Can we all just stop for one second and INTERNALLY SCREAM over how frickin’ awesome this bride looks? Rainbow dreadlocks and a rainbow wedding dress!? I’m dead.
Chalaina (nickname, Rainbow Brite, because of course) and Chris were married in October in Portland. “The inspiration for our wedding was rainbows!”, said the bride. “We chose not to do many traditional things. We walked down the aisle together, because we are equal partners. Our officiant was wearing rainbow faerie wings and as she pronounced us life partners, waved her faerie wand around us. We also had performers who spun fire poi, hoops, and fire batons.”
“We were married in a beautiful gazebo at a Victorian mansion. We walked down a covered aisle into the gazebo together. Our officiant began the ceremony by thanking everyone who was there and those that were there in spirit. She then talked about the importance of the commitment and what marriage means today. She had us say our vows, and we then exchanged our rings.”
Today’s wedding is pretty darn special because it’s my sisters!!! It’s also featured inside the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but as the new issue goes on pre-sale tomorrow (eek!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share it online as well. I really wanted show you a lot more of the photos that we weren’t able to fit into the magazine spread.
You’d think that when your big sister is the editor of Rock n Roll Bride, planning your wedding should be pretty straight forward. But Rachel and Jamie didn’t want an ordinary or simple day, they wanted something creative, magical and completely homemade.
“The inspiration for our wedding was all the festivals we love to go to – Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown”, Rachel explained. “I’ve been going to festivals every year since I was 13 and Jamie goes to at least two or three every summer! When we got engaged, we instantly knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like being at a festival.”
When they discovered that their country’s laws prevented them having the wedding they really wanted, Israelis Luda and Ayal decided to elope in NYC.
“We couldn’t get married the way we wanted in our own country (in Israel only religious marriages are legal)”, explained the bride. “So we’ve decided to get married in New York City. It was a natural choice for us since Ayal is an American citizen and he used to live in Williamsburg. Some of Ayal’s family still lives in the US, and they were able to make the trip and attend the City Hall wedding. If we were to have any theme I guess it was the city itself!”
The bride designed her own dress with help from a fashion designer friend. “I designed the dress and a good friend of mine who is the owner of an underground and street-style store in Tel-Aviv, helped me with the final design and the sewing. I also made my own wedding bouquet. I wanted white flowers with black feathers. We thought that it will be easy to find someone who could make it when we arrived in New York but we couldn’t! The white flowers were easy but we couldn’t find anyone that could add the black feathers too. So we improvised. Ayal bought a feather duster from Kmart, took the feathers out and made the bouquet I wanted!”
Christina and Tamsen were married at Spring Hills Farm in Dalton, PA last October. They wanted their day to have a laid back, rustic feel and to fit in with the gorgeous, Autumnal nature around them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was nature and romance”, they began. “We put a lot of love into making a great party for us and our family and friends. We got a lot of comments on the animal dance party… masks were hung in the tent by the DJ area and after the reception everyone grabbed a different animal mask and started dancing. It was a riot and everyone had a lot of fun with it.”
“Almost the entire wedding was DIY. At the ceremony site we hung mason jars with twine from tree branches and put tea lights inside for a backdrop. Other decorations included bunting which was made from floral bedsheets that we tea-stained, cut into triangles and sewed together. The paper pouch circles were pages from old books sewed together, and the paper flag bunting was made from wallpaper samples! We thrifted beautiful vintage handkerchiefs, made tiny envelopes for them to go in and set them on a table leading into the ceremony for weepy guests to take.”
While watching Pirates of the Caribbean one evening, Jade turned to her fiancé Dave and commented about just how fun it would be to have a pirate themed wedding. To her surprise, Dave agreed immediately, and so their wedding theme was decided!
“We are so glad we chose to have a themed wedding”, began the bride. ” Obviously it wasn’t with out it’s dramas, mainly from out guests not wanting to dress up for fear of looking silly, but in the end everyone put in so much effort and it really showed. They all looked great and we are so grateful to all of our friends and family for joining in with our madness for the day! The whole day was very funny and everyone was laughing and smiling all day long.”
“A lot of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “We didn’t have any real flowers as I thought pirates and flowers don’t really mix, but I still wanted something pretty to carry. I came across bouquets made of buttons online and thought I’d try and make them myself. I added a few piratey brooches and charms to go with the theme too. The signs, stationary and guest book were also made by us.”
Abigail and Lisa’s wedding was eco, natural and laid back. Held at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent they did the majority of the décor themselves, or at the very least put their own personal spin on everything. Both girls opted for non-traditional wedding day outfits, and wore two suits each throughout the celebrations. To fit with the natural and eco wedding idea they had wooden rings made from paddock wood by Simply Wood Rings based in Chicago.
The theme continued with their tree stump cake (made by a friend), their hand picked flowers and the DIY hand stitched invitations. “All the reception décor inside the marquee was made from old books, these included heart bunting and flowers”, explained Abigail. “The tables had log style birch candle holders, paper flowers and personalised homemade matches. Outside the marquee, on the field, we had a homemade sweet stall and a seafood stall also made by us and my super mum. My mum also made a Moroccan-looking area out of two gazebos, which was a chilled out shisha pipe area. We wanted a Moroccan corner as I proposed to Lisa while we were there. We even had a snuff bar which went down a storm!”