Ben and Lori’s London wedding was held in a coffee shop. They had a laid back, bohemian theme that worked really well with their urban location.
“I suppose the most unique part of our wedding, that sets us apart from most weddings we have been to, is that we did not have the same sense of formality”, explained the bride. There were no bridesmaids, or groomsmen for example. We didn’t feel attached to those traditions. Also, we Skyped in some of my family members and closest friends from Canada, so it was a little funny seeing an iPad in the corner of our eye with six tiny squares of my favourite people from overseas, smiling and crying from a screen.”
“I would say our theme was confused rustic bohemian. The best bit of the day, and the part that still gives me the most exciting rush of emotions, is our ceremony. Our venue had stairs that led from a loft down to the main area where we had set up our ceremony area. Before most people arrived, close friends all worked together to decorate; hanging the ribbon backdrop, laying out confetti bags, and clearing the area. It was a bit rushed, but so lovely for everyone to work together like that. Ben worked some magic on the music and used the instrumental from LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yourself Clean for us to walk down the stairs together to and it was absolutely wonderful. I love that we walked together. For us, it was important to show the unity between us before we were married, as well as the further commitment we made on that day.”
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”
I think Shannon and Jordy’s summer wedding might just be one of the prettiest I’ve ever featured. They kept things relatively simple, but it made for a really beautifully styled day.
“Jordy proposed on a surprise trip to Montreal with a beautiful custom ring that perfectly suits my minimalist aesthetic”, Shannon said. “Our wedding was intimate, industrial and a bit mid-century. We decorated the venue like we would decorate our home, and we ended up using some of our own furniture to set the tone.”
The day was held at Frame Arts Warehouse Winnipeg “Our inspiration was the beautiful warehouse buildings in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, which were originally built to store merchant goods during a boom period in the early 1900s. We work in the neighbourhood and we were excited to share one of it’s special spaces with our families. The exposed brick, heavy timber framing, high ceilings and big windows in the venue spoke for themselves and didn’t need much embellishment.”
Inspired by Wes Anderson, Jennie and Fergus planned a quirky wedding at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. “Our wedding was Wes Anderson themed in the sense that small nods ran through the venue decoration, entertainment and outfits”, the groom explained. “We’re both massive fans of his films and the level of set design minutiae that goes into them lent itself quite nicely to an underlying theme for a wedding.”
“We used an Etsy-bought illustration of Moonrise Kingdom for our save the dates; had vintage film style cinema ticket invites and our wedding planner organised a Fantastic Mr Fox style wedding breakfast. We showed a few of the films in a little cinema corner we had set up and Jennie made pocket squares from fox print fabric for the groomsmen. Our favours, which Jennie also made, were fabric bookmarks with Wes Anderson film motifs on them.”
Carla and Cris, both from South America, met in London when a mutual friend introduced them. They were married in Brixton in March. “We wanted to have a London wedding with a twist that was memorable for our guests, especially those coming from abroad”, said the bride. “We love the city and we wanted something that was more like a good party than a traditional wedding.”
“We were inspired by the places we like to go out in East London and we wanted the wedding to be held in an alternative place. After our ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall we had our reception at Brixton East, a nineteenth century furniture warehouse that can be hired for events.”
The wedding was urban with homely touches. “We loved the decorating part”, Carla continued. “We went to the flower market in Vauxhall to get plenty of nice flowers and decorated the venue the day before with the help of friends and family. That was quite special, and part of the nice things of having so many people around. I also curated the music for the ceremony and the party.”
“We had a tight budget so we didn’t splash the cash on anything, really. We probably could have got a cheaper venue and photographer but we didn’t want to! Those were the two things we didn’t want to cut corners on or risk getting wrong.”
This is a bridal shoot of two distinctive parts. Styled by décor and concept experts, Goeters, based in South Africa, we have a stylish ‘concrete jungle’ bridal session followed by a much more colourful ‘urban tropics’ vignette.
They explain, “We always look for new décor trends, new venues, new ways of designing your wedding or event. We decided to do a concept shoot which is everything but traditionally weddingy. We did two concepts – a ‘concrete jungle’ and an ‘urban tropics’ shoot. Both concepts have so much possibility and we wanted to play with some ideas and designs.”