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”
Ames and Tel met when they were twelve, at school. Needless to say it wasn’t love at first sight! However eleven years later they virtually bumped into each other on MySpace and saw each other on a few nights out. Shortly after that they started dating.
“We didn’t set out with a theme in mind for our wedding, we just knew we wanted a laid back relaxed do with close friends and family”, Ames explained. “We didn’t have much money to spend (our budget was £3000) so we wanted to do as much ourselves as we could. I think in the end we had a laid back, homemade vintage feel to the day.”
The wedding was held at the bride’s parent’s house in Spain. It was important to the couple that their day was small and stress-free. “I’ve struggled for years with depression and social anxiety so much so that I even ducked out of being a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding because I just wanted to blend into the day, rather than be part of it”, the bride continued. “At the start we spent hours looking for inspiration for our day. We wanted something really understated that our budget could stretch to (I have a large family who would travel far and wide to go to a wedding so we needed to take those needed to keep numbers in mind). We toyed with ideas of parties in marquees and village halls and even booked and paid a deposit for a venue in Scotland (close to my Scottish family).”
These beautifully gritty wedding images were shot at an abandoned warehouse in Badajoz, Spain. Wedding photographer Jesus Caballero explains, “I had an idea to shoot an urban wedding shoot. I wanted lots of black and a simple table arrangement. Imagined this wedding to be very informal.”
“We found a very urban couple with nothing conservative about them and they were happy take part in the session. Mary is a dancer and Alvaro is passionate about bikes so we used both these things in the shoot.”
“It was very easy to create the real atmosphere of the meeting, around the true style of the couple. The décor was perfect for their personalities and it was not necessary to make anything up to make it ‘cooler’.”
Bego and Sergio wanted a non-traditional wedding that didn’t cost a fortune. They wanted their day to be fun and informal, and for their guests to have a really great time. The venue was a warehouse and they had a subtle theme of electricity and lights with their DIY décor items.
“We wanted an informal wedding in a place where we could be really comfortable”, began the bride. “We didn’t want the traditional banquet with all people sitting in a table, we want a cocktail style party. Sergio also wanted to play with his band. After going over a lot of options, we decided that a warehouse would be the best place for us as we could really put our own stamp on it. The décor was all related to a theme of electricity.”
Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewed by three major media outlets about the rise of low key weddings (Grazia, The Daily Mail and the BBC). A number of celebrities have recently tied the knot in uncharacteristically understated ways (Keira being the latest) which has prompted the mainstream media interest, but as any Rock n Roll bride will know this is really nothing new. Planning your wedding in your own way has been something I’ve championed ever since this blog began waaaay back in 2007 and I’m honoured to have featured so many beautiful, small and honest weddings over the years. Of course I am thrilled that the mainstream are finally starting to sit up and take notice though – catch up guys!
Finnish Satu and John’s gorgeous Spanish wedding was held up in the Marbella hills.”We are a nature and animal loving couple so we wanted to celebrate our vows in a beautiful surroundings on the hills”, began the bride. “It totally reflects our lifestyle. The wedding was in April and that time of the year is so beautiful in Southern Spain. The nature is at it’s best, still fresh and green with pleasant temperatures and soft sunlight. Our photographer, David de Biasí, really beautifully captured that in the photos. We loved that our location was so secluded and that our dog, who is most definitely a member of our family, could take part in the ceremony.”