Annarose and Benji met when they were both dating other people (she was with his housemate!) However when those relationships ended they remained friends and got together soon after, one New Year’s Eve.
They wanted their wedding to have a slight punk vibe, but also to feel retro. “I have always been a fan of vintage fashion and style”, the bride said. “We really wanted to mix that with Benji’s deep musical roots. It really was a mixture of both of our personalities. We also wanted the wedding to feel timeless.”
“The wedding was pure happiness. There was nothing solemn or serious, it was all lighthearted and fun. It was just like a giant party with all our friends! One of the things that made it special was that we did a lot ourselves including my dress, the flowers, the music, the decor and the invitations.
If you’re considering a literary inspired wedding, or perhaps just want something a bit different for your centrepieces, then folded book art could be the answer. With a bit of practice and concentration, folded book art is easy to accomplish at a very low cost!
Thank you to Rachael Mills for submitting this fab tutorial and to Foldilocks for the folding pattern. Download the (free!) heart pattern before you begin, you’ll need it for the tutorial to make sense!
♥ Hardback book, at least 20 cm tall (for this pattern you need a book with at least 82 pages – the pattern has 41 folds, each of which needs one sheet)
Step 1: Place the book in front of you as though you are about to begin reading it. Now turn it 90 degrees anti-clockwise until the spine is facing you.
Step 2: A pattern looks better if it’s placed centrally in the book so we now need to calculate which page to start at. To do this simply divide the total number of pages by two to find out the total number of folds possible within your particular book. Mine has 473 pages so that means the maximum folds my pattern can have with 236. Them, subtract the number of folds that the pattern requires. This pattern has 41 folds so for my book the sum is 236 – 41 = 195. That means my starting point is page 195.
Don’t worry if you hate maths as this becomes second nature after a few patterns!
Step 3: You’ll be measuring from the top left corner across the book so place the 0cm mark of the ruler at the left hand edge of your starting page. You need to leave some room on the page to make the marks so don’t line it up too closely to the long edge of the page.
Chris and Allison’s handfasting witch doctor wedding in the woods was completely homemade. The bride made her own dress and wore shoes from eBay, which she decorated herself. She also made her own headpiece. The flowers were put together by the couple themselves, they created their own invitations, they even self-catered the whole event!
The couple met online in 2011. Alison was living in South Africa at the time and in April 2012 she took a leap of faith and moved over to the UK to be with Chris. Their meeting was unconventional, so their wedding had to be too!
“It has to be recognised, right from the start, that this was never going to be a normal wedding”, said the bride. “Discovering the cultural differences between us and integrating them into a life together was often surprisingly more difficult that you might imagine. Add to that a determination not to follow the crowd and ‘do everything right’ drove things in an unusual and joyous direction from the start. Throw a group of mildly lunatic friends into the mix, determined to make things work for us despite there being no cash whatsoever available and a very firm direction was set.”
Seth and Lauren’s wedding had a laid back vibe, a budget of just $4000 and lots of lovely homemade details. They planned the day in just three and a half months with lots of help from their friends and family! “I love gold and feathers”, said the bride. “I had seen some gold tipped feathers and I took that as our initial idea and ran with it. I have also done some events at work where we covered the tables with butcher paper and used very simple yet beautiful decor like succulents, twine, and tins. It all fit together very well.”
They out together all the flowers (the feathers were from Etsy and the flowers themselves came from Walmart), a friend made their cake, and instead of a band or DJ they created their own Spotify playlist. “We had a craft party where we made ALL of the decor. We made boutonnieres and bouquets, cleaned tins and glued lace and burlap on them, and hand-painted all the signs. We did everything ourselves. The wedding really wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the selfless friends and family who were willing to come out for a craft day, prep all of the food/cake and freeze it, let us use tables and chairs. The decorations I paid for were purchased in bulk and we spent very little on them. For example: the butcher paper rolls were $12 and we only used half of one roll.”
Jacques and Emma’s summer wedding took place in Rondekuil, a farm venue in rural Durbanville, Cape Town. They had polka dots, jewel tones and woodland touches throughout their decor.
“We had two main objectives: for it to be a true reflection of who we are and for it to be a fun celebration of our love surrounded by our loved ones”, said Emma. “We didn’t want anything formal and traditional. I knew that I wanted colour, but it began with knowing what we didn’t want and through the process we began to realise what we actually wanted.”
“Jacques and I are not traditional people and we wanted our wedding to be an extension of who we are. We didn’t believe in following the supposed rules and didn’t want to spend a fortune. I am the DIY queen, I love creating things. This had two major positives for us. We saved a lot of money and we were able to create the exact decor we wanted. Every weekend was spent creating something for the wedding. I sewed over 100 metres of polka dot table runners, we planted our own wedding favours and even baked our own thank you ornaments out of clay. I bought hundreds of inexpensive plastic animals and spray painted them gold. Nothing was safe from my gold spray paint! I found light up bunny lights which we had all over the tables. I decided to forgo the normal bridal and bridesmaid bouquets and instead made giant paper flowers out of crepe paper.”
Heather and Iggy’s wedding took place in St Omer Park, Queenstown. Their lakeside ceremony was intimate and perfect for them. “We chose to have a short ceremony in a Queenstown park on the edge of Lake Wakatipu ($35 hire fee to the council – yeah!) We narrowed down the precise location the day before, and then updated everyone via our prepared contact lists. The set-up was easy – a few chairs for those that needed it, strings of cranes placed in the willow trees by the best man and Iggy, and a few well-coordinated meet-ups with the celebrant and my brother that played our music from a portable speaker.”
“We had prepared the ceremony format weeks before, and it ran for 10-15 minutes. The weather was great on the day, which was lucky as our wet weather alternative wasn’t really feasible. As the ceremony location was in public, the wedding party consisting of me, my bridesmaid and my father found a way to subtly sneak up behind a huge oak tree (me with a sheet around my dress!) and emerge without being seen.”