Lorna and Nigel described their May wedding as “like your Nan’s 1940s wedding, where family and guests all lent the couple their best china and vases and donated homemade cakes” and I think that couldn’t be more perfect! The wedding was held at St Peter & St Paul’s Church and Orford House Social Club and was full of fun and quirky 1940s and 50s details.
“I could not see us having a traditional wedding in a hotel or posh country house”, explained Lorna “the thought of that scared me actually! We wanted something that was relaxed and based around a live band. We love swing and Lindy Hop dancing and the more we got into the dancing, the more important the music and the dancing became I also wanted somewhere I could do my own décor and not be dictated to, so we had to find a venue that would allow us to do that. We go dancing at Orford House regularly so it was the ideal place for us!”
Charlotte and Leo, originally from Brighton but currently living in Liverpool, knew they wanted to marry in the city where they met. So they planned their wedding from afar and booked out an entire guest house right on the sea front to accommodate their guests! A Room with a View has nine guest rooms and was the perfect place for everyone to get ready. The floor to ceiling windows looking over the beach and pier made for some great photos from Lisa Devlin too!
The ceremony was held in the cafe below the famous Brighton bandstand (they originally planned to get married on it but the weather wouldn’t allow it!) “When we began planning we decided we wanted to have a big party to celebrate with our friends and family, most of whom live down South, while we are currently living in Liverpool for my job”, began Charlotte. “We don’t get to go down as often as we would like, or to see everyone on each occasion, so we wanted to make the day as fun as possible for all the family and friends who are so important to us. We consciously decided in the end not to call upon our friends’ many musical, artistic and culinary skills as we wanted everyone to be able to relax and enjoy the day, although many of them were absolute super stars at helping us set up the day before.”
When Kirsty and Steve planned to marry they knew they wanted tradition to play no part in it. This started with their surname. Instead of keeping their own names or one of them taking the other’s they decided to merge their two names to create a brand new one. So Kirsty Foster and Steve Pate became Mr & Mrs Fate!
When it came to capturing their wedding day they wanted photos that were bright, romantic, playful, with a little kooky edge. They found We Heart Pictures through Rock n Roll Bride and couldn’t have been happier with their choice! They wedding took place on June 7th at Hoxton Hall, London.
“It meant a lot to us to do everything ourselves so we could add the personal touches and details that had meaning for us”, began the bride. “We lived and breathed the wedding for months leading up to it and became entirely consumed by rainbow ribbons, bottle gardens, lobsters, life size skeletons and balloon garlands – and so did our friends! I couldn’t tell you how many hours of wedding planning was spent in front of our TV watching Murder She Wrote.”
Laura and Toby were married at Glastonbury Town Hall over the festival weekend so they could have their reception at the festival itself! “For us getting married at Glastonbury Festival was the obvious choice”, Laura explained. “We love Glastonbury as a town and of course the festival is the ultimate Rock n Roll party location. We have been attending for many years, it is the highlight of our summer. I don’t think there are many people who can say that they had the Rolling Stones play at their wedding reception! Despite wanting to keep it a simple and quiet wedding we certainly had a huge party, we think about 180,000 people attended!”
Laura wore a French Connection dress, Hunter wellies and a floral head garland which she bought from a stall at the festival. “I wanted to wear something that I could relax in at the festival and of course I had to consider if it was going to be muddy – therefore I had to ensure it was a short dress! I still wanted it to look traditional in colour but other than that I just went for something I could wear again and again.”
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.”