Sharon and Matt’s small Belize wedding at Honey Camp Ranch cost them just $5000. They avoided the usual trappings of a traditional wedding, instead choosing to do things their way. That meant everything was either borrowed, donated or homemade. The bride wore a custom wedding dress, made for her by her mother, and no shoes! She made the stationery herself and the flowers and reception decorations were collected from the local area.
This was also a completely unplugged event. There was no electricity, and no cell phones or computers allowed! The couple wanted their wedding to be a refreshing escape from their excessively electronic lives in the US.
“The inspiration for the wedding was love for the nature of Belize”, wrote the bride. “The most unusual thing about our wedding was that there was no electricity. The natural sounds of Honey Camp Ranch and the romantic light of gas lanterns in the evening made the lack of electricity a huge beneﬁt and gave a better connection with the amazing natural environment of Belize – away and unplugged from the busy world. It was different from the norm because it was a destination wedding, was super low-key, and was in the jungle!”
It’s unusual that I’d just share a video, without the wedding pictures or story alongside it. Yet when film maker Philip White showed me his latest offering – a cinematic take on the wedding film – I couldn’t help but want to post it immediately.
Grab yourself something to drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
This is completely captivating.
Lindsey and Jason were married at The Red House in Cassadaga, in upstate New York. The venue really set the tone for their casual, DIY day. “Our wedding theme was laid back, bohemian, vibrant and eclectic”, explained the bride. “Which truly reflected Jason and I. We really didn’t stick to the traditional formalities when planning our wedding but instead we choose to personalize our day in a way that we felt most comfortable with.”
“Our wedding was also completely do-it-yourself!” she continued. “We really wanted to keep it simple, colorful and fun. The venue was really cool, it was a Victorian style house with a beautiful yard and a great big barn. Since It was such a unique location, I really wanted to keep our décor simple enough so that it would complement our location without taking away from the natural beauty of the place. We tried to recycle and reuse as much as we could while really bringing in our unique sense of style.”
Amy and Earl were married at Legend City Studios, an art gallery in Phoenix. “We wanted our wedding to be one big Party”, explained the bride. “We went into the planning stage with one goal in mind. We wanted to have a wedding we’d love to attend. Our goal was to have fun and make sure everyone else had fun as well.”
Amy wore a stunning black wedding dress which she had custom made by someone on Etsy (the seller sadly no longer exists) which she wore with amazing galaxy print shoes from Modcloth. Her bridesmaids were the ones wearing white! They all picked their own dresses. “The thing most people have pointed out was the black wedding dress”, she said. “I chose black for my wedding dress because I wanted something I was comfortable in, and I like the way I look in black.”
Charlie and Barney wanted a fun and laid back wedding that was all about being themselves. Their dress code was ‘come as you are’ and their invitations made it clear that it was going to be a party wedding! “We got everyone drunk by 3pm because of the Jagerbombs”, Barney wrote. “By the time the DJ started in the evening, it felt like a giant house party, which is what we always wanted.”
“Almost everything was unusual”, he explained “and the most important thing for us was to make it a true reflection of our personalities (we are somewhat known amongst our friends for throwing parties, for always being the last ones standing on a night out, and for enjoying a Jagerbomb or five). We were also determined that no one should be bored. Charlie wanted it to be a handfasting ceremony, which started to shape the day because it meant we would have two ceremonies. The first was a small, very intimate and very secret civil ceremony in the morning, attended by a handful of immediate family, just sat around the library of Oxon Hoath, casually perching on the sofas. It was meant to be as relaxed as possible, and despite Charlie turning up half an hour late, it was surprisingly stress free!”
Jason and Alexis’ home grown wedding was held at at The Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire. They wanted a weekend long affair, with all their guests camping and staying with them. With the bride being a writer, the wedding had a literacy feel. She wrote the ceremony herself their were book and poetry references throughout the wedding.
“Home grown and alternative are the first words that come to mind”, began the bride when I asked her about their theme. “We wanted something different, while still appealing to older family members and those who expected a more traditional wedding. Most of our friends have been married in the woods, in fields, in barns, so this was expected for their inner circle, but their families were blown away by the whole weekend affair.”
“As a writer, I wrote the ceremony, which consisted of quotes from Harry Potter and Hugo’s Les Miserables. For their vows, we took turns reading from the children’s book, I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, a book which I had given Jason several years ago.”
The couple really wanted to put themselves into their wedding, with nods to all their favourite things throughout the weekend.