Aimee and Lenny met when they were both working in Cruise Liners in the Caribbean in the early 2000s. “It was far from love at first sight”, laughed the bride. “I used to think Lenny was a bit of an idiot! After we both left the ships we stayed (loose) friends on Facebook and in 2009 started a conversation on a photo that went like this: Aimee, ‘You look fit Lenny! You’re aging well!’ Lenny, ‘Why Thank you! No-one has ever told me I look fit before! Will you Marry me?’ From there we started messaging one another about our ‘fake’ wedding. It eventually progressed to normal conversation, then daily chat which went on for a couple of months. It soon became apparent that, bizarrely, we were falling in love over our written messages (which we cutely called ‘Love Mail’ because Lenny’s surname is Love!) So, eight years after we’d worked together, I arranged to meet up with this guy (who I used to hate) and who’s emails were giving me butterflies. It was supposed to be for one night but I ended up staying for a week. And that was that!”
Their wedding took place in May of this year and they were inspired by their time on the cruise ships for their theme. “Initially we just wanted to have a subtle ‘nod’ to our Caribbean cruising days but as the planning went on, and not being a couple that do anything by halves, we thought sod it, lets go all out”, she continued. “It ended up being super Caribbean and mega colourful. After the ceremony we served a rum punch with floating fruit and paper umbrellas to our guests. We ate jerk chicken, with rice and peas, sweet potato and spicy salsa for the wedding breakfast. It was bloody gorgeous and our guests raved out it!”
If glitter, rainbows and silliness are your jam, then you’re going to LOVE Emily and Jack’s Lake District wedding. They really went to town on the creative décor ideas.
“The décor was so much fun to do”, said the bride. “We had huge paper pom poms, glitter covering every surface, handmade ‘Mr and Mrs Powell’ bunting, bright paper bunting and paper garlands. Each table had a different theme and the centrepieces on each was things that matched that theme.”
“The seaside table had shells, blue glitter and the odd boat with fish napkins… the Lego table had lots of Lego bricks and glitter with yellow Lego napkins… the glitter table had so much glitter with extra glitter pots and sparkly gold pots… and the teddy bears picnic table had our soft toy collection sitting round having a tea party with extra glitter of course!”
“I have my run my own paper cutting company called Rhombus and Pineapple. We designed and made each table name setting to match them theme of the table too. If a guest was on our Lego table, they had a paper cut Lego man on top of their name, on the seaside table they had all sorts of images like sand castles, fish, shells. The glitter table had stars and the teddy bears picnic table had Pooh and Piglet holding hands. The wedding invites were also paper cut cards of Jack and I walking up the hill to the church with our initials and the date. For the seating plan Jack and I illustrated and painted a very bright plan and we really went crazy with stickers!”
Nat and Drew’s Brixton wedding was pretty, sparkly, but most of all a celebration for them and their friends and family. “Our inspiration was us”, the bride said. “We planned the kind of party we wanted to go to. We chose London because it’s where we have made our home together, but we wanted to put our hearts into it and it just sort of evolved that way. The day was for us, and if we were happy then everyone else would be too.”
“The theme, if we had to have one, was city warehouse chic with vintage and sparkle. One of the most important things to me personally was to customise our wedding myself, to feel like it was all a part of us. I took a lot of inspiration from the articles I read in Rock n Roll Bride magazine actually. The mags helped provide about 80% of the images on my mood board! I decided quite early on to use the tutorial for making paper pinwheels from an old issue and from there it just grew.”
Dave and Vicki’s Hull wedding was colourful, fun and laid back. They were inspired by bright colours, geometric shapes and wild flowers. They also had lots of Lego details such as the amazing table plan (so creative!) and the table numbers.
“We tried to stay away from the stereotypical big white wedding as we just didn’t feel like that was us and we wanted the day to represent us as a couple”, Vicki explained. “We basically just wanted a big party and for everyone to have as much fun as as.”
“I walked down the aisle to a Yann Tiersen song from Amelie which is one of our favourite films and something that came up in conversation on our first date. I was really relaxed all morning but then as soon as we arrived at the venue I was suddenly really nervous to walk down in front of everyone. I got a bit teary during the vows but Dave soon lightened the mood once we were officially man and wife by lifting my arm up and cheering which got a big laugh off everyone! We then walked out to one of our favourite bands Belle and Sebastian and headed straight off to take some photos.”
I think when some people hear about Rock n Roll Bride, they assume it’s all getting married underwater, jumping out of aeroplanes, having the craziest most out-there wedding you can think of… But its never really been about that.
While, of course, I love to feature the really wacky weddings, they are usually quite few and far between. Most Rock n Roll brides (and grooms!) still have traditional elements in their big day. Whether wearing a white dress, being given away by their father, or throwing the bouquet, these traditions certainly haven’t been completely forgotten by all! Most brides that read this blog really just want to get married in a style that reflects them and their partner.
That’s exactly what Emma and Michael did for their September wedding on Barry Island. “Our wedding theme was Day of the Dead and handmade”, Emma said. “We love everything about Mexico, from the delicious food to the amazing Mayan history, so used this as our inspiration. We made the bouquets, flower baskets, buttonholes, centrepieces, and table plan. I also created a large red sugar skull.”
Carla and Cris, both from South America, met in London when a mutual friend introduced them. They were married in Brixton in March. “We wanted to have a London wedding with a twist that was memorable for our guests, especially those coming from abroad”, said the bride. “We love the city and we wanted something that was more like a good party than a traditional wedding.”
“We were inspired by the places we like to go out in East London and we wanted the wedding to be held in an alternative place. After our ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall we had our reception at Brixton East, a nineteenth century furniture warehouse that can be hired for events.”
The wedding was urban with homely touches. “We loved the decorating part”, Carla continued. “We went to the flower market in Vauxhall to get plenty of nice flowers and decorated the venue the day before with the help of friends and family. That was quite special, and part of the nice things of having so many people around. I also curated the music for the ceremony and the party.”
“We had a tight budget so we didn’t splash the cash on anything, really. We probably could have got a cheaper venue and photographer but we didn’t want to! Those were the two things we didn’t want to cut corners on or risk getting wrong.”