Mindy & David got married at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel that provided the inspiration to Stephen King for The Shining.
“Our first thoughts about what we wanted our wedding to look and sound and feel like were all over the board” the couple told me. “Our first decision was the location. We had stayed at the Historic Stanley Hotel the summer previous, and while we were familiar with much of the folklore of the place, we were delighted to find character that goes far deeper than “haunted joint.” We had a wonderful time and felt a connection to the Stanley.”
“Touring possible locations in Denver and the surrounding area, we visited many nice places with good things to offer. When we returned to the Stanley to consider it as a wedding location, though, it was immediately evident to both of us that we found our place. Other locations offered beautiful wall finishes or breathtaking views, but no other option had the richness about it that the Stanley oozed. The often cracking paint (new paint jobs last less than a year there) and imperfections added to the individual nature of the building that really resonated with us. The main downside to the Stanley is the fact that they host multiple weddings every weekend in the summer, and we didn’t want to be ‘just another wedding.’ In the end, it just inspired us to create something individual and extraordinary.”
When Chris & Colleen contacted their photographer Jonathan, they described their wedding theme as ‘Medieval Arabic’, he knew he was in for a real treat. “When I heard that, I knew we’d be in for a ton of FUN!” he told me. The couple certainly didn’t disappoint, putting their all into their unusual and utterly gorgeous ideas.
On the 14th August, the couple got married in the beautiful rural setting of Verona, NY. The groom is in a band call Blood Ceremony (and will be on tour in Europe next Spring) so as you can imagine this was one truly authentic Rock n Roll wedding! “With a band name like Blood Ceremony, one may expect certain aesthetic details in its Bass Guitarist’s Wedding Ceremony,” Jonathan continued. “As the photographer, I came with an open mind and a wild imagination fueled with thoughts of what I read online regarding the band. Most notably, the Toronto based band is self described as being “anti-war, but pro-horror”. The description of the music was cryptic and engaging; ‘Now we slay the stages of the universe with heavy riffs, paranoia-inducing trills and 1970s fills.”
“I did further research and discovered that their influences were rooted in bands that I knew like Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, and The Who. But they were also inspired from things that I wasn’t so familiar with, like mystical forests, candlelit chambers, gothic castles, and Euro-horror films. Needless to say-this Wedding had the potential to be very Rock and Roll!”
Dave & Kirsten’s kooky and personal wedding was created as a perfect reflection of them as a couple. Their love of tattoos, fashion and all things vintage was their inspiration and what really shone through on their day.
The bride knew she wanted a flattering tea-length dress but after a fruitless search in dress shops and even online, she decided the best way to get her perfect gown was to create it herself. She went to the drawing board and drew out her ideal dress which she then brought to a seamstress who worked with her to make it. She accessories with a blue birdcage veil which she picked up from a vintage shop in Chicago. She picked the colour to match her bridesmaid’s dresses. Finally, to complete her look she wore one of a kind jewellery all made for her by friends.
As wedding gifts to each other, the tattoo-loving couple both got matching bird tattoos and as an extra special gift to his bride, Dave restored a 1968 Lincoln Continental which he surprised Kirsten with on the day! How amazing is that?!
As a final, super personal touch, instead of favours, the couple made a donation in their honour to Mia’s Children – an orphanage that educates and houses homeless children in Bucharest, Romania. Kirsten used to work for this foundation and so this was something very close to her heart too.
Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.
The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”
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.”