The format of Jess and Tim’s wedding was pretty unusual, but it ended up really working for them. Due to some restrictions they were unaware of when they booked their date, they weren’t able to have their ceremony on the day they’d planned for, so ended up having a small intimate ceremony in February, followed by their big reception in March. Luckily they loved doing it this way around, and now have two wedding anniversaries to celebrate (bonus!)
“We think keeping the ceremony private for immediate family and throwing a separate party afterwards was actually really perfect for us,” said Jess, “because it gave us quality time with our family in a sentimental moment that perhaps many other guests don’t really care so much about. We both liked being able to enjoy that moment privately and it allowed us to be more present rather than stressing about the usual formalities. We were then able to mingle more freely and party with our extended family and friends in a larger and more relaxed space.”
Morgan and Stu both love autumn so they knew they wanted to incorporate autumnal colours and flowers in their wedding. Morgan also LOVES Halloween so they decided their theme should be ‘ Til Death Do Us Part’.
“I LOVE HALLOWEEN!” began Morgan, “What makes Stu such a special person is that, yes he does like Halloween, but he knows how much I love it and he lets me go with it! He didn’t want our wedding decor to be too Halloween party with blood and guts but just to stick true to the ‘Til Death’ theme.”
“We just tried to make everything about us. As selfish as that might sound, we wanted to celebrate us publicly (and legally) joining our lives forever. We didn’t try to think about if something was considered traditional or alternative. We felt pretty strongly that we would not be married in a church by a priest or pastor because neither one of us is religious. We picked our own readings for the ceremony, our own ‘I do’s’ (which came from a line from the movie, Moulin Rouge) and our own vows. Despite my feminist views, my dad walked me down the aisle but it was more about having him a part of our day. My wedding dress was mostly black and my ring is a black pearl with two skulls on either side. Oh and I had a Man of Honour instead of a Maid of Honour!”
Meghan and Brendan met through their love of tattoos: Brendan was Meghan’s tattooer! They really wanted their wedding day to feel like them; alternative in style but also to reflect their kind, soft and gentle sides. They described their theme as vintage with a bit of steampunk and, for décor, they incorporated different metals, lanterns, marquee letters and piping mixed with lace, tulle and soft flowers. It was soft, but edgy. Just like them!
“We used lanterns for my bridesmaids instead of flowers,” began Meghan, “and, instead of favours, we made donations to our two favourite charities. We gave our guests beer bottle tops (each representing $1) and asked them to choose a charity from our choices and donate their bottle top to them. We then matched the total amount given to each charity out of our wedding money. We had a friend play acoustic guitar during our ceremony and vows and had a donut cake since we love donuts more than… well a lot of things!”
Stephanie and Raul met when they were only 16 and 18 when they worked together at their local K-Mart store. They started dating two years later after Stephanie asked him to be her date for her senior Winter Formal at her high school. After deciding to elope they were lucky enough to win an Instagram elopement contest run by Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events and Photographer Evangeline Lane! They received complimentary photography, planning, florals, and hair and make up…How amazing!
They wanted their day to be a glamour-filled rockabilly elopement with lots of old Hollywood elements. They got ready separately at the Culver City hotel, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, and housed the munchkins while they filmed Wizard of Oz!
The bride wore a gorgeous black dress while Raul donned a red velvet jacket, both looking the epitome of old Hollywood glam. “We both love the rockabilly and pin-up lifestyle so it’s safe to say we stayed pretty true to that!” began Stephanie, “We were heavily inspired by our love for old Hollywood and history. Our love for the rockabilly subculture had a huge influence on our style, and we were also inspired by Miss Rockabilly Ruby‘s gorgeous vintage wedding. Another inspiration was make up artist Lora Arellano from Melt Cosmetics! Her wedding was out of this world!”
You are just going to die with excitement over Lyndi and Rob’s amazing vow renewal in Iceland! Their theme was literally ‘let’s runaway to Iceland in a camper van and get re-married on an iceberg.’ And the photographs are epic!
“We love to see the world together, we love to adventure, and this was the perfect destination for our next chapter to begin”, explained Lyndi. “It was literally four people in a camper van in the winter in ICELAND! It was freezing and magical and we got to snuggle under the Northern Lights and soak in the tiny-ness of being humans in this big, beautiful world.”
They’d had their big gorgeous wedding six years ago and now work as wedding photographers themselves. “Now that we photograph weddings together, we always talk about wanting to renew our vows and do it all alone somewhere beautiful in the world. Having just the two of us there let us TREASURE every second, and having Sean there to photograph how we are with each other in SUCH a gorgeous place was incredible. Seriously the most treasured possession is having professional, INCREDIBLE photographs of ourselves in such a perfect moment in such a perfect place.”
Marta and Eider wanted their wedding to be different to the traditional Spanish wedding. Married in Barcelona, this pair are wedding videographers by trade so they knew exactly what they did and did not want for their own big day. They wanted a day which expressed their happiness, and were inspired by tattoos and the passion they both share for skateboarding and longboarding.
“It was the best day of our lives, a lot of partying and good times,” they began. “The ceremony was incredible, our best friend Sonia is the best officiant ever! We cried, we laughed, everyone was so happy… it was very emotional.”
Courtney and Sanford met at work ten years ago when Sanford came in to cover a shift. They were both wearing the same black women’s jeans and spent the whole time shamelessly flirting and laughing together. During their decade long romance they lived in different places (him in Arizona and her in Southern California) so would often meet up halfway in Palm Springs. When they came to planning their wedding they knew it had to happen there. Their theme was a groovy Palm Springs, classic rock, boho and Halloween mash up!
They had a budget of $14,000. “We definitely had a vision from the start,” began Courtney. “It’s challenging working with a tight budget in Southern California but we both have an eye for good design and details, and with that we were able to be really creative and resourceful! More than anything we wanted it to be warm, fun and very us!”
Elisa and Stefano wanted their wedding to be a party with old-style animated games for both adults and children. They were inspired by the idea of a village carnival with lights, flags and a band playing popular music.
However in the run up to the wedding their expectant child, Biagio, was born prematurely causing them to have to delay their day. “The worst thing about planning our wedding was the rescheduling of it due to the early birth of our child Biagio,” explained Elisa. “However, after we knew he was going to be OK wedding planning became so much fun and full of happiness in contrast to the months spent suffering for fear of losing our son.”
Cayce and Damien both love history, adventure and collecting eclectic pieces, and have always liked the look of rustic weddings. After they began purchasing décor for their own wedding day, they realised they were naturally leaning towards an eclectic vintage theme.
“The building where our wedding was held is very historic,” began Cayce, “and our beloved vintage treasures (sewing machine, vintage camera, etc) added a metaphoric personal page in a collective community story that’s been written since the first person stepped into the building in 1906.”
They had a small, intimate ceremony of only 50 guests. “It was held by the water and Tillee Music performed, we couldn’t have been happier. Having my mum walk me down the aisle is a special memory I will cherish forever. Our officiant was amazing with personalising our ceremony and we were very lucky with the weather as it had rained earlier in the day.”
Shannon and Chris met through Gumtree! Chris was advertising for a flatmate, and Shannon was looking for a new house share. They were married in September at Half Moon Hideaway in Maleny, Queensland. Shannon is a circus enthusiast while Chris is a certified geek, they really wanted to make the day about who they are. They served vegan food, did hardly any DIY and decided not to have a bridal party, so their friends could just sit back and enjoy the day.
“We really just wanted something that was low stress, and fun for our guests,” they explained. “We wanted it to be like a big family dinner, and it was! We scrapped a lot of the boring sexist and traditional wedding ceremonial stuff. The celebrant was wonderful enough to remove all gendered language (where possible and not part of the legal section) from the ceremony. We decided to exchange VOWELS (an I and a U) instead of vows (we’re big fans of puns), and made the choice not to exchange rings.”
Sally and Nick wanted their wedding to lean itself towards people dressing up and so they went for a vintage Rock n Roll theme with some unique tattoo twists. The bride even wore a tattooed wedding dress made for her by The Couture Company! They did a lot of DIY so everything had their stamp on it, had their reception at Sally’s dad’s venue, and had very few formalities except for the speeches and the dances.
“Our ceremony was a small and intimate do at Stanton Lakes, in Leicestershire”, began Sally. “We had both said that we didn’t want a big ceremony, or a religious do (despite Nick being a son of a preacher and my mother’s best efforts to book the biggest fairytale castle possible!) and we physically couldn’t fit everybody into the ceremony venue so we restricted that to immediate family and very close friends. The room overlooked the lake and was lit in pale blue to match our theme. We had a few drinks in the bar afterwards and then headed to the party at Victoria Farm which started at 3pm and carried on until midnight.”
“We’d decided we weren’t going to put champagne on the tables for the speeches as we both hate it!” she laughed. “Originally we were just going to give people vouchers for the bar to get what they wanted, but then our caterer pointed out that this would cause a rush on the bar and it wouldn’t be possible to get that many people served in a short space of time. So we decided to make our own cocktails, which we put out in jugs on the tables just before the speeches. The whole thing worked really well, although we *might* have made the alcoholic ones a bit stronger than intended!”