The majority of the weddings I blog make me wish I was a whole lot cooler, and Lizzie and James’ Shoreditch shindig is no different. These guys did things their own way – and then some! They got hitched at Museum of The Order of St John and had a rockin’ yet intimate party at Bistrotheque afterwards. To keep costs down, they kept their guest list small.
“We took inspiration from my engagement ring by artist Julia Deville“, began the bride. “It’s slightly gothic with some Victorian elegance. She celebrates death and the idea of mortality in her work. The influences in our wedding were subtle – things like candle sticks with symbols of skulls, motorbikes and guns. We also had black roses and thistle in the bouquets, I wore black Victorian lingerie and James’ underwear said ‘I hate you’ on the butt cheeks with a skull and rose on either side!”
I am a DIY clutz. I’m the kind of girl who would glue her fingers together and get more glitter in my hair than on the thing I was trying to bling (which, actually, might not be a bad thing…) So when Fran of Fall for DIY got in touch, asking if she could create this DIY post for Rock n Roll Bride, I gleefully accepted. I hope you enjoy this one, it’s a beauty!
“There’s no better way to thank your bridesmaids for (listening to) the months of planning, reassuring chats over bottles of wine and awesome hen party organisation than a personal gift they can treasure. Problem is, if you’re on a budget this can come with a hefty price tag. But why not create something truly unique and personal not only to your bridesmaid but also with the theme of your wedding? These gemstone pendants can be customised to the colour and shape of your choosing. Perfect for wearing on the big day and beyond.”
♥ Polymer modelling clay in a range of pastel colours (including white)
♥ Jump Rings (two per necklace)
♥ Necklace chain
♥ Gemstone fondant mould
♥ Letter stamp set
Step one: Mix up your pastel colours using small amounts of colour with enough white polymer clay to fill the mould. Your clay will darken during the heating process, so mix it lighter than you want it.
I was convinced this wedding was a styled shoot with models. Convinced. These kinds of beautiful people don’t exist in real life do they?!
Well, apparently they do, and I’ve got the photographs to prove it. Stand by for some serious wedding envy my friends – That light! That dress! Those model-esque bridesmaids!
Oh and before you say “How is this a Rock n Roll wedding?” let me tell you that this couple spent waaay below average on their wedding. They were super clever with the supplies that they booked, left a lot of things that they didn’t care about out, and DIYed wherever they could. This just goes to show that truly stunning photography can make even the most budget-concious event look like an editorial spread from Martha Stewart magazine!
Jean and Brett were married in May under a canopy of trees in an open field at Glades Farm, South Africa. Fiona Clair was on hand to capture the magic as it unfolded.
“We wanted to keep our day raw and real”, wrote Jean. “We kept our spending to an absolute minimum, allowing ourselves to have a few key items on our wish list. The first thing we did was give photographer Fiona Clair, a call. We’d done an amazing shoot with her before so she feels a part of our circle and most importantly, we love her vibe. We even picked our wedding date around her schedule! Next on our wish list was our videographer, James Gibbs. He has a real knack for capturing raw emotion and he totally got that we weren’t after your typical commercialised wedding.”
You’d be surprised at how many emails I get from boys about to pop the question, always asking me the same thing: where can they find an alternative engagement ring? I always reply with the same thing too – ETSY!
When once such email came in just last week I got all distracted and started leafing through myself. Literally two hours later I’d not only wondered where the time went, but had saved a plethora of beauties to my favourites.
Here are just a few of the unique sparklers that made me stop in my tracks.
If I’m being 100% truthful, I’ve been a little bit over styled wedding shoots for a while now. Some of you might have noticed that I share less and less of them on my site these days. In the most part it’s actually because I simply have too many awesome weddings I want to share instead (yay!) but in others its because there really are a lot of boring shoots being produced. Harsh but true!
No such words can be uttered about this steampunk-y boho-y shoot that was sent to me recently though. Warehouses! Coloured smoke bombs! Hipster models! Rad ink! Rainbows! A skateboarding bride!
There’s so much good stuff in here I almost don’t know where to begin.
For their spring wedding, Claire and Simon wanted a laid back, beach wedding. They didn’t want any stress or anything too fussy, so they kept their guest list small and chose things that made them happy!
“Our theme was rockabilly meets surf and the beach”, began the bride, “Rockasurf? Beachabilly? We are quite different in styles but we both absolutely knew we didn’t want a generic, traditional wedding. We’ve been together 14 years and after Simon proposed in March 2013 (with a beautiful black diamond and platinum ring!) we decided we didn’t want to wait very long for the wedding considering how long we had been together already so planned the wedding for April 2014.”
Although they both have different interests, it was important that they incorporated things they both love into their wedding. “Simon loves surfing, VWs and I’m more into tattoos, rockabilly style and rock music!” Claire continued. “Red, white and black are also the colours of my favourite football team and we definitely had to have skulls in there somewhere!”
“We tried to get rid of any stress-inducing aspects so we didn’t have a table plan, speeches or a first dance. We wanted the day to be a really relaxed and informal for everyone involved. In the end Simon did do a short speech to thank people but that was it!”