Full-blown themed weddings are definitely getting rarer. Most of the couples I speak to say their weddings were just styled around “random stuff we liked”, which is cool, but there’s something a little bit extra special about weddings where everything fits perfectly together.
Jordan and Emily had a Victorian themed wedding and their attention to detail was incredible! “We achieved our authentic décor by extending our antiquing and thrifting sensibilities to more than just the attire”, the bride began. “We created the majority of the decorations by reusing old items. I put together an assortment of decorations for the tables which were were made with small candle holders and foam balls covered in gold flowers and painted ceramic spheres on top.”
The wedding was held at Farmin’ Betty’s in Columbus. “We were married outside, underneath a tree on the property. The ceremony itself was brief and our officiant even joked about the overly verbose sermons often delivered by other ministers at weddings. Ours was more personal and to the point. It celebrated our individuality but also focused on how we complement one another.”
Brides wearing non-white dresses are becoming more and more commonplace (yay!) and nothing thrills me more than seeing and sharing a beautiful babe rocking her own style on her wedding day. When Carina married Jay she decided to wear an original 1930s black floral dress from Hope and Harlequin. It went perfectly with their autumnal theme!
“My dress was an original 1930s metallic lame gown with replacement vintage black lace for the back panel”, she explained. “I think wearing a non-traditional wedding dress made the wedding feel very personal to me plus the choice of reception venue was quite unique. My earrings were the letters ‘C’ and ‘R’ to represent my new married initials and I made my flower headpiece myself. I foraged some of the foliage as well as bought some.”
Juliana and Fabio’s wedding was held at Mansão Atrium in Brazil. Their bohemian and folk themed day was actually completely inspired by a wedding they saw on Instagram!
“Our idea was to make things as simple as possible”, said the bride. “We didn’t want our wedding to have a luxurious or classical feel. We wanted everyone to be themselves. Aesthetically our wedding may seem pretty similar to others, but in Brazil it was a very big challenge to have an organic simple wedding. We wanted it to feel like a big family dinner or a weekend camping.”
The ceremony was held outdoors. “The pastor who officiated our ceremony is a personal friend of the groom which made made it much more personal. The words he used were kind and gave a special touch and fun to the ceremony. I would advise other couples to have someone they know conduct their ceremony. If they know you and your history it will make it so much more meaningful”.
Chelsea and Joe’s wedding took place at The Lake, White Colne, Essex. They hired a marquee and set up the wedding themselves in a field. The day had a bohemian, shabby chic and rustic vibe with lots oh homemade touches.
“The day started with a laid back humanist ceremony which focused on our love for each other”, said the bride. “We also wrote our own vows.”
“Most of the décor was DIY including the bunting, the centrepieces, the jars, postbox, guest book, table runners, name cards and wooden signs. We even made one of the bars. I loved being creative by making everything in the run up to the big day.”
Alice in Wonderland weddings seem to be more popular than ever at the moment, but that’s fine with me because I really can’t stop featuring them! Matt and Tanaya were married in June.
“The inspiration for our wedding was obviously Alice in Wonderland”, began the bride. “The theme was pretty bonkers and we did go to town with it. We built the marquee around the entrance to a huge hedge so you could walk from the marquee in to what we aptly signed ‘Rabbit Hole’ – a beautifully lit area inside the hedge in which you would find some slightly odd looking stone rabbits.”
“My brother, who is a genius with all things DIY, also created ‘fairylight spirals’ by fashioning lengths of wire in to concentric circles and attaching fairlylights to them. They were very effective. We also worked with the idea of scale, bringing in giant wooden mushrooms for the marquee and using tiny scale vases and flowers plus dolls house books for table decoration.”
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”