If you’re as obsessed with YouTubers as I am, you’ll already know who Helen Anderson is. Blogger, Vlogger, musician, Instagram celebrity… She has a fantastic channel which I’m not ashamed to admit I stalk on an almost daily basis! So when she announced that her boyfriend Matthew had proposed while they were on a trip to DisneyWorld, I was instantly excited to see their upcoming wedding.
So you can imagine my elation when their engagement shoot landed in my inbox last week! Now, I’ll admit, I don’t often feature engagement sessions, but well, I had to make an exception for this one didn’t I!?
“The idea behind our engagement shoot was love and laughs”, said Helen. “We just wanted something fairly simple but very much about me and Matthew having fun. I wore a sparkly dress from ASOS and we shot in our fine city of Norwich! It’s where we both grew up (and fell in love with each other) and I just wanted the shoot to be close to home and to reflect both of us.”
Sometimes the simplest weddings really are the best. Cumi and Jake decided to have their ceremony at an art gallery, and their reception in a shelter in a park. They got married on a Tuesday, the bride’s mother walked her down the aisle and the most important thing to the pair was that they felt like themselves.
“Our theme was rockabilly”, said Cumi. “We had very different ideas of what we wanted in a wedding (Jake wanted traditional and I wanted anything but). Jake’s idea to have a rockabilly theme was the first that we immediately agreed on and were excited about. We didn’t go into our wedding planning with the goal of being unique. Instead, we asked ourselves what we wanted and not what weddings traditionally look like.”
Kelly and Thom wanted their wedding to be inspired by their love of travel, but with fun little unexpected touches. They weren’t constrained by a particular theme, they just picked things they liked, such as having a ‘Herbie’ Beetle as their transport! The ceremony was held at Old Wardour Castle and the reception at Spitfire House Farm, private farming estate owned by family friends.
“We looked for every opportunity to pour ourselves into the décor”, said Kelly. “Most of the decorations were handmade by us or things we already had. As part of the invitations we sent postcards of Wiltshire and Boise for RSVP, using the returned cards as bunting decoration. The flower bunting flags were handmade by a family friend and surrounded the entire marquee. We had small frames all around with quotes from some of our favourite books and every table had a small tower of books from our own collection. Thom designed the table numbers, each featuring a different lyric from The Beatles. Thom also has a collection of vintage cameras we placed around the tables. The trains were all from the Brio set that Thom and his brothers grew up with. And I designed the little iSpy cards. For fun we got a whole bunch of the foam flying gliders for every place setting. Thom’s dad also made the large sized Jenga!”
You don’t know this, but when I started thinking about Rock n Roll Bride as a business rather than a hobby, one of my first big ideas was to organise an alternative wedding fair. However I shelved the concept before I even began to do anything about it because it just felt too big and scary. I was paralysed by the enormity of actually pulling something like that off.
Now some of you may remember that in September I was invited to take part in The National Wedding Show in London. It was a fab day and I loved meeting the exhibitors, but most of all it was a real thrill to hang out with my readers that came along to the meet and greet. The experience gave me a mini-brainwave and that early idea started to come to the forefront of my mind again because who could be better to make that dream a reality than the biggest wedding show in the country!?
So we had a meeting (remember this day?) and to my utmost surprise they loved the idea! I can’t quite believe I’m writing this, but Rock n Roll Bride will be partnering with The National Wedding Show to create The Rock n Roll Bride Collection, a dedicated area for alternative wedding suppliers, at the Spring 2016 shows!
With the NWS being the biggest wedding show in the UK (with an average of SIXTEEN THOUSAND attendees in London alone!) in the past, they have mostly been focused on the very traditional end of the wedding market. I honestly thought they’d laugh this blue haired, tattooed chick right out of their 21st floor Canary Wharf office! However the fact that they want to partner with a brand such as Rock n Roll Bride to begin to cater for the much neglected alternative market is very. exciting. indeed.
Originally Ashleigh and Daniel really wanted to run off to Vegas to get married, but Ashleigh being 6 months pregnant kind of scuppered those plans! They still wanted to have their wedding on their own terms though so they keep things casual and intimate. They had just 11 guests and had their reception at restaurant in London.
“We knew when we decided to get married that we didn’t want to do it conventionally”, said the bride. “We both wanted to getaway for a fun, intimate and laid-back day. Actually, we had pretty much made our minds up on travelling to Las Vegas, as we loved it when we were out there in 2011, but when we knew I would be pregnant we opted for something closer to home and London is one of our favourite cities.”
London dwellers Emma and Jason decided to marry at Les Noes Blanches, a gorgeous private hire château in Loire Valley, France. The 450 acres of gardens and private estate made for the perfect setting for their intimate vintage inspired wedding.
“The main theme was the 1920s”, said Emma. “Our colour scheme was white, black and gold but we also gave the day a modern twist. We took cues from art deco and stripped it back to clean lines, and added a softer colours through flowers. The rural French château itself suited our theme too as it was white, clean and unfussy. We removed anything from the wedding that didn’t speak to our core values and we jettisoned anything that is just hanging on for traditions sake. We considered what was important to us, and tried to transmit that with each element.”
“While these were our primary sources of inspiration, I spent a long time scouring the Internet for ideas, and anything that made our hearts sing was appropriate”, she continued. “We also wanted a mystical and spiritual nature at the wedding event. I wore a gold Vesica Piscis temporary tattoo from Danielle Laporte representing the union of god and goddess. The pointed oval at the centre of the sacred geometric pattern is also said to represent the divine feminine. This was something that was really important to me as a woman.”