Their Atlanta wedding was held in the Contemporary Art Center and so Anya and Terrence wanted a day that was creative. They described their theme as “like Mad Men meets country chic”, a balance between old vintage ideas and newer, more glamorous touches.
“The thing that defined our wedding was that it was uniquely us”, wrote Anya. “We made nearly every decision together and that has helped form the foundation to our marriage. We started with what I had always envisioned for my wedding, kind of traditional and southern. I was a débutante for goodness sake! We then cut all things that didn’t make sense or weren’t okay with both of us and the rest just formed naturally.”
María and Jóse were hitched in Calera de Tango, Chile. Both families pitched in to make the wedding happen – from helping with the planning, doing the hair and make up, taking the photos, growing the flowers and making all the food.
“I think that the most special thing about our wedding was that we did everything ourselves with our friends and family”, wrote the bride. “We saved money on nearly everything – the food, flowers and decoration – because we made it all.”
Megan and Tom had a chilled out, backyard BBQ wedding held at a friend’s house. ”We wanted the whole experience to be a representation of ourselves and our relationship”, Megan wrote. “While we wanted everything to look beautiful, we didn’t want it to be perfect or overdone. I went shopping in thrift stores for all kinds of mismatched vases that would compliment each other. At the end of the night. guests were allowed to take all of the assortments home with them.”
“I also decided to make the cake toppers myself, as well as the wedding favors because I enjoy being creative and it’s a great keepsake to remember the day by. I also think our choice of clothing added to the overall feeling. My bridesmaids picked out their entire look for the day, from dresses to hair styles because I wanted them to look and feel great, which I don’t think would have been accomplished with matching dresses and accessories. As for the guys, they had certain unique touches to their outfits. All of them practice mixed martial arts and the twine on their boutonnière matched the color of their MMA belt.”
High school sweethearts Kim and Michael were married at Cielo at Castle Pines in Colorado. Their wedding was bright and colourful but most of all fun and reminiscent of the time they started dating. “Since we were high school sweethearts, we used this as our wedding theme,” Kim explained. “We decided to recreate some of those happy memories in our wedding. We had bright sunset colors in our flowers, lighting, table cloths, attendant dresses and ties, and even on our wedding cake. Rainbow colors represented our happiness both in the past and for our future.”
“The music we selected included many of the bands which we listened to during our school days that still hold close to our hearts. We created custom CDs with pictures of the bands’ album covers to put on each table. We then gave our guests ‘concert tickets’ to a band’s table where they were to sit.”
“In addition to our buffet dinner, we had a candy buffet with little chocolate baseballs, Mario table decorations because we played a lot of Mario 64 games, and lots of sunset colored candies to capture the warm feeling of summer break. We included ‘scratch cards’ (with a high-school era photo of us) that allowed our guests to win prizes, because Michael and I bought scratch cards nearly every day while we were in high school.”
Kathryn and Christopher were married at The Georgetown Stables in Seattle. Their wedding had rustic touches throughout with nods to their mutual love of tattoos. The groom is a tattoo artist and they met when he tattooed a sugar skull on Kathryn!
There were lots of little quirky details that made this wedding unique. Instead of a guest book they had an old guitar which they painted white and asked people to sign, there was traditional Americana tattoo art everywhere and they wrote their own ceremony and vows.
Elisa and Ricky were married only a year after meeting in a bar at the end of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (on 27th of July 2012). Although she wasn’t interested at first, and after turning down his number a bunch of times, she eventually agreed to go out with him about two weeks later! “After six hours of talking that night, I decided I would give him a go and It’s been a whirl wind romance since. I still can’t believe it”, she explained.
“But as fate would have it, on September 7th, I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The prognosis wasn’t good and our world came crashing down. After just three weeks we knew we were meant for other and this was our challenge. On that night, three very special words were uttered from us of both and the rest is history. Love really is the best kind of medicine. Since I became sick our motto has been HOPE – FAITH – LOVE so we had it as a recurring theme throughout our wedding. It was on my engagement ring, on our invites and on the tables.”