Although they’d gone to the same school and have family members who’ve known each other since they were tiny, Kirsten and Jack’s paths didn’t cross until a Christmas Eve pub visit in 2013. They had their first date that same Boxing Day and have been together ever since! As it has a way of doing, life tried to throw a spanner in the works when a month into their relationship, Jack was offered a job in Nice. They did long distance for a year and then Kirsten followed her heart and moved to France to be with Jack. It’s there, after three years, that they got engaged, so it made sense for the South of France to feature heavily in their Glaswegian wedding!
Kirsten, with a background in theatre and events design, took great delight in designing the look of the wedding and let her creativity go wild. Inspired by the tropical flowers and foliage of Nice, palm trees, birds of paradise and succulents featured heavily throughout.
They collected pebbles from the beach (and ferried them home in their suitcases for 18 months before the wedding!) to use along the aisle and as place settings. Their guests also enjoyed chocolate pebbles as favours, and each went home with a cactus, palm tree or leaf enamel pin as a memento from the day, which Kirsten loved seeing everyone wear in the evening.
Phoebe and Brett’s wedding had ethical intentions at its core. From using a CSA (community supported agriculture) florist, to sourcing local female vendors, to donating leftover food to homeless charities, its a wedding that’s all heart. And also a ton of fun and stylish – have you seen the punky tartan outfits and the bride’s boots?!
The couple had a mostly traditional Quaker wedding, which is a self-uniting ceremony. Brett explained that, “It occurs as a meeting for worship. There is no clergy and anyone who is moved may stand and speak. Fortunately, here, in the state of Pennsylvania you can get a self-uniting marriage licence, so we only needed two witnesses to make the whole thing legal.” And of course, being a Quaker wedding meant that electronics were not allowed in the ceremony, so photographer Sandrachile documented it from far away and in a non-intrusive way.
The bride’s ethically-sourced tartan dress was custom made by local artist Anthony James Sirk, which she teamed with some bad ass shoes by Jeffrey Campbell from Poshmark, and the groom’s kilt by Quality Kilts matched Phoebe’s dress perfectly.
Hiring ethical and eco-friendly vendors actually played a big part in their day. Bistro to Go Café and Catering reduced the carbon footprint by providing a mostly vegan and vegetarian menu, and leftover food was donated to homeless people. They also used an eco-friendly stylist, greenSinner, who included upcycled and vintage decorations along with CSA flowers. Their invitations and RSVPs were online, and they registered for a charitable wedding registry.
At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…
Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”
This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”