Stop everything. Immediately. Because you will want to give Mikinzi and Vance’s autumn wedding your FULL attention. This gorgeous pair were hitched at Cedars of Lebanon State Park Forest Lodge in Tennessee and had an intimate celebration that was all about their love of Disney and their love of each other!
“We both love Disney but didn’t want to go cheesy but be more inspired by the idea of a fairytale”, began the bride. “We both love being outside and we wanted to show how truly magical nature is.”
One of the most unique parts of the wedding was that the bride and groom actually exchanged their vows in private, before the ceremony. “We decided to exchange our vows in private before the ceremony. We both were a bit nervous and wanted to read them to each other first to get some of the emotion out of the way before reading them in front of everyone. It was so beautiful and great to just have a moment alone (aside from our photographer) to share our vows with each other. Its a moment I’ll never forget. Our ceremony itself was absolutely perfect. I walked down the aisle to our officiant playing the ukulele and singing So This is Love from Disney’s Cinderella. Our ceremony and vows were very personal and centred around our friendship, love and viewing each other always as equals.”
I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a soft spot for Disney weddings and I’m pretty sure you’re all going to love this just as much as I do! That cake, the Mickey and Minnie balloons, the perfectly executed themed tables and, of course, the bride’s Cinderella shoes… I mean, there’s just SO much to love!
Shaun proposed to Roxie at Disneyland Paris (where else!?) and almost immediately she set about planning their dream day. “Shaun asked me in the Magic Kingdom during the Wishes (the fireworks and projection on the castle that happens at the end of every day)”, she explained. “He had taken the time to watch the show on YouTube beforehand so he could pick the right moment. He went with the part when When You Wish Upon a Star started to play and it just had me in tears. I was so happy and that song will forever mean a lot to me. This is why I walked down the aisle to it.”
Lisa and John-Paul got married in front of a beautiful koi pond in Japan – that is, the Japanese Pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World! Originally from the UK but living in Sydney, they planned an elegant Halloween themed wedding, taking inspiration from the Haunted Mansion. I’m not sure it gets any better than a Halloween wedding at the Happiest Place on Earth! Who’s with me!?
“I was keen to stay away from cheesy Halloween and so black lace was a large inspiration,” Lisa explains. “Our ceremony was overlooking the koi pond in the Japan Pavilion which is really pretty. I’d loved this koi pond since my first trip to Disney when I was 14, but never expected to get married there! I’d envisaged pumpkins covered in black lace, gothic lanterns and red rose petals (it was unusually windy on the day though so a few blew away). The service by Rev Kev was lovely, and we had a sand ceremony using a Haunted Mansion shadow box created especially for us by Practically Perfect Crafts.”
Three words: Up-inspired balloons! Okay, loads more words: Camelia and Tim’s wedding was a dreamy laid back affair in a stunning Portuguese retreat where the focus was on fun, friends and family.
Camelia and Tim knew they wanted to get married outside and for it to be totally informal, which took their search abroad. Having visited Sintra in Portugal for a festival called Boom, once they found The Quinta they knew it was the perfect place for them to get married (before they’d even visited!) A beautiful venue in its own right, they totally knocked it to a whole new level with 3000 brightly coloured balloons tumbling out of the window onto the lawn to resemble the house from Disney Pixar’s “Up”.
Although there wasn’t an overriding theme, their wedding celebration had a total festival feel. Having met at a festival and first realised the spark during another, the whole weekend focused on laid back vibes and great times. “We’d been told by other couples that the wedding day goes fast, so with this in mind we decided to have a three-day wedding (a bit like a festival!) so we could maximise our time with our nearest and dearest. We also like to party!” Camelia explains.
With its late 50s/ early 60s fashion and and a sugary pastel palette, Megan and Matthew’s super cute Disney-infused wedding day is a retro-lover’s dream. If you are Disney-obsessed, you’re going to be in heaven over this one!
Their theme was ‘Date Night at Disneyland,’ based on the weekend dance parties held at Disneyland in the 1950s. The bride said, “We grew up at Disney parks, got engaged at Epcot, and travelled to many Disney parks together. It would feel wrong for our wedding to be about anything else. Visually, we were really inspired by the late 1950s/ early 1960s, which was the golden age of Disneyland. Our single biggest inspiration was the artist Mary Blair and her seminal creation It’s a Small World. The dedication to our theme is what set our wedding apart. We made almost everything ourselves – the stationery, the centrepieces, all the décor. My parents were really worried with how outrageous everything was going to be because when you tell people, ‘We’re having a Disney wedding’, they expect a big Cinderella dress and everything with Mickey on it.”
The bride said the ceremony was supposed to be outside on a deck at their venue, the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, but the weather had other plans, “I had made pink and yellow tulle curtains to hang over us, and we purchased large balloons to guide the way. Unfortunately, it rained. A lot. We had to make the call to have the wedding inside, which ended up being OK. We kept the ceremony short and sweet. We wrote our own vows and sobbed the whole time. My bottom false eyelashes were all the way down my cheek by the end. Matthew’s vows were really thoughtful and sweet, and mine were goofy, which is classic us! We were able to livestream the whole thing on Facebook for our friends and family that couldn’t make it, which was really nice.”
They hoped their summer wedding would be relaxed and informal, but they still wanted to put a lot of effort into the decor and theme, so Trish and Steve chose things they liked (rainbows, Disney) and their starting point and then took everything one step at a time.
“Our wedding theme pretty much grew organically as the planning went along”, began the bride. “We struggled to pick one colour and that’s where the multi-coloured/ rainbow idea came from. I have a massive obsession with Disney so that popped in and we both love rubber ducks so they made an appearance too! We knew we wanted to make the day about us so tried to incorporate little aspects of our characters and personalities into the day.”
“Our cake was a bright rainbow coloured, multi layered cake and we added bride & groom rubber ducks (we found them in a shop in Amsterdam in 2016!) to complete the look. The flowers were bright and fun! We asked our florist, Beau-K, for gerberas for the buttonholes and I also also wanted some bright ribbons on my bridal bouquet but we left the rest up to them. We also had loose gerberas in some glass bottles on the tables (which we collected) and then two big wreaths on the barn doors!
This fairytale wedding has to have some of the sweetest Disney inspired touches we’ve ever seen. From the centrepieces (each table was named after a movie and the props on the tables matched), the Disney inspired wall hanging favours and the subtle Disney inspired cake (those colours are just perfect!) complete with a with a glitter ‘to infinity and beyond’ topper.
“Our wedding theme was Disney all over”, began Laura who married Dean in June. “Everybody knows my favourite thing is Disney and I wanted to have a wedding that was attached to me and showed my personality come through.”
“The centrepieces were all Disney themed each to a different Disney film. My mum and I collected everything over the 19 months we were engaged. We searched charity shops and eBay. The guest book table had an UP! theme and I bought an MDF model UP! house that I painted and built together from America. Our memorial table (with photos of our loved ones that have passed) was Winnie the Pooh themed.”
Well this is something you don’t see everyday – a bride and groom with exactly the same name! But the unconventional aspects of this couple’s big day don’t end there, their Texas wedding was packed full of quirky and unique details.
“Our theme was an an enchanted bohemian fairy garden meets dramatic Rock n Roll wedding”, said the bride. ” The song and aesthetic of Kari Jobe’s The Garden album was the biggest inspiration to us.”
They hosted both their ceremony and reception at their church which is also where they first met in 2012! ” My uncle performed the ceremony and wrote personalised vows for us”, the bride continued. “Our ceremony was lighthearted and fun. Everyone thought the groom was going to pass out though! During communion, we played the lyric video for Kari Jobe’s The Garden and utilised the growing ivy aesthetic to complement our décor.”
Charlotte and Jack’s wedding had a really unique location – Southend Pier! The day had a retro theme with Disney references throughout. “Our wedding theme was ‘Grease meets the Great British Seaside!'”, said the bride. “We were inspired by lots of wedding blogs, especially Rock n Roll Bride! We saw so many couples who had a day that reflected them and that’s what inspired us to plan a wedding that people would describe as completely us. Also, we saw so many weddings that looked like they and the guests were having a total blast, so we wanted to have a day full of fun!”
The wedding was held at the Royal Pavilion which is located a mile out to sea! “Pretty much every guest has said that they’ve never been to a wedding like ours before. Lots of people thought it was really cool that we were getting married on the pier. I also think the amount of handmade decorations is something that makes our wedding really different too, and so much of it was made by the Groom’s crafty mum that it was really special.”
Well, those are two things I never thought I’d be putting together but, as I’m sure you know, when it comes to alternative weddings nothing is off limits! You know what though, 90s grunge and Disney are both totally my jam!
The mood board for this shoot was based around tartan shirts, Dr Martens, Kurt and Courtney’s wedding on Waikiki Beach and Marc Jacobs’ Perry Ellis Grunge collection from 1992. “I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of many beautiful, ethereal styled shoots over the past couple of years, but none of them have allowed me to really scratch a more playful, eccentric itch”, explained florist Lisa of Floral Menagerie. “I was just desperate to make floral Mickey ears and put a flower crown on a groom!”