Neil and Jesse were married at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. The venue was once a greeting card factory and is now a collection of artist galleries. The large and open plan space was perfect for their wedding.
“Our initial inspiration was ‘Wes Anderson meets Darwin’s Study’ but that definitely did not come to fruition!” laughed the bride. “What we actually ended up with is best described as pop art or graphic. I suspect that due my years of theater and Neil’s love of comics we unwittingly deigned our wedding to look like a play set, video game or music video. It was all held together less by a theme then a drive to create a crazy party mood. When I look at the pictures: the black and white, the splashes of color and the big hair, it makes me think of A-Ha’s ‘Take me on’ music video!”
Both artists, Natasha and Jared knew they wanted a creative wedding. The idea or something too themed or matchy-matchy didn’t appeal to them at all so they forgot about colour schemes and just included things they really liked!
“We were not afraid to be eclectic”, wrote Natasha. “Jared and I did not want to dictate how others acted or dressed at our wedding. Some wore costumes, some jeans, some very elegant formal wear, and it all looked great! I think this is our style naturally it just came out more that day.”
“We had a lot of help from our friends and family. My mom is also an artist and when she asked what I wanted I said thrones. We now have them in our house! She encrusted found objects on solid antique chairs, painted them and then covered them with resin. Woah they are amazing! Also our friend Colette Peters who, in my opinion, was the original out of the box cake decorator, made a plant fantasy cake that we decorated with taxidermy mice.”
Fancy having an eclectic outdoor wedding? Well have I got the inspiration for you today! With a hearty dose of elbow grease and a firm plan of action, Lou & Stu coordinated their Sheffield Botanical Gardens wedding mostly themselves.
“I’m a vintage events organiser so the vintage vibe was a natural way to go”, began the bride. “We’re both big 50s & 60s fans so we tried to combine the two in terms of the fashion but we didn’t want a fancy dress wedding. My dress was late 50s/early 60s in style (vintage, which I had altered to fit) and Stu’s suit was a 60s style tonic suit from Mod shop Jump the Gun in Brighton.”
“We didn’t really have a specific colour scheme but we tried to match his suit to my ginger hair and then the bridesmaid dresses to the hair and the suit so our wedding party complimented each other. That was harder than it sounds but we think we picked some good colours that worked together. My bridesmaid wore 50s style mint green dresses, Mary Jane shoes and seam tights.”
Jo, a taxidermist, & Aki, a web designer, were married at Byzantium, a quirky bar and restaurant in Bristol. The Moroccan decor added an interesting touch to the celebration. The room was decorated with Moroccan lanterns, pipe cleaner animal and personalised cocktail stirrers. Some friends made them a guest list tree surrounded by candles and glass beads, flowers and fairy lights. Jo made some taxidermy through her company Death & Glory Taxidermy.
“I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of very talented people”, explained the bride. “It’s very easy to get caught up with the idea of doing everything yourself but if you’ve got people around you that can (and want to) help, then let them! In the end our photographer (Noel was already a professional wedding photographer – handy!), invitation designer, guestbook tree makers, band, ‘priest’ and florist were all friends. It made the whole day much more personal and special and really helped us get the most out of our budget.”
Kari & Bryce choose Southern Alberta Pioneer Memorial Building, a beautiful log cabin situated, unbelievably, in the inner city of Calgary as their wedding venue. It’s on a park ridge by Elbow River and provided a prime location that didn’t feel like it was slap bang in the middle of an urban area. “We had the ceremony and reception at there”, explained the bride. “Bryce and I lived in the same neighbourhood for 5 years and we walked around there a lot. Once we found out that anyone could rent it out for functions, we contacted them right away about having our wedding there. By that time we had already been engaged for over 3 years, so we were happy that we finally found something that was right for us. It is spectacular! You can walk through paths just behind it along the ridge and it feels like you aren’t in the city anymore. It is really quite perfect, and a fantastic price.”
The couple then planned their wedding theme around the venue. It was important to them to have a wedding that was authentically their taste, but that was also sympathetic to the spectacular surroundings. “Our theme was based around our venue”, Kari continued. “Classic, old fashioned and simple. It was as if we got married on a ranch and picked flowers from the garden and threw on our Sunday best. We handmade all the stationery and painted milk glass vases, blackboard signs, picture frames and blackboard menus. We also felt that flowers were a big waste of money, so found a flower market that sells all their weekly stock on a Saturday. We weren’t picky as to the types of flowers we had so we got all of the reception décor flowers for $25! We spent a little more on flowers for the bouquets because I had specific ideas on what I wanted to make. In total we spent just under $150 on flowers for the whole wedding. I also hand made all the boutonnieres myself.”
For their engagement shoot, Mckenzie & Alex wanted something unique. They wanted something that screamed ‘them’ and showed their quirky side. They came up with the taxidermy concept after visiting a museum and falling in love with how they looked and the artistry behind each one.
“We were initially going to try and shoot them in the museum but then we found out that we could actually rent the animals!” photographer Michelle told me. “I then came up with the idea of shooting them in a simplistic urban setting to add a little bit of surrealism to the concept.”