Marjolaine and Julian’s first meeting was your classic love story – at a costume party. He was dressed as a pirate and she was dressed as a banana! “Whenever I think about it, it makes me laugh that Julian decided ‘Tonight I’m going to flirt with the girl dressed as a banana'”, laughed Marjolaine. He must’ve seen beneath her yellow exterior as they’ve been inseparable ever since.
They both live and work in the city, but their favourite past-time is getting lost in nature. Marjolaine was never the sort of girl who had big dreams of a wedding, but she did find herself following wedding blogs as she found the pictures so inspiring. When she stumbled upon photos of a couple who married in the middle of nowhere, alone, without guests, without an officiant – just them, nature and lot of love, she knew that this version of a wedding was one she could get on board with.
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Jacqueline and Dougal’s elopement in Tulum was next level. I don’t often use the word ‘sexy’ because it usually makes me want to vom, but this wedding was undeniably sexy in a brilliant and powerful way, harnessing the earth’s natural energy for their traditional Mayan ceremony.
“Our theme was Mother Nature and essentially being tied to the earth and the universe.” Jacqueline explains. “It was held at the beautiful Cenote Azul by Playa Del Carmen, which was so dreamy and special. As soon as we arrived at the cenote, we were instantly calm and overwhelmed with joy and happiness. It’s such a spiritual place and there was so much good energy.”
Kristin, an artist, and Neil, a musician, wanted their wedding theme to really reflect them. After going through a number of ideas they settled on their shared love of comic books. specifically Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing.
“We had gone through a few different concepts for wedding themes,” the bride began. “Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing is a beautifully written and illustrated series that at its core, is a love story. I felt that it was especially fitting as I have a deep love for nature. The entire wedding was influenced in many subtle ways, but the most clear were our invitations, the book our officiant used to hold during the ceremony and our ceremony itself. Two of my favourite things are mushrooms and moss so they were present throughout the wedding. They just make everything feel otherworldly to me!”
One of the most unique aspects of the wedding was the bride’s dress. “My goal for the wedding was to look like a mythical beast, I like to think it worked out. I chose to wear an off-white lace dress that I picked up a couple years ago for $20. I bought the dress because I am absolutely obsessed with those magical sleeves. There was one big problem, the dress was quite short. My mother and I spent a lot of time brainstorming how to go about lengthening the dress so that I would be more comfortable. In the beginning we had planned on sewing a layered skirt. Ultimately, I wanted something more interesting and unique.”