Christina and Geoff wanted their wedding to be relaxed and intimate. They were married in October in West Shokan, New York. “Our theme was a rustic, woodland wedding that celebrated our love for the outdoors and natural world,” said the bride. “We also wanted to have our personalities and the things we love be the focus.”
The day was held at Ashokan Dreams B&B, a guesthouse in a private home that is deep in the Catskill Forest Reserve and overlooks the Ashokan Reservoir. “Everything that we incorporated into our wedding day felt very organic. We didn’t necessarily find inspiration through other weddings, but instead brought little pieces of us to the aesthetic of our day.”
Riley and Michelle’s wedding was inspired by their own states and style, they love everything that’s a bit fun and different so the most important thing to them was that their day was not boring or plain!
“We take a special interest in 60s and 70s culture so we tried to incorporate that into our day”, said the bride. “At the reception the decor included peacock chairs, lawn flamingos, various vintage floral tablecloths, faux grass rabbits and pom poms! Sourcing the individual vintage tablecloths for the tables made our wedding different. None of the tables matched and they each had their own groovy personality and it brought a real fun and relaxed feel to our wedding.”
“Things did snowball quite quickly though”, she laughed. “I started out planning a backyard BBQ wedding but one thing led to another, next thing I knew I had a venue booked and was stressing about all the little insignificant things that I swore I never would. I had to get a hold of myself and remember it was our special day, no matter what happens I’m marrying the man of my dreams surrounded by my loved ones and its going to be fabulous!”
Jessica and Kanoa’s Hawaiian wedding took place on Maui. Their ceremony was conducted in both Hawaiian and English by the groom’s cousin. The bride was inspired by lots of vintage elements.
“I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong era”, she said. “I would’ve loved to be the age I am now in the mid 60s/early 70s. I tried to incorporate that vibe when designing my wedding dress. My favourite movie is The Virgin Suicides; I love the modest yet gloriously romantic dresses in that film. I also promised my mom that I would cover all of my tattoos for our ceremony, hence the higher neckline and long sleeves (which I absolutely adore). As far as the other details of the wedding theme, Kanoa pretty much gave me free reign. Autumn is my favourite season, so I tried to stick with the vintage theme and incorporated dark reds and rich fall colours. The dinosaurs just sorta happened on their own!”
Zuria and Josu’s rented an old farm house in Northern Spain for their September wedding. They absolutely did not want a traditional day. They served street food, had lots of music and fun things for their guests to do.
“We planned a wedding without no protocol”, said the bride. “We just wanted a party with our loved ones. We looked at lots of weddings online to get ideas but we only picked things we thought would fit our personalities. We really tried to give everything our personal touch and we made the jam jars for flowers, the signs, the stationery and the favours. We brought lots of things from our home for extra decorations too. We wanted our guests to say that we wedding was ‘so us’.”
The vibe of the wedding was very different to most traditional Spanish weddings, it was very relaxed. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like it was following a script”, she continued. “We thought that we would enjoy it more if it was just like us hanging around with friends, listening indie music, eating tapas and having fun. We didn’t want anything too formal.”
Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.
“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”
They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”
Devina and Clint were married in Fremantle, Western Australia. They both love all things vintage, and are hippies at heart, so this is where they started when it came to planning the day.
“Clint is originally from Tasmania and I’m from Western Australia so we tried to combine those two places as much as possible through things like the favours and the food and drink choices”, Devina began. “We used as much local produce and artists in all aspects, including Clint and his groomsmen who handmade braces. Music played an important part also. We had live local music at both the ceremony and the reception.”
The ceremony was held outside, by the river in North Fremantle in a beautiful private quiet little garden “After walking down the aisle with my Mum she stayed at the front with the bridal party and did an acknowledgement to country before we started”, Devina continued. “As I’m Indigenous Australian we always acknowledge Indigenous elders past and present from that particular area as a custom and for respect. Interesting, as we were near the water it was really windy right up until that point and then after the acknowledgement the wind died right down and was perfect for the ceremony.”