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A French Garden Wedding: Elodie & Alexis

Welcome to Elodie & Alexis’ gorgeous French wedding. If you loved their engagement shoot this morning, then their nuptials are gonna blow your socks off! The wedding ceremony was held in the bride’s parent’s back garden which they decorated themselves. Alexis picked all the flowers and pulled together a bouquet of wheat for Elodie to carry down the aisle.

As I said in this morning’s post, the couple are both deaf and found their film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer.

“We married differently from our parents and our grandparents”, began Elodie. “Most of my friends also opted for traditional ceremonies but we didn’t want a ‘fairytale’ wedding or one like you see in the movies. We’re not really religious so we wanted our wedding to take place in a very relaxed farm setting and to have a rockabilly vibe with red, blue & white and with touches of the 1950s. Our theme was ‘a garden party’. The men wore casual outfits with suspenders and the women dressed in retro patterns and with sophisticated 50s inspired hairstyles.”

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A Garden Engagement with Giant Animal Heads: Elodie & Alexis

I’ve got a double dose of the gorgeous Elodie & Alexis today, starting with their incredible engagement shoot. Shot by film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre, this stylish couple flew him from London to Normandy, France to shoot their engagement and wedding.

Ashton is deaf as are both Elodie & Alexis. They found Ashton at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer. Elodie also happens to be a Rock n Roll Bride fan, hurrah! As soon as they met, they knew Ashton was the perfect wedding photographer for them. After 10 months of communicating via email it was finally time to shoot!

“We are very creative, very inventive and always have some sort of project on the go”, explained Elodie, “so we always knew our marriage would be heavily customised. For the engagement session I had always planned to have it in the old deserted garden of my grandmother’s house, where there was an old bathtub disfigured by rust, and two horses. I love this place! Then one evening in April, we had a crazy idea – to make giant cat and sheep heads to wear during the shoot! We made them ourselves. I love cats and Alexis’ curly hair looks like a sheep which is why we picked those animals. It’s amazing what can be done with pieces of polystyrene!”

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A New York Wedding with an Explosion of Colour: Ali & Jason

What could be better to bright up your morning than this incredibly colourful wedding which was held in the Vanderbilt Museum and Mansion in Centerport, New York?

“Our wedding was a kaleidoscope of all our favorite things in life: each other, colors, friends, family, booze, and good times”, began Ali, the bride. “The inspiration was simple. For my husband and I, love is about accepting our separate lives as one, and building new memories within us. We wanted to be sure this day was not just about us, but our whole family. My friends had a really tough year – my best friend’s dad fell off a roof and we weren’t sure he’d make it (he did, and we thank our lucky stars), my other best friend battled cancer (and won!) and other bridesmaid lost her cousin. I myself lost two friendships during the planning process and dealt with a bout of shingles from the stress. It made me realize how important this day was for everyone and a chance to forget about the troubles that so often weigh us down. So I dreamt up the ultimate day, hoping we could all remember what it was like to witness love grow and beauty surround us. I wanted absolute peace and serenity for myself and for the many people we love. Moreover, I planned this day with our friends and family very, very close to my heart. I could not have wished for anything more.”

As for DIY projects, the couple called upon the help of their friends & family wherever they could. “Jason, his dad, and I made the lemonade stand and the cute signs from scratch”, Ali explained. “It was a serious project that I had a blast doing. We sanded, painted, cut, and molded pieces of scrap wood into a beautiful lemonade stand and a handful of adorable signs. I absolutely loved it. I also made 1,000 paper planes for the tent and for Jason’s boutonnière. A few years ago Jason’s cousin, Michael, was killed in a car accident. He was 20. He had been training to be a pilot and absolutely loved air travel. His favorite plane was a Cessna and at his funeral Jason’s family made origami planes to honor his memory. I never got to meet Michael, but he was Jason’s best friend and an important part of his family. I remember crying months before the wedding with Jason about how sad I was I never got to meet him, and how devastating it was that Michael wouldn’t be there. So I spent a total of 36 hours bending and folding multicolored origami planes to line the ceiling of the tent – so he would have a vessel to watch over us during the entire day. I also hid a photo of Michael deep in my bouquet so no one could see it, because I wanted to keep him close to me all night.”

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A Modern Art Themed Wedding & a Bride with Dreadlocks: Chris & Angela

“Arty & creative” replied Chris & Angela when I asked them to describe their wedding theme. “Lots of people on the day used words like ‘informal’ and ‘relaxed’ as well which was nice as it was what we kind of wanted. We were glad they picked up on it.”

The June wedding was held at Underley Grange Cottage in the Lake District. The couple homemade as much as possible, including all the reception decor. “Where do I begin with explaining the DIY?” laughed Angela. “Pretty much everything in the reception room was homemade. One of our favourite things was decorating parasols in the style of modern artists and hanging them from the ceiling. We made our own invitations – including hand making the actual paper! It turned out to be quite a saga; that and folding a hundred paper cranes for the RSVPs was quite a lot of work! On the plus side, as a milliner, the wedding was a great excuse to make lots of fun hats and fascinators for everyone.”

“I loved the parasols”, took over Chris. “The string chandeliers also looked great, but they consumed our kitchen and garage for about two months! I loved getting help from friends and family at each stage. Everyone saw little bits in the run up, but so many people said that on the day they couldn’t believe how it all fit together.”

“I don’t know that we ever thought we were doing our wedding ‘differently’,” the groom continued. “We just wanted to do it… ‘us’. We always knew we wanted more control over our wedding than the standard ‘here you go, Mr. Hotel…’ so we found a venue that could accommodate us doing our own catering and decorations. Once we saw Underley Grange, we just fell in love with the place and all the ideas seemed to flow naturally from there. The modern art idea was just so fun! We needed something to bring it all together and it just seemed right. Exploring all the artists to come up with the various designs was awesome!”

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A Brazilian Circus Wedding: Gabriela & Vinícius

Gabriela & Vinícius, from Sao Paulo, wanted to run away with the circus for their March wedding. They hired a red top marquee, had circus themed stationery and even had circus performers as their evening entertainment!

“My husband and I work with art (I’m a tattoo artist and he’s musician), and we think the circus represents our total immersion in it,” began Gabriela. “I don’t know when we had this idea, but was perfect for us! Our ceremony was more philosophical than religious, with no focus on any specific religion, only with a idea of spirituality.”

“I did all the decorating myself, I think much prettier and more fun than just buying everything done for you. I decided to reuse things where possible and to use cheaper materials. It was also important for our wedding to not harm the environment. We made our own wedding outfits and constructed flowers and other embellishments from the left over fabric. We also collected bottles and glass jars to use on the tables. In short, it was almost all DIY, with our touch and tastes.”

“We had trouble finding circus inspiration from our home country of Brazil. I had no idea that we are still struggling creatively when compared with other countries. However our online searches enabled us to find some really cool ideas!

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A Black, White & Red Wedding in a Windmill: Suzie & Andrew

Suzie & Andrew wanted a really unique venue for their unique wedding and so chose a Willesborough Windmill in Ashford, Kent. They had just 47 guests (including 13 bridesmaids!) and they really did things their own way. From the DIY catering, to the ice cream van dessert, and the chocolate favours to the lady bug bouncy castle, the day was planned around the things they love. “My main goal for our wedding was that I wanted a day that wasn’t strictly structured,” began newlywed Suzie. “I wanted a laid back afternoon and evening filled with fun, laughter, eating, drinking and general enjoyment for everyone. All my close family & friends wanted to help which was great and they are contributed so much to our day.”

They went for a black, white & red colour scheme and even all the guests dressed to match the theme! “Our favourite colours are red, black & white,” the bride continued. “We have red cars, red and black sofas, a black and white checkered kettle and toaster…. I also love the style of the 50s rockabilly and the short wedding dresses and polka dots & hearts – very cute and sexy. I always wanted a bright red wedding dress and everything else stemmed from that. As soon as we decided to get married I knew the exact location (the windmill just minutes from our own home) and how I wanted everything to look – black, white & red! I wrote on the invitation ‘come dressed in your best red, black and white’ and everyone did! It looked amazing.”

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