People often ask me what constitutes a ‘Rock n Roll wedding’. To me, its never particularly been about the things, the stuff and the styling; hence why I feature such an eclectic variety of amazing weddings!
Rock n Roll brides have weddings that are punk rock and weddings that a pretty and feminine. They’re boho and natural, and they’re over the top and colourful. My readers have weddings that cost £200 and weddings that cost £20,000. They have DIY details and they have things that they pay talented artisans to create for them.
Being a Rock n Roll bride is not about how your wedding looks on the outside, it’s about your attitude on the inside. If you want to stick two fingers up to what the wedding industry says you should do, or should have at your wedding, then you are totally a Rock n Roll bride!
I adore this shoot. While it might not be the most ‘out there’ photo session I’ve ever featured, it certainly has to be one of the most beautiful. Wedding photographer Jesús Caballero told me all about his inspiration. “I teamed up with a wedding planner and a florist in Madrid to conceptualise a really intimate bridal shoot. Shot in a centric antiques house, the design was inspired in an indoor ‘vertical’ garden, a strong branded bridal dress and antique elements.”
Ana and Juanjo met through work. After dating for seven years they had their son, Mario, and seven years after that, on June 20th this year, they were married in Casares Costa, Spain.
“We didn’t have any particular theme for our wedding, we just wanted to be us and our guests to be themselves!”, Ana said. “We love music from the 60s and 70s and the Woodstock music festival so I guess that inspired us a bit. We also love American country music which was the inspiration for my outfit. The wedding was held in the South of Spain, overlooking the ocean. The beach location worked really well with this variety of styles. It really came together very well.”
Ana’s dress was handmade by her mother. The fabric had belonged to her for 30 years, and she’d kept it especially for her future wedding dress. “The wedding was such a special day”, she continued. “It was such a beautiful place on the beach where everybody I love could enjoy the great company, food, music and drinks! Everyone was so happy. All our family and friends were smiling, talking, singing and dancing. We felt the love of everybody there.”
The glorious wedding of Val and Jones was held at Vinyols Camps in Spain. They wanted the day to be relaxed, fun and full of details that were personal to them. Val carried a ‘bouquet’ of broccoli instead of flowers because she is a huge advocate for sustainability and minimalism, and they drank tea as part of their ceremony because they both love it!
“Jones loves the colour white and I am an advocate for sustainable things, so both these ideas inspired our wedding”, wrote Val. “We wanted a 3-day wedding too because we had lots of people coming in from quite a long way away.”
It’s no great secret that I adore colourful weddings. Eli and Miquel clearly feel the same because their Spanish wedding was filled will glorious colour! “We wanted our wedding to have an air of festivity and a colourful but casual tone”, said the bride, “It was a magical night. The venue, L’Avellana Mas d’en Cabre, really helped to make everything a success.”
The wedding fell on June 23rd, St. John’s Eve, the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. “Because it was St. John’s Eve, everyone was even more in the party spirit”, she continued. “Our inspiration was this night, the first night of the summer, and was full of magic and colour.”
Vera and Damián were married in their own attic flat in Barcelona. Vera’s dad officiated the ceremony and they decorated the space themselves with things they already had, and items bought from flea markets. This was a truly DIY wedding with the focus on the ceremony and the meaning it held for them and their families.
“We wanted to have a very small wedding, very cosy and intimate, surrounded by our dearest friends and family”, wrote the bride. “The idea was to celebrate and to have a great party. We looked into venues but everything was geared towards huge gatherings and large amounts of money, which we didn’t feel comfortable with. We decided to celebrate our wedding at home, on our terrace. It was unique in the sense that it was extremely relaxed, the idea was to have fun.”
I don’t think there’s a style of wedding that epitomises a Rock n Roll wedding more than a black, white and red colour scheme and a 1950s theme! Lidia and Joaquín’s nuptials were held in La Quinta de Illescas, Toledo, Spain.
“As we love tattoos and Rock n Roll we wanted to make them our theme”, explained Lidia. “Also we love the retro style and the 1950s. In fact all our stationery had old school tattoo elements on them – roses, a heart lock, a key and swallows.”
“One of the things that defined our wedding was that we had the freedom to organize the day as we wanted. First we decided to get ready together in a beautiful hotel suite. Normally we dress together and we feel very comfortable that way. We didn’t want to lose these intimate and closer instants in our day.”
“We also just did that we wanted!” She continued. “I had red lips, red shoes and red nails, and I wore a short dress. I was convinced that I wanted this look and I didn’t care what people thought”