Mandy and Chris wanted their New Jersey wedding to be a reflection of the things they love, and so lace and home-brewed beer it was! The ceremony was held at a chapel in Allaire Park, officiated by their tattoo artist friend, the reception was at The Mill in Spring Lake.
“We tried really hard to incorporate things we love and we knew everyone else would love”, began the bride. “We didn’t spend money on things to make it overly ‘showy’. We wanted to keep it fun for everyone but throw in a lot of things we love. Such as Chris’ homebrews, Uncle Doods doughnuts, and some fun music. We also had our favorite local brewery’s session beer available (we paid for it and brought it to the venue ourselves… Boat beer from carton brewing!)”
Yep, that’s exactly what I thought when I saw this shoot – it’s super glam but, man, is it weird. Weird in a good way though… weird is always a compliment! The shoot consists of two parts. The first is more opulent, set in the incredible Gallery of Costume in Platt Hall, Manchester. The second part took place in the nearby woods.
“For this wedding shoot we wanted to add an air of whimsical decadence, suggestive of a provocative relationship and how that may work in the realm of modern weddings”, wrote florist David of Frog Flowers. “We used one bride and two male grooms as we wanted to evoke an edged romance mixed with an opulent wedding day. Is it a mischievous bride who wants her wedding cake and to eat it?”
“The location was inside Platt Hall in Manchester, a charming listed Georgian building containing The Gallery of Costume (one of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in Britain) was an elegant stage for the shoot to be conceived. For the bride, two dresses were used inside, one beautiful floral brocade corset top dress and a Victorian inspired long sleeved dress with plenty of tulle for an extravagant veil were used for different wedding looks for the day.”
“We took the shoot outside to the surrounding grounds of the costume gallery for a more playful, fantasy feel”, he continued. “This was suggestive of an otherworldly, mystical, nature inspired wedding with a flavour of the modern world, incorporating a handmade deer antler back pack designed by local artist, Norfolk Hawker, and a vintage leather briefcase covered in flowers from Frog Flowers!”
Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, had always fascinated Shawna and Kevin. They flew over from the US to marry there. “It is nearly impossible to describe how it felt to walk among stones that have stood there for millennia”, Shawna wrote. “They have seen empires collapse, civilizations come and go, and yet, there they stand. And while they are not as perfectly placed as they once were thousands of years ago, they are still there and will be for a long time to come. We were, and are, in awe.”
Their setting really defined this whole wedding and the ceremony was conducted by Druid priests. “Other than our attire, there was nothing normal about the wedding”, she continued. “We did everything out of order. First, we flew to the UK to get married at Stonehenge on September 16th inviting only the druids and our photographer to take part. After the ceremony, we honeymooned through Scotland for over a week. When we returned to the US, we invited our family and friends to celebrate our marriage on October 5th at an authentic North Carolina BBQ joint called The Pit – it was here that we made our marriage legal.”
The day I published this article on wedding trends (and why they suck) Scottish wedding photographer Caro Weiss got in touch to tell me she couldn’t agree more – and that she’d just done a shoot with florists, Pyrus, for the exact same reason!
“Every year before wedding season kicks off I like to do a collaborative shoot with like-minded wedding industry friends”, she wrote. “It has become a highlight at the end of winter for me and I really enjoy coming up with a concept and challenging myself. For this year shoot I wanted to really focus on the fun side of things.”
“I have become rather bored with seeing the same kind of styled wedding shoots in magazines and on blogs (that is obviously not the case on Rock n Roll Bride!) usually featured a wavy haired ‘pretty’ brunette looking demure and elaborate dresses and lots of little ‘pretty’ details. Well, tell you what. The best weddings I have been to and photographed are nothing like that.”
I joked on Facebook recently that the way to get blogged on Rock n Roll Bride is clearly to have a cat theme to your wedding, because this is the forth one I’ve featured in so many weeks (the others are here, here and here)! I stand by my convictions though, cat weddings are awesome. End of discussion.
Liza and Dean were married at Porteño Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney. “Our wedding was very feline!” began the bride. “We really wanted the day to be an amazing meal for our friends that also celebrated who we are and what we love as a couple. The team at Porteno were amazing and the food was sensational so we definitely fulfilled our first objective! When it came to styling, I am THE ULTIMATE mad cat lady – covered in ‘cattoos’ and very committed to my love of all things feline. I obviously didn’t shy away from that for a second when planning the wedding – right down to my dress!”
“Dean works in the music industry and he loves fashion and cars, so he brought his own very unique style and ideas to the day. And just like the two of us our individual styles complimented each other perfectly on the day! We LOVE our pets (4 cats and 2 dogs) and were committed to ‘bringing them into’ the wedding as much as possible using our signs, cake topper and even our vows. Everything about the day was very authentically Liza and Dean – and that authenticity was the defining characteristic of the day.”
I feel like I have a million things to tell you! After what seemed like a lifetime preparing for this trip I was so excited to board my flight to New York just over two weeks ago. I stayed with Gala and Mike at their brand new pad for a few days before heading to San Francisco to crack on with our first Blogcademy workshop of the year.
And oh and how wonderful it was. It really was the best possible way to kick off our 2014 world tour. The girls who came to class were diverse, enthusiastic, colourful and completely inspiring!
After a few days on the west coast we were off again, this time jetting towards the Midwest. We’d planned to spend the whole week eagerly exploring Chicago but even this hardened Brit was not prepared for the frigid weather we encountered!
So, instead of chilling ourselves to the bone we spent the majority of our time hauled up in our beautiful Lakeview apartment eating too much pizza and drinking lots of wine. We chatted about life, love, our careers, and everything in between! It was glorious.
The week ended with our second class at a super cool co-working space with the best view of the Chicago skyline. More on this soon!
Soda Fountain Photography
Our experience here was quite different to our usual adventures. Having so much time in one place was quite weird at first but it did mean that we were able to really decompress, get lots of work done and actually sleep in for once!
In other news, we’ve secretly been working on a
big huge new development for The Blogcademy since January, and this week gave us ample time to put some final polish to it. Believe me when I say I can not wait to finally share it with you (the big launch date is next Tuesday, 27th May – put it in your diary!) and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are when you see it.