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The wedding of Joann and Jo, planned by Details by Design Events, is so quirky we just had to share it with you. Photographed by Paco and Betty, the wedding took place among the Redwoods at Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, where Joann and Jo went all out creating a 1920’s fashion inspired wedding which looked amazing. They even had paper boys delivering programmes to all the guests!
“The theme for the day wasn’t originally a theme, but sort of a plethora of things we’ve always been drawn to. When everything came together, it just made sense somehow. We have always been interested in DIY and antique/vintage things, whether it be art, music, or even old ways of doing things like typewriting or handwriting a letter. I guess you could say that our goal wasn’t to do anything that hasn’t been done before, but to try and create a timeless memory by gathering things that have always been inspiring to us.
“The most memorable moment for us was probably seeing family and friends in one place; everyone happy, laughing and just having a good time, realising that something like that is very rare.”
Holly and Matthew enjoyed a fun-filled wedding day surrounded by their closest friends and family, featuring their favourite aspects of Scarborough; relaxed, charming and unfussy. They wanted the theme to remain local in its essence, engrossed in Scarborough culture; featuring rural pub-life, fresh sea air and of course those famous Scarborough fish and chips! These pictures by York Place Studios show they certainly achieved their goal.
After treating their guests to some of Scarborough’s finest at the Victoria Seaview Restaurant (alongside a proper Yorkshire pot of tea!) Mr and Mrs Kotzé presented their guests with a unique wedding favour: hand-bound scrolls inscribed with the same story Holly’s sister had read out at the ceremony, written by the bride herself.
“We decided right away to do this sooner rather than later because we’re just that sort of couple. We got back to the UK after the boat’s season in the November so decided on an early December wedding. We knew immediately it would be in my local town of Scarborough and even more local village of Cloughton. The scenery is just stunning and we wanted to show Matthew’s South African family a true taste of British Seaside and North Yorkshire life.
“The things we both considered important were good people, good music and good scenery.”
We just love this chic and sophisticated Hollywood wedding, photographed by Yvette Roman Photography. This city chic wedding oozes class and elegance and has many wonderfully designed aspects. Jenny and Ed worked with wedding designer Kristin Banta Events to make their wedding one very classy party.
“My husband and I had been together almost 10 years before getting engaged (we met when we were 18) so when it came time to start wedding planning my main thought was to just have a big celebration; not necessarily all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with a traditional wedding. With that said, we decided we wanted 120 of our closest friends and family to feel like we were inviting them into our home… to have a very intimate gathering as after all they’ve known us for so long!
“I went on an all out search to find a space to fit our needs: modern without being cold, elegant, and big enough to include all the things I wanted to make it feel inviting. We settled on The London Hotel in West Hollywood. It was the perfect space to create a lounge/elegant dinner party/supper club-ish feel. We utilised the entire hotel; the ceremony was on the roof, cocktail hour on the third floor garden, and reception in the ballroom. It gave guests a build up to the party.
“To give the reception the lounge feel we were striving for, we went with a customised bar including bar stools, lounge vignettes, banquette seating, a fun photo lounge for guests to take fun photos all night, and a live band. Another fun aspect we added were 2 bar carts were guests could make their own Martini’s (my personal favourite). All in all it was everything and more; the perfect celebration!”
When we first saw the pictures of this wedding, photographed by Pen and Cam of McKinley-Rodgers Photography, we were amazed by the details that made this wedding theme come together. Claire and Scott chose literature and music as the underlying theme for their wedding, and the cute details, from the invitations to the wedding readings, brought the theme together brilliantly. The ceremony was held at The Lantern Theatre in Sheffield, followed by a marquee reception at Wood Lane Countryside Centre.
“Literature and music have always been important to us, and during the planning of our wedding it soon became apparent that although we hadn’t intended to have a theme for the wedding, words and music were a recurring motif.
“Our invites were designed to look like classic orange and white vintage Penguin paperbacks, with library tickets inside for the RSVP (we’d stamped the wallet in which the library ticket sat with the key dates of our relationship). We used a Smiths’ song title, ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’, as the title of the paperback/invite. Our place settings followed the Penguin theme, with each guest’s name replacing the author’s, and a lyric we’d individually chosen for each guest replacing the title. Inside the place settings were CDs with the key songs from the wedding day. The orders of service that were handed out at the theatre were designed to look like vintage Penguin Plays paperbacks, with the title on the cover taken from a Velvet Underground song. Our readings were taken from books, except for one, which was the lyrics of the Pulp song, ‘Something Changed’. During the service we exchanged copies of our favourite books, around which the rings were tied on a ribbon. Even the confetti followed the literary theme; using a heart-shaped hole-punch, we punched confetti from the pages of our favourite books.
“The back face of our orders of service explained the theme to our guests:”
Words and music, music and words – the things that brought us together and the motif we’ve threaded through our wedding day.
It was words that first drew me into Claire’s orbit – a pamphlet of my gauche teenage poetry shown to her by my best woman, Samantha. It was those words Claire remembered when we first met ten years later, and those words which provided the framework upon which we hung our first hopeful conversation.
Our next conversation as I walked her home was about music. The conversation that followed a few days later, on our first date, was about both – words and music, music and words – over three bottles of quickly drunk red.
That one date, that one evening alone and talking, was all it took. By the time we said goodbye, both of us knew. And so it has proved – Claire and Scott, Scott and Claire, brought together by words and music, music and words – the things that will sustain us and colour our days as we walk together into the story of our lives.
We absolutely love the pictures from this wedding, taken by Josh Dookhie Photography. Mike and Janis are creative and artistically talented people, and after spending time collecting ideas and vintage items, they created a wedding which was a work of art. Oh, and they planned it all in just 7 months!
“We both love spending time on little details and making things look as creative and pretty as possible, so we really wanted our wedding to reflect this. We also wanted it to be a big, fun dinner party with all of our favourite people.
“One of our favourite things about our wedding was the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception at The Exchange Community Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It’s such a unique spot (for Winnipeg!) and was a completely blank canvas. We were given a great deal of freedom from the church to transform it into whatever our hearts desired, and we just went nuts. We didn’t want to lock ourselves to strict wedding colours, so we left it pretty open. In the end, white was predominant, with earthy brown (lots of twine and burlap!), green, and yellow as accents.
“Mike did an amazing job with all the paper goods, designing the invites, programmes, menus, seating cards, little signs throughout the venue, dessert table descriptions, and favours. Since he was able to design everything, the design was very cohesive. It also really reflected our taste as a couple.
“Before the ceremony, we had a breakfast with our family. Josh, our photographer, joined us there and we then went on to take family photos. After that, we got all dressed up and had our first look. We went out into the country with Josh and took photos by these amazing cement cylinders.
“In between the ceremony and reception, guests were able to go to a nearby art gallery for drinks.
“At the reception, Mike and I sat at a small circular table in the middle of the room. My mom lent us an old, crocheted tablecloth to use for our table. We hung white wooden birds from the ceiling so that they were directly above our heads. We were so happy about the location of our table, because it allowed people to come and talk to us while they were going up for food or passing by.
“We had an amazing Italian dinner, compliments of Buccaccino’s (an Italian restaurant in Winnipeg). We ended the night with an epic dance party, complete with laser lights and a strobe! We left the building to a sparkler send-off and drove off in Mike’s 1989 VW convertible Cabriolet.”