Imi & Joe had a beautiful wedding on the side of Lavender Hill. The couple were married in an outdoor ceremony in front of Lake Tinaroo, Queensland, surrounded by all their friends & family. Following the touching service they had a casual picnic style reception in the same location. There were chickens, totem tennis, lawn games and a photo booth. The band that played were fronted by the groom.
All the signs and decor were made by the bride. She wore a dress made for her by the head Fashion design teacher at Sydney Institute college, and went barefoot for the entire day. They also didn’t have any flowers but did choose a giant cupcake for their wedding cake!
Be sure to check out the adorable and touching video made by a friend at the wedding too. I also have to point out, that this wedding may include one of the most stylish and effortlessly cool group of guests ever!
Rissy & Mike’s wedding was a real hippy and family affair. They involved everyone that was important to them in order to make it totally perfect. First off, Rissy carried their son, Casey down the aisle with her. “I was wearing Casey in a sakura bloom sling,” Rissy explained. “Wearing him down the aisle and during the ceremony was very important to us because we wanted him to be with us as we all became an even closer family. We also practice attachment parenting which puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of baby wearing.”
With having a young baby, it was hard for the couple to go out and buy everything they could for the wedding, therefore about 99% of their wedding supplies were bought online. “Clothes and decorations pretty much everything else as far as decorations I bought at Anthropologie and World Market,” Rissy continued. ”I didn’t want to hire a wedding planner as we didn’t want to pay for one and I really wanted the event to be “us”. I felt like I could do it best. The few things that were really important for us to have was an outside wedding on the water or in the woods and a dress that buttoned down the front so I could breast feed in my dress.”
The venue and vibe it created was also very important to the couple. They explained, “At first we wanted to get married on Assateaugue Island, this cool tiny island in Maryland where there are wild horses that just roam free. Originally we wanted to turn the wedding into a whole camping weekend but with resistance from the older generation and with complications with reserving campgrounds, we changed our plans. We wanted it to be outdoors and have some privacy so we searched online for vacation rentals on the eastern shore and found the most amazing beach house called Cambridge Beach House. It sleeps 22 people, has a great kitchen, a pool and bbq, a private dock and beach, it came with the use of three boats and five bikes, we had a blast there, and never wanted to leave.”
The couple added their own touches house to suit their own style and Mike organised a BBQ for the meal to keep with the relaxed, party environment.
Rachael & Rafe were uninterested in a traditional religious or civil ceremony so decided to get married on their own terms. They were wed by one of their closest friends, Tara, in a pagan hand-fasting service which took place outside, in a small copsed wood locally known as “The Spinney”. They knew very early on in their planning that this was where they wanted to get married as the couple had spent some time living on a narrow-boat on the river, and for that period The Spinney was their garden, “It was where we hung out, relaxed, partied and where our children played. It is full of trees and love and so naturally the first place we both thought of for our ceremony” the couple told me.
The couple also chose a very special place to them for their festival themed reception, ” During the winter months The Spinney mooring would become too muddy to get our children to school without being caked in mud so we would moor as often as possible at Solomons Bridge. Across from which another dear friend of ours has a pasture for their cows. It’s such a fabulous place!! So beautiful and when the canal froze over we would have lots of fun pinging crab apples across the ice, or watching the ducks slide across it on landing. It seemed like a fantastic place to hold a festival!! So that is what we did.”
Sue & Shonagh actually got married in May 2008, however following the sad passing of Sue’s Mum Hilary to Cancer just recently, with the full co-operation of the couple, both myself and photographer Caroline thought it would be a fitting tribute to share their whimsical and wonderful wedding with you today.
Sue (in the tartan dress) and Shonagh (in the blue dress) were neighbours of Caroline and as soon as she heard the couple we getting married she jumped at the chance to photograph it. Another friend, who also lived in the same building, Vonny Mullock, made both the brides’ dresses. Sue got ready in their flat and Shonagh got married in Vonny’s flat. The couple met on the landing between when they were both ready and headed out together to get married.
Dylan & Grace will be riding their bikes (packed with wedding gear) to their venue about 90 miles north of Seattle. They are having a fabulous intimate event with 20 of their closest family and friends…and photographer Desiree in tow. Their engagement session is the perfect expression of their quirky, fun filled characters and love of nature.
It’s unlike me to split a wedding up into 2 parts but Anita & Alan’s really was a wedding that deserves more than one post. You’ll see why.
Being a photographer based in Chile means that the wonderful Kyle Hepp gets to photograph some truly unique and individual weddings. Being a third world country, weddings that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds are out of the question and for Anita & Alan’s wedding in particular everything was set up with love, devotion and with help from friends and family.
“The event started the day before, with everyone coming together to set up and organise for the next day’s festivities. “On Thursday, after Seba and I spent two days on vacation exploring Castro, we met up with Anita, Alan, and about 30 of their closest friends.” Kyle told me “We carpooled from Castro to Quicavi, another little seaside town, where we would take a boat to Voigue. But first, we had to load that bad boy up. When all was said and done, I was nearly certain that we would sink. I have never seen so much stuff packed into such a small space. I mean, pretty much the entire wedding, minus the tent, was being transported. As soon as we arrived on the island, everyone set up their tents, we ate lunch and then we got right to work — and by “we,” I mean everybody else worked really hard and Seba and I photographed them working really hard.”