Tara & Travis met at The Burning Man festival in 2007, so where better than to be wed than the very festival that brought them together? The ceremony, which they wrote themselves, took place under the Bliss dance statue in the middle festival and was performed by a close friend of the couple.
The theme for the wedding was Denim and Diamonds/Cowboy Chic. The couple did everything themselves and due to the festival location, had very laid back attitude to the ‘formalities’ of a wedding, “We had a good old fashioned BBQ for everyone – no one was turned away” they explained. Their table design and all the florals were provided by the fabulous Asiel Design.
Tara wore a stunning dress which she designed herself with the help of and Zalikha from Ossai Designs. She had it made for her by a local seamstress. Her headpiece was also by Ossai Designs and her cowboy boots were from eBay. Tara made all her own jewellery except her wedding ring. Her necklace and earrings were made of Peruvian aquamarine beads, hand-made copper beads that were oxidized and hand-made silver chain with a patina finish. The groom’s ring was made from sterling silver and then hammered.
Travis wore a vintage western suit which he purchased from a local consignment store in San Francisco.
Be sure to check out all the fabulous details (that the couple collected and put together themselves) after the ‘jump’. So cool!
Brandi & Chris’ DIY wedding has a rustic western theme. The day took place at Temecula Farmhouse in California, a venue that really reflected their theme idea perfectly.
The couple and their families worked hard on their DIY elements to create a day that was perfect for them. Chris’ Father did all the flowers and centrepieces. I love how they used cowboy boots as vases, what a unique idea to tie the theme together! Brandi’s Mother made the cake and her Godfather got ordained so he could officiate the emotional ceremony which took place outside the farmhouse.
“Upon entering the reception, there was a large cart of candy apples and pies, country music played, and Barbeque 81 were smokin’ it up on their large barrel grills, cookin’ up brisket, tr-tip, and chicken,” explained photographer Yasmine. “While guests were finishing up dinner (licking the delicious BBQ sauce of their fingers I’m sure) we stole the bride away from the reception for a few minutes to get what might be some of my favorite shots from their wedding. There was this huge rock overlooking the reception (and the city), the wind was blowing, the clouds were perfect – wow!”
The bride looked stunning in her Pronovias wedding dress which she wore with cowboy boots. All the layers made for some really beautiful and dramatic photographs. “The farmhouse has so many great settings for photographs, but some of the locations that the couple felt was a must have was in the pen with the animals, the porch in front of the house, and the view overlooking the city,” concluded Yasmine.
You can also see the couple’s fab western/rockabilly themed engagement session right here.
Sometimes we all need a break from the world of wedding-madness and could do with a sit down to look at something beautiful, pretty and fun for no real reason than the fact that it’s awesome. That’s why I’m sharing this ridiculously cool 80’s punk rock fashion editorial submitted by the super cool Galaxie Andrews.
Galaxie (I can’t get over how much I love her name) wanted to set up this shoot to help promote a local Arizona designer Donna from Dressing on the Side, who has an etsy store devoted to funky food-inspired tee-shirts. “We had a world-rocking team of designer, stylist, art director, models, all working together on this project making it completely awesome. donna even had a fashion designer cut up her shirts to give them a cool edge. We roamed around in our little western style old-town scottsdale, rented a horse carriage, ate ice-cream in an arcade, and played until sunset” Galaxie told me.
Oh Dan & Dayna you’ve made my day! What an awesome wedding and a fantastic story. I’ve been dying to share these all weekend! I knew this would be an awesome wedding in fact as soon a photographer Matthew told me that the bride was part of the Vaudeville Circus (you can see her in action here – far right in the white dress)
“I wanted to have a rock-n-roll wedding that felt like Dan and I had our hands all over” explained Dayna “I spent a lot of time pouring over wedding blogs and getting inspiration from cool brides. I picked themes that we both loved like reading, hence the book center pieces and framed quotes from our favorite authors, Fall and the month of October (the colors and flowers), simple down home (and cheap!) mason jars as vases. All of our music the entire day was hand picked and never ‘traditional’: wedding procession we had our friend play the ukulele, bridal march was Cat Powers “Sea of Love” (followed by The Honeydrippers “Sea of Love” for our first dance), our walk as husband and wife was Joey Ramone’s “Wonderful World”. Our flower girls wore homemade tutu’s, leotards and ballet slippers. We had a drawing after dinner with silly gifts of our life so far (a DVD of the first movie we saw, a pint glass from the restaurant where we met, a dvd of “It’s a Wonderful Life” cuz we’re nerds and watch it every year…). It was a rockin’ day for sure!”