* Anne (Postgrad) & Alex (Marketing & PR) * Photographer: Lauren McGlynn Photography, UK (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for reading: The Plain White Ts Rhythm of Love *
The Info—Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Shaw-cum-Donnington, Berkshire, England / Reception Venue: The Black Barn / Dress: Oxfam Bridal Southampton / Suit: Moss Bros / Photography: Lauren McGlynn Photography, UK (APW Sponsor)
Other cool stuff: We wanted the whole event to be low-key and principally ‘us’. We didn’t have a theme—just a natural-inspired rough colour swatch to tie it all together. Loads of friends and family got involved and everything we could make, we made—all the lighting in the barn, bunting, paper flowers on the tables, the tablecloths, the bouquets, the little bridesmaids dresses, the cupcakes, the wedding cake. Everything we could we recycled and/or reused—my wedding dress from Oxfam, my great-grandmother’s cake knife, another great-grandmother’s tablecloth, an offcut from my sister’s veil with a 1920s brooch and a piece of my mother’s vintage ribbon to make a small nod to a veil, flowers on the tables in recycled bottles… and so many cars went home that night piled with recycling! And everything we could source locally we did, from the local free-range hog and salads, to the naturally outdoor-grown flowers from a company in Oxfordshire.
One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Relaxed and completely us—the best day of our lives shared with the people we love.
Favorite thing about the wedding: How can I choose! It was a day full of perfect moments from my sisters helping me get ready in the morning to the moment we drove off at the end of the evening: laughter, hugs, family, friends, sister-saved flowers, seamless running due to mother’s lists and best man’s instructions, beautiful little (and big!) bridesmaids, a wonderful personal ceremony, bunting, cakes, pimms, Dorothy the hog(roast), photos, fields, sunshine, speeches, dancing… it all came together perfectly in a whirlwind celebration of us. A very special thing was having the entirety of both immediate families together—when your husband’s parents and brothers live in Australia you don’t get much chance for everyone to be together. They were all amazing, helping to bring our wedding to life.
* Kayce (Shiny Pretty Bits) & Matty * Photographer: One Love Photo (Now shooting in Hawaii)* Soundtrack for reading: Explosions in the Sky, “So Long, Lonesome” *
The Info—Venue: Oceanfront Oasis, Hawaii; Dress: Daphne by Melissa Sweet; Suit: The Byard by Paul Smith; Hair Flower: Trulu Couture; Shoes: Pour La Victoire; Photography: One Love Photo (APW Sponsor; Meg’s Photographers, now booking in Hawaii too!)
Other Cool Stuff: Though it eliminated most of the venues we looked at, it was really important to us to have our dog, Bear, there. He walked in with my husband and wore a striped gray bow-tie from American Apparel. Also, we had a gobo made for the pool out of a monogram I had done for our website and stationary. This ended up being our favorite detail of the night and was completely my husband’s idea.
What The Pictures Don’t Tell You: Our wedding was a complete labor of love. Since our budget wasn’t large we had to get creative and look to our community to make things work. We had a lounge-style reception to cut down on the amount of tables we’d have to dress. Our serving ware came from Goodwill and Ross. We shopped for all the food ourselves over the course of the three days leading up to the wedding, and we hired a friend to cater. We served the food on paper plates. My sister in law did everyone’s makeup. Another friend did everyone’s hair. A friend offered to bake our wedding cake using one of my favorite recipes and yet another friend made all of our gorgeous floral arrangements. My husband owns a bar, so our alcohol was donated and the waitstaff and bartenders were our regular staff. Our family graciously did all of the setup and breakdown. If it weren’t for our community we probably would have run off and eloped. I’m glad we didn’t.
Favorite Thing: Our closest friends and family are scattered all around the world. Having them all in one place for a week to celebrate with us was the greatest gift and made all the stress of planning the wedding worth it.
Happy Fourth of July to all my American readers! I hope you’re spending some time in the summer sun, celebrating the people you love. Tomorrow we’ll be back with fun news and this lovely quiet Hawaii beach wedding… just in time for someone’s one year anniversary.
Photo: One Love Photo
* Jacquetta & Shaneequa * Photographer Kelly Prizel Photography (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for reading: Adele “Make You Feel My Love” *
The Info—Dress: J. Crew; Pink Shoes: Chinese Laundry; Suit: Purchased at a hidden gem of a shop in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC; Ceremony Venue: Woodrow Wilson House garden; Reception: Darlington House; Flowers: Eastern Market farmer’s market, arranged by Jacquetta and her hands-on-wedding planner; Planner: LoveBus Events; Photographer: Kelly Prizel Photography
Other cool stuff we should know about: It snowed the morning of our outdoor ceremony. Our recessional song was Kiss by Prince, our wedding planner was nervous the song was a little too risque…
One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: An intimate, DIY, family affair that was a little bit hippie a little bit urban and a lot a bit LOVE.
Favorite thing about the wedding: Handmade ceremony programs printed on vintage handkerchiefs (blood sweat and tears, and went like hotcakes as our guests hoarded them). Shaneequa getting to DJ her own reception—setting the tone of the party.