We’re just getting into the depths of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but our Southern brothers and sisters have their winter weddings in July. Danielle and Zak, from Melbourne, were married at The Willows, the perfect place for a cosy and intimate winter wedding.
“When I was little I was always obsessed with my parents wedding photos”, began Danielle. “They got married in a beautiful lush garden in the 70s, mum wore a beautiful lace dress and dad had an amazing navy suit. They looked so happy and adorable with their long wavy hair and natural blooming flowers. I wanted something with a similar feel for our wedding.”
“We didn’t really have a theme, we just went with what we liked. After we got engaged we knew pretty quickly we wanted an evening winter wedding with lots of candles. We had mismatched vintage jars filled with lots of natural flowers for centrepieces on the tables with the occasional skull. Luckily we both have pretty similar taste so we agreed on most things. It took us a long time to find the right venue though; we had a lot of fun looking at different venues, as we would turn it into little day trips or excuses for delicious lunches!”
Ruth and Matt wanted to keep things casual for their June wedding. That meant a town hall ceremony and reception with a pub drinks reception in between! Ruth’s stunning dress came from Jenny Packham and Matt wore a bespoke suit from Suit Supply, just off Saville Row.
“We met eight years ago when we were both working at Vans on Carnaby Street”, began the bride. “Which is why Matt’s wedding day gift to me was the customised Vans Slip-ons representing where we met and our wedding day.”
“Our wedding was a mixture of our shared interests. We didn’t want a specific theme, just to incorporate the different things we like that represent us as a couple. From Art Deco to Americana to Rock and Metal via Mexico. We just really wanted a fun day where everyone could enjoy themselves and feel relaxed. Although we wanted some traditional elements we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted our personalities to come across.”
Faye and Jason were married in Manchester Museum. The ceremony was held underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, in The Fossils Gallery. This was followed by a drinks reception amongst the taxidermy – including a tiger, lion, and a polar bear – and all underneath the skeleton of a sperm whale!
“Our wedding theme was ‘English Eccentric'”, said the bride. “We ended up with a mixture of English heritage, taxidermy, cake that looked like savouries, and Manchester iconography.”
“We didn’t have one particular inspiration as such, we just wanted to make it as fun as possible for everybody. We wanted lots of colour, brilliant music and a relaxed and friendly feel. We also wanted to support small, independent and, where possible, local, businesses. We’re so pleased we did as we got exactly what we wanted and a personalised service. We knew we didn’t want an off-the-peg wedding experience and every one of our suppliers spent time getting to know us and tailoring things for us.”
Hayley and Hoots were married in Auckland, New Zealand. After a church ceremony their had their quirky and fun reception at The Sapphire Room in Ponsonby.
“I was totally inspired by anything vintage”, wrote Hayley, “which started when Hoots proposed to me with his gran’s engagement ring. I loved looking at family photos of their weddings and I loved the idea of a mismatched wedding with not one particular style, colour or theme.”
Courtney and Todd were married on October 31st and had a Halloween wedding at Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY. The cemetery made for the perfect location for their portraits too!
“I love cemeteries and I have always said that if I ever got married, it would be in one”, Courtney wrote. “We’re both big horror fans so getting married at a cemetery on Halloween just made sense! We really wanted to capitalise on the whole Halloween and horror theme. We used real toe tags as escort cards and instead of table numbers we assigned every table a horror movie. We also incorporated ‘jumping the broom’ into our ceremony, which is something that none of our guests had ever seen before.”
The bride wore a beautiful princess style dress from David’s Bridal with gothic style accessories that all came from eBay. “For years I had told everyone that I would be wearing a black dress when I got married”, she explained. “I looked and tried on a few black dresses but I never got that ‘bride’ feeling until I tried on a white one. I fell in love with the third white dress I tried on, and purchased it without even giving it a second thought. From that day on, I had to keep the colour of my dress a secret from EVERYONE!! I wanted it to be a huge shock when the doors opened and I came out in white. It was especially hard to keep the secret from Todd. Especially since I made my own veil. He asked me one day why I was making a white veil and I had to tell him that it was for a friend who was getting married as well. So imagine his surprise when I walked up wearing a white dress and the veil that I made right in front of him!!”
Jamie and Mat’s intimate wedding was held by the marina in Carins, a tropical paradise in the north of Queensland. Their ceremony was right by the water, and their reception was held at Salt House restaurant. “We met while I was working at the Cairns night markets airbrushing hats”, began the bride. “I noticed Mat walk into the markets and prayed he didn’t come to my booth as I was covered in paint… but over he came to order some hats. I stumbled through conversation with him, discovering we were both originally from the small rural town. It was definitely lust at first sight! Two weeks later we went on our first date and we haven’t spent a single night apart since! He proposed after just three months and we were married three months later!”
“Our wedding theme vintage but with a touch of modern”, she continued. ” We had vintage chairs and teacups but also with glass skull centrepieces! Our wedding was small, just 30 guests. We haven’t regretted this decision for a second.”
The bride’s super glam dress and headpiece were by Aussie bridal designer Johanna Johnson. “We had no real budget as such, we just wanted things to be how we wanted them but without spending a fortune. Honestly, there isn’t a thing I’d change now. We had everything we wanted and more. Our main cash splash would have to be my headpiece actually! At $800 I definitely considered leaving it out, but I think our portray why I just couldn’t!”