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Mid-Century Mexicana Wedding in Melbourne

Em and Nick have turned the feel-good vibes up to 5000 today with their chic Melbourne warehouse wedding and its ‘mid-century Mexicana’ theme. I mean, a wedding with a neon “I like your face, loser” sign is going to be pretty bloody special, isn’t it?

Not only is their day incredible to look at, but Em and Nick totally bossed the wedding planning side of things too, and they’ve shared some cracking advice as well as their gorge love story.

“We decided right away that we didn’t want a sit down wedding or a formal venue, because it doesn’t reflect us a couple and what we love sharing together,” Em says. “We shared these decisions with Kate from Good Day Rentals, our Stylist, who then had us put together Pinterest boards of all things we loved that weren’t Wedding related. By the time we were done, the boards were flowing with pins of 90s nostalgia films, Parks and Rec quotes, neon lights, and a lot of things we didn’t see a correlation between. Kate did though because she put together our theme (Mid-Century Mexicana) and had us awestruck. It was the ultimate combination of us as individuals and as a couple.”

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Intimate Brunch Wedding in New York

Chloe and Thomas’ delightful and intimate urban wedding held in Brooklyn, New York is definitely what ol’ Alicia was singing about – a total dream made last October in that concrete jungle. Their day was laidback but not lacking, gritty but über-romantic.

The couple first met for an emotional first look near the the Brooklyn Bridge (our heart!) Chloe looks gorgeous in her midi-length toffee-coloured silk dress and red lip, and Thomas looked equally as cool and effortless in a two-piece Indochino suit. They then stopped to have photos taken with their family, who’d united from everywhere from Florida to California to unite for the day! Leslie Swan, their photographer, explains, “On top of that, Chloe and Thomas had spent a year apart while Chloe was working on her phD abroad, so it was really an incredible gathering.”

The ceremony and reception brunch were both held in Aurora, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with a magical ivy-covered terrace. Guests sat underneath beautiful beam detailing and industrial lighting as Chloe and Thomas walked down the aisle together hand-in-hand (which we love!) After the ceremony and whilst cocktails were served inside amongst cosy embraces, the leafy covered garden was transformed into the reception with long trestle tables adorned with simple big-headed blooms in bottles, arranged by Molly Oliver Flowers. Guests were treated to a personalised cocktail favour from Chloe and Thomas. “We designed, printed and put together our wedding favours, a copy of the recipe to our signature cocktail (a variation of an Americano) with two bottles of Underberg tied to it. We like Amaro and bitter liqueurs and this was a great way to share that.”

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City Chic London Wedding: Eleanor & Nick

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Eleanor and Nick were married at Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho. Their wedding had an urban, city feel with DIY throughout. The bride wore a gorgeous Roland Mouret dress with Jimmy Choo shoes but they saved money by homemaking most of the décor themselves.

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“Most of all we wanted to have a really fun and informal day so that everyone could really relax and enjoy themselves”, the bride began. “We spent a lot of time planning the personal touches – we tried to get photographs of as many of our guests as possible and arrange them around the venue so that they would be good conversation starters. We also themed the tables according to places that were significant for us, made our own table decorations and included a quiz and some games (in a box on each table). My mum and her partner made the jam pots that were on each of the ladies’ place settings and Nick’s dad scanned and printed all the photos for us.”

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A Black Prada Dress, A Neon Sign and a Very Unconventional Wedding: Katie & Patrick

Katie & Patrick wanted a local wedding, one that reflected how they live their lives. They love Stoke Newington and so wanted to use local suppliers and to keep the wedding as close to home as possible. After proposing on Waterloo Bridge, Patrick presented Katie with a beautiful piece of costume jewellery from Kat and Bee. Katie always said she didn’t really want a wedding ring, as she explains, “I’m not keen on having a ring that I have to wear every day for the rest of my life, I wasn’t sure about the whole wedding ring thing. I did say though, that I would absolutely love a suffragette ring and, whilst I might not wear it everyday, I would definitely only want a wedding ring if it was one of those. They are about as rare as hen’s teeth. But Patrick has a reputation for resilience! And he managed to find one..well, actually, he managed to find two! So I am now the proud owner of two suffragette rings, one of which is sort of my wedding ring.”

An unconventional couple, their wedding was always going to be anything but traditional. This continued when, as a wedding gift, Katie bought Patrick a neon sign (amazing!) “We had spent ages choosing songs that meant loads to us for walking down the aisle, signing the register, first dance, etc, and I knew that, a long time ago, Patrick had said he would love a neon sign. The two things just sort of came together in my head and I sketched something out on a piece of paper and sent it to a few companies for a quote. Southern Neon were so lovely and really got what I was talking about. The quote is from the June Carter Cash song, Time’s a Wastin’ (they use it in Walk The Line) and we walked back down the aisle to it, newly married! I pre-arranged with our photographer Ed that we would ‘call in’ to the house as we walked around Stoke Newington snapping photos (another advantage of getting married around the corner from your house) and then took Patrick upstairs to show him. Luckily he loved it!”

The wedding reception was held at The Londesborough. The couple wanted a chilled out party with no pressure or tradition and the pub provided the perfect atmosphere for that. They made the bunting themselves and hired candelabras to put on the tables.

“We just didn’t want a day that was about subscribing to the norm,” the bride continued. “We thought about each and every thing that is supposed to happen at a wedding and considered whether those things meant anything to us or not. For example, we really wanted really cool photos and we definitely wanted a first dance. We weren’t fussed, however, about wedding cars or formal suiting or white dresses. So we spent all our budget on the important things and made them exactly how we wanted them, and we ignored altogether all the things we weren’t fussed about.”

“We definitely didn’t want to pick one best man or select bridesmaids (my friends would not have forgiven them for putting them in bridesmaids dresses) so we got almost all our friends involved somehow, from making cakes for the table, to doing a short speech, almost everyone had a part to play. My Mum probably had one of the toughest jobs – the favours were bags of old fashioned sweets with one ‘surprise’ present in each, ranging from a plane kit to (drum roll) stuffed moustaches on sticks. My Mum made and stuffed 20 moustaches! They took 2 hours each! That is love…I bought her a stuffed moustache brooch from the Brick Lane Craft Fair to say thanks!”

Katie wore a black Prada dress which she found, amazingly, in TK Maxx. It was reduced from £2400 to just £600! She also carried a black Vivienne Westwood bag (oh I love this bride!) “I was working just down the road from TK Maxx Fenchurch Street which has a sizeable gold label section in all the rich city workers!” Katie laughed. “My desk was in an open-plan office, right next to a good friend of mine, Aylin. She knew I was on the lookout for a dress for the wedding and one lunchtime I turned to her and said ‘We need to go to TK Maxx, I have a good feeling about today.’ She said ‘Weird, I was just about to say the same to you.’ We dutifully set off and when we arrived, laying on top of the racks was a black silk dress by Prada, with no size or anything in it. I could tell just by looking at it that it was almost definitely my size! I tried it on, she got emotional and said it was great and that I should go for it. One dress purchased, one personal shopping session at Selfridges cancelled, and one very happy TK Maxx bride!”

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An Urban & Eclectic Community Wedding: Stevie & Nick

Stevie & Nick’s eclectic city wedding took place in Mile End, East London. The bride described the day to me as “eclectic retro community chic,” with so many of their friends and family pitching in to help. “So many people said ‘that’s how weddings used to be’ and ‘this is how it should be, family and friends mucking in’. It meant a lot to us that this was how we did it – it wouldn’t have happened without all of the support we received.”

The wedding day started with the ceremony at Bromley Public Hall and concluded with a rockin’ party reception at The Victoria Pub, “Old man pub heaven” as the bride described it! “They’d never hosted a wedding before, but we were there for a jumble sale and afternoon pint and fell in love with the place,” she explained. “We started chatting to Jo and Martin, the amazing couple who own the pub with their son Alfie and couldn’t believe how genuinely excited they were by it. It made me realise that experience of weddings only gets you so far – real passion and enthusiasm was a lot more important in the end. When we wanted to bring in our own flowers, cakes and decorations – including nailing things to the wall – they were all for it!”

Stevie wore a short wedding dress which she bought on lightinthebox.com. “I know this website received mixed reviews, but it was the only place which had the style I wanted for the budget I had,” she explained honestly. “It worked for me and I would recommend it to anyone how has an eye for a bargain. Visiting weddings shops didn’t even enter the equation! I found this far less stressful. I didn’t try on any dresses or partake in the crazy wedding industry world for a second – people thought I was really weird for wanting to avoid the meringue monstrosity outlets.”

The couple brought their own cake, flowers and decor items and dressed their reception themselves (well with help from a friend on the morning of the wedding). This way, they were able to have the pub exactly as they wanted for a fraction of the price. “Our cake was made by my food-obsessed bridesmaid and usher. They were mini Victoria sponges filled with lemon curd (Nick’s favourite) with a big cake topped with little handmade versions of us. They came on vintage cake stands and looked amazing. Who needs 14 tier fruit cakes? No one eats it and it costs a fortune. These were made with real love and every one got eaten. Our 1950’s waitresses handed them round to the guests at their seats like a little (drunken) tea party!”

“We also bought all the flowers wholesale from Covent Garden Flower Market the day before the wedding (at 5am. Ouch.) Two of my incredible bridesmaids then spent the entire day putting them together. Everything was a surprise for me – including my bouquet. For a control freak like me, it was amazing. I only found out later that 3 bouquets had got stuck to the back of the fridge they were stored in, meaning lots of emergency flower re-arranging on the morning! I didn’t even notice!”

“The rest of the reception decor and props came from Deptford Market, every charity shop in Essex and Kent, eBay and our house. We were engaged for 18 months and we spent the whole time collecting little bits here and there. The whole family was involved. My sister put together the most amazing candy buffet using cut glass cake stands, jars and vases from my home. My childhood friend made 20 metres of blue and white bunting to go across the garden and Nick used our collection of second hand photo frames to put together a little photography exhibition of photos since we met. The gingham tablecloths were made by my Mum and we all sat around making our birds nest favours the day before the wedding.”

“No one in my family does big weddings,”Stevie concluded. “They either elope, or live quite happily without getting hitched. I had no family pressure so we were really able to do what felt right. Both of us were brought up going to jumble sales, hunting for bargains and being suspicious of anything which demanded a whole heap of money. I guess what made it different was that the idea of ‘impossible’ didn’t exist. We had a London wedding with 70 all day guests, 30 more in the evening, 7 bridesmaids and 7 ushers, beautiful food, drink and decoration all for around £7000. If we wanted something, we made it happen. It was really hard sometimes but we knew it was what we wanted.”

“Being Rock n Roll for me was about ignoring the ‘advice’ we read in magazines and pig headedly carrying on! No one believed me that a Victorian pub could be transformed into a sit down dining reception venue, but I knew it could. You can have the wedding you want on the budget you have, it just takes a lot of love and support from everyone around you and anything is possible.”

This is all just so utterly gorgeous! And did you spy Stevie’s nails? LOVE!

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Åsa & Daniel’s Vintage-Find, Barcelona Shoot

Daniel and Åsa’s Barcelona photo shoot was all about the details, “because to me it’s the little details that make the huge difference and I wanted to show them those little details” Spanish photographer Inés explained. The original theme and idea for this shoot came from Inés herself to show couples that capturing the personal details and portraits beautifully is what’s super important in wedding photography – even if that means dressing up again for a post-wedding shoot – the perfect excuse if you ask me!

The shoot took place at the picturesque Le Cucine Mandarosso in Barcelona, a super charming Italian restaurant in theheart of the city. “The place is full with vintage finds, from a huge candy stand, through a fab fridge to little ruby red martini bottle,” Inés told me. “The tableware is vintage, found in different street markets by the stylist. We tied little bows around the cutlery with ribbon that I kept from some delicious chocolate. But the most special touch on the table are the fantastic cupcakes that Jenny from I love Muffins specially made for our photo shoot and that substitute the classic wedding cake. Vera (the stylist) is completely crazy about them and swears that Jenny’s cupcakes are the very best ones she ever tried.”

The bride wore a vintage skirt that cost just 80€ from a vintage shop in the city that was closing down and a simple and cheap t-shirt customized with leather handmade flowers by Manón, who also handmade the hair piece and the sash. Her shoes were just 25€ from Stradivarius and her jewellery was from Bijoux.

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