Lauren and Matt wanted a wedding day that not only celebrated their unconventional love story and kooky personalities, but one that would serve leave mementos of the world that we should leave for the next generation – one teeming with wildlife and animals.
Held at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the couple were not only inspired by the inhabitants, but also nature and the environment in general – taking inspiration from soft, neutral tones, their vegan lifestyle and ethical efforts, and pairing them with pops of glamour for a goddess-like, ethereal vibe.
Matthew and Hillary wanted every aspect, from beginning to the end of their wedding day to feel very true to their personalities, their personal style and the things that they love. “We really wanted our guests feel like it was a wedding only we would have,” said Hillary. “ Our motto for the day ended up being ‘aesethic or forget it!’ We wanted to focus on what we love and share that with our guests, instead of focusing on traditions and the things we ‘should do.’”
Hillary was never someone who pictured herself in a wedding dress, and when it came time for her to pick one nothing felt right – until spying LOVE by Pnina Tornai where it was love at first sight! The glittery gown of dreams came with a removable belt which she opted to DIY and add to the back of her beloved leather jacket that she customised with woven patches from Elisa and Eliza on Etsy. Her jewellery was also from an Etsy seller, and the backdrop necklace made some stunning dramatic photo moments.
Brenna and Shawn’s submission was called “dead stuff, gold stuff, black stuff and motorcycles” and we think that just about covers their amazing Rock n Roll meets rustic glam wedding! Having met whilst their bands were touring, it was always going to be a pretty epic celebration…
“Our inspiration was everything we like,” Brenna says, “Gold glittery glam tones and jewel tones, black and bones.” It was also important to the couple that the day was super personal: “Our wedding was at my aunt and uncle’s farmland which has been in our family for generations, and was my grandparent’s favourite place. We spent our wedding night in a hunting cabin that my grandfather and great-grandfather built by hand, that each generation has lovingly updated. It’s a truly beautiful place.”
Brenna looked IIIIIIINSANE in an incredible strapless dress from Oleg Cassini with the most gorgeous metallic floral pattern, before changing into a sequinned fitted stunner for the evening (insert red dancing lady emoji here). Confession – I totally teared up at the photo of her and Shawn, dressed in a smart Men’s Wearhouse suit, doing their first look. Her bridesmaids all wore their own black dresses and sunglasses.
Gemma and Tom’s gorgeous Brighton wedding proves that sometimes size isn’t everything. They celebrated with only ten members of their immediate family and had the intimate wedding of their dreams, with a small dinner following their ceremony. They had a loose theme of 1950s burlesque, romance and Hollywood glam.
“We knew Brighton was the perfect backdrop for some stunning photos we would treasure forever,” Gemma explains. “We got ready at The Artists’ Residence and then our ceremony was held in the Regency Room in Brighton Town Hall. My Grandad walked me down the aisle to Heroes by David Bowie – and bless him, he stood on my dress as I was walking into the room! Everyone gasped as they thought I was about to stack it but luckily I managed to get through it with my dignity and dress intact. My favourite part of the wedding was seeing everyone’s faces as I walked/tripped into the room!”
The format of Jess and Tim’s wedding was pretty unusual, but it ended up really working for them. Due to some restrictions they were unaware of when they booked their date, they weren’t able to have their ceremony on the day they’d planned for, so ended up having a small intimate ceremony in February, followed by their big reception in March. Luckily they loved doing it this way around, and now have two wedding anniversaries to celebrate (bonus!)
“We think keeping the ceremony private for immediate family and throwing a separate party afterwards was actually really perfect for us,” said Jess, “because it gave us quality time with our family in a sentimental moment that perhaps many other guests don’t really care so much about. We both liked being able to enjoy that moment privately and it allowed us to be more present rather than stressing about the usual formalities. We were then able to mingle more freely and party with our extended family and friends in a larger and more relaxed space.”
Laura and Dom got engaged at the Grand Canyon while on a trip to Las Vegas. As they both love the city and 1950s glam, they decided that should be their wedding theme. Laura wore a red wedding dress, and they had a polka dot theme for the bridal party; the bridesmaids wore 50s style polka dot dresses and the groomsmen had polka dot pocket squares. For entertainment they had casino tables, a pianist, and Laura did a choreographed dance with her dad.
“We both wanted everyone to enjoy our wedding day”, said the bride. “We wanted a very short ceremony followed by a big party. Everyone gasped when I entered the room in a red dress! I had a charm with a photo of my granddad on it attached to my bouquet which a friend gave me the night before the wedding. My granddad was very important to me and passed away in June 2015.”