Holy crap!” was the only thought I could muster when I first laid eyes on Brenda & Butch’s Belfast wedding. That necklace… that dress… THAT CAKE!! Prepare to get hearts for eyes as you browse through this one…
They chose February 14th for their celebration of love. After a ceremony at St. Teresa’s Church, they hosted their reception at The Merchant Hotel. “With our wedding being on Valentine’s Day 2015, and grey being my favourite colour, I thought it was ironic that the film Fifty Shades of Grey was released the same day!” laughed Brenda. “Our first dance was to my favourite song, Beyonce’s Crazy In Love which also happened to be the soundtrack to the film!!”
Ioana and Nick, from Romania, had two wedding days. They did their legal ceremony in May, on the groom’s birthday, and had a big celebration for all their friends and family in July, on the bride’s birthday!
“We did most of the planning ourselves”, explained the bride. ” We had tons of pictures and ideas, and we changed our mind a million times! There wasn’t really a theme, we blended the ingredients as we felt it would represent us. We added things on the way and gave up others.”
The party was held at Sun Garden Resort in Cluj-Napoca and their biggest expenses, because they were most important to them, we’re the flowers, the band and the DJ. “We spent around €2000 on the entertainment and €3000 on flowers”, said the bride. “One of the reasons why we chose the band we did was because their concert was our first gig together.”
Over the next week I’ll be recapping some of my favourite posts from the past twelve months, so this is the last real wedding feature of the year! Er where has the time gone please?! But believe me when I say we are going out with a bang. Claire and Ste’s wedding is not only beautifully modern and glamorous, but the way it was photographed by CG Weddings has blown my mind. I love all this creativity and this wedding might just be the epitome of Rock n Roll Bride!
“We met while at performing arts college in 2000″, began Claire. “When we first met we couldn’t be more different. Ste was painfully shy and I was quite the opposite. However when we left college I was preparing to get married to someone else!!! We lost contact for a year or so but then reunited to form a band in 2003. I got married in 2004 and went on to have a baby in 2005. Ste had several relationships but our friendship remained strong throughout and he became my daughter’s godfather at her christening. My marriage fell apart in 2006. It was a very hard time for me but Ste was always there for me. As time went by our relationship grew into something else. That was 7 years ago and we are still madly in love with each other and better than that we are still best friends!”
Marni and James wanted to bring their love of the big apple to their Ohio wedding. They kept things minimalistic in terms of décor, but everything that choose oozed New York cool. “I think the inspiration and theme for our wedding go hand in hand”, explained the bride. “We wanted minimalist chic. We also wanted it to feel like we were in Brooklyn, where we now live, recreated in Marietta, Ohio.”
“Getting married in Ohio saves us a lot of money. The prices there are probably 25-30% of the cost of getting married in New York City. While we really wanted a Brooklyn wedding in many ways, we ultimately decided that it would be easier for our families to attend if we had it in Ohio. That was the most important thing. Plus, we knew that we could splurge on parts of the wedding that were important to us if we had it in Ohio. I never would have been able to afford two designer dresses, for example, if we had gotten married in New York!”
Sam and Hattie were married at the bride’s parents home, in a tipi set up in their extensive garden. But this wasn’t the usual laid back backyard affair. The wedding was strictly black tie and super duper glamorous. Their guests were invited to wear their most decadent outfits, the bride wore a stunning handmade black couture gown, and her bridesmaid’s were in incredibly sparkly custom made dresses.
“I work in fashion and film and Sam works in advertising so we have a pretty eclectic and wonderful set of friends and family”, the bride began. “We wanted to make the most of this and knew that our lot would never pass up the opportunity to go all out glam. We made it clear from the beginning that this was not a ‘weddingy’ wedding, I even banned hats. We requested sparkly dresses for the ladies and black tie for the men. I wanted it to be a little surreal, like stumbling upon an elegant city party in the middle of the countryside. As it was the longest day of the year the sun was setting later, which we took advantage of by having an evening ceremony, this way nature complimented the fashion and the fashion complimented event.”
John and Elizabeth were married at home in May. They married quickly after John proposed, planning their wedding for just four months. They wanted the day to be stress-free for everyone involved. They kept things simple and DIYed where they could.
“The main goal of the wedding was to keep things low-key and easy for everyone involved”, began the groom. “Quick ceremony, no speeches, no toasts, and one dance (before the ceremony, actually). We didn’t want an over-the-top vibe and were set on the idea of it being backyard-style. To us, a venue would take away from the feeling of love. We also had donuts instead of a wedding cake! Sooo much cheaper and a lot more fun.”
“A lot of the wedding was DIY”, he continued. “We got married on my drum riser, which I assembled myself. We also made our own mixed-drink gallon pours of sangria, margaritas, and Moscow Mules. Every decorative item was purchased ourselves and set up by ourselves and our wedding planners (two of Elizabeth’s friends). We bought all the alcohol and gave our local bartender up the street the job of serving. We also did all the bookings and reservations for the hotels, rehearsal dinners, and day-after brunch. All simple stuff, really: keeping things small and hiring people we knew and trusted was how we maintained our vision.”