Bookworms Stacy & Jo selected Maynard’s Café, upstairs at Berkelouw Books in Newtown, Sydney as their venue. Although they hadn’t hosted a wedding there before, the café were wonderful to work with and really helped the girls put their own stamp on their day. Obviously having a book shop as a backdrop made picking a theme pretty easy. With old books on the long table and books as favours for each of their guests, it all worked really well together.
“The old books as favours were wrapped in brown paper and string,” Stacy began. “They were quite ridiculous, on topics like cooking with gelatine or maintaining different types of lawn grass. There was one of poetry about cats, a German picture book of ET and one on unique napkin folds. In the wedding program we encouraged swapping with table neighbours and they ended up being a great hit and ice breaker.”
Jo & Sian had an intimate wedding at Upper Reach Winery in Baskerville, Australia. As gay marriage is not legal in Australia (yet!) they decided to buck most traditions and just do things their own way! “Our officiant was my brother Kieren,” Sian began. “This was one of the most important decisions for us. As gay marriage/commitment is not legal in Australia we didn’t have the requirement to have a so called official celebrant to perform our ceremony. I lieu of this we wanted somebody who was really important to us and who we knew was 100% supportive of us and our relationship to perform celebrants duties and go on to be the MC for the evening. By brother Kieren is one of the most amazing people we have in our lives and he has always been there for both me and Jo. We wouldn’t have chosen anybody else. I wrote the vows myself.”
Sian designed her own wedding dress which she then had made by Kubank Designs. She also handmade the jewellery that she wore. Her bridesmaids wore shocking pink dressed from Aqua which they accessorised themselves as Sian wanted each girl to put their own individual stamp on their look. Jo also put together the outfits she and her ‘bromaids’ wore from various sources including Roger David, Tarocash and YD.
Sarah & Carol had a destination wedding in Canada. With Sarah originally from Canada the pair, who now live in Brighton, wanted to fly back for the wedding. “We decided to be married in Sarnia because Carol is incredibly attached to her hometown and the beaches and water of Lake Huron (can you blame her?)”, wrote newlywed Carol. “At the time we booked the venue we thought we would both be living in Canada, so it seemed a natural choice. We chose Sarnia Riding Club as our venue so we could be right next to the water. We knew that whatever continent we decided to do the wedding on, a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to attend, we’re so pleased that so many people made it – and we’ve promised to dance with those who didn’t make it very soon.”
The couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding, and by doing a lot themselves and making clever choices they were able to keep their entire budget to under £4000. They were able to save money by buying dresses that weren’t ‘wedding dresses’ and by having their friend and professional photographer Alexa Clark Kent (yes really!) photograph the wedding as a gift. Alexa was also the ‘best woman’ so she really worked her butt off at this wedding!
Are you ready to partaaaay!? Well even if your answer is “er Kat, it’s a Wednesday, who parties on a Wednesday?” I hope I might change your mind when you see Frances & Arianne’s totally rad wedding. These guys make me wanna jump in a swimming pool and dance until dawn!
The wedding was held at Malibu Nature Preserve. “I’m not really sure what made us particularly Rock n Roll,” wrote Arianne. “We just chose things that we loved. We picked things that reflected us even if it wasn’t traditional. We used feathers instead of flowers, converse instead of dress shoes, and we walked down the aisle to our favorite songs. But I think the most unique part of our wedding was the give away. With Fran being Native American, in her culture it is customary to give all of your guests individual gifts to show your appreciation. We picked out things for everyone that reflected them as a person. It was such a pleasure seeing everyones face when they opened their gifts.”
I’m sure you won’t have failed to notice that there’s a little sporting event going on in London at the moment. Now while I’ve genuinely surprised myself with how much I’ve been enjoying it (the opening ceremony was amazing and I’m now well versed in the art of synchronized diving) I can’t help but shudder when yet another red, white and blue or Olympic themed bridal shoot (really, come on really, is that the most unique idea flying about at the moment?!) lands in my inbox.
However when I saw this shoot, admittedly not purposely patrtiotically themed, came my way I was excited… and it wasn’t at all because it made me feel invigorated about ‘going for gold’ (the cliches flying around blogland are also doing my head in – anyone else?!) Stylist Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio told me all about it.
“The inspiration for Naomi & Nicky’s shoot was burlesque, blues, whites and reds, vintage china, cakes, tutus and frilly lace knicker cakes! Basically we wanted a burlesque-esque, bridal vintage tea party with a flashes of red. The inspiration evolved over time and adapted to what the British weather threw at us on the day. Photographer Adam and I have wanted to work on a shoot together at Combermere Abbey for a while. We both love the place, it’s incredibly naturally beautiful. So I came up with the idea to do the shoot in and around the bluebell woods, with a quirky burlesque influence.”
Sara & Lucy were married in a humanist ceremony at Lewes Castle, just outside of Brighton (they did the ‘legal bit’ a few days before in Brighton register office). Both girls wore coloured dresses. Sara found her 50s floral number at Fur Coat No Knickers and Lucy wore a a grey dress from Pretty Eccentric.
The low key reception was held at Bill’s Cafe, an organic restaurant in Brighton, which didn’t need much decorating. However they added a few personal touches with the table names, the bunting and the flowers. “Bill’s organised all decor”, the girls told me. “They were amazing.”
“We decided to walk from the castle to Bill’s to gave everyone a chance to see Lewes, walk off some bubbles and approach Bill’s who had laid out lanterns and Bay trees for our arrival,”, they continued. “Flip flops were required for both brides for this journey!”