Nicola & Ed wanted a diy wedding that really reflected them. The took from Nicola’s Scottish heritage and had a thistle theme for their flowers and decor, all of which they sourced themselves. For their invites and order of service they used a photograph from the Bolivian Salt Flats which they had taken themselves when they were away travelling the year before that was really special to them. For the London aspect of their wedding (they married in London) they booked a double decker bus to transport all their guests and as a final touch they named each table after a London tube stop and bought postcards to add to the centrepieces.
Kate & Mike’s London punk wedding took place a few weeks before the couple moved to LA (Jealous!) so it had a distinctly punk rock vs Americana theme. The couple booked Celine Chaplin to take some portraits and to document their fun-filled reception.
Kate told me all about their day – including a very funny story about Mike’s wedding day hair cut! “Since we were moving to Los Angeles a couple of weeks after the wedding, Mike & I were totally hectic so we really needed some help with the wedding. My sister and my Mum were amazing at putting the wedding together. My Dad even chipped in and sorted the meal out! i’m a total control freak but on this occasion, I’m glad i let someone else take over because they did such an awesome job.”
“Mike has always been known for his long hair, and ahead of the move to LA, he decided to cut it off for a change. He raised £700 for charity by doing it and everyone at the party chipped in and contributed to cut. Pre-emptive song to the big chop was ‘The Final Countdown!” Lucky he did it after the wedding and not before, as a haircut by about 25 people was pretty much all over the place- he had a small tufty ponytail on top of his head from where someone had missed a bit. great look!”
“Since Rock n Roll is really what brought us together in the first place, and neither of us are particularly conventional, it was important that the day reflected that. We had The Wildhearts and The Replacements playing as we took our vows. The day was totally perfect and couldn’t have been better.
After the party the pair hopped onto a rickshaw (“28 years in London and I’ve never taken one” said Kate) to a penthouse suite at The Soho Hotel. “Rolling up at the hotel in our wedding stuff and clutching a cardboard cutout of mickey mouse, about to check into the penthouse was brilliant!” Kate laughed.
Oh. My. Gaaaawd! You are going to go utterly c-c-craaaazy for Ant & Clare’s way-beyond-anything-I-have-ever-seen-awesome wedding. The pair went down to Brighton to have a personal ceremony with just the two of them. They didn’t have a reception, instead opting for a fabulous photo shoot around the town with their photographer Jacqui McSweeney. This is yet another wedding to back my theory that ‘blog-worthy’ details are not ‘all that’. Just grab yourself an wicked dress, customise yourself some shoes and get hitched in perfect Rock n Roll style! Prepare to be inspired…
Clare took it upon herself to find and customise her perfect outfit when she couldn’t find what she was after anywhere in the mainstream wedding market.
“My dress was a £35 vintage buy from Beyond Retro in London” she told me. “It was a beautiful colour and fit on top but quite an unflattering length so I customised it by layering it over a fab multi-layered white underskirt (also from Beyond Retro) and using my handy little microstitch gun ( a brilliant gadget if your rubbish at sewing but like to tinker with clothes) I pinned it up quite high keeping lots of fab underskirt on show. I wanted it to have a bit of a young victorian girl at the seaside feel, toffee apple in one hand, balloon in the other, hitching up her skirts to paddle in the waves. Thought this seemed fitting to a wedding in Brighton.”
This beautiful vintage shoot should certainly send some always needed inspiration your way! Set up by new UK photographers Horse & Carriage, they explain:
“Our creative goal is to take ordinary couples and place them into fun, exciting, high-concept, themed shoots —as chosen by them, in consultation with us. If a bride has always wanted to look like Greta Garbo in 30’s Hollywood, then we will sit down and work out exactly how to make that a reality for her. If the couples’ vision is punk, vintage, or couture we will work with them to realise this on their wedding day. We’re not restricting ourselves to a single theme, although we do have one unmovable ethos: we want to create images that our couples will fall in love with”
Helen & Tim’s darling and elegant Rock n Roll wedding took place in Manchester. I’d call their theme elegant vintage – a lovely mix of classic and quirky. Helen wore a gorgeous vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey, a vintage wedding supplier based in London and Christian Louboutin shoes. She added to her vintage vibe with a hair clip found at Alfie’s Antiques Market.
Jenni & George are another ‘inspired by Rock n Roll Bride’ couple who found their photographer Shan after she was featured on the blog. The couple, who got married on the Isle of Man, wanted to incorporate he things they love into their day – the colour purple and all things eclectic, antique and vintage. “I have a love of all things antique and vintage and my favourite colour is purple! So that’s where it began. I bought a lot of the antique bottles from places like eBay, Jurby Junk (!!) and our friend Roger Leece, who found a whole stack of bottles and jars buried somewhere up North apparently!” the bride told me.
They organised and created a lot of the wedding themselves, as they knew exactly what they wanted – ie something that reflected them and not anyone else. They wanted to create something unique, something different and something quiescently ‘them’. “I am not a big fan of your standard table centre-pieces so I decided that using sprays of different wildflowers would really compliment the style of the wedding” Jenni continued. “We had these both at the church and on the tables at the reception. I spent months slowly collecting various bits and pieces from charity shops and high street shops to decorate the marquee with. I am quite artistic and love interior design, so having the chance to design the inside of a whole marquee was something I was very excited about doing.”