Steph and Harry had a quintessential Brighton wedding. Their ceremony was on the famous Brighton bandstand, they had photographs taken on the iconic seafront and their reception was at the amazing Proud Cabaret.
“Our theme was a little bit mad”, laughed Steph. “We love the peacock colours so that became our colour palette. We were never going to have a traditional wedding in a church or hotel, we wanted something fun and memorable. Our wedding was all about having fun, getting our families together with things that we love such as the sea, fashion, textiles and creativity. We made most of our decorations and favours as well as the bouquets. It was a very hands on wedding and I enjoyed the prep as much as the actual day.”
“The ceremony venue also made it unique. The bandstand is incredibly beautiful and it’s not everyday you get married on Brighton’s oldest landmark. It’s got such character and is stunning but it was always risky this our wonderful British weather!”
“We chose skulls instead of flowers for the buttonholes, we had a skull cake and our reception at a cabaret bar!” she continued. “We ended up having a sea theme on the tables with the octopus and the lobsters!! The lobsters were a personal joke – for anyone that watched Friends they’ll understand..! Harry was also brought up in Clacton on Sea, and is very much a seaside boy. It was also very appropriate. Our table plan was prints by my favourite tattoo artists, Angelique Hautkamp.”
For their March wedding, Tiffany and Christopher wanted to do everything themselves. It meant they were able to save money, but also that they could have the wedding they really wanted. Their theme was a pastel candy coloured rainbow, full of lovely DIY projects and playful ideas!
“Pastel candy rainbow is the easiest description for the reception”, explained the bride. “We went for a more nature inspired, minimal, springtime themed look for the actual ceremony. We’re both foodies (Chris being a chef helps) and we love donuts, candy, sprinkles, and lots of colors.”
“The officiant was explicitly told there would be no religion, no references to ‘giving the bride away”‘or any other traditional vows”, she continued. “I’m a feminist and I am not owned by my father or my husband. She went along with it beautifully and even threw in a Willy Wonka quote at the end. I had pink hair, tattoos showing, and we arrived in a classic Buick Century. Our shoot after the ceremony at the carnival was very Rock n Roll, with my leather jacket, pins, and our sunglasses. We happened to find the carnival in a shopping center a few days before the wedding and it turned out to be perfect for pictures. It was free and we had a blast! The car we rode in was the coolest too.”
Wanting to combine two of their biggest passions for their big day, Nick and Kelli had a surf and flower inspired wedding. All the guys wore colourful Hawaiian shirts and the girls were in brightly patterned summer dresses! Kelli’s dress was vintage, from the 1940s and cost her $8! The day was held outdoors, at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.
“Our wedding was surf inspired”, wrote Kelli, “as we both surf and after watching the 80s classic North Shore together, we knew the theme we wanted straight away! Light, fun, floral, colourful and full of love!”
“We have both been to enough weddings to know what we didn’t want. We didn’t want anything too contrived, we didn’t want round tables with candle sticks and chandeliers. We didn’t want the stiffness and perfection that some weddings become. We were in such a beautiful and natural setting out in the orchard that we didn’t want to take anything away from that, so we added to it with flowers, bunting and beautiful lighting. Our guests were all asked to wear floral so when we looked out during the ceremony we only saw a lawn full of colour. Our nieces and nephews were running around whilst we were getting married, we could hear them laughing and shouting. It made the day, for us at least, honest.”
If there’s one thing I love it’s COLOUR – and lots of it – so when photographer Rebecca Douglas sent over this wedding inspiration shoot, I couldn’t really turn down the opportunity to feature it. Styled by Jenny Sinclair of Bellaboo and Beau, this shoot was inspired by a neon colour palette and the tropics.
“I first had the idea for this shoot about five months ago”, explained Jenny. “I woke from a tropical neon dream, literally, and rang Rebecca Douglas straight away. Our combined passions for neon and birds led me to set the style. I am a lover of the bright, the bold and the ballsy and as the last five months have gone by I have been increasingly inspired by the tropical and tribal patterns, trends and colours that have come about in the fashion world.”
I think a lot of you will know Sassy already. She is an amazing wedding photographer and I’m really lucky because I get to share her incredible weddings all the time. A few years ago she also wrote an article for me about her own wedding photography experience which went kinda viral (read: it was one of my most popular articles of all time!)
So, when she told me that she and her gorgeous husband, Ian, were renewing their vows in Thailand I was really, really excited. Excited for them because they’d finally have the epic photographs they deserved, but extra excited for me and you because I knew she’d let me blog it!
Not only are these photos (by Emma Lucy and Neil Douglas), and the accompanying video (Chris Koch), some of the most incredible I’ve seen in a long time, but the love, emotion and THAT RAINBOW DRESS by The Couture Company (who else?) have completely blown me away!
“I’m not going to dwell on the reason we first considered a vow renewal on our 5th wedding anniversary”, began Sassy. “Yes, people did raise an eyebrow as if to say ‘It’s only 5 years!!’ but hell, you know what, why shouldn’t we celebrate every year!?”
“We decide to renew our vows at the one place we both love equally. Ian and I are quite different people (as chalk and cheese!) and don’t often have the same opinions on anything, so when we both totally fell for Chieow Laan lake and Koh Sok national park I knew this was the perfect place for the renewal… after all it’s paradise! It’s hard to explain how this place gets in to your soul but when I haven’t been in a while I start feeling homesick. Its special and magical!”
Sam and Stu met at college and bonded over a mutual love of video games, “primarily how to get the knights of the round summon in Final Fantasy 7!” Sam laughed. So needless to say, when it came to tying the knot, the very thing that brought them together was to be the theme of the wedding. ” We’re game geeks to the core! We wanted sleek quirky bright design with our gaming interest being the centre of it. We play tabletop RPG’s, board games and regular old video games.”
The day was held at aBode Chester, the modern setting was perfect for their day. “When you first delve into ‘wedding planning world’ its overwhelming”, she said. “All the old photos of your parents, the old traditions that have formed your opinion of weddings are shattered, especially when you find out about Pinterest (which is a blessing and curse). We didn’t want a ‘safe’ wedding. Plain white dress, veil, only roses bouquet with diamanté etc. It just wasn’t us. We had a few traditional elements to appease my new husband’s silver spoon needs (except chair covers! I won the battle on that one!) but everything else was free game to our artistic license.”