Stephanie and Gabriel were inspired by lots of things for their Iowa wedding. Their theme was a mixture of all things rustic, bohemian, hipster, creative and geeky!
“We drew inspiration from the items and people we love”, said Stephanie. “For example, our table names were book titles that Gabriel and I chose based on their significance in our life. We also found inspiration in frugality. The areas we spent more money on were the items that would directly interact with the guests, i.e. the food, the drink and the favours.”
“When it came to decorating, we have to give a lot of credit for the final look to Jenn of Harper Hadley Events, because we sat and told her the desired feel and the ambiance we wanted to achieve, and she nailed it. She brought together all our individual must-haves and created a coherent, absolutely beautiful event.”
When it came to organising their wedding, Jess and Tony had one thing in mind – family. This was their second time around (yes, they married each other twice!!) and this time they wanted to do things completely on their own terms. “Our wedding was shabby, ethereal, vintage, pin-up, country and quirky”, explained the bride. “Basically, it was anything but normal!”
“What made it even less normal was that this was actually our second wedding…. to each other! It wasn’t just a vow renewal, it was a wedding. We were really young when we got married in 2000 and had a very traditional wedding that neither of us really felt a part of. Life took over and our marriage fell apart after 13 years. We separated and worked really hard through some excruciating stuff and this was a celebration of new life, new family, and is as our authentic selves. We have 3 kids and they were part of our wedding. This was us doing the wedding the way we wished it had always been.”
There was one thing more important to Jamie and Zach than anything else at their wedding – family. “We wanted all of our loved ones with us to make a day full of amazing memories”. said the bride. “Having our grandmothers as our flower girls was by far the best decision we made. My mother also walked me down the aisle.”
The wedding was held at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Pennsylvania. The day had a laid back, rustic theme. “All of our escort cards, place cards, favours and decorations we hand made by my sister Nicole,” Jamie continued. “I can’t thank her enough for how much time she put into everything.”
Ariel and Rem were married in May in Colorado. They didn’t want to spend a fortune, but they also didn’t want to cut corners on the wedding. They prioritised the things they felt were the most important (food, photos!) and saved where they could on everything else.
“The inspiration for our wedding was simply that we wanted it to feel like us”, Ariel said. “We thought it was important to be able to fully enjoy our day, so that meant cutting out some of the more traditional elements like having a large bridal party and tossing the bouquet, although we did keep a few of those things. We really just sat back and let our hearts lead the way.”
“We added a lot of personal touches everywhere that I think made our wedding special. I wanted people to walk in, not knowing who’s wedding they were going to, and just by looking around the room, be able to tell. We incorporated lovely quartz crystals on the tables that my dad gave to us. They came from dried up river beds in south Alabama, where my family is originally from. Rem and I have an affinity for stones and crystals, so it just felt right to bring that into our wedding décor. Not to mention that they’re very literally little pieces of my home, so that really made it feel unique to us.”
I’m totally obsessed with the spectacular location of Holly and Tom’s informal Welsh wedding. They were married in the lighthouse at Nash Point, on the coast of Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. They chose the location because it was so naturally beautiful.
“We drew inspiration from our gorgeous surroundings, the beautiful beach and the stunning coastline”, said Holly. “Tom used to be a keen surfer so we instantly knew that we wanted the wedding to take place near the sea. We were so lucky that Nash Point has a breath-taking view. The fact that the lighthouse is the only working lighthouse in the country licensed for weddings sealed the deal.”
“We didn’t want anything too formal so I spent hours scouring Pinterest for casual wedding ideas”, she continued. “The first thing we wanted is for the wedding to be like one big party, like a festival, so we hired tipis and set them up in the field next to the lighthouse for our reception. The farmer we hired the field from also let us borrow his hay bales which made for great decoration and seating. We wanted to have a sweet table, a popcorn bar and s’more kits for our guests which we made ourselves the night before the wedding. The finishing touch had to be fairy lights and bunting because let’s be honest they make absolutely anything look pretty and magical!”
Nadia and David were married in September at Meadowood Centre in Bellville, OH. The 1820’s barn sits on top of a hill in a woods and was the perfect place for their casual nuptials.
“By the time we were married, it had been 10 years since our first date”, Nadia explained. “This wedding was a long time coming, so we didn’t want to just pay to have everything thrown together without thought. It was important to us to make it really special, not only for each other, but for everyone who’s loved and supported us through the years. Everything had sentimental value. Whether your guests are aware of the stories behind every detail is insignificant; the important thing is that you remember your day as being hugely personal by every stretch of the imagination. It might take more effort, but if you give yourself enough time, it’s more fun than it is work. We spent time making sure every aspect of the day came from the heart, and doing anything from the heart is unique and inspiring.”
Nadia wore a BHLDN dress with jewellery from Etsy and a flower crown made from real blooms. Her bridesmaids all wore cream or white and she let them choose their own dresses. “We just wanted everything to feel natural and for our guests to have a good time”, she continued. “I think when you avoid colour schemes and trendy themes, your wedding will be timeless.”