Inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gothic surroundings of Carlowrie Castle and the juxtaposition between light and dark, florist Lisa Gaston and MUA Laura Gray wanted to put together a shoot that depicted two beautiful brides with very different styles, but very much in love.
“Our initial inspiration came from the beautifully haunting images of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and the romantic yet strong portrayals of women in pre-Raphaelite paintings”, explained Lisa. “We were also inspired by the surroundings at Carlowrie Castle.”
“We wanted to tell the story about two beautiful young brides who have run off to marry one another in their dream woodland setting. We picked two brides instead of a bride and groom as our models because we wanted one to be styled a bit more traditionally (our elegant, bouquet carrying brunette) alongside her edgier partner (our fiery, fierce red head). We felt there have been plenty of styled shoots depicting two ‘brides’ but not really any that focused on the real deal – two gorgeous girls, in love and actually marrying one another.”
Ru and Matt’s wedding perfectly reflected them. The bride wore a striking Jenny Packham dress with messy, boho hair and they both had their tattoos proudly on display! Their epic cake played homage to their favourite 80s movie, Lost Boys, and they used lots of deep colours in the flowers and decor to show their love of all things Moroccan.
“Our wedding was very music-orientated”, said Ru, “we were also influenced by travel mostly, colour, Morocco, Thailand, elephants and boho! One of my favourite things was our cake from Little Cherry Cake Company. We didn’t want everything to be serious. We also had a Game of Thrones themed card box which I made.”
Liam and Sarah wanted a small wedding which meant they only invited their closest friends and immediate family. They had a big party at a later date for everyone else.
“We didn’t want too much fuss and wanted to keep everything relaxed with lots of colour”, Sarah said. “When we got engaged we immediately said we wanted a small wedding so we could celebrate with our closest family in a beautiful place. We decided just to go for it so we booked the venue in February and got married in May! It was quite a quick turn around but we wouldn’t do it any differently.”
The bride made the cake and made the bouquets herself. ” I picked bunches of flowers I liked from supermarkets and then arranged them together and tied them with brown string to give them a soft rustic feel. The table flowers were provided by Donna Beaver Flower Studio. The cake was also made by me the day before the wedding. The kitchen was covered in rainbow coloured icing and my fingers were crossed the whole drive to the venue as I was nervous the cake might get squished at every turn!”
Today’s wedding is pretty darn special because it’s my sisters!!! It’s also featured inside the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but as the new issue goes on pre-sale tomorrow (eek!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share it online as well. I really wanted show you a lot more of the photos that we weren’t able to fit into the magazine spread.
You’d think that when your big sister is the editor of Rock n Roll Bride, planning your wedding should be pretty straight forward. But Rachel and Jamie didn’t want an ordinary or simple day, they wanted something creative, magical and completely homemade.
“The inspiration for our wedding was all the festivals we love to go to – Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown”, Rachel explained. “I’ve been going to festivals every year since I was 13 and Jamie goes to at least two or three every summer! When we got engaged, we instantly knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like being at a festival.”
Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
Nikki loves biscuits. So much so that she built a business on designing things with them on! So when she married artist Michael in May, she knew their wedding would somehow have to reflect her obsession!
“We wanted a casual day, surrounded by the people we loved. We were inspired by creativity and our love of art and design,” she said. “We were inspired by all of the things that we love. We wanted to share our story with our guests through our combined creativity.”
The ceremony was in their own back garden. “We had a humanist ceremony in our back garden. Somehow we managed to squeeze in 90 of our closest family and friends! Having our ceremony outdoors was weather dependent, but we were lucky – the sun split the sky just in time for our vows!”