London dwellers Emma and Jason decided to marry at Les Noes Blanches, a gorgeous private hire château in Loire Valley, France. The 450 acres of gardens and private estate made for the perfect setting for their intimate vintage inspired wedding.
“The main theme was the 1920s”, said Emma. “Our colour scheme was white, black and gold but we also gave the day a modern twist. We took cues from art deco and stripped it back to clean lines, and added a softer colours through flowers. The rural French château itself suited our theme too as it was white, clean and unfussy. We removed anything from the wedding that didn’t speak to our core values and we jettisoned anything that is just hanging on for traditions sake. We considered what was important to us, and tried to transmit that with each element.”
“While these were our primary sources of inspiration, I spent a long time scouring the Internet for ideas, and anything that made our hearts sing was appropriate”, she continued. “We also wanted a mystical and spiritual nature at the wedding event. I wore a gold Vesica Piscis temporary tattoo from Danielle Laporte representing the union of god and goddess. The pointed oval at the centre of the sacred geometric pattern is also said to represent the divine feminine. This was something that was really important to me as a woman.”
Julie and Arthur wanted something colourful and relaxed, with a Latino and ethnic touches to reflect the bride’s Colombian heritage. The wedding took place in France in June.
“We wanted more on an American style wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to be outside and we didn’t want a traditional church ceremony. We rented this amazing house with a view over the ocean for a week. This gave us time to prepare everything and to welcome our family and friends for longer. It was more like a holiday with a wedding in the middle!”
Laure and Cyril were inspired by their love of food and Rock n Roll so they had a retro American diner themed wedding! Harking back to their childhood’s, they had souvenirs of the film Grease and a 1950s atmosphere throughout.
“We had black and white chequerboard with pink and blue as our colours”, the bride said. “In the diner we had lots of authentic details right down to the hamburgers, hot dogs and donuts that we served. Other details we loved were our guest book, the homemade goodie bags for the children and my balloon bouquet.”
Not all Rock n Roll weddings need to be epic DIY extravaganzas, rainbow heavens or tattoo-fests. Sometimes it’s just the fact that two people, madly in love are saying “I do” in their own unique way. That’s exactly what Jeanne and Lawrence did in August this year.
The wedding was held in the family home, a watermill in Loze, Tarn et Garonne, South West France. “We are both very political, and very much on the left”. wrote the bride. “We would also both identify as radical feminists so we really wanted to reclaim the concept of a wedding, out of its problematic patriarchal roots and into something that was meaningful to us. We only followed tradition when it made sense to us. For example, my godfather had really insisted to walk me to the altar (both my parents having passed away), but I had to vehemently refuse, as the symbolism of the bride being taken to her husband by a father figure is rather problematic to us. It was important to me to walk alone, yet surrounded by my chosen family: my bridesmaids and bridesmen.”
“We did not have traditionally gendered wedding parties”, she continued. “There were both men and women in the groom’s and bride’s crew (and I refused to have a ‘hen do’ too. I had a ‘wombat do’! it was a karaoke party two nights before the wedding and everyone was invited!. Lawrence and I wrote our own vows and discussed them with each other in advance to make sure we were OK with what we were promising each other. We took our vows very seriously so we did not want to keep them a surprise from each other. It was, rather, a collaborative experience, about articulating what we were really committing to.”
Lor and Nico were married in France. An artist and a musician, they were always going to have a creative wedding. The bride handled most of the décor herself. “As an artist, Lor loves colour, and since this is part of her job she was keen to take care of the décor herself”. began the groom. “She did the invitations and the entire venue set up. I play and sing in a Rock n Roll band so we also wanted an element of Rock n Roll in the day.”
“The décor reflected us completely, which is what made our wedding unique”, he continued. “There was my full guitar amp at the entrance of the venue to display the guest list, and each table had the name of a rock star. Part of the roof was covered with balloons and we had two massive custom coloured curtains set up in one end of the main room. The 200 napkins were screen painted by ourselves too.”
Hannah, a wedding photographer, and her husband James decided while on holiday in 2013 that they wanted to renew their vows. They decided to do it in France in July this year. They only brought their two children with them as witnesses, but having a great photographer was also really important to them. They booked Jordanna Marston to go out with them from the UK. The ceremony took place on the banks of Biscarrosse Lac.
“We had talked about renewing our vows when we were on holiday in Slovakia in 2013”, began Hannah. “It was such a beautiful place, we were sat by a stunning lake surrounded by mountains, I knew then that I wanted to do our vows by the water somewhere gorgeous! We didn’t want a massive fuss or a party, it was more about us and how we felt about each other and of course our kids. I had a client tell me last year she was having a handfasting ceremony, so after looking it up I thought it was a lovely symbolism and we had Jake and Erin tie ribbons around mine and James’ hands.”