The submission I received for Jessica and David’s wedding began “If Wes Anderson was a wedding planner…” so instantly my interest was sparked. The Philadelphia wedding was a quirky Southern BBQ with retro touches. “I never knew what to say when people asked what the theme was”, explained the bride. “I’d reply with ‘It’s a wedding… isn’t that the theme?’ I guess it was more about the color and the mood we wanted to create. I love retro fashion and I also love all those farm/ garden weddings all over wedding blogs. I also had our budget in mind and keeping in the budget helped make a lot of decisions about said theme… so maybe we can call it a budget retro summer garden party!”
The couple didn’t want a big, fancy or over the top wedding. The bride took a lot of ideas and inspiration from wedding blogs but she knew she wanted to put her own spin on things. “I always liked Liberty Lands Park where we had our ceremony”, she continued. “The gardens are beautiful and the platform stage was perfect! A lot of my planning was starting with a grand idea and breaking it down to what was easy, local and on budget. We could not have amplified music at the park so I didn’t want to hire strangers to play. Instead I called on my music making friends. Same thing with the ceremony. We did a self-uniting marriage since we are not religious, so rather than hire a stranger to perform our ceremony, we called on a close friend.”
In the most part Italian weddings are undeniably beautiful – the landscape, the buildings and the effortless chic of the people. Huge and family orientated traditional weddings are big business in Italy, with alternative or quirky nuptials being a rarity. So I was thrilled to receive Mariangela & Ignazio’s quirky Italian wedding recently – I love to show both sides of the story after all!
This pair wanted to fuse the traditional elements that are so important in their culture with a modern twist, and plan a wedding that really reflected them. “Unlike the most weddings in Italy, our vision of wedding was very unconventional”, explained the bride. “We imagined our wedding as not just a ceremony, but as a big party and a celebration of our love with the people we love most.”
“I was thrilled when I started to look around the internet for unique wedding ideas and found other unconventional brides on forums and on wedding blogs. Although not everything I found was really my style, they helped me to see beyond the tradition. We chose a cosy country estate as our wedding setting as it was the perfect place for an informal celebration. We didn’t care about what other the people would say or think about our choices, everything was done and led by our hearts. Basically we wanted to have fun and I think we succeeded in that!”
One of the things that bums be out about living in the UK is that we can’t get married anywhere we like – of course many couples these days opt for a humanist ceremony at the spot of their choice with the ‘legal bit’ taking place a few days before or after, but it’s not really the same. And when I see ceremonies as gorgeous as Candice & Nathaniel right in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, I’m even more envious!
The wedding took place on June 3rd. The couple organised everything themselves and did so for less than $5000. The ceremony was held on 2nd Street Promenade, and the reception was at Memphis at the Santora, just round the corner. The couple met online and had their first date in the area, and Nathaniel proposed on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora,. Basically it was the obvious location for them to have their wedding too!
“Nate & I met online through the most unlikely dating site, OK Cupid”, explained Candice. “Our first date was spent in Downtown Santa Ana, where I was living at the time. Most of our first dates were spent hopping around the bars and restaurants in that neighborhood. We got engaged at midnight on New Years Eve at Memphis at the Santora. All of our friends were there, the bar bought us a bottle of champagne, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more romantic and loving. We celebrated the rest of the night with our friends, and even called our families at about 1am. It was fantastic.”
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’.”
Roll up! Roll up! For the wedding circus sideshow… Where lovers meet freaks and fun meets frolics!
In the groom’s parent’s backyard, Tabitha & Cody hosted their circus wedding on 5th May - Cinco de Mayo! All these influences were incorporated into their day – the circus, the sideshow and the DIY touches with the help of friends…
“Every detail of our day was handcrafted through the hard work of our close friends & family,” began the bride. “We were so lucky to not have to hire or work with anyone outside of our own tight knit group (except the carnival games, but they were wonderful!). We have the most talented friends, without whom we would have been absolutely lost! From our close friends Sheri & Erik of Tangerine Tree Photography, to the bridesmaids’ dresses from my other close friend Lynn – the genius behind Mandolin Dreams, all the way down to our beer labels and caps… everything was personal and created with love!”
Matt & Kellyann had a homemade wedding in the historic Colonial Dame, a mansion in Philadelphia. The DIY details included the escort table, some decorative pinwheels made from origami paper, the chalkboards, the ring bearer’s book (an actual book instead of a cushion - inspired by The Clash’s Combat Rock album art, and as a nod to Kellyann’s bookish nature), the printed napkins and the invitations.
“We had been to mostly black tie hall-type receptions that followed ceremonies in churches, and wanted something that fitted us a bit more”, explained the groom. “We aren’t affiliated with any religion, and wanted something in a garden. We found the venue through our photographers, Love Me Do, and once we had that, the rest was sort of shaped around it. The venue was perfect for our small party size. The layout has lots of smaller rooms for exploring. As soon as we took a tour of it, we knew we had to have it there.”