When wedding photographer Trish Barker emailed me back in October telling me she’d just shot Gene Simmons’ vow renewal and asked if would I like to feature it, well, I just about died. To say this is the ultimate Rock n Roll wedding is a massive understatement. I am ridiculously honoured to be sharing this bad ass and beautiful ceremony on Rock n Roll Bride today!
After being together 28 years, Gene and Shannon finally said “I do” in October 2011 but they obviously love it so much they did it again this year! Wedding planner Liberty Woodman of Lady Liberty Events styled the Hawaii event with pretty pink, black and gold accents and accessorised with opulent touches including giant flower walls, 100lb floral chandeliers and hundreds of hanging candles.
Marina & Phil wanted a small and intimate destination wedding in Maui. They love to travel and adore the water so a ceremony at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm followed by an after dinner boat cruise was perfect! “We love the outdoors”, Marina wrote. “In particular, we love picnics with a great view. That’s what we ended up doing – a wonderful picnic on a mountain on a tropical island. We laugh that we could not decide whether to get married on a mountain or on a tropical island, so did both. We also decided to have our wedding on the 4th of July because we wanted fireworks!”
The ceremony was officiated by Phil’s grandpa Jim, a retired navy captain and still an avid world traveller. “This man does not like Hawaii because it’s ‘too damn hot’ and asking him to officiate was the a way to get him to attend to the wedding!” Marina laughed. “His ceremony was simple and entertaining. We are so blessed that he could attend.”
As a colour fiend (and unapologetically so) its unusual for me to fall head over heels with such a neutrally coloured wedding. But as soon as I laid eyes on Timothy & Sherra’s intimate ocean view ceremony and dramatic portraits on the beach I knew I had to blog it. The day was held at the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai where the couple were married on the beach with just a few witnesses.
“We wanted a white wedding”, Sherra explained, “so we asked our guest to dress in white. I feel that made the backdrop of Hawaii so much more beautiful and intense. Everyone looks good in white.The Rock n Roll element definitely came from the groom’s party who are actually a part of the Rock n Roll world. Most of our guests are somehow linked to music, whether they themselves are rock stars, they work in the industry or just have the love of rock living in their hearts.”
When it came to shooting Rachael (from Maui) and Jake’s (from Florida) engagement shoot, where else could be as perfect as on the beach? “These guys are all about the beach and rock the surf style,” said photographer Wendy Laurel. “I mean who else wears their bikini on their engagement shoot? The shoot was at one of their favorite beaches on Maui, Ironwoods, and in the Honolua Valley (next to the famed Honolua Bay). Both places are on the upper west side of Maui where lots of good surf and a large surf community can be found.”
These shots are certainly a perfect reflection of the couple and their everyday style. They will be getting married at a private residence overlooking the ocean later this year.
Quay & Jory were married under a giant tree, on the beach in Maui, Hawaii. “The wedding was very non traditional,” photographer Molly Marie told me. “It was a gay wedding, almost everything was DIY, both girls love tattoos, and planned the entire wedding themselves. The wedding was not for anyone else but them, pure love. However they knew family wouldn’t be able to attend easily as they are from Eau Claire, WI, so photography was a very important part of the wedding to them.”
Although vintage inspired weddings are exceptionally popular, the 1960’s is an era I don’t see replicated as often as I’d like. However this all changed when Rosa & Doug’s incredibe wedding landed on my desk. I swooned, I let out a little squeal and I emailed them back right away saying “yeah baby!”
The wedding took place at Don the Beachcomber, a bar on Huntington Beach, CA. Rosa wore a custom dress by Dolly Couture, made especially for her and inspired by a genuine vintage dress pattern she’d seen in a 1963 copy of Modern Bride. The bride’s accessories and jewellery were all vintage and mostly found on eBay.
To match his bride, Doug wanted a powder blue vintage tux (you don’t get more 60’s than that do you!?) however he searched high and low with no luck. “We even looked into having one custom made for him because at this point we had our hearts set on this and nothing else would do!” Rosa told me. “Then one day, alas! On Etsy! The. Perfect. Blue. Tuxedo. Jacket. Purchased it on a whim and it was PERFECT. Perfect condition, perfect fit, perfect, perfect, perfect! It was meant to be his!”
The bridesmaid’s dresses might just been some of my favourites I’ve seen in a long while. The yellow colour and the cute collars are perfectly 1960’s! They came from Michelle Tan on etsy (custom made) and were put together with shoes and accessories of the girl’s choosing.
“Doug and I both love late 50s/early 60s Americana, Mid-Century design, mod culture & all that goes with it: 60s music, Italian scooters, fashion,” Rosa concluded. “Our home & wardrobe reflects this & well, we felt our wedding should incorporate it into our wedding too. And when looking for a venue, the more outdoors-y venues or over-the-top Art Deco or big Victorian mansion-type of venues were soooo not us. Don the Beachcomber is, by no means, a venue that screams wedding. But.. my God! It worked perfectly. It had an awesome vintage Polynesian-vibe that felt like you had just stepped foot inside Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Plus, where else could our guests be sipping on mai tais & jungle jetsetters while we exchanged vows?!”