Ange and Glen’s wedding day started with an intimate ceremony with just 25 guests at Cardiff City Hall. They then moved on to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a Wales vs Argentina rugby match! The day concluded with a massive party blow out in a marquee in the back garden of the pub where they had their first date.
“We are totally and utterly the kind of couple that Rock n Roll Bride is all about”, Ange began. “We’re not traditional in the slightest, we kind of like to be a bit different, we’re both a bit silly and a bit risqué, and we are head over heels in love! We’ve both been married before and we succumbed to the traditional, hearts and flowers, big white wedding thing then. It was totally wrong for both of us too. We found each other though, and in doing so, we have also found ourselves. Neither of us knew who we were truly until we came together – we’ve allowed the other to truly grow and become the real us.”
Don’t you just love looking at weddings when the emotion completely pours out of the photographs? This is totally applicable for Ash and Pat’s Brighton elopement! They wanted a low key and budget-friendly wedding and so were married at Brighton registry office. It was just the two of them, two witnesses and their photographer Sassy of Assassynation in attendance. After the ceremony, they all went to JB’s American Diner for burgers and milkshakes.
“Pat and I had originally planned to do the traditional wedding with a large venue and a ceremony with lots of people, we even had the photographer and venue booked for August 2012″, explained Ash. “But life got a little complicated and we decided that it would be best to postpone for a while whilst we got back on track financially and as a couple.”
“I’d always said, as I’d been married before, that if I were to do it again I’d rather elope than go through the stress of organising something so big again, let alone the added stress of the financial implications of it all. But most of all I had come to realise that the only thing that I felt was really important about marriage and a wedding is what it means to us, as a couple. We so rarely made or got time to reflect on our relationship, the things we had gone through and the achievements we had made by being a grounding force for each other. And to me there was no better way to cement those feelings and our love for each other than to say it, with no fuss, no stress… just peaceful quiet contemplation, hearing every word that is said without distraction so that we can fully appreciate just how much the moment meant.”
Sara and Dave were married in November. They had been together for 14 years and have 5 children so having a wedding had never really taken priority, but after visiting the amazing Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Wedding Show in Birmingham, that all changed!
“We met when I visited the local tattoo studio where Dave worked”, began the bride. “We got chatting and basically things progressed pretty quickly. We both shared similar interests including, of course, tattoos and body piercing. We definitely live life to the full and how we want to. We have 5 super kids, 3 boys and 2 girls. Again they are very original in their own ways and are certainly free spirited.”
“Marriage was mentioned in the past but, with having the kiddies we always put their wants and needs first,”, she continued. “The eldest and youngest boys are disabled so they take up quite a bit of our time and energy.”
“But we decided at the beginning of 2013 to do something that celebrated us as a big happy family and that was to get married. To celebrate it along with the kids was very exciting. Everyone had a say as to how they thought it should be as well as what they wanted to wear. I decided to visit the EWE event as everything I kept seeing just wasn’t us. I could not believe my luck, at last I had found what I was looking for under one roof.”
Oh goodness, have I got the ultimate prize for a Rock n Roll bride today. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna squeal with excitement when you read about this one. What if I could get two of the big wedding expenses slashed for you and have it done by one of my all time favourite suppliers?
Rock n Roll Bride favourite (and frequently featured!) Sassy of Assassynation Photography has teamed up with one of her past brides, dress designer Wendy Benstead to offer one lucky reader free wedding photography and £1000 towards the cost of the custom designed wedding dress of their dreams!
Those amongst you with eagle-eyes will probably recognise Wendy, I featured her incredible wedding at a crumbling London chapel back in October.
Entry couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is email Sassy and tell her all about your wedding plans and what your dream wedding dress would look like.
Extra props for any creative entries… so instead of just telling them all about it, why not draw a picture of you guys at your wedding (with you wearing the rainbow sparkle dress of your dreams obvs!), start a Pinterest inspiration board or make a video of you explaining your vision?
Please also include a cute photo of you and your partner, your wedding date (must be between 01/06/2014 and 31/05/2015) and location, if known.
Sassy and Wendy will review the entries and their favourite couple and wedding will win. Simple! You have until midnight on 28th February 2014 to enter.
When a bride is a wedding dress designer you just know she’s going to rock something truly incredible on her own wedding day. Getting married to John at the spectacular Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire, Vikki wore two stunning gowns, both of which she made herself. She also handmade her bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories.
The day had two ceremonies, the first, a humanist handfasting blessing outside followed by the legal one right afterwards. The couple opted to do this as they really wanted to get married outside to fit in with their nature theme, but it is unfortunately still not legal in England. ”We had two ceremonies rolled into one, a personal and intimate hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland clearing in the grounds and then immediately afterwards a short legal ceremony in the library”, Vikki explained.
Connie and Terry’s Norwegian wedding was held at Ramsbergstunnet, a banquet hall with incredible mountain views. Their day was laid back and relaxed and they really just wanted everyone to have a great time. They started the day with a humanist ceremony and concluded with an epic party, and open bar and old school tunes played on vinyl.
“Terry and Connie chose their venue as they lovely the views over the area, they both have a keen interest in nature and love travelling the world seeing the sites together”, wrote wedding photographer Sassy of Assassynation. “That’s also a big reason why they chose to have a humanist outdoor ceremony despite Bergen being an area prone to rain. But the weather held off and they managed to pull off their dream ceremony. During the ceremony they had a singer who performed a totally gorgeous version of Wild Horses by The Stones. It was a really moving moment.”