Category Archives: British Brides

Mark & Fiona’s Snowy Steampunk Kinda Day

Mark & Fiona’s Steampunk inspired wedding took place at the Signet Library in Edinburgh in November. “We chose a Steampunk theme after Mark told Fiona her general day to day style was slightly Steampunk when he bought her a watch for Christmas in New York,” the couple explained. “Fiona had not heard of it, but looked it up and realised it was exactly what she was in her choice of films, clothes and even her writing (she’s an aspiring novelist).”

Fiona didn’t want to be a traditional bride, so chose a mini top hat instead by House of Nines Design instead of a veil. She explained, “Before I even chose my dress I’d decided I wanted a hat and it had to be a  House of Nines Design Hat.  I had it made specifically to my colours and my specification.  Trisha was a real pleasure to work with and a great help, sending me various samples to chose from.  Trisha is based in San Francisco and has previously made hats for Dita Von Teese, amongst others.” The bride’s dress was by Ian Stuart. She also wore handmade shoes from Beretrun Design and gloves byMetamorphDK on Etsy.

The couple also didn’t use any traditional wedding music and instead chose some of their favourite songs for the  ceremony. Music from Spirited Away and Stardust accompanied the couple’s recessional and processional and Led Zepplin’s Stairway To Heaven played on harp during the signing of the register. 

Finally, Fiona made all the women’s favours which were flavoured lip balms.  She had lots of fun the months before experimenting making different flavours, colours and styles and she said they were actually very easy to make.  Mark chose Lego key rings for the men’s favours.

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Nicola & Steve’s Intimate New York City Wedding

Happy New Year!

I’m starting 2011 with a bang, and the wedding of loyal Rock n Roll Bride reader Nicola to Steve. The couple, from Northern Ireland, were married in New York and Nicola spent a lot of her planning time on Rock n Roll Bride – in fact when she emailed me her wedding submission, I actually recognised her name from all the comments she’d left along the way. It was almost like we were old friends, so of course I I said yes to featuring her gorgeous Rock n Roll New York wedding on these pages.

The ceremony took place in Central Park. The couple didn’t have a reception as such as only Nicola’s sister attended the wedding, however they did have a wedding dinner at The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge. “The idea of being centre of attention brings me out in a cold sweat and as both of us are from different parts of the UK we just thought it would be a logistical nightmare trying to bring everyone together,” the bride told me. “We also selfishly wanted it to be about pleasing ourselves on our day and not about what other people would want or expect.  I think because we had both been married before we knew what we didn’t want and our families gave us their blessing to do it our own way.”

“The night before our wedding we went to a show on Broadway which was amazing. It was a last minute decision and a great one (even though I had planned an early night of pampering I’m so glad we went to the show instead!)  On our big day we walked from the hotel to Central Park with Brian (our photographer) snapping away the whole time!  It was the most beautiful Autumn day with just a hint of winter chill – no clouds, no wind, no rain which was really lucky as the Ladies Pavilion where we had planned to have the ceremony was occupied – a homeless man was sleeping there and so, rather than disturb him, we went round the corner to Hearnshead and got married on a rocky outcrop by the lake – Brian said he had never photographed a wedding there before so that made it all the more unique! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook a girl I worked as a holiday rep with years before and who I hadn’t seen since 1998 had seen my status update about getting married, happened to be in New York on a city break herself and turned up to watch us getting married – it was brilliant to see her after all that time and in New York of all places!”

“After the ceremony we flagged a yellow cab and went to Times Square – even though I hadn’t wanted to be centre of attention in a traditional church wedding I have to admit, it was pretty fabulous strolling round Manhattan in our wedding finery with Brian taking our photos!  So many people stopped to congratulate us or call out (nice) comments and we even got asked if we were shooting a commercial or was it a real wedding! We finished up at Grand Central Station and shared a bottle of Champagne with Brian before deciding we were hungry and had hours to go until our wedding dinner booked at The River Cafe.  So, Brian took us to Planet Hollywood in Times Square and it was really funny seeing the looks on peoples’ faces as we tucked into burgers in our glad rags!! We had only booked Brian for a couple of hours and really wished then we had him for the whole day as he was the most genuinely nice guy and an amazing photographer who, being a native New Yorker knew exactly where to take us for the best shots of the city. We then visited an Irish bar called the Playwright’s Tavern on Brian’s recommendation and had a couple of drinks perched on bar stools there with all the regulars! We then went to the River Cafe for dinner. It was the most amazing restaurant with views of the Manhattan skyline. It was honestly the most fun, relaxing, surreal day and New York is THE most amazing place on earth.  The fact that we got married there will always be so special and will of course be a reason to return for our anniversary at some point in the future!”

Nicola designed her dress herself and had it made by Alex Gillespie of The Wardrobe, a local dressmaker in Helen’s Bay, Co. Down. It was made using dupioni silk and lace in champagne and had hidden pockets. With this she wore shoes from Marks & Spencer and a faux fur jacket and retro handbag on from eBay.

“I love the glamour of the 50’s – when women looked like women,” Nicola told me when I asked about their wedding inspiration.” However in real life I am very much a jeans and jumpers girl andmost weekends will find us hillwalking or along the beach with our dogs so dressing up isn’t a frequent occurrence.  I knew that as we were having a city wedding I wanted to wear a 50’s style shorter dress andI wanted sleeves (which are strangely hard to find on the internet!)  As I couldn’t find what I wanted and unfortunately don’t have the 22 inch waist necessary to wear most original vintage dresses I came up with my own design.  I also love Sex and the City which was a big part of why we decided on New York as the location – we knew it would be cold as we were getting married in November and we liked the idea of a colder city break as opposed to a beach wedding.”

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A Bonus Thursday Treat – Anna and the Ring’s Snowy Wedding

Thursday treats may officially be finished for 2010, but I couldn’t let this year conclude without sharing the fact that my gorgeous friend – blogger and regular Rock n Roll Bride guest writer, Anna and the Ring got married!

Anna’s snowy wedding to David took place in November and was perfectly captured by the epic Emma Case. For the full set of glorious image and all the juicy details be sure to pop by Emma Case’s blog, and Love My Dress.

Congrats to Anna & her Bean!

Amanda & Stu’s Multi-Coloured Balloon, Sphynx Cat-Loving, South-Bank Graffiti, Charlie Chaplin Look-a-Like Engagement

Amanda & Stu’s gorgeous engagement session is special for two reasons. Not only did the couple find their photographer Shell de Mar on Rock n Roll Bride, but it’s the groom that is the big Rock n Roll Bride fan. I love that I have (a few, carefully selected and super special) male readers who can see past all the pink and glitter and enjoy the wedding fabulousness. So it was Stu who excitedly told me all about their shoot with Shell.

“We first came across Shell via an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We loved the way she managed to capture colours, fun and love (all the important things in life!). After we got in contact with her, she asked us to provide a bit of info about us and, looking back at the emails I got verbal diarrhoea and listed of a whole heap of stuff. I mentioned our love of bright colours in everything (clothes, art, movies, music  and animals. I mentioned our Sphynx cat (Uzume aka Zoomy – named after the Japanese goddess of joy and happiness) who we obviously wanted included in the photos as she’s part of the family! I mentioned that we got engaged in Venice; that Amanda makes colourful glass jewellery; that we ski… and the list carried on. Thankfully this didn’t scare Shell off and she seemed as enthusiastic as ever!”

“Inspired by all of this, Shell came up with a whole heap of suggestions including a link to eBay to an item with 100 multi-coloured balloons! Woohoo, ‘Up’ here we come! So, the day of the shoot came and so did the weather. Rain and wind. Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out!) this made it impossible to take the 100 balloons on the train with us, so we went with the 10 heart shaped purple balloons in 4 bin bags, 2 colourful umbrellas and 2 heart shaped chalkboards we had bought in Switzerland the week before and we postponed the ‘Up’ shoot until a later date. Great decision! The photos from Part 1 are awesome! The colours from the graffiti on the South bank (you can’t see the strange looks we were getting from the skaters!), The Charlie Chaplin – who asked to borrow Amanda’s mirror, so we asked to borrow him! The giant ampersand, The yellow staircase, The aquarium – all awesome!! And we had such awesome fun posing, jumping in puddles and generally larking about. Even when the wind blew a bag full of the balloons down onto the beach of the Thames, meaning that I had to clamber down and run along the beach after them (much to the amusement of the tourists), it was still fun!”

“So, Part 2! The leaves turned and the weather finally became our friend, Shell made the trip out to us to meet Zoomy – who she loved – how can you not!? We love the shots of the 3 of us. Just beautifully sums up a happy chilled day at home. And yes, Zoomy got in the bag on her own – she likes being inside stuff. So, off to the park with the balloons – with Amanda and Shell claiming not to know me as I walked down the street with 100 multi-coloured balloons!. Shell suggested a load of props to attach to the balloons – 2 pairs of my boots, my mini skateboard and a couple of bottles of our favourite tipples – St Germain and Bombay Sapphire! So after a day of bubbles, balloons, boots and rolling around in leaves the shoot was over.”

“And the photos… well, see for yourself… awesome, just awesome! Shell has a knack for capturing fun, love, personality and all round happiness – check out the colours! And the black and white romantiqueness as well. And the shoot was SO much fun as well!”

Stu warned me that he might have rambled a bit but I had to share all this info with you too. I love how excited their photos made them!

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Farley & Niko’s Hippy-tastic Rainbow Wedding

The thing I love about all you Rock n Roll Bride’s is the diversity of all your weddings. Every morning my inbox is flooded with so many different wedding visions that it my days are never dull!

Farley & Niko’s wedding was planned in only 8 weeks. They explained, “We decided to go for it when Farley’s Dad was diagnosed with pancreas and liver cancer. We therefore hadn’t saved for it and had to cut corners where ever we could. We did have some very generous donations form family members which made it possible. I think we did it all within £4000 (that’s 120 guests all fed).”

“The timing couldn’t have been better, Farley’s Dad was able to come as it worked out that he was due a break from his chemo on the date that we had set (he travelled over from Portugal where him and his wife live). Although he is still doing really well, he is no where near well enough to travel now so it was worth the mad rush. He came to see the last of his children get married and was well enough to enjoy the day. We were also obviously really happy to have him there.”

The wedding reception was held at Albury Village Hall, Hertfordshire and only cost the couple £250 to hire! By saving so much money here, it meant the couple were able to put their own stamp on the decor and styling of the wedding.

Niko’s dress was a DIY project. She bought two dresses (she didn’t know the designers) for just £100 each (reduced from £1000 each!) and used the top half from one and the skirt from the other. Her friend Daisy helped her create it and make it into a rainbow by adding multi coloured strips. She saved money on her shoes, finding them for just £5 on eBay and she made her rainbow veil herself by gluing lots of different colours of organza and ribbon to a clip.

“My bouquet was made from garden wire (bought in a garden centre), tissue paper and pva glue,” continued the bride. “I used pliers to twist and shape the wire into funky flower shapes, then using a bit of a paper mache technique covered them in different coloured tissue paper, applying layers of glue and paper. I got lots of friends to help out with this. I finished it off with loads of different coloured organza ribbons.”

This provided the inspiration for her jewellery too as she took it a long when she had a meeting with the girl who made her and her bridesmaid’s accessories. “I took my bouquet to a jewellery designer and asked for a necklace to go with it. She then created my necklace form glass beads that she made herself and silver wire. The bridesmaids/flower girls also had simplified versions of the necklace made for them.”

In further efforts to save money, the entire reception decor was created by the couple and their friends and family. The flowers were potted pansies, which the bride was then able to take home and plant in her own garden, and only cost £29 in total! The cakes came from Tesco and were chopped up to make them ‘wonky’ and were then iced.  Niko also made rainbow wands for all the children so they had something to play with. These were easily created by attaching different coloured ribbons to hazel sticks. Finally, they attached different coloured strips of fabric and ribbons to the trees for extra decoration, which looked great and swayed in the wind – beautiful!

“I have never been one for dreaming of a big white wedding,” she concluded. “The thought of a wedding dress scared me a bit – it just wasn’t me. I was trying to think of a theme and I really liked the idea of rainbows. It’s bright, cheery and fun. I really didn’t want it to be a formal serious wedding. I was looking on google and found there have been a few rainbow weddings and one in particular caught my eye, after seeing what she did, I got to work! My house was full of ribbons and all things rainbow for weeks! I was still a bit scared of the whole dress thing, but because it was rainbowy and fun I felt a bit more comfortable and ended up totally loving it! (im not a natural girlie girl who loves all things pretty and feminine). Our three daughters on the other hand totally loved it all. They spent weeks asking ‘is the wedding today, can I put my dress on yet??’ ”

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Kate & Jeff’s City Chic Circus Wedding

After attending a countless weddings over the years, Kate & Jeff knew that they wanted to do something different, something daring and something exciting for their wedding day – and different they did! I mean, how many weddings have you seen where aerialist and trapeze performers dangle over the reception!?

“We knew that we needed to do something a bit different so it felt like our day, rather than a version of someone else’s day,” began the couple. “We wanted a wedding with a chic city-feel, in the city that we both love. And we wanted to show Bristol in all its glory to our friends and family from the South-East… without reverting to cliché’s.”

“We knew the Old Council House would be a beautiful place to get married, especially on a Saturday afternoon with the hustle and bustle of the market as a backdrop. And when we found Circomedia for the reception, we both fell in love with it. Not only is it a spectacular building, but we knew we would have the freedom to put our stamp on it, which was really important because we didn’t want to have any details dictated to us by a venue – we wanted to work with local suppliers who would get our personalities and would each bring a special something to the day.”

“We wanted to celebrate the use of the venue as well as the beauty of it so we asked the Circomedia if we could have aerialist and trapeze performers and we decided that the circus would be a loose theme to base the fun around.”

The day was a very stylish and sharp affair, with all the guest turning up in their finest. The dress code was “sharp suits & flirty frocks” and the bride lead by example in a chic retro style dress, custom made for her in ‘oyster’ duchess Satin by Gilly Woo. Kate wanted a consistent palette throughout, but without things looking too regimented – so the bridesmaids all had individual outfits in the same colour scheme. The flowers were a variety of seasonal blooms in different combinations, the place names were hand printed and the vintage crockery was mismatched.

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