There is a lot to be said about the classic beauty of a traditional ceremony. But why not personalize things a little more with added details that catch your eye?
Event Designer and Planner Molly McKinley has pulled together some unique ceremony ideas that may just get your creative thoughts flowing when it comes to planning your wedding.
Focus on the Back of the Aisle
So many times, we focus only on the front of the aisle instead of the whole picture. If you have a gorgeous landscape behind you, why not move your florals to the back of the aisle?
Create a Path
Create a look that complements your venue and personality. Not into the classic aisle or terrified of that moment? Create a casual path that leads to your groom.
Your guests would definitely remember this fun detail. Incorporate other furnishings such as benches, sofas, cushions and chairs into your ceremony.
Use a Focal Element
Draw the eye in to your aisle by using your chair ends as a point of focus. You could use a ribbon garland down the aisle, or florals or candles could achieve a similar effect.
Curve your Chair Rows
A straightforward classic aisle is beautiful, but there is a softness created by curving the chairs. You don’t see it as often and it can add a unique touch to your day.
Create a Circle
If the formality of a seated ceremony feels a bit overwhelming, why not keep things casual by having your friends and family gather around you in a circle while you say our vows.
Switzerland is a country that begs to be explored. While it might not be an obvious destination for a honeymoon, it’s a great choice for a couple that is active, enjoys the kind of variety that a beach destination just can’t provide, but still doesn’t want to have to over-think trip logistics. Seriously, I cannot overstate how incredibly easy Switzerland is to travel in–it’s beyond safe, has a very clean and punctual transportation system, and is ultra compact, so your next stop is no more than a couple hours of scenic railway away.
Let’s be clear though: all of the above wouldn’t matter if Switzerland wasn’t also absolutely stunning. Most of the towns have very well-preserved medieval city centers, with winding, romantic cobblestone alleyways and charming river-side promenades. My favorite cities are Bern, the quirky and underrated capital with Albert Einstein’s famous clock-tower and locals throwing themselves into the chilly Aare river, and Basel, a melting pot at the intersection of Switzerland, Germany, and France with an impressive showing of art galleries and museums.
Outside of the cities, the landscape in Switzerland changes quickly and dramatically. In an hour or two you could go from the sampling your way through terraced Lavaux vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva to hiking up the dramatic peaks of the Bernese Oberland mountain range, or from making your own cheese in the rolling pastures of Appenzell to sun-bathing beside the gelato-infused lakes of Ticino.
When we first saw these images from Rachel Kara Photography, we fell for the distinct elegant air about the entire wedding. AnnMarie and Andrew’s wedding was detailed, chic, and above all, elegant. From the bride’s stunning dress and simple ponytail, to the all-white florals and beautifully draped tent, this wedding exhibits an overarching sense of class. Of course, men in tuxes and bowties certainly doesn’t hurt. Read on for more from the bride:
From the bride: “Our wedding was held in Orange over the Easter long weekend. Orange is very special to us, not only as the place where Andy grew up, but also the place we first met at Forage, part of the Orange Food & Wine Festival in 2013. In fact, the reception was held at Philip Shaw’s Koomooloo Estate, right where we first met! Having the wedding over 4 days meant our friends and family were able to see the best of Orange and sample the area’s excellent wine and food. We started with a welcome dinner at the Union Bank Hotel, followed by winery tours on the Saturday and the wedding on the Sunday. We spent a lot of time and energy on creating a fun event with an amazing menu created by Josie Chapman, Orange’s best caterer. We even had a cheese course! The dinner was matched with a selection of Philip Shaw’s award-winning wines. The mood was set from the beginning with the beautiful sweeping country views and music by the Casper Tromp jazz trio. A recovery brunch was held at the Cheney’s family home on Monday morning. We were so blessed that so many of our friends and family could join in our special day!”
There has been a desire in recent years to over-plan engagement sessions, when all a couple really needs is a beautiful location, a talented photographer, and to feel comfortable enough to be themselves in front of the camera. We love how simple Emily and Tyler’s engagement photos are; read on for more from the bride:
“Tyler and I are both performers and directors. We spend our lives on stage and off crafting epic and emotional stories. When it came to our engagement shoot, however, we found ourselves gravitating toward inspiration that evoked a feeling of intimacy and simplicity, something much more reflective of who we are offstage. As we sat readying for our shoot we asked our creative director, Ginny Au, to break down the story for us: “What is our blocking? What is our intention?”, questions a performer would typically ask. Ginny responded with wisdom and love by articulating that Tyler and I spend so much of our lives on stage, playing other people, being “on,” and this was our time to turn inward and allow the cherished, truthful moments of our quiet life to be captured. Our photographer, Rylee Hitchner, guided us with such skill that we barely realized we were being photographed. We just got to be us, to be in honest love with each other. It is an enormous gift to see that love suspended in time through the lens of Rylee’s inspired artist’s eye.”