Author Archives: Rachel Webb

An Emerald City Vow Renewal

Starla and Johnny renewed their wedding vows this year, on their 10 year wedding anniversary. Their theme was the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz and everything was green: the decorations, the lights, the cake, the candies, their clothes and Starla’s hair. Even their guests wore different shades of green!

“The day after we got married in 2007 I said ‘I feel a little sad that it’s all over’,” explained Starla, “and Johnny replied ‘let’s do it again in 10 years’ time, and every 10 years, for the rest of our lives!’. So that’s what we’re doing. This was our 10 year anniversary so we held a vow renewal party to get married all over again. We’re fortunate that most of our friends are flamboyant creative types; artists, designers, writers, craftspeople and performers. Their input in the day was invaluable. The photographer loved that he didn’t have to worry about coaxing smiles out of shy people. We all happily ran around being silly for the camera waving green smoke grenades around and we ended up with some great fun photos as a result.”

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Moto Museum Wedding with the Bride in Black

Mary and Nick were married in May. They didn’t have a specific wedding theme but everything fell into place after the bride found the gorgeous Badgley Mischka dresses for her bridesmaids which she rented from Rent the Runway. Mary also always knew she wanted to wear a black dress herself.

The ceremony was held at the Son’s of Rest Pavilion in Tower Grove Park, Saint Louis  “Our ceremony was short and nerdy”, said Mary, “Our officiant threw in a bunch of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter references. We also had him explain the significance of the crowns that we used in lieu of a unity candle or sand. They are part of the Greek Orthodox ceremony and I wanted to include a part of my heritage in the mix.”

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Intimate (Almost) Elopement in Williamsburg

Karly and Richard’s wedding was inspired by shotgun weddings of the late 60s and early 70s. They wanted their day to be as least wedding-y as any wedding could be, but still celebrate their marriage. They also planned everything in just eight weeks!

“We didn’t have much time to plan our wedding”, said the bride. “We decided eight weeks out that we would get married on April 11th. In hindsight, having a couple of more months would have been useful but considering the short time span, we managed to exceed our expectations of what we could achieve.”

Their wedding ceremony was held at City Hall in New York. “We loved the idea of getting married at City Hall – a real New York experience. We wanted to get in and out and for it not to be a big event. The important thing for us was the reception and we chose a local restaurant that had a significant personal history for us. Bar Velo in Williamsburg is a small and intimate restaurant that could only accommodate the 20 people that we invited. It was perfect as it allowed us to have an intimate dinner with our close family and friends.”

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Surprise Wedding in Hastings with 11 Guests

For their wedding, Terri and Coral wanted to bring their families together for a memorable day in their home town. They kept the whole thing a secret and only told their family they were getting married on the morning of their wedding day! Their theme was ‘surprise seaside ceremony’ and focused on a little bit of everything they enjoy, but mostly their family and the town they both love.

“We decided to get married in September but and were worried about our parents wanting to contribute money that they didn’t have towards the ceremony,” they explained. “We even joked with each other about the possibility of eloping but in the end we decided that we loved our town and our community too much to leave it for the most important day of our lives. We also realised that we wouldn’t have a very large budget and with a large family and group of friends and colleagues, it could have become very unwieldy. Instead, we decided to have the most intimate ceremony possible with our very closest family and to surprise them with the news that we were getting married on the day… at breakfast! With four hours until the ceremony this meant they didn’t have any preconceptions and so could just enjoy the emotions of the day!”

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Super Chilled Backyard Farm Wedding

Danielle and R.J. wanted an outdoor wedding which was casual and fun for everyone involved. The day ended with the whole wedding party and most of their friends jumping into the creek! It was unplanned and a great ending to the perfect day.

“Having an outdoor wedding was important to us from the beginning as we are both much more comfortable being outside,” explained Danielle. “We took some inspiration from the black hole of Pinterest but honestly it’s nearly impossible to replicate something you see online and in the end why would you want to? Since the ceremony and reception were both outside, we wanted the lighting to be the main decoration. That is where the luminaries, lanterns and disco ball came in. Any excuse for a disco ball, really!”

Their ceremony was emotional and, of course, included their puppy. “My dad walked me down the aisle to George Harrison singing If Not For You. George is our favourite Beatle. R.J.’s best man was holding our pup, Tyson, through the whole ceremony. Our officiant, Steve, has known us both for years and after greeting everyone he talked a little bit about us and the natural progression of our love… There was much crying. Then he read two passages that R.J. and I picked out. The first being from The Velveteen Rabbit and the second a paragraph from The Amber Spyglass. R.J. and I have a hard time being the centre of attention, even on our wedding day, so we decided to save our vows for our honeymoon. Steve later sent me a transcript of the ceremony and at the end he had written, ‘By the power of Grayskull, I now pronounce you married.’ It was his own personal challenge not to say that out loud!”

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A Mermaid & A Viking Get Married: Rainbows, Sunflowers & Vintage Hot Air Balloons

Emma and Rayner’s wedding theme started out as ‘vintage sunflowers and hot air balloons’, which quickly expanded to include rainbows too. The whole wedding was DIY and was full of activities for their guests and little nods to all the different things they both love.

“We both love vintage styling,” began Emma, “and I particularly love vintage clothes and shoes. We both collect antique curios and oddities. The hot air balloon aspect is in reference to our late son, seeing them as a link to the skies. The rainbows developed naturally through the multi-colour of the air balloons and also linked into our rainbow baby, Eric. Almost every guest commented on the uniqueness of having it all DIY and what a showing of our personalities it was. We wanted to incorporate different aspects of our personalities everywhere so we had little glints of different things throughout the day. For instance, we are both really into history so the table names were historical characters.”

Their vast range of activities included outdoor games, leaving messages for the bride and groom, and an I Spy game with prizes. “The wedding was mainly outdoors and we had a range of outdoor games like quoits, basketball and giant connect four. We had two tables with activities on, including a thumbprint guestbook made to look like balloons floating a hot air basket, a teapot with notelets for people to write us messages for us to read on our first anniversary and advice cards with spaces for a little doodle of the writer. This proved to be hilarious when we read them back! We had ‘I Spy’ cards was a game with lists of things for people to photograph and prizes for the best entries.”

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