Iris and Josef planned their entire wedding by themselves. They wanted something casual and fun rather than formal and stuffy, so they chose to have their reception in a park in Regensburg, Germany.
“We wanted everybody to feel comfortable”, they explained. “So there were no rules, only a lot of friends and good spirits. We basically changed everything we didn’t like about weddings!”
“One of our favourite things was the ‘friendbook’ that we made instead of a guestbook. Everybody had to fill it out and say things about us, for example what animal they think we’d be, what other names we could have… it was really funny to read the next day!”
Nadia and David were married in September at Meadowood Centre in Bellville, OH. The 1820’s barn sits on top of a hill in a woods and was the perfect place for their casual nuptials.
“By the time we were married, it had been 10 years since our first date”, Nadia explained. “This wedding was a long time coming, so we didn’t want to just pay to have everything thrown together without thought. It was important to us to make it really special, not only for each other, but for everyone who’s loved and supported us through the years. Everything had sentimental value. Whether your guests are aware of the stories behind every detail is insignificant; the important thing is that you remember your day as being hugely personal by every stretch of the imagination. It might take more effort, but if you give yourself enough time, it’s more fun than it is work. We spent time making sure every aspect of the day came from the heart, and doing anything from the heart is unique and inspiring.”
Nadia wore a BHLDN dress with jewellery from Etsy and a flower crown made from real blooms. Her bridesmaids all wore cream or white and she let them choose their own dresses. “We just wanted everything to feel natural and for our guests to have a good time”, she continued. “I think when you avoid colour schemes and trendy themes, your wedding will be timeless.”
Meg and Natasha met online. “Its our dirty little secret”, they laughed. “We are both super busy business women and were looking to find someone like-minded. Within a couple days of signing up we connected and then both ended our subscriptions. We both knew we had found our match.”
They were married in Colorado at Two Rivers Winery & Château.” We are both well-travelled, we own a high-end salon, and wanted to do something non-traditional for our wedding”, they continued. “We really focused on having more of a celebration than a stuffy wedding.”
Michelle and Thomas met when they were both working in South Korea. “I was supposed to go with a friend who pulled out two weeks before”, she explained. “I decided to go anyway and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I had never been outside of North America and I was terrified! However, if my friend actually came I would have never met Thomas. He ended up taking her position and lived next door to me.”
“We didn’t have a set theme to follow for our wedding, but we wanted it to be elegant, romantic and fun”. she continued. “We also wanted to weave in personal touches that represented us and infuse some pops of colour since the manor house was very white. I included some paintings because we love art and we decided to give our guests bookmarks as a wedding gift since we both love to read. I chose to wear some statement jewellery and accessories, which I changed throughout the evening.”
Just one thing went through my mind when I first laid eyes on Melissa and Joel’s wedding – THAT DRESS! I had to find out all about it…
“I am a clothing designer so naturally I was very excited to design and hand make my own dress”, Melissa told me. “I also made the bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, the ring bearer’s outfit and the vests, ties and bow ties for the guys. I even made the outfits worn by our mothers and things for lots of the guests! I had lots of help from my mom, sisters and friends thankfully!”
“My dress was three pieces and it converted to four completely different looks! The first look was a sweetheart strapless dress with a pin up style collar and button detail with a very full skirt. The skirt was made from many fabrics in different prints and textures, but all white and black. The full skirt was removable to reveal a white pencil dress with a black ruffled mermaid skirt. The mermaid skirt could also come off to transform the dress to a short pencil dress with ostrich feather trim. But that’s not all! The pencil dress is fully reversible to a plain black side (which I did end up wearing for about five hours the next day. I have worn the dress a couple times since, I plan to make the mermaid skirt into a circle skirted pin up dress and am probably going to make the big skirt into a comforter for our bed!”
Brent and Tash’s laid back wedding took place at a gorgeous old school house in the middle of the Kiwi forest. They met when Brent moved in with Tash as her flatmate so they’ve never not lived together!
“Our wedding theme was ‘Grandma’s garden’'”, began the bride. “All the colours and flowers of a beautiful garden and the rustic-ness that my husband is attracted to. Our venue was quite shabby chic in style, so I wanted to add an explosion of colour.”
“We did loads of DIY including the table runners, napkins, and spray painting cutlery and picture frames. We also made all the place cards and put together the dessert table and the antipasto and cheese table. The cake topper, curtains hanging in the barn and our guestbook quilt (made by my grandmother) were also all homemade.”