Fanni & Ben got married in April at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire. Bored by the usual wedding stuff they found in magazines and at wedding shows, the pair turned to the internet for inspiration and luckily for them stumbled upon not only Rock n Roll Bride but a plethora of amazing ideas via some awesome American wedding blogs. “Back at the drawing board, I found myself scanning an array of American wedding blogs. All of which featured jaw-droppingly gorgeous weddings that looked amazing but had little or no information about weddings in the UK, and then I stumbled across your site!” Fanni told me “From that day on, Rock n Roll Bride truly was a breath of fresh air for me from everything else I had seen out there previously. Your site was reassuring that we didn’t have to be confined to the norm or do things a certain way because it was tradition. Our wedding was our day, our way. We wanted our guests to have the best time and not be left thinking that they were just at….’another textbook wedding.’ So, with much planning and evenings spent beavering away we managed to pull it all together.”
Ben is in a band so they wanted to make music a bit part of their day. Ben organised all the music and included everything they love – from modern rock songs played as string quartet versions (for while guests arrived) to the song that Fanni walked down the aisle to, which was ‘One day like this’ by Elbow. Their ceremony song was ‘When I’m 64’ by the Beatles, “which was rather unusual” Fanni said “but our guests fully embraced it and sang at the top of their lungs… a truly awesome moment.”
I adore featuring weddings like Alexa & Andy’s the most. British, quirky, emotional and fun! The couple got married at Birmingham Registry Office on Easter Sunday and had the awesome Steve Gerrard on hand to take all their photographs. The room was really modern and had a gorgeous courtyard outside which made for some beautiful portraits.
The reception was held at The Bell, at Tamworth in Arden which they selected for it’s informal and carefree nature. They knew their friends and family would have fun in the pub’s relaxed atmosphere. The cake was made by Alexa’s Mum after they saw something similar in a magazine and decided to have a go at making it themselves (that’s exactly what we did!)
Alexa wore a dress, gorgeous little hat and corset were all custom designed and made by Jo at The Couture Company, at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. “I knew straight away that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress and I really like the 50s style full circle dress so did a bit of internet research and found Jo” she told me. She teamed this with shoes from Dune for the day time and pink, shiny Doc Martens for the evening! Love….!
I love Jeff & Manya’s wedding for so many reasons. The first has got to be Manya’s gorgeous ‘MacKenzie’ Modern Trousseau dress complete with swarovski crystal belt, Betsey Johnson shoes and hair piece by Lani Fisher (who works with Jill of Darling Bride who did her hair) and the second is those gorgeous flowers by Jen K Floral Designs. Seriously, aren’t those yellows just amaaazing. The wedding overall had a yellow and blue theme – and it really works! The colours of the bridesmaids dresses looks awesome next to the uber ‘pop’ of the citrus blooms…and don’t even get my started on Manya’s fuchsia pink lipstick. Epic!
Lee & Rose got married in Liverpool in a super duper stylish way. Rose’s outfit is literally off-the-hook! Have you ever seen a bride look so damn funky? Plus (and you’re going to love this) it is all from the British high street! Be sure to check out the full list of where each item was found after the photographic goodness. I am just mad about those tights…
“There was no real theme as such, but the sort of couple we are means that we wanted something relaxed, informal and fun” Lee , the groom, told me “We wanted a simple wedding, we wanted to wear the outfits we wanted, we wanted to pay for everything ourselves, and more importantly, we wanted our friends and family to come and have a good time, not feel like they had to behave in a manner they normally wouldn’t, i.e. no strict seating arrangements, not worrying about which knife to use to cut the bread roll, etc. We’re not show-offs, and we’re not millionaires, and we have our own sense of style, so we couldn’t see the point in all this so-called ‘traditional’ excess that means the marriage starts off with £30,000 worth of debt! It just wouldn’t be us.”
This ghoulish, retro horror themed wedding may not be everybody’s cup of tea but I can’t help but be a little over-excited about it. So. Much. Originality! Photographer Al, who has just been shortlisted for ‘Tattoo Photographer of the Year’ was keen to tell me all about Ash and Michelle Ghoulmore’s (oh yes!) friday the 13th wedding.
The couple run retro rebels store and the horror-themed clothing company Kreepsville 666 so their wedding was always going to be a spooky special. ‘Ghoulmore’ actually is Ash’s surname and they pretty much live Halloween everyday, so it was fitting to pick a horror / b-movie inspired Wedding theme (be sure to check out their awesome invite at the end of the gallery too!)
“This meant I had to light the formals in a slightly different way to ensure I got that punchy highly saturated contrasty feel that fits with the mood” photographer Al told me. “This was the first time I’ve seen a smoke machine used during the ceremony! The archway was decorated with skulls and light like a stage. As you can see form the photos the cake was a skull and all the attendees got to take home a set of cast-silver effect fangs to say ‘fangs for coming’ [groan]. Zombina and the Skeletones provided the live music for the reception, again fitting the horror-rockabilly theme.”
Michelle looked every bit the rock princess in her two dresses, firstly a custom made creation from Limb Clothing, and for the reception/evening a gorgeous Vivien of Holloway gown.
You’re going to love Erica & Ryan’s homespun, diy wedding…and you’re certainly going to love their story. I was over the moon to receive these gorgeous images from photographer Katie and even more chuffed when Erica got in touch with all the juicy details.
“Ryan and I originally thought we would just have a courthouse wedding, and then have a big party. Of course, our parents were not so thrilled with the idea. We also did not want anyone else planning or making decisions for OUR wedding/party, because we did not want it to be the same old wedding and the same old reception that we’ve all attended twenty times before. Nothing against traditional weddings, we’re just not traditional. We also were looking to keep it cheap simply because we think it’s silly to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a few hours. All we really needed was the two of us looking snazzy and an amazing photographer.”
They chose the Scout Statue, Kansas City, MO for their ceremony as the couple drove past it every day and felt it was perfect for them. For their reception Screenland Crossroads, Kansas City, MO provided the perfect mix they were looking for – reasonably priced and unique. “We had seen a couple movies at the theatre and instantly fell in love with the place- who wouldn’t love fully reclining leather movie theatre seats? It also went along with our Kansas City theme, as it is part of a small local chain of theatres. We met with the event coordinator, Bryan Williams, and he was more than willing to help us achieve anything we wanted to with our party. We loved all the vintage movie posters that cover the walls, and the leopard print carpet. Added bonus: cheap drinks since we planned on having a cash bar” Erica told me.
The couple added fantstic personal touches to make their wedding truely their own, everything from having Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ provide the food (one of their favourite restaurants) and to choosing doughnut from Lamar’s Donuts instead of an expensive traditional cake.
Erica’s dress was also a perfect reflection of her. “First of all, green has been both Ryan’s and my favorite color since as far back as I can remember” she began. “Secondly, I’m not particularly a fan of wearing white- I’m too pale. And I’m definitely not a fan of the oh-so-popular strapless wedding dress. There is a very small percent of brides who can actually pull that off. So I wanted something different, something classy, something fun – something me. I looked at a lot of dresses online and found two dresses I liked the top of one, the bottom of the other. So I sent them to my fashion and design genius friend Natalie Julich, told her what I wanted and that I wanted it green. She photoshopped the two together, made it green, and put my face on it and voila the idea was born. I knew Ryan’s mom had made a wedding dress before, so when Ryan and I told our parents that we were engaged, I asked her if she would make it. She gladly accepted. Through trial and error, she made the dress just right- green and fluffy! Not to mention gorgeous!”