Jess & David were married in All Saints Church in Kirby and they had their reception in the bride’s parent’s back garden. Jess wore a Candy Anthony Dress, Upper Street shoes (which she designed herself) and Vivienne Westwood jewellery. The lucky couple had Shell De Mar there to capture their day.
“We met at school and had been together 12 years when David proposed at sunrise on the beach in Mexico,” Jess told me. “Initially I’d been reluctant to get out of bed so early but something told me it might be worth it…and it was!”
“We always knew we wanted to get married in Pocklington, the small Yorkshire town where my parents live and where the school at which we met is. But finding a venue was a big problem as everything just felt too formal and wedding-y. In the end, it made perfect sense to do it in my parents garden as we had the space and freedom to do everything exactly as we wanted. We felt really strongly that if we were going to have all the people around us that we cared most about, we didn’t want to be standing on ceremony. That was one of the reasons we put our table in the middle of the room, because we didn’t want that us and them separation.”
“I knew immediately I wanted a 50’s style dress and as soon as I clapped eyes on Candy Anthony’s dresses it was love at first sight. The polka dots were just perfect and the red sash was brought everything together. I was worried that David would be disappointed that I hadn’t gone more traditional but the look on his face when I walked down the aisle told me I had nothing to worry about. The right shoes were proving extremely difficult to find and it was my Mum who eventually found Upper Street’s website. I designed exactly what I wanted and six weeks later they arrived and couldn’t have been more perfect.”
“My biggest thing throughout the planning was that I didn’t want to settle just because something was easier and I spent many hours trawling websites for ideas on how to do things,” the bride continued. “There were times, I think, when my Mum struggled with the idea that it wasn’t going to be a traditional, fluffy, sugar coated wedding, but she soon got what I had in mind and was amazing in helping everything come together. We couldn’t have done it without my Mum and Dad.”
“In the end the theme was a celebration of all things kitsch – or village fete meets Rock n Roll tattoo parlour as one of our guests described it. The biggest compliment at the end of the day was the number of people telling us how the whole wedding was totally ‘us’.”
I really love reading wedding stories from the groom’s point of view. Most of the submissions I get are written by the bride, but there’s something so utterly adorable about hearing about a wedding from the boy’s point of view…
“Our theme was always going to be eclectic,” Neil told me. “Bringing together all of our loves for the big day celebrating the people we are. We have a number of classic American cars, an old house and various other projects, so restoration, progress, dressing up something old to really show off its beauty is what we do. I am told that is exactly what we achieved in the barn, working with what we had rather than against it. As for an actual theme, I guess it would be like some kind of redneck hicks doing Darling Buds of May in true Kentish country style.”
The bride traveled to the wedding in a VW camper van while the groom and the guests were treated to a ride in a steam train!
“We aimed to do as much of the work ourselves with the wedding,” he continued. “The barn was hired as a shell that needed completely dressing from scratch. The hired canteen style tables were covered in metres and metres of Ikea ‘Sofia’ striped red and white fabric. This was to help fill the huge and overwhelming space and create a centre piece, that also tied in with the ribbons stitched into the invite designs.”
“The tea tins were sourced over several month on eBay while Becky hand cut almost 100 moustaches and stuck to the stripey straws to be our table decorations with the sunflowers.”
“I am a font junkie, so we imported some vintage neon sign letters from the US in order to have the ‘YES’ word wrapped in ivy over the top table. We incorporated the design into our invites which I also made myself.”
“The napkins were linen glass cloths from Ikea for 19 pence each. They had the woven stripe through them and then a ‘Becky & Neil – Tie the knot’ label sewn into them by us. Weirdly loads of guests must have kept theirs as we only have a few left over.”
Meeting through a love of 60’s girl bands and 50’s Rock n Roll, it was inevitable that the wedding of Laura & Daniel would be made for this little blog of mine. Combine this with a penchant for vintage clothing and you’ve just about created the perfect Rock n Roll Bride wedding.
“It seemed natural for us to reflect the way we met in our wedding,” Laura told me. “I’m an artist, designer and one half of 50’s Rock n Roll DJ duo The Truckin’ Laura’s, and Daniel is guitarist in The Special Needs, so music was a big part of the wedding. I walked down the aisle to a piano version of ‘Sea of Love’ by Phil Phillips played by our friend Galia. Our friend Anna and her all singing all dancing Ronettes played a beautiful ukelele version of Phil Spector classic ‘Be my Baby’ at the end of our ceremony which set the tone for the day perfectly. Another really special moment was Daniel singing The Tempations ‘My Girl’ after his speech and all our guests joining in with the chorus. After our first dance to The Ramones ‘Baby I Love You’ our DJ friends took turns on the decks and kept the guests dancing all night!”
“We wanted to create a fun, down to earth day with lots of heart and some personal touches”, she continued. “As we didn’t have a huge budget we enlisted the help of our incredibly talented & kind friends and family! Everything from our cake, to the flowers, decorations and all the wonderful food (including some particularly cute pink coconut mice) were made by us, our friends and family. It was a huge amount of work but worth every moment. We felt so honoured to have so many people involved in making the day so individual and special.”
“For our table names we took our two carved Liger cake toppers (our favourite animal) and photographed them in the places around the city that were special to us. Each location was used as a table name and the photographs were placed in frames on the table. Guests really enjoyed chatting about them, especially the ‘Tufnell Park Kebabs’ table!”
“The day not only reflected our love for each other but also all the amazing creative people we are lucky enough to have in our lives. In honour of Daniel’s Polish heritage the guests toasted us with traditional double vodka shots when we entered the reception which was blamed for a lot of rowdy behaviour later in the evening. Rock ‘n’ Pole!”
Laura’s vintage dress was bought from Elizabeth Avey in London. “It was the first place I went with my Mum and we came away two hours later with my perfect frock,” Laura explained. “I always wanted a 50’s lace dress, but hadn’t considered anything backless until I came across this beauty. My friend Lizzie who owns Mishka Vintage gave me my jewellery and very kindly let us get ready for the day in her beautiful shop.”