Jane and Joel’s wedding was held at Melbourne Zoo. Their ceremony was in the Japanese Garden and their reception in the Rainforest Room! “We wanted our wedding to be fun, colourful and summery”, said Jane. “I’ve always loved the glamour of the 1950s-era so our outfits were based on the fashion from that time. We went for a retro carnival theme to fit our venue. The colours were based on the bridesmaid dresses which were light green, coral, red and blue. It was the perfect retro summer palette.”
“We didn’t want a stuffy traditional wedding that’s torture to sit through. We’re also not not religious, so that freed us up to do whatever we liked with the ceremony. We wanted it to be fun, charming, playful and relaxed with a little nod to a nostalgic bygone era. And all of this had to be planned within six months because I was really keen to have a summer wedding. Our ceremony was late, a 5.30pm. We chose this time so that the sun would be low in the sky and it wouldn’t be too hot. Plus our guests got VIP entry to the zoo for the whole afternoon, which was great for the kids.”
Bonding through their mutual love of Disney, it was more than fitting that Brandon and Ashley were inspired by the happiest place on earth for their wedding. These guys went all out! The day was held at Rancho Las Lomas and they had a real life zebra in attendance and a mermaid… no, I’m not kidding!
“We love a good theme and retro was the way to go for us”, began the bride. “We wanted a 1940s jungle explorer feel. The venue had Bengal tigers, white tigers, alpacas, wild cats, zebras, exotic birds and other wildlife which made it perfect! We had custom jungle cruise fast passes that had the return time for dinner, Jungle cruise news playing on a vintage record player at the entrance and 1940s music all around to set the mood. We also went all out with our bright flowers. The flowers really did it for us and brought the jungle feel we wanted to the wedding.
When my favourite vintage wedding dress shop launched their own, self designed, collection based on vintage styles (but able to be sized up to a Uk size 22!) I was super excited to be able to host an exclusive competition for one of my readers to win one. Alongside Fur Coat No Knickers founders and designers Emma and Laura, I read every single entry, eventually picking the gorgeous Diana as our winner. Her story touched our hearts and we were all so honoured to be able to fulfil her dream to feel beautiful on her wedding day.
I am utterly thrilled to be sharing that wedding with you all today! It was held at Chester Zoo.
“Our wedding was us. It was just us”, Diana began. “It was the most laidback, chilled out event ever. Everyone commented on how impressed they were that we’d managed to instil a sense of ourselves through proceedings. Neither of us wanted a big fancy event. We just wanted to get married and have a kickass party and that’s what we did. The Doctor Who stuff was more me than Ben but I loved it and so did the kids.”
Damon & Tooty we’re never going to have a wedding with a boring or standard theme. In fact as soon as they found their venue, Spring Grove House at the West Midlands Safari Park, the seed for a safari themed day was planted! “The theme came after viewing the venue”, the bride began. “We saw a few places and found them booooooorrrrringg. We planned to go and see Spring Grove House but really didn’t expect much from it as we had never heard of it. But when we got there we fell in love! They’ve kitted it out all in animal print décor including the carpets, the wallpaper and ornaments. The idea for the theme was obvious to me. I’m always wearing animal print attire and so we decided to insist our guests did the same for the wedding!”
“With the invitations we included a poem inviting everyone to dress up for the day… although the theme wasn’t optional. I’d have kicked butt if anyone hadn’t turned up in animal print! We were so pleased with the effort everyone made. Some people took it to another level including our two gay friend who turned up dressed as big cats – body paint and all! I only spotted them when the ceremony was over and we had turned to face the people when signing the register…my face was a picture and I think I said something along the lines of ‘what the f*** is that!'”