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A Modern New Year’s Eve Wedding: Tyler & Martin

New Year’s Eve might not cross everybody’s mind as a date to get married, but for Tyler & Martin it couldn’t have been more perfect!

“Martin and I are a little obsessed with The Flaming Lips,” Tyler explained. “He introduced me to the band early in our relationship. He took me to my first show…it was New Years Eve, Halloween and pure happiness all in one night! I’ll never forget watching another couple get engaged that night and telling Martin that would be a pretty awesome way to do it. Apparently he filed that information away. A couple years later during our yearly pilgrimage to Bonnarooo, Martin proposed to me under a shower of confetti and balloons while The Flaming Lips played ‘Do You Realize.’ It was perfect.”

“We chose New Years Eve as our date because it would mark a new beginning for us and everybody else there”, she continued. “We knew we were taking on a challenge by having a NYE wedding – Wayne Coyne even expressed his concern to us when we met him after a Flaming Lips show a couple months before the big day. Wayne invited us to come to Oklahoma City to be married onstage. He even gave us his phone number because he wanted our New Year’s Eve to be perfect, an unbelievable proposal from a generous musician. While we declined his offer to be with our family and friends, we did our best to keep his spirit alive in VA Beach that night (the signed poster with Wayne’s digits and message of ‘I’m worried about New Years Eve’ will always hang in our home!)”

The wedding was held at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. “We chose a venue that not only embodied things we love – modern architecture, education, theater, art – including an amazing hanging colored glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, but also served as a very spiritual setting for two artists to join their lives. We embraced the day, our love for music, and the joy of creating – making our decor full of paper goods we designed ourselves and NYE staples like party horns, streamers, hats and sparkly things like disco balls everywhere!”

“I know neither of us will ever forget our ceremony. When we saw the amazing Chahuley sculpture housed in our ceremony space, we knew we had to get married right underneath its colorful explosion. To do that meant re-configuring the norm and creating a ceremony space ‘in the round.’ In addition to shaking up the layout, we also decided to make the ceremony itself our own – drawing from unconventional prayers, writing our own statements of intent, selecting wooden wedding bands and even choosing music by Phish and The Beatles.”

“On New Years Eve it all came together and was amazing. As we stood in the center of our family and friends, we were overwhelmingly surrounded by their love and support. I cried as I read my promises to Martin (no one was surprised there) and then looked up to see my brother-in-law shedding tears too. It was then it hit me, not only was it a powerful moment in our lives but one that truly touched those we shared it with that night.”

Tyler works in the wedding industry herself as a designer and wedding photographer, so she was keen to make their wedding scream ‘them’ as much as possible. In particular, she designed and created all of their stationery and paper goods herself. “We knew it had to be funky, artsy and Rock n Roll from start-to-finish. I poured over album design and episodes of Mad Men to get my creative juices flowing for our vinyl-inspired invitation designs. It was the ultimate challenge for someone who does the same for others as their job!”

Having such a musical story, the entertainment was also really important to this couple. “We hired a band, The Jangling Reinharts, because what’s better than putting on a concert for friends and family? Plus, they already had our song ‘Do You Realize’ along with the rest of our favorites (Phish, The Beatles, Mark Knopfler) on their set list. We topped it all off with completely vegetarian fare (we both are), signature drink of hot rum cider (our New Years tradition) and a video installation!”

The night concluded with said video installation, “Our venue had a theater so we knew we had to take advantage of it!” Tyler explained. “Martin took on the task of creating a video to share with our family and friends. He scanned thousands of photographs from childhood to present and logged hours of footage to create a piece entitled ‘Copyright 1983’. We deemed it a life collage.”

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A Dr. Seuss & Anthropologie Inspired Ballroom Wedding: Jen & Ilan

Jen & Ilan’s spring wedding was held in a Seattle ballroom but it certainly wasn’t your traditional ballroom wedding! “A DIY wonderland that could have been dreamed up by a love child of Dr. Seuss and Anthropologie,” was how wedding photographer Laurel McConnell described it to me and I totally agree!

“The couple met while working for Adidas and so they paid homage to their employer/matchmaker with shoes and track suits for the wedding party,” Laurel continued. “Every detail radiated Jen & Ilan and their history of coupledom. Ilan had his sneakers customized with their red wedding logo “J + I” and Jen’s something blue was their initials and wedding date stitched inside her dress. On a trip to Jamaica (the groom’s first trip out of the United States!) the couple discovered the “#9,” which acted as the signature drink of the day.”

“Bottles of wine from their 1st date and engagement and for their 1st and 5th wedding anniversaries acted as the guest book. A deck of cards to play Jen’s family’s favorite card game of Shanghai Rummy were distributed as the wedding favors. Jasper’s BBQ catered their super fun affair while feeding the groom’s love of BBQ.”

“Personal DIY creations were also the name of the game: the bride made necklaces for her bridesmaids to coordinate with their shoe & flower colors, she created the menus and programs in their whimsical wedding style, and the paper flower and birch bark centerpieces, the pedestals, and the cake stands were all designed by her parents.”

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DIY Tutorial: London Underground Map Table Plan

If you’re having a Jubilee or British themed wedding then what could be more perfect than this London Underground map table plan!? Over to Gemma of The Wedding of my Dreams who created this simple and cute tutorial!

We have recently added a range map prints to our collection with the suggestion that brides can use them as table plans. The bride and groom would name their tables after London tube stops which mean something special to them as a couple and the whole map can be made into a table plan.

So far the London Underground maps have been most popular with our World map prints a close second!

Supplies Needed:

♥ London Underground Map Print available for purchase via Wedding of my Dreams
♥ A1 foam board
♥ Red polka dot tape
♥ Luggage Tags
♥ Scissors
♥ Blu-tack

Method:

Step One: Place the London underground print onto as piece of foam board and use decorative tape to stick the print onto the board. The board allows the table plan to sit on an easel or be leaned against a wall for all your guests to see.

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An Upcycled Ceremony in the Park: Julian & Carolyn

Some of you may recognise Julian & Carolyn as I featured their ‘registration of marriage ceremony’, a Malaysian tradition, way back in December 2010! Well since then, the couple have been planning the rest of their wedding celebration – an outdoor party held at Kiara Jungle Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“For the ceremony itself, we wanted a really cute/funny entrance,” Carolyn began. “Our first ideas was to have a few of our friends ride in with their Harley’s and then my Dad & I would zip right in with a Vespa and cute ‘beep, beep’! Unfortunately (well, fortunately on hindsight) the Vespa we borrowed was giving us some problems, so we didn’t go on with the plan… but my friends still came with 4 white Harley’s and so I hopped onto to the back and that was my grand entrance!”

“We tried to DIY and upcycle as much as we could for our wedding. For example the napkin holders were made out of toilet roll cores, cut-up and then covered with vintage curtain material that my late grandmother used. We collected hundreds of tin cans & placed tea lights inside them to light up the walk way. My Mom also helped decorate an arch for us to use during our exchange of vows. In fact, my Mom did too many things to mention!! Last but not least, are the bouquets. All the bouquets were made by my very talented husband, Julian!”

“Our wedding favours were items from our childhood with an 80s theme,” she continued. “There was gum, wafer slices, jelly cones, little bubble blowing thingys… Everyone loved them! We also brought in our collection (and a friends) of vintage furniture to create a mini living room in the park for people to have their photo in as well as relax in! We got our friends to help take photos with instant cameras and got them to pin it up around the area.”

“The last and biggest surprise for the wedding is our wedding video,” the bride concluded. “You see in Malaysia, it seems to be a trend to compile pictures of the wedding couple from childhood, through to meeting each other and so forth. Julian and I have always felt that it was cheesy and we wanted to do something different. We finally decided on a thank you video instead, to be shared during the reception. I remember saying to Julian that I want the people in the video to be really touched, and so we shot the video ourselves and did make a few people tear. Mission accomplished!

Aww and look how cute it is…! I can see why people cried can’t you? Absolutely LOVE this idea.

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A Vintage Tea Party Wedding: Chloe & Emma

After a New Year’s Eve proposal (“not at midnight, we’re not that cheesy!”) Chloe & Emma set to planning their tea party wedding for the end of March. Being two girls, they knew their wedding would stand out and they wanted that as well as to put their own stamp on their day. As Chloe explained “Obviously as two girls getting married our wedding was always going to be a bit different. People kept on asking which one of us was going to wear the suit but we were both determined to be complete princesses on the day. We knew we wanted a vintage tea party wedding and we looked at lots of different ways to achieve it as we had a tight budget. In the end my mum who found Jam and Tea, who provided the tea & cake catering, online (she is an expert Googler) and the rest of the wedding fell into place from there.”

“Maryanne of Jam and Tea was the heart and soul of the whole day. Her food is insane and totally yummy and so beautiful to look at. We came away from the food tasting completely high on sugar and knowing the wedding was going to be perfect. I guess the other thing we did that was Rock and Roll was only use independent female British businesses. From the caterer to the dresses, photographs and head pieces, we tried to promote great British girlies as much as possible and they were all amazing!!”

“We also made a lot of items for our wedding as we are both creative people,” she continued. “I guess the biggest thing we made was the wedding invites. We hated anything that said ‘Civil Partnership’ on them and found traditional ones so impersonal. I love to bake and Emma has a degree in industrial design so we decided to do it ourselves with a £50 budget. We also made little boxes with teapot sugar cookies inside as favours. They were a complete hit and everyone said they were the best wedding invite they ever had. They also came in under budget.”

Chloe wore a short, 50s style dress which she had made by Dolly Dare in Spitalfields Market, London, and Emma’s gown came from Ghost. “We would love to add a special mention to Nazrine Elms of Dolly Dare for making the most amazing dress for me,” Chloe raved. “We went into the shop looking for shoes (they sell Irregular Choice shoes) and accidently bumped into an amazing dress designer. She does not usually make wedding dresses but was willing to give it a go and put up with us in her shop every Sunday for 3 months. It was a complete creative process and the dress is 100% bespoke and unique. I can’t thank her enough for her brilliant creative mind. I would recommend her to anyone.”

The girls chose Shell de Mar to shoot their wedding as they fell in love with her bright and fun style. “Shella made our wedding pictures look like the ones I had been looking at as inspiration for years, except better. I’m still blown away by how she made our wedding look. I knew it was a beautiful day but the light and the softness she managed to capture (on a particularly crappy March day) was phenomenal. If she and Maryanne of Jam and Tea ruled the world it would be an extraordinarily beautiful place.”

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Married Beneath the Cherry Blossoms: Joseph & Fabiana

Joseph & Fabiana had a low-key and intimate wedding at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. They decided against an expensive or extravagant wedding, instead favouring a simple and touching ceremony with their nearest and dearest.

The couple met online and discovered a mutual love of photography and travel. After spending years admiring each other’s work through flickr, they finally met in South Korea and ended up travelling to Japan together where they fell in love. The bride wore a multi-coloured dress from Marimekko which set the tone for the day. Fittingly with the Japanese feel (the ceremony was even held on the ‘Japanese Hill’ within the gardens, under the cherry blossoms) she also carried a bouquet made of origami flowers.

“We wanted a non-traditional small wedding that would reflect both of our personalities and be colourful.” the bride wrote. “We originally wanted to get married in Japan, but it was too far away from our home countries (the UK and Mexico) for guests to travel to. Therefore, we searched for Japanese Gardens in closer locations. We found one in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens which was perfect because New York was a city we had both loved and a location almost half way between the UK and Mexico. We chose April to coincide with the bloom of the cherry blossoms.”

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