A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.
“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme! I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”
There were two things that really captured my attention when I first saw Shaun and Rikki’s wedding photos – her amazing pink hair and those incredible custom wedding shoes. They came from Kukla Fashion Designs on Etsy and I just knew instantly that you’d love them just as much as I do.
“We love heavy metal, tattoos and the rockabilly/ 1950s lifestyle, so when Shaun proposed there was no doubt about the theme”, wrote the bride. “We knew straight away what we wanted to do. We wanted our wedding to be furthest from traditional as possible, so we decided on cocktail style with no flowers. Instead e had guitars, records, lollipops and cupcakes. We wanted people to have fun! There were no planned speeches or formalities, we just wanted to celebrate the night with our friends sharing a drink and dancing the night away.”
Markéta and Sam said “I do” within the ruins of Castle Košumberk in the Czech Republic. Their colourful theme represented the two of them, and overall their theme was love and hearts! “We love colourful things and bright styles so our theme for the wedding could be called a heartfelt kaleidoscope meets 50s twist and shout!”, Markéta said. “Hearts were easy. I love Melissa shoes and I just loved my wedding shoes. When Sam proposed I ordered them just two days after. They have a big cute heart and so we decided a heart theme for the whole wedding sounded good.
“We had customized cufflinks for the groom with hearts. Sam loves video games so the hearts on the cufflinks were in a pixilated style. We had hearts instead of polka dots on the bridesmaid dresses. We had homemade heart candles from the groom’s step dad. Our cake had a lot of hearts. All my jewelry was with hearts. I feel like we pulled off the heart motif very well. We have a lot of friends and family from different countries and cultural backgrounds with colourful personalities, so we wanted to have colourful decorations to match.”
Chris and Ursula met at the age of 18, when they were both obsessed with music and played in a combined schools orchestra. “He had a massive curly shoulder-length afro at the time, I wore a pink school uniform; he played oboe, I played clarinet”, she said. “We bonded over car rides home and his mum’s choc-chip cookies. We were shy young things though and didn’t eventually get together until a year or so later, after I returned from living in Denmark for a year.”
“I think the thing that made our wedding ‘unique’ or different was that so many of the things we chose were things that we just liked – not things that we thought we ‘should’ have or do”, she continued. “I wore a red dress, not white, because I didn’t feel like ‘me’ in any of the classic white ones that I tried on. We had a cute red kombi van rather than a classic old car because we figured if we had to hire transport, it may as well be fun! We ordered a tiramisu cake rather than a classic wedding cake because… well, we really wanted to eat tiramisu at our wedding! We also secretly got dance lessons for a couple of months and learnt an awesome swing dance for our first dance!”
Suzie and Marc were married in Cork in June. They wanted their wedding to be fun, with hints of the 1950s. They were inspired by their favourite movie, The Quiet Man, for their overall retro theme.
“Our wedding was a Irish festival with fifties touches”, began Suzie. “Everything was unique in the sense that we wanted to make it our own and completely different to any other wedding we’d been to. Our venue was Glengarriff Lodge in Cork and was the perfect setting for our wedding as it is steeped in history. It is the former hunting lodge of The Earl of Bantry and is located on a man made island surrounded by The Glengarriff River and one of Ireland’s only ancient natural forests.”
Annabel and Steve met in a nightclub in Scotland. The Aussie bride and her English groom were married eight years later in Melbourne, where they now live. “Our wedding was rustic and vintage in styling with an urban setting and with a nod to our international roots”, Annabel said.
“We did a lot of things differently to the norm including the fact that my brother was one of my bridesmaids! I also wore a tea length dress and Steve and his groomsmen caught a tram to the ceremony. We had a kick ass taco stand instead of a traditional wedding breakfast too and we provided a babysitter so parents could enjoy themselves without worrying about their little ones.”