Oh I do love seeing a bride who’s brave with her wedding outfit. Mind you, if I had Stephanie’s figure I’d most likely be wearing a jumpsuit every day of my life! She married Ben in February at a cottage that they rented in Kauai, Hawaii.
The New York couple fell in love on the islands north shore, so it was only fitting they returned there to get married. “Our wedding theme was ‘no stress’!”, began the bride. “I even surprised Ben and hired a private yoga instructor in the morning of the wedding for a couples yoga session. Wanted to set the tone for the day.”
“The best bit of the day was watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee and exchanging our personal vows. A magical moment. Also, seeing Ben’s jaw dropped and hearing him say ‘Am I marrying Beyonce today?’ when he saw me for the first time before the ceremony! My jumpsuit was Gucci and my shoes were Charlotte Olympia. I decided to wear a jumpsuit instead of a traditional wedding dress as coming from a fashion background, I knew I wanted a statement piece, something designer and well made. I did the go to a bridal boutique and try on a princess gown thing. It just wasn’t me.”
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.”