When Kirsty and Steve planned to marry they knew they wanted tradition to play no part in it. This started with their surname. Instead of keeping their own names or one of them taking the other’s they decided to merge their two names to create a brand new one. So Kirsty Foster and Steve Pate became Mr & Mrs Fate!
When it came to capturing their wedding day they wanted photos that were bright, romantic, playful, with a little kooky edge. They found We Heart Pictures through Rock n Roll Bride and couldn’t have been happier with their choice! They wedding took place on June 7th at Hoxton Hall, London.
“It meant a lot to us to do everything ourselves so we could add the personal touches and details that had meaning for us”, began the bride. “We lived and breathed the wedding for months leading up to it and became entirely consumed by rainbow ribbons, bottle gardens, lobsters, life size skeletons and balloon garlands – and so did our friends! I couldn’t tell you how many hours of wedding planning was spent in front of our TV watching Murder She Wrote.”
Cathy and Gerard had a simple but beautiful wedding in London. Their ceremony was at Stoke Newington Town Hall and their reception at the fabulously funky 06 St.Chad’s Place. The wedding was simple and the couple refused tot stress over the little details, but it was no less beautiful. Cathy wore cute, short 60s vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers, they had no bridesmaids or groomsmen and as the venue was so cool anyway they didn’t need to decorate it much. Their biggest undertaking was the paper crane decorations made from their guests’ RSVPs!
“We didn’t have any ideas, colours or themes in mind for our wedding”, Cathy began. “The starting point was that I’d always wanted to receive a telegram but never had so I decided that we’d make telegrams for the wedding invites. When we started getting RSVPs it seemed like a bit of a shame that there was all this paper we were going to just recycle so we decided to re-use it. Firstly we started making the returned envelopes into paper cranes and then we stuck the RSVPs together with ribbon to make a kind of bunting. My big sister then told me about a Japanese legend that promises that if you make a thousand paper cranes you’ll be granted eternal good luck so that’s what we tried to do with all the leftover invites, envelopes and some old copies of the Financial Times.”
Arran and Heidi had two weddings. The first, a non-traditional and very ‘them’ wedding in Shoreditch complete with a bowling alley reception party, and the second a more traditional celebration for their families.
“The most significant thing was probably the fact that we ended up having two weddings”, explained Heidi. “Whilst Arran and I are not particularly traditional and didn’t have any particular desires to have a big white wedding, my parents had other ideas. I come from a large middle eastern family and there was a lot of pressure for us to have a traditional wedding – white dress, country house, the works…”
“In the end (and after a huge amount of negotiation) we were able to compromise and ended up having two celebrations. The first at Marylebone Town Hall and Shoreditch House, which was attended just by friends and immediate family. And the second in a country house hotel in Windsor where we approximated a traditional blessing (I am a staunch feminist so several of the more misogynistic traditional bits needed to be taken out) followed by another big party for the extended family. Whilst having two weddings was a lot more work, it did mean that we were able to stick to our guns and have exactly the wedding we wanted (the Shoreditch House one) without having to compromise and include things that weren’t right for us.”
Including your biggest passion, obsession even, in your wedding is highly encouraged from my corner, and no-one is more passionate about the Rolling Stones than Julia and Chris. The wedding took place in May in Chelsea, London.
The bride wore a dress from Monsoon and BHS shoes decorated with Rolling Stones badges. The groom donned a Rolling Stones as he got ready in the morning, and the cupcakes were decorated with their logo. The table decorations at their pub reception were vinyl’s and Rolling Stones guitar picks.
Marina and Darren were married at Burgh House and The Prince Albert pub in Camden. Their day was simple but elegant and beautiful. The bride read the term ‘rustic luxe’ in a bridal magazine and that seemed to fit them perfectly! “Our wedding was full of beautiful rustic touches, like the flowers and picnic baskets, mixed in with a bit of 1920s glamour to give it a luxurious feel,” she explained. “Birds played a small part, as we had become a pair of Finches! We wanted the overall day to feel relaxed and the evening to be like a bloody good night out!”
Marina wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown inspired by the 1920s with Rachel Simpson shoes and flower clips in her hair from Oasis. The day was laid back and fun, and the small guest list (just 47 in total!) meant they could really enjoy spending time with everyone. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously so there was lots of laughter, humour and silliness throughout the whole day, even starting with my arrival!” she continued. “Guests knew I had arrived as they heard me telling family to get in photos! I wanted to have photos in the ‘Sullivan Garden’ before the ceremony as I was going from being a Sullivan to a Finch…at least Darren knew I had arrived!”
Sharon and Huw didn’t really wanted to have a wedding theme but through just picking things they liked they ended up with a wedding that reflected their love of music and of London. “When we started to plan the wedding we were adamant that we were not going to have a theme but I think we ended up with a London one”, Sharon began. “It was so important to us to get married in the city that we live in and which we love and incorporating iconic features such as the routemaster bus and vintage taxi for transport just felt like the natural thing to do.”
“After we got engaged Huw and I identified what was important to us and set out to incorporate these things into our plans. We kept it basic knowing that we wanted to get married in London, ensure our guests were well fed and watered and, of course, have awesome music for the ceremony and party. If things ever seemed to be getting too complicated or stressful we went back to these basic concepts to get back on track. We were conscious not to get caught up in details that were not important to us – we had no interest in chair covers!”