Jenni and Ibrahim eloped in Vienna. They actually decided to get married very impulsively so they only had a few weeks to plan everything. After the quick ceremony, they had a simple meal at Restaurant El Hans, with the few family members that had flown out with them. After returning home they held a house party for their friends to celebrate.
“Because getting married was such a impulse decision we didn’t set a budget or plan for anything”, explained Jenni. “In total we spent around £2800 on our outfits, travel, accommodation, food and our photographer. My dress was second hand from eBay. It wasn’t branded and cost me £10! My shoes were also from eBay, second hand from Miss Selfridge and they also cost me £10!”
Ira and MJ wanted a short and sweet sunrise ceremony. They said their vows to each other in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The inn was a particularly significant place for them to marry as it was the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States.
“The ceremony was short and simple and at sunrise”, began Ira. “We had just one of our good friends as our witness and only guest. Nicki, our photographer, suggested that sunrise would be great for taking photos and it was indeed perfect. The lighting was great and there were only a few people around. Afterwards, we took photos around west village, had brunch, Skyped with friends, took a nap, and then had oysters and drinks.”
Sarah and Adam really just wanted to marry on their own terms, so an elopement it was! They flew from New Zealand to Vegas and on 16th April were married on the El Dorado Dry Lake Bed in Nevada.
“We can happily say that we did our wedding our way, and we clearly did it simply for us”, said Sarah. “We both absolutely love the desert and big open spaces and we wanted that to be a big part of our ceremony. We both appreciate the minimal, and you don’t get much more minimal than a dry lake bed on the outskirts of Nevada. We also love mid-century architecture and retro design so we had a retrofitted teardrop trailer provided by Flora-Pop. They also brought along a pair of vintage champagne saucers and a pair of mismatched chairs – that’s all we needed and we wouldn’t change a thing.”
Sarah wore a dress from Forever 21 and she did her own hair and make up. Adam dressed in Topman from head-to-toe. This wedding wasn’t about buying lots of stuff or spending money, it was simply about them saying “We do”.
“Upon arrival in the US for our wedding we found out that my luggage had been accidentally taken by another traveller who had passed through the transit, leaving me with only the clothes I was wearing less than two days from the wedding. Thankfully the rings were safely in my carry-on bag! So I ended up buying a dress from Forever 21 and calling it a day.”
Phil and Donna wanted to get married completely on their own terms. They did literally nothing traditional. There was no guests, no cake, no flowers… not even a wedding dress. Donna wore an incredible “Yes Please!” outfit from Lazy Oaf with YRU shoes!
“We met ten years ago at college”, said Donna. “We wanted a non-fussy, non traditional wedding but one which was very exciting and fun. We wanted to get married to each other but both had a bit of a fear of the typical white wedding, saying lines in front of loads of people and spending a lot of money on the event rather than focusing on ourselves. We also wanted to look like ourselves rather than wear typical wedding outfits which do’’t fit our personalities and that we can never wear again.”
Shot around Fitzroy in Melbourne, this photo shoot was set up by photographer Fiona Harding to show that weddings don’t have to be expensive, traditional affairs to be utterly beautiful!
“I wanted to theme this shoot around a city hall elopement”, Fiona writes. “That meant a tight budget, non-traditional, urban affair that was 100% about being fun, quirky and different. The vintage halter dress was the pioneering piece of inspiration and the shoot grew around that.”
Ollie and Emma ran away to Vegas to be married. The British couple wanted to do things completely on their own terms so that meant no guests and no fancy formality. They had a party for their friends and family back in the UK when they returned.
“We really wanted to escape and let off some steam after originally planning a very sensible wedding!”, the couple told me. “Vegas seemed the perfect playground and being free of guests meant we were able to do things exactly as we wanted. There was no pressure to please anyone other than ourselves.”