Music holds a special place in Katie and Darren’s heart – both musicians, Darren proposed at the gig of one of their favourite bands, and were introduced through musical friends. They’ve always liked to do things a little differently, and so it was obvious from the start that their wedding wouldn’t be predictable. Darren kicked off eschewing the norm when he wrote ‘yes!’ on Katie’s finger with a Sharpie instead of giving her a ring after he proposed!
Though inspired by the things they both love – music, fun and creativity – the overarching theme for their wedding was the love they have for their friends and family. “It was so important to us to be able to show everyone in our lives how much they mean to us,” said Katie, “so all our decisions came from a place of making sure they had a fun and easy time.” They chose December 29th for their wedding as they knew everybody would already probably have time off work, their venue was chosen as it was the closest proximity to most of their friends and family with loads of affordable accommodation options and they employed the creative talents of their nearest and dearest to fill their vendor list wherever possible. “It sounds cheesy, but we chose everything thinking that if our guests would be happy with it, we would be happy with it!”
Yuta and Artyom met when Artyom was tattooed at the studio Yuta works out of. A few sessions under the needle later, they started talking and, as they say, one thing led to another and the rest is history!
They were married in an intimate garden ceremony at Cultura, Tel Aviv, with a reception for close family and friends in the beautiful yard straight after. Their ceremony was performed by Yuta’s good friend and mentor, and continued with a song from another friend that she’d written especially for the couple in Hebrew!
The wooden deck and foliage walls contrasting with the open Tel Aviv skyline made for an personal yet urban setting that really captured the atmosphere the couple wanted from their big day.
Most of their guests were young tattooed people, many working as tattoo artists themselves, so their wedding party looked especially cool. In fact their favourite part of their day was letting loose after the formalities and dancing with their friends. “After the responsibilities of the evening had passed, we were just surrounded by people who loved us and had come to celebrate our love,” explained Yuta. “It was such a great feeling.”
Jamie and Charles are my heroes. And you can easily see why – they wanted their day to feel less like a wedding and more like a bright and colourful party. Set against the backdrop of the coolest city in the world – good old New York City – may I present to you the coolest couple ever…
Jamie looked the epitome of city chic in her emerald Two Birds Jumpsuit, which she wore with rose gold block heels and rings borrowed from both of her grandmas that covered her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. She also had a floral leather jacket which she’d customised herself for the big day. Charles also looked effortlessly cool in a suit from Suitsupply and cufflinks engraved with the moons on the day they met and their wedding day (what an amazing idea!) They also got matching tattoos before the day – love love LOVE!