Holy crap!” was the only thought I could muster when I first laid eyes on Brenda & Butch’s Belfast wedding. That necklace… that dress… THAT CAKE!! Prepare to get hearts for eyes as you browse through this one…
They chose February 14th for their celebration of love. After a ceremony at St. Teresa’s Church, they hosted their reception at The Merchant Hotel. “With our wedding being on Valentine’s Day 2015, and grey being my favourite colour, I thought it was ironic that the film Fifty Shades of Grey was released the same day!” laughed Brenda. “Our first dance was to my favourite song, Beyonce’s Crazy In Love which also happened to be the soundtrack to the film!!”
If you’ve been reading Rock n Roll Bride for a while you’ll already know that I love me a colourful wedding. I just can’t resist them, hence why I feature them so often! Danny and Laura’s 60s inspired celebration took place at Fort Dunree, in Co. Donegal, Ireland. The abandoned vibe of the place made it a really unique and private setting.
“We met when going to punk gigs and through mutual friends”, explained the bride, “so our theme was kind of a punk rock day by the sea! We didn’t want it to be overly themed but we do like 1960s styling and pops of bright colour so there was lots of that. Beyond that, we just had loads of great elements: An amazing location by the sea, a merry band of punks, skins and rockabillies, bring your own booze and a few pink flamingos thrown in for good measure!”
Chris and Kimberley wanted an unconventional and small wedding in the city where they met: Belfast. “We knew we didn’t want a religious service or a big wedding”, began the bride. “We didn’t want to spend our wedding day talking to people we didn’t know or didn’t want to! We had 38 guests, which was perfect.”
The couple also knew they didn’t want a traditional venue, so the wedding was held on Holohans: The Belfast Barge. “It was the first place we looked at and the last. We had the ceremony and the meal on the top deck and then we moved downstairs below deck for the evening. Calvin, the owner, is such a great host. We had so many people telling us how brilliant he was and how much they loved the staff (and food!). It was a small intimate wedding and the location lent itself to that perfectly.”
“Our wedding was relaxed and fun, will no bullshit!” she laughed when I asked about their theme. “We also did a lot of DIY. We designed and printed all the stationery, invites, table plan and name settings. We also created a ‘wedsite’ for our guests with useful travel info etc. as a lot weren’t from the area. We made the bridesmaid’s flowers, men’s buttonholes, and pom pom flowers that we placed in old beer bottles. Also a few hundred metres of bunting! Chris also made his own beer for the toast, so each guest had a bottle.”
The gorgeous, heavily tattooed Jacinta married Paschal in July in Ireland. “We met through music and going to festivals”, wrote the bride. “This is where the inspiration for the cake topper came from as we were known as ‘two peas in a pod’ because we were so similar. It was more about our mutual love for music at that stage, but soon a fabulous romance blossomed.”
“My wedding dress was always going to be alternative”, she continued, “and I wanted Bonzie at Willow and Wild to make it. After an initial meeting I fell in love with her vision, passion, friendliness and attention to detail. She blew me away and I could feel the love that she had put into my dress at each fitting.”
The wedding was held at Barnabrow Country House in Cork. “It was a dream venue”, Jacinta said, “the perfect romantic setting and not very formal. We only had a guest list of 26 adults and 7 children, so we wanted to keep things casual. It was a magic rural experience. We all sat at one banquet table and the laughter filled the room, it was like a giant family dinner. The food was divine and the wine glasses magically never emptied. Each room had a different décor which added to the magic.”
Suzie and Marc were married in Cork in June. They wanted their wedding to be fun, with hints of the 1950s. They were inspired by their favourite movie, The Quiet Man, for their overall retro theme.
“Our wedding was a Irish festival with fifties touches”, began Suzie. “Everything was unique in the sense that we wanted to make it our own and completely different to any other wedding we’d been to. Our venue was Glengarriff Lodge in Cork and was the perfect setting for our wedding as it is steeped in history. It is the former hunting lodge of The Earl of Bantry and is located on a man made island surrounded by The Glengarriff River and one of Ireland’s only ancient natural forests.”
Stacey and Rob’s gorgeous wedding was full of fun touches. From the lighting to the reception décor, and the flowers to the homemade hessian bunting, everything was planning with meticulous attention to detail.
“Pinterest inspired a lot of ideas for our wedding”, began the bride, “but I think mainly, our wedding was unique because we just did what we wanted. We didn’t stick with tradition, didn’t go with the rules, didn’t do what we ‘should do’ at a wedding. We just designed the day by asking ourselves if we were at a wedding what would we want.”