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Italian Rock Concert Wedding & a Bride in Black: Stefano & Rossana

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Stefano and Rossana had a purely Rock n Roll wedding at Queen Brasserie, Castelnuovo Rangone, Italy. The majority of the wedding was DIY and the whole shebang cost them less than €5000! However it wasn’t all smooth sailing…

“Initially, the ceremony was to take place in a church, followed by dinner in a restaurant, but two days before the wedding there was an earthquake and we were told that the church was not accessible any more. We had also really wanted to have our meal outside but it was due to rain so we had to make a last minute change of both venues! The alternative location we chose the Queen Brasserie was our first choice from the beginning, since it was almost a second home for us. The reason we didn’t choose it initially was because we thought we had too many guests as it’s not a huge place. However with the earthquake, a lot of people couldn’t come so we had a smaller guest list and the Queen Brasserie was now the perfect size!”

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“So on Thursday morning (the wedding was on Saturday) we rushed to the restaurant and begged the owners to see if they could host our ceremony and dinner… thank God they agreed! However in Italy if you want to get married somewhere like a pub or restaurant, you have to have a legal ceremony in city hall. We did this at 8.30am the morning of the wedding wearing jeans and tee-shirts!”

The wedding has a rock music theme with the couple DIYing the paper goods, cake and centrepieces. “We love rock music”, she continued. “and so our theme was an obvious choice. Our home is full of music-themed books and biographies of the greatest rock bands and artists. Stefano plays the drums and  loves to customise musical instruments, so we said from the outset that our wedding would have to reflect this.”

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“A lot of weddings in Italy are boring, traditional and all the same. For us it had to be a party! In Italy it is also very rare to see a bride in black dress and a wedding menu made with gnocco and tigelle (traditional local food). We also wanted all our guests to feel comfortable so we asked the boys to wear the t-shirt of their favourite band!”

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An Internet Meme Wedding Theme: Daryl & Emily

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Daryl & Emily wanted their wedding to feature various elements that but didn’t necessary go together but that they both loved. From steampunk to Lego and Lord of the Rings, this September wedding was a true reflection of them as a couple. “Our theme was ‘Nerdtacula’”, Emily laughed. “We tried to incorporate different internet memes wherever possible!”

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“We are both pretty unique people and we tried to bring in a little bit of ourselves in everything that we did”, she continued. “The wedding cake Lego base was inspired by Daryl’s love of Lego although we had originally toyed with the idea of zombie apocalypse on the Tyne bridge during the Great North Run. The music we chose for the service was all from our favourite video games and Daryl’s hat reflected his interest in steampunk.”

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Black & Red Downtown LA Wedding: Megan & Chris

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Megan & Chris, who met through the online dating website OKCupid, were married in LA. They chose The Chapman, located downtown, for the venue. Their ceremony took place on the roof and the reception was held in Los Angeles Brewing Company, which is located on the first floor.

“Some of the differences in our wedding were due to actually following traditions”, began the bride. “We picked some older ones that have mostly gone out of fashion. We had a very small ceremony and reception for an intimate group followed by an after-party for much larger group. This used to be much more common. We had our wedding party wear their own clothes, not rented polyester suits or equally awful matching bridesmaid’s dresses. But then again, we had mixed genders on each side of the aisle (we each chose a male and a female friend to stand with us), walked down the aisle together and used a piñata in lieu of any cake or other dessert.”

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“We had our friend Jonathan get qualified as a Deputy Commissioner of Marriages to perform our ceremony. We never made mention of it during the day, but took note of the irony that as a homosexual man in the state of California, he is not legally permitted to marry someone he loves but he can take part in a wedding by performing the ceremony for the two of us. We look forward to the day where he would have the ability to, should he desire, be a participant in a marriage ceremony himself.”

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Tattoos, Jagermeister & A Black Wedding Dress: Corrinne & Duncan

Corrinne & Duncan were married on 9th November in The Caves, Edinburgh. The heavily tattooed couple wanted a wedding that reflected them so the bride wore black, the ceremony was humanist ceremony and the personal touches were a-plenty!

“Duncan and I are quite heavily tattooed and it was important for us to to be true to ourselves on our big day”, the bride began. “We didn’t want to hide who we are. Rock n Roll Bride gave us the confidence and some of the inspiration to be us, and we wanted everyone to just enjoy the day and have fun and that was important for us. Things like the candy bar (as I have a HUGE sweet tooth), temporary tattoos and having a humanist wedding made our day great. It truly was the best day of both our lives. I’m a sucker for the little details so those were important to me – we had little Jagermeister miniatures for favours for the adults, a candy bar, matching ‘pick n mix’ cupcakes and homemade button bouquets and buttonholes.”

“We opted for a humanist wedding as we wanted the ceremony personalised to us and our family as much as possible”, She continued. “We both loved it from start to finish and we would recommend everyone to have one now! Juliet, our humanist, was truly amazing. We had a lot of faith in her and she did not disappoint. We could have had anything in the ceremony that we wanted, it really was an open book and for that reason that’s why I’d recommend it. We had one of our good friends do a reading in-between the ceremony and our other friend sang and played and an acoustic version of ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and best wedding they had ever been too. It really was overwhelming.”

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‘Lola the Bird’: An Art Deco Photo Shoot

This beautiful shoot was set up by headpiece designer Natasha Jane to promote her amazing ‘Lola the Bird’ headpiece (I’ve seen it in real life and it is an amazing piece, I’d love to see a real Rock n Roll Bride wearing it!)

The shoot took place at the UK’s oldest cinema, Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, which has been open for over 100 years. The art deco cinema is even available to hire for weddings so it really was the perfect venue to show off this new wedding collection.

Model Anna wore two stunning dresses, the first cream ruffled skirt and dress from The Wedding Club; and the second black dress by Justin Alexander.

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A Black Wedding Dress, A Traditional Church Wedding & A Burlesque Themed Reception: Scarlet & Craig

Scarlet & Craig’s wedding wowed me as soon as I spied that dress. I was so excited to be able to share this incredible Goth extravaganza and luckily for you lot, so were the newlyweds. In fact Craig’s reply when I emailed him back saying ‘Yes yes, hell yes (ps your wife is hot)’ was something along the lines of ‘OMG so excited that you’re going to feature us!!! Squeeee’.

“I’d never really thought about my wedding day growing up, so when Craig proposed on a trip to Amsterdam (with a tattoo that simply said ‘Marry Me’ on his wrists!) I was thrown into a bit of a panic!” Scarlet explained. “But as soon as we started planning we knew we wanted to do things our own way. Luckily we found Rock n Roll Bride, which made us realise there really are no ‘rules’ for a wedding, and then we just went all out! We didn’t start out with one, but as we went along we developed a kind of pink and black gothic fairytale theme, pink being my favourite colour, and black being Craig’s!”

“We didn’t have a huge budget, and didn’t want to waste money on things that people ‘expect’ to have at weddings which arent really necessary (for us, flowers were one of these things!) It took some convincing my parents that the bridesmaids would look great in £35 high street dresses and Primark shoes, and that the best men didn’t need buttonholes! Wherever possible we enlisted the help of friends and family, from the dress to the cake to the reception decor and catering. I’m a make up artist so I did my own hair and makeup, and I let the bridesmaids have free reign with their looks as I didn’t want them to look to ‘matchy’.”

As I said above, Scarlet’s dress was what really caught my attention when I first saw this wedding…and it turns out I wasn’t the only one! “The theme for the wedding really revolved around my dress, which was designed and handmade by the amazingly talented Kim Denman,” the bride continued. “I knew straight away that I would never find anything in a bridal dress shop, so didn’t even bother looking! Kim is a family friend who is based in LA, but also has a house in Hastings. I approached her about making the dress, and after an initial brain storming session, we decided on a kind of 50′s underwear themed colour scheme of dusty pink and black, with plenty of feathers, beads, and netting thrown in! Oh, and a massive stuffed pink bow on the back! I travelled to Hastings several times for fittings, but unfortunately didn’t get to accompany the dress on it’s trips to LA and back! Several times during the fitting process I wondered whether I’d taken it too far (my Mum was particulaly against the idea of a black dress) but in the end everyone loved it, even our most conservative guests and (suprisingly) our Vicar!”

After a ceremony at St Mary’s Church, the reception as held at The Suffolk Barn. “We instantly loved the idea of having the reception in a barn, and wanted a venue where we could create exactly what we wanted. Luckily we found the amazing 14th Century Suffolk Barn in Hawstead. The owner only allows a handful of events to be held there each year, and it has pretty much been left with all its original features, meaning it was a blank canvas for our ideas. My Dad is a production designer for film and TV, and without him, we could never have created anything so magical as our reception decor. From the fairy lit trees guiding the way to the entrance, to the handmade globes of foliage and pink ribbon hanging from the ceiling, to the enormous gilt frame that made our stage look absolutely surreal, he worked so hard (along with my brother and cousins) to make the venue look like something from a fairytale! The colour theme from my dress popped up everywhere: the beautiful cake made by my extremely talented cousin Maddie even had the lace design from the dress incorporated into it.”

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