On 26th May this year Kira & John were married in Berkeley, California. The Lawrence Hall of Science at The University of California seemed to be the perfect space to host their reception as the bride had attended school there. It was a unique space and has plenty of things for people to look at and play with throughout the party!
“Our wedding was held at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley”, wrote the bride. “The ceremony was held in a large courtyard called Science Park over a fountain (and exhibit), and the reception was held inside the museum, where all of the hands-on exhibits were open to guests. All of our portraits were taken in the nearby Botanical Gardens. Our officiant was John’s law professor. We included a final blessing repeated by all of our guests… ‘Live long, and prosper!'”
The couple had a DIY wedding with them making the invitations (from a watercolour painting commissioned one of our their favourite online artists, Rebecca Clements), all the bouquets, boutonnieres & corsages, the succulent centrepieces (which they grew themselves!) and the paper tissue pom poms. “Our wedding theme was DIY,” Kira continued, “from the scientific fun and lifetime learning exhibited at the museum to the handmade crafts we brought and our whole approach to the event. It was an extremely personal reflection of us as a couple, and broke my family’s tradition of a Chinese American church ceremony and seafood banquet in a Chinese restaurant. We wanted to make new traditions.”
Pink. We all know I’m a bit partial to it. So it’s hardly surprising that I couldn’t resist sharing Denna & Travis’ wedding. Pink hair AND a pink wedding dress? OH YES PLEASE.
Oh and they had a zombie wedding cake. I die.
“We made everything about us and the people who are important to us”, wrote the bride. “We looked at a lot of the wedding traditions – some we kept, some we booted and some we made our own. We wanted our day to be filled with laughter and smiles and we think we totally achieved that.”
“Travis and I are both really into photography so it was important that we got this right. We love all photography whether it be professional or just the snaps that we take everywhere and everything we do. Our wedding theme really came to be ‘photography’. We even had our own prints hanging at the reception and people could put their namecards in to win them!”
As a girl who’s more than slightly obsessed with weddings and photography, there’s pretty much nothing more thrilling to me than discovering new (to me) wedding photographer that is INCREDIBLE. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I feel like I’ve won the wedding-blogging-lottery. And don’t even get me started on what happens when I discover a videographer with as much talent as this. Actual tears people, there were actual tears.
I saw these images and the video on Saturday afternoon. A photographer friend of mine emailed me the link and said, and I quote, “This is possibly the best wedding film and set of images I’ve ever seen… I thought you might like to see! Holy shit it’s all so beautiful.” And you know what dude, I couldn’t agree more.
Just stop what you’re doing for 4 minutes, enlarge the video to full screen view, and completely immerse yourself in this…
I quickly shared the link with a couple of photographer friends of mine and we spent the next hour messaging back and forth about our obsession with the entire thing. Who were these amazingly awesome people? Where did Whit & Colby get off being so damn bad ass, sexy and cool? Who was this photographer? Who was this videographer? How could we subtly insert ourselves into their lives?! Could I pull off an undercut?
I just knew that I had to share it on Rock n Roll Bride so I emailed the photographer, Brooke Davis, to ask if I could. I then crossed all my fingers and toes and hoped and prayed it wasn’t already promised to another wedding blog. Within an hour she emailed me back to say she’d be thrilled for me to feature it and that she thought it was perfect for my blog. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK.
Bitchless Bride is back! And today she wants to remind you why you’re getting married in the first place… in her own inimitable fashion naturally. When it all gets too much, step away from the wedding planning people and remember the lurrrrrve.
(FYI there are a few swears in here, if you’re at work… or you’re of a delicate disposition then you might wanna save this for later…)
If your wedding dream is to literally party all night, then Mack & Danielle’s wedding is gonna be the one for you. These crazy cats partied until 10am the next morning, including an impromptu early morning photo session on the beach! The destination wedding was held at Gan Achuza in Beit Hanan, Israel. “We booked this venue for its natural setting in an orange grove on a hill, with a magnificent view”, Danielle wrote. “Having spent 3 days travelling up and down the country visiting over 16 venues, the minute we walked into Achuza we knew it was where we wanted to get married. If people were flying all the way from the UK, the US and South Africa, many of whom had never been to Israel before, we really wanted a wedding venue that would take in the incredible land. Another massive plus was the sheer beauty of the chuppah (canopy under which Jews must be wed). Our chuppah was made out of 4 trees that had all grown their branches and leaves into one and other. It all felt very symbolic.”
The Jewish wedding had many important traditions, and these were some of the most special parts of the day for the couple. “It’s really hard to decide on my favourite part of our day!” continued the bride. “The most intense part for both of us was definitely the ‘Beddeken’. At Jewish weddings, the groom must check the bride before veiling her, to make sure that she is indeed the correct bride! We had not seen or spoken to each other for 3 days so seeing each other for the first time was very emotional. It was a very highly charged few hours of waiting, and then when he was finally danced into my room by all his friends, I could not help but break down a little. It was an incredible moment, knowing that this was it! We were going to become family!!”
As soon as I saw the sneak peek of Ele & Raph’s wedding on their wedding photographer’s facebook page, I knew I wanted to feature them… it’s not really that difficult to see why is it? Could these guys be any more Rock n Roll if they tried?! The couple booked Rock n Roll Bride favourite Assassynation to capture their amazing day.
“What a great pleasure it was to have Sassy do the photography on our special day! I felt at ease as soon as I met her”, began the bride. “Upon speaking to my (camera shy!) husband afterwards, he said exactly the same about Sassy, that she jumped at every opportunity to get that perfect shot and with simple instructions made him feel comfortable and contented. Ecstatic with the sneak peeks that Sassy had uploaded within less than 24 hours (wow!) onto her Facebook page, we both knew that Sassy is one Rock n Roll photographer and it would not have been the same without her!”
The July wedding took place at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. “The staff were outstanding in providing amazing service and ensuring that every small detail was exactly to our expectations,” she continued. “The food was to a superb standard and the manager went out of his way throughout the day to make our celebration as awesome as possible.”
The couple handmade as much as possible including the table plan, the card boxes, the various skulls dotted around the place and their stationery. “One phrase that sums up the run up to our wedding… ‘if you want something done properly, do it yourself!'” Ele laughed. “I spray painted each individual favour box in a baby pink for the guests and finished it off with a black skull stencil on each of them. I knew that this was going to be a lot of work, however there was no way I was not going to add these important touches to this very important day. It could be said that a lot of people find it easy to choose something from a book and then have somebody else make it for them, but where is the fun in that? Adding our own characters to the various aspects of our celebration made it what it was to us – the most beautiful and breathtaking day we have ever experienced. I feel very proud that it’s now being featured here for everyone to see!”