Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.
“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”
The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!
“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”
Victoria and Matthew both work in the music industry (the groom is in the band Madina Lake) which is how they first met. Despite living on opposite sides of the world, the bride in the UK and the groom in America, that didn’t stop them dating!
“Matthew’s band was touring in the UK and I had organised in-store signings at my retail stores with the support band”, Victoria told me. “They invited us to the show afterwards and while we were hanging with our friends in Fearless Vampire Killers, drinking Madina Lake’s beer, their set ended and Matthew walked in.”
“The main inspiration for the wedding was to trade in the traditional for a healthy serving of original; we’re really not traditional people”, she continued. “We wanted the day that was meant to celebrate us to actually represent us, our personalities. We didn’t have a best man, ushers, bridesmaids, speeches, a fancy car or first dance. We just felt that none of those things were for us.”
“With half the guests being American, we wanted lots of British and Mancunian influences”, she explained. “The venue was a Victorian mansion and we hired the whole place so every guest got a room. Each room had a free standing bath tub and lots of original features, fireplaces, ceiling roses – very British!”
Teresa and Nathan were married in Vegas, but their wedding was anything but the “traditional” shotgun wedding. Their ceremony was held at the iconic Neon Graveyard museum!
“With both of us losing all four of our parents, and the rest of our family split in two different parts of the US, we decided that we were going to keep the mood light and do exactly what we want for our wedding – go to Las Vegas!”, the bride began. “People often ask if we were married by Elvis. I think a lot of people have the misconception that Vegas weddings mean drive-through ceremonies and kitsch. While there is a fair share of that, we chose Las Vegas because of the unique venue choices and our ability to tailor our wedding to suit our personalities. We made the day a reflection of us. I am actually a graphic designer in the signage industry, so what better ceremony venue that The Neon Sign Museum!?”
The wedding had a purple and teal colour scheme. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to the Fireside Lounge at Peppermill Restaurant for a meal. “When I spoke to our suppliers, particularly the lady who made our cake, my inspiration was ‘Marie Antoinette on Acid'”, she continued. “We enjoyed the entire wedding day from start to finish, but if I had to pick a favourite moment it would be the meal after the ceremony and spending time with my family and friends. Since we only had six guests at our wedding, it was nice being able to talk, laugh and drink with everyone.”
Courtney and Todd were married on October 31st and had a Halloween wedding at Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY. The cemetery made for the perfect location for their portraits too!
“I love cemeteries and I have always said that if I ever got married, it would be in one”, Courtney wrote. “We’re both big horror fans so getting married at a cemetery on Halloween just made sense! We really wanted to capitalise on the whole Halloween and horror theme. We used real toe tags as escort cards and instead of table numbers we assigned every table a horror movie. We also incorporated ‘jumping the broom’ into our ceremony, which is something that none of our guests had ever seen before.”
The bride wore a beautiful princess style dress from David’s Bridal with gothic style accessories that all came from eBay. “For years I had told everyone that I would be wearing a black dress when I got married”, she explained. “I looked and tried on a few black dresses but I never got that ‘bride’ feeling until I tried on a white one. I fell in love with the third white dress I tried on, and purchased it without even giving it a second thought. From that day on, I had to keep the colour of my dress a secret from EVERYONE!! I wanted it to be a huge shock when the doors opened and I came out in white. It was especially hard to keep the secret from Todd. Especially since I made my own veil. He asked me one day why I was making a white veil and I had to tell him that it was for a friend who was getting married as well. So imagine his surprise when I walked up wearing a white dress and the veil that I made right in front of him!!”
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!”
Wearing a second hand dress, black velvet Dr Marten boots and a homemade flower crown in her lilac hair, Laura married Colin at Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston Upon Thames. The reception was held at the London Museum of Water and Steam, which they decorated themselves with the help of their families. Nearly all the flowers were grown in Laura’s Mum’s front garden and were arranged the morning of the wedding.
“Our inspiration was London, spring-time and marjarelle blue from gardens in Morocco, where Colin proposed”, began Laura. “We both love history and I work as a carpenter/welder so the industrial past of the museum and the still-working women’s forge in the grounds suited us perfectly. I like things juxtaposed so I used lots of spring flowers, candles and white linen to add femininity.”