Harry and Vanessa’s barn wedding took place in September. The day was relaxed, fun and geeky, they also had a cheerful blue and yellow colour scheme. “We gave up on picking or really sticking to a particular theme”, wrote the bride, “instead we just used anything we liked – it was much easier that way, and felt a lot more personal!”
“Firstly, we obviously looked at Rock n Roll Bride a lot for ideas! It was really great to see that other people wanted to have weddings that were different, as to begin with we felt a bit of pressure to ‘fit in’ and have a very typical wedding. After a lot of false starts, we realised that we just wanted to throw a big party with our friends and family, and have a day that was personal to us, lots of fun, and informal.”
“We ended up doing a lot of DIY and tried to include tons of references and things that we enjoy and love, regardless of whether or not it ‘belonged’ in a wedding! We handmade Super Mario star decorations (and my earrings matched!), Lego heart centrepieces, pictures of comic book couples, yellow and blue Claptrap robots as bride and groom cake toppers (from the videogame Borderlands), Pokémon inspired place names and table names, brightly iced cupcakes, and Star Wars recessional music. We also brought our vinyl Batman and Robin toys to celebrate with us – they go everywhere with us!”
Sara and Dave were married in November. They had been together for 14 years and have 5 children so having a wedding had never really taken priority, but after visiting the amazing Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Wedding Show in Birmingham, that all changed!
“We met when I visited the local tattoo studio where Dave worked”, began the bride. “We got chatting and basically things progressed pretty quickly. We both shared similar interests including, of course, tattoos and body piercing. We definitely live life to the full and how we want to. We have 5 super kids, 3 boys and 2 girls. Again they are very original in their own ways and are certainly free spirited.”
“Marriage was mentioned in the past but, with having the kiddies we always put their wants and needs first,”, she continued. “The eldest and youngest boys are disabled so they take up quite a bit of our time and energy.”
“But we decided at the beginning of 2013 to do something that celebrated us as a big happy family and that was to get married. To celebrate it along with the kids was very exciting. Everyone had a say as to how they thought it should be as well as what they wanted to wear. I decided to visit the EWE event as everything I kept seeing just wasn’t us. I could not believe my luck, at last I had found what I was looking for under one roof.”
Garrett and Joelle’s June wedding was held at Epikos Church and Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. The day had a vintage and steampunk theme and was full of emotional and special moments. “Garrett wrote me a really special note and a poem that I read in the morning. I love that we got photos of that moment because it was really emotional”, Joelle wrote. “One of my favorite moments though was when we prayed together before the wedding and held hands on either side of a door. That was a really amazing moment and reminded us of why we were getting married in the first place.”
“The ceremony was my favorite part of the day because it was exactly what we wanted”, she continued. “I loved singing during it and I loved when our bridal party prayed for us on stage. A few other favorites were the dancing, seeing all our guests have fun with the props for the photo booth and all the tables lit up with the flameless candles inside the blue mason jars. Oh and my dress. I absolutely LOVED my dress and brooch bouquet.”
There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.
“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”
“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”
Corrinne & Duncan were married on 9th November in The Caves, Edinburgh. The heavily tattooed couple wanted a wedding that reflected them so the bride wore black, the ceremony was humanist ceremony and the personal touches were a-plenty!
“Duncan and I are quite heavily tattooed and it was important for us to to be true to ourselves on our big day”, the bride began. “We didn’t want to hide who we are. Rock n Roll Bride gave us the confidence and some of the inspiration to be us, and we wanted everyone to just enjoy the day and have fun and that was important for us. Things like the candy bar (as I have a HUGE sweet tooth), temporary tattoos and having a humanist wedding made our day great. It truly was the best day of both our lives. I’m a sucker for the little details so those were important to me – we had little Jagermeister miniatures for favours for the adults, a candy bar, matching ‘pick n mix’ cupcakes and homemade button bouquets and buttonholes.”
“We opted for a humanist wedding as we wanted the ceremony personalised to us and our family as much as possible”, She continued. “We both loved it from start to finish and we would recommend everyone to have one now! Juliet, our humanist, was truly amazing. We had a lot of faith in her and she did not disappoint. We could have had anything in the ceremony that we wanted, it really was an open book and for that reason that’s why I’d recommend it. We had one of our good friends do a reading in-between the ceremony and our other friend sang and played and an acoustic version of ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and best wedding they had ever been too. It really was overwhelming.”
Words can’t express how my heart ached for New York and the East Coast of America when I heard about all the tragedies surrounding one of the worst storms in 100 years. I read eye witness accounts from my friends and saw terrifying images of the flood waters rising in the streets that I had walked down just a few days before… And I know it sounds strange, weird even, but being a wedding blogger I also wondered what might have happened to any weddings that we’re planned around this time.
Is that an odd thing to think about? Maybe… But needless to say, I was overjoyed to read Laura & Rich’s story and to see how they still managed have the happiest day of their lives, despite the destruction and chaos around them.
“We were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in New Jersey on 2nd November,” wrote the bride, “and it almost didn’t happen… We were very close to postponing the wedding because it was all so crazy after the hurricane. We were without electricity and running water at home and the Inn’s power was only restored two nights before the wedding date. I got a frantic phone call from Peggy, our florist, the day before to tell us that she had received a call from the Mayor telling her that he could see that the Inn was illuminated from his house and that our wedding could go ahead after all! I really loved how everyone pitched in to make the wedding happen, we felt very lucky. From friends and family carpooling and getting gas in the middle of the night, to Rich having to pick up the tuxedos on the morning of the wedding from another town, to all the girls getting ready by generator power.”