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A Ceremony in Iceland & A Grand Budapest Hotel Inspired Reception: Part One

Today’s real wedding is super special. So much so that we’re sharing it in two parts! The reason being that Heidi and Frank had two wedding days and both were completely different in style. The first was an intimate ceremony in Iceland with only close family and friends present.

“Neither of us wanted a big ceremony, we just wanted to keep it intimate and special,” explained Heidi. “Frank’s Mother was born and raised in Iceland and moved to the US in 1978, but all of that side of the family still live in Iceland. We knew we wanted to have a celebration with our Icelandic family too! In order to share the ceremony with everyone in the states we made a really special video. At our reception back in New York we played the ceremony on the big screen. When it ended we got introduced and went into our first dance. We really loved the way everything came together. We were able to have the best of both worlds and still include everyone!”

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Ten Alternative Buttonhole Ideas

Buttonhole: Bloomologie

Why should girls have all the fun? Today Kate Beavis of Magpie Wedding is here to share some unique, alternative buttonhole ideas that your boys will actually really want to wear.

Often when planning the flowers for your wedding day, it can be easy to focus on the bridal bouquet and table decorations. Don’t forget about the boys’ buttonholes though! There are so many great ideas, and they can really add personality to their wedding day attire. Why not go for something brighter and bolder than a simple rose?

Here are some of my favourite designs to inspire you.

1. Buttons

Buttonhole: Charlotte Laurie Designs

How about using buttons to create a flower shape? The best part is you can choose the key colours from your overall wedding theme and incorporate them easily. You could even take it on step further and use the same colours in their accessories like the tie and braces. Layering different colours together will give a 3D effect, which you’d expect from a real flower, and patterned designs will create something really playful.

2. Paper

Buttonhole: Flipside Bride

If you’re having a paper flower bouquet (or even if you’re not!) paper is a great, and cheap, material for buttonholes. The pattern on the paper will also really add to the design. For something pretty you could use a floral pattern, but what about something bolder such as comic book pages or vintage maps? Even better if this matches your theme! Finish the flower with a simple button or some beaded felt for the leaves to included some different textures.

3. Brooches

Buttonhole: Maddison Rocks Floral Sculpture

Adding jewellery to a buttonhole doesn’t need to look feminine. These bird brooches are perfect for an outdoor, springtime, vintage-inspired wedding. For a rockabilly theme why not look for an anchor brooch, or for a steampunk theme you could use cogs and wheels!

4. Felt

Buttonhole: Charlotte Laurie Designs

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Fiesta del Amor: A Mexican Festival of Love Themed Wedding in Ireland

Jess and Pete love festivals, travelling and they were engaged in Mexico, so these things were what influenced their Irish wedding. They were married in October with an ‎€8000 budget and lots of colourful ideas.

“We wanted a quirky Mexican fiesta weekend and called it Fiesta del Amor (festival of love),” said the bride. “We were inspired by all the places we have travelled and the festivals we have been to. We got engaged in Mexico at a music festival while in a hammock so that’s where the main inspiration came from. When you go to a festival there is always little quirky things to find everywhere like a treasure hunt and we wanted to bring this feeling into our day.”

Their ceremony was held outside and the way they walked down the aisle was really unique. “I decided that I didn’t want to walk down the aisle in front of everyone, we wanted it to always be about both of us”, she continued. “So instead, we did a ‘first look’ and then my dad walked me down while it was only Peter there. When we were both at the front together all our guest entered and we had a roaming band leading them so we could both could greet them. This was my favourite moment of the day because we kept it a surprise from our guests. No-one had a clue what was going on or that we were there waiting down there already.”

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Dark & Moody San Francisco Elopement

Oh my goodness, I have the most beautiful elopement to share with you today! Valentina and Lorenzo were married in San Francisco in November. They didn’t have their ceremony photographed, nor did they have a reception, but they hired Lilly Red to take some beautiful wedding day portraits. They planned the elopement in just one month too!

“I’ve always loved weddings and I had something in mind for ours, but when we started to organise it, we realised it would be too expensive”, said the bride. “I think that a lot of couples are afraid to venture too much and following their hearts, but we were alone, with no friend or family members to judge our look or our choices. In fact we kept our wedding secret so everybody (other than our parents) only found out that we’d got married when we changed our statuses on Facebook! We planned everything really fast, in one month too. My husband-to-be was working in Israel for 20 days before the wedding and only came back four days before!”

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The Godfather Meets Dolce & Gabbana

Alicia and Simon were inspired by Connie’s wedding in The Godfather and Dolce & Gabbana shop windows for their wedding. They were married on New Year’s Eve and wanted a day that featured great food and lots of fun.

“Having the wedding on New Year’s Eve meant they pretty much everyone was in party mood and there was a really nice, jovial, fun atmosphere from start to finish”, the bride began. “The traditional Jewish dancing definitely helped kick things off as well though!”

“Food was a huge part of our wedding and being able to choose specialists for each individual item and course was really important to us. We used The Raw Kitchen who specialise in amazing vegan food so we had them cater the sides and vegetables, El Asador is the king of Argentinian BBQ so we had him create some special beef chorizo, ribs and spatchcock and Pasta Addiction make their own handmade pasta and sauces so this was an absolute necessity from the beginning. Our desserts were all from people we know and love in Perth, who customised our favourite sweets for the evening. Our antipasti table was a work of art and tasted as good as it looked, created by Styled Notion.”

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Tropical Themed Winter Brooklyn Wedding

The cold weather outside didn’t stop Kathryn and Jeff opting for a sunny, colourful wedding when they married in February. The big day was held at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn. “Colour, being true ourselves, our personal tastes and great food were our guiding values”, said the bride.

The bride designed and made her own dress with help from her mum. The fabric they used was from Liberty of London. “We did our own flowers, and my mother and I made my dress. We asked a friend who’s a set designer for film and photo to design the space, which was very much worth it. We saved money on these and also by not having a bridal party.”

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