Bethany and Ryan’s styled their summer 2019 wedding impeccably with 70s influences and a laid back vibe. They chose a warehouse space, The Ellis Building in Vancouver, as the venue, which they loved because it was a real blank canvas, didn’t have too many fussy details but also didn’t need much in the way of extra decorations – it was super cool on it’s own. They really just wanted to have a big party with their friends and family, to eat tacos and drink tequila!
“Our wedding was laid back, non-traditional and easy-going”, they told us. “We wanted the wedding to compliment and reflect who we are as people. A main goal for us was to make sure that our friends and family felt comfortable and at ease. Putting aside formality really helped us achieve this. At the end of the day, your guests are part of the experience and what better way to say thank you then by letting them have fun!”
The couple’s love of 1960s decor and 70s disco inspired Simon and Xanthe’s September 2019 wedding. In fact, their reception venue, Caroline Street Social Club in Saltaire, was the first thing they booked and based the rest of their theme around.
With it’s super cool retro decor; original ’60s wallpaper, plush faux velvet seating and dark wood clad walls, the couple needed to do little in the way of dressing the venue. They bought in a variety of paper garlands and hanging decorations to frame the stage where their pièce de résistance was placed; a crescent moon seat made by Simon’s dad and grandad.
“We wanted a relaxed day which wasn’t too formal and stuffy as that really isn’t ‘us’,” said Xanthe. “We didn’t do any of the traditional stuff such as first dance, speeches, bridesmaids, favours etc. We essentially just wanted to have a big party with all of our family and friends without having to sweat the small stuff which you’d usually worry about at more traditional weddings. Whilst I still wore an ivory dress, I went for a less traditional look with the big sleeves and all the fringing and Simon went totally non-traditional with his incredible tropical print jacket!”
Allie and Brian describe their first moments of falling in love as ‘like the same existential self-discovery that so many people waxed lyrical about in the late ’60’s and early 70s’. So, coupled with their love of music from the same era (cosily nestled between the folk and Rock n Roll genres), they used this as a starting point for the shaping their wedding around that same kind of ‘groovy, grounding energy.’
They also have the benefit of not really knowing what’s ‘expected’ from a wedding – neither had attended that many, so they were able to plan their day free from the weight of societal expectations. They simply followed their hearts and told their wedding party, officiant and families to do the same. “We wanted the weekend to feel like a music festival or camp-out experience,” explained Allie. They hit up a booze cruise with all their friends a couple of days prior to the wedding, and their wedding party stayed for the weekend at the bed-and-breakfast venue with them. “It was important to us, since we were celebrating in the city that Brian used to live in when we first fell in love, that we really live it up the way we used to back in our Dubuque days.”
Brittany and J.D. wanted their autumn wedding to be a celebration of all the things that they love together, while keeping everything aesthetically cohesive and spending as little as feasibly possible!
“As a designer, I realise that a big mish-mash of seemingly unrelated things could go very badly, very quickly,” explained Brittany, “so it was important that the aesthetics of the things we chose were kept simple, bright and bold. I designed our save the dates and invitations with a romantic and a gritty rose pattern, with pops of graphic, off-red text blocks. I kind of shaped everything around that design while planning to make sure everything looked in place.”
It was also important to them that their wedding was as DIY and Brooklyn-based as possible. They were married at Bat Haus, a boutique event space in the borough. Their wedding rings were from Brooklyn-based Catbird, in fact all of their vendors were from Brooklyn as well. They hired Brittany’s college friend for the photography and J.D.’s longtime friend officiated the ceremony. “We wanted our wedding to be as intimate and fun as possible, and didn’t really want any strangers! Plus, we have a ton of super talented friends, so we wanted to incorporate everyone. I think that made the day and planning process really special and unique to us.”
Listen, if loving Vegas elopements is wrong then I don’t ever want to be right. When Audrie and Morghan decided to get married, they knew early on that a big, fancy, expensive wedding was not for them. They wanted to do things entirely on their own terms (and on their own!) and so Vegas was the perfect spot for them.
Inspired by (in their own words) sexy, seventies vintage cowgirls, they planned their wedding with a $5000 budget (which included the honeymoon!) and a goal to have a wedding that would kick their marriage off as they meant to go on.
Oh hellll yes, Most Curious is BACK! The wedding show for the style savvy couples and only the coolest kids is heading to London, Norwich, and for the first time ever, Manchester (!!) in February and March and I am SO HERE for this promotional shoot.
These images blew me away! They’re so very inspiring, so very unique and will give you a great preview of what’s in store at the shows. Harking back to the 70s and 90s with its chintz meets English country garden vibes, it somehow still feels bang up to date and modern. I would LOVE to see a real bride rocking this floral jumpsuit (literally made from curtain material!) down the aisle.
Show founder Becky, told me all about the inspiration for this one-of-a-kind wedding shoot which was put together using suppliers that will be taking part in the show. “Our themes include the mighty return of chintz, pattern clash and maximalism. We completely love the austere and minimalist vibes that have been part of recent trends and see them being around for a long time, but for us, looking forward, we feel a shift towards florals, stripes, pattern pattern and pattern, bows and frills. Think 70s and 90s Laura Ashley. So much so, we commissioned Velvet Johnstone to make this perfect, puff sleeve jumpsuit out of vintage curtain fabric!”