Hannah, a wedding photographer, and her husband James decided while on holiday in 2013 that they wanted to renew their vows. They decided to do it in France in July this year. They only brought their two children with them as witnesses, but having a great photographer was also really important to them. They booked Jordanna Marston to go out with them from the UK. The ceremony took place on the banks of Biscarrosse Lac.
“We had talked about renewing our vows when we were on holiday in Slovakia in 2013”, began Hannah. “It was such a beautiful place, we were sat by a stunning lake surrounded by mountains, I knew then that I wanted to do our vows by the water somewhere gorgeous! We didn’t want a massive fuss or a party, it was more about us and how we felt about each other and of course our kids. I had a client tell me last year she was having a handfasting ceremony, so after looking it up I thought it was a lovely symbolism and we had Jake and Erin tie ribbons around mine and James’ hands.”
Jason and Alexis’ home grown wedding was held at at The Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire. They wanted a weekend long affair, with all their guests camping and staying with them. With the bride being a writer, the wedding had a literacy feel. She wrote the ceremony herself their were book and poetry references throughout the wedding.
“Home grown and alternative are the first words that come to mind”, began the bride when I asked her about their theme. “We wanted something different, while still appealing to older family members and those who expected a more traditional wedding. Most of our friends have been married in the woods, in fields, in barns, so this was expected for their inner circle, but their families were blown away by the whole weekend affair.”
“As a writer, I wrote the ceremony, which consisted of quotes from Harry Potter and Hugo’s Les Miserables. For their vows, we took turns reading from the children’s book, I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, a book which I had given Jason several years ago.”
The couple really wanted to put themselves into their wedding, with nods to all their favourite things throughout the weekend.
Rick and Catie had a shotgun wedding. After being together for five years they decided it was time one Wednesday night… and they were married on their friend’s waterside dock that Sunday! They spent just $600 to get hitched with the photography, catering and cake all being gifts from very generous friends.
Catie wore a dress from Anthropologie with Target shoes. Rick’s outfit came from J Crew and Banana Republic. They were determined not to spend a fortune. “After five years together we decided to get married on a Wednesday night and held the ceremony and party that Sunday,” began the bride. I had never dreamed of a big white wedding. After being a bridesmaid four times the thought of doing that to others was less than ideal. My dress was far from white and I actually picked it out sight unseen while looking for something to wear to a friend’s wedding. I called and purchased it over the phone thank goodness one of my 20 guests lived in Raleigh and snagged it on her move back to the island Friday. It fit like a glove, didn’t need a single alteration. I think it’s funny that Rick wore white! His only stipulation was the he got to roll his sleeves so we could see his tattoos.”
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.”