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Completely Casual White on White South African Wedding: Kyle & Lauren

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Kyle and Lauren wanted a completely casual wedding and that meant no DIY! “How do people find the time?!” Lauren laughed, “We both work very stressful full time jobs and as much as I would have loved to do a variety of cute and quirky crafty bits, we simply did not have the time.” This attitude filtered through to the rest of their wedding with the simple cocktail style tables, the finger food and the bring your own bar.

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“We wanted the entire wedding to be more like a party than a wedding”, she continued. “We wanted to keep the traditional stuff to a minimal and if we did anything traditional, like cutting the cake, we wanted to do it with a twist (we cut it with an axe!) For the¬†furniture, we opted for cocktail tables and lounge areas rather than the staple long or round tables. This meant that there were no seating placements and everyone could sit where they wanted to.”

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A White on White & Paper Themed Filipino Wedding: Nino & Marie

I’m often blown away by the creativity and genius of my readers’ weddings… but there are really only very few that stop me in my tracks. The fact that my blog attracts so many international readers blows my mind at the best of times, but when they’re there, in my inbox, saying to me “You featuring my wedding would make¬†my day! And my week! and my month! Haha!” Yeah… you really have to stop and think, “whoa, this is kinda a big deal.”

So that’s exactly what happened when newlywed Marie and I emailed last week. Her wedding images were zipped to me all the way from¬†The¬†Philippines and I literally couldn’t wait to share them with you all.

“I spent a year and a half researching and planning our wedding”, Marie wrote. “I saw so many beautiful weddings, but none of them were completely representative of us a couple. I knew what we wanted, and especially what Nico wanted. He wanted something simple and clean and so that’s where our ideas started from.”

“When I found this amazing photo on a wedding blog (I can’t remember which one) I knew I had finally found our theme”, she continued. “Paper and ‘white on white’ was what we wanted. In fact we called our theme ‘paper surreal’ because I love paper. We had a quirky wedding. It was my dream to have a wedding as close to nature as possible so we had a lot of the day outside. Having natural light photographs was really important to us.”

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A Patriotic Red, White & Blue Wedding: Julia & James

Julia & James had a handmade and patriotic¬†Great British theme for their September wedding – red, white & blue. “I knew from the moment we started to plan the wedding that I wanted it to be DIY,” the bride told me, “and to be able to keep all the aspects to decorate our home. We had so many great comments on the day from the registrar and venue that they had never seen a wedding like ours before. I am a avid follower of Rock n Roll Bride, Ruffled blog & Green Wedding Shoes so I scrapbooked a lot of ideas from them all over the past 2 years!”

Julia wore two dresses, the first was made by her Mother which she wore with Union Jack Irregular Choice shoes. In the evening she changed into a dress which she bought from eBay. “I saw it one evening when looking for a joke dress to wear to a friend‚Äôs hen party and my heart stopped,” Julia continued. “It was the one! I bid as far as my purse would let me, and I¬†didn’t¬†win. I was tweeting away and some of my followers suggested I contact the seller directly.”

“So I did, and asked her how much she wanted for it. I was devastated when she told me the amount as it was more than I could pay at that time. Anyway, I kept tweeting my dismay and had resigned to the fact that the dress¬†wouldn’t¬†be mine. I had a DM from one of my friends saying that I could start a group on facebook asking all our mates to donate some money and that it would be a wedding present from them all. I didn’t think anything would come of it but not long after the same friend DM‚Äôd me saying ‚Äėcheck your email‚Äô and there was a PayPal amount awaiting me ‚Äď to cover the WHOLE amount for the dress. As you can imagine I cried and laughed and jumped for joy!”

The reception decor was all DIY including the bunting, 400 pinwheels (which they had instead of flowers on the tables as well as instead of traditional bouttonierres for the boys), the string ball decorations and all the table decorations. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had a cake competition where they asked their guests to bring a homemade cake. They had all kinds of entries including a barbie doll cake, apple and cinnamon muffins and sparkly cake pops.

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An Elegant & Funky Downtown Wedding: Shavonda & Naomi

Shavonda & Naomi both wore white for their elegant but funky wedding in¬†Sacramento, CA.¬†Shavonda actually wore two dresses – the first, a customised gown from WToo (loving the short front!) and for the reception a sexy short number from¬†BCBG Max Azria.¬†Naomi’s suit was a mix of¬†trousers¬†from¬†New York & Co, a vest from¬†Bebe and a shirt from Express.

The wedding was held at Beatnik Studios, an amazing studio space in downtown Sacramento.

“Our wedding was completely and utterly ‘us’,” Shavonda wrote. “The things we agreed upon when we first began the planning process was that we had to have the following criteria: 1. Our wedding must be reflective who we are as a couple. 2. No churches, chapels or traditional wedding venues such as country clubs, ballrooms, etc. 3. We wanted our guests to have a different experience and didnt want them to feel like they’ve already been to our wedding a thousand times before. 4. We wanted to honor and incooperate our support for the LBGT community in as many ways as possible. ¬†5. No weekend wedding. 6. No seating arrangements, sit-down meals, or buffets. 7. ¬†It had to be FUN!!”

“I think we did a really good job of making sure all of those criteria were met. ¬†We ended up with a purely Shavonda & Naomi experience. ¬†Every detail that went into planning our wedding kept our guests in mind. ¬†We asked everyone what their favorite and least favorite parts of weddings are and then we made sure to include and avoid those things. We took all of our photos prior to the ceremony so that there was no awkward time in between the ceremony and reception. ¬†This also allowed people to start eating right away. ¬†We also made sure that guests were greeted with wine and champagne as they arrived so they could unwind after work since our wedding was on a Thursday night.¬†We didn’t have seating arrangements so guests were welcome to wonder and mingle¬†among¬†themselves. ¬†We also included them in our ceremony by have a ring warming so they could bless our rings and feel as if they are a tangible part of our marriage.”

“We live in California so having a taco truck was a must! Plus everyone loves street tacos and they were a huge hit with our guests. ¬†We made sure to have plenty of alcohol so there was beer, wine and 3 different cocktail options. ¬†As an interior design student, the decor and aesthetic of wedding was incredibly important to me. ¬†We wanted things to be very streamlined and modern so we only used one type of flower throughout the venue other than the florals in my bouquet. ¬†I wanted my girls in cute cocktail dresses and awesome accessories. ¬†I gave them 7 dress options to choose from and though they all live in different cities and states, they all chose the exact same dress! ¬†I didnt want them to carry bouquets because its too expected so we went with clutches instead.”

“My dress was my design as well. ¬†I found a style that I liked from WToo and edited to my specifications with the help of the designers at the bridal shop. ¬†I wanted to wear designer jewelry, but knew I could never afford it, so I borrowed it at a fraction of the cost, only $40 for the week from Bag Borrow or Steal! ¬†My wife’s ensemble was much more difficult because she didnt want to wear a man’s suit so it took us a while to piece together her wedding day garb. ¬†In the end our wedding day was full of love, beauty and creativity. ¬†From the venue, to the taco truck, to the attire, to the photography, I’d say our wedding was a breath of fresh air when compared to your traditional wedding. ¬†I’d say that’s pretty darned Rock n Roll!”

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Autumn & Kevin’s Romantic Vintage Valentine’s Wedding

Autumn & Kevin were married the day before Valentine’s Day so of course their wedding had to be a full on romantic affair. The bride is a self-confessed Valentine’s addict and so the theme was not only perfect for the fact that it was a wedding (aww love!) but¬†because¬†it was themed around the celebration she loves so much. The wedding took place at the bride’s Mother’s house which was not only the ideal setting for their colour scheme of red and white, but made the day a lot easier for Autumn’s Grandmother who also lived in the house with her. It was very important to the couple to have her there.

Autumn explained,¬†“I wanted to have the wedding at my Mom’s because it would be easiest for my Grandma since she lives there too. Plus my Mom’s living room is red and white, with wood floors and a fireplace, which was my ideal setting. I knew from the beginning I wanted to have a vintage Valentine’s day wedding. It’s my¬†favourite¬†holiday and I already had tons of vintage Valentines. After christmas I transform my white retro christmas tree into a Valentines day tree and I wanted to incorporate that. A lot of the other decor was found at craft stores, or hand made by my Mom. We also incorporated a lot of personal items, like my antique cameras, and Kevin’s model airplanes that he had built. We featured a wall of photos with us as kids, and as a couple.”

“Since the wedding was at my Mom’s house we had to keep the guest list small, only 45 people. We each only had one person stand up with us, and our flower girl (who we dressed as cupid) and our ring bearer. We wanted to keep things easy and simple. The wedding invite was a photoshopped vintage Valentine that I threw together, since everything was so last minute we emailed the invites, vs. snail mail. The food was put together by my family, mostly my Mom and Aunt. And the ring bearers pillow was made by my Mother-in-law. We started photos at our house, in our kitchen and in front of the house and them moved to old town for the rest. Our first dance was to “Coney Island Baby” by the Excellents. We visited Coney Island about three months into our relationship for kevin’s birthday. We kissed at the top of the wonder wheel while they shot fireworks off the beach, and from then on Coney island was our place.”

“It was pretty thrown together but I think it turned out super cute.¬†We’re actually having part 2 in¬†October. A big reception to celebrate so we can invite all our friends that couldn’t fit into my Mom’s house.¬†I’ll be wearing a different dress, and we’re going to have sideshow performances, including our friend Eak the Geek, who worked at the coney island sideshow for 11 years. We’re going to have a mock-remarried ceremony standing on his chest while he lies on a bed of nails! So it should be pretty amazing. I’ll be sure to send those photos along as well!”

I can’t wait to see those can you?

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Emil & Tarryn’s Red, Black & White, Alice Inspired Trash the Dress

Emil & Tarryn threw the styling for their South African trash the dress shoot together themselves. They wore their wedding outfits but wanted to funk them up a bit for this laid back session.

“My husband and I are both students and so we had to wing our outfits for the trash the dress session.” the bride¬†told me. “It was actually¬†very fun to walk around gathering ideas from costume shops and low budget chain stores. Our main venue for the shoot¬†was red, black¬† and white, so these¬†become our colours of choice. We wanted to bring in more way-out colours and used the apple red and apple green sunglasses which were repeated in the two different apples found on some of the photos. My wedding dress is your typical fairy princess dress – and our wedding photos move along that theme. Emil and I like diversity, so we decided to do something a little bit different for the¬†photo session.”

“I found the little red hat in a evening dress shop and it struck a chord: it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland whose style is the perfect alter ego to my dress. Love the fact that Alice is not your average heroine: she’s nosy and a bit imperious (in the original story), but brave and confused (in the Johnny Depp version). In both versions, she’s just different: that’s all :). Again, just perfect for our ‘diverse’ shoot concept. A friend of mine, who dabbles in fashion design, helped with further embellishments to the hat (like the veil).¬† Both Emil and my TTD shoes are super ugly, but¬† in the same breath, funny. They also brought the red colour down the length of the body to balance the overall picture.”
 

“My husband’s wedding suit was a similar case to my wedding dress. It was a lovely suit, but we thought it a bit too formal for our¬†trash¬†the dress¬†session. So, we chose a basic ‘background’ (white billowy shirt and black pants) and started searching for our different elements. We were clothes shopping one day when we came across the hat he wore; thought it was very debonair and that was that. The suspenders, like the shoes, brought in the red and a bit of funkiness.”

“Finally, Emil is very fond of his Vespa and insisted (from before we were married) that it be part of the TTD shoot. It has now become a future family relic!”

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