Author Archives: Ellie Kime

Bright & Colourful Happiness-Focused DIY Wedding

Sarah and Darren’s colourful day had happiness as the theme, and we LOVE it. With loads of super cute and thoughtful touches for their guests, it was a joyful day of celebration. And you KNOW it’s going to be a super cute day when their romantic story began Gavin and Stacey style, falling in love when chatting IT sales over the phone – legitimately! My heart!

“Our wedding theme was the same as our inspiration in our relationship which has always been HAPPINESS,” Sarah explains. “We only wanted a wedding that we’d remember for colourful, relaxed and happy guests, and went for a summer fete kind of thing. We had hay bales, a gin and prosecco van serving over 40 different types of gin, lawn games, and basically a very relaxed summer’s day. The ceremony itself was in the secret garden of The Manor House Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, and we had exclusive use of the whole place for the day. Most guests stayed overnight at the venue (it has 28 rooms), so it meant people could really let their hair down and relax with us.”

Despite the wedding reception being held in a hall dating back to 1066 (therefore being quite dark) Sarah and Darren used rainbow coloured table decorations to keep it bright and emulate the sun outside. Their table numbers were cities they love and the overall theme had a slight Fijian theme. Sarah’s brother lives in Fiji and him and his partner wore traditional Fijian clothes – they also had an INCREDIBLE Moana themed cake made by Sarah’s cousin Jessica May!

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Bohemian Outdoor Wedding Weekender in Somerset with an LA Vibe

So I’m going to let you in on a little trade secret – every couple that we feature on Rock n Roll Bride get sent a questionnaire that they fill out to tell us more about their wedding. You usually get quite a good feel of the couple’s character from what they say and from reading what Sanaa and David had to say – that they basically just wanted their wedding to be the most fun that any of their guests had ever had – we absolutely think they delivered…

They had a small legal ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour at Islington Town Hall followed by a pub lunch in London. A few days later they headed down to Somerset for their big party and a second ceremony, lead by their best friends, Lindsay and Stephen.

“I’m from California, so I also wanted to marry somewhere outdoors, beautiful, in nature,” Sanaa explains. She found Widcombe Grange, in Somerset by literally googling ‘big house’, ‘hot tub’ and ‘UK’! “It was an extraordinary venue for our wedding weekend! Our families live abroad, and as they hadn’t met before the wedding, we wanted space and time for the families to get to know each other before our friends arrived. The 22 acres of landscape woodland gave us space for aw hole weekend of activities.”

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All-The-Colours Hackney Warehouse Wedding with a McDonald’s Wedding Breakfast!

OH MY GOD, oh my god, oh my god. Let me COUNT THE WAYS in which I absolutely adore this wedding. Lusea and Nancy’s incredible wedding style just radiates on pure JOY and their day perfectly bridges the gap between tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-heart. Plus, they had McDonalds as their wedding meal. RELATABLE ICONS.

“We didn’t have a set mind of what kind of wedding we wanted,” Lusea and Nancy say, “we knew more of what we didn’t want. We didn’t care for wedding favours, fancy cars or flowers, so we didn’t have any. The things that were important to us both were our dads walking us down the aisle, and having a space where all 22 kids could run riot.”

They were even open about where in the world to get married. “After looking at a few in Cornwall, Kent and London, and even considering eloping in Las Vegas we came across The Old Dairy in Hackney. We said yes to our venue after the first visit, even though it was really hard to see what we were working with as they had a set built in it at the time. It just had the right vibe for us. We loved how raw and stripped back it was, and knew it could handle how much colour we wanted to inject into it without it feeling too much.”

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Rockabilly Rainbow Folk Festival Wedding

Katy and Mike describe their wedding as “If unicorns came and pooped rainbows on a folk festival where everyone time travelled from the 50s” and, to be honest, I’m not sure I can top that so let’s just get on with it shall we!?

Their ceremony was held at the Guildhall in Hull, a beautiful historic building with loads of marble details. However, venue finding was a super stressful experience for them, as Katy explains. “I wish we had known not to worry about things so much! We had three venues fall through, however, everything works itself out, and we eventually realised that it’s best not to settle for something you don’t want if something does happen. The ceremony itself was quick and personal I think we were only in there for 20 mins but it was lovely and they made us very comfortable with everything.”

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Intimate Backyard Wedding with Reception in an Absinthe Bar!

When a couple get married in an absinthe bar, you know it’s going to be a good’un – and that’s exactly what this pair did! Describing their wedding as whimsical chaos, Elizabeth and Patrick, wanted their wedding to feel authentic, warm, jubilant, surreal, fantastic and intimate!

Their ceremony was held in their own backyard, which friends had lovingly decorated for them. “The weather cleared for exactly long enough for the ceremony!” Liz recalls. “We’d had gloomy clouds and rain all morning and into the afternoon, but as soon as we started the ceremony, the sun came out. Perfection!”

Liz walked down the aisle to Life on Mars performed by Pat’s little brother, and their ceremony included a Celtic style hand-fasting with the help of both mums, which they felt seemed like a good way to mark this transition in their lives. Liz and Pat say their celebrant, Bronte Price, was super helpful in keeping their wedding true to themselves.

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Relaxed Scottish Roulotte Elopement with an Owl Ring Bearer

Belinda and Peter swapped California for Scotland for their wedding, having a highlands elopement at the beautiful Roulotte Retreat. With just the two of them, their officiant, and a snowy owl, it was a breathtakingly romantic and personal celebration of their love. They loved planning their elopement so much that when they returned back to California they opened their own venue, Hestia, a retreat centre and event space!

In February 2018, they had an astrologer check on lucky dates and times for their wedding, who only came back with one date and time: May 10, 2018, at 7.10pm. They suddenly had less than three months to plan their elopement from overseas!

They decided on Roulotte Retreat, a chic retreat nestled in the rolling countryside Scottish Borders, with a unique collection of hand-carved French ‘roulottes’ – intricately decorated gypsy caravans. It was the perfect setting for Belinda and Peter. “We wanted to elope because we tend to be people who take on the role of caring for others and our families and friends. We wanted our wedding day to be just about us, with no worries in the world. We were looking to elope in an English-speaking European country and fell in love with the gypsy caravans at Roulotte Retreat. They had everything we imagined and gave us great recommendations for our elopement ceremony.”

Their ceremony spot was decided just an hour before it took place, with the falconer having to decide where was best. Why a falconer, you may ask? Well, Belinda and Peter had a snowy owl deliver their rings as they love Harry Potter!

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