Joe and Madison had $2000 to spend on their wedding, so they decided there was only one thing for it – VEGAS! They were married by Elvis at The Little Vegas Wedding Chapel and followed the ceremony with a fantastic photo shoot in the desert with their photographer Roderick Harrison.
“Joe and I met on a dating site a year and a half ago”, Madison told me. “We moved in together after six months, and over this past winter his parents told us they were moving away from where we all live in Arizona to the Isle of Man and they wanted us to join them! Being of the wanderlusting, nomadic variety we immediately said yes and began preparing to move!”
“We decided to get married before we left, and had the conversation about what kind of wedding we wanted. Since I wanted to hit Las Vegas one last time before we moved, we opted to save our cash and have a shotgun style elopement party instead of splurging on a traditional wedding. Since my better half is an outdoorsman and a big rock climber, we opted to spend the first two days of our trip camping, hiking, and climbing in the gorgeous Las Vegas Red Rock Desert.”
Emma and Ofer wanted a wedding that was the perfect combination of a festival of love, with great music, good food and plenty of little details. The day was held in an olive grove in Tel Aviv.
“Above all we wanted our wedding to be comfy!”, explained the bride. “We wanted a wedding where our guests wouldn’t want to leave, where every corner you looked you would see a different cuddle puddle. We were ultimately the most inspired by our home and what we envision for our future home. We’re currently city dwellers aiming for a farm family one day. So we took an olive garden with nothing but trees and brought our living room (and much much more) with us!”
The reception setting was a mixture of boho chic and some native American Indian touches. Eclectic living room furnitures from Tel Aviv’s flea market along with cactus and aloe plants were laid out. The whole set up took three days! The couple also brought along their own furniture which they built themselves.
Surely you know what a kiss is?” she asked, aghast. “I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble. “Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.”
Obsessed with the Disney version of Peter Pan and Wendy, wedding photographer Nicki Komorowski decided she wanted to shoot a real life couple, inspired by her favourite love story. “I started obsessing about a grown up Peter with a huge ginger beard and a green suit!” she told me.
Bronwyn-Sara and Jesse were married at Red River Valley in Tennessee. “Tradition is the last thing that describes what Jesse and I wanted”, the bride began. “We drove my mother-in law-crazy with our ideas. We threw tradition to the side and did our own thing with our thrift store purchases and last minute planning!”
The bride bought her dress on Craigslist, wore no shoes (just like most of the wedding party) and did her own make up. Her bridesmaids were in various vintage style dresses bought from places like David’s Bridal, Etsy and thrift stores!
Sam and Mike got married in Vegas. They eloped and only told their parents they were doing it. Their friends had no idea, in fact they thought they’d gone to Greece on holiday! The couple didn’t have any professional pictures taken of their Vegas elopement (they just snapped a few on their phones). When they returned home, they decided that they did really want to celebrate with their families too. So they decided to have a party in Manchester, with Tandem Photo there to capture the magic.
This was a super budget-friendly wedding, with the couple spending just £2000. The bride’s dress was £28 from eBay and her headpiece was £3! They bought and arranged their own flowers, designed their own invites and decorated the space with help from their army of besties.
“The inspiration for our Manchester party was retro vinyl, the sixties and the seventies and festivals,” said Sam. “Our invite was a rip off of the original Woodstock poster. Mike is really into 70s rock, prog and southern rock and I’m a bit more mod and psychedelic 60s. I guess the theme was ourselves with a nod to Vegas.”
“We didn’t want the day to be too formal”, she continued. “We didn’t want to be taken too seriously or too stylised. Hence the ‘bad album cover’ theme for the tables with vintage teapots and glass jars. The decoration was all done by us and friends. We had fairy lights, pendant lights and bunting from eBay and lanterns from Ikea. The table markers (vintage vinyl) were from our own record collection as well as some from my bridesmaid Dani who has the best collection of horrendous album covers known to man.”
When it comes to me accepting submissions to feature on this blog, I always ask myself the same two simple questions: Will my readers like this? And are there ideas in here that people can actually apply to their own weddings? More and more these days, I’m only able to answer yes to both these questions with the real weddings I’m sent. However sometimes, just sometimes, a styled wedding shoot fits the bill as well.
I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous shoot with you today because it is just that – totally gorgeous – but all the fun, colourful details are very much DIY and budget-friendly. You could take what you see here and apply the ideas to your own wedding without too much fuss (or expense!) and that makes me very happy indeed.