When I read the email that Aaron & Jay send to their photographer when they enquired about her shooting their wedding I was smitten. I wonder why huh?!
“I love your photos and would be thrilled if you could shoot our wedding on July 17th of this year. We are planning a super fun, little bit retro and a little bit country wild and crazy with a whole lot of DIY elements party here in Vancouver. ps. I found you through Rock n Roll Bride (the best wedding blog in the world).”
Yeah…flattery really will get you everywhere. Aaron & Jay’s wedding is also completely stupendously rad …always helps when you want to get your wedding featured on these here pages!
The couple were married outside The Old Hastings Mill Store, which was one of the only buildings in Vancouver to survive the Great Fire of 1886. It is now located near Jericho Beach in Kitsilano. They were married with a view of the harbour, the boats and the mountains – bliss. For their reception they headed to Cambrian Hall.
The couple’s very first date was at Nikkyo Sushi on Main Street in Vancouver which just happened to be around the corner from their reception venue. So, for some fun wedding day pictures, the couple and their photographer Lisa headed out to have some sushi & beer. The couple also served sushi from Nikkyo Sushi at their reception!
Aaron wore a custom made dress from Dolly Couture and accessories from Farmer’s Daughter on Etsy. To compliment her outfit, her bridesmaids wore polkadot 1950s style dresses and they all had different coloured petticoats underneath. How gorgeous is that?!
Warning: this post has a hell load of photographs and I ain’t going to apologise for that. I literally couldn’t cut them down! I am so excited about Lindsey & Adriano’s wedding I can hardly contain myself. The gorgeous bride and her musician husband had a beautiful and quirky vintage-themed wedding at Farbridge, West Sussex.
“Our inspiration was easy we just collected things we love and are interested in,” the bride told me. “I love all things vintage because I love that it has history and seems to have so much more personality than many modern things. I find that vintage things were made to last and made with care and skill unlike most things today are made to be disposable and are not designed to last. I wanted our day also to have lots of elements of fun so I came up with the idea of an ice cream sundae bar so guests could be kids again, make a mess and choose whatever topping they wanted! We also bought a kiss-o-meter for a bit of fun, it was from an American site and was from the 60’s. In the reception barn at Farbridge they also had a projector. One of my favourite films is Cinema Paradiso, there is a scene at the end of the film which is called the kissing scene which features lots of kisses from famous old black and white films. We played this scene on repeat on the the projector to add another dimension to the room. We had a wedding cocktail which we served in jam jars and bought some quirky straws too.All these things were good talking points for the guests and added elements of fun and interaction.”
Lindsey wore a vintage dress that she found online at The Vintage Bride. The American site was the first place the bride visited when deciding on what she wanted to do for the wedding and after seeing the beautiful, one of a kind gowns she was sold on the theme. “Finding a dress was one of the first steps I took in beginning to organise our wedding. I first looked on the web and found this site, fell in love with the dress and bought it. A bit risky but the lady who runs the site, Rosie, says that if your dress is not right she will give a full refund which is quite unusual for an online site. So I took the risk. It arrived in a beautiful box tied with a big pink ribbon and it was quite magical moment to open up revealing my dress for the first time, perfectly wrapped including a lovely lavender scented parcel. It was love at first sight.”
Rachael & Rafe were uninterested in a traditional religious or civil ceremony so decided to get married on their own terms. They were wed by one of their closest friends, Tara, in a pagan hand-fasting service which took place outside, in a small copsed wood locally known as “The Spinney”. They knew very early on in their planning that this was where they wanted to get married as the couple had spent some time living on a narrow-boat on the river, and for that period The Spinney was their garden, “It was where we hung out, relaxed, partied and where our children played. It is full of trees and love and so naturally the first place we both thought of for our ceremony” the couple told me.
The couple also chose a very special place to them for their festival themed reception, ” During the winter months The Spinney mooring would become too muddy to get our children to school without being caked in mud so we would moor as often as possible at Solomons Bridge. Across from which another dear friend of ours has a pasture for their cows. It’s such a fabulous place!! So beautiful and when the canal froze over we would have lots of fun pinging crab apples across the ice, or watching the ducks slide across it on landing. It seemed like a fantastic place to hold a festival!! So that is what we did.”
Oh yes! I am so excited by Kamela & Brian’s vintage/eco/organic/outdoor wedding. The couple made wedding choices that were totally perfect for them and ignored a lot of the usual wedding industry rubbish. They got married at their Grandparent’s house in Vancouver and had the super personal reception in their back garden.
The bride wore a stunning 1930’s vintage dress that was actually the first and only one she tried on. It literally seemed like it was made for her as she didn’t even need to get it altered. The groom and groomsmen also wore vintage clothes (except their bow tie which were made by the bride and her Mum) but one of my favourite parts of both their outfits has got to be their shoes – no uncomfortable heels for the bride or ugly ‘dress shoes’ for the groom! They both wore their favourite trainers – Toms.
My & Marcus’ Swedish wedding was planned to reflect their personalities and style. “I always wanted our wedding to be a bit different but not in an exaggerated way,” the bride told me. “I love the small things to be personal and not like everyone else’s and I think we really managed a good balance between traditional and personal elements.”
The wedding took place in a marquee in Hög, Southern Sweden but they actually had a bit of a venue crisis 3 weeks before the wedding. The bride explained, “The venue was actually planned to be held in a large converted warehouse that was made into a big nightclub. Even though our wedding was planned for the middle of the summer, I was terrified that it would be bad weather and because of that I wanted to be in a place that would not be ruined by having rain.”
Oh MAN am I excited to share Krystle & David’s wedding story with you today. The couple got married just twelve days after they properly met and they couldn’t be more in love if they tired. This is their story…
“We met online via our professional wedding photographer forum, DWF.”, the bride told me (they are both professional photographers) “We actually first met when both of us flew across the country to attend the DWF annual convention, in Nashville this past January.”
“We talked that first weekend about getting married and joked around about going to get married by Elvis back then and I told him I would have married him with a ring pop because I just wanted to be with him. We actually decided to just get married mutually, and when he came out to see me the couple days before we eloped to Vegas, he surprised me with a real proposal! We were playing Mario on my Super Nintendo because he swore he was better than me, yea that sucker failed miserably and I kicked his ass. He then pulled out a Star Wars tin lunchbox filled with my favorite Canadian chocolate bars, I love you mints, and dousche bag gum. At the bottom of all of that was a ring pop. He told me he loved me, wanted to be with me forever and then some, and then asked me to marry him. Nothing over the top, but I can’t think of any better way to be proposed to than Mario, chocolate, Star Wars, and wearing sweat pants.”
Ahhh! But it doesn’t stop their people, just you wait until you see their gorgeous wedding!
They were married in Graceland Wedding Chapel and had an informal dinner at the Grand Lux Cafe afterwards. As lovers of all things retro and “obnoxiously bright” Vegas was the perfect place for them. Both being wedding photographers they had seen their fair share of what they didn’t want over the years so the decision to do something completely different was quite an easy one.