Inga and Nick wanted their wedding to be industrial and overgrown. Think graffiti, dripping candles and a venue with a derelict vibe. The Brisbane Powerhouse proved to be the perfect place for their April celebration.
“We are a unique kind of couple with an obsession for the obscure – especially skulls,” began the bride. “We wanted the wedding to really reflect our personalities and to incorporate the things we love – animals, skulls and organised chaos. The brief for our florists was overgrown, we did not want anything to look too placed. We gave the guests gifts of a napkin that was custom made, which had a wolf on it and read ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’, as we are music and animal lovers, this ticked both boxes. The guests also received a hand picked poem which was enclosed in a beautiful mini envelope (with skulls and skeletons on it of course), these we used as place cards.”
The ceremony was held on the Riverbend Terrace, overlooking the water. “Our celebrant was amazing and added in little bits of ‘us’ that we did not expect, like a few lines from a Pantera song ‘This Love’, before he pronounced us as husband and wife. It was really nice having a surprise like this during our ceremony. When you’re so involved in planning a wedding, it is fun when people throw in really meaningful surprises.”
Adam and Meghan wanted to find a suitably Rock n Roll venue for their alternative wedding in Phoenix. After a long search they eventually came across The Duce which ticked all their boxes! “We wanted the wedding to let us shine through”, began the bride. “We didn’t want a particular theme. When we were looking at wedding venues, we wanted something that was already us. In Phoenix, there are tons of country clubs and botanical gardens. But none of that really fit who Adam and I are. It was to the point that it was bumming us out that we weren’t able to find something in our budget that fit us. We had heard about The Duce through a friend, so we went to check it out.”
“The minute we walked in, we knew it would be perfect. There was Motown playing in the background, an outside bar, a boxing ring and a large indoor area that was filled with yard games – which is where the actual ceremony was held. It is a restaurant, but on the weeknights has swing lessons for the public. The boxing ring is actually used; the owner and some other boxers work out there!”
Abbie and Daniel were married at The Paintworks in Bristol, a converted industrial building in the city’s creative quarter. They didn’t set out to have a theme but the bride’s outfit was quite 50s, they served fish n chips and had an ice cream tricycle for desert, and they had a DJ who played only 90s music – so I guess you could say the wedding was all the things they liked!
“We knew our wedding had to have a few vital things – a fun, a relaxed atmosphere, the best DJ ever, a 50s prom dress as a wedding dress, hot-rods and friends and family”, Abbie explained. “This was the inspiration for how we wanted our day to look and feel.”
“We made the details quirky to match our personalities. For example we had a bottle of orange squash on every table because Daniel doesn’t drink and we had tea cups and saucers from charity shops which we made into candles to light up the tables. I also found a broken typewriter in a charity shop, fixed it and it became our guest book. We used our childhood Lego toys as cake toppers and had enough sweets to send everyone crazy on sugar. We invited all our family and friend’s children so made sure they were well occupied with a giant Jenga, hula hoops, space hoppers, connect four and a bouncy castle.”
Bego and Sergio wanted a non-traditional wedding that didn’t cost a fortune. They wanted their day to be fun and informal, and for their guests to have a really great time. The venue was a warehouse and they had a subtle theme of electricity and lights with their DIY décor items.
“We wanted an informal wedding in a place where we could be really comfortable”, began the bride. “We didn’t want the traditional banquet with all people sitting in a table, we want a cocktail style party. Sergio also wanted to play with his band. After going over a lot of options, we decided that a warehouse would be the best place for us as we could really put our own stamp on it. The décor was all related to a theme of electricity.”
Phil & Joelle were married at Studio Six01, an event spaces with a industrial vibe in downtown Los Angeles. They planned their wedding in just three months with the help of event planners Two B Events. “Because we had dated for so long, once we got engaged we knew we wanted to do a very short engagement”, explained Joelle. “We initially planned on six months, but due to schedule conflicts that ended up being shortened to three months and a day. It was then that we realized we needed help, and Seth and Ziza of Two B Events came to our rescue. I wouldn’t have done it any other way! Second to saying ‘I do’, hiring event designers was the best thing we did for our wedding. I loved every detail but my two very favorite things were the vows and the hanging edison bulbs (especially as seen in the chandelier built by Two B Events).”
“Other than the vows themselves, nothing about our wedding was traditional”, she continued. “We were married in a transformed warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, the vibe we were going for was turn of the century, speak-easy, industrial meets rustic. We had a gigantic wedding party (11 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen) and we picked songs for the ceremony and reception that were from our favorite artists rather than typical ‘wedding-appropriate’ songs.”
A warehouse might just be one of my all time favourite wedding venue ideas. Maybe it’s a throwback from my teenage rave phase or maybe it’s the fact that it’s so raw and grimy – a fabulous antithesis to the over-saturation of pretty-pretty wedding fluff that I’m subjected to by working in this crazy little industry. But either way I flippin’ LOVE Kari & Torkel’s wedding. They had their legal ceremony 9 month’s earlier but wanted a big party in August to celebrate with their friends & family.
“We both have demanding work and work long hours as well as travelling extensively,” began the bride. “We met through internet dating, both sharing a strong interest for physical outdoor training like running, cycling and canoeing. Since we had cheated everyone by having a small 5-minute ceremony the November before, my parent’s decided to reenact this part of the day with my father taking the role of the officiator. We used flower wreaths as a symbol instead of exchanging rings.”
The warehouse, Färgfabriken, an exhibition and art space located in Lövholmen, Stockholm, was an obvious choice for this couple who didn’t want to do things at all traditionally. “We did not want a traditional mansion wedding; it’s just not for us”, Kari continued. “We wanted friends and family to have a good relaxed time and enjoy a great party in a non-traditional setting. We were very happy when we found Färgfabriken, a converted 1930s paint factory located in an industrial area, but still easily accessible in central Stockholm. And of course you can play the music loudly without disturbing any neighbours. Torkel is passionate about music. He’s been a tour leader for bands like Deerhunter and has worked as DJ at the coolest nightclubs in Stockholm. So the music was obviously very important to him. He spent A LOT of hours mixing the perfect wedding playlist and the dance floor was busy until sunrise.”