OK, so Lewis and Cassie’s wedding wasn’t actually held at Hogwarts, but there ceremony venue, Manchester Town Hall, does have a striking resemblance. They also decorated their reception space so amazingly well, with so many little accurate touches, that might has well been!
“Two words describe our wedding entirely: Harry Potter!” said the bride. “We got engaged at the Diagon Alley section at Universal Studios Florida and have always loved the Harry Potter films and books. It made sense to us to have a Harry Potter themed wedding and to take pretty much all of the inspiration for our day from the films. We wanted it to look quirky and classy but not like an 8-year-old’s birthday party which can sometimes be a challenge when you have a theme, especially something like Harry Potter!”
Their wedding was inspired by their love of cake and getting together with friends and family. Kerry and Lara wanted their day to be a laid back celebration so a vintage afternoon tea theme suited them perfectly.
“Our wedding had a vintage afternoon tea theme”, they explained. “We picked things that suited us. Being two brides, we both wanted to walk down the aisle so Kerry started it off in her own unique way recreating an 80s style catwalk to the original Clothes Show TV theme tune. Lara opted for her own style from the Dr Zhivago tune Lara’s Theme. We also both wrote our own vows to make it feel more personal.”
The couple met at a Zumba class, so that was their entertainment for the evening! “There was a real party feel to the evening with all the Zumba dancing, arm wrestling and chin ups”, they continued. “Even when things took a turn for the worse… There was a power failure across the whole village at 9pm for the rest of the evening! Everyone stayed calm as we gathered and lit tea lights. Our main concern was the lack of music, which was a key part to our evening celebrations. Kerry worked quickly to find a solution and one of the staff members offered to back their car up to the marquee entrance, once we found the right adaptor we were able to plug the iPod into the car stereo and breathe a sigh of relief. It boomed out of the car and we all started dancing on the gravel outside in true 90s rave style. It was hilarious!”
It’s that time again, the new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now available for online pre-order. Would you get a load of that babe on the cover! Melissa’s rainbow wedding is featured inside, photographed by the incredible Helena and Laurent Photography. Can you believe she made that amazing dress herself!?
If you’re buying the magazine every issue, why not save yourself the trouble and subscribe instead? The cost is exactly the same, £4.99 with free UK delivery, yet you’re guaranteed never to miss one! If you want to be one of the first people to get your copy when it hits the shelves make sure you subscribe RIGHT NOW, during this pre-order period, as your subscription is posted out on the same day each month (its to do with how PayPal organises recurring payments).
Inside issue 8 you will find the most stunningly awesome real weddings of any wedding magazine (this is a FACT).
… and product ideas to help you ‘Steal their Style’.
I’ve been obsessed with Charlotte Mills’ shoes as soon as I first discovered them a couple of years ago. Bridal shoes that are pretty and feminine but not satin and boring? Hell yes, sign me up! I love her shoes so much I wore a pair when I was bridesmaid for my friend Carly and I’m wearing another pair when I’m maid of honour for my sister in July!
What I love about Charlotte’s shoes is not only how comfortable they are, but the fact that she offers a variety of heel highs and isn’t afriad of a splash of COLOUR. Plus, any designer that covers a heel in rainbow glitter is all good in my book.
All of Charlotte’s shoes are handmade in Spain. The factory she uses have been making shoes for over 50 years which just goes to show how important the quality of the finished products are to her. Using techniques such as laser cutting, appliqué and embroidery, her shoes really are a much needed breath of fresh air in the wedding market.
Each shoe is even hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Don’t you just love that?!
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To celebrate the launch of her brand new website and the opening of her flagship bricks and mortar boutique, I’ve partnered with Charlotte to give one very lucky Rock n Roll bride the wedding shoes (or handbag) of their dreams!
If you want to wear a black wedding dress but you’re more woodland nymph than gothic princess, you’re going to adore today’s photo session. Shot in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, the bride wears a show stopper black wedding gown by Claire La Faye.
“I had dreamed up a shoot on a mountaintop, post-hike and surrounded by amazing views, but thanks to a crazy flood warning, we had to make a last minute move to a nearby forest”, explained photographer Caitlyn of CJK Visuals. “The most amazing part was that we had a random black horse just walk up in the middle of our shoot! It couldn’t have been more perfect imperfect timing.”
Mandy and Ally LOVE the movies, so when they came to plan their November wedding it was the obvious choice. This was confirmed when they realised they could have their ceremony at the Glasgow Film Theatre!
“I honestly don’t think we would have had a wedding like this if it wasn’t for Rock n Roll Bride”, began Mandy. “Before I found this blog I was thinking it would be in a chapel followed by a meal at a hotel. Whilst this is lovely for some people, it just didn’t feel right for us. We’re both huge movie buffs and go to the GFT every Christmas to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, so when we were looking around for the perfect venue I felt like I had nothing to lose by asking if we could use the cinema. To my surprise, they said they’d hosted a few weddings over the years and, thanks to the great Scottish law, we were legally married there!”
“Prior to my arrival the ushers handed out popcorn cones and we played a slideshow of the bridal party which included a picture of the absentee bridesmaid, my dog Skye. This was followed by a short clip from Muriel’s Wedding of Muriel walking down the aisle to ABBA. We then played another short clip from 10 Things I Hate About You of Heath Ledger singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.”
The reception was completely decorated by the couple, using all their own movie memorabilia from home. Their tables were named after some of their favourite films. “All the centrepieces were from our personal figurine collection apart from vases which were bought from Home Bargains. We made a videotape table plan and the movie table posters, using our faces in place of the movie stars, were made for us by a friend. The top table was It’s A Wonderful Life.”