After meeting at a student club night in university, the theme for Dawn and Chris’ October wedding had to be their ideal party! The couple chose a wedding that incorporated all the things that they liked and wanted, but discarded a lot of expectations and traditions. Dawn told us, “Once we found the band and the dress, the day grew from there!”
The band was One Big Reunion via Tailored Entertainment, and the dress, a dip-dyed pink slip dress from Rock n Roll Bride favourites, Lucy Can’t Dance. “As a UK size 16, I struggled to fit into any dresses in some traditional bridal shops,” Dawn told us. “Lucy Can’t Dance made my dress especially to order.” She paired it with Victoria Percival accessories and a hand-painted white leather jacket.
Using the Flower of Life and a fractal as the starting point for, Louise and James planned a spring wedding at Law Castle, West Kilbride. They wanted to bring the ideas of universal energy and sacred geometry into the celebration wherever they could. The rings were made with meteorite included in the opal and they used crystals on the crowns and the bride’s the wedding dress. They also both painted the patterns our boots and Louise’s jacket.
The ceremony was conducted by a minister from the Unitarian Universalist Church, a small church who welcome all faiths and beliefs and are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. “This meant we could thank the Universe for our meeting in marriage and also include readings from more than one religious text”, Louis explained. “We had quotes from books and philosophers and also an ancient Celtic blessing.”
Mar and Nancy were Instagram friends for years before they met in person. Inspired by their spiritual journey, they chose to marry in Joshua Tree National Park, California, surrounded by their closest friends.
Their ceremony was unique to them and rather than plan every second, they let everything flow. They told us, “We didn’t plan our vows. We wanted everything to flow organically from our hearts. Our friends used their didgeridoos to cleanse our auricular field, and as a blessing for our union. It was simple, but powerful, given the location, the crystal grid our friends created, and the intention our friends and us set for our union.”
With a Celtic hand-fasting, touches of old northern traditions and an ancestral altar to honour those who came before them, Dana and Eric’s wedding mixed pagan themes with the colours of the season. Dana told us, “We wanted to incorporate our own beliefs into the wedding, and create something that was true to us.”
The ceremony was held outside at Allrose Farm in New Hamsphire, MA, with nature providing a beautiful backdrop, accented with florals in burgundy and burnt orange. Dana told us about their ceremony, “We played traditional Celtic music for the opening of the ceremony, and used a playlist of songs by Enaid + Einalem. Eric walked down to the song Camelot, and I walked down to The Wedding (very fitting). We did an ancient Celtic Oathing Stone ritual where we held two stones from the land of our choosing, and everyone was invited to send their warm wishes and love into them. We ended with a traditional hand-fasting, and walked down the aisle to All The Debts I Owe by Caamp, our favourite band.”
Giving away with all the traditions which didn’t appeal to them, Laura and Georgia were married in February (22/02/22 to be exact) this year. Both chronically ill, these beauties decided doing things just for tradition’s sake didn’t work for them. Instead they planned their day around their own wants and needs.
“We did all of the preparation together (chose our outfits together, spent the night before together and got ready together on the day)”, they told us. “We also did away with traditions like the garter (ew!) and parents giving us away. We walked down the aisle together. Everything came from a very feminist place where we were in charge of our own choices. The only reason Laura chose a white dress was because it was pretty (she originally wanted blue!) We also incorporated a little bit of Georgia’s Jewish heritage by smashing a glass at the end of the ceremony.”
Every couple has their thing, right? For Heather and Micah, their thing is Phantom of the Opera. They went to a show together early on in their courtship, and it has been a shared love of theirs ever since. So naturally their wedding was a Phantom-fest, hosted on Halloween weekend.
The bridesmaids carried lanterns in lieu of bouquets, the guests sported glitter and feathers, and every single person wore a masquerade mask. Heather walked down the aisle to the Phantom theme, and Micah’s brother officiated the non-traditional fantasy-inspired service. Instead of a first dance, the newlyweds sang Phantom’s “All I Ask Of You.”