Describing their day to me as a ‘pants themed wedding’ didn’t fill me with the utmost confidence about what Candice & Mark’s South African shindig might look like… but I’m pleased to report that my fears were unfounded. Pants themed weddings rock!
“I suppose I should start with where ‘pants’ comes from?”, began the bride. “I picked up the nickname ‘Candi-pants’ from an agency I was working at, it stuck! Then, when I started dating Mark I called him ‘Monkey-pants’! Needless to say it was a mouthful and now it’s just ‘Pants’. Our first date was hugely unusual, quirky and our-kind-of-romantic which set the tone for our relationship. Pants managed to completely surprise me with the engagement, I always joked that I would just know, as he is terrible at keeping surprises (his expressions always give him away). He proposed on Christmas Eve, while we were cruising down the Nile in Egypt.”
I get a huge number of emails from brides (& grooms!) to be asking my advice on alternative and ethical wedding ring sources. I know a couple of great wedding ring designers, but up until now I’ve always replied with a bumbling response about etsy and hoped they might find their perfect ring with a hardy search.
Until today that is.
I was thrilled when CRED Jewellery got in touch about working with Rock n Roll brides and I’m even more thrilled that I get to showcase their designs, and their ethics, with you today.
CRED pride themselves on only using fairtrade gold and have been pioneering ethical jewellery since 1996. “CRED gold is traceable, accountable & has 40 times less of an environmental impact than a standard ring”, they say. “We were the first to realise the importance of, and to create a transparent supply chain for the gold – so the couples can trace their rings back to the exact location in the world that the gold in their rings came from, and know that it was produced in an ethical way.”
“We work directly with the miners to make sure they are working in safe conditions & lessening their impact on the environment, and we made sure we pay them a decent, guaranteed living wage. Our work and development formed the basis of what is now the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard for gold and silver in the UK & Europe (and soon to be the USA). The rings are made in the UK with the gold from Peru. Every design can be tweaked to your specification, or we can design a completely unique creation.”
With family flying in from England, Thailand and the USA for their Scottish wedding, Bex & Santi really wanted to make their wedding something special. So they started with having a weeklong event, hosted at Crear, a farm house near Tarbert in Argyll. “We actually got married on 20th January but with our families travelling from all over we rented the house for a whole week (18th-24th) and everyone stayed there with us”, Bex began. “We wanted to spend as little as possible, which ended up being about £10,000 but that did include the rental of Crear for 19 people for a whole week! I think my amazing mother needs a special mention here as she was ‘head of catering’ for the entire week at Crear and did all the menu planning and shopping for up to 30 people every day!”
Bex wore a 1950s style wedding dress from Just Gorgeous Bridal Studio in Crawshawbooth which was actually two dresses made into one. “The dress and the lace overlay top were actually two separate pieces made by different designers.The dress was made by LouLou and the lace top was made by Ellis. I then took the dress and the top to a fantastic seamstress, Natalie Murphy, based in Rawtenstall, Rossendale (01706223132) who carefully beaded the lace top, added some layers of silk organza to the skirt and made various alterations to make it all fit perfectly. Combining two separate pieces and having alterations made by Natalie gave me a unique dress that was exactly what I wanted.”
Despite not having any Scottish connections himself, Santi wore a kilt. Bex’s bridesmaid was her best friend – her dog Luna! “She said she didn’t want a dress and that her beautiful brindle coat was enough of a statement”, she laughed. “But I did lovingly craft her a wedding collar on a new cream lead. Oh and diamanté encrusted name tag!”
With almost zero budget but a theme they knew through and through Gina & Fredrik had a pirate themed wedding in Sweden. They were married at the Port of Sundsvall (where else?!) and had their reception at their own home. The couple made their own clothes and apart from their wedding photographer David Schreiner, had no other vendors helping them out.
“We walked everywhere and had our guests playing music as our entertainment”, explained the bride. “My daughters did my hair and make up and we made our own outfits. The wedding was very casual and relaxed. Only our best friends and closest relatives where invited. The wedding was held in the harbour, which was rather unconventional. All our guests got in with the theme and they all dressed up. We had bottles of rum which where labelled with our last names.”
When Theo & Lisa started an online campaign to get Craig David to perform at their August wedding, they never really thought they’d pull it off. But if you don’t ask you don’t get and all that…and with the help of their YouTube video that went viral, Mr David did in fact show up to the wedding and perform to their astonished guests! “We met in Oceana nightclub”, began Theo. “Lisa thought I really had the movement of a dancer! Craig David’s music brought us together and having him there at the wedding was literally a dream come true.”
“Our wedding was inspired by everything we love”, continued Lisa. “Music, fashion, friends and family. It really was a giant party. We didn’t want anyone to pay for anything apart from their travel there. For us, this was a party to celebrate everything our incredible friends and family have done for us over the years. We had a free bar which was one of the best things we did. The wedding was held in my dad’s back garden and we also had a camping village at the bottom of the garden where 90% of our guests camped-including myself and Theo! We sent a ‘tent tag’ with our invites, and asked everyone to deliver a tent to our house one week before the wedding. We then put them all up so they were ready for everyone when they arrived!”