Pavel and Gulnara are both video game fanatics. This is how they met (playing World of Warcraft) so of course they had to bring it into their winter wedding.
“We both love video games and met online”, the bride explained. “He was administrating a WOW game forum and lived in Moscow. I lived 600 kilometres south-east from capital, in Kazan. He invited me to a party and I booked a plane ticket. Our nicknames in the forum were Ked and Dior so we had giant letters of these made for the wedding.”
“The wedding had winter theme with geekiness added!” she continued. “Our cake toppers were Eva and WALL-E, we had or PacMan muffins and 8bit invitations. Our wedding website was also in 8-bit style and we had a game developed about us killing space invaders!”
I think at some point or another throughout their wedding planning, most brides throw their hands up in the air and shout “Screw it! Let’s just elope!!” Whether it’s the mounting costs, your parents driving your bonkers or the fact that you’re spending more time than can be considered sane panicking over DIY projects, I’m pretty sure its a common fantasy for a lot of engaged folks.
While actually going through with an elopement might not be on the cards for a lot of you (oh aren’t family dynamics fun!?) there’s no reason why you can’t be hella inspired by the ideas that a low-key wedding presents.
Set up by a collection of Denver’s most awesome wedding suppliers, this Dive Bar elopement shoot is everything you’ve ever dreamt of and more! “The concept started out as an experience-based wedding day, with a focus on the city”, stylist Nicole Lowery of Hey! Party Collective told me. “We also wanted to use the vendors that we think are really innovating the Denver wedding industry.”
I’ve followed Helen Anderson; YouTuber, Instagram megastar and all round cool girl, for a few years now. I think I first found her when she did a video about how to get pink hair or something! I secretly always thought she was funny, awesome and that if we met we’d probably hit it off immediately.
When she got engaged last year I tweeted her to say congrats and offered to send her a magazine, and to my utter surprise she not only replied, but told me she’d been reading my blog for years too! What followed was a whirlwind internet romance of mutual fangirling (we’re both not ashamed to admit that we’re a little bit obsessed with each other – ha!) and messages like “OMG one day we have to actually meet OK?”
Then, a couple of weeks ago, she emailed me to ask if I’d like to film a video with her all about planning a festival wedding. It took me approximately 5 seconds to reply and we arranged for her to come down to Reading for the interview at my house following week!
As you can see, my predictions were very much correct. I LOVE her. Like, I’m pretty sure we’re officially best friends already. I’ve invited her to the National Wedding Show to come and hang out again too, so it’s not too long until we get to meet again. Yay, aren’t new friends just the best?
Tara and Aaron had a woodland wedding in Canada. They wanted their day to feel natural, organic and to be as enjoyable for their guests as possible. “The theme for the day was really brought to life when I chose my wedding dress”, Tara said. “It was dip-dyed so that it had a very subtle purple ombre. That was the moment that our colour palette was chosen. We used lavender, grey, white and green. We wanted everything to look very natural since we were in the woods.”
The wedding was held at Sunwolf, a five acre woodland setting in the Coast Mountains, an hour from Vancouver. “Our wedding venue was beautiful on its own, so we didn’t need to overshadow that with any bright colours or over the top decorations. I think understated and ‘accidental’ beauty is often much harder to pull off than extravagant beauty. We wanted the event to be beautiful, but to feel natural and effortless, like it just kind of happened that way. We also loved the idea of using light to decorate. I wanted chandeliers in the trees during the ceremony to create a fun juxtaposition of nature meets elegance. I had no idea the chandeliers were actually going to light up; I didn’t learn that until I was walking down the aisle with my parents. I was just blown away by how something so simple could add so much to an outdoor space.”
There’s nothing quite like a circus wedding! The fashion designer bride made her own dress as well as her groom’s attire, and the bridesmaid dresses. She also did all the reception décor, what a wonder woman!
“Our wedding was very colourful”, said bride, Yasmin. “I create 350 decorated hats for the guests. The wedding was very unique and wild. We had circus acts that entertained the crowd and no-one was expecting it!”
Anna and James were married in Anna’s parents’ garden. After the ceremony they hosted their village fête inspired reception at Elham Village Hall.
“Above all we wanted a celebratory feel, and for everyone to have a fun and relaxed day”, began the bride. “We wanted a combination of natural, relaxed, homely, village fête style, and also some really heartfelt bits with personal vows and our love story during the ceremony.”
“There were quite a few musical performance elements throughout the day. For example, dancing entrances by the groom and groomsmaids (to the track Whatta Man), and the bridespeople (to the track I’m Every Woman). We also also sang during our vows to our favourite duet, Islands in the Stream. We also put on a surprise choreographed dance to Gett Off by Prince to kick off the dancing later! Plus we had a walking New Orleans-style jazz band to take us from the garden to the village hall. Lots of people from the village came out to watch, which was really lovely.”