When wedding photographer Matt Miller emailed me to tell me he’d shot the wedding of Winston McCall, lead singer of Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive, and asking if I’d like to feature it, I nearly fell off my chair. “Er… stupid question!” I replied, “OF COURSE!” He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, in beautiful Byron Bay on May 11th this year.
“The inspiration for our wedding was the ocean and it’s mystique,” Jessica told me. “We are both surfers who are obsessed with it. However as hardcore kids and lovers of all things black, we are not the stereotypical ‘beachy’ types. So in order to appropriately reflect our identities, we decided to incorporate these dual aspects of our personalities into our wedding décor. We wanted to achieve a casual vibe that was infused with decadent elements.”
Trying to find some unique ceremony readings? Struggling with writing your vows without being cheesy? Why not call upon the true poets of our time, the rock stars?! Here are some of the most romantic lyrics from the most beautiful rock love songs. No cheese allowed.
OK just a little…
Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
And I’d give up forever to touch you
‘Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t wanna go home right now
And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
When sooner or later it’s over
I just don’t wanna miss you tonight
Real Love, John Lennon
Thought I’d been in love before,
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you
Don’t need to be alone
No need to be alone
It’s real love
Yes it’s real, yes it’s real love
It’s real, yes it’s real love
Better Together, Jack Johnson
There is no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing, but I can try for your heart
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things
Like a, shoebox of photographs
With sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer,
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? And where do we go?
And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together
Music is pretty darn important to most Rock n Roll brides, and I’m often asked by my readers for suggestions of alternative songs to walk down the aisle to. I think this list tells you a LOT about my music taste..!
Bring on the 80s power ballads!
1. Stand by Me, Ben E King
2. Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
3. November Rain, Guns N’ Roses
Well it doesn’t get more quintessential Rock n Roll than this! Jill and Simon met online and instantly connected over their love of heavy metal, eighties metal and Iron Maiden in particular. When they decided to get married there was only one way they were going to celebrate – with an all out heavy metal themed bash!
“I guess we were our own biggest inspiration for the wedding theme”, the bride began. “When we decided to actually have a wedding, all we knew is that we wanted a really cool rock party with a sprinkle of hitching. So we said ‘fuck it’ to the wedding norms and did our own thing. We created our own heavy metal matrimony full of high spirits and kick ass music. Our friends and family expected nothing less and were huge supporters of our ideas through the entire process.”
“We both live for eighties metal and hard rock so it was only natural to try inject it into every wedding day crevice possible. Everything from the invitations, our outfits, the favours, décor, cake, music for the whole day, and dress code had rock flavour. Our cake was a Marshall Amp with dials that went up to 11. For the dress code, we encouraged everyone to unleash their inner rock star and dress with rock or heavy metal flair. We were so thrilled everyone jumped on board the crazy train and bust out the tight leather pants, tatts (real and fake), teased hair, studs, denim vests, band shirts, and rock legend impersonations. It was so incredible to see and definitely boosted the day up to a whole other level of wonderful.”
Wearing a bespoke black wedding dress, Iron Fist shoes and rocking her fuchsia tresses with aplomb, Jude married Will at Bruisyard Hall in October. They booked their country house venue for whole weekend and threw the party in the middle! The celebration was centred around the couple and their love of alternative music. They wanted the feel of a rock gig for their wedding and for all their guests to have a blast.
“We love going to gigs so getting an amazing band was a huge priority to give us the rock gig feel we wanted for the evening”, explained the bride. “Our tables were named after bands we’ve seen live together and each guest had different song lyrics from their table’s band inside their name place card. And we absolutely had to have cocktails after the ceremony as we’re huge cocktail enthusiasts!”
If there’s one thing I love more than anything else it’s cats. I am a bona fide and unashamed crazy cat lady. I’m the one who’ll say hello to the feline in the room before the person I’m actually there to see… So you can imagine my elation when Anita and Paul’s cat/ music themed wedding landed in my inbox! These guys went all out, even so far as the bride and her bridesmaid’s carrying stuffed cat toys instead of bouquets! And yes, the bride did throw her ‘bouquet’ at the end of the night. Oh my fluffy goodness…
“I feel flowers are so temporary that it conflicted with the purpose of marriage”, began the bride, “and since I’ve had cats, I’ve never been able to have plants, so they aren’t very important to me. I wanted a way to include my pets in the ceremony since they couldn’t actually be there. I also thought it’d be fun for the bridesmaids… or really embarrassing for them!”