Marissa and Lauren were married in the gardens of St. Anne’s Academy in Victoria, British Columbia. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and frugal, except when it came to their photographs. They knew those had to be incredible so they booked the AMAZING Nordica Photography who flew over from Stockholm to shoot the day.
They made the picnic baskets themselves, including almond stuffed figs which were grown, dried and made by Marissa’s grandmother in Portugal. The flowers were bought from a local market – Marissa’s bouquet cost just $3.99! They also made all the décor themselves.
“The generosity and enthusiasm of our friends and family are absolutely worth mentioning”, Marissa began. “Without them, this whole ‘show’ couldn’t have happened. Talk about team effort! We would have eloped, but my mom would have cried deep salty rivers. So on that note we wanted to keep it light and ‘us’.”
Cath and Claire were hitched at Glenmore House. Their wedding was bright and full of fun! The pair both rocked amazing outfits, Claire in a red Candy Anthony dress and headpiece, Cath in a corset from Fairy Gothmother and trousers by Vivienne Westwood.
At their reception they had a popcorn cart, bunting, vintage suitcase for cards and vintage vases and jam jars for the flowers with tea lights.
“Our wedding was bright and full of colour!” they began. “We didn’t aim to do things differently, we just wanted our wedding to be full of our favourite things and the people we love. We feel that made it unique to us. We walked up the aisle twice, as we were so eager the first time that we beat the registrar! That got everyone laughing and set the tone for the rest of the day.”
Coming across the most amazingly colourful house by chance one day, wedding photographer Shannon Collins dreamed of being able to do a shoot there. Well fate stepped in, making it a possibility, so she knew she had to make it extra magical!
“Last year, I was photographing a couple in Philadelphia for an engagement shoot”, wrote Shannon. “On my way home, a few minutes from the location, I drove past a lovely yellow house with tons of pink flamingos scattered across the lawn. I screeched my brakes and drove in reverse so I could capture a quick snapshot of the house. It instantly reminded me of the John Waters film, ‘Pink Flamingos’ and made me smile.”
“I posted the photo to Instagram, thinking nothing of it. A few hours later, a friend of mine responded saying that one of her close friends grew up in the house. Then, the close friend commented, saying her parents still live there and she’d let them know I liked it. I reached out to her, asking if she thought her parents might be open to the idea of having a styled shoot at their house. The home-owners were incredibly gracious and although they were out of town for the day of the shoot, they allowed us to use their home as our backdrop.”
Natalie and Katie were married at the Priory Cottages in North Yorkshire. They chose it as they wanted a place that they could be for the whole weekend and that all their family and close friends could stay there too. The wedding was a real team effort, with lots of people pitching in to make it perfect. One of Natalie’s friends, Hayley Neil of Glory Days Vintage, made both dresses, another friend did the flowers, another the cake, and they hand crafted the stationery themselves.
“We wanted a very casual wedding with an outdoorsy feel where everybody could feel very relaxed”, wrote Natalie, “In fact it was so relaxed that Katie’s dad, Kev, had his shorts on within an hour of the ceremony! The casual theme was reflected in everything from the style of the meal to the photography and the camping guests!”
Peacocks were the inspiration for Steph and Jo’s army barracks wedding. Their favourite colours are green and purple so it worked out perfectly! They used peacock feathers throughout their wedding – on the cupcakes, as the centrepieces and as motifs on the stationery.
“We cut out quite a lot of traditions that we didn’t feel were necessary, and we wanted to keep it all as informal as possible”, Steph began. “There were no big speeches, no seating plan, no first dance, no bridesmaids and no real formalities other than the ceremony itself. Our reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and we walked down the aisle together to ‘Zelda’s Theme’ from the Nintendo game ‘Skyward Sword’. Instead of having one big cake, we had some GORGEOUS cupcakes that a friend of Jo’s baked for us as our wedding present.”
“Our DIY efforts included me trimming my top hat with feathers, making my own veil, all the buttonholes and the card box. I wired up and assembled all of the jewellery to make my bouquet too. The centrepieces for the evening venue were homemade, and the ‘prototype’ was made by me, but the credit for that goes to Jo’s sister, brother-in-law and best friend as they put them all together. Jo’s brother-in-law also made the backdrop for the dance floor out of fabric and fairylights on a wooden frame, and decorated the entrance with balloons, ribbon and more twinkly lights as an amazing surprise. I cried when I saw it all, it was so beautiful.”
Just after we got married in 2008 I found out that you could get married at Pinewood Studios. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit gutted to have not discovered this out sooner, what could be better for a movie nerd than getting hitched at a film studio?! Luckily for Sally and Lisa, they weren’t as slack on their research as I clearly was and they booked it for their wedding in September.
“Our wedding theme was FUN!”, began newlywed Sally. “Lisa and I are often described as big kids, so we wanted a wedding to match our big kid personalities. We have been to a number of weddings that were a little boring and reserved, or they only livened up after a few vodkas. We wanted everyone to have a day of fun and laughter to celebrate our love. We dubbed our day ‘Carry On Shenanigans’, because the Carry On movies were filmed at Pinewood and Lisa used to love watching them. Shenanigans was the perfect word for the tomfoolery we had planned! We had an adult-only guest list to ensure the adults were the ones enjoying the fun and games!”