Inspired by Pinterest and things they saw in movies, Anthony and Iman wanted a whimsical, secret garden feel for their April wedding day. They bucked trends having their day 21+, so their guests could really enjoy the night to its’ fullest, and set an all-black dress code too. A classic day but on their own terms? The epitome of rock n roll!
Held at Bash in Indianapolis, they transformed the modern, industrial into a romantic and intimate setting full of greenery, florals and candles. The vision was brought to life with planning by Arbor and Bloom Events, and florals by Satin and Stems. Atmospheres Indy provided all the drapery and lightning.
A children’s farm doesn’t seem like your typical wedding venue, but when you bring on the creative genius of Michael Strownix to style the whole thing up, it became the perfect place for Caitlin and Adrian’s April wedding day. “Our friend works at the farm,” the bride told us, “and it’s a place that both of us had spent a lot of happy time. The balance of stunning natural beauty, rustic appeal and just a touch of absurdity with goats and peacocks wandering round appealed to us, too.”
“While we didn’t have a particularly theme in mind,” she continued, “someone described it as ‘like an old book shop in a haunted forest’ which I think just about sums it up. We just tried to inject little bits of ourselves and own own taste into things to make it feel a bit more personal to us. It was unashamedly whimsical and a bit silly, but with just enough tradition and sincerity to give it some gravity.”
Christopher and Emily reflected on their own likes, interests and things they have in common to draw inspiration for their October 2018 wedding. Their vision for the day was dark, moody and whimsical, with nods to Halloween since their wedding date was October 13th. They planned the whole day themselves, and wanted it to be a true reflection of their style and personalities, focusing on themselves rather that what was trending online, and didn’t listen to other people’s opinions on what a wedding should, or should not, include.
Emily and Christopher met working at a movie theatre, so with their shared love of films they used that to guide their soundtrack for the day. Christopher and the groomsmen walked into The Godfather’s main theme, the bridesmaids walked in to Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, and Emily’s procession was to You Are The Pan from Hook, one of the couple’s favourite movies of all time. The bridal party intros at the reception were movie based as well, and they chose songs that reminded them of one of the bridal party – a few gems included the Jurassic Park theme and Ghostbusters.
“The songs were a surprise and no one knew what they were walking out to so it made the moment even funnier seeing the look on their faces,” said Emily. “My husband and I grew up watching WWF/WWE and were introduced via Stone Cold Steve Austin’s intro music. We walked in with the glass shattering and proceeded to chug our drinks appropriately.”
When planning their wedding day, Zach and Robyn knew that they wanted to create an experience with reflected their relationship. They actively elected conventional elements very judiciously, “We chose things not just for ceremony, or convention, but because it was what we wanted or felt reflected our relationship,” Robyn explained.
They decided to have a private ceremony in a secluded part of Central Park, New York, in the north woods. “It rained all day,” said Robyn, “and the sun came out about an hour before we were supposed to arrive. So, not only did we get to enjoy the ceremony as planned, the park was empty. The experience was really special and joyful.”
With a budget of $3,500, they knew they wanted to invest in quality photos and artful photographers in order to have a special memento of the experience. They cut costs dramatically by eschewing a traditional reception with lots of guests to entertain. Robyn made her own flower crown, bouquet and Zach’s boutonniere, and designed sleeves for her Ghost dress to make it more in-keeping with her style and something she felt comfortable in.
Lucy and Stuart’s playful wedding brought together elements of everything that they loved. To suit their rustic barn venue, High House Farm Brewery in Matfen, they went with a woodland vibe, which they then added whimsical edges to it as, in Lucy’s own words, “I wanted to add unicorns and glitter!” Squirrels, foxes and unicorns were the inspiration for the day, and this totally shows. “I wanted to include lots of things that were special to us, and I love anything personalised so everything we did had a bit of ‘us’ in it.”
As film fans and comic lovers (after initially talking on OK Cupid, they met for the first time at a London Comicon where Lucy was dressed as the Troll Hunter from the film Troll Hunter!) the guys all had paper buttonholes made from comic books or music sheets by Becky Meadows. The ladies all had daisy chains, to keep up with the whimsical woodland feel. Stuart also managed to get a Star Trek quote into the ring exchange that was part of their laid back ceremony.
Danielle and Alexander’s ranch wedding had a whimsical theme with a dark, bohemian vibe thrown into the mix. They were married in Florida in February.
“We took inspiration from a lot of different aspects”, began Danielle. “We wanted our wedding to truly represent us as a couple. We wanted little touches of whimsy throughout the decor, so we used ceramic bunnies because we have a pet rabbit. We wanted a minimalist feel with lots of delicate touches; like the parchment paper cone backdrop and the baby’s breath. Instead of going overboard with the decor, we worked with the natural beauty of our venue.”
“I’m somewhat of a crystal lover so we used amethyst geodes on the wedding cake, hematite crystals in my crown and his boutonniere. Each guest table was named after a crystal and we had rock candy on a sticks as our wedding favours.”
“I did a lot of the decor myself. Including the cake table and sign in area. My family and friends helped me make the backdrop of parchment paper cones that we used for the ceremony. Our guest tables had wood slices that Alex cut himself, glass candles that I wrapped in black lace, a ceramic bunny figurine and a mason jar filled with baby’s breath.The rest of the decor I put together or made myself. Thankfully, the venue already had some decor inside the buffet area that included antique items and animal skulls.”