Originally Ashleigh and Daniel really wanted to run off to Vegas to get married, but Ashleigh being 6 months pregnant kind of scuppered those plans! They still wanted to have their wedding on their own terms though so they keep things casual and intimate. They had just 11 guests and had their reception at restaurant in London.
“We knew when we decided to get married that we didn’t want to do it conventionally”, said the bride. “We both wanted to getaway for a fun, intimate and laid-back day. Actually, we had pretty much made our minds up on travelling to Las Vegas, as we loved it when we were out there in 2011, but when we knew I would be pregnant we opted for something closer to home and London is one of our favourite cities.”
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“We were inspired by a lot of different literature but heavily Lord of the Rings“, began the bride. “Our theme was kind of like storybook fairytale. I wouldn’t say anything we did was specifically to be alternative, but we know we wanted to do things the way we wanted. We spent the night before the wedding together sat up finishing bits and talking long after everyone else had gone to bed.”
Faye walked down the aisle to Many Meetings from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. “My dad had started me teary eyed before I even went in so hearing it almost sent me over the edge! I didn’t look up once until I got to the end of the aisle. I left my dad and youngest daughter at the end of the seating and walked the last bit alone as I didn’t want the traditional giving away. Our florists were amazing the room was incredible and the aisle lined with ferns and moss which fitted in perfectly with the tree arch I had made as a backdrop to the ceremony.”
Rach and Dan didn’t have a theme for their wedding, they just wanted it to celebrate their love of Scarborough. “We wanted to give our family and friends a good day out at the seaside and show them the highlights of the town”, the bride said. “We had just 42 guests.”
They had a humanist wedding ceremony at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough. “Oliver’s Mount was a special place for us to get married because Dan’s Granddad’s ashes are scattered there, right where we had the ceremony. It was nice that he could also be with us. We hired traditional deck chairs for the guests to sit on and had our two friends, Jess and Toby play Ukulele.”
They didn’t want to spend a lot, so they did everything themselves. There was also nothing was traditional about this day; there was no wedding party, they catered themselves by making a picnic for everyone, and going for fish n chips at dinner time! “Our biggest expense was the vintage bus that we hired to transport our guests around Scarborough to the different locations”, Rach explained. “We loved that we had lots of different places to visit planned out for our guests to enjoy. We had a picnic at the beach huts (we rented two of them for a week and they cost us just £58 each!), we went rock pooling, we all went on the cliff lift, and everyone hired row boats and pedaloes in Peasholm Park.”
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.”
Ruth and Matt wanted to keep things casual for their June wedding. That meant a town hall ceremony and reception with a pub drinks reception in between! Ruth’s stunning dress came from Jenny Packham and Matt wore a bespoke suit from Suit Supply, just off Saville Row.
“We met eight years ago when we were both working at Vans on Carnaby Street”, began the bride. “Which is why Matt’s wedding day gift to me was the customised Vans Slip-ons representing where we met and our wedding day.”
“Our wedding was a mixture of our shared interests. We didn’t want a specific theme, just to incorporate the different things we like that represent us as a couple. From Art Deco to Americana to Rock and Metal via Mexico. We just really wanted a fun day where everyone could enjoy themselves and feel relaxed. Although we wanted some traditional elements we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted our personalities to come across.”
Luke and Natalie were married in London in June. Their reception was held at The Village Underground in Shoreditch, a super cool industrial space. “We met whilst training together at Ballet School”, said Natalie. “We wanted our wedding to be simple with lots of personal touches. Our main inspiration was to provide a great day for all those we love to celebrate with us.”
The bride’s dress was by Minna which she wore with a flower crown. “My flower crown and the bouquets were done by That Flower Shop, all of the other flowers and décor were DIY. We bought them at Covent Garden Flower Market and put them together ourselves. We also made the bunting and Luke made all the stationery. The cakes and deserts were handmade by friends and family.”