Andrea and Tristan wanted a simple, urban wedding that reflected their love of their local area and each other. They chose Hobba has their venue, a super cool event space in Prahran, Melbourne, a stone’s throw from where they live. The day started with them getting ready together at their own home.
“Well first of all, we did it in 7 weeks!” began Andrea when I asked her what made their wedding different. “That is 7 weeks from our very first discussion about where, what, and how, to the actual day! We had originally told everyone we would do it at the end of 2014 (just to give them something) but then thought why wait – especially if it would make it easier to do something super low-key and non-traditional, and avoid having a year to over-plan an extravagant event. It did shock everyone to begin with, but then people told us that because we’d been saying that we were never going to get married, if we ever decided to, they thought we would just do it – which we did.”
If the thought of being the centre of attention on your wedding day fills you with nervous dread, then let me open up a world of new possibilities for you. Cat and Paul did things to suit them – completely. Not being a girly, girl or ever wearing dresses, two weeks before the wedding the bride decided to go with what made her feel comfortable. That meant wearing jeans, and not doing a ‘grand entrance’. She didn’t walk down the aisle at all, in fact there was no aisle. She and Paul greeted their guests together as they arrived.
“We really just wanted to have all our family and friends around us for the day and enjoy ourselves”, began Cat. “Neither of us were looking for anything more than that really, just throw a good party for everyone to enjoy. The little quirks all came via family and friends. I think there’s so much expectation around weddings these days, you have to have these favours and this dress etc. It started to get a bit like that for us, especially for me.”
But Cat didn’t want to do what was expected and that meant she wore her favourite jeans! “I had a dress planned which was a big thing for me, I’m really not a dress kind of girl but I wanted to impress Paul and do something really special for him. About two weeks before when all the final bits of planning were getting done I had a bit of a mini moment about the whole thing, entering in a dress with everyone looking at me. After a chat with my mum and Paul they both told me just to be myself and wear what I was comfy in. So the jeans and the sparkly shoes were bought! I’m so thankful for the amazing support from Paul on this, I know he would have loved to have seen me in a dress but he knew it just wasn’t me and it was more important to him that I was comfortable and enjoying myself. So I didn’t make any big entrance or anything. I was there welcoming guests with Paul and the rest of our families which I really enjoyed. There was a few people who came in and thought they were late though I think as I was already in there! There’s nothing more Rock n Roll than just being yourself after all.”
Rachel and Raymon based their wedding on Rachel’s favourite childhood book and film – Alice in Wonderland! They had oodles of personalised and special details including the mismatched chairs, the vintage door seating chart, having clocks as table numbers and their chequered dance floor.
“I met Ray through my older sister”, began the bride. “Her husband had been close friends with Ray since high school. We hung out as a group a few times then Ray finally asked me out for dinner. Being the protective older sister that Victoria is, she didn’t approve at first since Ray was three years older than me. Long story short, everything worked out and we all couldn’t be happier that we can call each other family!”
David and David met online in 2006. They chatted for a few days and then had their first date at a local tapas restaurant. They both studied at the University of Manchester, so they chose the Museum at the university for their wedding venue. It is an amazing Victorian gothic building, and whilst they didn’t really want a ‘theme’ per-se, there was definitely a scientific and national history thread running throughout the celebration.
“The venue was the inspiration”, they began. “We had some great spaces to fill – not to mention a T Rex threatening to upstage us during the ceremony – so we placed a big emphasis on using lighting to set the scene and add ambiance during our reception. A real highlight was the use of dry ice in our table centrepieces – a great effect which surprised our guests.”
“Fortunately the whole thing went off very well – no disasters! The readings during our ceremony were all excellent, but our friend Judith really stood out with her reading of ‘Us Two’ by A. A. Milne. It was nice to be told by guests who were recently married that our day was better than their own weddings!”
Ange and Glen’s wedding day started with an intimate ceremony with just 25 guests at Cardiff City Hall. They then moved on to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a Wales vs Argentina rugby match! The day concluded with a massive party blow out in a marquee in the back garden of the pub where they had their first date.
“We are totally and utterly the kind of couple that Rock n Roll Bride is all about”, Ange began. “We’re not traditional in the slightest, we kind of like to be a bit different, we’re both a bit silly and a bit risqué, and we are head over heels in love! We’ve both been married before and we succumbed to the traditional, hearts and flowers, big white wedding thing then. It was totally wrong for both of us too. We found each other though, and in doing so, we have also found ourselves. Neither of us knew who we were truly until we came together – we’ve allowed the other to truly grow and become the real us.”
Wendi and James were married in The Swan, a stylish boutique hotel in The Lake District. They even took their guests on a mid-afternoon boat ride around Lake Windermere! The styling of the day was very eclectic, just like the couple, but it worked perfectly.
“Our wedding was quite a mix, just like the weather, and it all just sort of happened”, began the bride. “There was Rock n Roll – mainly in our appearance and kind of modern vintage in the styling of the rooms. We had a Spanish jazz influence in the live music in the day time and then in the evening we had Niomi Tagg play her electric violin accompanying the DJs to some rather hard houses music, We eventually blew the speakers!”