As far as simple and breathtaking weddings go, I think this family focussed elopement in Big Sur, California wins everything. It was just Ulysses, Cyntia and their two gorgeous children, Pheonix and Galaxy in attendance. Their officiant, Colette Cucchia, was there to marry them overlooking the water and their wedding photographer captured the whole thing beautifully.
“We both really like the small and simple weddings”, Ulysses began. “Our children also inspire us, they were very central to our wedding. A unique part of our wedding was the Greenbrier. We really love that van and thought it would be nice to have it featured in our wedding pictures. Different to the norm? We are a non religious family and our wedding reflected that.”
Natalie and Katie were married at the Priory Cottages in North Yorkshire. They chose it as they wanted a place that they could be for the whole weekend and that all their family and close friends could stay there too. The wedding was a real team effort, with lots of people pitching in to make it perfect. One of Natalie’s friends, Hayley Neil of Glory Days Vintage, made both dresses, another friend did the flowers, another the cake, and they hand crafted the stationery themselves.
“We wanted a very casual wedding with an outdoorsy feel where everybody could feel very relaxed”, wrote Natalie, “In fact it was so relaxed that Katie’s dad, Kev, had his shorts on within an hour of the ceremony! The casual theme was reflected in everything from the style of the meal to the photography and the camping guests!”
Sara and Dave were married in November. They had been together for 14 years and have 5 children so having a wedding had never really taken priority, but after visiting the amazing Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Wedding Show in Birmingham, that all changed!
“We met when I visited the local tattoo studio where Dave worked”, began the bride. “We got chatting and basically things progressed pretty quickly. We both shared similar interests including, of course, tattoos and body piercing. We definitely live life to the full and how we want to. We have 5 super kids, 3 boys and 2 girls. Again they are very original in their own ways and are certainly free spirited.”
“Marriage was mentioned in the past but, with having the kiddies we always put their wants and needs first,”, she continued. “The eldest and youngest boys are disabled so they take up quite a bit of our time and energy.”
“But we decided at the beginning of 2013 to do something that celebrated us as a big happy family and that was to get married. To celebrate it along with the kids was very exciting. Everyone had a say as to how they thought it should be as well as what they wanted to wear. I decided to visit the EWE event as everything I kept seeing just wasn’t us. I could not believe my luck, at last I had found what I was looking for under one roof.”
Zaira and Vinicio’s wedding took place in Italy during September. The theme was fashion and music, things they both love, and the atmosphere was laid back and fun. They kept thing casual with no dress code, live music playing constantly and the free-flowing alcohol!
“Just be yourself”, Zaira advises future brides and grooms. “We loved the theme of our wedding because it was ‘us’! We wanted the day to be a combination of both our styles in everyday life.”
Carla and Chris wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them but also to be laid back and enjoyable for their guests. They weren’t bothered about following tradition and mainly wanted to make sure that they threw one hell of party!
“We hate the big white wedding and the whole cut-and-paste experience so we wanted to do something different”, began Carla. “No white wedding dress, no cutting of the cake, absolutely no bunting. Just us, relaxed and simple. I guess we set the scene when we sent out wedding invitations with a picture of two skeleton hands with their wedding rings on (till death do us part!)”
The celebration was held at Cripps Barn, a converted barn. ”I always wanted to get married in a cider orchard but after investigating we realised this would be tricky as we didn’t’t know anyone who owned one. Instead, we began to look at venues that were either in or near a woodland. We both immediately knew that Cripps Barn was going to be our wedding venue when we saw it for the first time. It was rustic, unpretentious, beautiful, in the middle of nowhere and we had the option to get married outside. And most importantly for Chris, they served hog roast! Perfect.”
Alex and Dan were married in September and spent just £7000 on their southern american themed wedding. The celebration took place at Allington Manor in Lincolnshire and the bride wore a prom dress with Dr Martens boots. Their amazing wedding cake featured dragon’s eggs and was based on their favourite TV show, Game of Thrones.
“We drew our inspiration for our wedding from various things that we love”, wrote the bride. “The rustic, country, southern american feel came from our love for bluegrass, country and roots music. I had never dreamed of a white wedding and have never imaged myself in anything other than a colourful dress. I went for a peacock themed dress because of the amazing range of colours within a peacock’s feathers. Getting married in Dr Martens was a perfect nod again to the music in our lives and how big a part of us it is. My shoes were bloody great!”