Roll up! Roll up! For the wedding circus sideshow… Where lovers meet freaks and fun meets frolics!
In the groom’s parent’s backyard, Tabitha & Cody hosted their circus wedding on 5th May - Cinco de Mayo! All these influences were incorporated into their day – the circus, the sideshow and the DIY touches with the help of friends…
“Every detail of our day was handcrafted through the hard work of our close friends & family,” began the bride. “We were so lucky to not have to hire or work with anyone outside of our own tight knit group (except the carnival games, but they were wonderful!). We have the most talented friends, without whom we would have been absolutely lost! From our close friends Sheri & Erik of Tangerine Tree Photography, to the bridesmaids’ dresses from my other close friend Lynn – the genius behind Mandolin Dreams, all the way down to our beer labels and caps… everything was personal and created with love!”
Who would have thought a smiling owl would be so popular!? Well I should have expected it really… you lot may love weddings but you love love love cute fluffy things! I wanted to sneak peek a shot of Anna & Max’s wedding on my facebook page so I chose this cutie and low and behold, it’s up there with some of the most ‘liked’ photos ever! You can see why right? CUTE.
The wedding was held in Dundas Castle, Edinburgh, and although clearly a Rock n Roll worthy wedding, the couple chose to have a few traditional Scottish touches like the kilts, the castle and the bird of prey! The couple hail from California but loved the Scottish influence so much they decided to travel there for the wedding. “I took a lot of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride”, wrote Anna, “it was the only website that didn’t make me what to tear my hair out!”
“Ever since I spent time travelling from Nashville to San Francisco last Autumn, I’ve benn obsessed with wanting to recreate vintage Americana!” wrote stylist Lynsey Le Keux. “This summer I had the pleasure of making it happen. I got together with some serious wedding industry talent including Sassy of Assassynation and Jo of The Couture Company. Our theme was ‘trailer trash chic’ which basically meant coney neck beers, dust-caked American cars, sweat smudged make up and broad blue skies. The aim was to portray unique bridal beauty against a backdrop of pure gritty trash… We wanted to inspire bridal styling outside of tradition and show our customers that they don’t have to follow convention to rock a wedding – bridal beauty is subjective and one thing all the collaborators agreed on was how much we loved customers who did things their way.”
So on a baking hot Summer’s day, the team gathered in Birmingham to shoot up a storm! Lynsey has laid her hands on a vintage airstream – that doubled as a tattoo parlour! “The airstream was provided by Greg, whose passion for his authentic vintage lifestyle covers every inch of his 1952 Airstream called “Clipper”. From the red glitter Italian leather tattoo chair to the original 50s pink flamingos, Greg’s trailer left us drooling with envy at the amazing business he’s built; Greg travels the worlds’ festivals and events inking his lucky customers original style Sailor Jerry tattoos.”
I’ve got a little bit of vintage kitsch for you this morning, in the form of Matt & Bek’s Birmingham wedding. The couple were married in June and chose Elly Mac to capture their special day. Inspired by all things pin up, the bride wore a pin up style wedding dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing while her gorgeous bridesmaids rocked it in a variity of different dresses from Collectif and Hell Bunny.
The official ceremony was at Birmingham Register Office but the couple also had a handfasting and ‘broom jumping’ ceremony at their reception venue, The Rose Villa Tavern. “Although neither of us is overtly religious we wanted to make our wedding special and symbolic, more than just a legality”, explained Bek. “One of our closest friends, Hannah, performed the handfasting for us with a cord made from braided ribbons – each coloured ribbon representing a member of our families. By binding our hands together we symbolically bound our two families together. We also included jumping the broom, a Celtic tradition where the couple jump over a besom broom to symbolise a sweeping away of the past and a leap into the future together as husband and wife.”
“Both of us had worked in the cabaret and burlesque scene for quite a while so when we announced we were getting married everyone seemed to think that we would be having a big over-the-top burlesque themed wedding”, Bek continued. “The groom’s mum even worriedly asked us if we were having strippers as entertainment! However we didn’t want out wedding to be just another show, it was a celebration of a special event and we wanted people to see who we really are – a little bit vintage, a little bit geeky and a whole lot of down to earth and chilled out.”
“After reading the millionth wedding magazine and seeing so many ‘vintage styled’ cookie cutter weddings for ridiculous budgets we were about to give up in despair when I discovered Rock n Roll Bride. The weddings were all quirky and unique and really opened out eyes to what was possible. After that the DIY and quirky wedding blogs became our go to material – so much so that Bek’s colleagues at work even memorised the Rock n Roll Bride website address by osmosis!”
With a budget of just £8500, Kelly & Matt pulled of a wedding that perfectly encapsulated everything about them. From the cute red colour scheme, the DIY details and the relaxed photography, their wedding was one to remember. “We did absolutely everything ourselves for as little money as possible!,” began the bride. “We wanted the day to represent us as a couple and to be really personal. We wanted to make it a really relaxed atmosphere and make sure all our guests and we had fun. The theme was slightly retro, with red as the main colour set around black and white polka dots and loads of red love hearts! Everything looked exactly as we had imagined and seeing it all for the first time was one of my favourite parts of the day. All the details looked amazing and we were glad we put so much time and effort into them.”
The bride bought three dresses (third time lucky!) before finding her perfect gown. “The first was ordered online from America and was not the size described”, she explained, “the second was a ‘settle for’ dress and then I fell in love with the third and final dress which only arrived a week before the wedding!! It was by Marc Le Carr – the ‘Kelly’ dress – and I got it from Berketex Brides in Bristol.”
The couple also wanted to have a few surprises throughout the wedding for their guests to enjoy. After the wedding breakfast, an ice cream truck showed up for dessert, which also provided some great photo ops as well as being a delicious alternative. Then for the entertainment they had ‘bandeoke’ which, to their delight, everyone got involved in!
Fiona & Andrew’s DIY wedding in Victoria, Australia was themed around the things they love – vintage items, 1950s styling, cherries, hearts and flowers. They took these ideas as the starting point and built their wedding around them. “We wanted the guests to be able to feel as much a part of the day as possible, hence the small guest list of only 45 and the extended weekend long celebration”, began the bride. “We made a lot ourselves. I made a ring cushion from the same fabric as my sash/bolero and a piece of fabric from my mum’s wedding dress. We had a ring warming ceremony before I arrived where the cushion was brought around my my 5 year old nephew, Oliver, and guests where asked to send a blessing our way.”
“We had a photo booth, typewriter guestbook and buffet style/sit where you like dinner,” she continued. “Guests were asked to help themselves to the 2 types of cookies that I made as favours. I made Toblerone, Peanut Butter and white chocolate & ginger flavours. We supplied all of the accommodation and made gourmet breakfast provision packs for everyone.”