Masha and Lenya are prolific skiers and so wanted this mutual love to be reflected in their Israeli wedding. The day took place at Villa Dalia, in Moshav Ora on the outskirts of Jerusalem. There was free-flowing alcohol and sports references throughout.
“The inspiration was our craziness with several things including Lenya’s love of alcohol and football and my love of skiing and music!” began the bride. “The design of the day was unique.”
“We used the famous vintage alpine ski poster from Chamonix, France as our main design theme. We got one of these posters, dressed the couple into the wedding clothes and added a football theme. This print was used almost in every little part including the invitations and favours.”
Spring has very much sprung over here in the UK. And as the daffodils start to line streets and parkways, I usually forgo featuring any obviously winter weddings. After all, who want to be reminded of the cold and bleak mid-winter when it’s so glorious outside?! Well Meghann & Nathan’s wedding was different. They were married in the Colorado Mountains, where snow is a pretty regular feature. They also had a steampunk theme and only spent $2000 on the day, making it a wedding that I just knew you guys would flip out about. So, yet again, my self-imposed rules are being broken today. Oh well!
The wedding was held at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle, Colorado, and was planned by the mother of the bride, Jen, who runs her own wedding planning company, I Do Weddings. Jen did pretty much everything for this wedding, even so much as designing and making Meghann’s dress and headpiece herself! Nathan wore an outfit made up of things he already owned alongside a few items rented from a costume shop, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen were invited to wear anything they liked, as long as it fit them steampunk theme of course!
“Meg & Nathan decided to marry in a simple, local winter wedding in February and announced their plans to our friends and family shortly before Christmas”, wrote Jen, mother of the bride. “I wanted to find a way to help them host an event that really reflected their personalities. The steampunk theme allowed us to honor the love of drama that they share, and the result of the theme was a colorful, joy filled event.”
Allison & Scott were married at 4,629 ft, at their favourite place – the top of Max Patch Bald, NC. They hosted their reception in their own home. “The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smokey/blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers”, they began. “At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, and the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used and little jars of local Tennessee wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as favors. Our home was built in the 1800s and we wrapped the columns in garlands and roses.”
The whole wedding had a really personal feel and everything they included was significant. A keen hiker, the groom and his best man camped out the night before near the ceremony site, and the bride and her bridesmaids stayed at a cabin just a mile up the road. The groom, his best man and all the guests were already on top of the mountain the morning of the wedding.
Ahh Big Sur. In the early part of my wedding blogging career I had no idea what this ‘Big Sur’ was… a magical sounding place that all the other wedding bloggers spoke of so often. And then finally I realised the obsession.
These Californain mountains are picturesque. And overlooking the Pacific ocean. Is it any wonder they’re such a popular spot for weddings? Come on English mountains… step it up a bit…
Sabeena & Ryan were married at the Henry Miller Library, a memorial and not-for-profit bookstore in the heart of the region. The couple planned a truly personal wedding, employing as few wedding vendors as possible. The lucky pair were able to call upon the talents of their nearest and dearest to lend a hand with every aspect. “We were engaged on a gorgeous beach on an island off the coast of Panama, at the beginning of a 16 month adventure that took us across the world… so we didn’t even begin thinking about a wedding until almost two years after Ryan popped the question”, explained the bride. “When we finally settled in San Francisco, we knew we wanted to get married somewhere that represented our sense of adventure: somewhere outdoors, non-traditional, a little off the grid. The Henry Miller Library was the perfect place.”
When Jane & Jessie started planning their wedding they knew exactly where (in the country) they wanted to be, they just had to find the perfect venue. After a long search they found The Hideout, near Lake Tahoe, which was the perfect place for their laid back June wedding.
“We searched long and hard to find a venue in Sierra because we’ve both spent a lot of time there and just love it, and identify with it in a way you can with your hometown (though neither of us have lived there, just visited frequently)”, began the bride. “Anyhow, we wanted a venue up the mountains with natural surroundings. There are plenty of venues near Lake Tahoe that are very much ‘manicured wedding venues’ but that’s not what we wanted. They come with lots of rules about noise and how late you can party, etc. It was a long search to find The Hideout and we were ecstatic when we found it. It was better than we had expected from the pictures – including the little lake. Also they had no noise restrictions and very few rules which meant we could pretty much do what we wanted and party as long as we liked.”
With a penchant for the dramatic, is it any wonder that I went a little gaga over Brie & Leonard alpine wedding? The black wedding dress, the intimate ceremony, the epic mountain top photographs…I love it all! The bride even had a rams skull (yes really!) instead of a bouquet.
“Basically our story goes like this,” the bride began, “Leonard and I are not really conventional people and despite a few failed ideas to do things more traditionally we quickly discovered that your wedding is not the time to be what you are not. So we followed our hearts to our dream wedding in New Zealand. Leonard proposed to me on the top of a New Zealand mountain in the snow, which was just magical, so we decided that a snowy mountain would make the perfect place for our wedding. We had no guests so we decided to use a helicopter to travel to a completely isolated place with no road access.”
The bride wore a black wedding dress which she made herself. She also made her own headpiece and even her shoes! “I had tried on about 100 different white/cream/ivory dresses but regardless of the style or how beautiful they were they just didn’t feel right,” Brie continued. “Black is what suited me so I ignored tradition. I had a design idea and I wanted my dress to be unique so I decided to make it myself. The only problem was I didn’t know how to sew! I had a sewing machine and a lovely lady in the local fabric shop with advice, somehow I stumbled my way through the rest. A strapless dress in the snow probably wasn’t wise but I put heat pads in my shoes and gloves, wore three pairs of stockings and survived on adrenalin.”
With such an intimate wedding (just the two of them!) it was important to the couple that they had an amazing wedding photographer to capture their day. That way all their friends and family back home could see how wonderful their wedding was. “Other than us, the most crucial thing about our wedding was our photographer. We chose to use Anna from Alpine Images because her work stood out as art rather than mere photography. When we asked if she would do our photography for us, we asked that she ignore the fact that it was a wedding and look at creating individual pieces of art. We gave her a few guidelines about the mood we wanted to create and left the rest to her. We are so glad we did because combining her imagination and talent we ended up with magnificent photos. It also gave us a fantastic day, sneaking up to Sunday church sessions to pose with a rams skull, down dirty alleyways, in concrete car parks, and in the back doors of unattended bars – all Anna’s ideas! Everyone who has seen our photos asks about the rams skull and why we had it.”
“Our wedding was all about us and our love for each other,” Brie concluded. “It was very romantic and I’m so glad we rocked it out in our own way!”