Sequoia and Andrew were married outside, in the Oakland Hills. Their wedding was a true DIY affair and they did everything themselves including all the décor, flowers, stationery and the catering. Even the band was made up of the bride’s step-dad and step-brother!
“Our wedding was a DIY Mexican boho wedding”, explained the bride. “More than anything we wanted to have an intimate setting to exchange our vows. It was really important to us that we be surrounded by love and support. We know that with marriage comes struggle and hardship at times, and we wanted to be reassured by our loved ones that they would be there to remind us of our wedding vows. The way we looked at each other. The promise that we made.”
“Having my step-dad, and step-brother play the music was really special”, she continued. “I didn’t want the traditional wedding music, we are far from traditional. I asked them to play ‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo & Johnny as I walked down the aisle, and they learned it and nailed it.”
“Instead of chairs we laid out Mexican blankets in the middle of a Redwood grove, forming a circle with us at the top. We felt like it really connected us with our friends and family. After the ceremony, we had a champagne toast and some snacks before heading to the venue for an all out PARTY.”
Patrick and Jessica were married June 29th with a budget of under $5000. They planned everything themselves and the bride’s uncle conducted the ceremony.
“Patrick and I grew up in the same county and graduated in the same high school class”, began the bride. “Where we live is very ‘small town America’. We wanted our wedding to have the same feel. Patrick and I both love camping and the outdoors. Every aspect of our wedding had our own personal touch and backstory. We wanted our wedding to represent us and our guests really loved how genuine it was. We didn’t want a generic wedding we wanted something that we made and represented our relationship.”
The ceremony was held at Big Trees State Park on Beaver Creek and the reception was at the group camp area. The flowers were gathered and arranged by the bride and her bridesmaids. They made flower crowns and the centrepieces.
“I loved the night before and the morning of our wedding”, Jessica continued. “The bridesmaids, tribesmaids and I camped out and made the floral hair wreaths, boutonnières, and table arrangements. We slept under the stars and at dawn we had a silent vigil on a beach at the river. The silence was broken when we all jumped in the water. It was very serene and empowering to start the morning with my closest friends and jump into the brisk water. It was symbolic to the day, plunging into my new life as a married woman.”
Lorna and Liam were hitched at Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire. They hired the place for a whole weekend in August so they could have a nice, long celebration. “We both love nature and fell in love with the venue straight away. This had a massive influence over the whole wedding”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be informal, fun and a great reflection of our relationship and life.”
“Our theme was definitely a rustic woodland theme. We love colour so had many colours around, we used swallows inspired from our tattoos, logs from Liam’s yard, sunflowers have always been my favourite flowers… We tried to keep it as ‘real’ as possible. We did loads of DIY. We had three main areas to fill and two nights worth of fun. We were very fortunate to have so many amazing people to help us. Liam’s friend made us a coconut shy, my sister made all the signs and Hannah, our wedding planner, did all the stationery. It really was a joint effort of DIY.
If cute, quirky, outdoor weddings are your idea of heaven then prepare to stand at those pearly gates, because Phillip and Elena’s Colorado wedding is a beauty!
“Our inspiration was just love and our relationship”, said Elena. “All the things that brought us to that point. We had games instead of dancing because we got to know each other over UNO and Monopoly.”
The bride wore a dress from BHLDN, the bridesmaids picked their out outfits and nearly everything else was handmade by the bride or thrifted. “We made the bunting, table runners and the stationery”, said the bride. “We arranged every flower ourselves and I also made the cake toppers, escort cards and signs. It was so worth it.”
Gwenn and Dave were married on 4th May so they started their inspiration with – what else? – but Star Wars. From there, they added lots of other geeky references of the things they both love, specifically Doctor Who and Disney. The bride wore a handmade dress that she made herself, a crown which she got at a Renaissance fair, and a veil made by her mother. Her amazing boots were House of Elloit.
“We met at a Renaissance fair”, explained Gwenn. “We both were in the same group and Dave was the secretary and kind of used that to his advantage to get to me her better. We were inseparable all weekend and pretty much knew right then it was true love!”
“We got married on May the 4th so Dave had storm trooper pins for the groomsmen”, she continued. “We also had a Tie Fighter pin for the bestman and a Darth Vader pin for Dave. We had an epic lightsaber battle between the two of us which was great for photos! The rest of the wedding was highly influenced by Disney, Doctor Who and other nerdy things.”
Michaela and Aviad were wed in the Ben Shemen forest, Israel. They wanted a relaxed wedding, just like they are in their every day lives! “We met while working together at the same bar”, began the bride. Nothing happened between us for a long time until we were both invited to a friend’s wedding. Maybe it was the magic air of a Jewish wedding, but I started to see something between us. Before we knew it we were on a date in a Greek restaurant in Jaffa!”
“The wedding atmosphere was of course MAGICAL”, she continued, “I bet everyone says that, but everything really worked for us that day. The sunset between the trees, the dust on our shoes, the wind in our hair. It was perfect.”
“We wanted our wedding to feel really natural, like a school trip to the forest. We just wanted to hang around and having fun, with no stress.”