Rachel and Neil were married at Derwentwater Youth Hostel in April. Having a small budget of just £5000 didn’t stop this couple going all out though. The bride wore two dresses, the rooms were was filled with amazingly creative décor ideas and they even had a bouncy castle! The whole day was orchestrated by the bride who had a very clear vision of what she wanted the day to be like.
“I basically created a large version of our living room!” she laughed. “Neil coined the phrase ‘Rach-fest’, as I tend to take the lead where décor is concerned (he apparently assumes the role of quality control), and I seem to have fairly specific (albeit questionable) taste. I pretty much just went for everything that I liked rather than commit to a coherent theme. There were a lot of doilies and chintzy charity shop trinkets, mish-mashed with not so dainty floral decorations. The True Romance reference just sort of happened as a result of my hen party theme and a mild obsession shared between me and my maid of honour. Luckily it all seemed to tie together quite well!”
People often ask me if I ever get bored of blogging about weddings. I can see why because usually once you’ve been doing something – anything – for as long as I have been doing this, it’s natural to think that you might start to become a little ‘over’ it. So while I’m not going to pretend that I’m always thrilled, overjoyed and amazed by every wedding that graces my inbox, I can safely say that I am probably as far from ‘over’ this job as I could be… especially when I get sent images like Polly and Jamie’s wedding to drool over.
I had actual butterflies browsing through these last week. I might have even held my breath. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able see why and in actual fact this might be one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. Yes, I said ever.
“Jamie and I met at the foot of another mountain, Mt Taranaki, at a festival in New Zealand”, began the bride. “I was trying to work out how to put up my tent and Jamie was returning from the toilets. Ever the knight in shining armour he offered to help me and I asked if we could pencil in a ‘pash and dash’ later in the night. On the final day of the festival our paths collided again and we escaped from the festival barefoot and found some random person’s tent where we made love like wild animals. We then dragged a single mattress into a clearing in the woods and made love until the sun came up. We’d fallen in for each other. The next day I flew back home and five weeks later Jamie moved to Australia and we started our life together. Four years later he proposed at the foot of Mt Warning and six months after that we tied the knot in the same place.”
If there’s one thing I’m never seen without, its something bright and colourful on top of my head. And as the weather gets warmer, I’m rocking my flower crown collection as often as possible – the bigger and brighter the better I say! So it goes without saying really that I was pretty darn excited when I saw Kayleigh’s bridal ensemble. I know that if I was getting married now, I’d so be wearing something like this. Also, be sure to check out her amazing nail art. Daaaamn this girl’s got style!
Kayleigh & Jason were married in Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, with just Jason’s children and his best friend there as witnesses. “I’ve always felt that weddings are a bit of a show for others and having both been previously married, we wanted our wedding to be focused completely on our love and family alone”, explained the bride. “Becoming a family unit is a private thing for us, we wanted my husband’s children and our best friend to be the only ones in attendance. We tried to plan as much as we could but even the location of the ceremony wasn’t settled on until the day before! We wanted a laid back, go with the flow, let’s go to the park and get hitched on a Monday type day. We wanted it to be intimate and romantic and personal, I think we achieved that.”
Wanting to do something different to the vintage-loving crowd, wedding photographer June Cochran opted to have her latest project shot inside, at night and with a warm cosy vibe. This idea but juxtaposed nicely with bright pops of colour and daring and edgy flower arrangements. “Pretty much every single stylized wedding shoot I’ve seen is at magic hour, outdoors in a field, and as vintage and pastel as it gets”, she writes. “That’s beautiful, but I wanted to shake it up and push it out it the box.”
“With the help of some amazing Colorado wedding vendors, we created a beautiful and modern idea for brides that rock. We were first inspired by an outdoor reception shot of a table with candles and brightly colored floral centerpieces. The theme took off from there by stepping outside of the typical outdoor, pastel palette, sunset, vintage style wedding shoots.”
“Our over arching theme was an Indoor night-time forest wedding with our base foundation being our venue, the romantic and highly popular Denver restaurant, Beatrice & Woodsley. This idea turned into reality and even included a custom designed wedding dress, made for just $100! This shoot was anything but typical, and everything magical.”
I didn’t think people like this existed in real life. When I first laid eyes on Erik & Caitlin’s wedding images I was convinced it was a styled shoot with models. This couldn’t be an actual wedding, surely? But I was wrong and my heart whooped with joy.
The wedding took place in September at the bride’s parent’s home. The entire wedding cost less than $5000. (I know! As if it wasn’t amazing enough already, right?!) Caitlin designed her own dress (which was made by the mother of the groom and ended up costing only $190, including the veil!), wore $20 shoes (which she customised) and her floral headpiece was made by one of her bridesmaids an hour before the ceremony. The cakes were homemade, the flowers were grown and collected by friends and family and the invitations were hand painted and wax sealed by the bride. All the catering was done by the mother of the bride and the bride’s brother Matt acted as bartender. As you can probably imagine the couple also decorated the entire space themselves.
I can’t remember featuring a Polish wedding on my blog before, but if this is the kind of standards they’re setting, then I seriously should be posting more of them! There’s so much wedding gorgeousness in these images I can hardly contain myself.
Martyna & Piotr were married in Warsaw. The ceremony was held at Jablonna Palace and the reception was at U Różyca, a private farm just outside of the city and right by Lake Zegrzynski. The reception was basically one big party! Laid back, unpretentious and with everyone pitching in to help.
Seriously, stop it Martyna. You’re killing me with your fierceness.
The bride wore a daring but beautiful short dress by Bizuu and shoes by Aga Prus (she changed into Melissa sandals for dancing!) Her style was quirky yet timeless, elegant yet adventurous – and I for one can’t get enough of it. The pink sash with her bold bouquet is perfection and the giant floral hair wreath that she wore late into the evening added even more fun.