Elita and Tadas were married in Vilnius, Lithuania. The ceremony was in a local church and the reception at Vilnius Old Town Art Gallery. The couple had originally booked an old manor house as their party venue but just five days before the wedding, for personal reasons, they had to quickly change it. So their original plan of a grand countryside wedding became an intimate, urban one.
The theme for the day was subtle – chestnuts. They had them in their stationery and they also planted a tree after the ceremony, in the same place that they went for their first date. With each invitation the bride included a personal poem, which she wrote for each guest individually. Instead of a guest book, they couple asked their guests to return the favour.
The wedding was easy-going and laid back with plenty of love, smiles and dancing.
Ben and Samantha met at a gig. Ben’s English accent caught Sam’s attention and they started chatting. Ben is in a band himself, Asking Alexandria, and so music was a big part of their wedding theme. They nicknamed the wedding ‘Asking Samantha’ and there were musical and British references throughout. Ben wore a jacket with the Union Jack on the back, and the groom’s cake was Big Ben!
“Our inspiration came from me wanting it to show our personalities”, wrote Samantha. “He’s in a rock band and I’m a yoga teacher. I thought it would be cool if we had a rocker theme but kept it elegant as well. I was right. It was absolutely perfect! It was an evening wedding so the ceremony was at sunset and the reception was all dark but with red lights and candles everywhere. The dark red flowers next to white and black candles was what made it dark and mysterious, hence, rocker theme.”
Kat and Andrew had a colourful wedding and took inspiration from the bride’s tattoos and of times gone by. “We planned our wedding by the rule ‘do what you’d do if you didn’t know what was done’, as we didn’t want to go along with traditions that we didn’t understand or necessarily agree with”, Kat wrote. “We both saw our wedding day as an opportunity to throw a massive party for all of our family and friends, which made planning so much more fun! It’s far easier to be creative when you’re not preoccupied with what you think you ought to be doing, or with what you think people expect of you.”
“At our reception we created an informal, summer party atmosphere by hiring lots of vintage games from Matt and Annabel (our gramophone DJs). We both had an amazing time splatting rats, hooking ducks and throwing coconuts with our friends and family! It was great to see how involved everybody was and how competitive some people became over the egg and spoon race.”
When it came to planning their New York wedding, Jamie and Marty didn’t really know what they wanted. It wasn’t until they found their winery venue that it all fell into place. The rustic yet urban space completely set the tone of the day.
“We didn’t do anything that was intentionally unique, quirky or alternative,” Jamie explained. ” we just knew we wanted our wedding to reflect us. By doing that, the rest just naturally fell into place. We found the Brooklyn Winery, it was the first and only venue we looked at, and when we saw it we just knew!”
Inge and Janar’s €6000 wedding was held in the ruins of Padise Monastery, in Estonia. The day was a DIY affair with the mother of the bride making Inge’s dress, and all the reception décor being crafted and pulled together by the couple themselves.
“I suppose our wedding was a bit country-themed, although we didn’t agree on any theme in particular”, explained the bride. “Both locations were surrounded by nature and wildlife and that’s where our inspiration came from. We decided just to pick a colour we both liked for our wedding so we went for purple.”
Rebecca and Bentley’s low key and relaxed wedding was held at Celebrations in Moseley, Virginia. They had a full weekend of festivities, starting with a picnic on Saturday, a brunch together on the Sunday morning and the wedding ceremony and main reception on the Sunday afternoon.
“We wanted a wedding that was laid back, light and airy, so we tried to reflect that in the decorations, music and food”, explained the bride. “It also happened to fall on Bastille Day, so we had a sort of French theme as well. We loved the whole vibe of our day. Everyone had such a good time and still talks about how much fun they had. We have friends and family who are still telling us it’s the best wedding they went to, and that’s because we wanted to make sure our guests really had an awesome time. We made a whole weekend out of it so by the time of the wedding, people who had never previously met were hanging out, dancing, and having a great time!”