Can you imagine my excitment when Jen & Bijan amazing wedding landed in my inbox? Jen, the bride began her email “I am an American living in Berlin, and recently married. My husband, Bijan, is German-Irani, and I think our wedding was as multicultural and un-traditional as we are.” I was smitten…and their story just makes it even better.
“My background in event planning for President Obama (!) and Vice President Biden came in very handy for a diy wedding” Jen told me. “Bijan and I haven’t been to many weddings, nor have we been married before, so we kind of made a lot of stuff up as we went along. The actual ceremony was on Friday, March 26, and the reception was the following day. My best friend, Scout Tufankjian, is a photojournalist and doesn’t actually usually do weddings but as her gift to us she agreed to be our wedding photographer. Bijan is born and raised here in Berlin, and we really wanted our photos to reflect our everyday life and the things we love about Berlin. The graffiti pictures are taken along an old section of the Berlin Wall called the “East Side Gallery,” and was one of the places Bijan took me on my first day here. With his Persian background, he has always been a fan of shisha (flavored tobacco smoked out of a water pipe)- I also share his love for it, and on our way to the party, we decided to take a break for ourselves and get a smoke at our favorite shisha cafe. We were also starving, so we stopped at our favorite neighborhood schawarma place, Habibi’s, for a bite to eat.”
I love a quirky London wedding just as much as the next person so I whooped with joy when Connie & Jonny’s was send my way. “We wanted to bring all our friends and family together for a massive party to celebrate us getting hitched” the bride began. “We kept certain traditions – getting everyone to sit down and have a big feed, and speeches etc, but we weren’t keen on all the flowery formal bits, so to keep things lighthearted and personal we had the lovely ukelele band. We put our friends and family on a routemaster bus back to the reception (at Lena Restaurant) Amazing food, great party space downstairs with loads of champagne. A friend drove my dad and I to the town hall in his VW camper van, and took Jonny and I (with music booming, a healthy supply of champagne) back to the reception (we drove back via regent’s park and stopped off in the sunshine to take it all in). Not really up for flowery delicate invites, we got Hanway print centre to print us some bright orange postcards. Jonny’s dad made the wedding cake and my mom and friends organised the flowers.”
Summer & Frank got married exactly a year after their first date. The wedding had an Autumn theme and was held at a local park. Their reception was at one of their favourite hang outs – Fatty’s in Astoria. “I started looking for parks in our area where we could also hold the reception.” Summer told me. “We’re both very casual and outdoorsy, so we didn’t want anything formal–we wanted the focus to be more on the happiness of the day. The cost for renting local parks is a shocking fraction of more formal venues, too, and you can bring in your own catering, which gives you more options for food. I’m a vegetarian, so that was important.”
Credit: Leo Patrone (Features the gorgeous Naomi, Josh & Kingsley of Rockstar Diaries)
It’s that time of the week again…hold onto your knickers girls! As always this week has been epic and the internet has been fit to bursting with all this bloggy goodness. I can’t wait for you to read it all. So, go get a cup of coffee and some kind of sweet treat and enjoy some procrastination time…
♥ The wonderful girls over at Completely Unveiled interviewed me this week and I got to talk to them all about fashion, being fabulous and general wedding goodness…check it!
♥ Perfect wedding veils and how to choose them
♥ A dirt-bike riding couple glam up
♥ Over sized paper flowers
♥ The best and most adorable vintage wedding cupcakes I’ve seen!
♥ Matching stripes
♥ Laura & Ben
♥ Loving these floaty Maria Lucia Hohan wedding dresses
♥ Vintage style clutches and purses for brides
♥ One pair of shoes - a million outfit possibilities
♥ OMG Emily!
I have to be honest, I’ve been gagging to share Aubrey & Marshall’s wedding ever since photographer’s Stacie & Geoffrey (you may remember them from their own – way too damn cool wedding) sent me a sneak peek…not only because of how rad this wedding actually is, but because I have secretly been harboring a photographic crush on Lang Photographers (I’m probably their biggest Twitter stalker!)
Aubrey & Marshall diy-ed their whole wedding with very little budget – they just let their creativity run wild! Everything from the origami to the curtain, from the invitation to the pinwheels was constructed and created by the pair and I am dying over here! Oh tell me your love it as much as I do…
Credit: Decor 8
Check ‘em out – my favourite links from all the corners of blog land over the past 7 days…
♥ I have to say, I’ve certainly been getting around this week – not only was I featured in the Daily Express, but new photography website, The Photography Parlour, interviewed me for their brand spanking new ‘Marketing Monday’ feature.
♥ Irregular Choice have done it again – this time with ‘Rock n Roll’ shoes! (thanks Chantal)
♥ Are you a tattooed bride? Want a tee-shirt telling the world that?
♥ A Bride’s Despair – What do you do if white or ivory doesn’t suit you?
♥ Gorgeous indie bride and her fab Southern wedding
♥ Sea & the City
♥ Vintage records and great rock flair for this stunner of an engagement session
♥ Vintage dress specialists Lindsay Fleming Couture have a few spaces left for their super duper popular ‘Roadshow’ which will be travelling around the UK this spring. To book one of the last spaces give David a call on 07966 243587 or drop them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org strictly first come first served!
♥ I am dying with the swoon over Liesel & Sterling’s portraits