Sam and Vince both lead, by their own admission, ‘annoyingly busy lives’. They live in Las Vegas, but when it came to planning their wedding day, they wanted to do something simple, in their favourite place on earth – Jerome, Arizona.
“We frequent Jerome and the surrounding red rock of Sedona often,” said Sam. “During our first holiday together years ago we instantly fell in love with Jerome’s eerie but cosy feel. It’s this small, old mining town on the desert-y mountainside that has burned down to the ground at least three times—and it’s probably haunted. We have a long history of celebrating momentous occasions in Jerome – we even got engaged there in 2017, so there was really nowhere else in the world we would’ve wanted to celebrate our lifelong commitment to each other.”
Milica and Aleksandar met in a youth hostel 11 years ago, and have since travelled around the world together – visiting more than 30 countries and over 30 US states! It was on one of their trips to the States that they eloped in 2017 in a mermaid-inspired ceremony (which we also featured!) on Coney Island costing just $500. They always said they’d have another wedding back in Serbia to celebrate with their family and friends, so they did just that in the summer of 2018.
Joined by more than 150 people this time round, and with just one month to plan everything, they took their beach wedding theme as a starting point and incorporated it with loads of other things that they love. In fact, they kicked off their ceremony with the sound of ocean waves and a projection of Coney Island itself. Milica and Aleksandar then sang Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s with a backdrop of a projection of a car ride through Arizona, as a nod to their big American road trip. Milica’s mum and the couple’s close friends gave speeches, and Aleksander’s brother performed their ceremony.
Bridal designer Bowen Dryden wanted to create a laid-back but beautiful shoot to show that relaxed, comfortable bridal wear can still be edgy and fashion forward. The shoot was created to celebrate the launch of their online-only Rebel Rose collection which features relaxed but modern looks that are heavy with embroidery, sequins and intricate details to create a luxurious look.
Shot at the orangery at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire by Rebecca Carpenter, the team wanted to make the most of the natural light that fills the space and play with texture and layering to create modern bridal looks. From clashing prints, to layering up textures like sequins and spotted tulles with different floral patterns – more is definitely more in the Bowen Dryden camp!