“We knew our wedding was going to be slightly different but I guess thats what you get when you try to incorporate cars, music and food, emphasising the feasting and dancing with friends and family rather than the actual ceremony” began bride Louisa. “We both have an affinity with old cars, cars that have been around a while and have a tale to tell so we had no problem finding a wedding car – I had the perfect excuse to use my hotrod, a 1928 Model A Ford. Not wanting to leave his cars out of the fun, Rob decided we should include a mini car show where he and our friends could park up their old cars and in some cases, their beds for the night.”
Yep, that’s right – Louisa & Rob’s guests were invited to their homespun music and car festival wedding complete with the invitation to camp over afterwards. The wedding was a combination of a registry office ceremony, a tea party at the bride’s Grandmother’s house and finally a massive celebration in two yurts, set up in the bride’s Dad’s field.
Some eagle-eyed and long-term readers may recognise Nicola, who’s ‘Do It Yourself’ wedding I featured way back in May 2009. Nicola decided that she wanted to rock her gorgeous Candy Anthony wedding dress just one more time, so got in touch with photographer Caroline to see what she thought. Luckily, when Caroline heard ‘Candy Anthony, cupcake tattoos and pink Converse trainers’ she was totally up for it and they planned this fun and fashionable shoot.
Caroline also persuaded Nicola to bring a few more outfit changes (does this girl just live in gorgeous 1950’s style dresses or what!?) and they were good to Rock n Roll!
I’ve branded this the ‘Quadrophenia wedding’ because of all the fabulous retro British details. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be English doesn’t it?
The couple embarked in a lot of diy to make it all super personal and everything from the pub they held it in being called The Britannia to the pork pie ‘cake'; from the Vivienne Westwood shoes (a national treasure in my eyes!) to the red, white a blue throughout were put together to make their theme perfect. The bunting had a union jack vibe, the table plans were quintsentially British themed and the guests were even transported in a open top double decker routemaster red bus.
The day was rounded off by traditional English games including an egg and spoon race and a impromptu kick around with a rugby ball!
Our little country continues to astound me this week with Kate & Seb’s Sussex wedding rocking it’s way into by inbox today. Photographer Sarah described this wedding as “by far the funkiest I have ever shot” and therefore it’s perfecto for Rock n Roll Bride!
When reader Kate sent me a sneak peak of her wedding a few month’s ago I knew it would be perfect Rock n Roll Bride material – especially after I laid eyes on her country garden style Candy Anthony dress (which perfectly matched their flower choices) and Christian Louboutin shoes (a steal and brilliant find from Ebay!)
I’m so totally and completely biased when it comes to my friend David McNeil’s photography and I don’t care…the thing is, he is just so amazingly talented for which I am more than a little bit envious! Plus he’s lovely and all that jazz…which just makes his work even more fantastic. In fact when we met our competition winners, Vana & Damien a few weeks ago, whilst looking though David’s portfolio, Vana said ‘It really seems like you know all the people you photograph‘ and that’s just it, that’s why he is so great, none of his images seem staged or forced or awkward – and you know what, now I’m a little bit annoyed now that I didn’t coin that phrase myself!
Anyway, David has got a super busy month coming up so I’ll have plenty of wonderful weddings, engagements and bridal shoots to share with you, starting with this gorgeous, intimate afternoon tea wedding in London. Isn’t her dress just to die for? (edit: her dress is from Candy Anthony)
Credit: David M McNeil