Melanie and Adam’s October wedding was a super cute take on a Halloween theme, keeping everything super light, bright and airy at Oldwalls in Gower, Swansea. As an ex practical-SFX artist and with it being Melanie’s favourite holiday, the couple wanted to evoke the imagery and colours, but most importantly the fun of it for all of their friends and family to enjoy. It was also a non-negotiable that her rescue chihauhau, Periwinkle, was able to take part in the day.
Melanie wore a strapless Rembo Styling dress with Virginia The Wolf bone jewellery and her everyday Bloody Mary Metal rings. On her feet she wore purple velvet Alexander McQueen flats with embroidered golden pumpkins, which she found second-hand on Vestaire Collective, and which matched Adam’s purpley Marc Darcy suit. In line with wanting it to be a big excuse for friends and family to have fun and see each other, fancy dress was of course encouraged too, making the ceremony pictures so much fun (spot the skeleton at the back!) It also totally helped that Melanie describes her and Adam as ‘not particularly serious people, so it was a bit more like a stand-up gig with some legal bits in it!’
When a wedding is described as “Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Lord of The Rings”, you know it’s going to be pretty unique, and Natalia and Steven’s day certainly lives up to this promise. They even dared guests to outdo the bride and groom within the realm of the ‘fancy dress’ theme they’d set!
Their “playful and ethereal fantasy forest” wedding theme was based on everything that Natalia and Steven enjoy together – like the fancy dress theme, which is crucial to how they got together. “We had mutual friends but we really bonded after meeting for Halloween and admiring each other’s fancy dress outfits”, the bride explained. “I was a voodoo witch doctor and he was a cross-dressing banana (I’ll leave that one to your imagination!) I admired his dedication to fancy dress and we started to discover how much we had in common – it quickly grew from there.”
Guests were encouraged to wear fancy dress from any era or any realm, so long as they dressed up, and seeing the guests’ amazing outfits made walking down the aisle even more special for the bride. It also meant the hotel manager came up to her about half an hour before the ceremony, exclaiming “YOU HAVE A UNICORN DOWNSTAIRS FOR YOUR WEDDING – I’VE NEVER HAD THAT BEFORE!” If that’s not the sign of a Rock n Roll Bride wedding, I don’t know what is!
This shoot takes place in one of my favourite places in the world, Iceland, the home to some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve ever seen. They don’t call it the Land of Ice and Fire for nothing, do they? In fact, the über-creative photography duo Lina + Tom looked to this nickname as inspiration for this styled shoot.
“We’ve visited Iceland a number of times,” Lina and Tom explain, “and even got engaged under the northern lights there! So we wanted to celebrate the beauty of the country our way. We know it’s become very fashionable to shoot in Iceland in the last few years, yet every time we see a wedding or elopement shoot there, they all seem to have that muted, dark tone to them, and many look the same. There’s nothing wrong with that look, but this isn’t our Iceland: in our Iceland, the sky is so blue on a crisp winter’s day, the snow is so bright, an the sun so warm on your face. We wanted to create a shoot in Iceland that reflected the vibrancy we see, combined with our love for alternative wedding style.”
To showcase the best of the gorgeous country, Lina and Tom styled three different ‘looks’ over two days in Southern Iceland, including Kleifarvatn, Stokkseyri, Skogafoss and Vik, with Vigdís at Lux Weddings Iceland helping to ensure they weren’t encroaching anywhere that they shouldn’t be.
Their first look, inspired by ice, featured gorgeous Bowen-Dryden separates (including a DIVINE violet skirt which required its own suitcase – and rightly so) and a suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Co. Leah Stocker and Abbi Beaumont from Belles Beauty highlighted this icy feel with a kickass white eyeliner (I will be trying this immediately) and a messy ponytail, accessorised with a gorgeous Love From Becky headpiece.
Ivy and Nate wanted their wedding day to be a party focused on good music, good food and even better drinks; a brief they absolutely SMASHED. Their wedding was held at the beautiful and ornate The American in Kansas City and it just keeps getting cooler from there.
They had decided not to have a ceremony on that day, opting instead of a private one at their house on a later date. This meant that Ivy and Nate got ready together with family and friends, “It was really nice because we experienced every part of the day together,” Ivy explains. “I know everyone says this but the day goes by so fast, so spend as much time together as you can.”
Ivy and Nate look like total bad asses in their wedding outfits, with Ivy wearing a Giambattista Valli dress she bought from Net-A-Porter. “I was out of town a lot in the build up to the wedding and just never made the time to go and try on dresses with family and friends. In the end, I did a lot of looking on wedding blogs to find my dress – I bought four, and ended up keeping this one.”
Nate wore a custom made suit from Manuel Couture, from Nashville. “Manuel has made suits for countless celebrities, and I think Nate was most excited about owning a Manuel suit!”
Gemma and Tom’s gorgeous Brighton wedding proves that sometimes size isn’t everything. They celebrated with only ten members of their immediate family and had the intimate wedding of their dreams, with a small dinner following their ceremony. They had a loose theme of 1950s burlesque, romance and Hollywood glam.
“We knew Brighton was the perfect backdrop for some stunning photos we would treasure forever,” Gemma explains. “We got ready at The Artists’ Residence and then our ceremony was held in the Regency Room in Brighton Town Hall. My Grandad walked me down the aisle to Heroes by David Bowie – and bless him, he stood on my dress as I was walking into the room! Everyone gasped as they thought I was about to stack it but luckily I managed to get through it with my dignity and dress intact. My favourite part of the wedding was seeing everyone’s faces as I walked/tripped into the room!”
Anna and Ben’s woodland wedding was captivating (geddit?) and enraptor-ing (double geddit!?) All puns aside, their beautiful dinosaur-themed wedding day was a riot of colour and fun, featuring loads of handmade games and outdoor decor to make you properly swoon. Plus, peep the seriously cute bridesmaids’ outfits!
They had their wedding at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings in Leeds. “None of the venues we’d looked at had really jumped out as being somewhere we would feel ourselves celebrating our wedding – until we found Applewood,” the bride explained. “The dinosaur theme came into play pretty early on – I’d been looking for ideas for name cards on Pinterest and saw someone had used little gold dinosaurs. I knew that having dinosaurs as a theme in the woodland and would help the idea of a fun wedding.”
We feature a lot of Friday the 13th and Halloween weddings on Rock n Roll Bride (and we love them!) but Alexis and Jeff took it to the NEXT LEVEL with their DIY Halloween themed wedding, where they were made up as Frankenstein’s monster and his bride. Yep, you read that right.
“We both love Halloween, and so when we saw there was a Friday 13th in October last year, we knew it was right!” Alexis explains. “Our theme was a Classic Horror Movie Monsters Halloween Party.”
Alexis and Jeff hired a professional make-up artist to make the wedding party look like the classic horror movie monsters: the bride and groom were Frankenstein’s monster and his bride; her bridesmaids were The Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Mummy, and the groomsmen were Dracula and Wolfman. Alexis’ dad walked her down the aisle as the Phantom of the Opera, and they were married by Dr Frankenstein. This was their biggest expense of the whole day!
When the couple met via an Instagram account called “The bearded pantie droppers“, you know it’s going to be a good wedding. And you’d be right – Rose and Matt’s rockabilly pub wedding day was a glorious melee of everything they loved including donuts, tattoos and Sailor Jerry. Not only that, but it was all done for £2000. TWO. THOUSAND. POUNDS!
“The inspiration for our wedding was Sailor Jerry, as an artist and the rum,” Rose and Matt explain, “so all of our ideas stemmed and evolved from that. Rose has a mild neon lighting obsession also, so our centrepieces were Sailor Jerry rum bottles we’d collected with an artificial rose in each, and a neon light saying ‘love’ leaning against them, as well as a heart-shaped circus-style light.”
Niamh and Jasper kept it real and romantic with their wedding, secretly eloping to New York to get married. After a run of deaths in both of their families, they decided they wanted to have something happy instead of sad to celebrate – and they created something beautiful, too.
“We had the standard New York City Hall ceremony,” they say, “which was actually really nice and much more intimate than we thought it could be, considering the style and speed and amount of weddings taking place all at the same time. The man who married us was called Angel Lopez, so we got married by an Angel in New York!”
Niamh’s wedding outfit was a baby blue House of Holland skirt, a Skate tee, and some lush Jeremy Scott x Melissa mules, whilst Jasper wore Nigel Cabourn trousers, a Carhartt shirt and a Finisterre t-shirt. Just like their ceremony, it was relaxed and totally gorgeous!
After their ceremony at city hall, Niamh, Jasper and their two witnesses went for drinks on the roof at the Crown, wandered around Chinatown, and then had dinner at Prime Meats Brooklyn, fitting in some dreamy portraits beneath the Manhattan Bridge too.
I would say Jess and Kenny’s wedding day was nothing short of magic, but that would be wrong: it was nothing short of spiritual and stunning. As lovers of the desert, and frequent visitors to Joshua Tree for quick getaways, they knew they had to get married out there. They also wanted to incorporate a little of their Native American background into the day, mixed with their love of Rock n Roll. What resulted was a desert bohemian wedding that is the stuff of dreams.
Jess and her bridal party got ready in old band t-shirts before changing into their deep red bridesmaid outfits (which they’d all chosen themselves), whilst Kenny and his party all looked slick in black suits in a Reservoir-Dogs-meets-rock-band photo shoot against the desert backdrop. Jess’ wedding dress was a strapless dress from Pronovias, which she wore with knee-high lace-up camel coloured boots from Nine West.
Kelly and Oscar describe their wedding as “modern winter witch themed” and we’re inclined to agree. Their beautifully moody day was inspired by witch practices including herbalism, crystals, tarot and the importance of natural, balanced elements.
“These elements weren’t just for show,” the couple explain, “but are things of importance to both of us. Having all the elements present, that the building had openings in all directions (north, east, south, west), crystals to bring good energy and spirits into the area, herbs to chase away bad energy and spirits, celebrating the cycle of life by having both living and dead pieces; all of these details were intentionally brought in to not only create a fun ambience for the guests, but to include things of deep meaning and importance to us.