Daniel and Keely had lots of different influences for their October wedding. From the bride’s love of jewel tones – reflected in her dress and make up and the bridesmaid outfits, to their mutual love of travel. They even had art deco references in their stationery. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it totally does because it was a real reflection of them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was definitely ‘fun’”, said the bride. “We put a lot of effort into making sure that everyone had as much fun as possible. In fact, most of our decisions were made with our guests in mind. We had the ceremony and reception at the same location so that guests didn’t have to drive to another venue and could have a drink or two at the ceremony. We also did our photos beforehand so that our guests didn’t have a big boring break between ceremony and reception. This also meant we got to spend a lot more time with our guests.”
“We organised lawn games for guests”, she continued. “We had archery (which was a huge hit!), badminton, croquet, boccie and giant Jenga (we made it ourselves and painted it in the colours of the wedding). It was great fun for everyone, and we were so happy to have a venue that was really creative and accommodating. They put in so much work to make sure our ideas could be made real and we really wouldn’t have been able to have the wedding we wanted without a unique venue like The Hideaway Retreat.”
Ale and Bauz love to travel, so when it came to getting hitched coming up with a theme was easy. They were married in July in Verona, Italy. “Our love story started with a first kiss during the White Night (an all-night arts festival) in Verona”, wrote the bride. “Verona is our hometown but Bauz lived in Spain and he was just back in Italy for work. We had a long distance relationship for two years. After many letters, phone calls and flights, we finally decided to move in together. We lived in Milan for three years and now we live in Madrid. However we knew we wanted to go back to Verona to get married.”
“The theme for our wedding was born spontaneously: all the travel we had to do when we first got together!” she continued. “Travel is also a common passion that always played an important role in our lives. Also, the marriage proposal came during one of our trips, on a beach in Cuba. Because we don’t live in Verona we also planned the wedding from afar. There was a lot of travel involved there too! Having a cohesive theme helped us to create an harmonic event and simplify the decision-making process.”
Ange and Glen’s wedding day started with an intimate ceremony with just 25 guests at Cardiff City Hall. They then moved on to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a Wales vs Argentina rugby match! The day concluded with a massive party blow out in a marquee in the back garden of the pub where they had their first date.
“We are totally and utterly the kind of couple that Rock n Roll Bride is all about”, Ange began. “We’re not traditional in the slightest, we kind of like to be a bit different, we’re both a bit silly and a bit risqué, and we are head over heels in love! We’ve both been married before and we succumbed to the traditional, hearts and flowers, big white wedding thing then. It was totally wrong for both of us too. We found each other though, and in doing so, we have also found ourselves. Neither of us knew who we were truly until we came together – we’ve allowed the other to truly grow and become the real us.”
Inge and Janar’s €6000 wedding was held in the ruins of Padise Monastery, in Estonia. The day was a DIY affair with the mother of the bride making Inge’s dress, and all the reception décor being crafted and pulled together by the couple themselves.
“I suppose our wedding was a bit country-themed, although we didn’t agree on any theme in particular”, explained the bride. “Both locations were surrounded by nature and wildlife and that’s where our inspiration came from. We decided just to pick a colour we both liked for our wedding so we went for purple.”
Purple. Dinosaurs. Peacocks…
These were the things that inspired Lauren & Matt’s October wedding. Although the theme wasn’t really intentional, by incorporating the things they just really liked it totally worked!
“Our ethos for our wedding was that we were going to what we wanted and not what people expected”, wrote Lauren. “We picked and chose aspects of tradition that we liked and binned those we didn’t. We had a humanist ceremony which isn’t like a registry wedding – it’s a lot more personal. We tied a Celtic knot which we practiced loads before hand! My friend did the reading of ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs and dinosaurs are awesome! One of our other close friends gave us the book as an engagement present and we thought it was apt as a reading. We also had a dinosaur cake topper!”
“Arty & creative” replied Chris & Angela when I asked them to describe their wedding theme. “Lots of people on the day used words like ‘informal’ and ‘relaxed’ as well which was nice as it was what we kind of wanted. We were glad they picked up on it.”
The June wedding was held at Underley Grange Cottage in the Lake District. The couple homemade as much as possible, including all the reception decor. “Where do I begin with explaining the DIY?” laughed Angela. “Pretty much everything in the reception room was homemade. One of our favourite things was decorating parasols in the style of modern artists and hanging them from the ceiling. We made our own invitations – including hand making the actual paper! It turned out to be quite a saga; that and folding a hundred paper cranes for the RSVPs was quite a lot of work! On the plus side, as a milliner, the wedding was a great excuse to make lots of fun hats and fascinators for everyone.”
“I loved the parasols”, took over Chris. “The string chandeliers also looked great, but they consumed our kitchen and garage for about two months! I loved getting help from friends and family at each stage. Everyone saw little bits in the run up, but so many people said that on the day they couldn’t believe how it all fit together.”
“I don’t know that we ever thought we were doing our wedding ‘differently’,” the groom continued. “We just wanted to do it… ‘us’. We always knew we wanted more control over our wedding than the standard ‘here you go, Mr. Hotel…’ so we found a venue that could accommodate us doing our own catering and decorations. Once we saw Underley Grange, we just fell in love with the place and all the ideas seemed to flow naturally from there. The modern art idea was just so fun! We needed something to bring it all together and it just seemed right. Exploring all the artists to come up with the various designs was awesome!”