Erin the Bride:
For our wedding we wanted something unique, simple, stylish and fun.
I've never really dreamt of a white dress or church wedding and the more I looked into wedding traditions, the more I wanted something totally different. So many wedding traditions are outdated and brides tend to follow the "rules" without really thinking about the meaning. For us, this was a chance for meaningful moments, a perfect excuse for a big party, and to have our friends and family from all across the world to meet in one place.
When Glenn proposed, he already had a location in mind. The house is a 190 year old home on the small island of Stolmen in Norway. About 2 hours from Bergen (where Glenn is from). The property is managed by Glenn's grandparents as a sailing club, and Glenn has been going there for summer holidays since he was a child. We knew this would be such a beautiful location and an experience to remember for all of our guests who would travel from abroad to Norway. I am from Australia, Glenn from Norway and we live together in Hong Kong, so this really was a once in a lifetime chance to have everyone we love together in one place to celebrate.
My first step was choosing the rings. The ring Glenn proposed with was a plain gold band, the same ring that his father proposed to his mother with. Norwegian tradition was that a plain gold band was used for the engagement and reused for the wedding; the men would also wear an engagement band. I wanted something simple but unique to match with the engagement ring and eventually settled on a black diamond band from Satomi Kawakita
. I love that it's irregular and imperfect. Glenn wanted something classic and smooth so we chose the gold band from Tom Wood
, which also happens to be a brand from Norway.
I knew that I didn't want to wear a traditional wedding dress. To begin with, I wanted to wear trousers, then a coat, then something printed, but nothing seemed right, and the more I looked the more I felt like I should look at least a little like a bride. Eventually as I was looking back at a collection by The Row (SS15) and thinking how perfect this look would be, I Googled, and there it was, in my size, on theoutnet.com
. The style was perfect for me, I felt comfortable and not overly bridal. The shoes had to be something wearable (I don't do heels) and something I would wear again. I chose a pair of black suede sandals by Gianvito Rossi (from matchesfashion.com
) and kept it minimal with no accessories.
Glenn also wanted something that was more his style than a traditional suit, we went straight to Delstore
, a boutique in Hong Kong selling Japanese brands and the first suit he tried on was it. A relaxed style with a beautiful linen fabric. His shoes were Valentino, a derby style with blue stripe sole, from Mrporter.com
, again something that was more unique and could be worn again.
Our photographer was Benjamin Wheeler
, a recommendation from a friend that turned out to be perfect for us, he really has a great eye for detail and we loved his less formal approach. The photos are so beautiful and something we will cherish forever. I would highly recommend to not skimp on your photographer, I always joked from the beginning that no matter what happened with the planning, Ben would be able to make anything look good. Glenn's uncle, a filmmaker, filmed the ceremony on a super 8 camera, we have yet to develop the film, so something to look forward to!