The most important thing to Amy and Craig was that they had their ceremony somewhere meaningful to them. So after a lot of back and forth (and a little bit of help from Rock n Roll Bride!) they decided to say “I do” in Amy’s parents’ back garden.
“We had a lot of trouble finding a ceremony venue we really loved and didn’t just want the standard registry office ceremony”, explained Amy. “Then we read the ‘How to plan a wedding‘ series on Rock n Roll Bride at the beginning of 2014 and it inspired the idea of having our ceremony in my parents’ back garden. It was by no means a foolproof plan, but once my parents were convinced (which didn’t actually take much doing) the ball was rolling. Since we’re both not religious a Humanist ceremony seemed like a perfect fit, and once we met Lisbeth, our celebrant, we knew we’d made the right decision. The ceremony she delivered was tailored to us, and our friends and family really enjoyed how personal it felt.”
“The idea we constantly held in mind was to create a wedding we would really want to be guests at”, she continued. “Cue plenty of food and drink! We chose a hog roast and barbecue for dinner which everyone loved, plates were piled high and guests were encouraged to go back for seconds. The dessert was cinema snacks (candy cart, popcorn, and mini tubs of ice cream) as it fitted with our love of cinema and it encouraged guests to help themselves to as much or as little as they liked, and got everyone out of their seats and mingling.”
If there’s one thing I’m seeing more and more, it’s brides that want to shirk a traditional floral bouquet and replace it with something all together more creative. And the possibilities really are endless. From brooches to buttons to candy and even paper or felt, all you need is a little imagination and a glue gun and you’re ready to go!
But what if, like me, you have all the ideas, but you struggle with how to get them out of your head (and your Pinterest board) and into reality? What if you know you want something non-traditional but the idea of making it yourself brings you out in a cold sweat? That’s where Elizabeth Rose Events comes in.
Based in York, Julia Strange started her own event design company in 2013, naming it after her mother and children. However over time, she realised that the part she loved the most was designing and making brooch and button bouquets so she morphed her business to reflect that. These days she spends most of her time scouring flea markets and vintage stalls in search of the perfect accessories to use on her beautiful, handmade designs. She also works very closely with an amazing supplier in America and will often trawl the internet for custom made, or specifically requested designs.
For their April wedding, Lydia and Klem wanted a day that would be unforgettable for their guests. They chose a unique venue, Big Daddy’s Antique’s in San Francisco for their reception. However their ceremony took place two weeks prior and was a small, intimate affair.
“We really enjoyed having our small ceremony completely separate from our reception”, Lydia wrote. “It was simple and sweet. But our vision for our big reception was to have the most fun and memorable cocktail party our guests had ever experienced. The only ‘wedding-y’ things we incorporated were a first dance and the cake cutting… oh! And of course we got to wear our fancy wedding duds for a second time. BONUS!”
“I produced many of the signs and favors myself, and we made the invitations. But the only real DIY piece was my show stopper of a jewel bouquet which a close friend created for me. I had put a post out on Facebook asking for any misfit earrings, buttons, brooches or baubles that my friends and family were willing to donate. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and filled with so much love. It is a masterpiece!”
Dean and Helen wanted to focus on the details of their outdoor, camp site wedding. They put their hearts and souls into hand crafting (with the help of friends and family!) a wedding day that really reflected them and everything they love.
“We have been a couple for so long that we wanted our wedding to reflect us”, said the bride, “but we didn’t really have a theme as such. We both wanted an outside venue that people could stop over as there is nothing more disappointing at a wedding when your just getting started and the music gets shut off and everyone goes home. We only looked at one venue and as soon as we found Woodland Tipis and Yurts we fell in love. It wasn’t a wedding venue, but it was exactly what we wanted so we went for it.”
For their spring wedding, Claire and Simon wanted a laid back, beach wedding. They didn’t want any stress or anything too fussy, so they kept their guest list small and chose things that made them happy!
“Our theme was rockabilly meets surf and the beach”, began the bride, “Rockasurf? Beachabilly? We are quite different in styles but we both absolutely knew we didn’t want a generic, traditional wedding. We’ve been together 14 years and after Simon proposed in March 2013 (with a beautiful black diamond and platinum ring!) we decided we didn’t want to wait very long for the wedding considering how long we had been together already so planned the wedding for April 2014.”
Although they both have different interests, it was important that they incorporated things they both love into their wedding. “Simon loves surfing, VWs and I’m more into tattoos, rockabilly style and rock music!” Claire continued. “Red, white and black are also the colours of my favourite football team and we definitely had to have skulls in there somewhere!”
“We tried to get rid of any stress-inducing aspects so we didn’t have a table plan, speeches or a first dance. We wanted the day to be a really relaxed and informal for everyone involved. In the end Simon did do a short speech to thank people but that was it!”
Trent and Whittney had an eclectic and elegant wedding, inspired by the bride’s obsession with Walt Disney. The bride wore a stunning black gown and her bridesmaids were all in different coloured dresses. Trent and his attendants all wore smart grey. This juxtaposition made for some stunning photographs! They were married at Lemp Grand Hall in St. Louis, Missouri.
“The number one most important thing to us was that people had fun”, began the bride. “We started with that premise and worked from there. Once we designed a ceremony and reception timeline that we thought accomplished that goal (key: 6 hour open bar), we moved on to aesthetics.”
“My uncle makes signage for a living, so there were personalized touches throughout the wedding venue. My mom really helped with the styling of everything. She took my personal style and ran with it, putting beautiful mix and match details throughout the wedding venue, and weaving in nods to my obsession with Disney.”