Jackie and Hondo wanted a moody, romantic wedding but with no rules or traditions. They referenced Rock n Roll Bride magazine for inspiration throughout their planning process and felt so inspired by looking at everyone’s creativity and non-traditional themes.
The day was held at
The Art Factory, a historic loft space, in Paterson, NJ. “I always pictured an all-black wedding and we both wanted a non-traditional space”, Jackie told us. “Our inspiration stemmed from doing what WE liked, and not what was ‘expected. We would describe our theme as moody, romantic and ‘evil boho’!”
To highlight the moody vibe, the couple asked all their guests to wear black and on the tables they had black candles and faux greenery. Almost everything was DIY, the
table numbers were made with thrifted stained glass and all the paper goods were homemade too.
“Our advice to other couples would be to not listen to anyone!” the bride concluded. “No two couples are exactly the same, so why would your wedding be? We got some of our greatest advice from people we didn’t know, and therefore… no opinions or added stress. Enjoy your day and hire a coordinator. There’s not many things that are cooler than seeing your planning to come to life on the day of, but who wants to boss people around on your wedding day!?”
You May Also Like
Rock ‘n’ Roll Meets Boho Backyard Wedding
April 19, 2023
Hallie and Sean planned a rock ‘n’ roll meets bohemian wedding on a $2,300 budget. With a black dress, DIY decor, and a handfasting ceremony officiated by the bride’s father, their celebration was all about reflecting their unique personalities and style.
A Simple yet Edgy Lockdown Elopement Planned in a Week!
August 6, 2020
Emily, Shane and their five doggos were not going to let a little thing like a worldwide pandemic stop them from getting married. So, before lockdown came into full effect in Australia, they decided to postpone their big wedding that was planned for July and to elope with their five dogs in tow!
Historic Cemetery Wedding with the Bride Arriving in a Coffin: Kristen & Jo
March 26, 2013
It feels weird to start a real wedding post with a disclaimer of sorts but this is just one of those weddings that I share with a small sense of trepidation. Without wanting to sound like anybody's mother, let's just remember that this is two people's actual wedding day and their way of expressing their love. I am under no disillusion that parts of the wedding may well divide opinion, but as always, let's keep the comments constructive and remember what Rock n Roll Bride is all about...
The Addams Family At A Funeral Themed Wedding: Katie & Christopher
August 21, 2014
Katie and Christopher dropped just $1000 on their amazing wedding. They hosted it in their own home, the bride bought her dress online and the reception décor was put together by the couple themselves. They had a bubble machine on the ceiling, costume accessories, creepy mannequins, sparklers and black silk petals. Their seating was all thrifted to save cash.
A Black Wedding Dress, A Traditional Church Wedding & A Burlesque Themed Reception: Scarlet & Craig
November 21, 2011
Scarlet & Craig's wedding wowed me as soon as I spied that dress. I was so excited to be able to share this incredible Goth extravaganza and luckily for you lot, so were the newlyweds. In fact Craig's reply when I emailed him back saying 'Yes yes, hell yes (ps your wife is hot)' was something along the lines of 'OMG so excited that you're going to feature us!!! Squeeee'.
"I'd never really thought about my wedding day growing up, so when Craig proposed on a trip to Amsterdam (with a tattoo that simply said 'Marry Me' on his wrists!) I was thrown into a bit of a panic!" Scarlet explained. "But as soon as we started planning we knew we wanted to do things our own way. Luckily we found Rock n Roll Bride, which made us realise there really are no 'rules' for a wedding, and then we just went all out! We didn't start out with one, but as we went along we developed a kind of pink and black gothic fairytale theme, pink being my favourite colour, and black being Craig's!
A Tropical Paradise, Bohemian Wedding: Linda & Tyler
May 10, 2012
Linda & Tyler's wedding makes me yearn for long lazy summer nights and scorching beaches. I could drink up this wedding and be satisfied for days...And with the event taking place at a venue called Paradise Gardens, is it any wonder?
"Our wedding day was a wonderful accumulation of memories that we will embrace forever," Linda told me. "We’re beyond grateful for the love we have for one another and the natural way it shone through onthat day. I feel that every aspect of the wedding screamed us - from the lotus field, to the sounds of Devendra Banhart wailing, to the venue bathed in tea land gold! Our venue was amazing and we were ecstatic to have found this exotic little gem tucked away in the hills of Oceanside."
A Corpse Bride Wedding: Steph & Lee
October 13, 2014
With Halloween just a few weeks away, what could be a better wedding to share with you than Steph and Lee's epic Corpse Bride inspired day!? You are going to LOVE this one!
They were married in Birmingham, with their ceremony at St Johns church and their reception at Hamstead Social Club. The church setting also offered the most perfect place for their spooky couple portraits - a graveyard!
Heavily Tattooed Gothic Wedding at Home: Jesse and Chris
Sugar and Spice Weddings
November 5, 2013
Oh I do love when I get to blog both the engagement shoot and wedding of such an awesome couple. I actually don't post too many of the former, but Jesse and Chris's cemetery session really stood out so I just had to! I made their photographers, Sarah and Rachel of Sugar and Spice Weddings, promise that she'd send me their wedding pictures after it happened too, and I'm thrilled to share them with you all today. You'll see why...
© 2008 - 2023 Rock n Roll Bride Ltd, PO Box 3246, Reading, RG1 9LG, United Kingdom.