Laura & Paul’s Vintage, Mismatched, Rock n Roll Bride-Inspired Wedding

I first laid eyes on Laura & Paul’s fabulous wedding when I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog. Over the next few weeks I pretty much pestered their photographer Eliza Claire until she agreed to let me feature it – this is my favourite of all Eliza Claire‘s weddings to date!

Laura, a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader throughout their planning, was keen to add personal and alternative wedding touches throughout their day…and they certainly did that. It was also a lot down to Paul too, who really got stuck into the planning and the desire to create something unique.  

“Paul was adamant from the start that he wanted our wedding to be personal to us,” Laura told me. “Your blog and Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine gave us the confidence that was hidden away to keep our wedding individual to us. There became a time when it spiralled and started to become ‘everyone else’s wedding’ but after the two of us sat down we got back on track and carried on with what we wanted. We didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and were SO pleased with our choice. The girls looked stunning and so different to other bridesmaids we had seen at previous weddings.”

Laura had actually emailed me a few month’s back when she was having a bridesmaids dress crisis. I told her to not feel like she had to get a specific ‘bridesmaid dress’ for them and to go to the high street and buy them something beautiful. I’m ecstatic to say that she followed my advice and found these little beauties in New Look!

A few of my other favourite touches have got to be the ice cream parlour (with six choices of ice cream, miniature cones and edible glitter!) and the DIY service sheets based on gig flyers. The couple also made their own seating plan display from a piece of wood covered in Tanya Whelan Rosie Dot fabric, and place settings by tying them with lace to the stem of the wine glasses which they set with mismatched cups and saucers.

“We sourced our teacup centre pieces from charity shops and boot fairs. Honestly I have such an amazing husband he just kept coming home after work with fantastic finds! Paul’s mum and dad glued the teacups to the saucers so they wouldn’t topple when on the table. I think I was the florist’s worst nightmare when I explained how I wanted 3 stacked on top on each other.” 

Laura wore a gorgeous short Ian Stuart‘ Cha Cha Cha’ dress and Paul chose a plum coloured Ben Sherman suit, which he wore with a floral shirt and a bow tie (“He looked so quirky and handsome!” Laura said.)

“I felt so strange when people kept asking what my colour scheme was. We didn’t have a colour scheme which is unusual in the wedding world! We were so pleased with how nothing matched yet everything went together perfectly. Advice for brides and grooms to be, keep it personal and your day will be as perfect as you are for each other.”

Finally, instead of a traditional gift list, the couple asked their guests to donate to their favourite charity. “Instead of getting us wedding presents we asked those guests that would like to do something for us donate that they can to Upendo. Upendo means “love” in Swaheli and the Upendo Orphans Support Project does just that. When we went to Kenya in January we stayed in Kilifi and it sunk in how fortunate we are – one of our friends that we met who worked at the hotel was saving for his wedding and was saving for 2 bags of grain and a goat which would feed his entire village. Our friend expected it would take 3 years for him to save up the £30 (yes thirty) required. We realised how fortunate we are to have not just each other, and our health, but to be able to afford the wedding we wanted. Our friend was more fortunate than many to have a job and to have children that were growing up and we wanted to do a little to help and, as well as sponsoring children to go to secondary school and sponsoring a young girl that lost her mother in January to HIV, we though this would be a good opportunity.”
“The money our guests very generously donated will allow Upendo to do something special and we are very grateful to them for their support.”

Wow wow wow. Huge thanks to photographer Eliza Claire and to Laura & Paul for sharing this gorgeous day with us.

Congratulations to a fellow Mr & Mrs Williams!

Credit: Eliza Claire Photography
Venue: Creeksea Place, Essex
Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart dress from Bellissima Weddings
Bride’s Shoes:  Debenhams
Bride’s Necklace: Accessorize
Bride’s Engagement Ring: Belonged to her late Mother
Bride’s Earrings: Gift from Paul
Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman
Groom’s Shirt: John Lewis
Groom’s Bow Tie: Paul Smith
Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith
Groom’s Corsage: Lucy Loves Fabric
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: New Look
Bridesmaid’s Shoes: New Look
Cake: Liz’s Cakes
Flowers: Elegance Flowers
Hair/Make Up: Emma Rawlings
Table Runners: Lucy Loves Fabric made with Tanya Whelan’s Rosie Dot fabric
Band: Cash Cows


  1. Sally

    Ooh I love the ideas of the gig flyer style order of service!! Shame there isn’t a picture 🙁 I need inspiration for mine xXx

  2. The Bride!

    Thank you thank you thank you! It is an honour to be blogged and Eliza we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for our great memories. It was a superb day!

  3. The Groom

    Laura The Best Mans’ colour edged ties are from Topman. The suits are Ben Sherman Camden fit in silver grey, however they are ”last season’s” so we had difficulty getting all the sizes and actually got them from Debenhams because Ben Sherman only had new styles. Same style on paper as mine but with a different number of pockets, but I am sure they are going to do a slim fit suit in grey whatever the season as that’s a pretty standard suit. Good luck.

    Thank you so much to Kat for blogging us, it is a privilege, and to Eliza for making our wedding look amazing in the photos. Thank you to our friends and family for sharing the day with us and ensuring we had every reason to smile all day. Thank you to everyone else for being interested in our wedding and for your lovely comments!

  4. Lovely work as always Eliza and congratulations to the bride and groom! I’m sure I recognise you both too. Apart from when buying your dress are you in SWF often?

  5. What a gorgeous wedding! The vibe is so relaxed and sweet.
    And I love her dress! Well.. I should… because it’s also my dress. It’s so funny to see another bride in your dress. You look stunning!! 🙂


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