Anna Lee & Paul were married in London in September. Their ceremony was held at Saint Etheldreda’s Church, and their reception – in two parts – took place at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell and All Star Lanes in Brick Lane. “We dined on a mouthwatering fusion menu for dinner, and mini burgers, hot dogs and classic American cocktails at the after-party”, wrote the bride.
Anna Lee looked stunning in her gold gown by by Roland Mouret. Called ‘Wallis’ and inspired by Wallis Simpson, the opulent diamond-embossed design looked amazing on her. Clearly Anna Lee wasn’t going for a traditional bridal look. She wore Beatrix Ong shoes and instead of a veil or any jewellery, she had pearls glued down the nape of her neck. I just LOVE this idea. “I didn’t wear jewellery or a veil”, she explained, “but wanted pearls in my cropped hairstyle. So Angela, my hairdresser, had the idea to fix pearls down the back of my neck using super-strength wig glue! They held fast all, and were a real talking point.”
“Right from the start, doing things differently was really important to us,” she continued. “We wanted to do what felt natural for us, rather than what’s often expected or ‘the norm’. So, Paul met the guests in the pub for a pint beforehand, I chose to wear gold rather than white, we got up and did a speech together, had ten-pin bowling at our after-party and honeymooned in Texas. If we were to have a theme it would have been ‘A dash of cool London, a splash of kitsch Americana… and a whole lot of fun.’ We met playing five-a-side football in Shoreditch, so – although neither of us is from London – it felt right to have an East End wedding. The city is a part of our history and set the scene and vibe for the day’s celebrations.”
We may be well on our way towards the depths of winter (waah!) but I thought I’d just cling onto those hazy Summer days for just a little while longer by sharing Lynne & Stevie’s June wedding. The quintessentially British vibe perfectly accompanied by vintage and retro touches was just too good to pass up.
“I think the first thought we had was ‘it has to be different’,” wrote newlywed Lynne. “We LOVE vintage and retro things in our day to day lives, so it had to have that sort of feel to it… it had to be very ‘us’. I loved the idea of an old fashioned spring fete with an old English tea party so that’s what we went with. It was important to us to make the day personal to every guest, as well as ourselves, so we put a great deal of effort into the little touches for everyone to remember. The idea of the wedding photos behind the top table was to symbolise how lucky we are to have such great role models in marriage and that we have the support of experienced couples behind us. Everyone enjoyed looking at the old photos too!”
Brought together by a mutual love of the 1960s and mod culture, Nikki & Paul met at a 1960s themed club. “I was inspired by wedding blogs like Rock n Roll Bride that talk about weddings that are slightly left field”, began the bride. “I was inspired by weddings with bright colours (we had orange and electric blue with grey) and we wanted to make sure each part of the day was reflective of who we are. We also didn’t take anything too seriously – it was meant to be fun!”
The theme of the wedding was ‘Mod’ and quintessentially British with everything from the invites (designed as a 7in single), the groom’s gift from his bride (a 125 cc Vespa!) and the fact that the groom performed with his own band at the end of the night, adding to it. “My husband’s own mod band, made up of all the ushers and best men, played instead of a first dance and brought the house down. You can see that Paul is in his element and was born to be a front man. Playing his favourite music to all his friends and family on his wedding day was something just so special and it really shows in the photos.”
Oh Anna Hardy you do have a way with that camera of yours. A way that makes everything dreamy and beautiful and cool all at the same time… although to be fair, I think you had it pretty easy with Beth & Jonny, like, how totally smokin’ are these two!? And Beth’s second dress by the epic Delphine Manivet is AMAZING. I love me that high collared cape thingy!
The wedding took place in Yorkshire in June. They had an informal registry office wedding in the morning with just a handful of their nearest and dearest, then got changed and had a big Glastonbury themed ceremony & reception with all their friends and family. As devoted Glastonbury goers, Beth & Jonny chose the weekend that the festival should have been on this year so that all their future anniversaries can be celebrated there!
“Originally we wanted to marry in the woods, and have a tipi reception in a field”, began the bride. “This turned out to be seriously and surprisingly expensive, and finding a field for rent in the north of England was pretty much impossible. When we went to see the venue at Broughton Hall it was a miserable day to say the least, but even in the rain, the place looked awesome.”
I’m not gonna lie, where was something in particular that swayed me when it came to featuring this wedding… Stan, the ever so slightly disgruntled looking cat. Of course when I saw the rest of the photos, I just happened to fall in love with Stan’s owners, Jodi & Dave as well, but if I’m going to be 100% truthful, Stan did help their cause.
This couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding and so by DIYing as much as they could the day came in at under £9000. The ceremony was held at Swiss Gardens, Shuttleworth with the reception taking place in the Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park. ”We looked at about 12 venues from a marquee where I keep my horses to a vintage factory ballroom but nothing quite ticked all the boxes”, wrote Jodi. “But when we found Swiss Gardens we knew instantly this was the one. We originally booked it for August 2013, but then were told the venue would be shutting down for 18 months for a lottery funded renovation so we could only postpone, cancel or move it forward! So we moved it forward giving us only 6 months to plan and make everything!”
“We’ve never really been a ‘weddingy’ kind of couple so after the initial haze of getting engaged and buying all sorts of wedding magazines and stuff, we realised there wasn’t a whole lot out there that was really very ‘us’,” began Laura, who married Chris in August this year. “At one point I’d even considered getting a traditional wedding dress and being a lady for a day but luckily all was saved when we went to see Back to the Future when it was re-released at the cinema. As soon as I saw the dresses at the enchantment under the sea dance, I realised that I knew what I wanted for our wedding.”
The couple make a lot of their wedding decor themselves using DIY tutorials from YouTube and on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Doing things ourselves saved money and meant that we could make things really personal to us”, she continued. “YouTube and the tutorials on Rock n Roll Bride were invaluable to us. For example our centrepieces were made using a tutorial for back-lit photos. I used three matching picture frames and stained them to match our colour scheme. I then photocopied a picture of me as a child, a picture of Chris as a child and a picture of us together onto tracing paper which I stuck onto the inside of the frames with double sided tape. Then I stuck the frames together and put a battery powered candle on the inside (don’t use a real candle – unless you want some pyrotechnics!) It made a really nice talking point for the tables and just made things that little bit more personal.”