Zoe and Peter wanted an unconventional wedding… just like them! They had their reception at a tea room, wore what they felt comfortable in, and made everything they could themselves!
“In many ways, we don’t really consider ourselves to be ‘normal’,, so our wedding was never going to be conventional”, said Zoe. “Even P’s proposal wasn’t exactly usual: we were lying in bed and he asked me, ‘so when are we getting married then?’. I said something like ‘well you need to propose first’. So he did. And he called both my parents the following morning, which made it suddenly, very real!”
“Having been together for so many years before deciding to get married, we believed that getting married was more of a formality than a declaration of commitment or anything like that. However we appreciated that there would always be certain expectations that would have to be met. Much though the idea of running off and eloping appealed, my mother would never have forgiven me if she couldn’t be there! As you can imagine, we saw no point in a prolonged engagement either, so we set the date for the soonest we could book with our local Registry Office and took it from there.”
Happy Monday you gorgeous creatures. Monday might not be your favourite day of the week, but it’s about to get a whole lot more epic with this completely perfect punk wedding! In fact this might just be one of the most amazing real weddings you’ll ever see! Tammie and Toby were married at New Farm Park in Brisbane.
The wedding was very much DIY, with the couple spending no more than $5000 on the whole thing. “We became friends through the East Brisbane punk scene and going to shows”, Tammie began. “He was the super talented guitarist of a rad band and I was the fangirl trying to get close to him because he always had a rider (free drinks at the bar for bands!) The scene is like a family and he was always there when I needed him. Plus he is a super babe so why wouldn’t I want to get close to him?! Then, after about 3 years, we got together. We now have a house, three little girls and run a business together.”
“When we started planning I didn’t know exactly what I wanted but thanks to the internet I had a super long list of stuff I didn’t!!” she continued. “We wrote our own vows and quite bit of the ceremony. We started off by recognising the traditional owners of the land and mentioned gay marriage rights in ceremony. Our celebrant was an ex-communicated priest, kicked out of the church for advocating gay marriage and going to a refugee protest. He was an all round rad dude!”
If you’ve been reading Rock n Roll Bride for a while you’ll already know that I love me a colourful wedding. I just can’t resist them, hence why I feature them so often! Danny and Laura’s 60s inspired celebration took place at Fort Dunree, in Co. Donegal, Ireland. The abandoned vibe of the place made it a really unique and private setting.
“We met when going to punk gigs and through mutual friends”, explained the bride, “so our theme was kind of a punk rock day by the sea! We didn’t want it to be overly themed but we do like 1960s styling and pops of bright colour so there was lots of that. Beyond that, we just had loads of great elements: An amazing location by the sea, a merry band of punks, skins and rockabillies, bring your own booze and a few pink flamingos thrown in for good measure!”
Kat and Gary’s Northampton wedding was pure punk rock! From the bride in a denim jacket with a custom patchwork back and Dr Marten boots, the skinhead groom in a 3-piece tartan suit, and their kids rocking mohawks, it really doesn’t get more authentic than this! Oh and Kat found her dress on eBay – in her exact size – for £100!
“To us our wedding was completely normal!”, began the bride “But we can see why to others it wasn’t! A groom in a three piece red tartan suit and Dr Martens and a bride in a wedding dress that is short at the front with Dr Martens and a denim jacket isn’t your usual I guess! Our reception venue wasn’t your run of the mill romantic kind of venue either, its an old bus station now used by a charity called Make A Difference (MAD) and has a very industrial feel to the outside, and a thrift shop with comic strip ‘wallpaper’ inside. We also had to have a DIY tattoo stall for our guests which just added to making it more us!! Oh and I doubt many brides travel by train drinking cans of bloody mary’s on the way to their wedding!!”
Renee and Micky met while backpacking around Australia. They love the beach and so wanted their wedding to reflect that, but alongside the punk rock edge that defines them both. I don’t know about you but looking at these glorious pictures from Curly Tree Photography makes me really long for Summer!
“We’re both into punk so we definitely wanted that to shine through, on our wedding day”, began the bride. “As we were choosing and booking things the theme just ended up happening naturally. We always saw our day not so much as a standard wedding but more a party we were throwing to celebrate our love for each other. I’ve always loved the pin up style, its so glamorous but still a bit cheeky and edgy so I thought it was perfect for the day. My hair and make up stylists were amazing and nailed my look better than I could’ve hoped!”
“Our décor was light and airy but still very colourful!” she continued. “I was a bit worried how the two styles would mix but on the day it all just worked so well, it felt like we had planned our own personalised party! Most of the items were handmade by us to save money. We ended up making our own place cards and seating plan, and it allowed us to be a lot more creative with them. My friend made rose and marshmallow macaroons for everyone for the favours also.”
Seeing a bride wearing my blog’s logo as a necklace (made by Red Bird Makes on Etsy) on her wedding day makes me VERY HAPPY indeed. How cool is that!? Andrea and Franz were married in Germany on New Year’s Eve. They’re both from Germany and so wanted to get married there, but they live in Australia now so they planned the whole thing from the other side of the world.
“Our wedding theme was ‘Love, Drinks and Rock n Roll!” began the bride. “We always knew that our wedding would be about having a big party with friends and family and not about following conventions, having long speeches and stupid games. So we decided to have exactly this: a big party with lots to drink and great music. Wanting to spend Christmas back home in Germany anyway, we decided to squeeze the ceremony in during our trip. We decided to have the party on New Year’s Eve as nobody really ever knows what to do on New Year’s anyway!”