Sarah and Ben chose Islington Metal Works for their July 2013 wedding. The bride wore Valentino, the groom a snappy suit from Topman, and their whole day was just a massive representation of the two of them.
“We really wanted our wedding to just reflect our personalities and what we love!” wrote Sarah. “We both share a love of taxidermy, skulls, vintage furniture and weird curiosities so we wanted to bring that across but in a light pretty way softened with fairly lights and flowers. We would have loved more taxidermy but it was surprising how much it costs to hire it!”
“We also love places that are a little run down and industrial and the Metal Works was the perfect venue for this. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we had a small private family ceremony in our local registry office the day before and had our close friend Christian perform a short ceremony for us at the Metal Works. Friends read and our best friends daughter was the ring bearer. It was perfect and just what we wanted. Intimate with plenty of laughter.”
Inga and Nick wanted their wedding to be industrial and overgrown. Think graffiti, dripping candles and a venue with a derelict vibe. The Brisbane Powerhouse proved to be the perfect place for their April celebration.
“We are a unique kind of couple with an obsession for the obscure – especially skulls,” began the bride. “We wanted the wedding to really reflect our personalities and to incorporate the things we love – animals, skulls and organised chaos. The brief for our florists was overgrown, we did not want anything to look too placed. We gave the guests gifts of a napkin that was custom made, which had a wolf on it and read ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’, as we are music and animal lovers, this ticked both boxes. The guests also received a hand picked poem which was enclosed in a beautiful mini envelope (with skulls and skeletons on it of course), these we used as place cards.”
The ceremony was held on the Riverbend Terrace, overlooking the water. “Our celebrant was amazing and added in little bits of ‘us’ that we did not expect, like a few lines from a Pantera song ‘This Love’, before he pronounced us as husband and wife. It was really nice having a surprise like this during our ceremony. When you’re so involved in planning a wedding, it is fun when people throw in really meaningful surprises.”
Wearing a bespoke black wedding dress, Iron Fist shoes and rocking her fuchsia tresses with aplomb, Jude married Will at Bruisyard Hall in October. They booked their country house venue for whole weekend and threw the party in the middle! The celebration was centred around the couple and their love of alternative music. They wanted the feel of a rock gig for their wedding and for all their guests to have a blast.
“We love going to gigs so getting an amazing band was a huge priority to give us the rock gig feel we wanted for the evening”, explained the bride. “Our tables were named after bands we’ve seen live together and each guest had different song lyrics from their table’s band inside their name place card. And we absolutely had to have cocktails after the ceremony as we’re huge cocktail enthusiasts!”
For their spring wedding, Claire and Simon wanted a laid back, beach wedding. They didn’t want any stress or anything too fussy, so they kept their guest list small and chose things that made them happy!
“Our theme was rockabilly meets surf and the beach”, began the bride, “Rockasurf? Beachabilly? We are quite different in styles but we both absolutely knew we didn’t want a generic, traditional wedding. We’ve been together 14 years and after Simon proposed in March 2013 (with a beautiful black diamond and platinum ring!) we decided we didn’t want to wait very long for the wedding considering how long we had been together already so planned the wedding for April 2014.”
Although they both have different interests, it was important that they incorporated things they both love into their wedding. “Simon loves surfing, VWs and I’m more into tattoos, rockabilly style and rock music!” Claire continued. “Red, white and black are also the colours of my favourite football team and we definitely had to have skulls in there somewhere!”
“We tried to get rid of any stress-inducing aspects so we didn’t have a table plan, speeches or a first dance. We wanted the day to be a really relaxed and informal for everyone involved. In the end Simon did do a short speech to thank people but that was it!”
As soon as I saw the sneak peek of Ele & Raph’s wedding on their wedding photographer’s facebook page, I knew I wanted to feature them… it’s not really that difficult to see why is it? Could these guys be any more Rock n Roll if they tried?! The couple booked Rock n Roll Bride favourite Assassynation to capture their amazing day.
“What a great pleasure it was to have Sassy do the photography on our special day! I felt at ease as soon as I met her”, began the bride. “Upon speaking to my (camera shy!) husband afterwards, he said exactly the same about Sassy, that she jumped at every opportunity to get that perfect shot and with simple instructions made him feel comfortable and contented. Ecstatic with the sneak peeks that Sassy had uploaded within less than 24 hours (wow!) onto her Facebook page, we both knew that Sassy is one Rock n Roll photographer and it would not have been the same without her!”
The July wedding took place at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. “The staff were outstanding in providing amazing service and ensuring that every small detail was exactly to our expectations,” she continued. “The food was to a superb standard and the manager went out of his way throughout the day to make our celebration as awesome as possible.”
The couple handmade as much as possible including the table plan, the card boxes, the various skulls dotted around the place and their stationery. “One phrase that sums up the run up to our wedding… ‘if you want something done properly, do it yourself!’” Ele laughed. “I spray painted each individual favour box in a baby pink for the guests and finished it off with a black skull stencil on each of them. I knew that this was going to be a lot of work, however there was no way I was not going to add these important touches to this very important day. It could be said that a lot of people find it easy to choose something from a book and then have somebody else make it for them, but where is the fun in that? Adding our own characters to the various aspects of our celebration made it what it was to us – the most beautiful and breathtaking day we have ever experienced. I feel very proud that it’s now being featured here for everyone to see!”
The Welsh wedding of Ioan & Anona was planned with everyone in mind – themselves, their friends and their families. It was important to them that their wedding would be an enjoyable day for everyone in attendance. “On one hand we wanted quite a traditional wedding that would keep the parents happy but also one that both our friends and ourselves would feel bore our own individual stamp,” the groom told me. “I play guitar in a hardcore punk / rock band and am obsessed with old 70s riff heavy rock and classic album art so I was really keen to ramp up those kind of aesthetics. Anona’s mother was quite keen on a ‘spring flower’ theme and whilst initially I worried those two influences would clash spectacularly I think in the end it all came together and balanced each other nicely.”
“Although we were both keen to stylize the wedding to some degree, the bottom line for us was that we just wanted to have all our friends and family nearby and really enjoy the day for what it was, a celebration of our love and commitment to each other. I think ultimately that really came across and whilst there were traditional elements it was by no means stuffy and the little personal touches really shone through.”
With the groom being in a band it was obvious that music would play a big part in their day. “I was determined to get a proper rockabilly band that could really tear it up!” he continued. “Wild went down a storm and both the youngsters and the oldies were going crazy for it. It was important to me that the band be really tight and professional and as far removed from the kind of bands I’d been involved with as possible!!! The playlists that we spent hours crafting went down really well and it was such a thrill to see people enjoying themselves and dancing all night long.”
“My friend Sian did both our cakes and we were just absolutely blown away by her sponge, chocolate and icing creations”, he continued. “She made a really elegant cake with pretty flowers for the day and a totally rocking cake for the evening. The life size chocolate skull was a complete surprise and it really cemented our rock n roll evening theme. I’m not really one for playing up to the camera but I couldn’t resist going ape with the cake knife and inflicting some dramatic damage during our ‘cutting of the cake’ ceremony!”