Tattoos, Skulls & Baroque n Roll!: Rachael & Aaron

I’ve been looking forward to seeing and blogging Rachael & Aaron’s wedding for so long! So we first met when they came to a party I hosted for my blog readers. We were all nervous (especially me who had 200 people to talk to!) but I loved sharing paint pot cocktails with them and hearing about their wedding plans. Our paths crossed a number of times after that; at wedding fairs, at my blogging workshop and of course on Twitter! Rachael is probably one of my most loyal and awesome twitter followers! We spoke online so much they I really felt like I was a part of their wedding. That’s one of the most rewarding things for a wedding blogger like me!

So needless to say I was literally dying with anticipation as their wedding drew closer. Luckily, they booked the amazing Lisa Jane to photograph their day, so I knew their wedding photographs would tell their story amazingly… even though I wasn’t there, I get a huge sense of who these two are as a couple from Lisa’s images.

The wedding was held at Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth in May. The couple used so many of my favourite UK wedding suppliers; Honeypie Boutique for Rachael’s dress, Janine Basil for her headpiece and Elbie van Eeden for her make up. Their cakes were made by the amazing Charlotte of Restoration Cake and Veronica Dearly created their bespoke paper goods and stationery.

 “We are heavily inspired by heavy metal music and tattoo culture in our everyday lives and also have a penchant for gothic, imposing baroque decor”, Rachael began. “Combining the two was always the plan for our wedding. I had been a regular reader of Rock n Roll Bride since finding the blog in early 2009 and so when Aaron proposed I started gathering inspiration from there. We were lucky enough to attend the Rock n Roll Bride Party in 2011 and found Lisa Jane doing the photography & Restoration Cake cupcakes there – done deal! Then, after seeing Ronnie & Craig’s wedding featured on the blog, I knew she was the gal to do our invitations; consequently a beautiful friendship blossomed! Meeting and making friends with such amazing suppliers is an unexpected bonus of wedding planning! Everybody mentioned how ‘us’ the wedding was. It always pays to stay true to yourselves because all your loved ones will understand on the day!”

“We chose our unusual venue because we wanted something memorable”, Rachael continued when I asked about the specific wedding details they chose. “The views of the sea and surrounding area in the sunlight provided a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. Being able to be legally wed at 344ft up in the air was pretty awesome too!”

“On the invitations, we advised our guests to bring either ear plugs or air guitars as we played only heavy metal from 10pm! Food wise, we knew we would have a BBQ and loads of chocolate – our favourite foods! We already had each other’s initial tattooed on our ring fingers but wanted rings as a sign of marriage. We decided on skulls for ’til death us do part’ and because we like skulls! I knew I didn’t want real flowers in my bouquet because they die and I wanted to be able to keep my bouquet afterwards, so after searching on Folksy I found some amazing ones made to look like roses using red ribbons.”

Just amazing. I’m so excited to finally see and share these images and of course I’m utterly humbled that my blog played such a huge part in this amazing wedding…

Huge congratulations to both of you. Thanks to you both, and of course the amazing Lisa Jane for sharing with us today.

And don’t forget that Lisa Jane is hosting a fabulous competition for you to win free wedding photography with her. If you’re getting married before the end if 2013 then check this out!

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Lisa Jane Photography
Venue: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Bride’s Dress: Honeypie Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Barratts
Bride’s Veil: Lily Lewis
Bride’s Headband: Janine Basil
Bride’s Jewellery: Vintage
Groom’s Outfit: ASOS & Converse customised trainers
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Vivien of Holloway
Cake: Restoration Cake
Flowers: Licimo Bouquets
Make Up: Elbie van Eeden
Stationery: Veronica Dearly
Table Centrepieces: Add Style UK
Rings: Zoe & Morgan and The Great Frog
Favours: Guitar picks from Steve Clayton

18 comments

  1. MissKimberlina

    It was an amazing wedding and I felt nothing but honoured to be there to share it with the worlds most beautiful couple :) thank you Rach and Aaron x

  2. Holy crap I love these guys.

    It was an honour to be a part of your day, and I’m totally in love with these beautiful photographs!

  3. Ahhhh, I’m so glad to see this! I met Rachael briefly at the first Rock N’ Roll Bride workshop and have been dying to see her and Aaron’s wedding ever since! I don’t think you could meet a sweeter, lovelier person and after seeing Rachael’s Pinterest boards and chatting to her on Twitter (knowing the suppliers they’d chosen) it was clear this would be an awesome wedding.

    You guys are stunning! & I’m in love with how well Veronica’s stationery and your Restoration Cakes work together. & Elbie as a surprise! Love!

    Thank you Kat! X x

    (Please have another party so I can come. Thanks in advance.)

  4. So great to finally see this wedding! The perfect case of having a wedding to reflect you – heavy metal music after 10pm, love it (also love that you considered your guests with the whole earplug thing!).

    You guys look so happy, and Lisa just has the best knack of portraits that just captures so much essence of love and personality. Beautiful.

    Also, hello dream team of suppliers, the perfect choice for you to bring such a great day together. Congrats guys! x

  5. AMAZING stuff, it all just looks incredible and yes you put together a team with some of my favourite wedding people ever. You pair obviously have great taste.

  6. Wow what a gorgeous wedding – beautiful photographs, lots of fun, amazing suppliers, and beautiful couple – how lucky are they!!? x

  7. RachyLou

    Ahhh thank you so much for featuring us, Kat! Something to tick off my Bucket List! ;) you know I’ll be loyal for life!

    Thank you everyone for all the kind comments, I’m so glad you’re all enjoying Lisa’s beautiful pictures. I can’t believe that’s me!

    I cannot recommend my Dream Team of suppliers enough, they are each so talented at what they do and every single engaged couple reading this should book them NOW! XO

  8. Nettie

    Such a beautiful day for such a beautiful couple.
    I’m so happy to see this wedding on the blog, Rachael is a darling and this wedding is the best advertisement for all the suppliers because everything is GORGEOUS!

  9. Craig Dearsley

    Hell Yeah! Ive been looking forward to this one. While my very talented wife Veronica was working on the stationery this wedding grabbed my attention. I loved the idea of heavy metal and they were very brave just doing it all their way. Lisas photos are amazing, she is an inspiration and Charlotte’s cup cakes look awesome, just wish i could have tasted one! Well done everyone involved, looks like alot of work went in! Oh and i love Aarons shoes, want some!

  10. Rachael & Aaron,

    I have yet to come across another couple so completely smitten and perfect for each other!!
    I struggled to hide the fact that Aaron booked me on the sly to do Rachael’s make-up, so lucky to have been involved with the dream team!!

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  11. Woop woop to the Wass’s! Cool wedding. The Spinnaker is an awesome venue for a wedding. Beautiful portraits Lisa

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