Jess and Sven’s weekend long Scandi-boho inspired festival wedding was as laidback as they are, and organised in just FOUR MONTHS! “We work abroad for most of the year, running a sailing boat in the Med,” said Jess. “So despite being engaged for well over a year, we hadn’t made any effort to even set a date.” On a whim in May 2017, they couple decided on that very September, and then planned and organised the whole thing from Mallorca!
The couple had a weekend-long wedding, officially marrying on the Friday at Worcester register office with just close family present. Their humanist ceremony on the Saturday was performed by an officiant (who happened to look like Father Christmas, NBD) and held in a field owned by the family of the bride.
As the wedding was held completely outside in England in September, of course the had the weather to contend with, although thunderstorms didn’t dampen their spirits throughout the day, even if the ceremony was very nearly completely delayed due to a massive thunderstorm. “Sven phoned to say all the guests had run inside the tipi to hide, and they were helping themselves to drinks, so they were fine, but I couldn’t get there!” After the storm passed, Jess, her bridesmaids and pageboy were transported to the venue in the most unique way – a ribbon decorated JCB digger! Planned by Jess and her Dad as a surprise for everyone else.
Using a real couple in a styled shoot is always going to raise the game. As well as getting to see the artistic licence and creative freedom of the wedding suppliers involved, you also witness the mad love and the chemistry of the couple hitting you square in the eyes. It’s a heady combination, as this shoot proves.
Marie-Line and Amiel, along with photographer Julia Garcia-Prat and her assistant Soha Isaatafreshi, took to the beautiful location of Mount Royal, the triple-peaked, green and idyllic hill that is the heart of Montreal in Canada’s Québec province, with the aim of capturing magic.
Mount Royal itself is the inspiration for this shoot, said Julia. “A stroll on this urban mountain tells you so much about Montreal’s spirit, and it’s where people from all walks of life are meeting, exchanging and connecting – LARPers, TamTam drummers, runners, yogis, hippies, couples who come to canoodle, and the ones who just dig the sunset while reflecting on modern buildings.”
Jamie and Jason’s wedding was a riot of colour and fun and took place in Liberty Hill, Texas. Their only inspiration was their family and friends and wanting to make sure there was a comfortable, fun and unique experience for everyone. And going on these photos, they definitely did that!
They hosted their whole wedding at Casa Rio de Colores a stunning and eccentric house on the waterside full of bright colours and gorgeous mosaics, which they rented for the whole weekend. “Our wedding didn’t have a ‘theme’ per se, but it was an entire weekend getaway!” Jamie says. “We rented our venue for Friday – Monday (with lodging included) for only $2750. Our guests were able to swim in the river, relax or go for a walk on the nature trails, and really let loose during party time! Almost all 70 of our guest list stayed on site for Saturday night. We just wanted to have one big party with all of our loved ones – getting to hang out for several days, meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones really was special. I truly believe some life-long friendships were made that weekend.”
It was also really important to Jamie and Jason that their dogs were allowed there – for their stationery, a friend designed a wedding logo comprising of their two dogs’ faces, which they used on the invitations and the thumbprint book they used as a guestbook. They also had them in their photos, and referenced them in their ceremony. “Our ceremony was short, sweet and heartfelt, with our mutual best friend Nic officiating. When we were in the planning stage, we both wanted Nic as part of our wedding party and fought over him until I realised the perfect solution: he could be right in the middle.” Jamie continues, “Our vows were filled with jokes, references to our beloved dogs, mentions of adversity and promises for the future. It’s difficult to choose but this was my favourite part of the day.”