Get Inspired: Real Weddings That Redefine Romance

Who needs a 10-piece band and a cathedral when you’ve got friends who can DJ and the beautiful outdoors to surround you on your special day? These five couples who took the non-traditional route and truly made their weddings their own — from getting hitched at City Hall to including the family dog as their ring bearer. Get inspired and start preparing for your big day by shopping our Wedding Event, which begins tomorrow at noon ET.

Photo courtesy of Adrienne Seng

“Michael and Lindsay’s fun-loving spirit and desire to make their wedding a reflection of the city they met in and love to call home, is what made this wedding so special,” says photographer Adrienne Seng, who captured their special day in Philadelphia. The dynamic couple was up for anything, including hopping on a Vespa for photo ops at some of Philly’s best-known locations.

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Photo courtesy of Fred Marcus Studio

New York City-based couple Kim (above left) and Lexi nixed the idea of a Big Apple wedding, where the couple co-own a restaurant/bar in the East Village, in favor of an even more personal venue — Kim’s parents’ home in Bridgehampton. “One of the highlights of the day was when their Cocker Spaniel walked down the aisle,” says wedding photographer Felix Feygin of Fred Marcus Studio.

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Photo courtesy of Rob & Lindsay Wedding Photography

Talk about keeping it personal: Hal and Drea looked to close friends to photograph, officiate, and provide all of the music (DJ & band) at their wedding in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. “From writing their own vows to Drea dancing with her father to ‘Gangnam Style,’ everything that took place that day was 100% authentically them,” says pal/photographer Rob Loud.

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Photo courtesy of Fred Marcus Studio

For most couples, getting married is a six-month to a year-long process, but for Selma and Millad, their City Hall wedding in New York only took approximately forty minutes, involved one witness, a bouquet and boutonniere, and one photographer. “We love each and every monumental wedding we photograph, but the occasional visit to City Hall is a real treat!” says photographer Felix Feygin of Fred Marcus Studio.

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Photo courtesy of Glen Allsop/Christian Oth Studio

Die-hard surfers Katie and John chose to get married where they felt most at home — on the water in Montauk, New York. And the only thing the laid-back couple insisted on, was that the day was “very relaxing and no-fuss,” their event planner, Sofia Crokos of Sofia Crokos Events, says. “And for them, that went for everything from the family-style food and desserts to the use of communal benches at the ceremony.”

For more big-day inspiration, go to Lover.ly, where you can browse and collect real-wedding ideas, discover the latest bridal trends, find vendors in your city, and shop wedding day must-haves.

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