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Iconic London Landmarks & a Truly Epic Wedding Dress: Jolyon & Kate


It’s a pretty good indication that a wedding is 100% awesome when I sneak peek a shot of it on my facebook page and it gets nearly 400 likes! That’s exactly what happened with Jolyon & Kate’s wedding and I’m pretty sure it was down to one thing… Kate’s epic wedding dress!

In fact the wedding itself was quite low key. The couple were married in London with just immediate family around them but that didn’t stop this bride going all out with her bridal style! She actually designed the dress herself with the help of a dress maker friend who helped bring her ideas to life.


“I thought that choosing a wedding dress would be the easiest part of our wedding preparation”, explained Kate. “I tried on many beautiful dresses, but none of them really made me feel like I imagined I should feel on my wedding day. So I just decided to design my own. My family took some convincing that it was the right choice and sometimes I even doubted myself. But on the day the dress was perfect.”

“My first view of Kate and her dress was when she walked into the ceremony room”, Jolyon  took over. “When I saw her standing there my heart melted. She smiled and her every movement and expression just captured our love perfectly. The wedding was with immediate family only, but even with such a small audience the simple yet beautiful ceremony was everything we had hoped for. After the ceremony, our first adventure as husband and wife began.”


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Icelandic Elopement: Dean & Lindsay

With all the detail and theme obsessions that come with the wedding blogging territory,  sometimes it’s just really awesome to get a super simple and fuss-free wedding in my inbox. So when Dean & Lindsay’s Icelandic elopement was sent my way, I couldn’t wait to feature it. I’ve said it before and undoubtedly I’ll say it again, but honestly, this is what it’s all about people –  two people in love saying “I will love you forever”.

Spending just $1200, Dean & Lindsay flew to Iceland from the US and were married at Solfar (Sun Voyager) a sculpture located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík.

“We knew we didn’t want the traditional wedding but wanted it to be very special”, explained Lindsay. “We had already planned the trip to Iceland for the Airwaves music festival and were having very pragmatic conversations about getting married. I half-jokingly suggested that we should elope while in Iceland, and the idea grew legs very quickly. In the two months remaining before the adventure we found an amazing photographer, wrote our vows, found a dress and the perfect handmade jewelry & accessories, and suddenly the plans were in place to elope while in Iceland. We only told a few friends and managed to keep the secret until after we exchanged vows. Getting married as part of a wonderful trip to a beautiful island for a music festival was completely awesome.”

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A Private Hiking Wedding: Jordan & Michael

Jordan & Michael wanted a wedding that truely reflected them and the things they love, so they grabbed their children and were married in private on top of a mountain in Canada. “Our inspiration was definitely nature and our love of hiking”, explained the bride. “We chose Gros Morne National Park in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador known for its mountainous terrain and unbelievable views. This in our minds made the perfect backdrop for our quiet intimate ceremony. We knew that hiking boots were a must so why not include them on our special day? We kept our attire simple and clean and focused on more important details like the photography and the food!”

The bride wore a short and simple dress which she bought from a thrift shop for $14. It was by Club Monaco and was perfect for a hike and a wedding! “Our favorite part of the wedding had to be our vows”, Jordan continued. “We simply asked to each other ‘why do you love me?’. I also loved the fact that we had absolutely no schedule for the entire day. Making it stress-free was our motto.”

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An Elopement-Style Ceremony with Friends & Family: Teresa & Russell

“Teresa & Russell’s wedding was like an elopement which included family and close friends”, wrote wedding photographer Melina of Lucinda Photography. “They left their East Vancouver home with suitcases packed for their Montreal honeymoon for which they were leaving only a couple of hours after the ceremony! We did some whirlwind portraits in their neighbourhood before heading to Vanier Park to help friends set up some chairs and refreshments. Guests arrived, they were married, the mingled and they left. It was great.”

“We planned our honeymoon to Montreal first”, took over newlywed Teresa “and then started planning the wedding… we planned the whole thing in just over 2 months! We wanted everything to be low key so we made our own invites (50 guests half friends and half family), I bought my wedding dress online (had it altered to fit me perfectly) and had an outdoor wedding in Vanier Park, behind the planetarium, with 2 tables and a few chairs.

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A Simple & Retro Las Vegas Wedding: Nicole & Jamie

Downtown Las Vegas provided the perfect backdrop to Nicole & Jamie’s retro themed wedding portraits. After a ceremony at Valley of Falls chapel in the Mandalay Bay resort, the couple and their guests had a photo session in and around the iconic Fremont Street area.

Nicole wore a short and simple wedding gown from Ting Bridal on etsy and her bridesmaids rocked their Modcoth dresses with nude coloured glasses. I love this idea!

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Button Moon, Moomins, Rainbow Petticoats and a Wedding in a Cave: Caroline & Johnny

When wedding photographer Sassy of Assassynation told me she’d booked a wedding through a feature on my site last year I was super thrilled. However my excitement was pretty much quadrupled when she them told me the bride was wearing a short dress… with a rainbow petticoat… with glittery turquoise leopard print wedges and ankle socks… oh yes and that they were getting married in a cave. I think died and went to wedding heaven right about then.

Caroline & Johnny were married on a Monday, on the 14th May this year. The ceremony was small – just the two of them, the celebrant and Sassy and her husband Ian, who not only photographed the event but acted as witnesses. The ceremony was at Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall. “One fabulously weather proof venue!” the bride laughed. “Subterranean lake, 500 candles and really dangerous steps for the clumsiest bride. What could possibly go wrong?”

“We had to wear hard hats in the cave. Instead of using the ones provided we decided to make our own. We made ones for Sassy and Ian with their names and the date out of buttons, glitter glue, feathers and wiggly eyes. I think I described them as a 5 year old with ADHD being let loose in Hobby Craft. Johnny painted my hat black with a yellow rim for Button Moon. Johnny then made all the Button Moon characters out of Fimo – including the rocket, painted them and stuck them to the hat. He also made a Clanger which he stuck to the front. Johnny hand painted his own hat, again inspired by HR Giger. He then made a Fimo female figure from one of his own artworks of painted glass. It was just brilliant.”

“As we had no best man or ring bearer we created one. I had bought Johnny a giant Zippy a while back and his mouth opened so we used him as a ring cushion! I bought Zippy a crazy bow tie for the occasion and we put our wedding rings into his mouth. He also wore Johnny’s steampunk goggles we’d bought for our engagement shoot. Zippy took pride of place on the registrars table together with some Clangers and a Moomin. We even covered the registrars table with Moomin fabric we found online. We are now going to get a shirt made out of it for Johnny.”

After the ceremony the couple and Sassy headed to Bodmin Jail for some portraits. “We knew that we wanted the pictures done in the dilapidated Naval Prison part of the jail,” Caroline continued. “A mini trash the dress on the wedding day. Perfect. We booked a cab to be on hand all day to ferry us around as we were going to various places. Turned out to be the best idea we could have had. Barry the driver was brilliant. He suggested a bridge we might want to have a photo on. We weren’t sure but went anyway and it was a really quirky little bridge giving us a photo with a slight optical illusion which we love.”

“We arrived next at East Looe Beach. Johnny and I live by the sea and knew that it had to feature in the day. I even bought a tide timetable booklet last year to see if it would be low tide so we could get some piccies in the sand.”

After the photo session came a small reception at Squid Ink Restaurant in Looe. “Johnny surprised me with a weekend away to Looe in Cornwall not long after we’d got engaged. We fell in love with it straight away. We found Squid Ink and we had just the best food and service in such a fabulous environment. When we’d decided to run away to Cornwall to get married, we knew instantly that we’d stay in Looe and Squid Ink was where we wanted to have our reception. Catherine and Warren who own the restaurant (and Warren is also the chef) were just brilliant. They really engaged with what we wanted to achieve – even our little nod to a Mad Hatters tea party from our original wedding ideas.”

“Johnny and I made tea cup wineglasses and had our wine served out of a teapot. Catherine out did herself with decorating our table with the bits and bobs we’d brought with us. Instead of scatter crystals we had scatter buttons to tie in with the button moon theme. Moomin character napkins and our piece de resistance cake with buttons and Clangers. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. I can’t recommend this place enough. It’s just awesome.”

“Our colour scheme came about from Alice in Wonderland. I’ve got an Alice mug and one day looking at it, Alice was there with her blue and white dress and bright yellow hair with a flamingo. That was it. Our colour scheme would be the brightest version – turquoise, yellow, fuchsia with white.”

Caroline’s dress was from Vivien of Holloway. She customised it herself with the multicoloured petticoats (bought from Vivien of Holloway and Swingtime) and the rainbow feather accessories. “I’d seen a wedding dress made completely out of feathers”, she explained. “It was just stunning. This inspired the addition of feathers to my dress. It added texture and was just so tactile. Adding the coloured feathers to the neckline and to the fascinator just brought them alive. I also made the belt out of ribbons, buttons and feathers.”

“Johnny and I have planned and compiled numerous budget spread sheets for countless weddings”, Caroline concluded when I asked where their ideas and inspiration came from. “From a balloon over the Masai Mara to a full blown Alice in Wonderland extravaganza. From the Giger Museum in Switzerland to Central Park New York. I don’t think there was idea that we didn’t look at. Nothing was really us. I was envious of couples who just picked venues and sorted out their day. We just couldn’t find us.”

“Through the loss of loved ones and reality checks, the thought of putting our life on hold to try and save for a couple of years to afford one day, elopement was born. We really would have our day the way we wanted it. I know that everybody says that they want their day to be about them and ours really truly was. We got it to be about us to the ultimate. Every detail from all the crafty DIY bits to the readings and vows, the venues, the whole day in fact, everything had a reason or meaning to be included and reflected of us as a couple. Because it was just the two if us, we had carte blanche to do it exactly as we wanted without having to worry about anyone else. We can truly and honestly say that we really did marry our best friends. We know things about each other that only friends share not couples. We got it all.”

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