Louise and Pete’s Belfast manor house wedding was full to bursting with cute, quirky and retro DIY details. The bride wore a polka dot Candy Anthony wedding dress and looked every but the mid-century starlet with her beehive hair do and classically gorgeous make up. “We definitely had a retro themed wedding”, Louise explained. “I took inspiration from Hairspray (especially when it came to my hair!) and had a pink polka dot 50s style dress. Pete had a teddy boy-esque suit. We played 60s garage songs during the drinks reception and 60s girl groups afterwards. We asked all our male guests to wear bow ties, which they did, including my 5 month old nephew!”
“In the year leading up to our own wedding Pete and I attended 13 weddings (including an amazing 5 day affair in Rajasthan), so we ended up with a really good idea of what we felt was important”, she continued. “It all centred on making sure our guests were having fun and that the food and alcohol was plentiful. We wanted to get everyone up and dancing. We knew from the outset that a hotel wedding wasn’t for us and we discarded elements that we didn’t feel mattered on the day, like having a top table or a cake cutting ceremony.”
Allana and Jared were married at Strand West in Amsterdam, a little known beach club just 10 mins from Amsterdam Central Station. They wanted a laid back, budget friendly wedding that reflected them. The bride designed her own dress through Dolly Couture, the bride’s aunt did the flowers and they designed their own stationery. They also decorated the venue themselves.
“We made almost all our own decor for the wedding,” Allana explained. “The venue already had some great paper lamps and disco balls so with some help from my girl friends we made 30+ paper pompoms and hung some white lace bunting. We chose simple white wild flowers in a collection of old glass for tables, and had white and transparent balloons everywhere. I made my own wedding favoors; Haribo hearts in glassine envelopes in a ladies and gents version with tiny bunting (that was a long project!)”
“We didn’t have a theme as such, but knew we wanted a relaxed, modern wedding that still incorporated a couple of Scottish and Dutch traditions”, she continued. “More than anything, it was all about the people and making the most of having everyone together to celebrate. We kept colours simple and clean by sticking with mostly black and white and a bit of baby pink for a little colour pop. There is a great Dutch word, ‘gezellig’. It doesn’t have a literal English equivalent but pretty much means cosy, friendly, comfortable and enjoyable. Our wedding was definitely gezellig.”
Maud and Robert’s wedding was full on Rock n Roll. This Dutch couple went for a classic combo of red and white with a few touches of orange. Most of their guests even showed up wearing same colours! “For over a year I browsed Rock n Roll Bride for inspiration and was SO inspired by the lovely 50s and vintage and pin-up weddings”, Maud explained. “All our friends and family expected something different for our wedding. They just knew it wouldn’t be traditional or ‘ordinary’. A typical Dutch wedding means a strapless long dress, a humongous sports car, doves, natural make up, a huge white cake… I don’t like any of that, I never have. I like things to be a lot more vibrant and colourful! It’s just us. It’s who we are. In ‘real life’ my husband also rocks the pompadour hairstyle (even to work as a financial analyst!) and I wear pencil skirts and red lipstick every day. Our wedding showed exactly who we are.”
“I made pretty much everything from scratch as I am a graphic designer”, she continued. “I designed the cupcake toppings, the invitations, the save the date cards and the little welcome cards on the tables. We had a animation with our pictures that I put together. I made sure everything was in the same style. Even the favours (printed guitar picks on little cards) were homemade.”
Rachel and Steven wanted a relaxed vibe for their Glaswegian wedding. This red-headed couple held their celebration at Pollokshields Burgh Hall and used dried wheat, carthamus and rhodantha throughout to give the space an organic and natural look. ”We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted everyone to relax and have a great day, and for the place to be natural, light and beautiful”, Rachel began. “The hall is gorgeous on its own anyway so I chose items, colours, flowers accordingly and everything came together amazingly. My bridesmaids and I carried wheat bouquets and we used a lot of charity shop finds. My girls also chose their own dresses. I just wanted them to wear a dress that made them feel amazing.”
“The Kitchen Window caterers were absolutely perfect and totally got what we were after”, she continued. “We had sharing antipasti platters to start with and then a buffet style main with chorizo stew and chicken stroganoff, it all tasted amazing, was really laid back and everyone loved it! They were a major part of the wedding and kept the whole day in order. We could not have managed it without them!”
Rich and Fran chose Romsey Town Hall as the venue for their April wedding. They wanted a day that was fun and personal but didn’t break the bank. With a lot of help from friends and family and a truckload of DIY, they created a wedding day that was the perfect reflection of them and their love.
“Our wedding was defined by our families and friends and the huge amount they supported us”, began the bride. “We are both very close to our families and our friends are just like a little family to us too. From start to finish our wedding was a real team effort. Having my grandma, aunts and uncles making pompoms the week before and then turning up to the venue the day before the wedding to see my oldest friend hanging them up with my cousins was really humbling. On top of that my Mum pretty much organised the whole thing and my Dad made nearly everything. We owe them so much and are so incredible grateful. They didn’t say no to any of our crazy ideas, even though at first they weren’t convinced by us eating lasagne and curry (our favourite meals) or having a male bridesman.”
For her bridal shoot, Gabi, a make up artist from Rio, wanted something modern but with a boho twist. Her wedding dress was made for her and inspired by a Chanel gown she saw at a runway show. She chose a cool and elegant hotel in Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, for the location.
“The place is truly amazing, with perfect natural lighting and art objects”, explained photographer Marina Lomara. “I loved having the opportunity to photograph a bride so beautiful there. Here in Brazil, wedding photographers generally just have just a few minutes for the bride’s portraits on a wedding day so it was amazing to have two hours to shoot here. Gabi loves to be photographed and made sure to have a special photo session before going to the party. She did her own make up and with the short dress, pixie hair cut and dark red lips she looked like an actress right out of the 1940s.”