Stacey and Jason were married in Vegas in secret. They eloped a month after Jason returned from a record breaking seven month deployment in the Gulf. They wanted to celebrate with their loved ones too though, so had a second wedding back in the UK, at The Lucky 7 Club, in Paignton in August.
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding”, began the bride. “We had no cake, no first dance, no photo booth. I had a custom made seaside cut out of us – a ginger bee-hived lady (me) and a sailor (my husband) and people had their pictures taken with their faces on our bodies! We did away with table plans and three-course-meals. Everyone was encouraged to sit where they wished and simply have fun! It was a celebration of seven months apart with our nearest and dearest, and when we eloped for the first wedding, it was such a special time to be together and marry each other alone first – this was so important to us.”
Armed with a £10,000 budget and a mutual love of anything a little bit vintage, a little bit rock ‘n roll, Toni and Andy planned their February wedding over two iconic Belfast locations – Queen’s Film Theatre and Empire Music Hall.
“It was just so ‘us’”, Toni writes. “We picked what we liked and it all came together. In the end it was a little bit vintage, a little bit rock ‘n roll. True Romance, Elvis, beehives and mohawks! We were also inspired by old fashioned wedding photos; Dolly Parton’s wedding, Elvis and Priscilla’s, our grandparent’s…. in their photos I think you can see the love in and they’re just timeless.”
They really made the most of their cinema ceremony space by having popcorn for the guests and then screenings of True Romance and Grease afterwards! “Getting married in a film theatre was definitely the right choice for us”, she continued. “and it was so cosy, as well as a little bit offbeat. It was also nice to have a choice of two films. After the ceremony as we all got the chance to relax. It’s easy to have a unique wedding in Belfast as there’s so many special places to get married and brilliant vendors.”
Hold onto your pantaloons because this announcement is about to BLOW YO’ HEAD OFF! I am so over-the-top excited to announce the first Rock n Roll Bride live event!
This is not a wedding fair; this is so much more than that.
Taking place at the beautiful Hackney Town Hall on 22/02/2020, this event will bring the magazine and blog to life for the first time ever.
You’ll be able to meet and chat to the peeps behind some of my favourite alternative wedding brands and businesses (who have been invited by me personally so you know it’s only going to be the best of the best) and throughout the afternoon there will be a series of talks, panels and discussions to help you plan your wedding with passion, attitude and CONFIDENCE.
Oh, and yes, did I mention we’re rounding it all off with a party where there will be drinks and canapes for everyone… oh and that every. single. one. of. you. will leave with a mega goodie bag designed by Laurie Lee (the QUEEN of cool!) worth over £70!?
Official Rock n Roll Bride magazine photographer (who shoots all our editorials as well as somehow finding time to photograph an abundance of amazing alternative weddings every year) Lisa Devlin will be helping you feel your most confident, beautiful and best in front of the camera.
Illustration and humour queen Veronica Dearly will be speaking about overcoming shyness and reminding you that you can do hard things (like, erm, planning a wedding, being centre of attention, dealing with crazy relatives etc etc!)
And finally, Jo Irving of Love Hair & Co. and Sophie Cooke of Crown and Glory will be teaching you some simple yet beautiful hair styles as well as how to accessorise your look with veils and accessories.
Oh, and me! There will be also a lively Q&A session where everything and anything you could possibly want to ask will be answered, and of course, plenty of time to meet, mingle and selfie up a storm!
OK though, this cover, and this shoot, I’m like a proud mama bear. The whole reason I do what I do is so I can provide a platform for anyone who doesn’t feel like they fit in… anyone that doesn’t feel represented in the mainstream wedding media… anyone who feels like an outsider, or different, or maybe just feels uncomfortable with all the patriarchal, traditional shit that can come as part and parcel with a wedding. I’ve wanted to work with a transgender model for a very long time, but it’s also taken a very long time to find one who was right for the job. As soon as I came across Talulah Eve I knew she was perfect.
I’m pretty sure I can say with utmost certainty that this has to be the first time a trans model has been used on the cover of a wedding magazine (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong because I’d love to see it!) and I am so fucking here for it I can’t even tell you.
It’s time for MORE REPRESENTATION, MORE VIABILITY AND MORE SHAKING UP THE STATUS QUO IN THIS GODDAMN ARCHAIC INDUSTRY. This is something I am bringing in HARD for 2020 and I’m excited as FUCK to bring you along with us.
Want to see what else is in store for you inside issue 29? Of course you do…!
Happy almost weekend and oh boy, do we have a doozy of a beautiful wedding for you today. If you’re not already doing amazingly then this is certainly going to encourage all the Friday feelings!
Sol and Alex, aka The Provibers, were hitched in September in one of the most colour and glitter explosive festival weddings we’ve ever seen. Incredibly, they also pulled the day off for only £9500, BUT they did have a hell of a lot of help and input from all their creative friends.
“The theme of the wedding was ‘being the best version of yourself’ (a core value that we hold very dearly at The Provibers)”, the bride began. “Guests looked and felt absolutely spectacular, with magic being created at every turn! The vibe was electric from start to finish. Aesthetically a lot of the décor was inspired by sunsets; pinks, yellow, reds – warm tones!”
Alex wore her mum’s wedding dress, which was lovingly brought up to date and made more ‘her’ by Louise of L.O.M. “I’ve always loved the long sleeves and the high neck, however I wanted to bring some colour in to it”, she explains. “I gave the dress to my friend Louise O’Mahoney who has previously run a wedding dress business (Oh My Honey) and now runs the clothing brand L.O.M. Louise expertly cut a heart shape back into the dress, and spent hours hand-embroidering flowers, vines, pom-poms and sequins throughout the design and transformed it in to what it is now. I wore a headdress made by my best-friend and Master of Ceremonies, Twinks Burnett.”
I bet those are things you never thought you’d see in a wedding feature together… but here at Rock n Roll Bride we embrace the unique and somewhat oddball wedding themes wholeheartedly! All these things – rockabilly, feminism, the bride’s Jewish faith and, of course, llamas (!) mean a lot to Lara and Shaun so of course they had to bring them all into their big day.
Married at The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth in July, the day ended up being a bit of a wash out, but the happiness and joy shone through from them, and the love from their friends and family instead. They also had so much fun running around the farm under an umbrella taking cute photos with the Llamas!