One of the questions people always ask me when we meet is, “don’t you ever get bored of writing about weddings?” And I always say, with the utmost honestly, that if they saw all the amazing weddings I get to look at on a daily basis they, like me, would never get bored!
When wedding photographer Lisa Jane showed me just one sneak peek from Jess and Jordan’s Brighton wedding I got excited. I just knew that a couple as cool as these two would have had an amazing wedding – and I was right! This is what Rock n Roll weddings are all about!
The day was held at The Dome Cinema in Worthing. West Sussex and this was a budget wedding to beat all budget weddings! The bride’s dress was from Modcloth, the bridesmaid’s dresses were from New Look and TX Maxx and everything for the reception – the cake (made by a friend), the stationery and the décor – were DIY. The groom wore clothes that he either already owned or that he found in vintage shops and they forgoed flowers completely. They spent less than £3000 in total.
“We met while in past relationships”, began Jess. “Hardships ensued and we found ourselves leaning on each other. We needed each other and became inseparable. My mum always says we were lost souls that finally found each other. Three years on we have a gorgeous daughter and we’ve never been stronger.”
After their ceremony at Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh, Will and Rowan hosted a low key reception at St Columba’s by the Castle, which was walking distance for all their guests. In the evening everybody moved on again, this time to The Caves. They chose this for their evening party because it is one one Will’s favourite venues for gigs.
“Right from the beginning we were trying not to make too much of a big deal, which sounds odd but our daughter’s births were pretty much ‘the happiest days of our lives’”, explained Rowan. “Having said that though, it actually was up there as one of the very best. We just wanted a day that would be fun and relaxed so everyone could just have a chat and a catch-up and some nice food and a bit of a dance. Making it a good day for the kids was really important to us too. Part of the reason we chose that church hall was because it had a garden so they had some space to run around.”
It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”
For their March wedding, Tiffany and Christopher wanted to do everything themselves. It meant they were able to save money, but also that they could have the wedding they really wanted. Their theme was a pastel candy coloured rainbow, full of lovely DIY projects and playful ideas!
“Pastel candy rainbow is the easiest description for the reception”, explained the bride. “We went for a more nature inspired, minimal, springtime themed look for the actual ceremony. We’re both foodies (Chris being a chef helps) and we love donuts, candy, sprinkles, and lots of colors.”
“The officiant was explicitly told there would be no religion, no references to ‘giving the bride away”‘or any other traditional vows”, she continued. “I’m a feminist and I am not owned by my father or my husband. She went along with it beautifully and even threw in a Willy Wonka quote at the end. I had pink hair, tattoos showing, and we arrived in a classic Buick Century. Our shoot after the ceremony at the carnival was very Rock n Roll, with my leather jacket, pins, and our sunglasses. We happened to find the carnival in a shopping center a few days before the wedding and it turned out to be perfect for pictures. It was free and we had a blast! The car we rode in was the coolest too.”
Demelza and Andy were married in Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Mildmay Club in Newington Green. Their wedding was inspired by the kitchen sink dramas of the 60s.
“We wanted a really personal wedding so we made sure as much of it as possible was designed and made by either ourselves or our friends”, wrote the bride. “We also wanted a local wedding which is why we got married at our local town hall and had the reception in the working men’s club at the end of our street. We are very lucky to have two such amazing buildings so close to us. The inspiration just came from us, our home and what we love, we basically wanted to have a massive party with all our friends and family, great food and dancing all night!”
“Andy designed a font for our names and we had a large rubber stamp made with the idea of gold foil embossing each of the 130 invites by hand”, she continued. “This was a lovely idea and looked fantastic but each one took about half an hour to make and involved special powder, potions and a hair dryer!! Hence only half our guest received foiled invites, the rest got gold paint.”
“Our biggest expense, but also our biggest highlight was the band, The Tamla Motown Sound. Live music is really important to us so we knew we had to have a band playing. We absolutely love Motown and so do all our friends so we knew they would keep everyone dancing all night, they were fabulous.”
I joked on Facebook recently that the way to get blogged on Rock n Roll Bride is clearly to have a cat theme to your wedding, because this is the forth one I’ve featured in so many weeks (the others are here, here and here)! I stand by my convictions though, cat weddings are awesome. End of discussion.
Liza and Dean were married at Porteño Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney. “Our wedding was very feline!” began the bride. “We really wanted the day to be an amazing meal for our friends that also celebrated who we are and what we love as a couple. The team at Porteno were amazing and the food was sensational so we definitely fulfilled our first objective! When it came to styling, I am THE ULTIMATE mad cat lady – covered in ‘cattoos’ and very committed to my love of all things feline. I obviously didn’t shy away from that for a second when planning the wedding – right down to my dress!”
“Dean works in the music industry and he loves fashion and cars, so he brought his own very unique style and ideas to the day. And just like the two of us our individual styles complimented each other perfectly on the day! We LOVE our pets (4 cats and 2 dogs) and were committed to ‘bringing them into’ the wedding as much as possible using our signs, cake topper and even our vows. Everything about the day was very authentically Liza and Dean – and that authenticity was the defining characteristic of the day.”