When photographer Marianne Taylor sends you a wedding, it’s pretty much a given that it’s going to be awesome. Not only does Marianne have a fantastic eye for detail and gets the coolest clients, but she always knows which weddings will suit the style of my blog. While Emily & Owen’s wedding may seem more traditional than some of the weddings I feature, the thought and personalisation is what makes it totally Rock n Roll!
The couple were wed at Marylebone Town Hall, London which was followed by a cool reception at 6 Fitzroy Square. The couple chose this space as they had previously been to a party there and loved it’s vibe. Emily wore a gorgeous 1950’s short dress which she found on Ebay. She had a friend alter the dress slightly to make it perfect for her – by shortening it and moving the bow to a diagonal. Her engagement ring was also a 1950’s antique which was from Greys Antiques Market, Bond Street, London. Her shoes were from Topshop and her pearls were also vintage, which she also found on Etsy.
The couple saved money where they could. The cake was from Waitrose to which their caterers decorated with flowers to fit their theme. The couple also collected mis-matched vases from charity shops, markets and car boot sales to give each centrepiece and individual look.
Owen designed and created all the stationary and paper goods, including the save the date postcards (printed on vintage floral postcards), the invites, the place name settings, the menus and the table plan.
“We didn’t want a ‘wedding by numbers’, the usual run of the mill type wedding,” the couple told me. “We wanted to create a really relaxed day, we wanted it to be chilled for everyone involved. We especially didn’t want the best men/best women to be running around all day and not be able to enjoy it.”
Jenny Packham and 1920’s styling was the order of the day for Emma & Adam’s wedding at Chewton House just outside Bristol. In fact Emma’s Jenny Packham ‘Joy’ dress provided the inspiration for the whole wedding!
The wedding theme came about by chance as when Emma visited Wedding Days in Cheltenham bridal shop to look for a potential wedding dress. She hadn’t had much luck in her search up til then but luckily for her, a promotions representative from Jenny Packham happened to be visiting the store that day and had a few “one off” dresses for Wedding Days to show case for one day only. The last dress she tried on was “Joy”. It was exactly what she had been looking for. The bride then came up with the idea to theme the whole wedding about the 1920’s/30’s style of the dress.
“We also wanted the day to be as much fun as possible and for it to stick in the memories of all the guests for long after the day had finished” the bride explained. “We asked all our guests to dress up in the style of the period so that along with the work we’d done with the venue, the florist, the car, the cake, the hair, the make up and the live band we had something that captured the roaring 20’s.”
When David & Ruth started to think about the kind of theme they’d like for their engagement session and up coming wedding they realised that they wanted to do something that celebrated their life together and their upcoming marriage. “We soon realised that like our life together and we pretty much wanted it all to reflect us – vintage, geek chic, retro, scifi, lowfi, folk, rock, disco, soul, town and country – with extra sprinkles please.”
The couple headed from Manchester to Hoarwithy, nestled in the Wye valley in Herefordshire for their engagement session with their photographers Nicola & Toni. “After having a wee yawn and a big stretch, we unpacked the dressing up trunk from the car and went to meet Nicola & Toni in a little wood on the bank of the river Wye. The next two hours were spent having a laugh, dressing up, and playing in and around the gorgeous old wooden gypsy caravans. It was a great way to meet Nicola & Toni who are doing the photos at the wedding and from this taster, we can’t wait!”
Well guys, I hope you like the full set! I’m so excited to share them with you and the rest of you Rock n Roll Brides.
Kate & Charles had a vintage, punky and pink (caravan!) wedding on the Isle of Wight. As soon as I saw Kate in her incredible 1950’s cotton lace Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown I knew I wanted to feature them “They made the bow birdcage veil out of a back panel of the dress and sourced the most beautiful velvet ribbon sash to finish off the dress” the bride told me.
The ceremony took place at Newchurch All Saints Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight with a reception following at a friend Nick James’ house – Redway Manor Farm. They hired an Indian tent complete with low bench seating, floor cushions and gorgeous lamps from their friend’s Ed & Ana at Ed’s Tents and borrowed the pink ‘Honeymoon Caravan’ from their friend Mel, which the couple slept in that night.
They chose not to ignore a lot of the traditional wedding formalities and just went with the things that mattered to them. They didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen and made sure that all the important people in their lives were a big part of their day.
Charles’ Mum made the cupcakes. “She went cupcake crazy and baked up a dizzying array of cupcakes for the afternoon tea party from cherry cheesecake and spiced apple through to jam doughnut cupcakes, along with a couple of bouquet of cupcakes made by his sister Roz. However, the star of the show was a 3 tier pork pie cake complete with a Lego bride and groom which looked just like us!”
I went out with photographer Emma Case a month or so ago and as we dolled ourselves up in the hotel room before hand she was telling me all about Michelle & Greg’s wedding. She told me how it was like nothing she’d ever shot before. The contrast of the awe-inspiring and dramatic Synagogue ceremony venue with the reception being held in Greg’s Grandmother’s house really was the ultimate depiction of what Rock n Roll weddings should be – you don’t need any of the wedding “bits” and you don’t need to spend a fortune – all you need is you two, in love, and a wedding that is perfect for you.
“Editing this wedding has been quite an experience” Emma explained. “When Michelle & Greg first got in contact they expressed how much they were wanting a low key affair… a gorgeous ceremony then a small reception at Greg’s Grandma’s house with just close friends and family. It was to be a Jewish ceremony at the London Synagogue and when I arrived my jaw, literally hit the floor. It’s a somewhat unassuming building from the outside but it is so, so beautiful inside (hence quite a few pictures of it). I was absolutely transfixed through the ceremony… the whole thing was amazing… the Rabi sang a lot of the ceremony and the traditions were so wonderful to watch… when Michelle entered she had to circle Greg a number of times and then Greg had to stamp on a glass… I was quite emotional through the whole thing.”
I featured Ali & Dean’s London engagement sesh a while back, and even then I knew their wedding would be totally Rock n Roll. Both of them are in bands and so music was a huge part of their day. The bride walked down the aisle to ‘November Rain’ and their tables were all named after their favourite bands. The day even finished with the pair playing a ‘first set’ on stage to all their guests instead of having a first dance.
Personal and unique touches were added throughout to give the day a perfectly ‘them’ vibe including using their own VW camper van as transport, the profiterole topped cheesecake instead of a traditional cake and the Groom’s 1960’s vintage suit.