Reverie Magazine is a quarterly online wedding magazine created in London, England. Mary and Kate hope to spread their love of wedding design and ideas to brides on both sides of the pond. The next issue of Reverie Magazine will go live on April 12; you can also find daily wedding inspiration on the Reverie Blog.
A transatlantic spirit is at the heart of Reverie – while Kate is British born and bred (with the cutest accent), she’s left her heart in California and frequently returns to find it. Mary is an American from the Midwest via New York City who started her expat life in London almost six years ago (but, unlike Madonna, she still has an accent that is still very much American).
Inspired by the places closest to our hearts, we got to imagining how we’d inject some Etsy love into weddings in New York, London, California and Devon.
Mary’s New York
[Clockwise from top left: Big Brooklyn print by Rocketink; I love New York tote by Baggedandloaded; Striped guest book by Moonscapehandmade; Apple escort cards by Pgtreasures; Vintage New York postage stamps from Packandpost; Tassel Garland by Everlylanedesign; Letterpress invitation suite by Tiethatbindsweddings; Black cocktail dress from Fancythatvintage; Knot ring by Shopgeorgiavaridakis; Baby tutu by Bambaroosboutique]
In honor of my old stomping grounds, I have imagined a wedding that attests to the cosmopolitan quirkiness of the Big Apple. There are so many fun details that you can add into your New York wedding!
Provide thoughtful touches for your out-of-town guests with a map of the city that includes stars over recommended sites to visit and a heart over the location of your wedding (and, of course, a printed wedding weekend schedule of events), as well as a list of the most romantic spots in the city that are significant to you as a couple.
And don’t forget that it’s all about the details, so mail your gorgeous letterpress invitations with vintage New York postage stamps and give your guests an “I Love New York” goodie bag full of New York treats (such as black-and-white cookies).
To me, a New York wedding oozes modern sophistication, so allow your bridal party her choice of LBD and dress your flower girl in a Tiffany-blue tutu. Since you are tying the knot, there’s no better bridesmaid gift than a silver “knot” ring. And when the celebration is about to get underway, guests can find their seats with red apple escort cards; delight them further with a reception decked out in sparkly silver and Tiffany-blue tassels.
[Clockwise from top left: Liberty of London cupcake flags by Buckaroobear;
London Calling wedding invitation suite by Labelleviedesign; Bridal fascinator by Untamedpetals; 60s minidress by Michaelostromooukhov; London double-decker bus from Minnikin; Crown shoe clip by Pompandceremony; Red fascinator by Sunshineandcarousels; Sherlock Holmes cufflinks by Karamboola; Bowler hat and red nose props by Littleretreats
Edible Gold Crown by Sweetdejavu]
I’ve lived in London for nearly six years now, and I am still amazed by the historic details of the city; in fact, many wedding venues are older than certain states in America!
For a wedding that takes place in this historic city, I would design the decor with a nod toward London’s old world charm, but with a modern twist. I’d include some fun London icons, such as vintage miniature double-decker buses for wedding favors and place card holders; Vivienne Westwood-style grosgrain shoe clips with a beaded royal crown (either on the bridal shoes, or for the bridal party); and a wedding invitation suite that evokes the colors of the Union Jack. Add fun bowler hat props for your photobooth!
I think it may be impossible to have a London wedding and not see a fascinator among the girls, but why not modernize things with ‘60s style dresses and stunning red headpieces for your bridal party?
[Clockwise from top right: Vintage wedding dress from Decadebydecade; Flower hair crown by Serenitycrystal; Gold fish charms from Thehoarderscloset; Wine country wedding invitation by Labelleviedesign; Vintage glass vase collection from Sweetbeau; Air plants from Tohold; Vintage forms from Luckygirlgoods; Olive oil soap by Andersonsoapcompany; Vintage grape postcard from Familycollectibles4u; Vintage landscape postcard from Astrasshadow]
My heart’s true home is on the coastline of California. For the last 17 years I’ve been visiting friends and family there, and it’s always been a dream of mine to tie the knot under the California sun. A vintage-inspired invitation would set the tone for the day, and a 1950s lace dress would be the perfect touch of English style in an otherwise West Coast day, accessorised with a sweet rose and pine cone headband.
The tables would be decorated with wild flowers in mismatched glass bottles, and each guest’s place setting would have spiky air plants and napkins tied with gold fish charms (said by the ancient Greeks to enhance good luck in marriage and relationships). At the end of the evening, guests would take home hand-milled olive oil and lavender soaps wrapped in wax paper and string.
[Clockwise from top right: Vintage sea print from Marcadevintageprints; Red dress by Digforvictory; Clutch by Roseandrina; Ahoy card by Memake; Map confetti by Millyscottage; Vintage sherry glasses from Lovelottie; Vintage goblet from Whatcomesaroundldn; Braid ring by Ayakokanari; Vintage bowl from Giveover; Lobster save the date by Artcadia]
I grew up in a sleepy village on the Devon coast, surrounded by quaysides stacked with lobster pots, a river bustling with sail boats, and summer cottages decorated with old nautical maps. With Devon as the background, I imagine a small, intimate wedding in the old boathouse, doors thrown open to the sea breeze. The walls would be decorated with vintage boat prints, and as we headed out into the sunshine with bands of gold “rope” on our fingers, we’d be covered with confetti made from old maps.
The bridesmaids would be dressed in red prom dresses, clutching blue and white striped bags. Guests would be invited to a lobster bake on the beach where old trestle tables were laid out with heavy linen tablecloths; vintage glassware would hold abundant salads and sparkling wine from the local vineyard. We’d dance until the stars came out.
What kind of wedding does your hometown inspire?
Reverie Magazine is a quarterly online wedding magazine created in London, England. Founders Mary and Kate hope to spread their love of wedding design and ideas to brides on both sides of the pond.