After a sweet proposal outside the concert of one of their favourite bands, Emily & Casey set to planning their fairytale wedding. They wanted it to reflect how much in love they are as well as their fun, carefree and loving nature towards life.
“We are very laid back people and knew a proper, traditional wedding was totally not our style”, explained Emily. “I have always appreciated the more simple things in life such as nature and the beauty that can be found within it. So when our friends, the Bandy family, offered up their beautiful home and grounds as the location, I was giddy with excitement. The wedding was beautiful and seamless, our reception, a huge party; guests were wined, dined, and danced the night away. And at the end of a the long, stressful planning of a wedding, two best friends proclaimed to spend the rest of their lives together, doing what they do best; listening to records, making each other laugh, and most importantly being in love. That is what makes us Rock n Roll.”
Holly & Ben weren’t exactly sure what they wanted for their wedding when they started planning, but after feeling overwhelmed by what they saw in wedding magazines, they were quickly convinced about what they didn’t want!
“I was not one of those girls who always dreamed about her wedding”, began Holly, who married Ben at Botleys Mansion in October. ”I had never wanted a big wedding, as I think you can often lose the personal touches that make the day so special. But once we found the venue everything sort of snowballed and I ended up with this big venue that I wanted to feel personal and homely.”
“The amount of things that were suggested in wedding magazines about what you should do and what you are supposed to have made planning overwhelming. So I stopped looking at wedding magazines, and instead of using suppliers for everything I tried to do as many bits myself as I could. The favours were jams made by me from fruit that I grew in my garden. We created the save the dates ourselves, with help from my sister, and I made the invitations, the table plans, the place settings with help from my mum, sister and bridesmaids.”
The New Jersey wedding of Lauren & Justin took place in October and had a vintage gothic theme. Red, black and white were the colours of choice and everything, although mostly handmade by the bride and her mother, had a really elegant twist.
“My mother and I planned this entire wedding ourselves” wrote Lauren. “We had help here and there from my father, husband and even my mother in law. I think I should also mention I work six days a week so all planning was crammed into my only day off.. Sundays… and the little bit of time after work if I had energy!”
“My inspiration was to have some awesome traditions of a wedding, with my crazy twist of life added to it. Our theme was classy and twisted, crazy and beautiful! I wanted to wedding to be beautiful and classy and yet crazy and different like me and my husband. We did dark dresses, intense red accents and creepy Nightmare Before Christmas music that was covered by an orchestra. I wanted my dress to showcase all of my beautiful tattoos. I pretty much wanted a vintage inspired gothic traditional wedding and that’s what I got.”
“We handmade our wedding invitations and our card box which was one of those big fake looking books that you can buy from craft stores. I printed some of our gorgeous engagement photos onto sticker paper and customized our box to look like the story of our beginning. The back of the book even had a picture of us walking away from the camera.”
Katie & Richard were married at The Venue at Smith Brothers in Columbus. Their wedding was bright, colourful (just check out that awesome bridal party!) but most of all lots and lots of fun.
“We wanted a fun and bright wedding”, began the bride. “We love great Rock n Roll music and the classic style of the 50s but we didn’t really have a ‘theme’. We just picked a color we both liked and one that went really well with our choice of flowers and music.”
“The whole thing it turned out pretty great but our first dance was one of my favorite bits. We danced to a song that I put in a playlist for our first year together – ‘This will be our year’ by the Zombies. Dancing with my husband for the first time was amazing, and it felt unreal.”
“We made our own table numbers out out of some invitations that we had left over. They turned out amazing. My husband also made our rad card box which was a hand crank!”
When you think of Loch Ness you probably imagine a rural and serene scene with daily hikers and a few wayward Loch Ness Monster hunters. You probably don’t envisage the Rock n Roll stylings of Emma & Kyle’s wedding! Well that’s all about to change, because with their wedding taking place at The Loch Ness Country House Hotel, I can all but guarantee you’ll not be able to forget these guys when you think of Loch Ness in future!
“I’m a self-employed illustrator/artist for fairytaleasylum.com and Kyle makes sculpture out of scrap metal when he’s not being a gardener”, began the bride, “so we’re accustomed to getting creative. Between us we decided to take out all the bits we dislike about weddings from ours and to do most of it ourselves. Our schedule was pretty much non-existent, we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and go with the flow. We wanted our reception to feel like you were at a metal gig and we didn’t want loads of line up photos that take up so much time on the day.”
Mandie & Mike’s handmade wedding was held at Newland House Museum, the oldest residence in Huntington Beach, built in 1898. They decorated the space themselves and most of the decor was either handmade or collected from thrift stores and etsy. Their awesome ceremony backdrop was made with the help of Mandie’s dad and it was one of the couple’s favourite things in the wedding. I can see why too – it’s beeeautiful!
“We wanted a wedding that was fun and something that people would remember with a smile”, Mandie explained. “We found a venue that allowed us to use vendors we wanted and I think that had a huge impact on the feel of the wedding. I loved every vendor we used and they really help make the wedding a special day that was very ‘us’!”
“We never really thought too much about a theme”, she continued, “but I knew for sure that I wanted the wedding to be laid back and to incorporate as much of ‘us’ as possible. We liked the idea of making things or finding them second hand because that is what in do in our everyday lives. We pulled from our love of DIY and music to create our day.”