Darren & Taryn were married on 03/03/13 and 3 minutes past 3… and although they had a limited budget, they created a wedding that was both sweet and beautiful but edgy and fun! “We chose all the 3′s because we loved the symbolism of the energy surrounding the number”, explained the bride. “In numerology the energy of the number 3 is optimistic and fun-loving, and strives to uplift and colour its surroundings. They tend to be the ‘joker’, have a wonderful sense of humour and are very charismatic.”
“We try not to take ourselves seriously and so when it came to tying the knot after a year of engagement bliss and totally stress-free planning, we knew our day would be filled with the people and things that reflected our separate personalities and us as a couple. We chose a beautiful venue off the trodden path of wedding venues in the Muldersdrift area of Johannesburg, which could not have been more perfect for what we had envisioned for us. Since we are of different faiths (my husband is Jewish and I am Catholic), the little quaint brookylaced gazebo, complete with bunting, on the edge of the picturesque dam was absolutely ideal for the intimate ceremony. We had it performed by a non-denominational minister in the presence of our immediate family and closest friends.”
Emma & Trevor’s farmhouse wedding took place in February. Their venue, Donington Park Farmhouse, an amazing space in Derbyshire, really set the theme of the day. The couple wanted the décor they chose to suit the surroundings, and so the wedding evolved into a rustic inspired theme. They had natural elements such as stone and exposed brick, key vintage pieces on the tables and wildflowers.
“Because the venue was a farmhouse, we had lots of exposed brick and natural materials, so our theme evolved into a kind of rustic, vintage style with the antique inkwells and bottles, old doilies and dried wheat and lavender”, Emma explained. “I hate the concept of a ‘vintage wedding’ (having been to a few wedding fairs along those lines that just felt really contrived) but in this case it really suited the place. I can honestly say we weren’t looking for total co-ordination, and we went with our gut instinct on what we liked. Because the venue was so amazing we actually had very little décor in the end.”
Amber & Kevin were married at The Goat Farm, a 19th century building that is now an art centre in Atlanta. They went for an antique and retro vibe whilst keeping their décor ideas sympathetic to the farm location.
“Kevin and I both love antiques and would joke about how much we enjoyed antique shopping together early in our relationship”, began the bride. “So we knew the wedding had to have an antique vibe. We bought lots of old stuff for it! I guess our theme was quite shabby chic. I went on a week long junk trip searching for the just the right pieces. I bought junk and turned it into something spectacular. I built speciality tables and we even created a bar from old pallets to use during the cocktail hour”
I know having favourites is bad… especially in my game… but, honestly, if I was held at gun point and asking to choose, I might be swayed towards Made U Look Photography. They are, without a doubt, some of the sweetest and most talented babes about. I love them endlessly and their photography fills my heart with joy.
So obviously getting a submission from Christina, Alie & Marielle is a red letter day in my book. I feel like all my Christmases have come at once when I first clap eyes on stunning wedding images like this:
UGH, girls. You killed it!
Heidi & Nathan’s beautiful outdoor wedding was held at Grand Oaks Ranch in Tehachapi, Ca.
“Nathan and I have been together for over 6 years so we wanted our wedding to be not only a celebration of our love for each other but also for our family and friends”, wrote Heidi. “They have been there for us throughout the years and have watched us grow into the people we are today. We wanted our day to be filled with love, laughter, tears, and lots of dancing… which was a total success of course!”
Amber & Jo’s art gallery wedding was held in downtown LA. They kept things informal and low key, really wanted to focus on the ceremony and hoped to create a real community feel.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of the things that are important to us and that we love, so we put a lot of thought into the details of the wedding”, explained Amber. “We tried to create an experience for everyone that would be a memorable celebration of our love for each other and for our friends and family. Our venue, ArtShare, a non-profit that supports low income youth to get involved in the arts, was perfect in that it allowed us to support a great organization while also providing the perfect physical space. The venue is part warehouse (reminiscent of some of the great downtown LA parties we’ve been to); part art gallery, which created a lovely reception space; and part theater, where we had the ceremony. It also provided a great spot for photos, with the downtown LA skyline in the background and that uniquely LA combination of colorful murals, graffiti, historic buildings and palm trees.”
“For our ceremony, we didn’t want it to feel like a show or performance that our guests watched. Instead we wanted it to be more like a community gathering, where our friends and family showed their support for us and made a vow to continue to support us through any rocky times to come. Two of our best friends, a couple, officiated the wedding. We asked our guests to share with us their thoughts, wishes, advice, and hopes for us relating to love and commitment. It was a remarkable gift to us to get to hear from them. We wrote our own vows and kept things very simple.”
“We found plastic glowing orbs for the flower girls and ring bearer to line the aisles with before we walked down them. We had to search high and low for metal stands to put them on, as they came with stakes to be used in the ground outside but in the end my ever-resourceful dad helped us find table leg extensions, which he cut to be the right size. They went really well with the industrial, urban feel of the space. The orbs have since then been put to good use at parties and on group camping trips.”
Getting married on December 1st, Katie & Nicholas had a rustic winter themed wedding. The day was held at Karnes Stables in Florida. “According to our guests, our wedding felt like ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Pinterest’ which I am NOT offended by at all!” laughed the bride. “I wanted our day to feel magical and very comfortable and I think through the months of planning and creating, we achieved what we wanted perfectly. The hard work and creativity did not go unnoticed by our guests.”
“We’ve always been very creative and didn’t want a normal clichéd or traditional wedding. Pinterest was a huge inspiration but we didn’t want to copy what everyone else had done. So we just brainstormed a lot on ideas how to make it feel like ‘us’. We hunted down every item at the Salvation Army and second hand stores and turned other people’s trash into our treasures!”
“The seating chart was made of an old window pane that we found at a junkyard and painted with chalkboard paint (which was super easy to do). My vintage brooch bouquet was a lot of work. We thrifted most of the brooches and used a Styrofoam ball to wire them all in. It took A LOT of brooches though so if you’re thinking of making one start looking for them right away!”