I’ve seen a lot of festival inspired weddings in my time, but I think it’s safe to say that none of them have been as so naturally cool as this one! Not only do Charlie and Kane both ooze awesome, but their dinner set up has to be one of the most beautiful ever. At their reception site, a field behind the bride’s parent’s house, they had a Bedouin tent and one huge, long table for their 150 guests to eat at. Thank goodness it didn’t rain!
The couple met in London, Kane is from New Zealand and they now live in Australia but they wanted to get married back in the UK. “All I wanted was to eat at one single table in the middle of my favourite field, like a big family meal for our big extended worldwide family”, began the bride. “I also wanted everyone to come for the whole weekend since we’re not back in the UK very often and one afternoon was never going to be long enough to see everyone properly – hence the bell tents!”
Elisa and Ricky were married only a year after meeting in a bar at the end of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (on 27th of July 2012). Although she wasn’t interested at first, and after turning down his number a bunch of times, she eventually agreed to go out with him about two weeks later! “After six hours of talking that night, I decided I would give him a go and It’s been a whirl wind romance since. I still can’t believe it”, she explained.
“But as fate would have it, on September 7th, I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The prognosis wasn’t good and our world came crashing down. After just three weeks we knew we were meant for other and this was our challenge. On that night, three very special words were uttered from us of both and the rest is history. Love really is the best kind of medicine. Since I became sick our motto has been HOPE – FAITH – LOVE so we had it as a recurring theme throughout our wedding. It was on my engagement ring, on our invites and on the tables.”
Getting engaged on the top of Toyko Tower in Japan in 2010, Emalie & Duncan’s wedding was never going to be traditional. With a bride rocking mermaid green hair and a groom adding a much needed modern twist to the tweed suit, this couple wanted a wedding that screamed ‘them’. A field in Cookhill, Evesham was chosen as the location and the pair were married outside, in front of a giant heart shaped wreath.
“We did exactly what we wanted, taking inspiration from our home and things we love”, explained Duncan “It made the day so special knowing that it was truly what we wanted. Doing a lot of things yourself and getting friends and family involved with making things was a great way to get everyone involved and it made for a great day. Our theme was ‘eclectic vintage and bric-a-brac shop’.”
Engagement shoots can get a little cray cray. Props, expensive outfits and mental locations, while all lovely, are not what makes a good one. To me, a cute couple being themselves and showing their love their way is what matters. Dear Justin & Alanna, you did this amazingly!
“Justin & Alanna are super rad”, their photographers He and She Photography told me, “and we just so happen to be good friends with them. They’ve got style for days, so we knew we were in for a treat when they asked us to do their engagement session. Sure enough, these cool cats blew us away!”
“We spent the day hanging out in San Luis Obispo and exploring a bunch of different areas. We started downtown, then went to San Simeon (where Hearst Castle is) and then hit a hidden gem close to our house – rolling hills of 4 foot tall wheat. There is no theme to their session, just them being them and us being us.”
After falling in love with Jillian & Dustin’s rockstar wedding which I saw on Style Me Pretty last month, I was thrilled when photographer Sarah Maren asked me if I’d like to feature their day after shoot. They were married at The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, California on 4th November 2011.
“Their wedding was full of images with the lights of downtown as their background so when we decided on their day after session we decided to do a the pictures in a more natural setting,” Sarah Maren told me. “We used a nature reserve in Roseville, California as the backdrop for their shoot. Since they chose not to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day all of their couple pictures were taken after dark, so it was such fun to have them out in the beautiful winter light.”
“Their wedding consultant, Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events, was on hand to help with the styling of the shoot. Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish recreated Jillian’s wedding bouquet for her using the brooches and pearls from her original bouquet and paired them with wooden and silk flowers to create the bouquet Jillian used for the shoot. Jillian’s hair and makeup was done by the incredible team at Hello Glam.”
“When I first met Majken & Jakob, I immediately felt in love,” Danish wedding photographer Amanda Thomsen wrote. “It is not a secret that I love colours and a style that shows personality. Well, as you can see these two wonderful people had that, and on top of it all, they where so warm and funny that I felt like I had known them for a long time.”
I’m featuring this super cute engagement for no other reason than it makes me incredibly happy. These two are seriously cute and their matching glasses make my heart sing!
PS Stand by because I’ll have their equally adorable wedding hitting the blog in the next few weeks, hurrah!