I have a lot of love for cute, intimate and quirky wedding stories right now and Kristen & Alex’s super stylish affair is no different. The pair had ceremony, just the two of them, at San Francisco City Hall followed by a small reception at Orson Restaurant, where they decided to have another small dedication ceremony in front of their gathered friends and family. “My favorite moments were the separation of the ceremonies” Kristen told me. “We had stressed for months on how to please both ourselves and our families (we wanted to elope, they didn’t want us to) The idea of 2 ceremonies was the perfect solution. My favorite tradition was the fact that we were so non-traditional. It took me a while while planning to realize that we had the freedom to do things the way we wanted, there was no rule that we had to do things in a certain way.”
The bride wore an ivory bridesmaids dress by Coren Moore with shoes by an Australian brand called Wittner that she had picked up on a trip to Sydney. Her veil, bolero and earrings all came from various Etsy sellers and her gorgeous bracelet was Marc Jacobs. She pulled everything together with a vintage style clutch and a bright pop of colour with her red rose bouquet.
One of the things that really stood out in your survey responses was that a lot of you wanted more Rock n Roll same sex weddings. Well my dears, you ask and I deliver! I have actually been dying to feature Linsay & Amanda’s wedding for a while now but with wedding season being in full flow I have been a trifle busy! Patience is a virtue though my little kittens and I think you’ll realise that wait was worth it when you see these two kick ass chicks!
With people coming to their wedding from the UK and The States (Linsay is English and Amanda is from America) the couple decided on a kitsch Royal theme with red, white & blue as their colours (to reflect both flags) as well as for a bit of fun all round! “We just wanted to have fun with the theme but also sort of add a bit of camp irony to what was a fabulous lesbian wedding” Amanda told me. “I love the photo of the Fergie and Andrew choc tin! But seriously, it was a profoundly special day especially not only cause it was our wedding but because civil partnerships haven’t been legal for that long and really lesbians need to find a new narrative when it comes to weddings. No More White Suits! You can both wear dresses and both be ‘the bride’ and balance it off well without either one having to feel overshadowed. And now Linz and I are wives for lives! How cool is that!?”
Both brides wore dresses by Candy Anthony – although it wasn’t planned! They both actually picked their dresses completely seperately.
Nicola & Ed wanted a diy wedding that really reflected them. The took from Nicola’s Scottish heritage and had a thistle theme for their flowers and decor, all of which they sourced themselves. For their invites and order of service they used a photograph from the Bolivian Salt Flats which they had taken themselves when they were away travelling the year before that was really special to them. For the London aspect of their wedding (they married in London) they booked a double decker bus to transport all their guests and as a final touch they named each table after a London tube stop and bought postcards to add to the centrepieces.
Lauren & JP’s amazing wedding video has certainly done the blog-land circuit, but have you seen their gorgeous photographs?! Well my little kittens, guess which blogger has got them to share with you all?! Oh yes the PINK one that’s who!
I got chatting to the bride all about their day. Enjoy…
“We started planning this shin-dig a year ago, and our initial goals were to have a fancy but fun party– a celebration that was filled with our closest friends and family. We wanted the whole thing to be a reflection of us. For instance, our food consisted of 4 sections: German, American, Italian, and Asian-Fusion. Bratwurst, soft pretzels, sliders, bruschetta, and chinese take-out boxes just to name a few items. We wanted it to all be on small-bite side, so people could run to the bar, run to get food, and then go back to dancing, mingling, etc.”
I found Aurora & Ben’s wedding when a blog reader sent me the link to the couple’s blog. I was in instant love and sent them an email right away demanding to know more details! I am muchly exited to share those details with you all. I’ve been reading all your comments that are coming through on the readers survey and judging by your responses methinks you will like this wedding a lot – diy budget and locally-sourced loveliness!
The couple, who paid for the entire wedding themselves were determined to create a wedding that was not only undeniable ‘them’ but didn’t cost them the earth – therefore diy a-plenty was the name of the game! Everything from the bride and bridesmaid’s accessories to the cake and the flowers were all locally sourced ‘bits’ that the wedding party put together themselves. “We were paying for this wedding ourselves, so DIY was our general M.O” the couple told me. “We are very lucky to have talented, helpful friends and family and put their skills to the test! We had people assigned to random tasks in order to pull the day off: my friend from art school and her man executed a paper-plane lined path to the ceremony site; our mutual friend/ My Shero performed the ceremony, our groomsmen set out chairs and later gathered them up, one of our bridesmaids did double duty as our photographer. We even had friends in attendance who helped out without our prompting. Our friend Courtney brought her own pages from an atlas and had guests who got their early enough to help fold tiny paper airplanes, which were left on everyone’s chair before the ceremony. As we recessed down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, we were surprised by everyone throwing tiny paper airplanes at us.”
Kate & Mike’s London punk wedding took place a few weeks before the couple moved to LA (Jealous!) so it had a distinctly punk rock vs Americana theme. The couple booked Celine Chaplin to take some portraits and to document their fun-filled reception.
Kate told me all about their day – including a very funny story about Mike’s wedding day hair cut! “Since we were moving to Los Angeles a couple of weeks after the wedding, Mike & I were totally hectic so we really needed some help with the wedding. My sister and my Mum were amazing at putting the wedding together. My Dad even chipped in and sorted the meal out! i’m a total control freak but on this occasion, I’m glad i let someone else take over because they did such an awesome job.”
“Mike has always been known for his long hair, and ahead of the move to LA, he decided to cut it off for a change. He raised £700 for charity by doing it and everyone at the party chipped in and contributed to cut. Pre-emptive song to the big chop was ‘The Final Countdown!” Lucky he did it after the wedding and not before, as a haircut by about 25 people was pretty much all over the place- he had a small tufty ponytail on top of his head from where someone had missed a bit. great look!”
“Since Rock n Roll is really what brought us together in the first place, and neither of us are particularly conventional, it was important that the day reflected that. We had The Wildhearts and The Replacements playing as we took our vows. The day was totally perfect and couldn’t have been better.
After the party the pair hopped onto a rickshaw (“28 years in London and I’ve never taken one” said Kate) to a penthouse suite at The Soho Hotel. “Rolling up at the hotel in our wedding stuff and clutching a cardboard cutout of mickey mouse, about to check into the penthouse was brilliant!” Kate laughed.