Unlike so many Italian weddings that they’d been to before, Michelangelo and Francilla wanted a day that was big, ridiculous and most of all fun! They went for a vintage circus theme, and oh boy, they really did go all out on the theme! Francilla told me all about it, “In Italy it’s quite impossible to have a different wedding and not do everything traditionally. It’s so hard to get away from the ‘rules’ that everyone says you have to obey, but we worked hard to make sure we did! We would have never been happy to marry in this way, and luckily our families knew it!”
“We love vintage images of artists and we love vintage images of circuses. In fact we feel like our life is like one bit circus so this theme was perfect for us! We wanted a wedding that was like us, with our energy, with our irony and with a few little freaky things (again, just like us!) We originally thought about having the party in a circus tent but we really wanted to do something more different still. We spoke to the Casa dell’Architettura, a gorgeous historical place in Rome, but it NEVER been used as a location for a wedding. There is a historic garden there and the ruins of the ancient Roman aquarium! We told them about our ideas and what we wanted for our wedding. We told them we wanted to bring in an authentic antique carousel… and to our surprise they said yes!”
Amy and Steve got engaged while on a road trip around America and so an American themed wedding seemed like the most perfect option for them! These guys didn’t go for a subtle homage though, they went all out! “Our wedding was a little slice of American pie”, Amy began. “We got engaged two years ago on a road trip around the southern states of America. Steve got down on one knee over a BBQ of ribs and beer in the mountains of Virginia. It was the perfect setting and was amongst many aspects of that trip that made it one of our most memorable journeys together.”
“We decided we wanted our guests to experience a little taste of the ‘deep south’ for the wedding so they know why we loved it so much. At first we planned to introduce little subtle touches inspired by America but by the end of the planning we’d got so carried away that it was pretty much a full blown USA theme with flags and stars and stripes galore!”
Eric and Megan’s colourful Oklahoma wedding took place in May. They wanted an outdoor ceremony and the Festivities Event Center in El Reno was the perfect setting. They also wanted a chilled out wedding where their guests could relax and so they really didn’t care about too much fuss and didn’t stress out over all the little details.
“Let me be honest”, began Megan, “I don’t really care about everything being perfect or super intricate. It was never a concern of mine to have the fanciest and most detail oriented decorations. I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are and nothing else, so that’s what we created. We made decorations that had meaning to us and reflected our own personal styles. I am obsessed with birds (so much so I have them tattooed across my back) so I made sure there were birds everywhere, whether they went with the theme or not. I truly took on the thought that it didn’t really matter what anyone else thought. The wedding was going to reflect us regardless of what may look the best, what might be the coolest, or what anyone else might think, and if that’s not Rock n Roll I don’t know what is! Also, having bright orange hair and the random dashes of Star Wars stuff certainly helped add some quirk to the whole shindig.”
The amazingly quirky Chop and Hales held their wedding reception in the bride’s parent’s back garden. They hired a marquee and decorated it exactly as they wanted. Hales looked ever the perfect Rock n Roll bride with her Mori Lee dress, Iron Fist shoes and Butler and WIlson skull necklace. Her bridesmaid’s wore different coloured Vivien of Holloway dresses. I mean, how amazing do they all look?!
“Our wedding was just like a sweetie shop… but one that sells liquor and cigarettes and plays heavy metal”, began the bride. “I wanted it to look a bit like a kid’s party to encourage everyone to stop acting like grown ups. Not that any of us needed much encouragement!”
Daisy and Leigh’s retro wedding themed came about because they knew they wanted anything but a traditional day. “We decided to go down the retro/ vintage theme, but also I didn’t want it to be the typical ‘vintage’ wedding style that is everywhere at the moment!” Daisy wrote. “I also didn’t want a traditional sit-down meal so we had afternoon tea complete with cocktails served in teapots. The wedding eventually became about all of the things we love from the 1950s to the 1990s! I wanted our wedding to be really unpretentious and for everyone to have lots of fun.”
The couple DIYed their stationery and most of their décor items, but really they just wanted to keep things simple and fun for everyone. Daisy wore a short, 50s style dress which she had custom made by Fable and Promise ”I loved my dress”, she continued. “Having it custom made was such a great idea. I had tried on at least 20-30 ready-made dresses before I designed my own and they just weren’t me. Rachel at Fable and Promise was fantastic and understood exactly what I wanted from my dress (including pockets!) I felt beautiful in it and spent a lot of the evening twirling around the dance floor with all of my petticoats!”
Lindsay and Andrew wanted a wedding that reflected their Scottish heritage so the day was held at Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast. The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of beautiful countryside and inviting sandy beaches and the spectacular views made for the most perfect photographs! Lindsay wore a dramatic Terry Fox gown with tartan Christian Louboutin shoes. Andrew wore a version of a traditional Scottish kilt which was designed by the bride herself.
“Andrew always wanted to get married in a castle in Scotland”, Lindsay began. “Being Canadian where no castles exist, I couldn’t say no! I do not see myself as a princess at all but I just wanted to play off of the beauty and nature of the castle itself with our wedding theme. Because the castle was so magical and elegant, I didn’t want to veer to much away from this but add to it with a bit of quirkiness and fun along with the much needed avant garde.”