As fantasy cosplayers in their spare time, there was no doubt in their minds that Joana and Maria’s wedding would be a fantastical fairytale! Drawing inspiration from all different areas – their participation in medieval festivals, their love of steampunk and all things rustic and fairytales; they didn’t want to be constrained by one particular genre so they just chose all the things they love.
They brought their vision to life by DIYing practically everything for their big day – from their stationery to their ceremony and reception decor, they even made their own outfits, painstakingly keeping them secret from one another and stealing moments to sew when the other one was out.
“It made it quite complicated and stressful at times, but sewing our own outfits was my favourite part of planning the wedding,” said Maria. “We really wanted to surprise each other and have the first moment we saw each other’s outfits at the ceremony.”
Orla and Chris’ wedding is a dark and twisted fairytale in the best kind of way. Inspired by Brothers Grimm, their big day was moody and ethereal, and totally beautiful!
“The inspiration for our wedding was dark fairytales, enchanted forests and woodlands,” Orla explains. “I was originally basing it on Brothers Grimm, but it ended up quite similar to the Once Upon a Time tv show!” After a spiritualist ceremony performed by Belfast Spiritualist Church, including a willow stick ceremony to make their bond everlasting, they moved through to their reception, also hosted in Malone House.
Their flowers were heavily influenced by woodlands, with a lot of foliage and thistle as well as some beautiful blooms in moody jewel tones, and their tables were decorated with icy sequin tablecloths as well as lots of curated curios, including gingerbread houses and skeletal snow globes. They also had ice sculptures around the room, including a glass slipper, a frozen rose, and a dragon with an inbuilt drinks flume. Their wedding favours were little bottles of Buckfast with love potion labels, and Orla made an enticing candy cart from an old vintage tea trolley. Not to mention Barbie Bakes Cake‘s creation!
Celia has always always dreamed of being a mermaid, and both her and Jared have a strong love for the ocean, so they knew they had to make their commitment to one another standing in the waves. They live close to where their ceremony was held – El Matador Beach, Malibu – so knew the location would be perfect roaming cliffs, sunset views and ocean that stretched for miles and miles.
Celia always imagined getting married in a less traditional way, and this carried through in her blush, tulle dress and choice of flowers; she bought a simple bouquet from the supermarket and added natural pieces that they collected on their walk to their ceremony!
“I picked green and yellow mountain crawlers from the cliffs, and dried washed up kelp from the ocean. It all came together to create a beautifully natural bouquet fit for a mermaid!” explained Celia.