Even in beautiful Byron Bay there’s a possibility of rain on your wedding day. But it didn’t stop Jacob and Nicola’s celebrations. In fact I completely love those rainy portraits on the beach. Magical! Their wedding was held at Clarkes Beach Holiday Park and ran over a whole weekend.
“Both of our families live hundreds of miles away from us, in opposite directions”, wrote the bride. “So when planning our wedding we decided that we didn’t want just 8 hours worth of celebration with our special people, we wanted a whole weekend! We invited the family and a few friends not just to our wedding, but to our family holiday.”
“When we first moved in together we would take our lunch and skate (me on roller skates and Jacob on his skateboard) up to a little lookout over the beach in a caravan park. We knew straight away it was the perfect spot for us and all our family to be together and celebrate our love.”
“Everyone booked cabins or brought their caravans or campers and both our families literally became one, over an old-fashioned caravan park family holiday weekend. It was just like when we were kids. Grandma and Grandpa were next door to my high school best friends, my Uncle and Aunty were having a beer with Jacob’s cousins, and our Mums were sneaking off down to the beach together for ‘Mother of the Bride and Groom chats’… We had games of frisbee on the beach, swims in the ocean at all hours, friends crashing on couches and a whole lot of love shared.”
Matt and Moz were married at home, in their own backyard in Collingwood, Victoria. Their wedding budget was $5000 and they didn’t go a penny over. The bride wore a dress that her mother made for her, and the flowers were sourced from a market.
“Our plan was to have a wedding that was more like a party”, she said. “We wanted to keep the vibe relaxed and we didn’t really stick to any particular style or rules. Our guests told us that they loved our wedding because it was super casual and was a real reflection of us.”
For their April wedding, Lydia and Klem wanted a day that would be unforgettable for their guests. They chose a unique venue, Big Daddy’s Antique’s in San Francisco for their reception. However their ceremony took place two weeks prior and was a small, intimate affair.
“We really enjoyed having our small ceremony completely separate from our reception”, Lydia wrote. “It was simple and sweet. But our vision for our big reception was to have the most fun and memorable cocktail party our guests had ever experienced. The only ‘wedding-y’ things we incorporated were a first dance and the cake cutting… oh! And of course we got to wear our fancy wedding duds for a second time. BONUS!”
“I produced many of the signs and favors myself, and we made the invitations. But the only real DIY piece was my show stopper of a jewel bouquet which a close friend created for me. I had put a post out on Facebook asking for any misfit earrings, buttons, brooches or baubles that my friends and family were willing to donate. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and filled with so much love. It is a masterpiece!”
Ahh the circus! So colourful, so fun, such a perfect theme for an alternative wedding! Tamara and Chip’s Florida wedding was a true DIY labour of love. They did almost everything themselves.
“We are both light-hearted and fun people, so we wanted our day to feel like a party with our family and friends”, explained the bride. “We are not stiff and formal, but love vibrancy and uniqueness! Our whimsical circus theme fit perfectly with how we wanted our wedding day to feel.”
“Almost everything we did was DIY, unique and local”, she continued. “Aside from a few amazing vendors like our day-of coordinator, Ashley Packett, who was amazing and seamlessly took my vision and DIY projects and made it come together! We did not want a cookie cutter wedding. I am far too crafty to have let someone else create our wedding day. From our wedding ceremony in front of our DIY circus tent, to our reception under the stars and string lights, to our bartender serving drinks and locally brewed beer from a canoe cooler, to our guests playing shuffleboard, our wedding was far from the norm.”
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.”
Jojo and Andy were married in August at Nettlestead Place, Kent. While the groom wasn’t too bothered about having a big wedding, the bride wanted something special and so a steampunk theme it was! She wore a corset from Baba Studio with an AMAZING purple and turquoise skirt, made for her by Sisters of the Moon on Etsy. Her biker boots were from eBay.
“While I’d like to say we just planned the wedding that we wanted, Andy would have preferred to just go to the registry office in a t-shirt and jeans!” Jojo began. “But I’m a bit more flamboyant than that, and he wanted me to have the day I wanted. So I pulled out all the stops and did something much more ‘me’. I’ve always been alternative and I love to dress up so this was the only way forward. We also thought that if everyone had to dress up, that they would feel much more like part of our day, rather than just being onlookers and well wishers.”