Fae and Ryan don’t consider themselves religious people. however they are spiritual in the sense that they connect with many of the doctrines found in Paganism, particular Nordic paganism. Alongside Fae’s Nordic heritage, Ryan’s British background and stepping away from the ‘norm’ that most American weddings have, they put together a celebration that felt more in keeping with them.
They actually had two ceremonies. The first, held on the Equinox, was a private ceremony in which the couple bound themselves to each other in blood. “Yes, you heard that right,” the bride told us. “We each made a (sterilised) cut on the safest part of our forearms to eventually leave a scar, and the blood collected was kept to be burned in our second ceremony.” Can’t get much more badass than that!
Fern and Danny were inspired by the video to their first dance song – well, when they can have one that is! As a 2020 couple their plans didn’t quite match the reality, but it made them realise that the most important thing for them is each other and their families.
“We wanted to take some of the celestial elements of the video for Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins, the vintage inspired love story and how beautiful the song is and try to build our wedding around that,” Fern told us. “We had lots of stars, moons and fairy lights, but mixing in some ‘us’ elements too.”
Teagan and Tyrell were inspired by Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, as well as the bohemian vibes of Hawaii where the couple got engaged. “Above all,” the bride told us, “we wanted the focus to be on our closest friends and family coming together and celebrating rather than strict wedding ‘rules’ and traditions.
They were initially going to get married at the grande ballroom at a local wedding venue, however when they made the decision to relocate to Teagan’s parents backyard due to COVID, they implemented more casual, cozy touches while staying true to their boho/vintage style. They also dramatically cut their guest list from 100+ to just 35, and split their guests into two groups for a small dinner reception – even repeating the speeches so no-one felt left out!
We rarely feature engagement shoots, but when the proposal actually happened during it, and the couple are this cute, well, we will make an exception! This couple based their proposal around their favourite song and musician, and photographer Milly of The Rose Reflective hopes to inspire you to consider the role music plays in your relationship as a unique proposal idea, too!
The location, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, is steeped in musical history, with Freebird recorded there, and The Rolling Stones and Cher making their mark on the town, too. Jayme thought she was turning up for a couple’s portrait session that she’d booked, but little did she know that her girlfriend Abby had colluded with Milly to propose there and then and have her capture the whole thing!
Amy and Craig are probably the only couple last year to actually choose to get married in the craziness of 2020! “It seems mad but we only got engaged in July on my 30th birthday,” Amy told us. “We figured the year had already been crazy enough, so why not get married too?! It’s obviously very different deciding to plan a wedding in a pandemic, as opposed to being forced into changing wedding plans. But it meant we went into this knowing things would likely chop and change and we knew we’d be happy with whatever we could do, however that looked; we just wanted to end the year as husband and wife.”
With this in mind, they kept things very loose in terms of themes and expectations; it was more a case of doing what they could, with their immediate families, within the restrictions. The only thing they did know was that they didn’t want anything too formal, so this naturally inspired a lot of their decisions.
Like a lot of couples last year, Dacey and Josh decided to push their large celebration until it was safe for everyone, but as they really wanted to get married on Halloween, they decided to elope with just their wedding party instead. “We really wanted to get married on Halloween as it was the first one with Blue Moon in around 70 years. It upset some family, but it also meant I was able to have my best friend with me before she moved abroad,” the bride told us. “In the end we knew we made the right choice.”
Choosing a cabin in Fairplay, Colorado as their base, the couple formed their aesthetics around Persephone in the Underworld – a little bit spooky, a lot beautiful, and above all else – ’till death do us part! Dacey chose a black lace gown from JJ’s House, a steal because it wasn’t a traditional wedding dress, and paired it with an ethereal halo crown from Carbickova Crowns.