When it came to organising their wedding, Jess and Tony had one thing in mind – family. This was their second time around (yes, they married each other twice!!) and this time they wanted to do things completely on their own terms. “Our wedding was shabby, ethereal, vintage, pin-up, country and quirky”, explained the bride. “Basically, it was anything but normal!”
“What made it even less normal was that this was actually our second wedding…. to each other! It wasn’t just a vow renewal, it was a wedding. We were really young when we got married in 2000 and had a very traditional wedding that neither of us really felt a part of. Life took over and our marriage fell apart after 13 years. We separated and worked really hard through some excruciating stuff and this was a celebration of new life, new family, and is as our authentic selves. We have 3 kids and they were part of our wedding. This was us doing the wedding the way we wished it had always been.”
There was one thing more important to Jamie and Zach than anything else at their wedding – family. “We wanted all of our loved ones with us to make a day full of amazing memories”. said the bride. “Having our grandmothers as our flower girls was by far the best decision we made. My mother also walked me down the aisle.”
The wedding was held at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Pennsylvania. The day had a laid back, rustic theme. “All of our escort cards, place cards, favours and decorations we hand made by my sister Nicole,” Jamie continued. “I can’t thank her enough for how much time she put into everything.”
Getting engaged at Disneyland Paris was the guiding force behind Steph and Greg’s May wedding. They wanted a day that reflected their love of all things Disney, without breaking the bank. They spent less than £6000 on their special day.
“Every time I told anyone what we were having at our wedding their response was always ‘That’s just so you two!’ and I think that really summed up our day”, explained Steph. “It’s not every day that you go to a Disney/ Bruce Springsteen themed wedding! We really just wanted everyone to feel like they were at a party, rather than a formal wedding, as it was really a celebration of us as a couple, and we’re not at all serious people.”
“The table names were all Disney World rides that we loved and our guestbook was a replica of the adventure book from Up. My bouquet was made entirely from Disney World park maps! We wore mouse ears in the evening and had Mickey and Minnie on top of our cake. We also both love Bruce Springsteen so I walked down the aisle to If I Should Fall Behind and our band for the evening were a Bruce Springsteen tribute, The East Street Band.”
Natasha and Chris wanted to include as many of their favourite things as possible in their wedding. They also wanted the day to be enjoyable for their guests of all ages. They were married at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, in July.
“The Hyde Park Picture House does not have a wedding licence, but that didn’t put us off”, said Natasha. “We visited a registry office the week before to complete the legalities and we used the opportunity to make our wedding ceremony at the Picture House really personal. My brother, Simon Logan, is a radio presenter and has been friends with Chris for 12 years and we decided very early on we wanted him to conduct the ceremony. There were lots of different things we wanted to bring into our day. We wanted a non-religious ceremony and we wanted live music and birds of prey to be a big part of it.”
“The birds of prey were really important to us as they were also involved with our engagement”, she continued. “Chris had booked a birds of prey experience day for me at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey at Easter 2014. He’d secretly arranged with the owners for a Harris Hawk called Frankie to fly to me with my engagement ring and then he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a really magical experience and the staff at Walworth were fantastic. Frankie and some of the owls came along to the wedding and it was quite emotional to see them again! Our friends and family enjoyed meeting them and flying Frankie.”
Danielle and Daniel, both heavily into body modification and suspension, knew they had to bring this mutual love into their July wedding. The wedding took place in Tel Aviv, at EVE, one of their favourite restaurants.
Warning this wedding contains graphic images of body suspension. If you are of a delicate disposition, you might want to skip over it!
“We met on Facebook”, the bride told me. “We just started talking then one day I wrote on my wall that I was sick and he offered to come and look after me and bring soup… so he did!”
“We wanted to make our wedding special and perfect for us”, she continued. “We never asked ourselves ‘How can we make this different?’, we just did what felt right for us. We wanted our guests to enjoy the day and we wanted to celebrate our love in our own unique way. We both love music, body art and body mods so we wanted to bring that into the day too.”
Nina and Christian wanted an intimate wedding. They had just 40 guests meaning they could have a small ceremony and a non-traditional reception at East Thirty Six, a restaurant in Toronto.
“It was very important to us to have an extremely intimate wedding full of love, that personified who we are as people and told our story”, said the bride. “We really appreciate antiques and music from the 1920s (and cocktails!) so it seemed perfect to have a wedding inspired by those times. We heard from our guests that they were amazed by the small things and all the attention to detail. We wanted each and every person there to feel special and that we appreciated their presence. We even had an actor dressed in a zoot suit to greet guests as they arrived. There wasn’t really any part of the day that followed the traditional wedding route. We had no bridal party and little formality during the ceremony.”
“We wanted to pay homage to the Prohibition era without taking on some of the more elaborate features of, say, a Gatsby-inspired wedding”, she continued. “Our vibe was grittier for the reception; the restaurant is quite dark and has some beautiful interior design elements. We used empty liquor bottles as vases, vintage teacups to serve cocktails in, and there wasn’t a feather or diamond decoration in sight!”