Carly and Charlie wanted a woodland wedding with lots of details. They didn’t pick out a theme really, they just chose things they liked. “When we started to think about the type of wedding we wanted we agreed we wanted a relaxed day, nothing to stiff or formal”, said the bride. “The most important thing to us was being surrounded by our loved ones enjoying themselves. We didn’t want to become obsessed with details that wouldn’t be the lasting memories for our guests.”
They had lots of help from friends and family to pull the wedding off. The groom’s mother did all the flowers and made the cake and his cousin made all the tables and chairs from old pallets! “The tables were decorated by friends and family with old terracotta pots purchased from the village fete, they were then filled with live moss, violas, pansies and herbs. We had been collecting apple juice bottles to use as vases on the table, we then decorated with hessian and lace. For flowers we wanted something, very organic and soft tones with lots of green and white.”
Brooke and Phil’s wedding theme came about when they found their venue, The Arches in Dean Clough, Halifax. The traditional cloth mill had exposed brick work, pillars and stone floor which was the perfect backdrop for an industrial inspired wedding with just a touch of glamour.
“We didn’t want the wedding to feel try-hard or pretentious”, explained Brooke. “We had a stylist, Natasha Nalton at Natasha Jane Events, who helped us decorate the space. From our first meeting she understood exactly what we wanted and didn’t let us down on the day. She created something that had the wow factor whilst still being relaxed and all about the celebration.”
“We loved all the glam elements like the mercury glass candles and roses while the copper and eucalyptus brought it in keeping with the venue. My sister in law made our table numbers and chair signs and I had fun spraying bottles copper. Natasha did a brilliant job of including our handmade elements with her own extensive collection of props.”
Eva and Jay’s cute ‘n colourful wedding was inspired by the 1950s, tropical motifs and a huge dollop of kitsch! “Jay and I both love vintage decor, vehicles and clothing”, said the bride. “We have a 1949 Chrysler, a 1970s boat and our house is all decorated like the 1950s!”
They got married at the State Fairground in Minnesota. “We have a lot of pride in our state fair so it was a fun spot. We did our first look in an alleyway by a bar and for ambience we got to hear two guys cussing each other out at the near by transit station! We encouraged everyone to dress up inn 1950s outfits and our cake topper was from Jay’s parents wedding.”
The ceremony was super sweet and the couple sat on a swing that they’d added to their homemade arch. “My dad and I pulled up to the ceremony in an old car, 1955 Bel Air”, she continued. “It made for more of a dramatic entrance. Also I had my veil covering my face. My uncle was the pastor since that is his actual job in life. It was nice to have someone that knew us speak on our behalf. We also had an uncle, aunt and great uncle perform a song, My Romance by James Taylor. A family friend made a wedding arch with our names on it and he added a swinging bench to the structure so we got to sit and swing during the music. Our ceremony was more focused on laughter and love than the bible.”
Natasha and Shaun’s wedding had a vintage 60s and 70s theme to reflect their love of retro fashion, music and style. They’re both obsessed with The Beatles so that had a big influence too.
They decided to marry in June as they wanted a summer wedding. “We also wanted to go on our honeymoon to Glastonbury straight away!” Natasha laughed. It took us just over a year to plan the wedding but right from the start we knew exactly what we wanted. We have a lot in common – more than just our love of The Beatles! We also love art, fashion, vintage, festival and films so we brought all those things into the theme of the day too. When it came to styling the day we both agreed we wanted a small, yet very relaxed wedding. We also wanted the day to echo weddings from the 60s and 70s, with a vintage feel. Our main colours were gold, taupe and mint.”
Devon and Will’s Savannah wedding was themed around their love of cinema but also cats! “We wanted the wedding to be what we liked and celebrated about each other”, said the bride, “so, along with the popcorn, film reel table toppers and ticket invitations, we had handmade elements… and a kitty ring bearer!”
“The cat that acted as our ring bearer wasn’t ours. We wanted to use our cats but travelling to the wedding would have been too much on them. We borrowed Sake to do the honours from the One Love Animal Shelter in Savannah. She was fantastic and I heard she even got adopted earlier that day! Her new family had a young daughter who was thrilled that Sake was a part of a wedding. Judging by our guest’s reactions it was a pretty unique idea! I was also wearing cat pasties under my dress in case the girls came out. They didn’t, but I did end up flashing a bunch of people anyways because I wanted to show them off! They were black with glitter.”
Lance and Natasha’s New Orleans wedding was inspired by 1920s art deco meets the early 1960s, “I didn’t want a ‘period’ wedding necessarily but my world is vintage obsessed”, said the bride.
She wore a vintage dress, headpiece and shoes. “I basically started with the dress and it all sort of fell into place with this super-deco vibe. For fear of it becoming a costume party I decided to break up the 20s look a bit when it came to hair and make up. I went for more of a Betty Draper inspired up do, a matte coral-red lip, and black cat-eye a la 1960s. I guess you could say the inspiration for my wedding was a deep desire to be part of a Great Gatsby-like existence and a Mad Men-type reality all at once!”
“We didn’t really follow too closely to the rules and ways of most traditional weddings but all the same I don’t think we did anything TOO out-of-the-box. Our boss married us, which was bold coming from Lance’s side of the family who are all super religious. I will also say though, that I completely forgot about a cake knife and so we ended up improvising with a giant kitchen cleaver at last minute!”