What could be more blissful than a picnic on a bright Summer’s day? And as the weather in South Africa is notoriously glorious in December that’s exactly what Steven & Demi chose to do for their wedding. The venue was Solms Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
“In our hearts we really wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere at our wedding”, explained the bride. “A place where people felt free to kick off their shoes and be themselves. This definitely gave a sense of freedom and fun to our wedding. It was not a stiff, pretentious event but rather a special and ‘real-deal’ celebration of our commitment and the value of others in our lives.”
Demi went for a simple, elegant and almost innocent bridal look. I adore her long flowing hair, fuss free and minimal make up and carefree wedding gown. She wore ballet flats to begin with but for most of the day she ran around bare foot. “I ran around in bare feet all day which was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding”, she continued. ” Steven said he best moment was seeing me walk down the aisle.”
To me, the thing that makes a really great editorial shoot isn’t all the pretty details (although they help), the beautiful model or the amazing backdrop – it’s the narrative and the story that the images tell. As soon as I saw this shoot sent over by wedding photographer James Melia I instantly started wondering what this girl’s story was and what the photographer and stylist wanted to tell us.
But luckily for me I could just ask them! As James explains, “The inspiration for this shoot came from a really simple idea of just a girl, and the beauty of the everyday. Using our model Jemima as our inspiration. each of the contributors added our own elements while working with a colour palette of peacock blues and moss greens. We thought it would look really striking against her delicate translucent skin and white blue cropped hair.”
Adam & Claire were married at Via Vecchia Winery, Columbus – well actually they were married in the alley behind Via Vecchia Winery but they had their reception indoors afterwards!
With the groom a wedding photographer himself, they put real importance on their images and so set up a pre-wedding ‘first look’ to capture some intimate moments before the ceremony kicked off. For this Claire wore a BHLDN dress designed by Orla Kiely, She changed back into this outfit for the reception but for the ceremony itself she opted to wear her mother’s vintage wedding dress. Adam had no idea she was planning to do this or to even get changed at all, so seeing her walking down the aisle in a different dress than he expected must have been a very special moment indeed.
“We DIYed as much as we could for the wedding”, Claire explained. “It was definitely super stressful at times, but the end result was well worth it! We wanted every part of our wedding to reflect our personal styles. I would also highly recommend Etsy…you can find literally anything on that site! We did everything from the invitations to the food to the décor exactly how we wanted and did not worry if people thought it was too unconventional or weird.”
Daryl & Emily wanted their wedding to feature various elements that but didn’t necessary go together but that they both loved. From steampunk to Lego and Lord of the Rings, this September wedding was a true reflection of them as a couple. “Our theme was ‘Nerdtacula'”, Emily laughed. “We tried to incorporate different internet memes wherever possible!”
“We are both pretty unique people and we tried to bring in a little bit of ourselves in everything that we did”, she continued. “The wedding cake Lego base was inspired by Daryl’s love of Lego although we had originally toyed with the idea of zombie apocalypse on the Tyne bridge during the Great North Run. The music we chose for the service was all from our favourite video games and Daryl’s hat reflected his interest in steampunk.”
Amber & Kevin were married at The Goat Farm, a 19th century building that is now an art centre in Atlanta. They went for an antique and retro vibe whilst keeping their décor ideas sympathetic to the farm location.
“Kevin and I both love antiques and would joke about how much we enjoyed antique shopping together early in our relationship”, began the bride. “So we knew the wedding had to have an antique vibe. We bought lots of old stuff for it! I guess our theme was quite shabby chic. I went on a week long junk trip searching for the just the right pieces. I bought junk and turned it into something spectacular. I built speciality tables and we even created a bar from old pallets to use during the cocktail hour”
It feels weird to start a real wedding post with a disclaimer of sorts but this is just one of those weddings that I share with a small sense of trepidation. Without wanting to sound like anybody’s mother, let’s just remember that this is two people’s actual wedding day and their way of expressing their love. I am under no disillusion that parts of the wedding may well divide opinion, but as always, let’s keep the comments constructive and remember what Rock n Roll Bride is all about…
Kristen & Joe were married at Mountain View Cemetery Oakland, CA. “I knew before Joe and I even got engaged that I wanted to be married in a cemetery”, Kristen explained. “We searched multiple cemeteries from Sacramento to the Bay Area, and Mountain View was perfect for us. It was welcoming and alive with people enjoying the beauty and history of the place. It was challenging to find a place to hold a ceremony and have 150 guests without them feeling uncomfortable by ‘sitting’ on people. We had almost scoured the entire place and given up when the main crypt came into view. We had found it!”
“The path to the ceremony site was long and we spent ages thinking of different ideas on how to get me up to the ceremony without having to walk forever as well as how to keep me hidden from view until the right moment. We originally planned on using a car, so I told Joe that my mother had a friend who would use their classic car for the ceremony without charging us. Yes, I admit I started our marriage out on a lie… but I was working on a surprise for my groom and all of the guests.”
“I decided I wanted to show up to the ceremony wheeled up in a coffin. There was only my mother, her husband, my mother in law, and the man who built the coffin in on the secret. An hour prior to the ceremony I had the photographer grab the groomsmen for photos with the bride. Little did they know, that they had been chosen as the pallbearers. They practiced picking up the coffin, wheeling it on the gurney, setting it up and dropping the front door for me to walk out. They only had one shot to make it happen and there was no turning back. The ceremony started and the bridesmaids made their walk alone, to Joe’s confusion until he saw a coffin being wheeled up the hill by his groomsman. At that point he knew…”