Sadie and Marie were married at Calke Abbey Riding School, a National Trust venue in Derbyshire. They were the first same sex couple to marry here and they fell in love with it’s less than perfect appearance. It was the ideal setting for their alternative wedding.
“Our wedding day was perfectly imperfect”, explained the brides. “We were adamant we did not want a prefabricated, immaculate wedding and opted for a laid back, rough round the edges kind of day. We chose the amazing venue, not for the grand unstately home (yes it’s really called that!), but for the rustic, flaking paint and quirky riding school, owned by the National Trust. We also made history by being the first same sex couple to have a ceremony there! We visited the venue on several occasions and it was transformed every time. We wanted a blank canvas where we could truly make our mark.”
They were married on the beach at El Pez Tulum, a boutique ocean-front hotel, in Mexico. KO and Bre wanted their wedding to be a beachy pin up fairytale wedding and I think they achieved that wonderfully! The bride wore a vintage dress from the 1950s which she customised and had the skirt redesigned by Georgannette Chatterley. Her birdcage veil was also homemade.
“KO and I met 7 years ago at a hardcore music show”, she wrote. “I caught his eye from across the room while headbanging with a cast up to my knee and crutches. I had recently broken my ankle while jumping on a bed! A mutual friend then introduced us after the show and we chatted the night away. Bre is my nickname and when I was leaving KO (also a nickname) asked what my real name was. I told him that if he wanted to find out he would have to call me. KO called the next day and we were inseparable from then on. KO finally proposed at our house one night completely surprising me. It was sweet and simple like I had always imagined it.”
Sarah and Damien’s Melbourne wedding was DIY heavy and full of load of handmade touches including the cake, flowers, stationery and even the bridesmaids’ dresses which the bride and her friend Anna made from fabric bought in Tokyo!
“We are repulsed by quite a lot of weddingy things so we tried to cut out a lot of the cringe-worthy predictable things and just make it as personalised to us as we could”, Sarah began. “We wanted it to be something we would enjoy if we attended. A lot of this distain towards wedding things comes from me working at a fabric and craft store for years and having to deal with bridezillas having emotional meltdowns about the shade of a ribbon for invitations and people covering everything wedding-related in diamanté.”
“We had a lot of handmade things”, she continued. “Damien and I are both a bit artsy. We had interactive things for people to do, like signing our huge ‘munny’ toy instead of a book. We also had a tiny polaroid (fuji instax) camera which was really fun too. We also had a lucky dip box of wedding favors instead of a bonbonniere thing. The lucky dip was full of random capsule toys that we had collected during our trip to Japan.”
I don’t think there’s a style of wedding that epitomises a Rock n Roll wedding more than a black, white and red colour scheme and a 1950s theme! Lidia and Joaquín’s nuptials were held in La Quinta de Illescas, Toledo, Spain.
“As we love tattoos and Rock n Roll we wanted to make them our theme”, explained Lidia. “Also we love the retro style and the 1950s. In fact all our stationery had old school tattoo elements on them – roses, a heart lock, a key and swallows.”
“One of the things that defined our wedding was that we had the freedom to organize the day as we wanted. First we decided to get ready together in a beautiful hotel suite. Normally we dress together and we feel very comfortable that way. We didn’t want to lose these intimate and closer instants in our day.”
“We also just did that we wanted!” She continued. “I had red lips, red shoes and red nails, and I wore a short dress. I was convinced that I wanted this look and I didn’t care what people thought”
Chelsea and Randy eloped and so didn’t have professional photographs taken. But they wanted something to remember this special time in their lives so they booked Joan and Jon of BellowBlue Photography for a photo session that completely optimised them. This was not a styled shoot, it took place at their own home, decked out in all it’s retro finery. They used their own car that they drive every day. The barber shop is where Randy works.
Chelsea had her wedding dress custom made by a close friend. She also did her own hair and make up and wore her own cat eye glasses. She bought them on eBay and they are 1950s vintage.
“Before Randy and I met, I had seen him play his upright bass at a few local shows and I was totally captivated by him”, began Chelsea. “He is the best upright slap bass player that I have ever seen. I finally got the chance to meet him at a mutual friends house in the summer of 2011. He showed up with a washtub bass that he had made himself. That night he also played clawhammer banjo and I was just blown away, I thought ‘I want to hang out with this guy more!’.”
Charlotte and Sean’s colourful retro wedding was held at The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, with their ceremony at Forde Abbey in Chard. Their theme was a vintage street party and having the day in two places meant the bridal party got a ride in a stretch Chevy limo midway through, complete with retro jukebox pumping out some old school tunes!
“I really wanted the day to sum up the sort of people we are”, began the bride. “We got a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs but we also tried to put our own stamp on what was to be our unique celebration. The Marine Theatre was the perfect setting for this as it was a bit run down (like us) but with bags of character and a warm heart!”