Jess & Mike were really excited about having a really low-key party where their friends from all over and families could all be together and that’s exactly what they delivered.
The wedding took place at the Valley Green Inn up in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, starting off with a quick outdoor ceremony officiated by Jess’ uncle. The couple chose not to have rings and opted for a very simplistic approach to their flowers, using little bundles of wild flowers for the bouquets.
Jess made her own gorgeous red dress out of a vintage evening gown and also made all the decorations inside the restaurant which included tin can lanterns, string lights and a garland hung from the ceiling. Jess and Mike weren’t too concerned with lots of family group shots, but more with photos of everyone hanging out and having a good time. Colin Leaman came along to assist the main photographer Amanda and set up a little photo booth area for which Jess brought along tons of hats and wigs and other props for her guests to use in the funny photos.
As an added touch, the couple requested friends and family write down three songs that they would love to hear at the wedding on their invitation replies so that everybody got to hear something they liked at the reception.
What a gorgeous day, it is an honour to share it with you. Thanks so much to Amanda of Love Me Do Photography for sharing these with me.
Credit: Love Me Do Photography
Ever since our honeymoon in Japan, I have been crazy about all things Japanese – whether that be Hello Kitty, the ridiculously scary horror movies, the food (my friends will vouch for this one – I don’t think anyone has a sushi obsession like me) the fashion or just all things generally kawaii!
This Japanese influenced wedding was sent to me by photographer Aaron Spicer, and with an oriental obsession like mine, how could I say no? He describes the day:
Kyle and Nicole were married on Sunday May 17th, 2009 in Richmond, VA at Maymont Park in the Japanese Gardens. The ceremony took place by a rustic Japanese pagoda that neighbors a Koi pond. Everything that could be done DIY, was. Nicole’s mother made her dress and all of the bridesmaids dresses. Kyle and Nicole handmade over five hundred origami cranes, and gift boxes that included wasabi peas, ginger candy and other Japanese treats. Nicole’s sister designed the wedding programs, as well. The bridesmaids all carried parasols, and the groomsmen all wore red Converse All-Stars to match Nicole’s red shoes. Nicole carried purple lilies. The reception was held in a tent on the grounds of Maymont. It was decorated with origami cranes, lit votives and Japanese lanterns. The night concluded with a traditional money dance set to a polka dance.
Yep, Japan is definitely amazing. I want to live there please!
Credit: Aaron Spicer
Melissa and Nate had a perfectly personal wedding last May in Logan, Utah. Melissa’s wore a vintage dress, and Nate’s suit was pinstriped and fitted. They had one of their favourite bands, Mates of State, playing throughout their reception and the whole day had a homely, indie, persoanal feel. The couple DIY’d a-plenty including the framed bride and groom silhouettes that Melissa made and the cake, which was made by the groom’s sister.
Credit: Melissa Brown Photography
The reader’s survey has now closed. I will be announcing the winner and sharing some of the results later on today. However reader, Sari said I should be featuring more rock n roll lesbians, which of course I would love too – but it all depends on what I’m sent or what I find on my wedding hunts. However today you are in luck, as photographer Stephen Loewinsohn send me this gorgeous, and stylish lesbian wedding just yesterday!
These brides have tons of rockstar style and swagger, and their wedding was just gorgeous in every way. From the amazing outdoor setting, to the beautiful and delicious food, awesome outfits, and just the feeling of love in the air, this was just a really special wedding.
As you know, same-sex marriages are no longer legally recognized in the state of California, but these brides love each other so much that they decided to go ahead and have an awesome wedding anyway. I’m a strong believer in marriage equality as believe you are too. This wedding was an act of rebellion against a stupid law, and what’s more rock ‘n’ roll than rebellion?
Definitely rock n roll and definitely beautiful! Thank you so much Stephen!