When wedding photographer Matt Miller emailed me to tell me he’d shot the wedding of Winston McCall, lead singer of Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive, and asking if I’d like to feature it, I nearly fell off my chair. “Er… stupid question!” I replied, “OF COURSE!” He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, in beautiful Byron Bay on May 11th this year.
“The inspiration for our wedding was the ocean and it’s mystique,” Jessica told me. “We are both surfers who are obsessed with it. However as hardcore kids and lovers of all things black, we are not the stereotypical ‘beachy’ types. So in order to appropriately reflect our identities, we decided to incorporate these dual aspects of our personalities into our wedding décor. We wanted to achieve a casual vibe that was infused with decadent elements.”
Wanting to share beautiful photographs of gorgeous tattooed brides was one of my main objectives for starting Rock n Roll Bride. It might not seem like that long ago, but when I first registered this domain in 2007, there was literally no media representation for brides that were inked and proud.
Seeing women in wedding magazines or on blogs with their tattoos on show while in their wedding dresses (shock horror!) wasn’t just uncommon, it was non-existent. Any article you’d find dedicated to tattoos and weddings was always about how to best cover them up. Sad times.
A LOT has changed since then (thank goodness) and no longer are we bombarded with the notion that you have to hide your tats when you walk down the aisle… well not as often anyway.
Things have come a long way baby, and call me presumptuous, but I like to think that this little wedding blog of mine may well have helped to pave the way.
Can’t get enough? More tattooed brides are just a click away!
Source: Spectacularly Tattooed
Source: Tattooed Bride
With a budget of just £4000, Ryan and Connie planned a beautiful 1950s inspired wedding. The bride wore a dress made especially for her by Honeypie Boutique, shoes from Next and fun Tatty Divine jewellery. The bridesmaids’ vintage inspired dresses were by Vivien of Holloway.
“We love colours, patterns and prints so we wanted the wedding to reﬂect that”, said Connie. “All the bridesmaids chose their own coloured dress and I had a bright pink ice cream bag!! We wanted to use local suppliers as far as possible and keep costs low by making things ourselves. We also wanted the day to be colourful and bold but also relaxed.”
The day was held at Kelham Island Museum and Little Mesters Bistro in Sheffield. “Our wedding was on the Tour de France weekend and Shefﬁeld was crammed with people!” she continued. “Travelling to the venue with my bridesmaids in our vintage VW camper van was incredible! There were so many people, including lots of street performers on stilts, looking in and waving. It made it feel even more special.”
My working title for this blog post was ‘Sparkle Motion’… because it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write the feature. It stuck, because after thinking long and hard, I couldn’t imagine anything else being as apt. These glorious pictures were submitted by Utah based wedding photographer Natalie Wall.
“I had been wanting to do a moody stylized bridal session for a while”, she wrote. “While I love working with clients, it can become creatively exhausting. Anytime you have a collaboration of people with different ideas, you tend to get multiple potential outcomes. As an artist, it can be very difficult to put aside your creative preferences to please those you are working with and/or for. This shoot was, essentially, to liberate myself from just that. I wanted to create something, using challenging lighting, to create a nontraditional mood – dark and romantic, edgy and beautiful. Something I could see out from start to finish, while remaining in artistic control.”
Lorna and Liam were hitched at Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire. They hired the place for a whole weekend in August so they could have a nice, long celebration. “We both love nature and fell in love with the venue straight away. This had a massive influence over the whole wedding”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be informal, fun and a great reflection of our relationship and life.”
“Our theme was definitely a rustic woodland theme. We love colour so had many colours around, we used swallows inspired from our tattoos, logs from Liam’s yard, sunflowers have always been my favourite flowers… We tried to keep it as ‘real’ as possible. We did loads of DIY. We had three main areas to fill and two nights worth of fun. We were very fortunate to have so many amazing people to help us. Liam’s friend made us a coconut shy, my sister made all the signs and Hannah, our wedding planner, did all the stationery. It really was a joint effort of DIY.
This update comes to you from one of my favourite places in the whole wide world, New York City! I’m currently sat in Gala’s beautiful apartment, sipping PG Tips and watching Dolly snoozing on my bed. Hank got in with me last night (he was SO FUNNY, trying to be all cute and sneaky, although when you’re a 60lb pitbull there’s nothing sneaky about you!) but when I woke up this morning, Dolly was spooning me. Oh puppies.
I’m in town for the next Blogcademy workshop which kicks off this weekend at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. The class is basically sold out, but if you wanted to make a last minute booking, I’m sure we could find space for you! Then, after a week wondering around Manhattan we’re off to DC for another class. YAY!
I found plenty of time for internet surfing while waiting for my flight yesterday, enjoy!
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Don’t you just love this bride’s red dress?
♥ Hip backyard wedding
♥ Fun wedding décor from Typo
♥ Bollywood beach party
♥ Heart (er, amazing!!)