Nina and Christian wanted an intimate wedding. They had just 40 guests meaning they could have a small ceremony and a non-traditional reception at East Thirty Six, a restaurant in Toronto.
“It was very important to us to have an extremely intimate wedding full of love, that personified who we are as people and told our story”, said the bride. “We really appreciate antiques and music from the 1920s (and cocktails!) so it seemed perfect to have a wedding inspired by those times. We heard from our guests that they were amazed by the small things and all the attention to detail. We wanted each and every person there to feel special and that we appreciated their presence. We even had an actor dressed in a zoot suit to greet guests as they arrived. There wasn’t really any part of the day that followed the traditional wedding route. We had no bridal party and little formality during the ceremony.”
“We wanted to pay homage to the Prohibition era without taking on some of the more elaborate features of, say, a Gatsby-inspired wedding”, she continued. “Our vibe was grittier for the reception; the restaurant is quite dark and has some beautiful interior design elements. We used empty liquor bottles as vases, vintage teacups to serve cocktails in, and there wasn’t a feather or diamond decoration in sight!”
Greetings! If you were offline for the bank holiday weekend you may have missed my post yesterday about the blog’s brand new look! It’s looking so pretty, shiny and new right now it makes me all excited to see my next post go live – ha! But on with the real reason you’ve stopped by today, to see Ren and Angela’s gorgeous wedding.
Held in LA in October, the pair were inspired by the city itself for their wedding. “Los Angeles became an inspiration”, said the bride. “We were both raised in other parts of the country but found each other in Los Angeles over 10 years ago. We’ve lived here together ever since and our wedding was a bit of a love song to the city as well as to each other. We got ready at our bungalow in Silver Lake and were married under the Los Angeles skyline at sunset.”
“Bohemian turned posh as we were driven into Beverly Hills where we dined at a.o.c. on all our favourite foods. There was live jazz and Ren sang me love songs. Late night, we traded Beverly Hills for the grit of Hollywood. We put on animal masks and arrived at Jones Hollywood for cake and cocktails and a masquerade with all our friends! We danced until 4am and found our way home at dawn.”
Helen and Jamie are also planning a big, elaborate wedding with all their friends and family in Spain, but organising the legal bit over there was a huge headache. So they decided to have their official ceremony in a teeny tiny church called St Gobbans in Port Braddan, Northern Ireland.
“We live and work in Thailand and therefore getting back and forth to Spain and organising everything from far away wasn’t straightforward”, explained the bride. “As we are UK citizens and all our families live there, the least complicated way to officiate our marriage was in the UK. My mum’s cousin, Connel Auld, is a minister and has the most incredible cottage with tiny church up in the North Coast of Northern Ireland and we thought it would be really personal to get married there. Connel really only officiates for friends and family so when he offered to conduct our ceremony, we felt very privileged. He is such a great character and really made the day for us.”
“His house is like a museum with relics from WW2″, she continued, “Pieces of furniture, including the porthole windows that feature in some of the photos, were made for but didn’t make it onto the Titanic! The church is the smallest in Ireland and one of the smallest in the world and we just about managed to squeeze the 11 people in! This made it all the more intimate and special.”
Amanda and Keith wanted a small wedding on their own terms, so they headed up to Juniper Hotel & Bistro in Banff National Park for an intimate ceremony followed by a great meal with their small number of guests.
“Our wedding was inspired by our flare for tattoos and being our crazy selves”, said the bride. “We wanted something small that reflected our love of being outside and of being different to other people.”
“We loved doing a first look. Cassie, our photographer, had us hide out in the woods behind the Juniper. She instructed Keith to stand facing the tress and not turn around. I could tell he was nervous. I was giggling the whole time I was walking up to him, excited and nervous. Then he opened his eyes and all of a sudden my nerves went away. We were both laughing hysterically. We were finally getting married!”
Hannah and Allan chose Bath Brew House for their wedding reception. After a small ceremony, with just their closet family and friends, they all walked to the pub for a meal together.
“There wasn’t an inspiration as such for our wedding, we’re quite impulsive and tend to do things on a whim”, began the bride. “Even though we’re in our 14th year together, and have been engaged for half of that time, we gave ourselves about six months to get it all planned. We didn’t have loads of time to think on stuff and it was actually great to just make decisions and get things booked.”
“From the start we both agreed we didn’t want to spend a fortune either. We wanted the day we wanted – not what others wanted or would enjoy. At its most basic, our wedding was a registry office and a pub ‘do’. Allan was really firm with this ethos though thank goodness otherwise we could have ended up with unnecessary additions or a bigger wedding altogether. In total we spent around £8000.”
Roy and Tabi’s wedding was a real family affair. The guest list was small, just 36 people, and they were married at the bride’s family home. The ceremony was even officiated by her grandfather.
“Our main inspiration for our wedding was that we wanted to have it at my parent’s place, on the beach”, said Tabi. “Of course this limited the number of guests we could have due to the size of the venue, but early on we both agreed that we really liked the idea of having a small, intimate wedding with just our immediate families. It created a really relaxed and special atmosphere where we, and our guests, could just enjoy ourselves. No pressure, no fuss, just an amazing day.”
“Our wedding theme focussed a lot on homemade things”, she continued. “Roy and I spend a lot of time together on projects and hunting for bits and pieces at op shops that we can renovate or upcycle and add to our home afterwards. We also agreed that we wanted our wedding theme to be somewhat simple, so we chose just a few ideas and spread them throughout the details of the day to bring it all together. The DIY included the outdoor canopy/ marquee, a custom-made bar area, all the indoor furniture, the kid’s crafts table, the cake, the photo wall and wooden frames, the favours and the flowers.”