Chanel and Ray’s South African wedding was a quirky affair implementing their favourite colours… plus dinosaurs and lots of other things they love!
“We took everything we loved and put it into our wedding”, the bride began. “Ray inspires me every day and I wanted that to show in our wedding. We make magic together and I wanted our quests to not only see it, but feel it.”
The bride wore a green dress designed by the bride and groom with the help of a dressmaker. “My dress maker, Rose van Staden, has made countless cosplay outfits for my husband so she was the obvious choice. I decided to not go with white, but rather my favourite colour: mint green with touches of charcoal. My dress also had gold studs on the chest just to add a bit of edge. We bought all of the material and trimmings from our local bulk fabric outlet. My shoes were a present from my husband, he’d surprised me with the most spectacular pair of Converse All Stars I’d ever seen! They’re white leather, with scales like that of a dragon. My flower crown was made by our friend Cynthia but what made it special was that it had little turquoise skulls in the flowers.”
When I first saw Jody and Shane’s engagement shoot (the bride shared some shots in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group!) I almost let out an involuntary squeak. I’m sorry but how friggin’ gorgeous are this pair!? If you’re considering not bothering with an engagement session, I kinda feel these might start to change your mind a little bit…
“Our engagement shoot took place at Oxshott Woods, Surrey”, said Jody. “It had a woodland fairytale theme. We wanted our photos to have a unique quality about them and to represent something classic but also with an edge (like us!) We wanted to add something that made the natural backdrop more magical with the coloured smokebombs.”
BRB just dying over how incredible these are…
Ben and Erin’s DIY Autumn wedding was held in a barn at Tuckaway Cove, a historic event space on Tellico Lake in Greenback, TN. Their main inspiration came from family: past, present and future.
“We love antiques and the stories that come from finding them”, explained Erin. “From an old camera that was probably used at a wedding in the early 1900s, to the one grandpa used in the 50s, to a briefcase that may have been used for a young couple’s honeymoon, or even the hat great grandmother would wear almost every Sunday. It is all very special to us. All the props on the tables came from our own collection.”
This was a proper DIY wedding with almost every element being homemade by someone in the family. The cake was made by the bride’s mother and the flowers were found in a local craft store and via bulk order websites. They did all the arrangements themselves, although the bride’s bouquet came from a seller on Etsy. They even had DIY catering with the groom’s mother making everything from scratch!
Brittany and Dale’s wedding was inspired by astronomy. The bride loves the stars and the night sky and she thought it would make a really romantic wedding theme. “We didn’t follow any wedding trends at all”, she said. “We love colour so we used it as much as possible and I wore a gold wedding dress!”
“One of my favourite moments was our ‘first look’. Dale broke down in full tears when he saw me. His reaction was priceless. When the flower girl Edie, saw him crying (my family were all sneaking a look at the first look) she ran to us with a Kleenex to save the day.”
The ceremony was also very emotional. The bride walked down the aisle to a song she had sung and recorded in advance. “I had sung and recorded a song for Dale. He was so emotional during his vows that he could barely get through them an everyone was in tears. My grandfather said a number of prayers and readings at the ceremony too which is so special to me, because only two months later, we lost him tragically in a car accident. I will always remember it.”
Bri and Kristian’s wedding had a subtle 1920s vibe with rustic minimalism, natural elements, animals and earth tones.
The bride wore two dresses, both very affordable. “The first was a Vintage 1920s, heavy silk gown with hand embroidery which I found through my friend at Trunk of Dresses. I wore this dress for my ceremony. The second was really special. A cotton crochet dress inspired by the 1920s as well. I wore it with a simple nude silk slip underneath, bought at Aritzia. I wore this for the photos and the reception.”
“Our main inspiration for the day was these naturally shed antlers that we found and used as centrepieces”, she continued. “They were really the inspirational focal point for us. We basically started with ‘barn’, ‘1920s’ and ‘antlers’ and built everything else around that. We also wanted to ensure we didn’t spend money on anything unnecessary, and instead focused on the things that were really important to us.”
Vasilia and Joe’s wedding had an old timely feel. It was held in a friend’s back garden and all their guests dressed in their 1920s inspired finest! “Before we started planning, we sat down for an hour or so and each quietly broke out our thoughts for every aspect of our vision”, said the bride. “We quickly realised that we had very similar, if not the same thoughts on almost everything. I can’t say that anything in particular inspired us other than our desire to make a unique experience for our guests that showcased our personality and taste, without the regular formality and stuffiness of a wedding.”
“We asked guests to participate by dressing up in their best twenties gear, and did they ever! Our guests played a huge role in making our wedding work so beautifully. We had lawn games, romantic string lights, a photo booth I had set up with vintage frames and props (complete with a vintage suitcase I found at a nearby antique store), and a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce. The location also had great meaning as the ceremony was held at my best friend’s (Jessica) parents house (her dad drove us to our first look in his Rolls, and he hand painted the tire behind us which has a secret meaning to us).”