Flo and Matt wanted a relaxed wedding that bucked tradition and felt like them. “We started out fighting against traditional wedding themes, looking for something that represented us”, began the bride. “The venue was the way-in to planning for us. We were keen to find a venue with accommodation but a relaxed feel in Herefordshire. We viewed many venues including yurts, country houses and a priory but knew on the approach to Lyde Court that it was the place for us.”
“Initially we weren’t sure if we needed to do it at all so we didn’t set out with any great ambitions or themes”, said the groom. “Flo had never made that ‘wedding book’ you read about in all the magazines and she didn’t want to make all of the decisions on her own either! It was important for us to create a relaxed atmosphere and that ambition helped to inform a lot of our decision making along the way. We set out to avoid anything too ‘wedding’ and we thought long and hard about the things people assume you must do or must have on your wedding day. When it came down to it we still did a lot of the standard stuff but somehow it felt more personal because we had chosen to do it rather than felt we had to.”
Aimee and Lenny met when they were both working in Cruise Liners in the Caribbean in the early 2000s. “It was far from love at first sight”, laughed the bride. “I used to think Lenny was a bit of an idiot! After we both left the ships we stayed (loose) friends on Facebook and in 2009 started a conversation on a photo that went like this: Aimee, ‘You look fit Lenny! You’re aging well!’ Lenny, ‘Why Thank you! No-one has ever told me I look fit before! Will you Marry me?’ From there we started messaging one another about our ‘fake’ wedding. It eventually progressed to normal conversation, then daily chat which went on for a couple of months. It soon became apparent that, bizarrely, we were falling in love over our written messages (which we cutely called ‘Love Mail’ because Lenny’s surname is Love!) So, eight years after we’d worked together, I arranged to meet up with this guy (who I used to hate) and who’s emails were giving me butterflies. It was supposed to be for one night but I ended up staying for a week. And that was that!”
Their wedding took place in May of this year and they were inspired by their time on the cruise ships for their theme. “Initially we just wanted to have a subtle ‘nod’ to our Caribbean cruising days but as the planning went on, and not being a couple that do anything by halves, we thought sod it, lets go all out”, she continued. “It ended up being super Caribbean and mega colourful. After the ceremony we served a rum punch with floating fruit and paper umbrellas to our guests. We ate jerk chicken, with rice and peas, sweet potato and spicy salsa for the wedding breakfast. It was bloody gorgeous and our guests raved out it!”
If glitter, rainbows and silliness are your jam, then you’re going to LOVE Emily and Jack’s Lake District wedding. They really went to town on the creative décor ideas.
“The décor was so much fun to do”, said the bride. “We had huge paper pom poms, glitter covering every surface, handmade ‘Mr and Mrs Powell’ bunting, bright paper bunting and paper garlands. Each table had a different theme and the centrepieces on each was things that matched that theme.”
“The seaside table had shells, blue glitter and the odd boat with fish napkins… the Lego table had lots of Lego bricks and glitter with yellow Lego napkins… the glitter table had so much glitter with extra glitter pots and sparkly gold pots… and the teddy bears picnic table had our soft toy collection sitting round having a tea party with extra glitter of course!”
“I have my run my own paper cutting company called Rhombus and Pineapple. We designed and made each table name setting to match them theme of the table too. If a guest was on our Lego table, they had a paper cut Lego man on top of their name, on the seaside table they had all sorts of images like sand castles, fish, shells. The glitter table had stars and the teddy bears picnic table had Pooh and Piglet holding hands. The wedding invites were also paper cut cards of Jack and I walking up the hill to the church with our initials and the date. For the seating plan Jack and I illustrated and painted a very bright plan and we really went crazy with stickers!”
Dave and Vicki’s Hull wedding was colourful, fun and laid back. They were inspired by bright colours, geometric shapes and wild flowers. They also had lots of Lego details such as the amazing table plan (so creative!) and the table numbers.
“We tried to stay away from the stereotypical big white wedding as we just didn’t feel like that was us and we wanted the day to represent us as a couple”, Vicki explained. “We basically just wanted a big party and for everyone to have as much fun as as.”
“I walked down the aisle to a Yann Tiersen song from Amelie which is one of our favourite films and something that came up in conversation on our first date. I was really relaxed all morning but then as soon as we arrived at the venue I was suddenly really nervous to walk down in front of everyone. I got a bit teary during the vows but Dave soon lightened the mood once we were officially man and wife by lifting my arm up and cheering which got a big laugh off everyone! We then walked out to one of our favourite bands Belle and Sebastian and headed straight off to take some photos.”
I think when some people hear about Rock n Roll Bride, they assume it’s all getting married underwater, jumping out of aeroplanes, having the craziest most out-there wedding you can think of… But its never really been about that.
While, of course, I love to feature the really wacky weddings, they are usually quite few and far between. Most Rock n Roll brides (and grooms!) still have traditional elements in their big day. Whether wearing a white dress, being given away by their father, or throwing the bouquet, these traditions certainly haven’t been completely forgotten by all! Most brides that read this blog really just want to get married in a style that reflects them and their partner.
That’s exactly what Emma and Michael did for their September wedding on Barry Island. “Our wedding theme was Day of the Dead and handmade”, Emma said. “We love everything about Mexico, from the delicious food to the amazing Mayan history, so used this as our inspiration. We made the bouquets, flower baskets, buttonholes, centrepieces, and table plan. I also created a large red sugar skull.”
If you love colourful and fun weddings then stand by and prepare to be dazzled by Lucy and Ravi’s totally tropical London wedding! Inspired by pineapples, flamingos, tropical flowers and all the colours of the rainbow, this is one wedding that I’m seriously excited to share with you today!
The wedding was held at Asylum Chapel in Peckham. “We’ve always had an interest in bright, bold and colourful culture”, began the bride. “With Ravi’s family hailing from Sri Lanka, and my background as a textile designer and art director, we really wanted to combine a taste of South Asia with a glorified kids party. Peckham is our home and we wanted to support the amazing local businesses in South-East London and celebrate the local people we love who do such amazing things.”
“We also made the decision to split our wedding over two days”, she continued. “The ceremony at Asylum was a day for our family and closest friends. We then threw a huge party in a pub the next day so that we could celebrate with our entire friendship group and not worry about upsetting any Nanas.”