Jeremy and Jamie didn’t set out to have an alternative wedding, but it soon became clear to them when they started their planning journey that actually, they wanted to be able to customise pretty much everything. As they live and work in Brooklyn, it was important to the couple that they use local vendors and a local venue which they had an excuse to go back to afterwards. They settled on The Bell House, a multi-use event space which also hosts regular comedy shows and concerts that they love attending.
“A big part of the wedding was making sure our guests got to experience our favourite things,” Jamie began. “Jeremy was a Broadway musician before law school and we both love music so it was important to us to have live music throughout the day that really rocked. Aesthetics-wise, we’re both really into super-saturated jewel tones so we figured we should just lean into the moody colour palette. Above all else, we wanted a day that felt super loving, accepting and positive for everyone involved.”
Married at an idyllic beach location on the Rivera Maya, Mexico, Angie and Alex used Alex’s love of the science-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft to theme their February wedding day. “We hired an alternative Mexican jeweller to create customised sculptures for decorating the tables and printed briefs describing the creature,” Angie began. “For each guest, we commissioned a medallion with their names behind it, again with corresponding creature and that was the way the guests found their table.”
Josie and Adam took the traditions they liked and lost the ones they didn’t for their August wedding at Stretford Public Hall, creating their own, authentic, pick n’ mix wedding celebration that was an explosion of both of their personalities. “We were inspired by our love for one another and the moon and stars,” Josie told us. “We did the day as cheaply as possible and made everything ourselves. One of my favourite parts of the whole thing was our families coming together the day before to help us set up.”
With a budget of £8,000, there wasn’t an aspect of the day that they couple and their families didn’t have a hand in. The bride and her family made the ‘Josie and Adam 4 Eva IDST’ banner and the stained glass moon and star centre pieces, the groom’s mum and her friends made a ridiculous amount of bunting, and Josie turned her hand to the order of the day board, seating plan and confetti holders while Adam made the invites, table decorations and activities for their guests – old school fortune tellers and comic books of ‘their story so far’.
Having already had to rearrange their day twice, Alice and Ben settled on Friday 13th for their wedding, figuring they couldn’t be brought any more bad luck! Good humour was a running theme throughout their day, as well as their shared loved of music – “we wanted it to feel like we were bringing our friends and family to our favourite gig,” the bride told us. They filled their evening reception with glitter, glow sticks, a live band and a silent disco.
There was lots of musical touches throughout; their guitar guestbook, favourite albums as table names and cassette tapes for place settings all helped inspire the theme. The day was filled with thoughtful nods, too – Alice had a friend recreate her parents 80s wedding cake (down to moulding their own silver horseshoes when they couldn’t find exact replicas) and used photos from their parents’ and grandparents weddings as decor. “We wanted little touches that felt thoughtful and worthwhile, like the 5 almonds that signify good health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life, which is a Maltese tradition as I am half Maltese, along with the sticks of Brighton rock to signify where we met!”
Photographer Annie Walter and bridal-wear designer Jay Whitestone loved the idea of creating a fairy-tale inspired styled shoot that focused on playing with gender roles. “Jay was inspired by her beautiful wife,” Annie told us, “and the want to bring an element of romance and historical drama to androgynous wedding attire. Her garments are suitable for any gender identity, as she believes that on one of the biggest days of your life, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than being you.” An ethos we can get on board with!
Shot in the Wild Garden of Sprowston Lodge near Norwich, Annie was inspired by an ancient apple tree, dreaming of decorating a set all around it. Florist Charlotte Staff filled the branches full of flowers, and then from there even more creatives collaborated with them for the project, with ceramic-mushroom centrepieces from Pale & Interesting, and a stag-horn crown from Mystic Magic Masquerade adding to the fairy-tale nature. The stars of the show were owls from Evie’s Owls.
Josh and Dre are two social media professionals living in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. The pair met as many people do these days, online, but from the first time they met, it was clear that this was ‘the real thing’. Josh with his megawatt smile and Dre with her open-minded, free spirit made the pair an unstoppable duo. Just under six months from the day they met, Josh was ring shopping, eager to nail down his spirited and offbeat bride.
By all appearances, Dre considers herself a ‘normal gal’ but she has always been fascinated with the weird and the wonderful and of course, taking a few risks. When she initially brought around the idea of a Hallowedding, Josh jumped at the chance to create this truly authentic and special moment for the two of them. They had met near Halloween, got engaged near Halloween and now would be wed during the same season. “Some felt odd about the wedding choice, many embraced and celebrated us for doing something different,” Dre told us. “A wedding that would truly never be forgotten by anyone and thus #nightofthelivingwed was born!”