Wendi and James were married in The Swan, a stylish boutique hotel in The Lake District. They even took their guests on a mid-afternoon boat ride around Lake Windermere! The styling of the day was very eclectic, just like the couple, but it worked perfectly.
“Our wedding was quite a mix, just like the weather, and it all just sort of happened”, began the bride. “There was Rock n Roll – mainly in our appearance and kind of modern vintage in the styling of the rooms. We had a Spanish jazz influence in the live music in the day time and then in the evening we had Niomi Tagg play her electric violin accompanying the DJs to some rather hard houses music, We eventually blew the speakers!”
I always have a bit of a soft spot for Steampunk weddings. Although they’re not my personal style, I love how much effort the couples that plan them put in. The attention to detail is always incredible! Sadie and Kyle’s wedding at Fiddle Lake Farm in Thompson, Pennsylvania was no different.
“Our wedding was an absolute dream come true”, began the bride. “It couldn’t have been more perfect. We think the Steampunk theme really defined the wedding. Our theme was inspired by the Wild West and our own imaginations. We both have wild imaginations and having a theme really let us run away with it.”
I was rather over-excited when I laid eyes on Helen and Andy’s Lake District wedding, shot by the amazing Neil Douglas Photography. I mean what could be more incredible than getting wedding day portraits like these in a setting like that!? Hats off to the photographer of course, but also to the awesome couple for not being afraid to potentially get a little wet or muddy. I’d love to see more brave couples like this please, who’s with me?
The wedding was held in Buttermere, with the ceremony in a local church and the reception in a tipi in Buttermere field. The couple didn’t have a huge budget and opted to DIY and thrift a lot. Helen wore a dress which she bought off eBay for £100 and customised with her grandmother’s vintage fur (a last minute edition due to the weather).
“I am from from the Lake District and we love walking and being outside”, Helen began. “So we wanted to make our wedding a memorable long weekend for our guests. Most people arrived early Friday and stayed for the weekend, having Sunday afternoon tea and post-wedding cake at my parents’ house. We knew we wouldn’t be able to stick to a formal structure of the day once the drinks started flowing, so we squeezed the best man’s speech in on Friday night at the local pub.”
Shooting a bride in water is nothing new, but there was just something about this Lady in the Lake inspired shoot that spoke to me. I love the bride’s beautiful blue, green and purple mermaid hair (obviously) and the simple yet edgy styling ideas are pretty damn awesome aren’t they? I’d love to see a future real bride carrying a rustic and dramatic bouquet like some of these.
“This Lady of the Lake inspired wedding styled shoot features some of Baltimore’s most talented wedding vendors”, wrote wedding photographer Sarah Gormley. “The styling was by Mobtown Florals, Lauren Ruth Ward did hair, make up and modelled and the gorgeous dress was by Jill Andrews Gowns. We wanted to choose a theme that could serve as inspiration for brides looking for darker and more edgy styling – and the Lady of the Lake theme did just that.”
I knew I loved Ben & Joslyn’s Washington wedding as soon as I saw it. Never wanting to do what was expected of them, this couple wanted a wedding that was both sexy and glamorous but with small hints of tradition. “My style has never been typical so from the beginning I knew I wanted to do something fun and off the wall but at the same time mix it with traditional elements”, wrote Joslyn. “I absolutely NEVER wear white so to me it was kind of fun and rebellious to wear a fancy white gown. Also I did not want my bridesmaids to look boring and from the beginning I had a vision of them in sexy leopard print dresses and hot pink heels. My girls were pure glam and total bombshells! I would say our wedding theme was glam rock meets traditional. I definitely made a point of having our style shine through. The overall theme though was fun, fun, fun!”
The wedding was held at Lake Wilderness Lodge, in Maple Valley, WA. The venue had spectacular views of the lake whilst offering everything the couple needed all in one place. “I had a lot of DIY elements and decor for our wedding but my biggest feat was designing, printing, measuring, cutting, gluing, and assembling each invitation all on my own”, the bride continued. “It took weeks instead of days like I originally thought but they turned out totally personal and super amazing!”
Michael & Sheena were married in July on a shoestring budget. With just $5000 to spend they were able to pull together a truly personal and totally beautiful wedding. The day took place at Independence Lake Park by Whitmore Lake in Michigan.
“We met on an online dating site, plentyoffish.com and our relationship took off like wildfire”, began the bride. “This was the 2nd time around for both of us, and though we moved quickly, we knew what we wanted and every day we realize more and more how perfect we really are for each other. Our dream is to move out to the Pacific Northwest (Washington State, or Oregon) and start a small organic farm, raising veggies, dairy goats, egg chickens, and alpacas. We want to be self-sustained and raise our children to love nature and animals, and to help the environment.”
Describing their wedding as “A DIY, natural, outdoor, lakeside, rustic, upcycled & recycled”, the couple’s first aim was to spend as little as possible, “We wanted to do this cheap!” Sheena continued, “$5,000 or less, and we did it. Secondly, we wanted to do things ourselves – the decorations, the bouquets, the jewelry, we even wanted to rent a grill and make the food ourselves, but practicality of the big day forced us to finally hire a caterer – who totally rocked and did better than we could have. The things we made had to be from recycled or upcycled materials, and everything had to have a future home before we would buy it. After the wedding our plan was to sell our mason jars to a local organic farmer, our burlap to another bride and our recycled tissue paper decorations are being used as packaging supplies in our little business. The material for the fabric flowers came from unwearable wedding dresses bought from a local cancer charity.”