Amy and Ashley had a $5,000 budget for their Nashville wedding which meant they wanted something low key, with minimal fuss or excessive spending. They chose Rhinestone Wedding Chapel for their Elvis-led ceremony and had a party afterwards at an Italian restaurant.
“We knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding, plus there’s the whole pandemic aspect to deal with”, Amy told us. “Our wedding needed to be small, intimate and most of all FUN!”
“My dad was an Elvis impersonator and I have always loved Elvis so we got the idea to have ‘Elvis’ marry us in a simple but kick ass ceremony that was totally unique to us. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money and chose to focus on having a core group of people accompany us to Nashville and thankfully my best friend is also a bomb photographer so we all met up on a Thursday and we pulled the trigger on a Friday at The Rhinestone Wedding Chapel.”
So many styled shoots look incredible, but often there’s hundreds of pounds worth of flowers/expensive props/ designer everything involved which makes it unreachable for many couples. So when Maddie from Sonnet Weddings and Events got in touch with this gorgeous ‘80s prom-themed shoot completely with decor that only cost around £30, we jumped at the chance to showcase that you don’t need a lot of money to decorate a wedding.
“I have had an idea percolating for a while to create a huge papier mache arch,” she told us, “which started with trying to brainstorm super cost-effective ways to make large-scale decorations. As the crazy pink arch started to take shape and each individual piece was designed and created, the kitschy ‘pink pink pink’ theme came together and all the other vendors ran with it!”
When Emily Zamora of Simply Wandering Photo got in touch with this styled shoot submission, we loved it not only for the gorgeous, fun pops of colour, but also for the unique styling concept! Emily told us; “The incredibly talented Abbey Rose Event Design with the concept of styling a wedding after a song.”
“Growing up in a household of musicians, music has always been a large part of Abbey’s life, so turning to music to inspire her was an obvious step. The song she chose was Rollercoaster by Bleachers. She wanted to incorporate the fun upbeat melody by adding in pops of colour and fun/vibrant elements throughout the day. And what better place to host such a celebration than at an actual working amusement park with rollercoasters.” We’re sure lots of you will resonate with Abbey’s love of music – is there a particular song that could inspire your day?
It was really important to Sarah and Parker that on their May wedding, they felt the most ‘them’ that they had ever felt. “We wanted the day to be beautiful while also being comfortable,” the bride began. “For us it meant – elegant, but simple. Easy. It was more about incorporating all the pieces that were significant than having an official theme, but if I had to put it into a few words – personal, local, and real.”
As Sarah had worked in the wedding industry for many years, this was her time to shine – “I had seen too many of the same wedding to ever want to choose something because tradition said I should. Helping Parker understand the vision was more of a challenge, though. Having not attended many weddings – a white dress and a tux in a banquet hall walking down the aisle to Canon in D were all he had to reference. It’s nearly EVERY wedding the mainstream media feeds us. As we got into planning and I was able to share options with him and help him understand that we could break the ‘rules’ if we wanted to – decisions started falling into place seamlessly. He was very active in the planning process.”
When it come to planning their May wedding, Adeline didn’t start out with the mindset that she wanted it to be unique of alternative; she just wanted a day that represented herself and her partner, Nelius, and what they love. They didn’t want traditions forced on them just because that’s what people do at weddings, so they nixed traditions like cake cutting and bouquet tossing, and kept some things they loved. “I just wanted to look pretty, marry my man and have loads of fun with the people I love the most!” explained Adeline. “Nelius wanted good food and drink, and that’s what the man got.”
Aesthetically, florals were extremely important to Adeline. “I wanted the flowers to be very eclectic, with different types, lengths, heights and colours and I wanted it to seem like they were just tossed into the vases but obviously with some flare.” They paired them with heavily patterned linens, gold-spray painted animal figurines for place settings and mannequin hands for table numbers for an opulent, eclectic vibe.
Kacii and Jay Jay married at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh. Known locally as ‘Edinburgh’s answer to the Sistine Chapel’, the exquisite, neo-Romanesque former church was an opulent setting for their March celebration. The couple made it their own, wanting a more casual, fun affair than is usually held there, so they eschewed the traditional expectations and did things the way they wanted!
Instead of a traditional, sit-down wedding breakfast, they had a buffet, with all their favourite food; mini burgers and chips with curry sauce! They took inspiration from Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland with coloured fairy lights, a blue and purple vegan cake with three different chocolate based layers and colourful unique outfits that represented them better than the usual ivory and white.