When wedding photographer Anna Hardy told me that she just shot a wedding where the bride wore the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress from the first Sex and the City movie, I was excited, damn excited. As someone who not only owns the entire box set of SATC but pretty much watched in a week straight when I got it, I couldn’t wait to see how a real bride looked in this iconic gown.
And the answer? FIERCE.
“Dashy was already living in London when we met”, explained Sashy. “I was still in Leeds at the time. It was New Year’s Eve 2009 the first time we talked to each other, and we just instantly clicked. I had just been offered a job in London and was moving down two weeks later, we were jumping around like drunken idiots shouting ‘Sashy & Dashy in LONDON!’…soon enough we were best friends. It always felt like there was something more than friendship between us and we’d sometimes have a secret kiss when our other friends weren’t looking! We talked about being together but said it was best to remain friends as we knew if we started a relationship it would be forever.”
Their Atlanta wedding was held in the Contemporary Art Center and so Anya and Terrence wanted a day that was creative. They described their theme as “like Mad Men meets country chic”, a balance between old vintage ideas and newer, more glamorous touches.
“The thing that defined our wedding was that it was uniquely us”, wrote Anya. “We made nearly every decision together and that has helped form the foundation to our marriage. We started with what I had always envisioned for my wedding, kind of traditional and southern. I was a débutante for goodness sake! We then cut all things that didn’t make sense or weren’t okay with both of us and the rest just formed naturally.”
Lindsay and Andrew wanted a wedding that reflected their Scottish heritage so the day was held at Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast. The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of beautiful countryside and inviting sandy beaches and the spectacular views made for the most perfect photographs! Lindsay wore a dramatic Terry Fox gown with tartan Christian Louboutin shoes. Andrew wore a version of a traditional Scottish kilt which was designed by the bride herself.
“Andrew always wanted to get married in a castle in Scotland”, Lindsay began. “Being Canadian where no castles exist, I couldn’t say no! I do not see myself as a princess at all but I just wanted to play off of the beauty and nature of the castle itself with our wedding theme. Because the castle was so magical and elegant, I didn’t want to veer to much away from this but add to it with a bit of quirkiness and fun along with the much needed avant garde.”
David and Kelly’s wedding was held at The Riviera Palm Springs Resort. The day have a classic 1950s retro vibe with monochrome details and elegant and timeless glamour throughout.
“The inspiration for our wedding was classic, retro glamour”, explained Kelly. “I love everything that embodies the 1950s: the cars, the clothing, the glamour. Women were so put together in such a classy way. I’m a sucker for the old glamour and how people dressed to a ‘T’ back in those days. People dressed up when they went out. They took pride in their appearances. Short shorts and flip-flops did not cut it when going out on the town. I’m just very classic and ‘old school’ when it comes to these types of details. I feel that I represent this ideal everyday (even though I do own a pair of flip flops and do wear them every once in a while!)”
“There was so much attention to detail back then, especially in the craftsmanship of the automobiles. I wanted to incorporate all of these beautiful details in our wedding. It’s what we love and it is what we appreciate. The most important for us was for our wedding to represent who we are as individuals and as a couple. I did not want to walk down the aisle looking like someone I am not. I did not want to be unrecognizable or look different from who I really am. Of course, the glamour was heightened, but I feel like our wedding was very representative of us. It wasn’t forced. We weren’t trying to be someone else on that day. I think you have to stay true to yourself, even when you are feeling pressure from others…. that to me is Rock n Roll.”
Kyle and Lauren wanted a completely casual wedding and that meant no DIY! “How do people find the time?!” Lauren laughed, “We both work very stressful full time jobs and as much as I would have loved to do a variety of cute and quirky crafty bits, we simply did not have the time.” This attitude filtered through to the rest of their wedding with the simple cocktail style tables, the finger food and the bring your own bar.
“We wanted the entire wedding to be more like a party than a wedding”, she continued. “We wanted to keep the traditional stuff to a minimal and if we did anything traditional, like cutting the cake, we wanted to do it with a twist (we cut it with an axe!) For the furniture, we opted for cocktail tables and lounge areas rather than the staple long or round tables. This meant that there were no seating placements and everyone could sit where they wanted to.”
With a penchant for all things glamorous and retro, it was no wonder that Angie & Brian had the wedding that they did. The bride, a burlesque dancer, and the groom, a jazz trumpet player for Lady Gaga, wanted a day that truly reflected the things that they love. They didn’t just want to plan a wedding – they wanted to put on a show! The wedding was held at Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.
“We approached the wedding like we approach organizing our shows”, began the bride, “we didn’t let the whole ‘wedding insanity’ creep into our brains and I think we were both born with the Rock n Roll spirit in our blood! Our theme was just us. We wanted to reflect our personalities in the wedding and really just create a great party that would make our parent’s and family happy and comfortable while also entertaining our showbiz pals. Our big band was a mix of Brian’s musician pals, our centerpieces and backdrop was created by a designer I use to do show sets for me and my gowns were from my costume designer. We really stayed inside our show business/ night-life circle as much as we could and I think that helped to keep our wedding ‘vibe’ so representative of us.”