Sam and Vince both lead, by their own admission, ‘annoyingly busy lives’. They live in Las Vegas, but when it came to planning their wedding day, they wanted to do something simple, in their favourite place on earth – Jerome, Arizona.
“We frequent Jerome and the surrounding red rock of Sedona often,” said Sam. “During our first holiday together years ago we instantly fell in love with Jerome’s eerie but cosy feel. It’s this small, old mining town on the desert-y mountainside that has burned down to the ground at least three times—and it’s probably haunted. We have a long history of celebrating momentous occasions in Jerome – we even got engaged there in 2017, so there was really nowhere else in the world we would’ve wanted to celebrate our lifelong commitment to each other.”
Amelia and Tess were married in 2016, before Tess’ transition. Since their wedding, Tess has come out as bi-gender, sometimes having days when they identify as male, but others when they’re female. The couple wanted to celebrate Tess joining their family, so with the help of daughter Ivy they had a gothic styled, handfasting vow renewal in the same place they were originally married, Whistlewood Common in Derbyshire.
“Tess falls under the trans umbrella and is bi-gender – switching between two different genders, can be binary and/or non-binary genders”, they explained. “They switch between the two binary genders of male and female. Tess found the term to explain how they feel and has since been ‘out’ for a year and a half.”
The day had a gothic, pagan vibe and the woodland location set the tone for a lot of their stylistic choices. The day felt very ‘them’ but also complimented the surroundings perfectly. “We wanted to update our vows and wedding photos to include Tess”, they continued, “to have a visual representation of how our family is now. Amelia is Pagan and wanted to keep some of our original woodsy themes but with a darker, older feel. Amelia performed the ceremony herself, incorporating parts of our original wedding. Ivy played a bigger role with her being old enough to want to join in with the handfasting this time around.”
Milica and Aleksandar met in a youth hostel 11 years ago, and have since travelled around the world together – visiting more than 30 countries and over 30 US states! It was on one of their trips to the States that they eloped in 2017 in a mermaid-inspired ceremony (which we also featured!) on Coney Island costing just $500. They always said they’d have another wedding back in Serbia to celebrate with their family and friends, so they did just that in the summer of 2018.
Joined by more than 150 people this time round, and with just one month to plan everything, they took their beach wedding theme as a starting point and incorporated it with loads of other things that they love. In fact, they kicked off their ceremony with the sound of ocean waves and a projection of Coney Island itself. Milica and Aleksandar then sang Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s with a backdrop of a projection of a car ride through Arizona, as a nod to their big American road trip. Milica’s mum and the couple’s close friends gave speeches, and Aleksander’s brother performed their ceremony.