I’ve featured a lot of colourful brides in various coloured dresses in my time, but I think Lauren might be the brightest! I mean any bride with the kahoonas to rock a multi-coloured Betsey Johnson dress with a homemade bright blue veil is a-OK in my book!
This day was the epitome of a low-key backyard wedding. It took place in their own garden, in their Brooklyn home and the bride’s mother officiated the ceremony. Once the formal part of the day was done the atmosphere quickly switched into party mode! Sparkling rose and beer were served, a band consisting of friends of the couple played, and 6-foot sandwiches from Defonte’s Sandwich Shop were devoured!
“We wanted our wedding to be comfortable and true to our personalities”, Lauren began, “a real celebration of Erik and Lauren. I think the way it all came together was kind of patchwork. It took a village to build something so strong. Erik and I are so different from each other in so many ways that a traditional white classical wedding just isn’t our kind of union. It needed to be odd and surprising, happy, romantic and a little ridiculous to reflect our relationship.”
The couple did do a lot themselves, with the help of lots of friends and family. Their biggest expense was getting their garden ready to hold all their guests! “My only advice on having a DIY wedding could be: necessity is the mother of invention. Whether its budget or time or space that’s got you in a bind, remember to keep an open mind and pull a couple of late nights and memorable creative ideas will emerge.”
When Jessica tagged me on Instagram in a photo of her rocking her Liberace kitty ears on her wedding day, I genuinely couldn’t wait to see the rest… and when she then told me the wedding had a subtle cat theme I was even more excited!
“I would call our wedding a strange mix of themes, none of which would appear to make sense in a list, but all of which melted together to be very ‘us’,” she explained. “The location, an old iron foundry, had a very industrial feel that appealed to the groom’s interest in NYC history, while the ivy-covered walls inspired the greenery-centric style of the invitations, signage, and bridesmaid styling.”
“The cat theme came about because we wanted our two cats to be present in some way, and we looked for ways to incorporate small references to them. Each cocktail was named for a cat, custom kitty face stickers were on all the favor packages, and the sparkly cat ears worn by the bride (from the Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory collection of course!) was a really fun touch.”
“The photobooth, complete with an array of masks and props to chose from, added a weird little nod to Halloween”, she continued. “Ultimately we wanted it to be fun and welcoming, and we tried to make deliberate choices about things we liked and wanted to include, instead of going off of a generic checklist for what we ‘needed’.”
Kirsten and Gareth were marred at Wagner Cove in Central Park. They decided to skip the big wedding, choosing to say “I do” while on holiday in the USA. Kirsten’s incredible blue dress was from Temperley London.
“We met in 2008 at a mutual friend’s birthday party and went on our first date to a sushi train a couple of months later”, explained Kirsten. “Gareth tried to impress me by eating a packet of wasabi, without knowing about its eye-wateringly spicy effects.”
“Our wedding was wintery, Christmassy, New York-y and magical. Instead of having our wedding in Australia, where we live, surrounded by family and friends, we decided to go to America for two months and get married in the middle of our holiday. It was absolutely the best decision for us and I am so glad we did it. I felt that if we had a ‘traditional’ wedding, the day would be spent trying to please other people, rather than enjoying ourselves. Plus, we didn’t fancy spending a ridiculous amount of money on what ultimately is only 8 or 9 hours of your life.”
Devan and Keith were married in New York’s Lower Eastside. Their incredible venue was The Angel Orensanz, the oldest Reformed Synagogue in the US. The bride wore a black Vera Wang gown but with it she rocked her T.U.K. Creepers – don’t you just love that?!
“I’m not sure if I can accurately ascribe a particular theme to our wedding because we weren’t necessarily going for one”, Devan explained. “We received various comments about its unconventionality, though that really wasn’t the aim either. We simply approached our wedding planning by choosing things that felt meaningful and personal to us, and based a lot of our decisions (like food and music) on what we liked, really sort of oblivious to tradition or trend.”
“It made the task of planning a bit daunting at times (not being restricted to a theme left us with an overwhelming range of choices), but it really all paid off in the end. In different ways, we’re both the type of person who really needs something to have meaning for it to feel like a worthwhile choice. I can honestly say that every tiny detail was intentionally and purposefully selected. The end result was a wedding that felt very honest, personal, and ‘us’ (cliché, I know), in every single way.”
“Although we didn’t have a theme per se, we are definitely drawn to vintage, gothic, macabre, and Victorian aesthetics, so that’s reflected quite a bit in our wedding. We’re also very literary obsessed and admittedly rather on the nerdy side, both of which came out in some subtle, and perhaps some not so subtle, details (our wedding favors, which were a special edition of Pride & Prejudice designed by Keith, the inscriptions on our rings, our officiant’s book, which yes, sort of served as our something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and of course Keith’s suit).”
If there’s one thing that makes me happy more than anything else it’s lots and lots of colour! So, obviously, Carly and Jason’s wedding was right up my street! The couple were married on Pebble Beach, under the Brooklyn Bridge and their reception was held at Dumbo Loft. Carly’s incredible sunset ombre dress was, unbelievably, from ASOS!
“Our wedding was vibrant, colorful, handmade, bespoke and eco-friendly”, began the bride. “We decided early on that what we really wanted was a killer party with great food, booze and dancing, attended by our closest family and friends. We kept the marrying part awesome but brief, so we could get onto the celebrating, drinking and dancing!”
“From the get-go, I knew my wedding dress would not be white. I chose an unconventional dress to get hitched in, something that would reflect my personality. I landed on a super colorful ombre dress with a low back to show off my years training as a swimmer. Who says you can’t be sexy at your wedding?!”
“Jason works at Etsy’s HQ in Dumbo, so not only did we turn to Etsy to find a ton of the personalized touches for the wedding, we also tried to get as many other things from local sources as possible”, she continued. “From the Brooklyn Brewery beer in the keg, to the lavender from Long Island, and the the cake and cupcakes from local New York bakeries.”
Sarah and Mason have a secret for their friends and family… they eloped in New York! Yes, that’s right, no-one knows this, or will know about it until this feature is published! So – er – surprise! They decided to run away to be married in Central Park with a photo shoot around the park and Brooklyn afterwards.
“We had already planned a holiday to New York”, wrote Sarah. “I had just watched a cheesy film called The Vow with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum where they got married guerilla-style with just the two of them there. I phoned Mason and said how cool would it be too do it in a few months in NYC, and he said ‘lets do it!’ So within a week we had it all booked!”