They wanted their New Orleans wedding to be a celebration of their love that wasn’t bound up in ideas about gender or consumerism. Quinn, who married Natan in February, wore a stunning Scotch and Soda suit instead of anything traditionally bridal. They also didn’t have a bridal party, their low key ceremony was in a park and they ended the day with an intimate gathering in one of their favourite restaurants.
“I would not have been comfortable in a traditional wedding dress, nor would I have been comfortable spending lots of money on something I would wear only once”, Quinn explained, “Giving ourselves permission to ignore tradition and precedent meant that we could have a celebration that felt authentic to us.”
Bethany and Ryan’s styled their summer 2019 wedding impeccably with 70s influences and a laid back vibe. They chose a warehouse space, The Ellis Building in Vancouver, as the venue, which they loved because it was a real blank canvas, didn’t have too many fussy details but also didn’t need much in the way of extra decorations – it was super cool on it’s own. They really just wanted to have a big party with their friends and family, to eat tacos and drink tequila!
As a wedding planner herself, Stephanie had a strong idea about what she did (and did not!) want for her wedding to Jeff. It was important to them that their wedding really reflected who they are and included the groom’s personality as well as the brides. As Jeff is a metal musician and music recording engineer, music was obviously a huge consideration and played an important role in the day.
The bridal party walked down the aisle to Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, and Stephanie walked down to the acoustic version of Everlong by the Foo Fighters. They worked closely with their DJ to have him start playing the build up to the rock version right as they kissed, and they walked back down to the huge banging end of the song. It was fantastically dramatic and exactly what they wanted!
One of my favourite things to do is to walk through The Laines in Brighton and gaze lovingly at all the stunning pre-loved jewellery in the shop windows. You have to wonder about the person that owned those pieces beforehand, what their life was like and when they wore it. It’s all very romantic really.
There is something so special about antique jewellery – the fact that every piece has a history and a story, and not to mention it’s better for the planet to wear something pre-loved rather than always needing to have everything shiny and brand-new. You’re also much more likely to find something one-of-a-kind if you opt to wear a vintage piece. It’ll also be a rare occurrence for you to ever bump into someone else with the same engagement ring as you!
Carus Jewellery, a family-run business with a studio in Marylebone but also selling online, source some of the most beautifully unique pieces which, if you’re having a vintage inspired wedding (or even if you’re not!) you’re going to love gazing longingly at, too. And if you’re wondering, Carus is the Latin name for precious!
Here are some of our favourite pieces from their current collection:
This vibrant five stone ring features graduated Amethyst gemstones weighing 1.28ct, set in 9ct yellow gold. These gemstones have excellent clarity and the ring is hallmarked for London 1977.
GASP! Kelsie and Andy’s wedding is about to knock your socks off because Keisie got hitched in a LIGHT UP DRESS, Andy looked just as swag in his iridescent sequin tuxedo and they had photos atop a giant unicorn sculpture at Burning Man. I meaaaaaan, this is pretty much what all Rock n Roll Bride wedding dreams are made of!
Their Burning Man ceremony took place in August and their reception back home was in November. They were legally married on ‘Tutu Tuesday’ at Burning Man by the host of their theme camp (Barbie Death Camp) ‘Doc Pyro’, who is ordained. He stood inside life-sized Barbie box to marry them.
Hannah and Tim originally planned to marry on 6th June 2020, but as weddings were still banned in England at that point, ended up being one of the first marriages allowed nearly a month later! They were married on 7th July, the first date small weddings were permitted again.
With this, all their best-made plans had to be reconsidered. “We had to completely strip back all our plans due to COVID restrictions,” explained Hannah, “and honestly, none of it mattered! We spent so much time and effort stressing over seating charts and colour schemes, and in the end, all that mattered was standing together with my best friend, in front of people we loved, promising to stick together through this rollercoaster we call life.”