With a penchant for the dramatic, is it any wonder that I went a little gaga over Brie & Leonard alpine wedding? The black wedding dress, the intimate ceremony, the epic mountain top photographs…I love it all! The bride even had a rams skull (yes really!) instead of a bouquet.
“Basically our story goes like this,” the bride began, “Leonard and I are not really conventional people and despite a few failed ideas to do things more traditionally we quickly discovered that your wedding is not the time to be what you are not. So we followed our hearts to our dream wedding in New Zealand. Leonard proposed to me on the top of a New Zealand mountain in the snow, which was just magical, so we decided that a snowy mountain would make the perfect place for our wedding. We had no guests so we decided to use a helicopter to travel to a completely isolated place with no road access.”
The bride wore a black wedding dress which she made herself. She also made her own headpiece and even her shoes! “I had tried on about 100 different white/cream/ivory dresses but regardless of the style or how beautiful they were they just didn’t feel right,” Brie continued. “Black is what suited me so I ignored tradition. I had a design idea and I wanted my dress to be unique so I decided to make it myself. The only problem was I didn’t know how to sew! I had a sewing machine and a lovely lady in the local fabric shop with advice, somehow I stumbled my way through the rest. A strapless dress in the snow probably wasn’t wise but I put heat pads in my shoes and gloves, wore three pairs of stockings and survived on adrenalin.”
With such an intimate wedding (just the two of them!) it was important to the couple that they had an amazing wedding photographer to capture their day. That way all their friends and family back home could see how wonderful their wedding was. “Other than us, the most crucial thing about our wedding was our photographer. We chose to use Anna from Alpine Images because her work stood out as art rather than mere photography. When we asked if she would do our photography for us, we asked that she ignore the fact that it was a wedding and look at creating individual pieces of art. We gave her a few guidelines about the mood we wanted to create and left the rest to her. We are so glad we did because combining her imagination and talent we ended up with magnificent photos. It also gave us a fantastic day, sneaking up to Sunday church sessions to pose with a rams skull, down dirty alleyways, in concrete car parks, and in the back doors of unattended bars – all Anna’s ideas! Everyone who has seen our photos asks about the rams skull and why we had it.”
“Our wedding was all about us and our love for each other,” Brie concluded. “It was very romantic and I’m so glad we rocked it out in our own way!”
After 5 years of marriage Karl & Loryl decided to renew their vows in a steampunk inspired ceremony. To celebrate the announcement, the couple asked photographer Laura Zastrow to take some themed portraits to use at the party, which will be taking place later this summer in Milwaukee.
Kiley & Nathan’s Seattle wedding is sooo my cup of tea its unreal! Not only are these two clearly bad ass in their personal styling but the simple wedding focuses on what’s really important – them, their wedding and their marriage. After an intimate ceremony on a beach, they planned their reception (pictured) for 6 months later. This wedding isn’t full of ‘details’ or the pretty things us wedding bloggers usually go gaga over…no, instead it’s full of the most important thing…the love! Ahhhh!
“We got married July 20th in a small ceremony at sunset on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, where my husband is from,” Kiley wrote. “It was amazing and perfect, very casual (I wore cut off shorts and vans!) and very us (Taco truck catered, bonfire and S’mores). But we also wanted to celebrate with all our friends and family and get a chance to dress up so we planned our reception for January 20th 2012, our 6 month anniversary, in Seattle where I am from.”
However things didn’t really go as planned. “We originally planned for a formal but modern evening at a local art gallery with 200+ friends and family, unfortunately the weather had other plans. The week of the reception it started to snow the city essentially shut down and that combined with a family medical emergency we had to make the call the day before the reception to cancel.”
“After canceling we were luckily still able to have a smaller get-together and have amazing photos taken by Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love to document this crazy situation. It was not what had been planned but we did our best, with the help of amazing friends and awesome photographers, to make the most of a not so great situation.”
“With all the issues the week of our wedding our inspiration and theme became ‘everything happens for a reason, so deal with it!’ We couldn’t let ourselves get stuck on specific previous planned ideas, we had to deal with things as they happened and just go with the flow. The most important thing was that we were married and had good people around us.”
“We definitely learned from this situation. We had to let go of ideas and things we had been looking forward to for 6 months. In the end, all our family and friends were healthy and safe. That was the most important thing.”