Rishad and Andreas were married in Berlin. The Bangladeshi bride and her German groom had a laid back wedding that really felt like them. “Although there was a lot of planning, we did not have a theme”, explained the bride, Rishad. ” Things just fell into place in the organic semi-chaos that is our life. Some of our guests described it as ‘hipster’ but we’d say it just felt like us. It was small and homely, a celebration of all the different relationships that have individually shaped us.”
“We didn’t particularly think our wedding was ‘alternative’ but there were some crucial elements that made that day slightly different from the textbook wedding. I wore white but it was not a traditional wedding dress. I did not have a flower bouquet but rather, had some in my hair! We had no flower girls, no best men and bridesmaids – just one friend from each side, who would together conduct the ceremony. There were no grand plans for the reception either. We just wanted to give people time to mingle, touch base and DANCE!”
Saying thank you is so important. Especially to those people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes of your wedding, helping you prepare for the special day. Giving flowers is nice, but why not consider something more long-lasting? It would be really lovely to thank you mum, for example, with a necklace she can wear forever, or your dad with some engraved cufflinks.
When you’re in the throws of wedding planning it can be difficult to think past that one day, but today I’d like to encourage you to remember to show your appreciation for those people that have really helped you.
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama
I personally think jewellery is a really nice idea. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and it’s something they can keep and wear forever. My sister got married this past weekend and she gave all of us bridesmaids handmade silver earrings. It was such a special moment because she’d made them especially for us. We all put them on immediately (I actually haven’t taken mine off since!)
If you’re not in the position to make your own silver jewellery then Links of London have some amazingly beautiful, yet affordable, options that would be suitable for anyone you needed to thank. The Diamond Essentials Sterling Silver Pave Star necklace is one of my favourites. What could be a better gift for someone that’s been a complete star throughout your wedding planning?!
It’s that time again – issue 9 is available in stores up and down the UK from today! If you prefer to support your local newsie rather than ordering one online, you should pop down to your local WhSmiths, Sainsbury’s or local independent newsagent to nab yours right away. Here’s a little sneaky peek of what’s inside.
Don’t forget to share a selfie with your copy on Instagram or Twitter too, using the hashtag #rocknrollbridemagazine. My favourites are featured inside the next issue!
Carlie and Shannon’s wedding was inspired by sparkles, Rock n Roll and achieving magic on a budget. They were married in Brisbane in March.
“Our biggest investment was in the details at the reception”, said the bride. “Those little details really did matter to us, they’re what made our wedding unique because they were little pieces of us. As a tribute to Shannon’s late Grandmother we had her crystal vases and glasses on the tables filled with succulents and tea-light candles. The table runners were sewn by my bridesmaid Emily and I. They were a silver chevron pattern backed with calico. We also had birdcages filled with flowers, suitcases with the seating arrangement in which were different streets that were meaningful to us. Our favours were a CD of some of our favourite songs. We printed a photo on cardboard that we cut and folded into CD cases with a soundtrack to our lives together.”
Their favourite part of the day was the ceremony. “It was on a rooftop in the middle of Brisbane city overlooking the town hall clock. Just over 100 guests were in attendance and we had a red carpet runner with an arch at either end. Just before I walked down the aisle, my dad got us into a football huddle (the bridesmaids, my mum and I) and we put our hands in as he gave us a pep talk. It was hilarious and put everyone at ease.”
I promise you this isn’t a staged photo shoot, it’s really Jason and Aimee’s wedding! Are these guys the actual coolest or what!? They were hitched in secret in Vegas last October.
“We met at a coffee shop where I was working”, explained Aimee. “Jason has just moved back to Brisbane. Our wedding was themed around old school Hollywood glam… but in Vegas!”
“We were inspired by the desert and the appeal of the intimacy of just the two of us. We loved that it was just about us and we loved walking the streets of Vegas at night, madly in love.”
The ceremony was held at The Little White Chapel. “Elvis sang us down the aisle. The room was perfect! Like something out of a Tarantino film… And it was just us, best friends, promising one another that we would no longer have to walk alone.”
Polly and Joe’s wedding is so gorgeous and extra special because both of them have Down’s Syndrome. With the help of their family and their 200 guests, they had the most magical celebration of their dreams! They were married in May at Brewerstreet Farmhouse in Surrey.
“We met 8 years ago when we were both students at Central Sussex College and were instantly attracted to each other”, explained Polly. “We wanted to achieve a festival feel for our wedding that our guests would be excited to be going to.”
“The main things that made our wedding different are that we both have Down’s Syndrome. Also we had a unicorn throne to sit on which was the most amazing talking point of the day! We also had the Rat Pack Boys as singing waiters and they brought the house down with their antics. We had a family band in the afternoon which got the whole thing going too – everyone dancing chatting and having a good time.”