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A round up of inspiring, quirky, and beautiful real-life weddings helps one girl get her I-Do-Groove back. (Warning: This post is addictive.) 

I went through a brief period recently where I decided I didn’t want to get married, much to the dismay of my boyfriend of nearly six years. It wasn’t that I don’t believe in marriage, after all, I come from a small town where literally 99% of the people I know have parents who are still together and getting married and buying a house by the age of 25 is the norm. I think the issue was that I wasn’t inspired by the idea of the traditional church/here comes the bride/big gown wedding; I want my special day to be truly special.  

Then the Royal Wedding happened alongside the launch of our wedding section here at She Does the City and I started to realize that, uh, maybe I do want to get married. Needless to say, much of my spare time since then has been spent getting inspired by others’ unique and quirky weddings and so, if I’m going to do this wedding thing, it HAS to be like one of these. 

Playful Vineyard Wedding
Check it out here, and here and here.
The Location: Crane Creek Vineyard in Georgia.
The Dress: Knee-length with a ruffle bottom.
What I Love: The floral bridesmaids dresses, floral decorations, vintage floral plates… SO MUCH FLORAL! Oh yeah, and it took place on the most adorable vineyard ever.  

New York Farm Wedding
The Location: Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York.
The Dress: Knee-length and slightly shimmery.
What I Love: The handmade wedding invitations and complimentary tote bags! No one could possibly turn down an invite when it looks as cute and playful as these. 

Bohemian Forest Wedding
The Location: A farm in Upstate New York.
The Dress: Long, flowy and oh-so-bohemian.
What I Love: The earthy, 60’s vibe! I can only imagine how much fun it would be to dance the night away in the middle of a forest. 

Denim Wedding
Check it out here and here.
The Location: A very green field somewhere.
The Dress: A simple-yet-chic Oscar de la Renta gown.
What I Love: The denim dresses and suits paired with Hunter boots! Non-traditional attire ensures a wedding is just as memorable for the guests as it is for the couple. 

Carnival Extravaganza Wedding
The Location: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.
The Dress: Long and strapless with intricate embroidery.
What I Love: The fairy lights and carnival atmosphere! Seriously, how amazing would it be to go for a ride on a ferris wheel after exchanging vows amongst trees decorated with pretty lights?! 

Hot Springs Resort Wedding
The Location: Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado.
The Dress: Long, strapless and classic.
What I Love: The scenery! Mountains of trees, roaming cows, tipis, cabins, hot springs, bonfires, fireworks… I want it all! 

~ Photo from Our Labour of Love
~ Caitlyn Holroyd