Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Felicia & Ariel wanted to plan a wedding with a nod to their heritage as well as the place they grew up. The wedding was held at The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit education and research organisation, owned by the groom’s parents. “As born and raised Austinites and the children of hippies, we knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to have the ‘usual’ wedding,” began Felicia. “Ariel and I both love being in nature and so it seemed like a easy choice to have the wedding at the site of his family’s home and non-profit organization. We wanted the wedding to have a lot of color and reflect our passions and cultures. I’m Mexican-American and loved the idea of embroidered Mexican dresses for my bridesmaids, delicate papel picado banners, and bright paper flowers.”
“The funky architecture and homages on the property also added a lot of unique touches. We loved that our wedding was truly a family affair – from the location to the favors and the cupcakes, both our families were very involved. My mother is an artist and designed the invitations and streamers and my father, a musician, asked some of his bandmates to play during the cocktail hour. Our friends and family also had the choice of dancing or playing volleyball right next to the stage.”
Kirsta & Alec’s Arizona wedding had a Mexican art theme. Being married in an arts centre and with a mutual love of travel and other cultures (they met while working in an orphanage in Kenya) the idea of having this vibe for their wedding just felt right.
“We met working at an orphanage in rural Kenya,” Kirsta told me. “Luck would have it that both our loves of travel and adventure lead us to being in the same remote place at the same time. We just happened to be placed as roommates and the rest is history! We fell in love over working with kids, farming projects, and other development work. After moving back to the States to live in Seattle for a year, we got the itch to live abroad again and moved to South Korea so that I could teach. We had a series of serious discussions (neither of us really ‘proposed’) and decided that we wanted to make it official. In April, we had an awesome little Embassy wedding in Seoul totally by ourselves. We knew we’d be going back to the US for the holidays, so it felt like a natural time to have a bigger ceremony with our families and friends. The whole idea behind having a second wedding was simply to have a big party to celebrate with those people that we love and miss so much while we are off adventuring.”
“We were totally inspired by my hometown, Phoenix: the Southwest, Mexican art, big skies and bold colors” Kirsta explained when I asked about their inspiration. “Our wedding was different because we really chucked most of the traditional pieces of a wedding out the window. We meant for the day to be emotional and meaningful for us without being overly mushy. It was much easier as a couple to have the pressure and anxiety of ‘The Big Day’ out of the way because we’d already been married for six months. In hindsight I think we just didn’t have time to do the stuff we didn’t feel strongly about.”
“We actually tried to avoid having a theme as much as possible, but if we gave it a title it might be ‘good times, bright colors with Mexican/Southwest vibes'” she continued. “There was family attending from all ages, so we tried to incorporate a level of silliness and fun that would appeal to the kids. Although it was a wedding, we didn’t want it to feel too stiff. I bought a bunch of pinatas and filled them with Mexican toys, they turned out to be a huge hit. The cascarónes (confetti filled colored eggs) were also a special treat, we found them online and used them after the ceremony as we entered the reception area. Guests (mostly the young kids) were throwing them at people all night. Confetti was everywhere.”
The bride wore a grey gown from lovejune on etsy and Alec wore…well… a crotchless neon green mesh bodysuit under his suit! It was a bachelorette party joke gift that Krista got from a friend. “He surprised everyone the morning of the wedding. Those pictures will be so amazing when we are old and grey!” she laughed.
“We were both also really excited about getting to dress up really fancy for a day! I was so excited about my wedding dress, it was the first thing that we did after setting a date. I found the amazing lovejune etsy shop while I was in Korea; I knew I wanted a dress that wasn’t white and wasn’t traditionally ‘bridal’ and the owner did such an awesome job of working with me to get something amazing. I couldn’t see the dress until 2 weeks before the wedding because it was too expensive to import to Korea, but I was SO pleased when I did.”
Angie & Adam were married at Manchester Art Gallery, a fitting venue as the bride went to Manchester Metropolitan University to study art where she met her future husband. Angie wore a bespoke purple dress made for her by a friend who works in a theatre wardrobe department (currently with We Will Rock You!) They designed it together so Angie got just what she wanted.
The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. They entered their ceremony together. “We wanted to start as we mean to go on – together,” they explained. “We walked down the aisle holding hands and remained holding hands through the service. Also Angie’s a bit of a feminist and didn’t want to be given away.”
The reception had Mexican/Day of the Dead Festival theme. They continued, “We wanted a colourful festival feel that would make the day fun for all our guests. Also, we’re both creative people who like to get our hands dirty – so making the decorations was a must for us! Angie’s final exhibition for her art degree was also based around Mexican folk art and the day of the dead festival.”