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A Leap Day Wedding Planned in Just 10 Days: Jennifer & Michael

Jennifer & Michael were married in The Candy Factory, a warehouse in Lancaster PA, on February 29th this year. They picked the venue as Jennifer loves the space (she’s a model and has shot there a few times). They also planned their wedding in…wait for it…TEN DAYS! Jennifer told me all about it,

“Our wedding was planned in under 10 days. I went to my seamstress with a 7 day window, and the desire for a 50s style, tea length wedding dress and she pulled through. The venue is one of my favorite shooting spots as I am very fond of putting pretty things in old, ugly places. This spot just matched us so well. Even though there was no lighting or heat, my husband fixed all that with his all-knowing sensibility. We picked a very rainy day, so the roof leaked horribly and we had buckets everywhere, but I guarantee no one will forget this wedding!”

The day was beautiful and exactly how the couple wanted it to be. However the quick planning of this wedding was brought on by some very sad circumstances. “I was given just 6 months to live back in August of 2011 due to stage 4 cervical cancer,” Jennifer continued. “The spontaneity of this wedding was brought on by various health struggles, and turned it into something beautiful. We spent very little on the wedding due to the burden of medical bills. We then, with the gracious help of others, took our two young daughters to a short visit to Disneyworld for our honeymoon.”

“Almost this entire wedding was DIY and incredibly cheap with the exception of our photographers but they were donated to us anonymously. I doubt we spent $500 total and it was unforgettable for everyone involved. We made this wedding ours without breaking our wallets!”

“We took an old building, falling apart, and made it home,” Jennifer concluded when I asked her about their theme. “Our tattoos and rockabilly style, paired with the beauty of marriage inside that building… it all perfectly meshed into something so unique and unforgettable. Even if we had enough money, I wouldn’t spend it on a fancy venue because we are down to earth and like getting our hands dirty. Our wedding was entirely ‘us’. Simple as that. It fit our personalities, lifestyle and flair. And all you really need is love, right? Our wedding proved that you don’t need a ton of money or a ton of guests or months of planning to have a perfectly-fitting wedding.”

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Peace, Love and Marriage: A 1970s Inspired Wedding Shoot

The 1970s is an era we’re starting to see represented a lot more in the wedding industry. For a while it was avoided, with the 50s and 60s being the most popular decades for brides to emulate on their big days. However I’m thrilled that the tides are a-changing, especially when this resurgence in popularity lands pretty inspiration like this on my desk!

The shoot took place at Mercury Hall, Austin and was set up by photographer Jessica Monnich. “Mercury Hall was the perfect backdrop for this particular shoot as it is a gorgeous white cottage (on the inside and out) with colorful stained glass windows,” she wrote. “I have seen this space transformed in many different ways and I thought it would be perfect for our needs as the layout and design is simple.”

The bride wore a dress which Jessica bought on etsy and customised herself. “I dyed the dress with an ombre effect to give it a little bit of a modern hippie look. Our model created the beautiful feather earrings as well. The jewelry was borrowed from my Mom’s jewelry box and were authentic 70s pieces. The shoes she wore for most of the shoot were from Forever21 so nothing was super expensive but her foot tattoo really helped these shoes pop.”

“We really strived to create a ‘Peace, Love and Marriage’ feel throughout the shoot,” Jessica concluded. “Visual Lyrics created some amazing florals for us that had a ‘fresh picked out of the garden’ feel to them mixing high end flowers with typical 70s flowers like baby’s breath. The same owners of Visual Lyrics also started a new vintage rental company called Vintques so they brought all the beautiful couches, chairs and table and set up a table scape that complimented our theme perfectly.”

“They created a lounge scene outside that would be perfect for guests to wander to if they were all danced out. They also set up hookahs out there where guests use while lounging outside.”

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A Barcelona Garden Wedding: Natalia & Edgar

The Spanish wedding of Natalia & Edgar took place in September at the Sol I Vida Garden Terrace in Barcelona. The bride wore an amazing corset by Barcelonian fashion designer Bibian Blue with a skirt hand made by her Mother and her Aunt.

“Natalia & Edgar wanted everybody to have fun,” their wedding photographer Javi of F2 Photo Studio told me. “That was the main idea for the wedding so they prepared it in a way that everybody would feel comfortable and enjoy the day. The venue was beautiful and perfect for what they wanted. It was really relaxed and private, surrounded by nature but only 15 minutes drive from Barcelona. Edgar prepared the venue with lanterns, flowers and the stage for the bands on the morning of the wedding with the help of his friends.”

With the bride being a graphic designer and the groom a musician, this was always going to be a stylish and rockin’ wedding. The personal touches and details made the wedding beautiful and the party, accompanied by more than 3 of the couple’s friend’s bands, went on until the early hours of the morning!

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A Pirate Wedding & A Rock Gig Reception: Lou & Jürgen

Is there anything cooler than a pirate wedding? I was pretty hard pushed to think of anything…that was until I saw Lou & Jürgen’s pirate wedding with a rock gig themed after party! OH YES.

The pirate themed ceremony was held on a beach in Malibu, CA. After the intimate ceremony in front of only their closet friends and relatives they headed to the HMS Surprise (from the movie ‘Master and Commander’) for portraits.

“So we are huge geeks – for music, movies and traveling – it seems like we are always going somewhere,” Lou told me. “We got engaged on a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea on a peninsula close to Dublin, Ireland, and when we discussed wedding venues, we felt that our travel bug needed to be reflected in that. As a movie geek I had said at some point in the past that I wanted to get married on a beach in Elizabeth Swann’s island gown from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (I’m madly into POTC – I even have Jack Sparrow’s sparrow tattoo inked into my arm). We didn’t really consider it at first but after a while we came back to that and thought ‘why the hell not?’. So we went with that and it got a bit crazier and more piraty than we initially thought but everyone had a great time, and that is the most important thing.”

The couple are from Austria so they traveled pretty far with their 8 ceremony guests for the big day. “Since we both love Los Angeles and almost eloped there one year earlier, we decided to get married in LA. We were able to choose from gorgeous beaches, go see movie locations, venues from rock history, work ourselves into a shopping frenzy and show our closest friends and family the city we both lost our hearts to (and ultimately want to live in). Additionally, we found out that Chris, our wedding officiant, also officiated Milla Jovovich’s wedding, among others, which we thought was extra cool because Milla is rad. We chose Point Dume State Beach because we had been there before and loved it. It’s simply gorgeous, and it helped that numerous movies were shot there (for example the famous ending of Planet of the Apes with the head of the Statue of Liberty).”

Lou wore a custom made gown by Brielle from Brielle’s Costume Wardrobe which, as she always wanted, was inspired by Elizabeth Swann’s island gown in Pirates of the Caribbean. Instead of a headpiece she added tie-in dreadlocks to her own hair which she bought from Cleo Wolfus Designs on etsy. Jürgen wore a pirate style shirt which he’d bought from a medieval fair a few years ago and trousers from Lip Service. They also both wore matching sashes & bandannas that were custom-made by Penny Marks. These were then reused as part of their Celtic handfasting ceremony in Vienna.

On returning to Austria, the couple wanted a huge celebration party so they could invite all their friends and family who couldn’t make it to America with them. They choose Arena Wien in Vienna as their venue. “Since we got married in a very small ceremony with only 8 people in attendance, we felt the need to party with our friends upon returning to Austria,” Lou continued. “We played a rock concert with our own band, ‘Mead‘, repeated our vows on stage and had a Celtic handfasting ceremony (a literal tie-in with our Irish engagement – done with our pirate bandanas from LA). At this point I should probably say that we first met at a rock concert that Jürgen was playing, he was in a band with one of my closest friends. We became a couple a few years after that but music has always played a huge part in our lives.”

“We chose one of Vienna’s most important concert venues – Arena Wien. Before the Arena became a concert venue, punks squatted there in the 70s, and originally it was a slaughterhouse. We attended countless concerts there and it is probably the place we spend the most time at outside of home and work.”

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A Modern Black, White & Green Wedding: Jessica & Ty

Jessica & Ty’s wedding was all about having fun, throwing and great party and entertaining their guests. They didn’t have a concrete theme per-say, they just included things they loved and thought people would get a kick out of! Jessica explains,

“I’m the kind of person to go OVER THE TOP! On my son’s birthday for example, I hired a bouncy house that took up the entire backyard! So basically that’s what happened for our wedding. I had so many ideas but wanted to try and balance it all that it didnt end up looking to much like a circus or a mish mash of ideas all thrown together. I still wanted the event to be formal and still look like a wedding.”

The couple wanted their wedding to be fun for all their guests and for there to be something for everyone. So they added surprises, and things people might not expect, at every opportunity. These included the ‘Til Death do Us Part’ cake, the hand folded origami cranes, the high school band, the custom cocktails, the ice luge (!), the cotton candy machine, the belly dancers and the fact that the bride wore 3 wedding dresses! “This was decided way before Kim Kardashian did it!” she laughed “I couldn’t decide and I wanted to change it up throughout the night. Obviously 3 dresses meant lots of alterations & lots of cash but it was worth it… although I could barely move in dress number 1!”

“We just did what we wanted, and took no notice of anyone’s negative comments about our ideas,” Jessica concluded. “We didn’t really have any drama with anyone but there were a few comments here and there about it being a little out of control, but this did nothing to stop us doing our wedding as we wanted. It was our vision and actually not really about all the stuff, but about us as a couple. It was our way to express ourselves. I would not change anything about the day except maybe hiring the fortune teller who never showed up!”

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