Megan and Mike wanted a glamorous boho theme, with a feeling of dreamy freedom and elements of a fairytale. They hired wedding planner AMV Weddings to help them bring together their theme and vision and also coordinate on the day.
Their favourite part of the day was their outdoor ceremony. Their florist, Desiree Dean Designs, made them a beautiful arch to get married under and the aisle was strewn with white rose petals. Flowers were one of their biggest expenses but they wanted both the ceremony and reception spaces to feel very lush and green.
“I remember standing at the start of the aisle, staring at Mike, and saying to my dad ‘is this seriously real life right now?'”, Megan said. “I felt like I was in a dream. Everyone we loved was at the same place and watching me marry the man I love. it was an insane feeling. We shared vows that made our ceremony super personal. I cried and we laughed, It couldn’t have been more perfect.”
Lilac and Avi truly embraced their inner geek for the November wedding in Israel. Hosted on November 24th (Evolution day and also exactly a year to the day after they got engaged), they chose to include as many of their famdoms as they possibly could in their wedding. 100 cool point to anyone who can spot them all!
Both designers, they wanted the day to play homage to the bride’s love of sci-fi and the groom’s love of fantasy. “We both like either side of the geeky coin”, Lilac explained, “Avi is a fantasy fan, I’m a sci-fi nerd, and we both like science, space and exploration. So, we took all of these small parts of our whole geeky world (TV shows, movies, cartoons, games, books…) and spread them around the wedding in our outfits, in the decorations and our invitations.”
Renee and Richie love candles but aren’t big fans of flowers, so they decided to not have any at their November wedding. Instead they incorporated fog machines, smoke bombs and candles to create a spooky ambience on the day. The bridesmaids carried incense burners, and as the couple walked up the aisle to be wed, they lit candles held by their guests to guide them. They were also heavily inspired tarot cards, incorporating them in the invitations, signs and centrepieces at the reception.
The ceremony was held the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and one of their best friends got ordained so they could officiate their wiccan ceremony. “We gave him the free range to customise the ceremony it since he has known us so long”, they explained. “We wrote our own vows and had guests bless our rings while they waited for the ceremony to start. When it started, we had lit candles, and each guest had an unlit candle which we then lit as we walked down the aisle. We then did our unity candle in my grandmother’s silver. I had one of my sorority sisters do a reading special to us, we exchanged our vows then we second lined outta there!”
Inspired by their love of rock music and some of their favourite movie moments, Jenn and Tommy planned a personal, rock ‘n’ roll and wedding at Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena, Northern Ireland last summer. They opted for quite a ‘girly’ colour scheme with pinks, peaches and rose gold, but included many things that reflected Tommy too – not least of all a very special guest appearance from Iron Man himself!
“Music is the centre of our universe,” began bride Jenn. “Instead of coffee in the morning, we blast an earful of Aerosmith. Going to gigs together is our favourite past-time, we’re avid festival goers and Tommy is the singer for a hard rock band. So it was a no-brainer for us to use this as a starting point for our theme, and go from there.”
Jenn walked down the aisle to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Sweet Child o’ Mine. Their recessional was The Darkness’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love and their first dance was to I Remember You by Skid Row. Each of their tables was named after one of their favourite artists. They made table-tents which had the menu on one side and a portrait of the artist on the other, which was painted by Jenn. “We didn’t really get the whole guestbook thing,” said Jenn, “it’s just something we think you’d look at once and put away in a cupboard somewhere. Instead, we bought a surfboard off Gumtree and sanded and painted it. We got our friend to make a vinyl sticker for it saying ’til death do us party’ and got everyone to sign that instead. We’re going to mount it on our kitchen wall so we can appreciate it all year round.”
As major Halloween fans, there was only one theme in contention for Mark and Brook’s wedding day – held in October, of course! “It’s our favourite holiday, we’re fans of anything to do with Halloween,” explained Brook. “We’re also from Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team, their colours are black and gold, so our theme was formed!”
They weren’t afraid to be themselves when it came to what they wanted from their day. “No-one ever got noticed for being traditional,” said Brook, “I think everything we did for our wedding was non-traditional in our circle.”
The whole bridal party wore all-black everything, with Brook in a long-sleeve, corseted, floor length dress with matching cathedral back veil. Mark wore an all-black Vera Wang tuxedo with gold detailing, and the bridesmaids wore black floor-length gowns with gold glitter detailing on top.
The couple had a $30,000 budget to bring their dream day to life. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Greenhouse Winery in Pennsylvania, which formed the biggest part of their budget. They saved money on flowers and centrepieces; instead of going through a florist, they ordered silk flowers from Etsy and made the centrepieces themselves. Not to mention that, as well as the cost saving, with silk flowers everyone got to keep their arrangement as a former memory.
Ali’s main goal for her June wedding to Mike was for it to feel modern and contemporary with a colourful edge. They chose the iconic Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs which obviously ticked all the colourful boxes! They didn’t need to add much in the need of extra decor at all, using the rainbow backdrop of the hotel in all their photos.
“We both knew we wanted a desert wedding, but didn’t want to ‘rough it’ out in the middle of no where”, Ali said. “Palm Springs has always been a special getaway for us since early in our relationship, and it has the look and feel of the desert vibe we wanted. Mike and I are also big fans of the tiki world. We knew we wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding, but without having it be a ‘tiki themed’ wedding. As soon as I saw The Saguaro Palm Springs, I knew that’s where we’d be getting married one day!”