of the veil that her mother-in-law wore when she married. She also designed and made the bridesmaid’s dresses. “There was no specific theme to anything really”, she continued. “We just tried to do everything as simple as possible.”

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A Laid Back Rustic Wedding in South Africa: Natalie & Mike

Natalie & Mike met on the side of a road, whilst travelling to Mozambique. His car was broken down and she rescued him! After 9 months of a long distance relationship he moved to Johannesburg to be with her. They now live in the North Coast of KZN with their 2 year old son.

The wedding was to be as laid back and fancy-free as the couple themselves. From the beach & lagoon location of their venue, to the rustic and thrown together vibe of their decorations. “In many ways, we didn’t subscribe to the traditional script of a wedding”, wrote Natalie. “We had Jagermeister shots instead of champagne, we didn’t throw a bouquet or fling a garter (I didn’t wear one), cut the cake or even really have a first dance.  All we wanted was to eat great food, drink and dance with our friends & family.  Our guests said our wedding was fun and a completely authentic representation of who we are.  That’s the best compliment we could’ve received.”

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A Mountain Lodge Wedding with the Ceremony in the Middle of a Lake: Jane & Jesse

When Jane & Jessie started planning their wedding they knew exactly where (in the country) they wanted to be, they just had to find the perfect venue. After a long search they found The Hideout, near Lake Tahoe, which was the perfect place for their laid back June wedding.

“We searched long and hard to find a venue in Sierra because we’ve both spent a lot of time there and just love it, and identify with it in a way you can with your hometown (though neither of us have lived there, just visited frequently)”, began the bride. “Anyhow, we wanted a venue up the mountains with natural surroundings. There are plenty of venues near Lake Tahoe that are very much ‘manicured wedding venues’ but that’s not what we wanted. They come with lots of rules about noise and how late you can party, etc. It was a long search to find The Hideout and we were ecstatic when we found it. It was better than we had expected from the pictures – including the little lake. Also they had no noise restrictions and very few rules which meant we could pretty much do what we wanted and party as long as we liked.”

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A Rockabilly Las Vegas Wedding: John & Marnie

Australian John & Marnie spent six weeks travelling around the US for their honeymoon after their wedding in Las Vegas. They were in town for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival and they loved the idea of getting married there. The ceremony was held at Little Church of the West, a quaint little ‘mini church’ looking chapel, right at the south end of the strip and the after party was at Level 107 Cocktail lounge in the Stratosphere hotel – right at the north end!

“After a year of travelling Australia following the rockabilly dance and culture scene, John proposed to me with a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring”, Marnie told me. “It was my Grandma’s favourite stone and we decided to marry 70 years and 1 day after my Grandma and Grandpa did! Where possible, we incorporated elements that honoured our families (both alive and departed) into our wedding.”

“I used my creativity to create bespoke elements infusing our vintage rockabilly style into our wedding. DIY was a great way of infusing our style into our event, which, when you’re like us and love all things non mainstream, can be very difficult to source.” The bride even handmade her own dress and headpiece.

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A Homemade Historic Mansion Wedding: Matt & Kellyann

Matt & Kellyann had a homemade wedding in the historic Colonial Dame, a mansion in Philadelphia. The DIY details included the escort table, some decorative pinwheels made from origami paper, the chalkboards, the ring bearer’s book (an actual book instead of a cushion – inspired by The Clash’s Combat Rock album art, and as a nod to Kellyann’s bookish nature), the printed napkins and the invitations.

“We had been to mostly black tie hall-type receptions that followed ceremonies in churches, and wanted something that fitted us a bit more”, explained the groom. “We aren’t affiliated with any religion, and wanted something in a garden. We found the venue through our photographers, Love Me Do, and once we had that, the rest was sort of shaped around it. The venue was perfect for our small party size. The layout has lots of smaller rooms for exploring. As soon as we took a tour of it, we knew we had to have it there.”

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