“I would describe our wedding as a bit country barn ho-down, a bit backyard BBQ and a sprinkling of vintage,” newlywed Loretta. “We’ve always been a bit Rock n Roll. We met over a shared love of music and spent the first three years of our relationship going to gigs together. Our first date after our son was born was going to see Midlake at the Prince of Wales. Andy’s other true love is his Martin guitar. Our inspiration came from drives through the country, we always stop when we find a great old ramshackle barn and take photos. Some of our favourite gigs have been in places like Meeniyan at the old Town Hall. It’s in places like these that bucket loads of inspiration can be found. You mix pretty fabrics and detailing with rusty old sheds and and fields of grass and hay and it’s a match made in heaven.”
The whole wedding was a DIY effort from the couple, “Gosh, what didn’t we DIY?” Loretta continued. The best DIY bit for me was the beautiful hand dyed doily pom poms we made to hang from the tree. Our decorations we ordered from Etsy got lost in the mail. So at the last minute we spent days hand dying hundreds of paper doilies with coffee ad purple food colouring. We dried them all in front of the heater and then delicately scrunched them into a cone shape and attached them to each other at the base until they formed a big gorgeous ball. They looked incredible and were soooooo much nicer then the ones that went missing!”
Loretta wore a dress which she found in a little boutique that she just ‘popped into’ on the way to buy bread one morning! She explained, “One day I left Andy at home and went to get some bread and popped into a little boutique called Mars and Venus in Eltham where we live, just to have a squiz. And there was my perfect dress, on the sale rack, the only one. Simple and one shouldered, just like I wanted. Fit like a glove! And was marked down by about a squillion dollars. Forgot to buy bread but went home with a dress!”
“Your blog inspired me to reach for the stars,” wrote newlywed Katherine. “We began our seven month wedding planning journey with no theme and no colours…I did not want to be restricted. We choose wedding elements that we loved…not because they matched or fit a certain criteria and let it come together organically. I love everything whimsical…so it was a natural progression for our wedding to have whimsical elements.”
The ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and the couple rocked up in a blue Cadillac belonging to their friends. “Afterwards, 40 of our family and friends boarded a boat for a twilight cruise on the Brisbane river…it was magical! We chartered a 2 level boat; with an open top deck and enclosed area downstairs where we had a buffet dinner & desert. We walked around with no shoes on, mingled, ate, drank and had a good time! It was so nice & relaxing with just our family and closest friends.”
The bride even wore Rock n Roll Bride favourites Vivien of Holloway (dress) and Irregular Choice (shoes). “I didn’t want a big, puffy, long wedding dress. I had no specific look in mind. however, knew I did not want a traditional wedding dress. I first choose my shoes which were bright blue with polka dots & bunny rabbits…all things I heart so much!! Marc then chose my beautiful dress which I then took to my dressmaker to have a bright blue sash and big bow added! I also added a whimsical giant butterfly ring. I never felt the need to wear two rings…the engagement ring and the wedding ring. I told Marc I did not want the traditional diamond…I wanted something pretty and something different. I have always had a love of dark blue (almost black) sapphires, so when Marc got down on one knee and presented the most beautiful sapphire ring to me, it literally took my breath away.”
“I didn’t want a function room. I didn’t want to do a seating plan! I didn’t want speeches. I didn’t want favors! I didn’t want all the formalities…because it’s just not us! I didn’t want what anyone else had. I wanted our day to reflect us and not some idea of what a wedding ‘should’ or ‘has to’ look like. Our big day came to be known as ‘the non-wedding wedding’!”
“I think back to our day and it makes me smile!”
…and isn’t that what it’s all about people?
“Music is what brought us together (this quote was featured on our invite) and we decided to base our wedding around our mutual love of music,” newlywed Tania told me. “We decided that we would use the term ‘Love Rocks’ throughout our wedding and incorporate the music theme through all the wedding details.”
“Our wedding was rock, glam and vintage. We had an awesome 1950’s Vintage Bus that had been restored. The board at the front of the bus said “Love rocks”. Our bomboniere was music note keyrings with scalloped gift tags that said ‘Love Rocks’ on them. The centrepieces were DIY lace covered votive candle holders with vintage music note love heart table scatters and shabby chic table numbers. We used red black and white as our wedding colours as music paper is black and white and roses are red. Birds were also featured on our invites, tea light candle holders in centrepieces and on bunting decorating the reception as birds are connected to love and song. We both wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple and we wanted it to be fun and colourful. The music we used in our wedding was also a very important part of our wedding.”
As you can see Tania & Jay’s wedding is perfect for Rock n Roll Bride. They used personal and crafted details as well as a load of awesome independent suppliers that they found though Etsy to make their wedding totally unique. “Tania & Jay’s wedding was fun, well planned and totally THEM, ” confirmed their photographer Janine Kaye. “Jay has a huge passion for music and Tania loves crafty stuff. She organised everything herself and it looked amazing. For the location photos we wanted something a little different with an urban grungy feel..an abandoned warehouse, their favourite music store and red wall to highlight their fun props.”
Peter & Alisha’s Sydney wedding had a whimsical woodland vibe (complete with animal masks no less!)…with both modern and vintage twists. The bride explained, “I wanted to do something bright and whimsical with some traditional and vintage twists. I love colour so the blue of the bridesmaid’s dresses knocked me over when I saw it … its also one of my maids favourite colours. I wanted to surprise my friends and family with some little surprises , I hope we did. I love autumn colours and bright blue skies in May. Green goes well with these two palletes too and thats my favouite colour.”
The wedding was held at The Garrison Church, Sydney, with the reception taking place at The Ivy Sunroom, Sydney. Alisha’s unusual dress was handmade by her Mum and their friend Toni Quin. “My mum lovingly embroidered the detail on the bodice and the train with moths. My yellow canary rose was in there as well with some feathers and leaves…”
As you can tell from the stunning images by Jonas Peterson, the floral décor was also a big part of this wedding and really enhanced the theme of the day. The bride used to work with florist George Low at The David Jones Flower Show, and so flowers really were important to her. From the bride’s bouquet to the table centre pieces and the dessert table display, nothing about their choices of flowers was usual or traditional. They used mini birdcages, eggs, vine and branches to decorate. “We made up the 100 birds nest with fresh dolta vine, even the boys helped with this one!” Alisha told me. “I think the eggs were used to hit people instead of eating, ha! Pete twisted the wire onto all the skeleton leaves in the trees for me while I was at a friends house. There were 1000’s!”
As a final personal touch, one of Alisha’s bridesmaid’s created a montage of her favourite Disney films to show the love story of the happy couple. “Cassie made a movie all all my favourite Disney films and edited out all the traumatic scenes, looped it together into a story about me and Pete,” she explained. “It was beautiful and included Fantasia, Bambi, Robin Hood and Snow White.”
Belinda & Joel’s wedding is exciting to me for a number of reasons. Not only was it sent over by one of my favourite dress designers, Johanna Johnson (Belinda’s dress and headband were by the designer) but the wedding was shot by photographer Marcus Bell, who has just been included in the top 10 photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine (alongside a load of other Rock n Roll Bride favourites including Jonas Peterson, The Image is Found and Our Labor of Love.) So needless to say, this wedding is a crash! bang! smack-you-between-the-eyes-with-awesomeness of a wedding. “Once I found my beautiful Johanna Johnson dress the inspiration came from there!” the bride told me. “I didn’t want to be a traditional bride with the big dress and veil or have my bridesmaids in all the same dress, I wanted the wedding to be unique and individual – to be me.”
The couple were married at The Plantation in Queensland. The planning wasn’t always plain sailing, but in the end the wedding went ahead without a hitch (despite a lot of rain…which I actually think looks pretty darn awesome in the photos!) “We live in Sydney and decided that because we both love Noosa so much that we should get married in Queensland,” the bride continued. “We booked The Plantation in Cooroy a year before the date and were very happy. A couple of months before our wedding we were advised by the plantation that our wedding may have some problems as neighbours surrounding the area were complaining about noise issues.”
“Three weeks before the wedding we were told that we should look for an alternate location for our wedding. Joel and I were devasted to say the least. We had planned and booked everything for this wedding a year ago and already had 80 guests flying from around Australia. I am so proud of my husband as he was on to every newspaper and website he could find to tell our story so hopefully our wedding could go ahead. We were featured in a local paper in Qld telling our story.
“To cut a long story short we talked to the neighbours pleaded our case and asked them to consider how we felt, after the matter was taken to court between The Plantation and the neighbours. We were so blessed that only 3 weddings were allowed to proceed and ours was the first. I think that this experience made our relationship stronger and I couldn’t imagine what I would have done without Joel’s help he truly was amazing. On the 12th of March 2011 I married my best friend in front of all our closest family and friends, we had an amazing day!”
Sarina & Wayne were married on their own estate in Denmark, West Australia, where they farm large crayfish (lobster!) Their gardens made the perfect setting for their ceremony and Moulin Rouge inspired after party.
Sarina wore a dress by Collensione which she rocked up herself by adding a vest by Dada & Co. The bride also designed and made the junior bridesmaid’s dress from black satin. She also gave it a black bustle of tulle at the back to really give it a Rock n Roll edge. Her adult bridesmaid wore a dress by Wheels & Doll Baby.
Sarina told me all about their day. “Wayne proposed to me after we’d been together for almost 18 years (“I had to be sure!” he said). I wanted a Spectacular Spectacular – Rock n Roll meets Moulin Rouge wedding. During the 7 months between Wayne’s proposal and the wedding, we landscaped our garden, renovated and extended our house and created almost everything for the wedding ourselves.”
“To create the Rock n Roll / Moulin Rouge theme we used black and red velvet and red roses throughout,” the bride continued. “We created a stage area on the deck and surrounded it with red velvet curtains which I made. I also made throws and cushions in red and black velvet for the kids to sit on for the ceremony and to put around the lawn area for people to sit on. Instead of spending a fortune on chairs for the ceremony we collected vintage chairs from our friends (it is so cool we all have the same taste) and we saved a heap.”