With a penchant for all things glamorous and retro, it was no wonder that Angie & Brian had the wedding that they did. The bride, a burlesque dancer, and the groom, a jazz trumpet player for Lady Gaga, wanted a day that truly reflected the things that they love. They didn’t just want to plan a wedding – they wanted to put on a show! The wedding was held at Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.
“We approached the wedding like we approach organizing our shows”, began the bride, “we didn’t let the whole ‘wedding insanity’ creep into our brains and I think we were both born with the Rock n Roll spirit in our blood! Our theme was just us. We wanted to reflect our personalities in the wedding and really just create a great party that would make our parent’s and family happy and comfortable while also entertaining our showbiz pals. Our big band was a mix of Brian’s musician pals, our centerpieces and backdrop was created by a designer I use to do show sets for me and my gowns were from my costume designer. We really stayed inside our show business/ night-life circle as much as we could and I think that helped to keep our wedding ‘vibe’ so representative of us.”
People always ask me about my own wedding. Sometimes it makes me cringe. There are so many things we’d do differently, the elusive “Oh if we only knew then what we do now…” But there is one thing I’d never change.
Gareth is my world, my life, my favourite, my reason for being… He supports me more than any husband should. He tidies and cleans our house from top to bottom as I’m chained to my computer and saying “Hey baby, takeaway for tea?” with frightening regularity.
Without Gareth, Rock n Roll Bride would be nothing but a dream… in fact not even that, I simply wouldn’t have ever imagined it. Words can’t express how much he puts into this little business of ours. I may be the ‘front of house’ but without him I wouldn’t even have a house to stand in front of…
Brad & Christie planned their wedding themselves with the help of close friends and family. The day took place in March at The Gap Bluff Centre in Watsons Bay, Sydney. They couple had decided to try for a baby before they got engaged and so as a result, the bride was seven month’s pregnant on the wedding day!
“With a bub on the way we wanted to keep our purse strings as tight as possible, so I basically DIYed the whole wedding”, explained Christie. “I had mum making tissue paper pom poms for weeks and I used scrap fabric to make my own tablecloths & decorative bunting, as well as the groomsmen’s ribbon corsages. What I couldn’t make by hand was sourced online including the honeycomb garlands and the oversized balloons.”
When it came to planning their wedding, Nicole & Tom knew they didn’t want a big fuss. In fact a private elopement at home was just the ticket. They did everything themselves from the decor to the food for their small number of guests and the music. They set up a video camera for the ceremony to be livestreamed to their friends & family that couldn’t attend.
“The main inspiration for our wedding was my dad”, Nicole wrote. “We actually weren’t planning on getting married until 2013 but when my dad got sick, we decided not to wait and planned it all in three weeks. We had it in my parent’s backyard so he didn’t have to travel anywhere and it made for a nice backyard venue. Because he was so sick, we didn’t want to bombard him with all of our family and friends flying in so we came up with the idea to stream the wedding live on the internet for everyone to watch. We had our guests take pictures of themselves watching our wedding and they did fun things like dress up and drink champagne and such. It turned out fantastic and my dad was actually able to walk me down the pathway.”
I loved art at school, and while it was clear from an early age that I had very little obvious talent myself, the appreciation for it – in whatever medium – certainly didn’t pass me by. In fact I used to lie on my bed as a lovestruck teenager, desperately attempting to create sketches and renderings of my celebrity crushes (don’t ask) and hanging them on my bedroom wall with such pride, despite their lack of accuracy. I experimented with drawing, painting, charcoals, cross stitch (again, don’t ask!) and finally photography. As I said, I was never really very good at any of them, but the desire to tell stories in my own haphazard way was something that I always felt I needed to do. Thank God I discovered writing later in life or I might still be plaguing the world with my terrible sketches of Christian Slater and Ronan Keating…
But what, pray tell, is the point of yet another one of my embarrassing admissions today?
Recently I was sent these latest designs by Lucy McDonald, an illustrator from the UK, who uses her talent to create one of a kind and bespoke wedding stationery. Through her company, The Story House, she aims to tell her clients’ love stories though her art. And I love them.
Sana & Derek were married on an island. Artscape Gibraltar Point is located in the former Toronto Island Public and offers 35,000 square feet of affordable retreat space, artist studios and accommodations for artists and creative thinkers. The tranquil and idyllic setting was perfect for their intimate and artistic wedding. The day started with the entire wedding party taking the ferry over to the island together. “We knew immediately that we wanted to hold the wedding on the island – it’s the perfect escape from Toronto, and a place where we have spent countless summer days swimming, biking and hanging out on the beach,” wrote Sana. “Artscape had the perfect laid-back and nostalgic feeling that we wanted in a venue, and they even let us have a bonfire outside on the beach!”
Sana opted for an untraditional bridal look, choosing to wear a blue dress by Betsey Johnson and Dr Martens, while Derek wore a tartan kilt. “We wanted the wedding to reflect who we are as couple, and the things that we love to do”, the bride continued. “Almost everything was handmade or vintage, and there were tons of things that came straight from our home. Derek’s parents picked all the flowers from a local wildflower farm and we used craft beer bottles that we’ve collected over the past couple of years as vases. The pine cones in the centre pieces were gathered on a camping trip and the crystals and little vintage animals were from our shelves at home.”