Evan and Catherine were married at the iconic Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco and their reception was at the super cool Chambers Eat + Drink. They wanted a wedding that was edgy yet elegant – just like them! The venues they chose really helped to set that mood. “After a long search for wedding venues, we were feeling uninspired”, Catherine began. “Pricey and cookie cutter was the theme for most of the spaces we looked at. We needed to find a place that inspired not only us but our guests.”
“After a serendipitous moment of noticing a friends picture labelled ‘Chambers SF’ we found ourself in a Rock n Roll inspired eatery, connected to the iconic San Francisco hotel, The Phoenix. Chambers being Evans last name was just the icing on the wedding cake (which we didn’t have.) Our venue was an oasis in the middle of city lights, it felt absolutely perfect. I channelled my love for art and glam, and kept in mind Evans creativity and knack for the funky and fresh. Together it was a killer and eclectic combo.”
Unbelievably, Myles and Cait spent just $2000 on their incredibly detailed Maine wedding. Held at PLD Auction Barn in Mechanic Falls, the wedding was thrifty and gorgeous. Cait wore a dress made up of two summer dresses from oasap.com, $8 shoes from Goodwill and borrowed jewellery. Myles’ outfit was also thrifted from Goodwill stores.
“Our wedding was different because we are not traditional people at all”, wrote the bride. “We are both artists – a tattooer and a photographer – and both like to do everything on our own and try and save money doing it. We planned it all in seven months, as September 7th was one of the only weekends I had free from photographing wedding and we really wanted a Fall wedding. Our cornfield background at the venue definitely gives us a look like no other!”
Ali and Ben met while they were both working at PlayStation. This mutual love for all things techy and geeky was a recurring theme throughout their festival inspired wedding. Instead of using lots of paper they sent out digital invitations and had an online gift list, their seating plan was animated and they had pacman references everywhere. Each tier of their homemade wedding cake was a different PlayStation symbol, and they even the meme style table names!
“The best way to describe me is ‘Digital Hippy’ because while I am very much a child of the Earth, I also do love a good gadget!”, began Ali. “Ben is similar, and we had a problem picking a ‘theme’ because we like so many things! So it was just one big jumble of awesome. I suddenly thought about a festival theme, because Ben and I both love going to festivals and then everything fell into place. The thing I love most about festivals is that anything goes and that was perfect for our wedding. I’d never been to a wedding in a tent before, and with our beautiful individual bridesmaid dresses, face painter, dapper Groomsmen outfits, glow bands, giant sparklers, live music and fancy dress elements…I think we hit the festival vibe nicely on the head!”
People who submit their weddings to me often describe the theme as ‘them’ – a collection of things that they love or that they feel represent them as a couple. Amanda and Andre, who were married in Cologne, Germany, were no different. “We had some Rock n Roll, lots of colour and a slight industrial vibe for our wedding”, Amanda explained. “Our wedding was held in the middle of Cologne central market at ‘Alte Versteigerungshalle‘ which means Old Auction House. It was difficult to find a venue that was outside of the norm. We didn’t want a farm, a castle or a hotel. Because of the lack of alternatives we picked somewhere that we could make our own and decorate ourselves.”
“Our place cards were made from this vintage fashion doll tutorial that I found online and our paper flowers were all based on this YouTube video“, she continued. “The glitter stars and hearts were cut out of plastic tablecloth which sounds easy but took forever and wasn’t very fun – they looked great though! I ordered handmade shabby chic frames from etsy in rainbow colours which held our table numbers. We bought vinyls to use as place-mats from eBay.”
For their April wedding, Lindsey and Craig decided they wanted a day that reflected the things they love – the groom’s tattoos, music, films and books. The cerebration was held at St. Andrew’s in the Square, a beautiful 18th Century restored church right in the heart of Glasgow.
“We met on 13 April 2003 and were married on the same day exactly 10 years later”, began the bride. “It was the eve of Craig’s 19th birthday and our first conversation was about Radiohead. The inspiration for our wedding was us. We stuck to our style and things that are significant in our lives and tried not to do anything that didn’t feel right. We sourced suppliers that we thought could get on board with our ideas and get excited about them as much as we were.”
“One particular secret inspiration was the groom’s tattoos (which his father does not know he has)”, she continued. “He has a set of swallows on his chest and the left side has my initial integrated into the tattoo. My garter had a silver swallow sewn on, the girls had a swallow as their hair accessory and my sister drew these on the welcome sign as well as integrating them into the cake decoration. Having little details like that really helped make the day our day.”
I was a grunge kid. Nirvana and Sonic Youth were my jam and ripped baggy jeans and chains around my neck were my attire of choice. So when I was sent this grunge inspired elopement by Tawnee of the wedding and events company Urban Shindigs and Sarah of photography duo Val and Sarah I couldn’t wait to relive my teenage years by sharing it with you all.
“We really wanted to incorporate things in a true 90s grunge fashion,” Sarah explained. “Not just black and studs. We wanted to bring the bright color from Nirvana t-shirts, torn off jackets and just the feeling of being laid back and in the moment and be reminded of a time when MTV actually played music videos.”