Zuria and Josu’s rented an old farm house in Northern Spain for their September wedding. They absolutely did not want a traditional day. They served street food, had lots of music and fun things for their guests to do.
“We planned a wedding without no protocol”, said the bride. “We just wanted a party with our loved ones. We looked at lots of weddings online to get ideas but we only picked things we thought would fit our personalities. We really tried to give everything our personal touch and we made the jam jars for flowers, the signs, the stationery and the favours. We brought lots of things from our home for extra decorations too. We wanted our guests to say that we wedding was ‘so us’.”
The vibe of the wedding was very different to most traditional Spanish weddings, it was very relaxed. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like it was following a script”, she continued. “We thought that we would enjoy it more if it was just like us hanging around with friends, listening indie music, eating tapas and having fun. We didn’t want anything too formal.”
With a budget of just £4000, Gabrielle and Paul had a quirky Southend-on-Sea Wedding on 10th June 2015 (happy anniversary guys!) The ceremony was at the registry office and their reception was hosted at Bacchus Restaurant.
“In all honesty, other than the venues and what we were going to wear, there wasn’t really much that we planned”, explained the bride. “We just wanted our eccentric personalities to shine through in a transcendent and immersive setting surrounded by the ones we love.”
“As creative professionals, we are both often commissioned to showcase chosen inspirations for campaigns, so it was a new an interesting process for us to be able to just portray exactly what we wanted – our own personalities and interests. We really didn’t choose any specific theme but we were influenced a lot by having something that was a contemporary mix of vintage aesthetics, world culture and nature.”
Today’s feature isn’t a wedding, but I think when you see these photos you’ll understand why I’ve made an exception to share them! Jade and Matthew’s 10th anniversary party was held at a friend’s house. It was a completely DIY event. The couple are wedding photographers, so they even shot it themselves!
“When we decided to celebrate our 10th anniversary we knew we had to include some of our favourite things!” said Jade. “When we got married 10 years ago things were a little different, so we wanted to put our own little spin on our anniversary.”
“We decided to celebrate with a small group of friends with a backyard BBQ feel – no stuffiness, just good times. We wanted our friends to eat, drink, and be merry!! There were a lot of laughs. Matthew made sure of that with this two signature cocktails – a homemade strawberry infused gin fizz and smoked pineapple mezcal cocktail. They were delicious!!”
Allison and Cameron’s colourful wedding took place in Austin in October. They wanted a simple, low-pressure day, with minimal stress. “Cameron and I honestly never wanted a wedding”, said the bride. “I get anxiety when I throw an event, and I am always worried if everyone else is having a good time that I forget to have a good time myself. However, since our mothers would never forgive us if we didn’t have one, we decided to do it our way. We wanted something low-stress and intimate, where we could mingle with all the guests and have a great time.”
The Sunday wedding was a morning and early afternoon event, meaning they served brunch and the whole thing was over by the evening. “Having a brunch wedding felt unique and alternative”, she explained. “Brunch may be the most popular meal in Austin, TX, and our wedding meal was no different. It was fun day drinking with our closest friends at a long family-style table. Our friends and family cheered us off on a ‘Just Married’ pedicab, and we took a brisk ride around downtown Austin taking it all it. After the reception we met up with some friends at our Airbnb across the street! Early in the evening Cam and I were able to split off and have a romantic dinner together and recall all of our favourite parts of the day! It was a really special moment.”
Emma and Dion’s September wedding had a laid back, rustic vibe. It was held at The Wallace Pub and Hotel in Victoria. “Our wedding was relaxed, vintage and a bit random!” said the bride. “I looked at Pinterest and blogs for ideas but mostly we just did things that felt right.”
“We had a surprise Elvis impersonator perform at the reception, which everybody loved! We also made our own invitations and wedding favours which were little jars of homemade marmalade. Boy, was that a long and sticky night of work!”
“We saved money on a lot of things. We went local for flowers which in the end only cost just over $500, including flowers for all the tables. We hired a VW van which was only $200 because we asked a local car aficionado to drive me and didn’t go through a formal car hire company. We also had several different cakes instead of just one traditional cake which was a lot cheaper.”
Manicurist Tabby Casto is popping by today to share this super fun, summer bridal nail tutorial with you. She’s used a neutral base colour, but you could totally funk it up by using brighter colours to fit your wedding colour scheme. Over to you Tabby…
“For this tutorial I felt that keeping things simple was best with an accent nail on the ring finger. I enlisted the help of uber cool nail brand MoYou London who make stamping plates for just about everything you can imagine! These work similar to screen printing in that a design is etched into a little template which is then transferred and stamped onto the nails. I felt the Flower Power plates would work well for a bridal nail as they are pretty, yet subtle.
I’d recommend practising with these a few times before the actual day so you really get to grips with how to use the stamps.
♥ Nail polish remover ♥ Nail file ♥ Cuticle pusher ♥ Cotton pads ♥ Barry M Super Mani 7-in-1 Nail Care ♥ Barry M ‘Plumpy’ top coat♥ MoYou Clear Stamp & Scraper ♥ MoYou Flower Power Collection 03 plate ♥ Coconut oil ♥ Your choice of coloured nail polish ♥ White nail polish ♥ Cuticle oil
Step one: Clean your nails with nail polish remover to get rid of any old polish and oil on the nails. Then shape and file into your desired shape.
Step two: Gently push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher and a little bit of coconut oil.
Step three: Remove any excess oil and then apply a strengthening base coat such as Barry M’s Super Mani 7 in 1 followed by two coats of your coloured nail polish. Make sure you allow both coats to completely dry in between.