Jess and Steve wanted a wedding in the West Country that reflected lots of little things that they love. “We wanted a day that would be a lot of relaxed fun for us and our guests”, said the bride. “We wanted elements of things that we love, like 40s and 50s fashion and music, without it being ‘themed’. The plan was for a big West Country party!”
The day started with a church ceremony. “We were married in St Brendan’s Church. It was the church where Steve’s parents were married. It’s also 1000 years old! I’m a Christian, while Steve is Agnostic so it was lovely to have a church ceremony that would mean something to both of us. The ceremony was beautiful, the string quartet played a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (It was a tough decision between that and the Jurassic Park theme music) that I walked down the aisle to with my Dad.”
Paul and Shannon’s Friday 13th wedding took place in November and had a super glam yet quirky theme. “The wedding was a reflection of everything that we are,” said the bride. “Paul loves the prohibition era glitz and glam, I have an affinity for Vaudeville theatre and the vintage circus. We really have such a penchant for drama and over-the-top nonsense, it’s what makes us work so well together! So we infused the place with antique gold, gem-toned carnival glass, and absinthe cocktails. We even had a silent film reel projected onto the walls!”
“The most special thing is how much our family became invested in this process; all brooches for my bouquet found adventuring through antique stores with Paul’s mom, and the ABSURD marquis sign and the moon were made by hand by his talented dad! My mum made a gorgeous Poiret coat from an actual pattern from the 20s. We even displayed wedding dresses belonging to the matriarchs on both sides of our family so that guests could feel the legacy of marriages before ours that had been so wonderful.”
Emma and Chavez were married in London at Islington Town Hall. Before the ceremony they did some fun portraits with their photographer the Barbican Centre and on the London Underground and afterwards they had a low key reception at The Jugged Hare pub.
“We didn’t have a particular theme or inspiration”, said the bride, “we just chose things we liked and it came together on its own. We just focused on doing things the way we wanted them done without thinking too much about what we were *supposed* to do.”
Maggie and Dean’s wedding was inspired by their love of the great outdoors, so much so that the bride’s sister-in-law dubbed it as a Moonrise Kingdom themed wedding!
“Our wedding was kind of a fusion of a couple of things that were important to us”, explained the bride. “One aspect was our love of the outdoors, and all the camping and fishing we do. We blended that with our enjoyment of vintage style.”
“A lot of our bonding as a couple was done while spending time outdoors, so we wanted to make it feel like ‘camp’ for all our guests. Also, for our second date, Dean took me to a dive bar that had a dance party, fuelled by a DJ playing all vinyl records from the 50’s and 60’s. DJ Junior, better known as Jeff Roberts, held those dance parties once a month but he eventually moved from Pittsburgh to Nashville. When we got engaged, we asked if he would drive to Pittsburgh, with his record collection, and DJ our wedding. To our shock and delight, he agreed. We wanted to relive that date at our reception, and let all of our guests enjoy the great party that comes with dancing to music from that genre.”
Inspired by the romance and the 1930s, Valentina and Jacopo had their engagement shoot in a barbershop on the Adriatic coast!
“Valentina and Jacopo are Rock n Roll dancers and they own a tattoo shop”, explained photographer, Vanessa Repupilli. “They wanted their pre-wedding shoot to reflect their love of retro and for it to be romantic. Figaro’s, the barbershop, is full of vintage details which really helped me to tell the story.”
Gigi and Fredrik had a big family celebration in San Diego inspired by the bride’s Mexican heritage and love of mid-century modern design.
“I selfishly declared that the feeling of our wedding should be mid-century Mexican”, she began. “I’m Mexican but he’s Norwegian and not as much into mid-century design as I am, but it was an ace theme! We wanted to mix the styling of the 50s and 60s (heavy on the Palm Springs vibes) with the vibrancy and richness of Mexican culture. I was inspired by Mexican films from the period and vintage travel posters.”
“On a more personal note, the theme was also a way for me to be able to nod to my Mexican heritage on my mom’s side, and to also honour my relationship with my late father.”
Their ceremony was officiated by a friend. “Maybe the best idea that I ever had was asking Lauren to officiate the ceremony”, she explained. “We don’t know any official officiants and I just couldn’t bear the thought of a stranger performing our ceremony. We knew we wanted something non-traditional, but also personal. She asked us questions (separately) in order to weave the answers throughout the ceremony – which made for many surprises and delights. When the guests arrived at the church, they were greeted by mariachi’s all dressed in white. They were so great, I wish we’d had a videographer!”