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A Back to the Future, Harry Potter & Star Wars Themed Nerdy Wedding: Jaclyn & Steven

“My husband and I are such nerds,” began Jaclyn’s email. “Our inspiration for your wedding came from the things we love which included: Harry Potter, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Disney, a literary theme, a music theme, etc.” I loved her instantly!

“We had lightsabers, owl and Weasley crown cookies, records everywhere, and my shoes caused people to call me a ‘hooker Minnie Mouse’ several times,” she continued. “We picked the things that were important to us and did them, the rest like having a first dance, a cake cutting, a bouquet toss and garter toss were totally left out because it had no meaning to us.”

“We had no DJ and there wasn’t even a dance floor at our venue. So many people were shocked that there would be no dancing, but at the end of the night not one person complained about it. Everyone was having such a good time they didn’t even notice that so many traditional things were missing. We just wanted to hang out and have fun, and it’s exactly what we did.”

Jaclyn & Steven were married at Faith Presbyterian Church and their reception was held at Brew Babies, a quirky bistro in Cape Coral, Florida.

“Our wedding was completely eclectic,” the bride continued. “I tried to stick with one theme and I just couldn’t. Our colors were red and gold because of Gryffindor. We had a lot of books everywhere, we used records in multiple ways, and we made sure lightsabers made their way into our photos as much as possible. I could not stick with one theme if my life depended on it. We even incorporated a lot of Christmasy things because we were getting married in December. Steven’s parents decorate a lot for Christmas so I did my photos with my bridesmaids in their backyard. We included things like oversized candy canes and lawn gnomes. It probably makes no sense to anyone but I loved it all. I think our theme ended up just being nerd.”

“The wedding was such a fantastic day. I never really wanted to have a wedding and the stress at times made me wonder why on earth I was doing any of this when we could just head down to the courthouse. But when all was said and done I’m really happy we did it. I love so much to have these pictures and be able to see our vision come to life. And I just want to thank my photographer once again for the amazing job she did. I’m an amateur photographer myself and it was the only thing I really cared about. I knew that no matter what happened that day I would still get to marry my best friend, but having pictures to remember it meant a lot to me. Christine is so amazing to work with and really cares about the events she photographs. She didn’t limit the time she spent with us and captured everything better than I could have expected. I’m so excited to share her photos with your readers.”

…And we’re excited to see them! Any chick with a Back to the Future tattoo is instantly awesome in my book.

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“Less is More & Keep it Simple”: Michelle & Kyle

Michelle & Kyle we’re married in Savannah, GA. The outdoor ceremony was held in a public park, Oglethorpe Square, and their reception was at the amazingly named (and coloured!) The Olde Pink House Restaurant.

“If you allow yourself to get pulled into today’s wedding etiquette, you can really drive yourself crazy,” Michelle began, when I asked her if she had any advice for the newly-engaged. “We ignored all the rules and threw caution to the wind, and just chose what we liked and what represented us well. We both love vintage things – ideas from the 1930s or 1940s or just something that is banged up and broken in, ‘well loved’ as we like to call it. We also played on our love for tattoos and nature. We both have been getting tattooed for years and wanted to incorporate our art into the day in a natural way. It’s part of who we are.”

“Getting married outside was just a given, rain or shine,” she continued. “We had Jarrod, a friend of mine since childhood officiating the wedding. This made it really special. We also had family travelling in from Maine, Illinois and Florida.  For our portraits we went with our wedding photographer Jeremy to a hotel, abandoned hospital and cemetery which are all supposedly haunted!”

“Our motto was, ‘Less is more and keep it simple’,” the bride concluded. “The largest part of our budget was the photographer (Jeremy Lawson rocks and is worth every penny!), the musicians and the food.  We had booked a horse carriage but decided the $350 could be put towards something else. It went towards the music, and we are so happy we made that choice. Having a violinist and guitarist really set the mood for our wedding. They were fantastic!”

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Edgar Allen Poe & A Day Filled with Love: Joann & Jacqueline

A quote by Edgar Allen Poe was the starting point for Joann & Jacqueline’s wedding plans. ‘We loved with a love that was more than love’ made them realise that really, their love was at that mattered. Luckily for these two beautiful women, they were surrounded by the stuff on their big day.

“No matter how much planning that went into that day, we were both blown away by the amount of love we received from our family and friends,” they explained. “We can’t fully explain or describe how it felt, but hopefully the love and laughter in the atmosphere of our wedding day had everyone just as thrilled and excited as we were. Our wedding was held at Penn Park, in Whittier, CA. The greenery was vivid and lovely just the way fairytales usually are, except this time there were two princesses.”

“Joann looked beautiful in her dress,” gushed Jacqueline. “I told myself I wouldn’t cry, but when we got to the front of the aisle and I looked at how gorgeous my bride was, and felt the amount of support we had from our family, we both couldn’t help but let the water works run wild.”

After a touching ‘sand ceremony’ (where each partner takes a different coloured sand and pours it into one vessel to symbolise the joining of their two families) they hosted a reception at Memories Dance Hall in Uptown Whitter. “The Ceremony was romantic and simplistic,””  Jacqueline continued. “We used white, ivory and hints of black to show our softer, feminine side. An outdoor wedding with the greenery of the earth and a commitment of love between two people. We expressed our commitment through a sand ceremony to symbolize the joining of our families, while we read our vows said from personal feelings and poems by Edgar Allen Poe.”

“Our Reception was the complete opposite – fun and flamboyant. We both love black, so the theme and colors completely changed to black with hints of red and gold, showing our Rock n Roll side. We never would have expected the decorations and everything to look as beautiful as it did. It captured the very essence of us and we couldn’t be happier. Our friends and family are not shy when it comes to having a good time, and that was fine by us. The Curse and Cure cover band started off the night. Our first song was a cover by Adele ‘Promise This’, we both had left feet and had never slow danced before, but in that moment it was just right and everything fell into place. The DJ was up after the speeches and from that point the love, laughs, booty drops and kisses were endless.”

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A Vintage Inspired Shoot for A Most Curious Wedding Fair – 2012 Dates Announced

A Most Curious Wedding Fair is going into it’s second year with events being held at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on the 11th February (11am-4.30pm) and in York Hall, London on the 31st March (11am-5.00pm). To celebrate, organiser Becky got together with the amazing Joanna Millington Photography and some of the other suppliers exhibiting at the shows to put together this beautiful, vintage inspired wedding shoot.

Organiser Becky explained the new direction of the wedding fairs and the ideas behind this shoot to me this week, “Our suppliers will still favour the 40s and 50s, which continues to enjoy popularity, but we know that the trend aware, fashion forward bride and groom want a little more bang for their buck. They want to widen their horizons, and simply want ‘cool stuff’ at their wedding regardless of era. That is the premise with which the Most Curious Wedding Fair began, but for 2012 we are progressing further with the emphasis on handmade, daring, bespoke-orientated, beautiful, craft, chic, fun, expressive and perhaps a little edgy suppliers. ‘Vintage’ is a recurring theme but not a requirement.”

“For this shoot in particular, we wanted to put across something a little more of the moment, a little more accessible and just down-right beautiful and romantic that picked up on what is happening in fashion too.”

“I think I was a little ‘Movember’ obsessed at the time and specified the idea of hirsute men of a Jack Daniels ilk, think old Americana, Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York, with a bride reminiscent of Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie,” Becky continued, “so plenty of high necked gowns, with boots and bare feet alongside the braces and woollen waistcoats worn by the men. We wanted the couples to look as though they had home made all the elements to their wedding, maybe run away together to get hitched and had a simple affair that they’ve homespun themselves. 1970s does Victoriana seems to be a popular choice for Vogue-esque Florence Welsch inspired brides so we wanted to channel this idea while making sure the men had plenty of styling as well.”

“As the idea developed the image of Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks on the Rumours album cover kept coming to me and in the end we actually did a few images in homage to this. I wasn’t sure it would work but thought it was worth a shot, but I knew we were onto a winner when all the girls began swearing like sailors looking at Jo’s initial pics on the camera!”

Tickets for both shows are available to purchase on the door and cost just £3 each (or only £2 is you’re a bride-to-be!) For further information on attending or exhibiting check out the show’s website or drop becky and email on rebecca@amostcuriousparty.co.uk.

As well as exhibitors, each show will also have a number of ‘how-to’ sessions including how to create your own bouquet and how to make cute cookies for your favours. Plus the Norwich event even has tattooist Gary Donnelly of Gypsy Stables Tattoo Emporium attending. I love the idea of booking a tattoo artist to give you and your beau wedding day commemorative tats don’t you?

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A Vintage Rock n Roll Italian Wedding: Alice & Matteo

Oh baby I’m literally dying over Alice & Matteo’s Italian wedding. Everything is so beautiful and the photographs by Martino Vincenzi leave me weak at the knees.

“Since my husband proposed me last year, I knew that my wedding would have been not a classical italian wedding,” Alice wrote to me. “So, when I found your wedding blog, it was like a mirage in the desert! You have been my bible, THANK YOU!!”

The wedding was held at Malga Riondera, a farm in Ala di Trento, Italy. “We wanted to have the wedding totally immersed in nature and when we found this place (where no marriage had ever been celebrated) we realized that everything would be just wonderful,” Alice continued. “We were married under a beautiful huge ancient oak, with violins playing one of my favourite song (Staralfur by Sigur Ros). It was like a dream!”

“During the planning I gently forced all my best friends to help me to make everything! It has been so tough, but worthwhile. We made all the cupcakes two days before the wedding, and the morning of the celebration we were still preparing and fixing stuff!”

“We don’t like rings but we love tattoos, so we decided that for our special day, instead of exchanging rings we would have a significant tattoo done on our ring fingers, since we had the fortune that one of our invited friends was also our tattooer. So now, when people ask me to show them my wedding ring, I indicate my beatiful little red star on my finger!”

“Rock n Roll is a state of mind!” the bride concluded. “Our wedding theme was vintage Rock n Roll as I I am extremely Rock n Roll with all my body and soul and I love all that is vintage. I love riding my Vespa and dressing like a pin up!”

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A Louisiana Swamp Trash the Dress: Nikki & Marc

Nikki & Marc wanted to do an unusual ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot to celebrate their marriage. Something totally unique was on the cards when they braved the nearby Honey Island Swamp with photographer Chelsea Patricia, who explained the idea to me,

“Nikki & Marc are a pretty adventurous and unique couple (Marc is a tattoo artist and lord-of-the-bike—he even bike jousts on his tall bike. Nikki allows him to tattoo her ankle poke and stick style), but I still was nervous as to how they would respond to ‘Hey, let’s venture into the gator, snake, and mosquito infested waters of the Louisiana bayou! It’ll be fun!’ Thankfully for me, they were all on board. Nikki already had plans to hem her dress short and figured, ‘What the hell, it’s only swamp water!'”

“Nikki + Marc both appreciate art—Nikki is a writer, Marc makes chainmail jewelry and carves custom wooden wax seals. The fact that they both grew up in an around New Orleans only added to the fact that this shoot would be very personal to them. Personally, I didn’t really think twice about going into the water until, well, we got to the water. The stillness, the wild vegetation covering the surface, the vastness of the swamp beyond—it all sank in and I got…nervous. We got in, did our thing…my poor husband had to wade out the furthest to position the lights!”

Nikki’s dress was from David’s Bridal. “I am a very nontraditional bride in a lot of ways, and so it shocks a lot of people to hear that I got my dress at David’s Bridal. Trust me, it shocked me too,” she told me. “I wasn’t expecting to find THE dress there at all, and was mostly going for the sentimental mother/daughter dress shopping trip, figuring I’d end up buying my actual dress online from Etsy or something. Imagine my surprise when I tried on an empire waisted floor-length chiffon gown and fell absolutely in love. It didn’t look like anything you’d expect to find at David’s Bridal, and it was just vintage-inspired enough to fit with our theme. I was sold.”

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