The incredible wedding of Robin and Jeannine took place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in August. “As a queer couple (gay, female identified Jeannine and gender/queer, trans identified Robin) we found it important to craft our wedding and the many details on our own so that it didn’t fall into a too traditional event that we ourselves didn’t fit into”, they told me.
“We used and encouraged gender-neutral language, used as many recycled materials as possible, and put our hearts and energy into all the aspects of what turned out to be an incredible day. Jeannine literally took the summer off from teaching for the first time ever and approached wedding planning in the same manner that she might develop curricula for her students. We also asked for support and inspiration in myriad areas of planning and production from our community of talented friends and loved ones.”
Sian and Nathan’s wedding was a celebration of ‘them’. They wanted to put their own spin on everything so they handmade all the decorations for the reception, had their dog in attendance and, just for fun, had little Lego men on the groom’s buttonholes!
“We met in February 2009 and spent our first date playing Guess Who and chatting about our mutual love of Spaced, which 5 years later inspired the name of our miniature schnauzer Colin!” wrote the bride. “Colin was always going to be a part of our wedding as he’s such a big part of our lives (although we heard rumours that he snored through the ceremony!)”
“We didn’t exactly know what we wanted our wedding to be like at first, but we knew what we didn’t want, so we tried to steer clear of traditional ‘wedding’ styles by reading Rock n Roll Bride and scouring Pinterest for inspiration. We pretty much just chose things that we loved so we had quite a mix of ‘styles’ or ‘themes’. The Lego (Nathan’s favourite thing), the day of the dead cake toppers, and the wristbands (my hen was at a festival).”
Vanessa and Bret were married at Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway in the Rocky Mountains.
“Both Bret and I actually cared very little about the wedding”, explained the bride. “We just wanted to spend five days at the mountain with our friends and family. We focused on offering everyone an experience. All our guests were flying in from NYC or Brazil, so we wanted them to get to know a bit of the place we call home, Colorado. It was fantastic, the leaves were changing color for the fall (something the Brazilians had never seen before!) and everyone took their time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, walk around Downtown Estes and just really enjoy time together! We were going for a laid-back, woodsy vibe.”
The bride’s amazing dress was from BHLDN, which she wore with a flower crown and veil made by her mother. “Everything for the wedding was DIY”, she continued. “My mother ordered fabric that matched our invitations and made every single napkin for the tables. Bret’s parents cleaned the entire yard and put together all the furniture and rentals. I shopped for vintage brass candle holders, brass apple bells for our flower girls, and created a botanical backdrop for our guest book. I went to thrift stores both in Denver and NYC looking for vintage trunks, luggage, and other props to decorate the reception. The rug that we stood on during our ceremony was a handmade crocheted rug by my aunt Neide.”
Anna and Daniel’s wedding was DIY in the truest sense of the word because they did everything themselves. The bride even made her own dress! The wedding had a really unusual theme too. They wanted something creative and were influenced by deer skulls and antlers!
“When we first started looking for inspiration it didn’t take us long to realise that choosing a theme would be an impossible task”, recalled the bride, “we are are far too indecisive and there are so many possibilities! So we had a think about what was important to us and decided just to go with things we liked and tried not to worry too much if it didn’t all match. Creativity is at the heart of everything we do, for Dan it’s all about music and for me visual arts, design and all forms of making. We also enjoy good food and drink, laughs with friends, walks with our beloved pooch in the countryside and relaxed atmospheres.”
Loving all things retro, Lucy and Michael always knew that would be the theme of her wedding. When it came to actually planning their big day though, they wanted it to be unique so they threw in some colourful Mexican influences for good measure! They had a mariachi band, their decoration was colourful and they even served a Mexican inspired buffet feast! The groom’s love of The Beatles couldn’t be ignored, so the bride walked down the aisle to one of their sings and their tables were named after Beatles albums.
“Michael was the last of his college friends to get married, so he had always wanted the wedding to end all weddings”, began the bride, “and once I got hold of the planning I really became obsessed with the idea of creating an amazing spectacle – especially once I had stumbled across Rock n Roll Bride! The main theme was Rock n Roll Mexican but it became an amalgamation of all our varied interests and ended up being extremely eclectic!”
“We went to a Mexican restaurant for our first date and basically every meal since. We are obsessed with the food and culture but had never visited the country so we planned to have our honeymoon there. We wanted to add some Mexican inspiration to the wedding with vibrant colours, papel picado banners and Mexican inspired food.”
Katie and Richard were saving to buy a house when Richard proposed. So instead of moving, they decided to splash out on their dream wedding in Vegas!
As they travelled for the wedding, most of the little things like flowers were provided by the chapel, but the bride did make all the pinwheels for everyone to wear. “I have always loved pinwheels so I knew I wanted to do something that included them”, she said. “I was speaking to Richard about themes and ideas and he said he was happy for me to do what I liked (YAY!) but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just about what I wanted Richard had to be in there too. Both of us love colour and whilst looking through the internet one day, my friend found some fabric patterns that she thought we would love. She sent me the links and I sat and looked at them all and pretty much fell in love with one of the patterns which included sugar skulls, birds and flowers but most important of all had pretty much every colour you could possibly want! It was a winner and I was able to order the fabric by Alexander Henry via Etsy.”
Katie had her pink wedding dress and rainbow unicorn headpiece (!!) made by The Couture Company in Birmingham. “The rest of the ideas kind of just developed from there”, she continued. “I knew pink had to be included in my wedding dress because pink is just the best and I kind of just landed on yellow for Pam, my maid of honour. It wasn’t until we were looking for Richard’s shoes that things really clicked in to place. I wanted him to have something amazing so obviously Vivienne Westwood was one of the only places to look and there they were. They were pink and yellow and fabulous! Richard loved them and even though they would become one of the most expensive things he would ever wear, he had to have them.”