Planning a wedding is bloody hard work and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. I’m sure you’ve stressed a little over flower arrangements, worried if your bridesmaids will like their dresses or navigated your way through more family issues than you even knew you had. Big weddings are wonderful occasions but I’m yet to meet a couple who haven’t wondered at some point if that crazy idea to elope was really so crazy after all.
Simon and Leanne wanted to skip all that fuss and drama and so when they married in April, they decided to do just that – to elope on a beach with just a few witnesses in attendance. The ceremony was held on Saligo Beach, a private beach, on the Isle of Islay. “Raymond and Katherine are the kind couple who gave us the use of their own private beach for our ceremony and ‘after party’ picnic”, began the groom. “They treated us like close friends while we were there. Dr Rev Rob Barlow performed the ceremony. His wife Gwen was also there, and alongside Pete, our photographer, was the other witness. We had a truly spiritual service with an enigmatic magnetism that we couldn’t have wished more for.”
New kid on the block Dale Weeks is a force to be reckoned with. What he lacks in experience (starting his career as a music photographer, he’s been shooting weddings professionally for a little under a year) he totally makes up for in incredible talent and the utmost enthusiasm!
“I dropped out of college to tour in a band and when that didn’t work out I started getting into taking photos of bands”, he writes. “Then a couple of years ago I discovered Carl Zoch and some of the other amazing wedding photographers out there. Their images inspired me so much that I decided to take myself seriously and start my own wedding photography business. I love shooting couples in a natural setting and bringing out real smiles!”
Tina and Dave were married at The Grand Pier, Weston Super Mare. Their wedding was a colourful mix of all the things they love. “Tina and I met in the summer of 2010 on a booze cruise organised by our workplace”, wrote Dave. “She arrived with her pink hair in curls wearing a 50s polka dot dress, tattoo print shoes and red lipstick. I fell in love that night.”
“We called our wedding ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and the theme was Rock n Roll meets the seaside”, Tina continued. “I’m a great fan of music of the 50s and when I met Dave I was surprised that he knew all of the songs as well. Dave was brought up by parents who love Rock n Roll and grew up in this era. After we watched the stage show Dreamboats and Petticoats we agreed that if we ever got married we’d love to have this as the theme for our wedding. After Dave proposed in 2012, we couldn’t wait to start planning our themed wedding.”
“Not sure how we were going to make it work we began looking for venues that would bring our theme to life and after we’d taken our first look around the Grand Pier we knew it was the one We wanted to be as true to our theme as possible, and as we both like to be different we didn’t mind if this meant sacrificing a few wedding traditions I used the Pier train to take the bridal party and myself down the length of the Pier, which was so much fun as members of the public waved and took photographs. The bridesmaids wore cotton candy striped dresses and Dave designed his 50s inspired suit online.”
Back in March 2012, I was asked to speak at The Photography Farm, a wedding photography workshop hosted by the amazing Lisa Devlin. At each 3-day workshop we also include an epic styled shoot for the students to practice their new-found skills. For this particular class we decided to go for a spooky modern Miss Havisham theme and the incredible Jo of The Couture Company offered to make us a bespoke dress to fit the theme.
When I first laid eyes on that gown I was smitten. It was the perfect mix of classic bridal – giant tulle, multi-layered skirt and corseted top, with a massive injection of spooky, gothic cool. As amazingly perfect as the dress was for the shoot, it never even crossed my mind that a real life bride might then go on to buy it for her actual wedding. So when Jo sent me the photos of Tim & Lisa’s Pirate wedding, complete with the Miss Havisham dress, I was so flipping excited. I mean, how amazing does Lisa look?!
Tony and Vicky didn’t have a particular theme or idea behind their wedding, just that they wanted it to celebrate them and their love. They also didn’t get to held up on the little details and kept things as simple and authentic as possible.
“The inspiration was just really ourselves”, Vicky wrote. “We didn’t think about how our wedding compared to other people’s or whether we were being unique, we just wanted to celebrate the things we love with the people we love. We’re pretty laid-back people, so we organised a pretty laid-back wedding. We let people make their own decisions about what to wear, there were no seating plans and everyone just worried about having a good time.”
Who could resist a beautiful pink haired bride? Not this blogger! Aimee and Alex were married at Curradine Barns in Worcestershire. Their wedding was relaxed, enjoyable and full of handmade details. Aimee wore a gorgeous Honeypie Boutique dress with a rainbow petticoat which she made herself with help from her aunt.
“Rock n Roll Bride was a massive help when planning our wedding”, Aimee began. “I had only been to two weddings before and they were both very traditional, so it really gave us an idea of how to reflect both our personalities on the day. I studied set design at university so it was really important to me to have a venue that I could dress up and Curradine Barns fitted perfectly. We both love the countryside so we went for beautiful wild flowers and bunting, Alex’s outfit tied the theme in with shot gun brass accessories and brown boots. Whereas my outfit had a more alternative look with a handmade retro petticoat and vintage hair and make up.”