I think a lot of you will know Sassy already. She is an amazing wedding photographer and I’m really lucky because I get to share her incredible weddings all the time. A few years ago she also wrote an article for me about her own wedding photography experience which went kinda viral (read: it was one of my most popular articles of all time!)
So, when she told me that she and her gorgeous husband, Ian, were renewing their vows in Thailand I was really, really excited. Excited for them because they’d finally have the epic photographs they deserved, but extra excited for me and you because I knew she’d let me blog it!
Not only are these photos (by Emma Lucy and Neil Douglas), and the accompanying video (Chris Koch), some of the most incredible I’ve seen in a long time, but the love, emotion and THAT RAINBOW DRESS by The Couture Company (who else?) have completely blown me away!
“I’m not going to dwell on the reason we first considered a vow renewal on our 5th wedding anniversary”, began Sassy. “Yes, people did raise an eyebrow as if to say ‘It’s only 5 years!!’ but hell, you know what, why shouldn’t we celebrate every year!?”
“We decide to renew our vows at the one place we both love equally. Ian and I are quite different people (as chalk and cheese!) and don’t often have the same opinions on anything, so when we both totally fell for Chieow Laan lake and Koh Sok national park I knew this was the perfect place for the renewal… after all it’s paradise! It’s hard to explain how this place gets in to your soul but when I haven’t been in a while I start feeling homesick. Its special and magical!”
Mandy and Chris wanted their New Jersey wedding to be a reflection of the things they love, and so lace and home-brewed beer it was! The ceremony was held at a chapel in Allaire Park, officiated by their tattoo artist friend, the reception was at The Mill in Spring Lake.
“We tried really hard to incorporate things we love and we knew everyone else would love”, began the bride. “We didn’t spend money on things to make it overly ‘showy’. We wanted to keep it fun for everyone but throw in a lot of things we love. Such as Chris’ homebrews, Uncle Doods doughnuts, and some fun music. We also had our favorite local brewery’s session beer available (we paid for it and brought it to the venue ourselves… Boat beer from carton brewing!)”
I joked on Facebook recently that the way to get blogged on Rock n Roll Bride is clearly to have a cat theme to your wedding, because this is the forth one I’ve featured in so many weeks (the others are here, here and here)! I stand by my convictions though, cat weddings are awesome. End of discussion.
Liza and Dean were married at Porteño Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney. “Our wedding was very feline!” began the bride. “We really wanted the day to be an amazing meal for our friends that also celebrated who we are and what we love as a couple. The team at Porteno were amazing and the food was sensational so we definitely fulfilled our first objective! When it came to styling, I am THE ULTIMATE mad cat lady – covered in ‘cattoos’ and very committed to my love of all things feline. I obviously didn’t shy away from that for a second when planning the wedding – right down to my dress!”
“Dean works in the music industry and he loves fashion and cars, so he brought his own very unique style and ideas to the day. And just like the two of us our individual styles complimented each other perfectly on the day! We LOVE our pets (4 cats and 2 dogs) and were committed to ‘bringing them into’ the wedding as much as possible using our signs, cake topper and even our vows. Everything about the day was very authentically Liza and Dean – and that authenticity was the defining characteristic of the day.”
If someone were to ask me to list all of my favourite things, nearly everything in this wedding would feature: cats, tattoos, Disney, ears, pink, 80s tunes, glitter… I mean goodness, what’s not to love?! The wedding was held at Union/Pine in Portland, in December.
“Early on in the planning process we struggled with whether we needed a theme or not”, explained Lacey. “Ultimately we decided that the theme should be ‘us’ and the decisions came much easier after that. We didn’t feel any pressure to choose things that would fit snuggly in to a strict theme. Instead our ‘us’ theme meant that we included any and all of the things that make us happy including Disneyland, Elvis, our loved ones, tattoos, sprinkles, our favorite cocktails, photobooths, our cats, hearts, zombies, incredible food, 80s music, balloons, confetti, sparklers and so much more.”
Elia and Joey didn’t want a big wedding, instead they wanted something small and meaningful. The day was held at Little Valley Mountain Resort with the ceremony in the chapel there and the reception in one of the cabins!
“We wanted to do something very special to us, without spending a whole bunch of money”, Elia wrote. “We wanted it to be small, which was a necessity just because the chapel sat 24 people. We were hoping to make this a weekend vacation for everybody there, instead of just another wedding. I think we may be the only couple ever introduced as husband and wife at the reception with ‘Spheres of Madness’ by Decapitated. I think we did things different from the norm by not stressing on ANYTHING. We just took every bump as a part of the story.”
“I’m not particularly crafty, but those on Etsy are. I basically took their DIY and made it my own”, she continued. “Etsy was key to our wedding. Also, even if you are planning on doing your own hair, have somebody there to help when your arms get tired. It took two hours to do my hair, and it was exhausting and sweaty.”
“The best thing about the day was that everybody at the wedding was either in it, or family. It was a weekend spent with the people absolutely closest to us, and would have been a blast even without a wedding! We managed to save a lot of money on the food as we had the reception in the cabin the wedding party was staying in, and it had it’s own kitchen. Our moms cooked us our favorite meals! Comfort food! They were happy to help, especially since we paid for the entire wedding ourselves.”
Travis and Erin challenged themselves to spend no more than $5000 on their wedding – and they did it! One of the key things about this wedding was that they kept it a secret from their guests. That’s right, they had no idea they were going to a wedding that day… they all thought they were just there for an engagement party! The day was held at The Briars Homestead Garden, Mount Martha, Australia.
“We both wanted a day where everyone felt relaxed, with a beer in their hand and a belly full of good food”, the bride explained. “My family used to love going on picnics when we were young and we thought that would be the best way to translate what we wanted to achieve; a day in the sun with friends, music, food and booze. So our theme was a laid back picnic engagement party turned SURPRISE WEDDING with splashes of red and blue!”