Oh boy, have I got a doozy of a wedding for you today. Prepare for your mind to be blown! Arjun and Azadeh travelled all the way over from Dubai to be married in the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man.
“The inspiration for our wedding was our cultures, and having travelled together across India, Iran and 21 different countries”, said the bride. “We used elements that inspired us in our travels so far. I am Iranian and my husband is Sikh and from Dubai.”
The ceremony was held at the Mazu Temple “It was emotional, spontaneous and luckily no one else had planned their ceremony at the spot and time we did! There were two other ceremonies in other parts of the temple though and one looked like a Dothraki wedding out of Game of Thrones!”
Ash and Nick are both actors who have also had experience in designing, directing and film editing. They knew they wanted to do something funny and creative for their engagement shoot, rather than the standard cheesy hug-each-other-and-smile-in-a-dreamy-field kind of pictures. Massive horror and Halloween fans too, the idea of recreating some of their favourite TV and movie scenes fell into place after that!
“The inspiration actually came from our wedding venue, Camp Puh’Tok“, said Ash. “The moment we set foot in the dining lodge, we both thought ‘OH MY GOD, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE KITCHEN FROM WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER!’, and it took off from there.”
“Nick and I came up with the list of films and shows we wanted to pay homage to, and sourced all the costumes and props from friends, online shopping, Halloween stores, and our own wardrobes. My friend Jen is in our wedding party, and also a makeup artist, so she came along to help with each costume change, and our amazing wedding photographer Nessa K worked her magic behind the camera.”
A little while ago I was staring at a shelf of wedding magazines in a shop and it felt like all the covers were actually SHOUTING at me. “100 wedding dresses you are NOT going to want to miss!”, “Flower ideas for every conceivable wedding style!” “Buy this magazine and we will SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS!” It just felt very exhausting!
So we’ve gone in a completely different direction with the cover design of issue 11. It’s cleaner and more editorial in style. We’ve stripped it right back to focus on our beautiful real couple and just one key message. I really hope you love it as much as I do.
It’s also available for pre-order TODAY and I promise it’ll be the best £4.99 you spend all month.
Our cover stars are the utterly gorgeous and totally inspirational Jaquie and Andy, photographed by Love Stories by Halie and Alec. Not only do I adore the style of their Atlanta wedding (and Jaquie’s epic Elizabeth Dye dress!) but their story is so special too. The bride has been recovering from a spinal cord injury that paralysed her from the chest down and doctors actually told her there was no chance of her walking ever again. But, against all odds, and after a year of hard work in physical therapy and at the gym in the run up to the wedding, she was actually able to walk down the aisle!! I teared up reading their story and I’m so honoured that they’re on our cover.
Today’s wedding is pretty darn special because it’s my sisters!!! It’s also featured inside the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but as the new issue goes on pre-sale tomorrow (eek!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share it online as well. I really wanted show you a lot more of the photos that we weren’t able to fit into the magazine spread.
You’d think that when your big sister is the editor of Rock n Roll Bride, planning your wedding should be pretty straight forward. But Rachel and Jamie didn’t want an ordinary or simple day, they wanted something creative, magical and completely homemade.
“The inspiration for our wedding was all the festivals we love to go to – Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown”, Rachel explained. “I’ve been going to festivals every year since I was 13 and Jamie goes to at least two or three every summer! When we got engaged, we instantly knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like being at a festival.”
Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
Sara and Logan didn’t elope in Vegas, because they wanted their closest friends and family to be there, but they did want a fuss and stress-free wedding that didn’t take a long time to organise.
“We were originally planning to do a more typical wedding at home in Los Angeles with 100 or so people”, explained Sara, “but after a couple months of entertaining the thought of what we thought we ‘should’ do (and all of the overwhelming details and costs that came with it), we took a step back and revisited what we actually valued in a wedding. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas was the first and only venue we had both lit up with interest about, and when we started to seriously look into it, everything fell into place.”
“The ceremony was so much fun! We met Pastor Pete, our officiant, about a half hour before the wedding. One of the requirements of getting married at the Neon Museum is you have to use their preferred officiant group (Elegant Vegas Weddings), so we didn’t get to choose who married us, but he was awesome. This definitely wasn’t his first rodeo, and he used the stories and details we sent him in a questionnaire beforehand to create a really heartfelt and beautiful ceremony for us.”