Dean and Helen wanted to focus on the details of their outdoor, camp site wedding. They put their hearts and souls into hand crafting (with the help of friends and family!) a wedding day that really reflected them and everything they love.
“We have been a couple for so long that we wanted our wedding to reflect us”, said the bride, “but we didn’t really have a theme as such. We both wanted an outside venue that people could stop over as there is nothing more disappointing at a wedding when your just getting started and the music gets shut off and everyone goes home. We only looked at one venue and as soon as we found Woodland Tipis and Yurts we fell in love. It wasn’t a wedding venue, but it was exactly what we wanted so we went for it.”
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.
Becki and Elliott had a ton of DIY details in their Bristol wedding. From the flowers to the stationery and nearly everything in between! They even had a ‘make your own centrepiece’ competition for their guests and the winner was a life size Becki replica made from paper plates!
“We wanted the whole event to be an informal celebration, rather than a traditional affair”, explained the bride, “so we didn’t include certain formalities such as the wedding breakfast. We went straight from the ceremony to welcome drinks and then arts and crafts activities. We then had speeches, our first dance (including confetti cannons) and a ska band fuelled party!”
“Most of the décor was hand made by us with friends and family, and included paint pots, spray painted signs, a paint palette wall hanging and massive canvases that were hung on the walls that spelled out ‘Life is a blank canvas, so paint an adventure’. Our colour theme was primary colours rather than just one colour…”
“We decided to get married just three months after the proposal”, she continued. “We didn’t fully appreciate how much work there would be in organising a predominantly hand-made wedding! However apart from a few moments, we mainly complemented each other. Elliott works in project management with an (overly) obsessive attention to detail (and love for spreadsheets!) whereas I work in healthcare where caring and doing the right thing is most important.”
Being a fashion designer in Brasil, Fernanda and made her own wedding dress/ She also hand stitched the one’s her bridesmaid’s wore too. Her work is inspired by Japanese culture so that, and her architect husband’s love of clean lines, influenced the theme of the wedding.
“Rodrigo came up with the whole architectural design of their venue, Fazenda Lageado“, wrote wedding photographer Marília. “He was responsible for creating specific places for the ceremony and the reception (they actually had a whole deck and set of stairs built for their ceremony), as well as designing and picking out materials and furniture used. They wanted everybody to appreciate the natural beauty of the place, so all of their décor was very minimalistic and their dance floor was under a big beautiful tree.”
Bianca and Richard’s wedding was held on Big Bay Beach in Cape Town. This was very definitely a family affair with the bride’s mother making the stationery and helping Bianca fold all those paper origami flowers, and both her parents helping with the catering. Most of the reception décor was borrowed from people they knew or bought cheaply in China Town.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of us not just a mere traditional wedding”, the bride wrote. “Firstly we wanted food we loved and enough of it for people to go back for seconds. We also wanted to make it as easy breezy as we could, so we had no formal sit down dinner and we wanted the guests to get involved and make something they enjoyed. My parents made the starters of pate, cheese and crackers, and Riaan’s Foods made us an incredible DIY burger station with all the toppings you could wish for accompanied by potato salad and coleslaw. They also did dessert ice cream sundaes, doughnuts and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows!”
Steph and Harry had a quintessential Brighton wedding. Their ceremony was on the famous Brighton bandstand, they had photographs taken on the iconic seafront and their reception was at the amazing Proud Cabaret.
“Our theme was a little bit mad”, laughed Steph. “We love the peacock colours so that became our colour palette. We were never going to have a traditional wedding in a church or hotel, we wanted something fun and memorable. Our wedding was all about having fun, getting our families together with things that we love such as the sea, fashion, textiles and creativity. We made most of our decorations and favours as well as the bouquets. It was a very hands on wedding and I enjoyed the prep as much as the actual day.”
“The ceremony venue also made it unique. The bandstand is incredibly beautiful and it’s not everyday you get married on Brighton’s oldest landmark. It’s got such character and is stunning but it was always risky this our wonderful British weather!”
“We chose skulls instead of flowers for the buttonholes, we had a skull cake and our reception at a cabaret bar!” she continued. “We ended up having a sea theme on the tables with the octopus and the lobsters!! The lobsters were a personal joke – for anyone that watched Friends they’ll understand..! Harry was also brought up in Clacton on Sea, and is very much a seaside boy. It was also very appropriate. Our table plan was prints by my favourite tattoo artists, Angelique Hautkamp.”