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A Simple & Homely Wedding in Milan: Roberto & Cherie

Italian Roberto & Chinese Cherie planned their Milan wedding from other sides of the world, “Until 2 months before the wedding, we had lived in 2 different countries (Hong Kong and UK) for 16 months, ” Cherie told me. “I had taken a sabbatical to spend time with my family in Hong Kong and the majority of our ideas exchange and planning was done on email or Skype. We found the organising super boring, couldn’t wait to party on the day!”

The couple met in London and so filmed their Save the Date video in the city, and they actually ended up having two weddings (the Italian one pictured and another in Hpng Kong) so it really was a multicultural, multinational affair!

“We decided on some values for our weddings, they were ‘simple’, ‘vintage’, ‘homely’ and most of all ‘fun’, the bride continued. “Our rule-of-thumb was, ‘if nobody would remember it in 2-3 years time, then don’t sweat over it.’ Therefore things like flowers, decorations and cake were at the bottom of our list of importance. We were so overwhelmed by the number of friends and families that flew over to Italy just for us so we wanted to make the whole weekend super fun. They were at the top of our priority list!”

“What you remember from an event is usually the atmosphere, special moments and people that you spend time with, so we made sure it was very relaxed with plenty of time and opportunity to mingle, created some crazy signature moments e.g. our pretentious celebrity red carpet type entrance to the reception in Muse’s ‘Feeling Good’ and got everyone to sing a few songs before dancing!  The rock star personalities were all coming out!”

“However simplicity does take effort,” she concluded. “It is often easier to just do what the world says you should do for weddings, e.g. the bride’s name must come first, the cake must look amazing, you have to do an impeccable first dance etc.  But there is no such thing as you ‘should’ or you ‘must’!  If it’s not important, produces minimal impact or easily forgotten, just scrap it. That’s what we did. Traditions can be changed so focus on a few things that matter to you and make them memorable.”

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An Indie Hipster Wedding: Will & Keri

Will & Keri’s Richmond, VA wedding was simple but effortlessly cool. The ceremony was held at Maymont Park, with the reception that followed at The Boathouse Restaurant at Rocketts Landing. “We really didn’t want to over do it on the decorations since both venues we’re so beautiful on their own,” Keri told me. “We found a lot of things on Etsy, and the rest we made ourselves. The heart on the tree at our ceremony was a grey chalkboard heart purchased from Urban Outfitters, we painted our initials on it with white paint and tied it to the tree with rope.”

“After the ceremony we took it around the city taking pictures at our favorite spots in Richmond. We decided for the ceremony to just add small bundles of dried lavender to the chairs, it was really beautiful and simple. We also had a little table set up with hot apple cider for the guests after the I Do’s.”

“I always envisioned our wedding to be more of a casual gathering of the people we loved rather than a formal meeting where people watched us exchange vows,” she continued. “I wanted our guests to feel comfortable and welcome to stay as long as they liked especially since we had so many guests from out of town. At the Boathouse, since it’s such a modern venue we wanted to keep the decorations simple and just let the architecture speak for itself.”

“Our florist, Alexis at The Green Flamingo was absolutely amazing, when we told her where we were getting married and how we just wanted to complement the venues with simple yet elegant floral arrangements she knew exactly what would work. It was like she was inside my brain and could see everything I was imagining. We just kept it simple with white linens and mason jars filled with all different kinds of wild flowers, it really helped pull the two venues together. And we found these awesome chalkboard labels at michaels for $1, we painted on table number and tied them to the mason jars with ribbon.”

Keri wore a beautiful Jenny Yoo gown with antique jewellery. Her simple ensemble made her feel comfortable and like ‘herself’ which was another thing that both she and Will wanted to make sure was prevalent throughout their wedding. They explain, “When trying to decide what we wanted our wedding to be like we had two very different ideas. Keri wanted a simple kitchy outdoor wedding while Will wanted an modern indoor wedding. So we decided to morph both ideas together and made it so prefect, it really felt like we were being true to ourselves and our own personal styles.”

Maymont was an easy choice for the ceremony, it has always been one of our favorite parks in Richmond and is super close to our house. Normally Maymont holds their wedding ceremonies at specifically built spots throughout the park, but we really loved this tree that stands isolated in the middle of a field. It’s so gnarly and unique it just fit us perfectly.”

The Boathouse was a really perfect find. It’s located in a newly built up area downtown right along the river that runs through Richmond and had the most amazing view of the city. It was an old factory converted into a 3 level restaurant, it’s super modern but with an old Richmond flair with exposed brick and an old smoke stack kept as a significant part of its architecture. The building itself is so beautiful we didn’t want to really over do it on the decorations.”

“One of the best things we took away from our wedding is that you should always stay true to who you are, don’t let anyone try and convince you to do something you don’t want to,” the couple concluded. “Who cares about etiquette? Weddings are all about starting your lives together, having fun and celebrating with the people you love most!”

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A Handmade & Simple Wedding: Genevieve & Andy

Genevieve & Andy were married at Smokey Glen Farm, Washington. A simply styled day, the couple put a lot of importance on their friends and family being involved and having a good time. “Early on, we decided which things were most important to us. We wanted it to be a fun party, to be simple, and to be uniquely us – everything else we tried not to sweat too much. As a result, we simplified our approach and only spent a lot of time and attention on a few key things. The venue supplied great BBQ, beautiful scenery, and a lot of fun games for our guests. And we rented a ping pong table. That was key.”

“Andy’s Mom made the strings of hearts, table runners, and the ties for the silverware and my mom and aunts arranged the flowers on the tables,” the bride told me.

“A friend was the officiant, another the DJ, another the videographer, and another did the hand-carved linograph invitations and thank you notes. Each bridesmaid doubled as a quasi event coordinator, especially the maid of honor who kept us on point all day.”

“The program and menu were chalkboards,” Genevieve continued. “We just got some chalk paint and plywood; the fanciest portion was buying some cheap floor molding and nailing it to the boarders of the chalkboards to make them look like picture frames. We bought a few hundred feet of white lights and stapled them to the rafters. We collected a lot of candles and mason jars and we crafted up a yarn wreath.”

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The Love Boat

I’m so lucky that I get to feature some of the craziest, most alternative and tattoo-gorgeous weddings out there. It’s one of the biggest pleasures of my job! However, occasionally a wedding that may not be the most ‘Rock n Roll’ will hit me between the eyes and give me just as much joy. Tanya & Christan’s Boat Club ‘Love Boat’ wedding at Molesey Boat Club on the Thames has such a simple, love-filled emotion that I couldn’t help but feature.

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Doing it Their Own Way

Behold – Magalie and Travis’ darling, teeny tiny, super duper personal, diy-filled, homespun wedding. I fell in love with the simplicity of their day and wanted to share it not only because the photographs are utterly stunning, but because I wanted to show you a perfect example of how to do it ‘on the cheap’ without loosing beautiful touches that make my heart sing.

The pair employed no wedding vendors (except photographer Amber Hughes) for their wedding. They did the whole thing themselves and did it in style to boot! No expensive venue (they got married at home and had their wedding day shoot at Seawall) no over-priced outfit (Magalie wore a dress from BCBG, boots from Chooka with a flower in her hair from H&M.) The flowers were purchased in bulk from different florists in town and the couple put them together themselves. The tissue paper pom-poms were from a Martha Stewart tutorial. They pulled all the food and drinks together themselves and Magalie did her own hair and makeup.

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Laid Back Love & Laughter

This beautifully simple backyard wedding makes me long for lazy, summer afternoons once again. Rachel had her dress handmade for her by family members and Kelly rocked it in his pinstripes. The whole day was one of laid back love and laughter.

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