Rain on your wedding day is a big worry for a lot of couples, but today I’m here to prove to you that it can actually be pretty amazing! Yes, Helen and James’ outdoor festival wedding was a wash-out, but they definitely didn’t let it ruin their day. Check out the amazing photographs their photographer Neil Thomas Douglas was able to capture… of course shots like this requires a couple who aren’t afraid to get a little wet and muddy, but these guys went all out! They even went out in a boat on the river during the downpour!
The ceremony was held at The Secret Garden of Kingston Bagpuize House in Oxfordshire, which it actually stayed dry for. Their festival style reception was in a field in Crowmarsh. “The ceremony was perfect, so intimate and emotional, all of the people we love, in the sunshine in the secret garden”, Helen began. “A little shower cut the group photos short, and the sun came out again for our couple shots. We were due to arrive at the reception in our gorgeous little boat, it started drizzling as we got in, thinking it was another brief shower, we decided to pursue. The best man had gathered all the guests on the river bank and we set off down river. The rain got heavy, like we never see in England! The heaviest downpour ever! Initially it was funny, we got wet, then… The heavy rain caused the engine to cut out! With no choice but to row to the riverside and abandon the boat on the bank; we called our bridesmaid to rescue us and we finally arrived at the reception in the car!”
For their April wedding, Lindsey and Craig decided they wanted a day that reflected the things they love – the groom’s tattoos, music, films and books. The cerebration was held at St. Andrew’s in the Square, a beautiful 18th Century restored church right in the heart of Glasgow.
“We met on 13 April 2003 and were married on the same day exactly 10 years later”, began the bride. “It was the eve of Craig’s 19th birthday and our first conversation was about Radiohead. The inspiration for our wedding was us. We stuck to our style and things that are significant in our lives and tried not to do anything that didn’t feel right. We sourced suppliers that we thought could get on board with our ideas and get excited about them as much as we were.”
“One particular secret inspiration was the groom’s tattoos (which his father does not know he has)”, she continued. “He has a set of swallows on his chest and the left side has my initial integrated into the tattoo. My garter had a silver swallow sewn on, the girls had a swallow as their hair accessory and my sister drew these on the welcome sign as well as integrating them into the cake decoration. Having little details like that really helped make the day our day.”
Planning a wedding is bloody hard work and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. I’m sure you’ve stressed a little over flower arrangements, worried if your bridesmaids will like their dresses or navigated your way through more family issues than you even knew you had. Big weddings are wonderful occasions but I’m yet to meet a couple who haven’t wondered at some point if that crazy idea to elope was really so crazy after all.
Simon and Leanne wanted to skip all that fuss and drama and so when they married in April, they decided to do just that – to elope on a beach with just a few witnesses in attendance. The ceremony was held on Saligo Beach, a private beach, on the Isle of Islay. “Raymond and Katherine are the kind couple who gave us the use of their own private beach for our ceremony and ‘after party’ picnic”, began the groom. “They treated us like close friends while we were there. Dr Rev Rob Barlow performed the ceremony. His wife Gwen was also there, and alongside Pete, our photographer, was the other witness. We had a truly spiritual service with an enigmatic magnetism that we couldn’t have wished more for.”
Back in March 2012, I was asked to speak at The Photography Farm, a wedding photography workshop hosted by the amazing Lisa Devlin. At each 3-day workshop we also include an epic styled shoot for the students to practice their new-found skills. For this particular class we decided to go for a spooky modern Miss Havisham theme and the incredible Jo of The Couture Company offered to make us a bespoke dress to fit the theme.
When I first laid eyes on that gown I was smitten. It was the perfect mix of classic bridal – giant tulle, multi-layered skirt and corseted top, with a massive injection of spooky, gothic cool. As amazingly perfect as the dress was for the shoot, it never even crossed my mind that a real life bride might then go on to buy it for her actual wedding. So when Jo sent me the photos of Tim & Lisa’s Pirate wedding, complete with the Miss Havisham dress, I was so flipping excited. I mean, how amazing does Lisa look?!
Tony and Vicky didn’t have a particular theme or idea behind their wedding, just that they wanted it to celebrate them and their love. They also didn’t get to held up on the little details and kept things as simple and authentic as possible.
“The inspiration was just really ourselves”, Vicky wrote. “We didn’t think about how our wedding compared to other people’s or whether we were being unique, we just wanted to celebrate the things we love with the people we love. We’re pretty laid-back people, so we organised a pretty laid-back wedding. We let people make their own decisions about what to wear, there were no seating plans and everyone just worried about having a good time.”
Who could resist a beautiful pink haired bride? Not this blogger! Aimee and Alex were married at Curradine Barns in Worcestershire. Their wedding was relaxed, enjoyable and full of handmade details. Aimee wore a gorgeous Honeypie Boutique dress with a rainbow petticoat which she made herself with help from her aunt.
“Rock n Roll Bride was a massive help when planning our wedding”, Aimee began. “I had only been to two weddings before and they were both very traditional, so it really gave us an idea of how to reflect both our personalities on the day. I studied set design at university so it was really important to me to have a venue that I could dress up and Curradine Barns fitted perfectly. We both love the countryside so we went for beautiful wild flowers and bunting, Alex’s outfit tied the theme in with shot gun brass accessories and brown boots. Whereas my outfit had a more alternative look with a handmade retro petticoat and vintage hair and make up.”