Fee and Steve’s fabulously colourful, budget friendly wedding took place at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall in Cambridgeshire. “We wanted a fun day that we were both involved in”, Fee explained. “We didn’t wait it to just be about the bride, but both of us equally. Lots of colour was involved, and guests were requested to leave office attire at home! We both wanted to have a day that was about us, so we ensured that we included as much about us as possible. Early on in the planning we trawled wedding blogs, but mainly just looked at Rock n Roll Bride as we found that is was the only blog that included low budget weddings, and weddings that encompassed different themes.”
“We also made sure that we threw out any traditions that we weren’t sure on. We both wanted to embrace our feminist and humanist values, and only use traditions that we felt were appropriate to us.”
The bride wore a beautiful green dress from Honeypie Boutique. “My dress gets quite a few comments, with most people asking why I chose green, instead of white. This really encompassed the whole day for us though, as we chose the traditions that were applicable to us. Steve also gets lots of comments about how great his outfit was!”
Yesterday Rachel and Jamie got married. It was the most INCREDIBLE day. Obviously I’m biased but I definitely think it’s one of (if not the) best wedding I’ve ever seen, let alone been to.
I will, of course, be sharing their wedding in full soon (the video will be on the blog when it’s ready and the full story will be in a future edition of the print magazine!) but I had to stop by today to share a few sneak peek photos and leave some words of thanks to all the amazing suppliers that made it such a magical day.
Camera Hannah took the official photographs and filmed the video. She made us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera but she also helped calm everyone’s nerves and kept the day moving smoothly. She is a truly wonderful human and she takes AMAZING photos to boot!
Olivia from Nitty Gritty Events was our day-of coordinator. She went above and beyond to not only making sure that the day went off without a hitch, but helping to keep us sane in the few weeks before the day. We could not have done this without her!
Choccywoccydoodah made the most spectacular wedding cake ever! I mean, any wedding cake with sloths and monkeys hidden in it is all good in my book.
Rachel found her incredible Rue de Seine dress at Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton. The bridesmaids all wore this dress from For Him and For Her. We all had henna done by Henna Art 4 U and wore metallic and white temporary tattoos from Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos.
The marquee and other rentals all came from Redcrest Events and Green Parlour created the most spectacular flower arrangements.
Their woodland ceremony was officiated by a friend, Nye, and Rachel and Jamie walked back up the makeshift aisle while the guests showered when with real flower confetti from Shropshire Petals.
Sausage and Pear kept us fed with delicious food all day and Amy Brandon and her assistant Emma made us all feel beautiful with her amazing make up skills.
We were entertained endlessly by Belle Studio‘s airstream photo booth and Rachel and Jamie spent their first night as husband and wife (!!) in a bell tent hired from The Original Pop Up Festival Company.
Crown and Glory came along to do a Candy Shop and all the guests that wanted one got a flower crown or hair clip to wear! All the bridesmaid and Rachel’s flower crown were also made by Sophie and Gareth. These were SUCH a hit! Even all the men were wearing them at dinner and everyone looked so beautiful and colourful!
Laura-Jane and Jack’s wedding was a combination of all the things they love such as steampunk, London, winter, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and beer! They also encouraged their guests to dress up.
“All our guests commented on how personal the wedding was; informal and rather haphazard but it couldn’t have been any other way”, said Laura-Jane. “I think the most important thing to think about when planning your wedding is that it represents you and what you like rather than wanting to please everyone else and meet other people’s expectations.”
The ceremony was at Islington town hall. “We included our own words in the ceremony and the registrars were really lovely. It was all very relaxed despite being in such austere surroundings. We had a lot of guests from outside London and they really enjoyed the sightseeing tour on the Routemaster bus in between the ceremony and reception.”
They wanted their wedding to to reflect the time of year that they got married – November. So Emily and Andrew decided to have lots of autumnal touches at their wedding. They didn’t have a theme or grand plan other than than seasonal flowers and a few woodland thrown in!
“The first thing I bought before deciding on a venue, dress, or anything else, was the cake topper from Melabo Wed on Etsy as we both loved it”, said Emily. “This was the starting point for our inspiration! I think we surprised ourselves with how many traditional elements we included in our wedding day – however there were things which we knew we didn’t want. I didn’t have an engagement ring, we didn’t want a first dance, to throw the bouquet, or full 3-piece suits for the men. Andrew had always told his mum that he would get married wearing trainers, which he did!”
“We were both very apprehensive about the ceremony”, she continued. “Neither of us are keen on standing up in front of people, and I think my legs were shaking the whole time. To make us less nervous we asked Emma, our photographer, if she would take the photographs of the two of us together before the ceremony, and we had our bridal party photographs taken then too. This worked really well as it meant that we had more time with our guests following the ceremony and we got to see each other beforehand to steady our nerves. Emma was fantastic with us – despite the fact that we are both usually averse to having our photos taken she made us feel completely relaxed.”
Kia and Daniel’s July wedding took place at Dalston Roof Park in London, a quirky and cool events space in Hackney, overlooking the city’s skyscrapers. The day didn’t really have a theme other than having fun!
“Since we had both been married previously with all the traditional trappings, we went for something unique which reflected our personalities and interests”, explained the bride. “We wanted to be surrounded by the people we love, enjoying themselves with great food, a stunning view and dancing the night away.”
“We took a little bit of inspiration from some fantastic parties we had been to. We aimed to throw the best party and not think of it as just ‘our day’. Our friends and family are so important to us that they were the main focus for our day. We wanted to have all our friends mingling and break up the traditional ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ feeling that you get with a lot of weddings. This relaxed approach meant that we had friends old and new talking, eating and dancing together. The photo booth and free-flowing cocktails seemed to help that along nicely too!”
A baby pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a glitter station, a unicycling juggler, a hula hooper… Yep Harri and Al’s June celebration was every bit a Rock n Roll wedding!
“When we started planning we themed things around our love of travel and vintage”, the bride said. “When we contacted our suppliers I told them our wedding was going to be a ‘vintage, travel, Around the World in 80 Days, elephants, gin, pink haired tattooed bride type of affair’. However as we got further down the planning we actually started to add more things we like such as festivals, glitter, hula hooping and circus! Al joked that we were planning a ‘Disco Circus of Love’… and it just stuck! We ended up putting it on our wedding invites, kept the theme on our website and got our guests to hashtag #discocircuswed.”
“In the end we had an incredible mish mash that included a pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a unicycling juggler, hula hooper, a Moroccan feast, moustaches, vintage circus acts as table names, a glitter station and pyrotechnic fire dancers!”
The wedding was held at Larmer Tree Gardens in Salisbury. “Our venue was a bigger expense than we had planned, but when we went to Larmer Tree we fell it love with it and knew it was ‘the one'”, she explained. “I also knew from the off that I wanted an amazing photographer and videographer so that was our next big expense, and totally worth every penny.”