Chris and Emmy were married early in the day, so they wanted to lay on lots of entertainment for their guests. “We wanted a day that was relaxed, fun and family-friendly”, wrote the bride. “We had our humanist hand fasting ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, so we wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do throughout the day. We go to a lot of festivals and run a dance tent with my family called the Griffin Tent, so we used that as a starting point, using the marquee and having a pub quiz and live bands in the afternoon.”
“The river running through Loudwater Farm is the same river we both played in as children (we’ve known each other since we were 11!), so we had fishing nets and wellies for everyone to paddle. We added archery, circus toys, dreamcatcher making and an art and crafts den, and finished up with a silent disco.”
Emily and Bernard were married at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island in Washington. They wanted an intimate, special day and didn’t want to spend a lot of cash so they also thrifed wherever they could. Emily’s dress was by Free People, her shoes were from Goodwill and her jewellery was all vintage. Bernard’s outfit was also second-hand and all the flowers were picked from a nearby wood!
“We wanted the ceremony to reflect our natural and spiritual beliefs”, wrote the bride. “We made an alter of little things that are special to us: our dog’s collar (who is no longer with us), dried rose buds from my Grandmother’s youth, and a photo of us and our daughter. I also made all the flower arrangements using plants and flowers from the area.”
Jo and Tony were married by a small lake on a friend’s property in Denmark, on the south coast of Western Australia. The bride wore a dress from an op shop (she actually only decided the morning of the wedding what she would be wearing, after several changes of clothes!) and clear wellington boots! Tony wore an outfit also put together that morning from things he already owned or could borrow from friends. As you can probably tell this was the lowest of low key weddings!
“Originally there wasn’t really a set theme”, began Jo. “On the invites we asked people to be colourful and flamboyant if they wanted. A week out from the wedding we emailed everyone and strongly recommended gumboots as the weather forecast was looking grim and the ceremony site was outdoors around a small lake. If anything the theme was one of merging ritual and theatre. A marrying together of our different aspects, one of quiet sensitivity to ritual and acknowledging presence of spirit, and the other a desire to engage with the theatre of life and laugh loudly.”
Lauren and Red’s Pennsylvania wedding was a real team effort. It planned by the bride, her mother and their neighbour Patience. The wedding was held on the couple’s own farm. “Patience taught us how to make homemade limoncello and smoked salmon and helped so much during the wedding making sure things ran smoothly”, Lauren explained. “My mother is a crazy collector of beautiful dishes, as well as ideas. She is also a food connoisseur so she helped add tons of vision and plan the menu. Patience’s daughter got married the weekend before so we were able to share a lot of supplies and ideas which worked out very well as well as work trade. My mother in-law Eva planned the rehearsal dinner which also happened to be my birthday. She created a picnic outdoor super with barbecue chicken for 45 two days before the wedding. She also helped decorate!”
This wedding was full on DIY with the bride and her helpers making everything from the decor items to the clothes. Lauren made her own wedding dress from vintage and upcycled materials and the bridesmaid’s dresses were made using hand dyed vintage handkerchiefs which matched the invitations.
Tony and Vicky didn’t have a particular theme or idea behind their wedding, just that they wanted it to celebrate them and their love. They also didn’t get to held up on the little details and kept things as simple and authentic as possible.
“The inspiration was just really ourselves”, Vicky wrote. “We didn’t think about how our wedding compared to other people’s or whether we were being unique, we just wanted to celebrate the things we love with the people we love. We’re pretty laid-back people, so we organised a pretty laid-back wedding. We let people make their own decisions about what to wear, there were no seating plans and everyone just worried about having a good time.”
This hippy-esque countryside shoot was set up by wedding photographer Camilla Rosa. who really wanted to shoot an emotional set that perfectly reflected the couple in it. Jesse and Charlie live in a hut on the banks of a river with no electricity, sing in a band, home made pretty much everything and only wear charity shop or home made clothes – so her idea was perfect for them!
“I wanted to have the opportunity to shoot a ‘wedding’ in my own style, the way my hands and head tell me intuitively to do it”, Camilla wrote. “So I called upon the most in-love people I know to help me out, Jesse and Charlie, who I knew fitted with the way I naturally love to shoot. As a couple they are just cool, and totally unaware of it, mainly because that is how they were brought up and this is who they are.”