OK, prepare your minds, bodies and souls for the stunning wedding that’s about to grace your screens – this is not a drill! Anna and Steph’s beautiful barn wedding had a focus on “Good food, good music and fun” with a colour scheme to celebrate Pride. It was natural, un-fussy, and totally, breathtakingly beautiful.
The ceremony started with Anna and Steph dancing down the aisle together hand-in-hand, each in incredible wedding outfits influenced by powerful women. “As two women we decided not to go down the traditional ‘one dress, one suit’ route,” they explained. “Anna, inspired by Janelle Monáe’s style, wore an iTailor blue suit with braces. Steph, inspired by Beyoncé, wore a Tina Waller jumpsuit in her favourite colour, orange (with a touch of lace). For both of us, pockets were an important feature! Seeing each other for the first time in our outfits was a standout moment for us both.”
Their ceremony was held in the barn at Bellows Mill, Bedfordshire. “We chose the venue because they allowed us to get creative and personalise the space,” they continued. “Due to our outfits being less bridal than is traditional; and the day in general being less ‘weddingy,’ we wanted to be a bit more traditional/bridal in the barn decoration so we went for cream and golds. Anna’s parents decorated the barn beautifully with gold and cream drapes, fairy lights, and art work from the local wickerman!” Their family and friends, representing three generations, delivered beautiful and meaningful readings, and Anna and Steph read poems instead of doing traditional vows.
Bentley and Lizzi are the perfect example of how doing your wedding, your way means your day will turn out amazingly! They ditched loads of the traditional elements that they didn’t identify with or feel were important, and instead had a super relaxed ceremony at a family cabin on the coast, with celebrations on the beach.
Lizzi grew up going to her grandpa’s cabin on the coast of Oregon every summer. “I have so many amazing memories there, we just wanted to create one more magical moment with our closest family and friends,” she explains.
The couple wrote their own vows for their ceremony, which their maid of honour Mary officiated. The ceremony was held in the ‘garden of weed-en’ – so-called because her grandfather took over the entire plot of land covered in weeds and made it into a little heaven on earth! “We had everyone we loved surrounding us (literally, they were in a circle around us) and we were able to bring our dogs – it was truly magical,” Lizzi says.
Krissy and Mike describe their outdoor wedding as “kinda romantic, southern, nerdy and unique all in one” – sounds cute and right up our street!
Krissy looked effortless in a blush pink Vera Wang dress and vintage jewellery, despite forgetting to put her veil on when she was getting ready! “Well in all the nerves and excitement we forgot to put my veil on”, she laughed. “After the ceremony my maid of honour came running to me to tell me and at that point I was on cloud nine and didn’t care so we popped it in for a few photos.” Her bridesmaids wore purple and grey from David’s Bridal (which were $1 each in a closing sale!) and Mike looked suave in a Marc Jacobs suit – they both wore Vans on their feet – comfort and style in one!
Their ceremony was held on the lawn of The Chimneys, a restaurant in Gulfport, Mississippi with a beautiful beach view. She chose to have both of her parents walking down the aisle. “Both of my parents walked me down the aisle and it meant so much to have them beside me,” Krissy says. “I had a bit of a walk so I couldn’t see Mike until I got closer but the look on his face made every night of planning and all the tears of doubt if I was choosing the right colours for the cake worth it! We literally couldn’t even stand still because we were both so nervous and shaking! There was a nice breeze coming over the water from the beach, the feeling in the air was truly breathtaking and I couldn’t have asked for more.”