You are just not READY for the wedding that’s about to hit your eyeballs. After we featured Nancy and Boogie’s beyond cool fashion editorial inspired engagement shoot last year, I had a sneaking suspicion that their wedding would be similarly amazing… and it turns out I was bang on the money.
Married in June at a local park with the reception at the groom’s parent’s home, they wanted their wedding to be casual and laid back but also have elements of tradition. “For our ceremony, we wanted to be more traditional but for our reception the theme for all our guests was to dress extremely fashionable and as extra as you can”, Nancy explained. “We’re really into fashion and wanted everyone to be comfortable and themselves, so what better way to make that the theme for our big day?”
The bride kept things low key yet super stylish in an Urban Outfitters dress paired with Forever 21 shoes and jewellery. She did her hair and make up herself. They skipped having bridesmaids or groomsmen, the groom’s mother and aunt made the cakes and Nancy even put together all the flowers herself (costing a total of $6 for bouquets and $4 each for the centrepieces). For food, they ordered pizza and chicken wings which they served pot luck style, alongside lots of delicious treats brought in by their friends and family.
Ella and Alex got married in the spring at the Secret Garden in Kent, where they had a day filled with floral patterns, pastel shades (as well as fresh vibrant colours). The overall feel to their wedding is just pure romance. And by the powers of DIY, they achieved this beautiful day for £10K.
They didn’t really have a theme, the theme was just ‘them’ and the way they wanted to do things. “We had pastels and bright colours, flowers, books and cats”, said the bride. “Nothing matched but everything worked together. The way things should be. We started looking at venues early on – it felt to me that once we had the venue, everything else would work around that. There was a beautiful one just around the corner from us. It was really lovely, but wasn’t quite us, it felt just a little too formal. We just wanted somewhere to have a party with our friends and family.”
“I found the Secret Garden online, and it looked perfect, so I booked in to see it in the August. One weekend, I was down in Brighton visiting my cousin when I found out that the husband of a friend of mine had sadly passed away. He had just turned 32 and they had only been married for three months. I instantly felt like I needed to do something positive and happy, so we drove to the Secret Garden – it just felt like the right time to view it (even if our appointment wasn’t for another couple of weeks). I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt when we arrived. I knew from that second that this was where I was going to marry my best friend. It was perfect. Beyond perfect. Its Glass House, where we had our ceremony, was like a tropical paradise, and it was only small but had such character; it was different from anything else I’d ever seen.”
Sami and Aaron were married at Elysian, a private garden sand event space in Los Angeles. The venue definitely inspired their theme which ended up having a garden vibe with urban touches.
“We got married in a really beautiful outdoor garden area”, said the bride, “and that inspired the design and colour scheme that we chose. Our beautiful ceremony was written by my friends, Craig and Brenda, that happen to be incredibly talented, published poets. We knew we wanted to have a friend officiate us and they immediately popped into my head and they were perfect.”
“You can’t tell by the photos, but it was 108 degrees outside! Literally it was the hottest day of the year! So the ceremony was a perfect length, about 20 minutes, considering, and everyone was very patient and enjoyed it very much which was great to hear! Because it was so hot out, we decided against doing ‘first look’ and opted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. Leading up to the wedding I kept asking Aaron if he would cry during our vows. He is a very sensitive man, but not a huge crier, so mainly I was joking. But when I walked up the aisle and we saw each other for the first time, I saw tears in his eyes and I said, ‘Don’t you do this to me!'”