Al and Tony both love the sun, so they decided on a destination in Ibiza. “We are both sun-worshipping beach bums”, the bride said. “I grew up in Australia so the beach and the sea is in my blood, and Tony spent his younger years backpacking and chasing the summer. We go to Spain for a summer holiday every year and Ibiza is a special place for me due to it’s spiritual flavour, so it was the obvious choice for our wedding.”
The couple were legally married in Islington Town hall in London (on Al’s birthday!) a few days before the Ibiza wedding. “We both always wanted a beach ceremony and to be outdoors and close to nature, so La Escollera was the perfect location”, she said. “It had rained a lot that week, but we were totally blessed on the day as the sun came out in its full glory.”
Adam and Cathy’s wedding took place in November and had a Dia de Los Muertos theme as a nod to the bride’s Mexican heritage. She wanted a way to incorporate lost loved ones.
“To many people our wedding looked really different, but to us it seemed perfectly normal!” said the bride. “We had some women in the groom’s party, and some gender fluid friends as well. We did try to steer away from the Americanised version of Dia de Los Muertos, which is the red/ black macabre design. The holiday is a joyful celebration full of love and colour and happiness, and we wanted to be true to that. Also, we had karaoke at our reception!”
“Our ceremony was very personal”, she continued. “We wrote our own vows, played one of my most favourite songs, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, and had a reading from the book The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. Our officiant also wore a sparkly jacket. It was magical!”
The couple did so many DIY projects and homemade all the décor. “We made all of the paper flowers that were used throughout and we made the table centrepieces. Luckily I have some very crafty friends!”
When Amy and Dominic started to plan their Pittsburgh wedding, they had only a few non-negotiables – they wanted a simple and elegant wedding that that focused on sharing their love and commitment with those dearest to them.
“We didn’t go into the process of planning with a clear theme, but I think our personal aesthetics naturally imposed themselves on the planning process”, explained the bride. “This boiled down to a wedding that was minimalistic (him) with a vintage flare (me). Crafting a day that was authentic, intimate and meaningful served as guideposts for all the choices we made.”
“There were a lot of little details that made it special to us. Overall we just tried to stay true to who we were in all of the little choices, as well as the bigger ones. I think that given the pressures couples face from family and friends, not to mention the wedding industry itself, it is unique to just stick to what you really want and not let others influence your choices.”
Alexander and Maria had a destination elopement, just the two of them, in Prague. They then stayed on afterwards for their honeymoon.
“We thought for a long time about what our wedding should be like”, explained the bride. “We both love the same music and love going to concerts together, so we knew that would be a big influence. Music has connected us. Alexander is also very partial to old school computer games (and he’s a a programmer) so we wanted to connect these two things and add a bit of gothic glamour – after all, we were getting married in Prague!”
“We are from Russia and the format for a wedding in our country is for it to be very traditional”, she continued. “It’s very rare that you would run off, just the two of you and get married abroad. Luckily, our close family quietly embraced the idea, and we allowed ourselves to make the most important day for us in exactly the way we wanted. Since we were not constrained by tradition at all, we were able to use our imagination when it came to what we wore!”
Twyla and Kris had an New Zealand summer wedding inspired by Americana. They made everyone do whiskey shots and had a late night pool party. The whole day seems like it was an utter blast!
“We share a love of food and hospitality and we really wanted to throw a great party with all the food and music we love”, said the bride. “Our theme was Americana meets New Zealand summer.”
“We had a bottle of Rye whisky and a jar of pickles at every table. At our wedding toast we made everyone (including the grandmothers) do a pickleback. We also had an epic pool party at the end of the night! One thing I found funny was people commenting on ‘how traditional’ the wedding was, but we really just did what we wanted. We cooked all the food ourselves, did our own music and just created what we would do for people coming over to our house… Except for 120 instead of 4!”
Stacey and Ian’s wedding was held in South London, where they live. “We live in Wandsworth, so we wanted our wedding to reflect our love for our lovely borough”, the bride said. “Admittedly, it isn’t as cool as Camden or as high brow as Chelsea, but it is sweet and friendly. We chose the grand chamber at Wandsworth Town Hall for our ceremony which was absolutely beautiful.”
“The reception was at The Antelope pub in Tooting. We loved how lovely it was yet it was just a simple London pub. We immediately fell in love with the laid back and effortless atmosphere and the food was delicious too. I’m surprised more couples don’t choose a pub for their reception as there is no hire fee (just a minimum spend) and they have a charm that only a London pub can deliver.”