When I grow up I want to be as cool as Britta & Oscar please. They not only got married at their own home in Dunmanway, Ireland but they put the whole wedding together themselves including building their own marquee!
“We built the structure with ash poles and tied tarpaulin to the poles with zip ties and lots of rope,” Britta explained.” It would not have been possible without the help of our friends especially Will Dukes who pretty much did most of the hard work as Oscar had broken his leg a few weeks before the wedding…. convenient you might say!”
“Oscar wove some willow ‘chandeliers’ which we wrapped in fairy lights and hung to the structure,” she continued. “We were hoping to sew our own bunting but then we found some beautiful bunting at a stall in Waterford which were made from recycled saris. They were perfect. ”
“The food was made by us and our wonderful friends and family. Oscar’s Father gave us a present of a wild boar to cook for the wedding as we planed to have a pig on the spit. The pig was far to big for it to be done on the spit so our best man cooked it on the barbecue instead.”
The most important thing to the couple was that their wedding was fun for their guests and that there was no pressure to conform just because it was a wedding. ”Our inspiration came from many different sources. We were engaged for 2 years so had alot of time to search for ideas,” Britta said.
“We mostly just gathered bits and bobs together as we found things from shops and stalls, there was no real theme or color scheme we just wanted to have lots of colour and be surrounded by what we found beautiful. As we started to plan the wedding we found ourselves saying oh we MUST do this and we MUST do that until we asked ourselves why…why did we have to do all those things? There are so many rules one must follow when getting married and we decided to break them all.”
The bride wore a Novia d’Art dress which she bought from Oxfam Bridal, and her groom donned a Social Suicide jacket and a shirt from Brown Thomas. ”Our theme was just to have a relaxing, comfortable, non formal day. We had no colour scheme for our bridesmaids or groomsmen, nor did we have a dress code for our guests. Our number one priority was for everybody to feel comfortable and enjoy the day!”
How utterly beautiful is today’s real wedding? This is the kind of wedding that makes my heart sing – no fuss, no details, no over-the-top-bridezilla-stresses – just the most important thing…love.
The bride, Daniela, told me all about their special day. “There were only the two of us at the ceremony, the lady who married us, the lady who owned the land and our photographer. The ceremony itself lasted about 1.5 hrs and consisted of several parts: lighting the fire, being cleansed with special leaves and incense, hearing the 20 nahuales of the Mayan Calendar being read out, telling each other our love and exchanging our rings, being wrapped in a green shawl which represented Gaia. We began and ended the ceremony with chocolate, a block of which was also burned in the fire. Chocolate is sacred in Mayan culture.”
“We chose to get married in Guatemala as we got engaged there last year and it’s our favourite country. Neither of us knew much about Mayan beliefs, but after doing some research we decided to tie the knot in a Mayan fire ceremony because we felt like we should honour the traditions of our chosen wedding location. Organising everything was extremely easy – we found our photographer via Tripadvisor and our shaman, the amazing Aum Rak , via a quick Google search. She then got us in touch with Terri, the owner of a local hotel in Lake Atitlan who offered us to get married on her land.”
“I knew that I wanted to wear a vintage (or vintage-looking) dress and briefly considered one by BHLDN, but it would have been almost criminal to shove such an expensive dress into my backpack for 3 weeks (we were travelling through Mexico and other locations in Guatemala before the wedding). So I chose a Gunne Sax dress instead, which I could just roll up and carry around with me without it getting creased. As for shoes, they had to be Swedish clogs!”
“Some might think we’re bonkers for getting married in this way,” she concluded, “but our parents fully understood, and for us it couldn’t have been more perfect or more emotional and meaningful (I was crying so much throughout the ceremony!). We had such a relaxed, blissful day as we didn’t have to worry about anything. No guests, no reception, no cake, no make-up or hair appointments… It was completely stress-free! Afterwards we had our honeymoon in the middle of the jungle in Honduras!”
Shannon & Nick were married in Shannon’s parent’s back garden, a lovely idea that made their wedding really personal and intimate. “I was inspired by the 1950s, nature and the country,” Shannon told me. “I was looking for a way to bridge the gap between vintage elegance and the modern eco-friendly way of life. Every chance I could I made things reusable, recyclable and DIY. I also tried to pick vendors that were eco-friendly. I didn’t set out to do things differently I just chose to do what I wanted to do and didn’t let others reservations side track me.”
The couple had terrarium centrepieces and they made the adorable moss balls, which acted as holders for the table names, themselves. “The moss balls were super easy,” Shannon explained. “We just bought some styrofoam balls, painted them green and used adhesive spray to stick fresh, broken up moss to them”
The couple wanted their wedding to have an eco-vintage vibe and so they also collected props and trinkets from thrift stores to decorate the backyard.
The bride’s love of all things indie, unusual, hand made, recycled and upcycled was the catalyst to the theme of this creative wedding. After a hand-tying ceremony, where their friends and family all added a strip of fabric to their hands, Mel & Carl invited their friends & family to a laid back and family-central wedding reception.
A number of the wedding attendees helped to set up the wedding beforehand hanging decorations including the ‘lollipop tree’ (lollipops bought from Etsy hung from a willow tree), vintage fabric bunting, origami birds, vintage toys and games, wildflowers and Victorian birdcages (be sure to check out all the amazing details in the gallery below!)
They even had a homemade candy buffet ‘staffed’ by their son and homemade super food cookies, popcorn and wasabi peas served in newspaper cones which were homemade by Mel.
The bride wore a dress found on eBay £80 which she pimped with the help of her best friend Sarah. The applique swallow was an antique beading decoration found at a flea market and the flowers and beads were also vintage, sourced from Kempton Market. They also added turquoise cord to match the brides shoes.
Mel’s bouquet was designed by Jen of The Ritzy Rose. She wanted it to match the electric and unusual vibe of the day and so none the individual pieces really ’matched.’ They added dinky toys and animals to mirror Mel’s love of vintage toys. The bride’s beautiful and unusual necklace was bought from Andra Aitken of ‘Pejolu‘ on Etsy.
This beautiful bohemian bridal shoot was sent over to me by Paris based photographer Juliane Berry. “I’ve been living in Paris for a while now and mostly shooting in the city,” she told me. “Wanting to tap into my earthy California roots, I set up this bohemian bridal inspiration shoot while I was in California in June.”
The shoot took place at William Marie Vineyard and they used props such as porcupine quills, owl feathers, peacock feathers, vintage goblets, hippie tapestry and a VW Beetle to create he scene. The model, Kelly of KM Photography wore a vintage dress accessorised with feathers and quills in her hair, a Native American buffalo tooth necklace and a wooden beaded hemp bracelet.
This beautiful shoot with an eco hippy vibe tugs at my heart strings. Isn’t it just beautiful!? I die over the summery details – the coloured glass, the cute props (owls for the win!), the yummy confectionery and the stunning florals.
Photographer Nikita Gross used digital, Holga and Polaroid photography to capture the whimsical and retro vibe of these shoot…and I’d say she’s done that perfectly! “We used tons of yellows and greens to keep with the natural vibe,” she explains. “All of the decor was found at local thrift stores. Earlier this year myself and Jen Pritchard of Your Wedding by Jen created Cincinnati’s first Alternative wedding Expo, Love+Bash. This is one of the table concepts from the show.”
Now excuse me, I’m off to lie in the sunshine and dream of this photo shoot…