Sam and Mike got married in Vegas. They eloped and only told their parents they were doing it. Their friends had no idea, in fact they thought they’d gone to Greece on holiday! The couple didn’t have any professional pictures taken of their Vegas elopement (they just snapped a few on their phones). When they returned home, they decided that they did really want to celebrate with their families too. So they decided to have a party in Manchester, with Tandem Photo there to capture the magic.
This was a super budget-friendly wedding, with the couple spending just £2000. The bride’s dress was £28 from eBay and her headpiece was £3! They bought and arranged their own flowers, designed their own invites and decorated the space with help from their army of besties.
“The inspiration for our Manchester party was retro vinyl, the sixties and the seventies and festivals,” said Sam. “Our invite was a rip off of the original Woodstock poster. Mike is really into 70s rock, prog and southern rock and I’m a bit more mod and psychedelic 60s. I guess the theme was ourselves with a nod to Vegas.”
“We didn’t want the day to be too formal”, she continued. “We didn’t want to be taken too seriously or too stylised. Hence the ‘bad album cover’ theme for the tables with vintage teapots and glass jars. The decoration was all done by us and friends. We had fairy lights, pendant lights and bunting from eBay and lanterns from Ikea. The table markers (vintage vinyl) were from our own record collection as well as some from my bridesmaid Dani who has the best collection of horrendous album covers known to man.”
Chris and Kimberley wanted an unconventional and small wedding in the city where they met: Belfast. “We knew we didn’t want a religious service or a big wedding”, began the bride. “We didn’t want to spend our wedding day talking to people we didn’t know or didn’t want to! We had 38 guests, which was perfect.”
The couple also knew they didn’t want a traditional venue, so the wedding was held on Holohans: The Belfast Barge. “It was the first place we looked at and the last. We had the ceremony and the meal on the top deck and then we moved downstairs below deck for the evening. Calvin, the owner, is such a great host. We had so many people telling us how brilliant he was and how much they loved the staff (and food!). It was a small intimate wedding and the location lent itself to that perfectly.”
“Our wedding was relaxed and fun, will no bullshit!” she laughed when I asked about their theme. “We also did a lot of DIY. We designed and printed all the stationery, invites, table plan and name settings. We also created a ‘wedsite’ for our guests with useful travel info etc. as a lot weren’t from the area. We made the bridesmaid’s flowers, men’s buttonholes, and pom pom flowers that we placed in old beer bottles. Also a few hundred metres of bunting! Chris also made his own beer for the toast, so each guest had a bottle.”
The gorgeous, heavily tattooed Jacinta married Paschal in July in Ireland. “We met through music and going to festivals”, wrote the bride. “This is where the inspiration for the cake topper came from as we were known as ‘two peas in a pod’ because we were so similar. It was more about our mutual love for music at that stage, but soon a fabulous romance blossomed.”
“My wedding dress was always going to be alternative”, she continued, “and I wanted Bonzie at Willow and Wild to make it. After an initial meeting I fell in love with her vision, passion, friendliness and attention to detail. She blew me away and I could feel the love that she had put into my dress at each fitting.”
The wedding was held at Barnabrow Country House in Cork. “It was a dream venue”, Jacinta said, “the perfect romantic setting and not very formal. We only had a guest list of 26 adults and 7 children, so we wanted to keep things casual. It was a magic rural experience. We all sat at one banquet table and the laughter filled the room, it was like a giant family dinner. The food was divine and the wine glasses magically never emptied. Each room had a different décor which added to the magic.”
As soon as I saw just one photo of Ina‘s incredible handmade Moomin Valley (!!) wedding dress, I knew this was a wedding that I HAD to feature. There really are no words! The couple were married in Risør, a small town in the south of Norway. The day took place at the groom’s parent’s home, a yellow house on the countryside, with a big garden full of fruit trees.
“We wanted our wedding to be like us; fun, colourful, non formal, friendly and outside the box,” wrote the bride. “We didn’t want to go by the book, and didn’t want the wedding to be ‘just another wedding’. We wanted a summer party with great friends and family, feeling relaxed and happy, and that’s just what we got.”
Although Tiffany and Bright had already been together ten years when get got married, they still really wanted to have a wedding to celebrate their love with their friends and family. It took place in August in Essex. The ceremony was held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wickham Bishops, and their reception a short walk away at Wickham Bishops Village Hall.
“Wickham Bishops Village Hall is no ordinary hall”, wrote the bride. “It was originally built in 1928 (my Grandad reliably informed me it was the place to go disco dancing back in the day) and rebuilt in 2005. It has kept a traditional barn look on the outside and fully modernised on the inside. It’s also surrounded by a green with a huge tree in the centre, which was a great spot for for photos.”
Now this, my friends, is what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about. It’s not about flowers, or favours or a fancy wedding venue. It’s not about what you wear, who your bridesmaids are or what theme you have. Being a Rock n Roll bride is about doing your own thing, marching to your own beat, and saying “I do” in a way that feels right for the two of you. That’s exactly what Rob and Edie did which is why I’m so excited to share their wedding with you today.
Married in Melbourne, their ceremony was held at the Marriage Bureau in South Yarra. After the intimate service, the headed to the Windsor Hotel for dinner with their guests.
“We met while skating at a skate park in Melbourne. I fell off my board and Edie (who was also skating) came over to see if I was OK”, said Rob. “We struck up a friendship by talking about things we had in common, and I asked her out for dinner. We wanted a very small and intimate wedding ceremony. We decided to elope to keep it a small affair with only a handful of people closest to us invited.”