Bernadette & Peter decided they wanted to host their wedding in their own back garden. Having built their own home from the ground up, having the celebration there was really important to them both. “We’re no spring chickens!” the bride laughed. “We had a slightly unusual wedding because we first built our home, then had three children and only then got married. Given this we did a few things different. We wanted a very relaxed and fun wedding and we had a music theme – everyone loves music!”
“We invited guests to wear fancy dress costumes for the party and we we had Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Scary Spice, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more than a few Amy Winehouse’s! This was so much fun. We had a photo booth which was an old cinema prop and we left out a Polaroid camera so guests could photograph themselves in various rock star poses.”
“After our portraits with our amazing photographers, Shutter + Lace, we came back and changed into our fancy dress costumes so we could join in on the fun. We had a music quiz, a best dressed award and a music themed pass the parcel… the night went by so fast!”
When wedding photographer Emily Johnson ran a trash the dress competition on Rock n Roll Bride, she hoped she might find some cool babes to shoot. And, oh boy, did she! One of the first winners was Ruth Power, a musician from New Zealand. Ruth wanted a shoot that reflected her love of music, showcased her personal style and took place in and around Brick Lane, London, which she now calls home.
“Ruth lives with her husband Kane in London and plays in their band Death In Texas“, explained Emily. “When Ruth entered the competition she said she would love to save her wedding dress from the far reaches of Narina (AKA the back of her closet!) and swap the great teetering heels she wore on her wedding day for her chucks. Her vision was to be photographed browsing through a record store and busking on Brick Lane, wearing her Halston Heritage wedding dress.”
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Jessica & Anand’s November wedding took place in Sydney, Australia. The outdoor ceremony was held at The Herb Garden & Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and their reception was at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Before the couple even started to plan their wedding, they knew they had to include their two main passions in the day – food and music.
“We both work in the music industry (me in A&R at EMI and Anand is an Agent and Touring Manager representing a bunch of electronic artists like Miami Horror and The Aston Shuffle) and our two passions are food and music,” explained the bride. “We write a blog called Food & Tunes so for us everything had to start and finish with those key things. We picked an award winning restaurant for our reception venue. We opted for a standing up/canapé type function and we worked with the chef to create a delicious and filling menu that had everything from an oyster bar to pork belly sliders and their famous snapper and black truffle pie. Then for the music component, we wanted something really different so we had an incredible soul singer from Brooklyn come all the way out to perform, then we had our friend (and Australia’s most talented female DJ) Alison Wonderland.”
Jessica wore a Carolina Herrera wedding dress with Vera Wang shoes, and Anand wore a suit by Vanishing Elephant, their friend’s label. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the laid back feel, the love in the room, the epic dance offs!” concluded the bride. “We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding – the whole day was perfect!”
The swinging sixties were the inspiration for Kara & Gary’s October wedding. That, and giant yellow balloons! The ceremony was held at the impressive Sefton Park Palm House and the reception was at The Hard Days Night Hotel. With the wedding taking place in Liverpool, The Beatles also played a vital role with them cropping up throughout the decor, on the cakes and even as the entertainment!
“Our theme was sixties sunshine!” began the bride. “Lots of bright sunshine yellow, lots of eyeliner & backcombing; daisies, vinyl records, a big red bus and some very skinny pants! Our wedding literally took shape because I saw and fell in love with a buttonhole made of billy balls online. I had never seen them before and I thought they were so fab I needed to have them! That was what started it all. I had picked my buttonholes and everything else would just need to fall into place! In the end the huge yellow balloons carried this round pop of sunshine through the wedding, and the bridesmaids wore a nice splash of yellow too!”
“Our wedding rocked because it wasn’t too rigidly tied to a theme and we went with what made us happy. If we liked something enough, it made the cut, whether it made sense or not! We love music so vinyl records featured heavily. We love Liverpool so we booked a Beatles cover band and our wedding favours were little hand stitched lambananas (synonymous with Liverpool and ever so cute! I didn’t care that half of the guests were from Yorkshire & had no clue what they were!)”
Happy Monday y’all! Now I know it’s unconventional, but Monday is totally my favourite day of the week. I’m always up early and excited about what the the week might hold. It’s kind of like a fresh start every seven days don’t you think? Oh what a nerd I am!
Well, even if you’re not quite as excited about it being Monday as I am, the Rock n Roll stylings of Jenifer & Chris’ epic concert wedding are sure to put a big old cheesy grin on your face – it sure did mine!
“Our wedding was held at Casselman’s Bar and Venue in Denver”, Jenifer began. “I can not say enough about this venue and the amazing owners who really took care of us. Not only did they charge us an incredible rate for the venue rental for BOTH the afternoon wedding reception event and the evening concert, but they gave us drink tickets for the reception as well as things like tables, chairs, lighting, sound, staff and the use of their kitchen. They did not jack up the price simply because the word ‘wedding’ was involved, and the owners, Adam and Andrew, are professional, friendly and really on top of their game. They helped us with everything from planning the production schedule to offering suggestions to help with throwing the concert (which we had no prior experience doing) and we will never stop being grateful to them for everything they did to make our crazy, fabulous day run as smoothly as possible.”