Isolde and Mark were married in Ireland in August. Their wedding had a vintage Tour de France theme! “We often cycle together and love driving through France”, explained the bride. “Our yearly holiday involves driving from London to Provence and camping where ever we can. We didn’t stick to the theme slavishly though – my dress wasn’t very french looking – just what suited me. I love red roses and didn’t want pastel flowers so we went with those instead.”
“We really drew on our friends and families talent too”, she continued. “My dad made a giant fairground piece with a cycling theme (the ones you put your faces in for photos). He also designed the wedding favours which were lovely bottles of whiskey. My bridesmaids Lauren and Ursula are both designers so helped with any sewing and any creative things.”
Caroline might just be the world’s biggest Hello Kitty fan, so when she married Daniel in June, there was only one theme she wanted! They were married in Northern Ireland and the first thing they organised was her dress.
“I never really thought I would get married, so I literally had no idea where to start”, she said. “I had a lot of personal battles to get through before the big day arrived, mostly about how I see myself. I have always been overweight and I’ve had my confidence knocked. I knew I would never be the typical beautiful bride, but honestly, planning the wedding helped me so much overcome my fears and I learned to embrace who I was.”
A House of Mooshki wedding dress, Irregular Choice shoes, and an Alice in Wonderland theme… Yep, I’m pretty sure you’re all going to adore Craig and Alice’s wedding! They were married on Friday 13th November in Northern Ireland.
The couple met on a Christian dating website, and both being religious, the ceremony was the highlight of the day for them. “Having a religious ceremony was important to us”, they began. “However we didn’t let this stop us from injecting our own brand of quirkiness to it. We didn’t have any seating plan and our vows were much more relaxed. I entered the church to The Luckiest by Ben Folds and we danced out to Kiss Me by New Found Glory.”
Anna and Evan were married in Cork. Their wedding was super casual and very colourful. The bride wore a dress from ASOS and there was plenty of DIY.
“My love for arts, crafts and bright colours inspired our wedding”, Anna said, “also our love of music and having fun with our friends. Pinterest was very helpful but eventually I had to ban myself from it or I would never have stopped my DIY projects! Rock n Roll Bride was obviously a big help in reminding me that there are absolutely no rules that need to be followed in planning a wedding, and really, we could do damn well whatever the hell we wanted on our big day!”
The day consisted of a meal with just immediate family and close friends, a ceremony on the beach and a big after party at a village hall for 250 people! “We decided that we didn’t want to follow the routine of the typical Irish wedding of going to the church, then the hotel, the sit down meal, followed by band/DJ etc. I have nothing against anyone who chooses to do it that way but we knew we wanted to do something different.”
“We chose to have a symbolic ceremony (we then registered our marriage legally a week later) rather than a religious or humanist ceremony”, she explained. “Instead of a church we went to a beautiful green hilly park on the water’s edge looking out over the ocean and countryside. Instead of a priest, we had a friend officiate. All of our friends gathered around and we made our entrance (together!) to Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses!”
Tams and Richie were married in County Wicklow, Ireland, in March. Their day was both glamorous and laid back, with a fun-filled festival theme. “We had been bashing our heads against a wall trying to think of a ‘theme’ for ages, and we landed with Old Hollywood Glamour”, began Tams. “I was doing all of the invitations, props, design, look and feel myself, and I began to get really uncomfortable with the whole Hollywood theme and when people started referencing The Great Gatsby, it really didn’t settle well. It’s a beautiful, stylised theme and I envy anyone who can pull it off, but it just wasn’t us.”
“So Richie started to tease it out; what are we looking for on our big day? The answer was simple: Fun! Fun! Fun! We just wanted lots of colour and fun, a vibrant and energetic party where people can come and feel like themselves, not tied to any formalities or too much structure. Kick your shoes off and dance! I think, in the end, we actually managed to combine the two pretty well.”
Helen and Jamie are also planning a big, elaborate wedding with all their friends and family in Spain, but organising the legal bit over there was a huge headache. So they decided to have their official ceremony in a teeny tiny church called St Gobbans in Port Braddan, Northern Ireland.
“We live and work in Thailand and therefore getting back and forth to Spain and organising everything from far away wasn’t straightforward”, explained the bride. “As we are UK citizens and all our families live there, the least complicated way to officiate our marriage was in the UK. My mum’s cousin, Connel Auld, is a minister and has the most incredible cottage with tiny church up in the North Coast of Northern Ireland and we thought it would be really personal to get married there. Connel really only officiates for friends and family so when he offered to conduct our ceremony, we felt very privileged. He is such a great character and really made the day for us.”
“His house is like a museum with relics from WW2”, she continued, “Pieces of furniture, including the porthole windows that feature in some of the photos, were made for but didn’t make it onto the Titanic! The church is the smallest in Ireland and one of the smallest in the world and we just about managed to squeeze the 11 people in! This made it all the more intimate and special.”