“Sam pretty much let me run with the theme,” Aebbe told me. “I love Alice in Wonderland and as my first wedding was very traditional and straight laced (not me at all) he really wanted it to be magical not just for me but him as well. We had a true fantasy day.”
You might mistakenly think that Jessie & Mark’s wedding is a little on the pretty and elegant side for me, but you’d be wrong. On the odd occasion (in between all the tattooed chicks and badassery) I do like to swoon over a genuinely beautiful wedding like this one.
The outdoor ceremony wedding and rustic barn reception were held at Fischer Hall, Texas. The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston gown which she found on preownedweddingdresses.com and real flowers in her hair.
“Our inspiration was sort of Footloose meets a vintage romance,” Jessie told me. “i.e soft beautiful flowers, vintage vases, mismatched plates and silverware, personalized touches for each guest, good wines and rockin’ music to dance the night away! What better place to do it in than an old dance hall that is more than 100 years old?!”
“Our entire wedding was DIY. Everything,” she continued. “We even hunted down enough vintage mismatched plates and silverware for every guest. Our awesome family and amazing friends all pulled together to make it happen. Anna did the flowers. Noi dj’ed. Emily almost gave herself a heart attack helping bake the gluten free cupcakes. My baby brothers, their ladies, Mark’s sister and brother in law came in at the crack of dawn to help set up the hall. But think our best diy story is about the spoons…”
“After seeing the idea (on god knows what blog, I stalked many wedding blogs during my planning!) of a set of personalized wedding party spoons I decided that we were going to do them for all of the guests. It seemed so awesome and easy in hindsight. Awesome yes. Easy no. But it didn’t matter because we wanted each guest to have something really unique and special. I first had to round up all of the spoons, all 140 mismatched vintage ones plus extras for mistakes…And although I love my husband he didn’t understand that not just any spoon would do, it had to have a specific type of handle pattern to appease my crazy vision. So this task was all me. Once gathered they then had to be pounded flat and everyones name hand hammered into them. 120 spoons, a whole lot of profanity and a few thrown spoons later we were done. It was way more work than my crazy wedding obsessed brain had anticipated but damn they were awesome. Thanks to Nathan we have pictures to prove it!”
Agreed Jessie, these are freaking beautiful. I would definitely love to receive one of these as a wedding favour…
“Not everything went as planned that day,” she concluded, “but that didn’t matter. In the end it was all about us, hand in hand, celebrating our journey with everyone we love.”
When photographer Annamarie Stepney slipped Chris & Natalie’s wedding my way, I just about squealed with joy. Not only was Natalie an avid Rock n Roll Bride reader throughout her wedding planning, but I could see a few little ideas that she’d gotten from my blog snuck in there – hello purple wedding dress and Butler & Wilson skull crown! “I fell absolutely head over heels for the Butler & Wilson skull crowns after seeing photos of Kat in one so I checked them out,” wrote the bride. “It was great as no one realised it was made up of skulls until they got close. I also wore it for my 30th birthday a month later.”
The wedding was held at Shoreditch House, London – a private members club which comes complete with a bowling alley. “Shoreditch House was the only venue we went to visit,” Natalie told me. “We knew it was the right place straight away. We loved the urban/warehouse feel to it and reminded us of New York where we had met. The bowling alley was an awesome addition too!”
Natalie found her incredible dress in a charity shop in Newbury – OMG talk about an amazing find! “I LOVE MY DRESS!” she squealed. “I had been on two wedding dress shopping trips and tried on a number 1950s style dresses. We were planning a party and I wanted a dress I wouldn’t have to worry about dancing in, bowling in and general stomping about in!”
“I then went and spent the weekend with my Mum in Newbury. The shop assistants were a wee bit bemused when I took my pewter, studded galore shoes out of the box. It kind of went something like this a few times – ‘Yes the dress has to match my shoes… yes these shoes… no, these shoes… no I am not going to buy other shoes…. sorry I seem to have got your dress stuck on the stud of my shoe!’ I tried on dress after dress in white, ivory, off white, antique gold, magnolia (that may be just a paint colour!?) and so on whilst my Mum cooed and ahhed I totally felt like a kid playing dress up! I have never dreamt of wearing a traditional white dress.”
“On the off-chance we popped into some local charity shops in my Mum’s town and as soon as we walked in I was in love with a dark purple dress. It was beautiful and I couldn’t believe it when I tried it on that it was perfect fit, never been worn and I knew my shoes would match perfectly (and rumoured to have been originally bought for a potential dress for Katie Price…although this may be rubbish). I was sold!”
The groom looked just as dapper in his Boland & Banks bespoke grey glen plaid suit, “I have to give Mark Banks a massive plug!” Chris wrote. “He was an absolute star and a true gent. He asks that you trust his judgement I’m really glad I did. He convinced me to go for the grey glen plaid patter over a more straight laced navy blue. He also give me the nod for the Oliver Sweeney shoes.”
Having a great big party for all their guests was really important to the couple, so instead of hiring a traditional band or DJ, they had Rockaoke! “Chris would make an excellent front man or guitarist!” Natalie laughed. “We used to go to rock karaoke at Arelene’s Grocery when we lived in New York. We had seen Rockaoke perform at festivals and in London and although we looked around for other bands we both really wanted to book them. The guests loved the band and so many people got up and sung. And we ended the night singing Motorhead together.”
“Music is a big part of our lives so it became a big feature,” the couple concluded. “From the table names, the place names – written on the discs from mini discs, with a band badge to suit each guest and a mini guitar. Rockaoke for our band and all the music throughout the day was chosen by Chris.”
“I guess we did things differently by doing exactly how we wanted and planned the day as if we were planning a party for our friends and family and not so much planning a wedding. This worked out perfectly as the wedding was all about us, the things we love and things that make our relationship special to us. Chris’ Dad wrote the reading that his Mum read during the ceremony – it was all about us and had people in hysterics! In fact we all spent the whole day in hysterics.”
Hannah & Olly were engaged at Bestival in the inflatable church, “Olly proposed to me at Bestival in the inflatable church following our annual Bestival wedding in front of all our friends dressed as unicorns, Mario, Luigi, Alien babies… ” Hannah wrote to me. “It was chucking it down as we strolled back to the main stage (engaged!) and The Wailers were playing. All of a sudden the sun came out and like from nowhere Olly handed me a Pina Colada in a pineapple! We spent the afternoon dancing to Chic and chinking our pineapples.”
From this unconventional proposal, it was clear that this couple were to have anything but a traditional wedding. As the groom explains, “We’re both very creative people and from the start of organising our wedding we wanted it to be different. Throughout it we used blogs, including Rock n Roll Bride, and we did it together. Myself and Hannah contributed equally and both did a lot of homework on details. The motto from the beginning was that it was to be a party, not a ceremony. With that in mind we kept thinking of the things that we loved from parties we have been to.”
Molly & Sam’s beautiful vintage rockabilly wedding was held at The Promethean in Adelaide.
Before the ceremony, the couple met at Cafe Salsa – a 50’s themed beach cafe – for photographs. They also has some shots taken at the skateboard park as Sam and his friends can often by found hanging out there.
“Sam and his mates did some brief skate manoeuvres and everybody prayed nobody took a spill and injured themselves,” photographer Helen told me. “Then it was on to The Promethean for the ceremony and a cool party with groovy music. They walked down the aisle to ‘Rose of my Heart’ by Jonny Cash. The party went on until 5am!”
TJ & Elizabeth’s wedding had a spooky Edgar Allen Poe or “Spooky romance” theme as the bride described it,”Think Edgar Allan Poe meets the Addams Family!” she explained.
“Our inspiration basically just came from our relationship. We took things we love in our every day lives and tried to figure out how to incorporate them into our wedding. We wanted a vintage feel but wanted it to be a little on the darker side.”
“We utilized Etsy for a lot of our items not only to find things that were a little more unique and not mass produced, but to also help support independent artists. Friends and family all pitched in (we had the invites, flowers, my shoes, the cake and most decorations as gifts.)”
“We have a lot of artwork hanging in our home and one wall is skateboard decks by many different artists. Instead of the usual photograph that people sign my husband took one of the many blank skateboard decks he has and put a heart shaped photo of us on it.”
“All of the decorations and paintings were designed and made by my Man of Honor Jason Wheeler (with lots of help from my Bridesman Bill Snyder and a bit from myself, not to mention Jason’s family they were such a great help!)” continued the bride.
“We talked with decorators and looked elsewhere but nothing we saw really fit our style, plus the prices were outrageous. Instead Jason took matters in to his own hands. He definitely is the Martha Stewart of our group. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Our favors started out as cheap looking little plastic skull pails and I revamped them with a bit of paint.”