A little while ago I was staring at a shelf of wedding magazines in a shop and it felt like all the covers were actually SHOUTING at me. “100 wedding dresses you are NOT going to want to miss!”, “Flower ideas for every conceivable wedding style!” “Buy this magazine and we will SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS!” It just felt very exhausting!
So we’ve gone in a completely different direction with the cover design of issue 11. It’s cleaner and more editorial in style. We’ve stripped it right back to focus on our beautiful real couple and just one key message. I really hope you love it as much as I do.
It’s also available for pre-order TODAY and I promise it’ll be the best £4.99 you spend all month.
Our cover stars are the utterly gorgeous and totally inspirational Jaquie and Andy, photographed by Love Stories by Halie and Alec. Not only do I adore the style of their Atlanta wedding (and Jaquie’s epic Elizabeth Dye dress!) but their story is so special too. The bride has been recovering from a spinal cord injury that paralysed her from the chest down and doctors actually told her there was no chance of her walking ever again. But, against all odds, and after a year of hard work in physical therapy and at the gym in the run up to the wedding, she was actually able to walk down the aisle!! I teared up reading their story and I’m so honoured that they’re on our cover.
Today’s wedding is pretty darn special because it’s my sisters!!! It’s also featured inside the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but as the new issue goes on pre-sale tomorrow (eek!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share it online as well. I really wanted show you a lot more of the photos that we weren’t able to fit into the magazine spread.
You’d think that when your big sister is the editor of Rock n Roll Bride, planning your wedding should be pretty straight forward. But Rachel and Jamie didn’t want an ordinary or simple day, they wanted something creative, magical and completely homemade.
“The inspiration for our wedding was all the festivals we love to go to – Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown”, Rachel explained. “I’ve been going to festivals every year since I was 13 and Jamie goes to at least two or three every summer! When we got engaged, we instantly knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like being at a festival.”
Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
Sara and Logan didn’t elope in Vegas, because they wanted their closest friends and family to be there, but they did want a fuss and stress-free wedding that didn’t take a long time to organise.
“We were originally planning to do a more typical wedding at home in Los Angeles with 100 or so people”, explained Sara, “but after a couple months of entertaining the thought of what we thought we ‘should’ do (and all of the overwhelming details and costs that came with it), we took a step back and revisited what we actually valued in a wedding. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas was the first and only venue we had both lit up with interest about, and when we started to seriously look into it, everything fell into place.”
“The ceremony was so much fun! We met Pastor Pete, our officiant, about a half hour before the wedding. One of the requirements of getting married at the Neon Museum is you have to use their preferred officiant group (Elegant Vegas Weddings), so we didn’t get to choose who married us, but he was awesome. This definitely wasn’t his first rodeo, and he used the stories and details we sent him in a questionnaire beforehand to create a really heartfelt and beautiful ceremony for us.”
The most important thing for Bree and Justin was that their rustic Canberra wedding had a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for their guests. “We wanted the reception to feel like us”, said the bride, “and for everyone to have a happy and had a wonderful time.”
To reflect both of their backgrounds they had lots of Australian and Canadian details. “We had a board made with the Australian and Canadian flags, rabbits ornaments, and wooden magnets as favours. Our name plates were a Canadian maple leaf with a maple leaf shaped burlap behind it.”
I am so excited about today’s competition I can’t even tell you! As I’m sure you all gathered from last week’s post, Marrakech is one of my favourite places in the world so I am SUPER PSYCHED to be sharing this contest where one of you lucky brides-to-be will win their hen do at the Dar Jaguar riad!
This AMAZING prize is for a three night stay at Dar Jaguar for you and up to five friends (in three shared rooms). You will be picked up from the airport by a private chauffeur and welcomed to the riad with a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony. You’ll get a private professional guided tour of the souk (so you can go and experience the incredible shopping without getting lost!) and on the night of your choice you’ll even be treated to a three-course candlelit banquet.