Claire and Joe always wanted to have a fun and stress-free wedding. So when Claire found out that Joe was going to visit one of his favourite ever places, she decided this was the perfect time for them to elope. The real twist is that Joe had absolutely no idea!
“When I knew Joe would be in California on business and he’d be working at his favourite race track, I decided it would be fun to just do something totally unique and fun”, explained Claire. “We had no parents, friends or family members trying to tell us what to do because they don’t even know we were getting married!”
“Although Joe knew we’d be getting married at some point soon (because we needed to get a marriage license) he had no idea he was actually going to get married at the racetrack and on THAT day. I’d secretly been planning the pop-up wedding for three months!”
The day was a bit chaotic and overall just a really great time”, she continued. ” Watching Joe walk towards me super happy and in complete disbelief was the most amazing moment. He totally did not see it coming.”
You might not think a Victorian wedding theme would work when meshed with modern technology, but with the bride being a history buff, and the groom a technology geek, it was actually the perfect joint theme for them!
Michelle and Drew were married in November at Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire. “I have a great fondness (hmm… obsession) with history”, Michelle told me. “I studied it at university and frankly, I can’t get enough! Drew said he didn’t care what he wore for the wedding so long as he could wear a top hat and carry a cane! So my Victorian gothic revival fantasy wedding was born.”
The bride’s mother made her amazing dress. “I refused from the beginning to wear white and instead chose red for my gown”, she explained. “While lots of people see white as traditional, it’s actually a fairly recent trend. Queen Victoria wore white for her wedding, but this was very new and before that, women used to just wear their best gown or if they were rich enough, they had one made. So when I thought about it, I actually felt like I was being more traditional than any bride in white! Red was an early favourite. Deep reds, bright reds and purples featured heavily as, to me, they give a sense of luxury.”
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.”
I seem to be featuring a lot of elopements at the moment. So many Rock n Roll couples are choosing to do things completely on their own terms, which I think is fabulous! Viktorija and Martynas, originally from Lithuania, were married at their embassy in London on their five year anniversary.
“I’ve dreamt about all the different wedding I could have ever since I was a small girl because I always knew I wanted something different”, began the bride. “When I came to marry Martynas we decided on something bold and public. I wore red and we took the London Underground all day.”
“My dress was red and made by Tiulio Feja. I picked red because I wanted to wear a unique colour and it means passion and love and power – everything you need in life!”
After the ceremony, the couple did portraits around the city with Kristida Photography.
“My favourite part of the wedding was probably was in the afternoon, during the portraits, when I realised that in a couple of hours we were flying to the Dominican Republic on our honeymoon”, she said. “I’m just mad about travelling! We had our ceremony at 3pm and at 9.30pm we were already on our way to PARADISE!”
With a budget of just $2000, Matt and Kat said “I do” at their own home the day after Halloween. “We christened our newly purchased house for our wedding!” the bride said. “We had spent several months renovating the old home’s interior but hadn’t moved in yet, so all the rooms in the house were empty. We transformed a (future) bedroom into a bar, another bedroom into a dinner/pot luck area. We strung friends’ borrowed Christmas lights all over the house, set up a PA system in the empty living room and called it a venue with a dance floor! Our new neighbour, George, who became a great friend during our move, let us perform the ceremony in the empty lot next to his house.”
“Having my mom walk me down the aisle dressed as Humphrey Bogart was really special. Also my brother became ordained in order to marry us, we collaborated and designed the ceremony and reception ourselves. We wrote our own vows and the designed the entire ceremony.”
The bride’s red dress was actually a skirt and top which she bought on Amazon although she says in retrospect she wishes she’d found something vintage. Her shoes were her favourite pair of Mary Janes and her headpiece was a red pill box hat with a veil and bow attached. The groom’s outfit was all thrifted and cost less than $45!
If the idea of a huge guest list fills you with dread, why not keep things simple and intimate, just like Fran and Ray did? The couple wanted to get married in a way that felt right for them. That meant keeping things small. They had just 15 guests for their ceremony, and their reception was held in their favourite restaurant.
“Ray and I met through our mutual love of weightlifting (hence the cake!)”, began the bride. “We actually spent the first year of our relationship apart – Ray on Guam and me in Australia. We spent a lot of time in airports and on planes. It was hard but we knew our future was worth it. He proposed on a beautiful tropical beach on Guam, New Year’s Eve 2013.”
“We didn’t want a big wedding”, she continued. “All that mattered was having our very closest people around us in a beautiful setting. One of the highlights for me was that my mum surprised me by coming over from the UK for the wedding, and Ray’s parents came all the way from the USA! I was extremely nervous about meeting them for the first time the day before the wedding, but they were incredibly sweet and loving to me.”