No that isn’t a typo – Lucy and Adam really did only spend £500 on their wedding and they planned the entire thing in a week! With some super clever ideas (and a mother who used to be a professional photographer doing their photos as a gift) the wedding turned out just as beautifully as one with a budget ten times the size.
“Our wedding was a country, simple, naturalistic wedding with lots of pastel shades”, said Lucy. “We were inspired by who we are as a couple and family. We’re not ‘big white wedding’ types so we kept things small. We planned the wedding quickly because my brother, who I hadn’t seen in six years, was coming to stay from America and Adam had just accepted a job offer 250 miles away so we were temporarily moving away from home for a few years. We’d contemplated having a simple registry office wedding for a while because we wanted something small and easy. We didn’t want to spend months of stressful and expensive planning, nor did we want a big wedding. All we wanted was our close family, a beautiful outside venue and a whole lot of love.”
If there’s one thing I know for certain it’s that the brides (and grooms!) that read this blog sure do love colourful weddings. Which is why I’m convinced you’re all going to flip out over this adorable retro inspired wedding shoot. Submitted by Zoe (The Little Vintage Car Co.), Aneta (BrightSide Photography) and Lizzy (The Flower Story), this shoot was set up so they could flex their creative muscles and create something fun!
“The theme for the shoot was ’Head in the clouds’ a name inspired by our model’s stunning turquoise hair and our fluffy cloud installation”, they explained. “The aim of this shoot was to mix the elegance and style of a 1950s wedding with a big and bold jewelled tone colour scheme. We didn’t want to recreate a wedding from the 1950s, but wanted a fresh take on a traditional vintage theme.”
Michael and Sandy were married in Belize at the Xunantunich archaeological site. The couple are both fascinated by the ancient Maya culture and love visiting sites throughout Central America so saying their vows there was really special to them both.
“We met when Michael came to work at my tattoo shop”, said Sandy. “Our wedding was inspired mostly by black and red (our favourite colours) and Day of the Dead as we both love that celebration. We love skulls, motorcycles, and Rock n Roll!”
“The ceremony was held at the base of El Castillo, the main temple at the site. The day was perfect, not too hot, blue skies with a few puffy clouds. The guests lined up to create an ‘aisle’ for us to walk down and we had provided them with red and black paper parasols for shade. We had created our own vows to say to each other before the Justice of the peace said her part.”
Joey and Emily’s wedding was pure Rock n Roll! “Our theme was Rock n Roll chic”, said the bride. “We wanted it to be as ‘us’ as possible – still a wedding, but anything but basic as far as details were concerned. Our photography was definitely inspired by Kim and Kanye’s wedding photos – we wanted high contrast, mostly black and white pictures.”
” We wrote our own ceremony script together and then asked a close friend to serve as officiant. This made the ceremony feel more intimate and genuinely emotional for us. The best moment for both of us was when I walked down the aisle and we first saw each other. All of the stress from earlier in the day instantly disappeared and everything really hit us in the sense that it was really happening – it was perfect! We were also so in love with the way the ceremony decor turned out, with all of the mismatched candles on the fireplace mantle and the black rose petals with greenery lining the aisles.”
Christable and Julius’ retro inspired wedding took place in June. The wedding was a whimsical DIY barn party with influences from a number of different eras.
“Even though we are both from the city, we love getting out to the country”, began the bride. “We wanted to do something that had us all over it and not a pre-decorated banquet hall. We decorated the entire barn just hours before having to get dressed in the upstairs room. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.”
“We knew it was going to be lot of work but I think the one thing we didn’t REALLY think about was a good clean up plan. It was a lot of work to put it all up and just as much work to put it all away along with the gifts after celebrating a wedding! Some guests did help but it still was more than we actually thought. You spend so much time thinking about putting it all together and then you forget about taking it all apart!”
Ray and Tah-Lia wanted their wedding to be as casual and laid back as possible. So they took a long time to organise the day (two years!) and made decisions that kept things simple.
“We love vintage clothing and really vintage everything and we wanted to have a fun wedding with minimal stress”, said the bride. “We also share a love for music so having a live band was a must, and we wanted a lively band that would get people dancing!”
“We organised everything ourselves! We bought the cake and wines from the grocery store (which saved us money) and bought a keg from Deschutes Brewery. We also had a friend do a fun photo booth during the reception for our guests to take pictures. We let our bridal party pick what they wanted to wear (as long as it was black) and tried to keep everything as simple as possible.”