Jayne and Kyle met in the tattoo shop where Kyle works. They started dating a few months after that and they moved in together really quickly. For their May wedding at Perry’s Landing, an events space in Georgia, they wanted something low key and intimate.
“Our wedding was simple, but also kinda fancy”, began the bride. “It was country with a flare. The best bit of the day was definitely the ceremony. It’s totally cliché but that’s the only part I really cared about. The rest of the night was fun and awesome with awkward dancing and drinking, but really the part that really mattered was standing at the alter marrying my best friend.”
“I do wish we’d spent less money”, she admitted. “We saved a lot by Kyle tattooing our photographer, hair stylist and make up artist in exchange for their services, but no matter how amazing the wedding was, and how many awesome memories we now have, we spent so much money on the venue and dress and everything else for just a few hours. Of course I loved every minute but being realising I wish we could have made it cheaper.”
Michaela and Aviad were wed in the Ben Shemen forest, Israel. They wanted a relaxed wedding, just like they are in their every day lives! “We met while working together at the same bar”, began the bride. Nothing happened between us for a long time until we were both invited to a friend’s wedding. Maybe it was the magic air of a Jewish wedding, but I started to see something between us. Before we knew it we were on a date in a Greek restaurant in Jaffa!”
“The wedding atmosphere was of course MAGICAL”, she continued, “I bet everyone says that, but everything really worked for us that day. The sunset between the trees, the dust on our shoes, the wind in our hair. It was perfect.”
“We wanted our wedding to feel really natural, like a school trip to the forest. We just wanted to hang around and having fun, with no stress.”
Erik and Hayley were married on May 4th and a few days after they went to the Saltair Salt Flats in Salt Lake City, Utah with their photographer for some unforgettable wedding portraits!
“While staying true to their Utah roots, Erik and Hayley wanted a landscape that strayed from the beaten path”, photographer Emmy Lowe told me. “The rugged terrain juxtaposed perfectly with Hayley’s classic dress that screamed unique while maintaining a classic beauty”
“From Erik’s hair to Hayley’s tattoos, they both placed their own unique signature on the shoot and proved that their individual rawness could combine to create something beautiful. My inspiration for this shoot was simple. I wanted something that highlighted them. Nothing to distract the real beauty which was their love.”
Hayley’s gorgeous dress was from Haroon’s Boutique and the flowers were done by Lilac and Honey.
John and Elizabeth were married at home in May. They married quickly after John proposed, planning their wedding for just four months. They wanted the day to be stress-free for everyone involved. They kept things simple and DIYed where they could.
“The main goal of the wedding was to keep things low-key and easy for everyone involved”, began the groom. “Quick ceremony, no speeches, no toasts, and one dance (before the ceremony, actually). We didn’t want an over-the-top vibe and were set on the idea of it being backyard-style. To us, a venue would take away from the feeling of love. We also had donuts instead of a wedding cake! Sooo much cheaper and a lot more fun.”
“A lot of the wedding was DIY”, he continued. “We got married on my drum riser, which I assembled myself. We also made our own mixed-drink gallon pours of sangria, margaritas, and Moscow Mules. Every decorative item was purchased ourselves and set up by ourselves and our wedding planners (two of Elizabeth’s friends). We bought all the alcohol and gave our local bartender up the street the job of serving. We also did all the bookings and reservations for the hotels, rehearsal dinners, and day-after brunch. All simple stuff, really: keeping things small and hiring people we knew and trusted was how we maintained our vision.”
Bianca and Richard’s wedding was held on Big Bay Beach in Cape Town. This was very definitely a family affair with the bride’s mother making the stationery and helping Bianca fold all those paper origami flowers, and both her parents helping with the catering. Most of the reception décor was borrowed from people they knew or bought cheaply in China Town.
“We wanted our wedding to be a representation of us not just a mere traditional wedding”, the bride wrote. “Firstly we wanted food we loved and enough of it for people to go back for seconds. We also wanted to make it as easy breezy as we could, so we had no formal sit down dinner and we wanted the guests to get involved and make something they enjoyed. My parents made the starters of pate, cheese and crackers, and Riaan’s Foods made us an incredible DIY burger station with all the toppings you could wish for accompanied by potato salad and coleslaw. They also did dessert ice cream sundaes, doughnuts and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows!”
Emily and Bernard were married at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island in Washington. They wanted an intimate, special day and didn’t want to spend a lot of cash so they also thrifed wherever they could. Emily’s dress was by Free People, her shoes were from Goodwill and her jewellery was all vintage. Bernard’s outfit was also second-hand and all the flowers were picked from a nearby wood!
“We wanted the ceremony to reflect our natural and spiritual beliefs”, wrote the bride. “We made an alter of little things that are special to us: our dog’s collar (who is no longer with us), dried rose buds from my Grandmother’s youth, and a photo of us and our daughter. I also made all the flower arrangements using plants and flowers from the area.”