Adam and Meghan wanted to find a suitably Rock n Roll venue for their alternative wedding in Phoenix. After a long search they eventually came across The Duce which ticked all their boxes! “We wanted the wedding to let us shine through”, began the bride. “We didn’t want a particular theme. When we were looking at wedding venues, we wanted something that was already us. In Phoenix, there are tons of country clubs and botanical gardens. But none of that really fit who Adam and I are. It was to the point that it was bumming us out that we weren’t able to find something in our budget that fit us. We had heard about The Duce through a friend, so we went to check it out.”
“The minute we walked in, we knew it would be perfect. There was Motown playing in the background, an outside bar, a boxing ring and a large indoor area that was filled with yard games – which is where the actual ceremony was held. It is a restaurant, but on the weeknights has swing lessons for the public. The boxing ring is actually used; the owner and some other boxers work out there!”
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”
Who says gritty and urban can’t also be pretty and colourful?! Not this girl! Which is why I completely love this rainbow-hued shoot sent over by LeeYen of Loblee Photography. Shot in Salt Lake City, these dreamy images have really brightened my morning!
“We often associate bohemian romance with wide open fields”, wrote LeeYen. “We wanted to put a little spin on that and keep it in the city. Despite the unconventional (yet stunning) dress and location, we wanted to stay true to the idea that ‘you belong somewhere you feel free’. We like to think that it’s also about belonging where you are loved.”
Renee and Micky met while backpacking around Australia. They love the beach and so wanted their wedding to reflect that, but alongside the punk rock edge that defines them both. I don’t know about you but looking at these glorious pictures from Curly Tree Photography makes me really long for Summer!
“We’re both into punk so we definitely wanted that to shine through, on our wedding day”, began the bride. “As we were choosing and booking things the theme just ended up happening naturally. We always saw our day not so much as a standard wedding but more a party we were throwing to celebrate our love for each other. I’ve always loved the pin up style, its so glamorous but still a bit cheeky and edgy so I thought it was perfect for the day. My hair and make up stylists were amazing and nailed my look better than I could’ve hoped!”
“Our décor was light and airy but still very colourful!” she continued. “I was a bit worried how the two styles would mix but on the day it all just worked so well, it felt like we had planned our own personalised party! Most of the items were handmade by us to save money. We ended up making our own place cards and seating plan, and it allowed us to be a lot more creative with them. My friend made rose and marshmallow macaroons for everyone for the favours also.”
Alisha and Marc were married in Austin, Texas at The Palm Door, a super cool events space in the city. Their day had a whimsical and natural feel, which reflected the two of them perfectly. The reception was also littered with homemade vintage-inspired touches and lots of pops of colour.
“Marc and I like to have fun and like old stuff and nature”, began Alisha. “So, we included things in the wedding that we already had – an old typewriter, family photos, old suitcases and a mounted deer head given to Marc by one of his students years ago… which I don’t think you’ll see at every wedding! Also, we picked up a lot of stuff from Goodwill, such as the books on the tables, a lot of the frames used, little knick-knacks. Marc has an obsession with knives (they are scattered all over our house), so we used one of his absurdly small knives to cut our cake.”
“We had Marc’s uncle ordained through the Universal Life Church (which you can do in a few minutes online) so he could marry us. We basically tried to make the wedding a representation of us; nothing too fancy or uptight. We also like having our friends around, so we rented a house for the weekend so we could all stay together.”
“Marc and I made our altar together”, she continued. “We cut down a branch from his parents’ backyard and used chain to hang little colorful vases and blue mason jars from it at different lengths. We then put fresh flowers and plants it the vases/ jars for the ceremony. We plan to hang it up at home as well. It turned out really well!”
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).”