Lynda and Soph were married in the Brighton bandstand followed by a tipi reception at the Knepp Castle Estate. The whole day had a very laid back vibe and they chose mint, grey and red as their colour scheme.
“As designers, we aren’t the kind of people to go for a ready-made wedding. “his was about doing what we wanted, our way”, they began. “We started off with a field and worked from there up challenging ourselves to do as much as possible (with the help of our friends). We wanted to create a fun, laid back day where everybody could really enjoy themselves, and so that meant tipis, a hog-roast with a vintage ice-cream van to serve dessert, great live music and fantastic local beer.”
Lynne and Danielle were married in a marquee on Hengest Farm in Surrey. The wedding took place in May but as we all know, the British weather is anything but predicable and they had hailstones! Although they had to make some last minute changes, it didn’t put too much of a dampener on the day, they still threw an almighty party and had the best time ever.
“Our wedding was cheap, cheerful and full of love with a bit of red, white and blue thrown in”, began Danielle. “A few things didn’t go to plan like the van for setting up was cancelled the morning of, we discovered the marquee was broken with 14 hours to go, there was a hailstorm and my father-in-law ended up in hospital after being bitten by a dog. Oh, and torrential rain for an outside ceremony meant a last minute plan change. But it was all worth it. I had a genuine heart-in-mouth moment of when seeing Lynne the first time and seeing everybody we love in one place and having a ruddy good laugh was amazing!”
Hannah and Kristie were married at Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA. Their laid back May celebration was one that perfectly reflected them as a couple. ”Kristie’s from Virginia and I’m a New England girl through-and-through”, explained Hannah, “so we wanted to find a happy balance that would allow all our friends and family to feel comfortable and have a good time. Elegant, rustic, authentic, quirky, and comfortable were all words we threw around during the planning process.”
“I joke a lot that our wedding was crowd-funded, but seriously! Family members, friends, and friends-of-friends really came through to help us. They arranged our flowers, did my make up, make 150 truffles from scratch, helped with DIY projects, played live music during the ceremony, DJed the whole reception, bartended at the last minute, carpooled, ran errands, and make sure we were eating and sleeping and happy. One of them even get ordained online so they could marry us. This wedding would never have gotten off the ground without them!”
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!