High school sweethearts don’t always go the distance, but Tori and Dillon bucked that trend. They met during sophomore year and have been together ever since. They wanted a wedding that felt like them, and they didn’t care about being too specific about colours and trends.
“Neither Dillon or I are big on dancing so I think something a bit alternative about our wedding was that our reception didn’t focus on dancing as the sole entertainment”, Tori said. “Our venue had a huge property so we were able to have yard games as a dancing alternative. My sister and brother-in-law made us a custom Jenga set, we had ring toss, as well as sets of corn hole.”
A blustery beachy location, a groom with the most amazing mohawk ever and a bouquet made of seashells are just a few of the elements that I adore about Kelly and Louis’ wedding at Swell Cafe in Whitby.
“When people asked what our theme was we’d always reply with the same thing: ‘Fuck the theme!'” Kelly laughed. “We basically brought in bits and pieces from all the stuff we love like. We made our own seashell and sailor jerry themed bunting, complete with song lyrics from our fave punk bands. We also used about a million seashells to make things such as the ring holder and the decorations in the ceremony room. My incredible seashell bouquet was designed by me and very kindly made (for free!) by my Mum’s friend Sam Robey, who is a florist.”
“Other DIY décor items included Lego cake toppers, and lots of Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic inspired pieces thrown in. We made our own photo booth props and I designed a wedding poster and made some framed prints. The main DIY task was making the fishing nets which decorated our ceremony venue. We added paper clips to the backs of hundreds of shells and added a few plastic lobsters and crabs on the nets for good measure. The DIY decorations made the whole day come alive for us, immersing our guests in our geeky little world. We also always wanted things to feel very punk which you can see in our hair, my dress, and the fact that we both wore Dr. Martens.”
Chelsey and Ross were married on the USS LST 393 ship, which is now a veteran’s museum docked at on the Muskegon Lake waterfront in the heart of downtown Muskegon, Michigan. They couple, who started dating when they were 15, wanted their wedding to be classy, yet edgy, with a hint of retro and vintage styling.
“We originally planned for a New Year’s Eve wedding which is why our colours were black and gold”, the bride began. “When we decided against that date, opting instead to get married in August, we chose to keep the same colours but added champagne and light pink into the mix.”
“I guess having our wedding on a ship made it pretty different to most!” laughed the bride. “I don’t know many people that have done that. We also had mini beach balls for everyone to throw up in the air when we walked down the aisle together, instead of confetti.”
Maya and Jamie met at University but only got together five years after graduation after reconnecting over Facebook! They moved in together six months later, had a baby and got engaged! Their wedding was held at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel and their theme was ‘1940s England meets 1950s America’.
“The inspiration came from our home and our lifestyle and the things that we love on a day to day basis”, explain Maya. “We both love these eras and they influence our day to day lives. The whole day was just ‘us’. We wanted to create a relaxed and enjoyable day from the start with minimal formalities. From day one the whole wedding was centred around having a good time, and doing what felt natural to us. We did not want to conform to expectations from other more traditional views of what a wedding should be.”
“We wanted the wedding to be true to us as a couple and to reflect our tastes and interests. There was no dress code on the day and the main aim was to feel comfortable and for everyone to get to know us as a couple a bit better.”
Emily and Glenn were married at the bride’s childhood home. She wore her grandmother’s wedding dress and they wanted to make sure everything they did minimised waste. “Our wedding inspiration was to use second-hand, borrowed, vintage and thrift store finds”, Emily explained, “We really focused on re-purposing things for the day. This meant incorporating vintage furniture as seating and using items my father had collected over the last 30 years as décor. Everything was DIY but since we did not want to buy anything new we stayed away from crafting and mostly decorated with old lanterns and vintage furniture. We also borrowed a lot of stuff from friends and family so that we didn’t have to buy brand new things.”
“Our biggest inspiration was to keep it meaningful. Every element of our wedding represented some connections to our families. I had my wedding ring made from two rings – one which belonged to my great grandmother and the other belonged to Glenn’s mother. My dress and necklace were both family heirlooms. Glenn and I decided to have the wedding at my parents’ home because it was a place that meant a lot to me and somewhere that we both loved being. Having a small venue meant we also had to keep the guest list small, so all our guests were our closest friends and family. Having a small guest list was wonderful because Glenn and I were both able to spend a lot of time with everyone, which was important to both of us.”
Jo and Andrew’s wacky wedding was in three parts. It started with the legal ceremony at Brighton registry office. Two days later they had a outdoor blessing at their venue, Fair Oaks Farm in Steyning, where the night ended with a huge party where everyone wore outrageous fancy dress, hula hooped and had their faces painted!
“We met at the festival called Playgroup just outside of Brighton in August 2011”. the bride explained. “I was hulahooping to the music, and Andy said he just couldn’t take his eyes off me! We got chatting, I ended up teaching him how to hoop, and the rest is history. Then in 2013, Andy proposed with an amazing choreographed hula hoop flash mob!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was things that make us happy: friends, fun activities, dancing, festivals, glitter, crazy outfits, delicious food and general silliness”, she continued. “Neither of us are very traditional, so we wanted the day to reflect our personalities, not be bogged down by any tradition. Our wedding was officially called the Glitter Wedding! We are known for using excessive amounts of glitter in every day life so when we came to planning our wedding, we knew that it would be a big feature.”