Bookworms Stacy & Jo selected Maynard’s Café, upstairs at Berkelouw Books in Newtown, Sydney as their venue. Although they hadn’t hosted a wedding there before, the café were wonderful to work with and really helped the girls put their own stamp on their day. Obviously having a book shop as a backdrop made picking a theme pretty easy. With old books on the long table and books as favours for each of their guests, it all worked really well together.
“The old books as favours were wrapped in brown paper and string,” Stacy began. “They were quite ridiculous, on topics like cooking with gelatine or maintaining different types of lawn grass. There was one of poetry about cats, a German picture book of ET and one on unique napkin folds. In the wedding program we encouraged swapping with table neighbours and they ended up being a great hit and ice breaker.”
Before I even saw these photographs I knew I wanted to blog this wedding. Wedding photographer, Adam Lowe, described the event to me as ‘a mega super awesome gay punk dude wedding’ and I instantly knew it would be amazing… and oh boy how right I was!
Josh & Scott were married in October at 400 West Rich, a 100,000 sq foot warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. They did pretty much everything themselves and spent just $3000 making their wedding perfect. “We met through a gay social networking and just got to talking”, they began. “About three months later we were taking turns visiting each other and three months after that Josh moved to Columbus. Josh is a huge Disney fan and we planned a trip to Disney and Scotty ordered an engagement ring. He proposed to Josh in front of Cinderella’s Castle.”
“We wanted a very organically flowing wedding. The ceremony was short but personal with personal vows”, they continued. “The space we used for our wedding was an old factory that is being converted into artist studios. Being so DIY minded, it just made sense to use it and create a warm welcoming environment on our own. Being vegans and experiencing some bad catered vegan food options at weddings we knew we did not want to depend on a caterer to make the food. Instead we did it all ourselves with help of friends. We are talking 400 tamales, 100 ‘chicken’ wings, 300 cake pops… We also had the majority of our friends and wedding party involved in doing something to help out. We know people in bands, people who are DJs and bartenders. Everyone volunteered their time and took turns helping out and partying!”
Sarah & Carol had a destination wedding in Canada. With Sarah originally from Canada the pair, who now live in Brighton, wanted to fly back for the wedding. “We decided to be married in Sarnia because Carol is incredibly attached to her hometown and the beaches and water of Lake Huron (can you blame her?)”, wrote newlywed Carol. “At the time we booked the venue we thought we would both be living in Canada, so it seemed a natural choice. We chose Sarnia Riding Club as our venue so we could be right next to the water. We knew that whatever continent we decided to do the wedding on, a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to attend, we’re so pleased that so many people made it – and we’ve promised to dance with those who didn’t make it very soon.”
The couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding, and by doing a lot themselves and making clever choices they were able to keep their entire budget to under £4000. They were able to save money by buying dresses that weren’t ‘wedding dresses’ and by having their friend and professional photographer Alexa Clark Kent (yes really!) photograph the wedding as a gift. Alexa was also the ‘best woman’ so she really worked her butt off at this wedding!
It wasn’t love at first sight for Amanda & T’Neil, but their romance is certainly what epic love stories are made of. Now call me an old sop, but what a great movie their story would make!
“T’Neil and I met through our parents in our mid teens,” began Amanda. “It was one of those friendships you had because your parents ‘encouraged’ it. The two of us could not have been more different if we tried to be – she was miss pep and I was miss ‘leave me the heck alone’. I wanted to set her pom poms on fire and she says she was scared to death I was gonna beat her up or something! Through the first year that we were ‘encouraged’ to be friends it was a lot of small talk and ‘my dad said to ask you if you wanna hang out’ invites – movies, the mall, game nights.”
“Then we began to see that we weren’t so different after all; we had more in common than we wanted to admit even to ourselves. What was once an ‘encouraged’ friendship became inside jokes, sleep overs, and overnight texting. We look back now after 7 years of the best friendship and we can’t say what was the moment it all changed, but somewhere over the years of helping each other through a move across states, the sickness and death of a parent and divorce of others, heartbreaks, injuries and so much more, we became inseparable. And eventually best friendship turned into a ‘once in a lifetime’, movie script type of love, with all the tests of A Lot Like Love, hope of A Walk to Remember and love of The Notebook.”
Are you ready to partaaaay!? Well even if your answer is “er Kat, it’s a Wednesday, who parties on a Wednesday?” I hope I might change your mind when you see Frances & Arianne’s totally rad wedding. These guys make me wanna jump in a swimming pool and dance until dawn!
The wedding was held at Malibu Nature Preserve. “I’m not really sure what made us particularly Rock n Roll,” wrote Arianne. “We just chose things that we loved. We picked things that reflected us even if it wasn’t traditional. We used feathers instead of flowers, converse instead of dress shoes, and we walked down the aisle to our favorite songs. But I think the most unique part of our wedding was the give away. With Fran being Native American, in her culture it is customary to give all of your guests individual gifts to show your appreciation. We picked out things for everyone that reflected them as a person. It was such a pleasure seeing everyones face when they opened their gifts.”
I’m sure you won’t have failed to notice that there’s a little sporting event going on in London at the moment. Now while I’ve genuinely surprised myself with how much I’ve been enjoying it (the opening ceremony was amazing and I’m now well versed in the art of synchronized diving) I can’t help but shudder when yet another red, white and blue or Olympic themed bridal shoot (really, come on really, is that the most unique idea flying about at the moment?!) lands in my inbox.
However when I saw this shoot, admittedly not purposely patrtiotically themed, came my way I was excited… and it wasn’t at all because it made me feel invigorated about ‘going for gold’ (the cliches flying around blogland are also doing my head in – anyone else?!) Stylist Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio told me all about it.
“The inspiration for Naomi & Nicky’s shoot was burlesque, blues, whites and reds, vintage china, cakes, tutus and frilly lace knicker cakes! Basically we wanted a burlesque-esque, bridal vintage tea party with a flashes of red. The inspiration evolved over time and adapted to what the British weather threw at us on the day. Photographer Adam and I have wanted to work on a shoot together at Combermere Abbey for a while. We both love the place, it’s incredibly naturally beautiful. So I came up with the idea to do the shoot in and around the bluebell woods, with a quirky burlesque influence.”