Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.
“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”
“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”
Patrick and Chris were planning to get married in October 2015. In fact they still are having a wedding then, but when the opportunity came to adopt their foster son, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer. So they flew to Vegas and eloped!
“Our wedding was very spur of the moment”, Chris told me. “We have a more traditional wedding planned for October (although we’re still only going to have 15 guests!) but Patrick LOVES Elvis and always wanted a Vegas wedding so when the opportunity came up we moved our wedding date and eloped!”
McKenna and Tyler married on 4th July 2014. They designed and pulled together the entire day themselves, wanting it to be a true reflection of their everyday style. The wedding was held at Raleigh Wine and Design and the groom’s father officiated the ceremony.
“The inspiration and theme for our wedding was the idea of a garden party cook out”, said the bride. “We were drawn to this because it allowed us to incorporate tons of colour and flowers. The venue that we chose, despite the great view, was a total blank canvas which is why we loved it. We knew we could transform our it into an unforgettable scene that truly reflected our unique style.”
“In keeping with our theme we went for cook out style food provided by Durham’s finest food truck ‘Only Burger‘ and Raleigh’s best ‘The Flying Biscuit’. Only Burger provided guests with delicious burgers and veggie burgers as well as the tastiest fries and onion rings while our dear friends at The Flying Biscuit whipped up some of our personal side dish recipes. There was SO MUCH FOOD! All of the leftovers where donated to our local Rescue Mission.”
It’s no secret that I love me a bit of pink. After all, my barnet was varying shades of the colour for close to ten years straight! So when I saw Johanna and Bjorn’s Swedish wedding, but heart did back flips.
The couple met 16 years ago through mutual friends. After having two daughters together, Johanna got tired of waiting for him to propose so she asked him on New Year’s Eve by sending him an invitation to his own wedding!
“We both agreed that we wanted to have a personalised wedding”, she told me, “that would feel very much like us. We went completely with the things we like. I wore a pink tulle dress, we had a tour car from the hillbilly band Fearless as our transport, and we started the day with a good pre-drink in our own Thai bar we have in our barn!”
The incredible wedding of Robin and Jeannine took place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in August. “As a queer couple (gay, female identified Jeannine and gender/queer, trans identified Robin) we found it important to craft our wedding and the many details on our own so that it didn’t fall into a too traditional event that we ourselves didn’t fit into”, they told me.
“We used and encouraged gender-neutral language, used as many recycled materials as possible, and put our hearts and energy into all the aspects of what turned out to be an incredible day. Jeannine literally took the summer off from teaching for the first time ever and approached wedding planning in the same manner that she might develop curricula for her students. We also asked for support and inspiration in myriad areas of planning and production from our community of talented friends and loved ones.”
Katie and Richard were saving to buy a house when Richard proposed. So instead of moving, they decided to splash out on their dream wedding in Vegas!
As they travelled for the wedding, most of the little things like flowers were provided by the chapel, but the bride did make all the pinwheels for everyone to wear. “I have always loved pinwheels so I knew I wanted to do something that included them”, she said. “I was speaking to Richard about themes and ideas and he said he was happy for me to do what I liked (YAY!) but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just about what I wanted Richard had to be in there too. Both of us love colour and whilst looking through the internet one day, my friend found some fabric patterns that she thought we would love. She sent me the links and I sat and looked at them all and pretty much fell in love with one of the patterns which included sugar skulls, birds and flowers but most important of all had pretty much every colour you could possibly want! It was a winner and I was able to order the fabric by Alexander Henry via Etsy.”
Katie had her pink wedding dress and rainbow unicorn headpiece (!!) made by The Couture Company in Birmingham. “The rest of the ideas kind of just developed from there”, she continued. “I knew pink had to be included in my wedding dress because pink is just the best and I kind of just landed on yellow for Pam, my maid of honour. It wasn’t until we were looking for Richard’s shoes that things really clicked in to place. I wanted him to have something amazing so obviously Vivienne Westwood was one of the only places to look and there they were. They were pink and yellow and fabulous! Richard loved them and even though they would become one of the most expensive things he would ever wear, he had to have them.”