Well hello there Friday! You snuck up on me again, didn’t you? I’ve been busy both offline and online so to cap off what seems to be one of the quickest weeks to date is another beauty from Poptastic Bride regulars — and faves — JoAnne & Jason Marino of Imagine Photography (see their past features + Behind the Lens interview). They’ve been known to send me bold and edgy shoots and this wedding I’m about to share is no different. In fact it’s one of the most unusual I’ve seen.
Lisa Marie and Alex Pelling are actually a very well known couple on the internet. This couple of free spirits have been all over the world getting married, from the first “secret wedding” in Manchester, England in 2011 to a wedding at “the center of the world” in Ecuador in 2012, to their 28th wedding and latest so far, a “voodoo wedding” in New Orleans. I’ll take you through their wedding in a bit but if you’d like to read about all their weddings and learn more about their story, visit their site 2 People 1 Life.
* Their wedding will actually be featured on ABC’s 20/20 on Feb 15th (today!) for a special they’re doing so if you’re in the States, do check it out.
So glad Lisa’s here to tell us all about her and Alex and their wedding(s) herself:
We are a little “different” and like to think outside of the box. We have been friends for 12 years and were always the party animals of our group of friends and we finally got together (after going and doing a little growing up) 4 years ago. We are foodies, we LOVE wine and are currently travelling the world in a 25 year old camper van holding a small wedding ceremony (in line with local cultures and tradition) in every country we visit!
This wedding was Voodoo-themed and our 28th ceremony. We did this as we held the wedding in New Orleans, the heart of Voodoo. Well known voodoo priestess Bloody Mary held the ceremony for us in her gorgeous back garden. We wore steampunk outfits from Clockwork Couture in LA and were gifted with Ju-ju dolls (better known as voodoo dolls), a gris-gris bag and a broom which we jumped at the ceremony.
We were really interested in the history of New Orleans and how Voodoo came to the area. We were intrigued by the myths of black magic surrounding voodoo and were excited to show that Voodoo was actually used a lot in the name of love. Marriages, love potions and spells were the most popular form of voodoo magic. Our wedding included a hand fasting ceremony and the very symbolic circle in our wedding was a snake draped around our necks rather than rings placed on our fingers. We danced on Veve’s and made offerings to the unseen that we welcomed to join in with the ceremony by opening up paths with a sword.
I love Lisa’s advice on how to maintain a harmonious marriage:
We take time every day to talk. We cook together and discuss the day, we put aside any dramas and always remind ourselves what we are thankful for.