Simon & Amonné were married in Auckland, New Zealand in December. They chose Bethells Beach Cottages as their venue, with it’s stunning views and perfectly unassuming laid back vibe. “After looking at several venues on Waiheke Island, we found a beautiful venue. But the day before we went to formalise the booking it was snapped up”, explained the bride. “Heartbroken, we came home, I went to sulk and Simon jumped online and found this little slice of heaven. Not only was it breathtaking, but it also looked out over the beach where we had our first kiss. The venue became the canvas on which an unforgettable day was painted. The wildness of the Auckland West coast and the black sand beaches made for a memorable sunset and was our view from where we said ‘I do’. The venue had three cottages and we stayed on before and after along with close family.”
“Our theme was ‘casual’”, she continued. “As this was the second time around for both of us, we did not just have a wedding, we involved both our children in the ceremony and we became a real family. With several kids in our circle of friends we decided to make this day as family friendly as possible. We had no seating plan, no aisle to walk down, no cutting of the cake or place cards. We had our friends and family involved and mos of them played some role in the day’s proceedings (amazing flowers, wonderful celebrant, music, photographer). We had child minders, a bouncy castle and the ceremony started early in the day, which meant almost all our friends were able to be part of our day.”
Bernadette & Peter decided they wanted to host their wedding in their own back garden. Having built their own home from the ground up, having the celebration there was really important to them both. “We’re no spring chickens!” the bride laughed. “We had a slightly unusual wedding because we first built our home, then had three children and only then got married. Given this we did a few things different. We wanted a very relaxed and fun wedding and we had a music theme – everyone loves music!”
“We invited guests to wear fancy dress costumes for the party and we we had Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Scary Spice, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more than a few Amy Winehouse’s! This was so much fun. We had a photo booth which was an old cinema prop and we left out a Polaroid camera so guests could photograph themselves in various rock star poses.”
“After our portraits with our amazing photographers, Shutter + Lace, we came back and changed into our fancy dress costumes so we could join in on the fun. We had a music quiz, a best dressed award and a music themed pass the parcel… the night went by so fast!”
Sarah & Craig decided that the cold, sleet and snow of the UK just wanted going to cut it for their February wedding so they upped sticks and flew out to the Sri Lankan jungle instead! “Within those first few exciting days of engagement we came to the conclusion we would get married in Sri Lanka because we quite fancied going there, we could legally get married there and our parents/family/friends could backpack/5*resort/travel/package holiday there to their wishes”, explained the bride.
“We then picked the area we wanted to go to which was Unawatuna. It has a bit of a laid back, backpacker, beach-ey vibe and Galle, a historic fort with boutique hotels. I spent hours researching accommodation in the area until I found Illuketia, a colonial tea plantation house set in a tropical garden. We arranged to have the whole wedding there by email which could’ve been a bit risky! I did have a Bridezilla moment imagining we had booked an imaginary mozzie infested straw hut, but when we arrived to our wedding paradise it was all worth it.”
There’s been a lot of speculation around vintage weddings of late. In fact sometimes it feels like a debate that will never end. Are they over-done? Have they gone mainstream? Are we all bored of seeing the same ideas published here, there and everywhere? I’m not going to lie, vintage weddings usually aren’t my bag. I’m much more of a colourful, over-the-top and quirky wedding kinda gal. So why do I publish them at all?
It’s not about me. It never has been. Rock n Roll Bride has always been about sharing ‘the charm and unique nature of ordinary people’s extraordinary weddings.’ And as it’s always stated in my blog’s manifesto, “There is no ideal Rock n Roll Bride. What I love isn’t necessarily what floats your boat and what makes the weddings I feature so amazing is YOU!”
With the release of The Great Gatsby movie imminent, it’s only a matter of time until we see more and more flapper style weddings and styled shoots coming though… Of course they may not all be to my taste but when done well, with an authentic voice and a unique spin, a vintage wedding can be utterly beautiful. One that I’m honoured to share on these pages. John & JoJo’s wedding certainly falls into that category.
The August wedding was held at Cloverdale Chapel in Creswell, OR. They had both their ceremony and reception within the same grounds. The couple put the entire wedding together themselves from the bride’s antique shop dress (which cost just $60) to all the décor ideas.
Caroline & Ben, who live in Shanghai, had a destination wedding in Verona, Italy. The bride’s father is from Northern Italy and so they wanted to have a wedding that reflected that heritage. “The idea of getting married close to my roots really appealed”, began the bride, “especially for the fact we could make a holiday out of it for our guests (and for ourselves!). Living abroad, we don’t get to see our friends and families as much as we would like, and this way we got to spend a few days with everyone. We had our ‘stag’ and ‘hen’ parties the night before for all our guests, and after the wedding a group of about 20 of us went up to the Dolomites for some skiing over New Year.”
“I originally thought that with the overseas wedding planning, I wouldn’t need to or want to worry about all the little details, but I had a very wise friend who knew I would care in the end… And I did care! The little details ended up being the things that we most enjoyed spending time over. I loved all the paper bits and pieces especially (and the aeroplanes escort cards made for good competition over dinner!)”
One of the most important thing to this couple was the photography and they booked the ever-fabulous Sassy of Assassynation Photography to shoot the day. “Photography was very important to us and Sassy’s eye and imagination really worked with what we wanted”, Caroline continued. “Her style was as far away from the soft focus and stilted shots that seemed to be preferred by the Italian photographers we could find. We’re lucky she fancied the trip over to Verona!”
For their June wedding, Julieta & Christian wanted a day that was laid-back, fun and stress-free. They opted for a garden setting and a party late into the night. The couple both have a passion for music, but Christian particularly who is in a band and loves nothing more than to go to gigs or play one of his nine guitars with his friends. Clearly the music and the entertainment was going to play a big role in this celebration.
The wedding was held at La Masia Blanca Can Badia, a few kilometres from Barcelona and right on the coast. The bride, a chef, had a very strong idea of how she wanted the wedding to look and feel. Obviously she took control of all the food and drink but instead of doing everything by herself she asked her friends who are set designers and stylists to help. Mary & Lydia of Malgenio Workshop pulled together all the décor and paper goods.