Seven years after their wedding, Cati and Ash renewed their vows. They did so in their own back garden in Johannesburg with just their kids and their photographer in attendance. They wrote their own vows and had them printed on the back of their wedding album, which they read out to each other.
Rebecca from Runaway Romance helped them plan the whole thing. “This in essence was a styled shoot that included my very dear friends letting me take over their home and gorgeous children”, she wrote. “On a deeper much more personal note this was part of my own healing process. It felt like I had been holding my breath for months, watching my friend and her family go through the excruciating stages of cancer treatment. I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t change anything. So when it finally did come to an end, this was my way of exhaling, rejoicing and doing something. For me the point of the afternoon was to celebrate the fact that this family had gone through incredibly hard times and come out not only intact but thriving.”
“When Rebecca originally approached us with the idea of a vow renewal, I did not expect it to be as meaningful and powerful as it was” Cati continued. “She presented us with a moment that was unbelievably beautiful and intimate. She really understood who we are and how we would celebrate. Her attention to detail and her thought behind each aspect really blew me away. We have come so far, and we are not the same kids that promised for better or worse seven years ago. To be able to renew our vows to each other, with our children standing right by our sides, made us realise just how much we have done together and just how much love can accomplish.”
Tim and Ange were married in Brisbane. One of the most notable things about this wedding was that they completely changed their plans, mid-way through. They went from organising a big 100+ guest wedding at a fancy venue, to a small and intimate one in an alley in the heart of the city with just 20 guests… oh and organising it all in 12 weeks!
“I think the most important thing for both Tim and I was to feel like us on our wedding day”, began the bride. “Even in the early planning stages, we had been looking for vendors who embrace thing that are a little left of centre and who were willing to embrace our ‘less than traditional’ way of doing things.”
“Between being made redundant, struggling to find work and trying to plan ‘the big white wedding’ with Tim’s ever-changing schedule lighting theatre shows, we got pretty fed up”, Ange explained. “I think I had gotten to my breaking point, and after a very tearful afternoon with my sister and my niece, all I wanted to do is to be married to the love of my life. So we did exactly that. We went from a wedding almost a year away with 100+ guest wedding in one of Brisbane’s most beautiful venues to getting married in a city lane way with less than 20 people which we pulled together in just over 12 weeks… not to mention Tim being ‘on the road’ for 8 of those weeks (plus moving house!) It kind of threw some people to begin with, but at the end of our wedding day, as I closed my eyes next to my beautiful husband, I couldn’t think of anything that we should-would-could have done differently to make it more perfect.”
For her bridal shoot, Gabi, a make up artist from Rio, wanted something modern but with a boho twist. Her wedding dress was made for her and inspired by a Chanel gown she saw at a runway show. She chose a cool and elegant hotel in Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, for the location.
“The place is truly amazing, with perfect natural lighting and art objects”, explained photographer Marina Lomara. “I loved having the opportunity to photograph a bride so beautiful there. Here in Brazil, wedding photographers generally just have just a few minutes for the bride’s portraits on a wedding day so it was amazing to have two hours to shoot here. Gabi loves to be photographed and made sure to have a special photo session before going to the party. She did her own make up and with the short dress, pixie hair cut and dark red lips she looked like an actress right out of the 1940s.”