Believing that weddings ought not bring out the bridezilla in each of us, Stone Fox Bride — a high-fashion boutique in Manhattan — was founded on the principle that planning a wedding is also a process of self-discovery. Molly Guy, creative director at SFB, is our source for the nontraditional bride. This article was originally published on August 27.
Planning a wedding can be a major pain-in-the-ass, especially if you've got a million family members to invite and a monstrous mother-in-law to please. Wanna hint about how to circumvent the craziness? Destination is the name of the game. Tell your nearest and dearest to hop on a plane and meet you where the sand is sparkly and the ocean's tides are high, and take a cue from these couples who said, "Eff the black-tie shebang," to say their vows by the sea.
Selena and Gavan
"The wedding was in Hilton Head Island, SC. It is tropical and beautiful and, because it was a low-budget wedding, we decided just to do it there. We did everything ourselves, from reconstructing my own gown, which was Gavan's grandmother's from the 1930s, to writing all 125 invitations by hand. We wanted to write our own vows but ended up just doing a traditional-style wedding and had a close friend read a special verse for us. The ceremony was given by a family friend, so she wrote something special as well. That morning, we were up pretty early, because there was still so much to do. One friend brought ivy from her mother's garden to wrap up the staircases. Another friend made these beautiful bows to go around different areas of the house."
Olivia and Guillaume
"We wrote the entire ceremony since Guillaume's uncle officiated. It was a mixture of our languages: English, Spanish, and French. My dad walked me down the aisle. He was the best. So proud. I know he was telling me a story about when he married my mom as we walked, but I was so nervous my mind blanked and the tears kept welling up. A mariachi band showed up at midnight."
Marlo and Aaron
"The resort in Grenada provided a wedding photographer and after the ceremony he posed us in all of these ultra-cheesy poses. I really had to hold back from laughing. It's not our style, but I'm a team player, so we just went for it. There are photos of us peeking from around the opposite sides of a palm tree and then one with me pointing at the sunset with my arm around my wife."
Jemima and Mike
"Right after the ceremony, he gave me a look and nodded toward the sea. We ran off and jumped into the water with our clothes on."
Bri and Huck
"We got married in Dominical, Costa Rica, on the beach at sunset. We invited about 50 of our closest friends and rented a few beautiful mansions overlooking the jungle and the ocean. We had a beautiful, stormy sunset that reflected bright reds and salmons along the wet, sandy beach at low tide."