It’s no great secret that I adore colourful weddings. Eli and Miquel clearly feel the same because their Spanish wedding was filled will glorious colour! “We wanted our wedding to have an air of festivity and a colourful but casual tone”, said the bride, “It was a magical night. The venue, L’Avellana Mas d’en Cabre, really helped to make everything a success.”
The wedding fell on June 23rd, St. John’s Eve, the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. “Because it was St. John’s Eve, everyone was even more in the party spirit”, she continued. “Our inspiration was this night, the first night of the summer, and was full of magic and colour.”
Vanessa and Bret were married at Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway in the Rocky Mountains.
“Both Bret and I actually cared very little about the wedding”, explained the bride. “We just wanted to spend five days at the mountain with our friends and family. We focused on offering everyone an experience. All our guests were flying in from NYC or Brazil, so we wanted them to get to know a bit of the place we call home, Colorado. It was fantastic, the leaves were changing color for the fall (something the Brazilians had never seen before!) and everyone took their time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, walk around Downtown Estes and just really enjoy time together! We were going for a laid-back, woodsy vibe.”
The bride’s amazing dress was from BHLDN, which she wore with a flower crown and veil made by her mother. “Everything for the wedding was DIY”, she continued. “My mother ordered fabric that matched our invitations and made every single napkin for the tables. Bret’s parents cleaned the entire yard and put together all the furniture and rentals. I shopped for vintage brass candle holders, brass apple bells for our flower girls, and created a botanical backdrop for our guest book. I went to thrift stores both in Denver and NYC looking for vintage trunks, luggage, and other props to decorate the reception. The rug that we stood on during our ceremony was a handmade crocheted rug by my aunt Neide.”
John and Lucy were married at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire in September. They chose it because it had the pretty outside space that they wanted, and they were able to say their vows outside (which isn’t always possible in the UK!) in their covered pavilion.
“We are both artists, I paint and John is a photographer, and we are both deeply inspired by nature”, said Lucy. “I am also borderline obsessed with the vision of an enchanted forest so we wanted our wedding to feel like a blurry childhood memory of a place that was so beautiful and fantastical that you’re not sure whether it was real or not. We fell in love with Larmer Tree Gardens the minute we clapped eyes on it. There were peacocks and parrots roaming around so we used a loose theme based on the colours of the peacocks plumage by having the boys in teal and the girls in royal blue.”
For entertainment they had giant lawn games, badminton and space hoppers! They kept the decoration in the reception space simple and reflective of the gorgeous outside area. They had slices of oak with the guests’ names on for place cards (which John made), gold painted animals (also DIY), toadstool candles and ivy.
“I DIY’d the confetti as I really wanted the colours to pop in the photographs but also to be eco-friendly”, the bride continued. “My friend and I sat round with a bottle of wine and mixed the petals and stuffed the bags, it was really fun! All the decorations were DIY. We cut the place names from birch and hand painted the golden animals for the tables. It was a mad rush the day of the wedding rehearsal to do the ‘find your seat’ board. Our parents were waiting outside our house whilst we were still painting the board. It was very nearly forgotten about!”
If the idea of a huge guest list fills you with dread, why not keep things simple and intimate, just like Fran and Ray did? The couple wanted to get married in a way that felt right for them. That meant keeping things small. They had just 15 guests for their ceremony, and their reception was held in their favourite restaurant.
“Ray and I met through our mutual love of weightlifting (hence the cake!)”, began the bride. “We actually spent the first year of our relationship apart – Ray on Guam and me in Australia. We spent a lot of time in airports and on planes. It was hard but we knew our future was worth it. He proposed on a beautiful tropical beach on Guam, New Year’s Eve 2013.”
“We didn’t want a big wedding”, she continued. “All that mattered was having our very closest people around us in a beautiful setting. One of the highlights for me was that my mum surprised me by coming over from the UK for the wedding, and Ray’s parents came all the way from the USA! I was extremely nervous about meeting them for the first time the day before the wedding, but they were incredibly sweet and loving to me.”
Sequoia and Andrew were married outside, in the Oakland Hills. Their wedding was a true DIY affair and they did everything themselves including all the décor, flowers, stationery and the catering. Even the band was made up of the bride’s step-dad and step-brother!
“Our wedding was a DIY Mexican boho wedding”, explained the bride. “More than anything we wanted to have an intimate setting to exchange our vows. It was really important to us that we be surrounded by love and support. We know that with marriage comes struggle and hardship at times, and we wanted to be reassured by our loved ones that they would be there to remind us of our wedding vows. The way we looked at each other. The promise that we made.”
“Having my step-dad, and step-brother play the music was really special”, she continued. “I didn’t want the traditional wedding music, we are far from traditional. I asked them to play ‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo & Johnny as I walked down the aisle, and they learned it and nailed it.”
“Instead of chairs we laid out Mexican blankets in the middle of a Redwood grove, forming a circle with us at the top. We felt like it really connected us with our friends and family. After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast and some snacks before heading to the venue for an all out PARTY.”
Sam and Sarah were married at Hornington Manor Farm, York in August. They hired their venue for five whole days so they could have a week-long celebration with their loved ones. “From the moment Sam asked me to marry her we were adamant that we wanted a really personalised wedding which was about us as a couple”, began Sarah. “We wanted to do all the food, drink and decoration ourselves and to involve our closest family and friends in all of the preparations. We wanted our guests to feel like they were coming to our house for our wedding which we were able to do as we rented the house for five days. A summer fete theme emerged as we planned lots of activities for people to do during the day.”
“We had the legal ceremony on the Thursday before and pondered for ages about what we were going to wear”, she continued. “On a dog walk one day with Sarah’s parents we decided on a Hawaiian theme. So off 10 of us went to the registry office (myself and Sam in an old black beetle) dressed in Hawaiian shirts. When we returned to Hornington Manor we had a big Hawaiian themed BBQ party where all of our guests dressed up too!”