As far as unique weddings go this bohemian beauty from Oland Sweden is the ultimate. A smokin’ hot barefoot bride and groom, an intimate Artist’s studio cottage for the charming wedding venue, and some drop-dead outdoor imagery by Malin Björkholm. Easy, carefree details combined with a creative and artsy background make this small boho lovefest a total stunner.
From the photographer: This was a very special wedding in Öland, an island in south east of Sweden. I wanted to capture the special landscape here. The couple was married in the groom’s and his father’ gallery – barefoot with sand on the floor, close, intimately. The lovely opera singer Thomas Pichler performed an Italian aria and music by Cat Stevens and I believe all of the guest wiped their eyes. The reception took place in the art studio, amongst brushes, paintings and stuffed birds. The groom’s father served an eight (!) course meal, cooked on the stove supervised by a dear! As the sun went down we went out to the Öland limestone in the magical light whilst the fog gathered around their naked feet.
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There are so many special details in this Long Beach wedding, captured by A&C Photography, I don’t really know where to start. Firstly, we’re captivated by it’s unique location – on board the legendary Queen Mary ship – once upon a time the grandest ocean liner in the world. Then, we love the bride’s sophisticated vintage style and her decision to mirror Jackie Kennedy’s retro bouquet design. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with an elegant red and white palette, which not only was fitting for a marine’s wedding day, but also the festival Christmas season. Ready to step on board? Bon Voyage!
Bride Andrea shares:
Even though our wedding was 5 days before Christmas, Preston and I wanted to take advantage of Southern California’s mild weather and get married outdoors. With Preston in his Marine Corps dress blues, we thought a deck ceremony aboard the Queen Mary would be perfect. The reception was held in one of their banquet rooms, which we chose because of its more intimate size for our 80 person wedding (and Preston really liked the retro fireplace the room had). The dark reds and wood in the room were beautiful, reflected the season, and had a neat retro look. We didn’t even have to decorate it much.
Color Palette & Flowers
We went with red and champagne for the color palette to match the reception room and the holiday season, which was reflected in the bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses (which we picked out at Alfred Angelo, on sale). The bridesmaids bouquets were mostly white except for the coffee beans for a little splash of red. My florist also did an amazing interpretation of Jackie Kennedy’s wedding bouquet for mine with gardenias and white roses. It had a retro feel without being too costume-y.
The wedding favors were Christmas ornaments I made out of seashells I hand painted different shades of ivory, gold and champagne. I thought the ornaments were a nice way to thank guests for traveling to see us during the holiday season (I covered our Christmas tree with the left overs – I was very proud of my DIY detail).
We also wanted to do a Unity Candle, but since the ceremony was outdoors we were afraid the candle would blow out – awkward! Since we met in a science class in college, we thought it would be quirky and fun to do a “Unity Chemlight” that would have the same feel but wouldn’t go out with the ocean breeze. We each held a small vase of clear liquid during the ceremony. When we poured the two liquids together into a tall thin vase, they reacted and lit up to a glowing blue light that shined brightly throughout the ceremony and reception.
My favorite detail, though, was the cake topper. The cake was red velvet with butter cream icing, and I had the groom in the topper customized to show Preston’s Marine Corps dress blues complete with his regulation hair cut, rank, and current medals he had at that time. He’s gotten more medals since then so it’s a great snapshot of where we were at the time of the wedding, aside from Adam and Claudia’s amazing photographs. Those two really are a great team. We are so happy with the way they captured our special day.
My biggest challenge was trying to plan the wedding around Preston’s ever-changing deployment schedule. The Queen Mary staff was very understanding and allowed me to have in our contract that we could change the date of the wedding if needed due to military deployment orders. Thankfully, we didn’t have to reschedule but I did do the majority of the planning on my own while he was away for training.
My favorite part of the wedding was Preston’s speech during the reception. He acknowledged that he had no idea how much work went into planning a wedding and that I did an amazing job handling (as he put it) “a logistics nightmare with flowers.” It was from the heart, classic Preston (which is blunt and sometimes crude), and special.
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I have a fabulous alternative wedding to share today. One with not only a unique story, but also a great offbeat vibe and plenty of quirky styling. So without further adieu, let me share with you this awesome couple’s story:
Once upon a time there were two creative spirits destined to fall in love. Kim, an artist and floral designer, who grew up in St Helena and lived in San Francisco and David, a technology entrepreneur, who travelled back and forth regularly to San Fran all the way from his hometown of Adelaide in South Australia. The pair were friends for 3 and a half years before David moved permanently to San Francisco. That is when they finally succumbed to their beating hearts and let themselves fall in love. The lovebirds planned a barn wedding in the Napa vineyards for September 2011, however were soon forced to speed things up to keep immigration at bay. So they married at San Francisco City Hall in February instead. Once September came, they got to celebrate their wedding once more with friends and family from all over the globe over a feast of succulent roast lamb. A couple of days later Kim and David were lucky enough to experience getting married a third time! They decided to retrace their steps to City Hall and beyond, whilst Harper Point Photography captured the story in a wonderful styled shoot.
Well, you couldn’t ask for a better tale and we couldn’t ask for anymore than these awesome images. Oh! and BTW… the gorgeous couple lived happily ever after!
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Photography: Harper Point Photography / Floral Designer: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design / Ceremony: San Francisco City Hall / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel / Groom’s Outfit: Ted Baker / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
If you love jungle animals and have a sense of fun, then having a wedding at the zoo seems like an awesome idea! But when you throw in a pretty Summer colour palette of aqua blue and white, bright pops of purple and cute ‘zoo themed’ details then it becomes an idea I love even more. There’s no denying this outdoor California bash at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens is wonderfully relaxed, but it still includes plenty of romantic details too. You have the bride’s gorgeous whimsical dress, stylish white reception decorations and a snazzy gleaming white dance floor, that even the most introverted dancer could not resist! A big thanks to Jihan Abdalla Photography for capturing all the fabulous memories (and let’s not forget one particularly good looking giraffe!).
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Photography: Jihan Abdalla Photography/Planner: Ann Johnson Events / Floral Designer: Rockrose Floral Design / Reception Venue: Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens / DJ: DJ Jam / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
It’s time for a double dose of wedding fabulous with none other than a twins wedding by Kathleen Landwehrle Photography! Gorgeous twin sisters Katie and Bethany decided to marry their sweethearts on the same day with a double winter wedding at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont. Each couple had their own ceremony and cocktail hour (allowing them to feature their own personal details), and then celebrated a combined ‘Christmas’ themed reception. Each twin sister stood as maid of honor for each other, sharing the same red bridesmaid dress and then changing into their own beautiful bridal gown between ceremonies. With a grand entourage of 12 bridesmaids and 11 groomsmen, a striking red color palette, and elegant white and silver winter wonderland decor, it was a double wedding celebration with twice as much love and twice as much gorgeousness!
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Get ready for a Ontario wedding slightly left of centre. This colourful celebration from Jen Shoots Weddings features a theme close to the bride and groom’s heart – their beloved motorcycle. At first you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a traditional style affair with it’s striking red and white colour scheme, elegant bridesmaids and classic wedding cake; however this wedding is anything but typical. The bride and groom made a roaring entrance into their reception riding tandem on their bike, and when it was time for farewells, left the building in the same exciting fashion. It’s bold, it’s unique and most of all it’s full of love. Why not hop on and enjoy the ride!
I realise this wedding title is a mouthful, but this charismatic wedding has each and every one of these features. There’s an eye-catching wedding colour palette of red white and black, a vintage wedding theme full of stylish retro touches and finally, a unique Rock n Roll surprise at the reception. We’re delighted Mandy Paige was on board to snap all the highlights of this charming vintage-inspired affair. From the individual designs of each bridesmaid’s bouquet to the stylish black and white details, right through to the spectacle of the Grand Ballroom reception. So, sit back and enjoy the show with a vintage glam wedding that has all the romance you need to capture your heart and a dash of Rock n Roll to keep your toes tapping to the beat.
From the Photographer: Lauren and Adam’s wedding ceremony and reception took place at the historical Cincinnati Music Hall in the Grand Ballroom. The lavish decor was an exquisite backdrop to the vintage / rock n’ roll feel of the wedding itself. Music is a huge inspiration for the couple of having it at this venue was quite fitting. The grandoise floral arrangements were made by a florist friend as a gift to the family and perfectly incorporated the black and red colors of the day. The birdcage veil gave the bride a timeless look, and each bridesmaid’s unique bouquet added interest. The surprise visit from an Elvis impersonator added to the entertainment as well.
Wedding Photography: Mandy Paige Photography / Hair Stylist: Kenadi Salon / Caterer: Vonderharrs / Floral Designer: MAF Flowers / Cake Designer: Artrageous Desserts / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Karina /Event Venue: Cincinnati Music Hall / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights