Sara and Gigi combined their mutual passion for motorcycles, 80s hard rock and heavy metal music to create their wedding theme. Married in Mantova, Italy, they created their wedding to feel just like a festival or biker party. A friend who is a graphic designer created their unique wedding logo which they then used on the cake and stationery. Their table plan was a denim jacket with patches on the back, just like a biker would wear!
“A biker metal wedding was the perfect way to express ourselves in our special day”, the bride told us. “We love to go to biker parties around Europe as well as live concerts and festivals such as Wacken, Barcelona Rock Fest and Gods of Metal. 14 years ago we created a free biker association (I Rötam) and until 2016 we organised a biker party every year with rock music, plays, good atmosphere and good food; it was a party for everyone and for all ages. We took inspiration from these for our wedding. We chose pink, purple and black as our theme as they are my favourite colours.”
The Greatest Showman was a big inspiration for Jenn and Sean’s Pittsburgh wedding. They took vintage carnival elements, mixed it with a black and red gothic aesthetic and created magic! They even had circus performers at both the ceremony and reception. Stilt walkers acted as flower girls and when they said ‘We do’, a fire breather blew out a big fireball!
“Even though it was December, we really wanted an outdoor ceremony so we offered warm drinks and had people come outside right before the ceremony was set to begin,” Jenn told us. “The ceremony went beautiful. Since Sean has two kids from previous relationships and I do as well, we did a lighting of the Yule Log to signify our families becoming one. Stilt Walkers threw flower pedals and we had a juggler and a fire breather as well.”
I’ve watched Say Yes to The Dress with my mum for years, so when the first big COVID lockdown ended and all the bridal boutiques were only allowing one or two people to accompany the bride, I felt fine about not taking a big entourage. More often than not, a big group can end in tears, and not the I-just-found-my-dream-dress kind! My auntie is a keen dressmaker, and generously gifted me a budget for my wedding dress, so I went with her and my mum.
To start with, for me, wearing white (or ivory, whatever) is always how I’ve pictured myself on my wedding day. Not because I want to present myself as pure and celebrate my pre-marriage chastity, but because it’s what I want to do. I also want to wear a veil. Not because I want to demonstrate modesty in the presence of God and my future husband, but because they feel fabulous and look amazing. That’s just my personal approach. Whatever anyone wants to wear on their wedding day, if it makes them feel their most confident, comfortable and happy, they should just do it.
Besides colour, there were four things I wanted to be sure of about my dress:
1. I wanted it to be made by an ethical, environmentally conscious brand that values its employees.
2. I wanted a dress that worked with the parts of my body I am not confident about, without feeling caged-in by corsetry and boning.
3. Given that this is the most expensive item of clothing I’ll ever own – and the fact that wearing anything just once is neither sustainable or responsible, even if it is a wedding dress – I wanted to be able to repurpose the dress and wear it again.
4. I wanted it to make me feel like Galadriel, elf queen of Lothlórien… because I’m a massive geek.
For me, the place that offered all of these things was Katya Katya in London. Before I went to Katya Katya, however, I went to Maisie Darling in Lutterworth. My fiancé and I are having a humanist ceremony, which is still not considered a legal marriage in England or Wales (lots of petitions to sign online about that idiocy if you want to look into it). To get the legal bit done we’re heading to the registry in my hometown the day before the big day. I was planning to wear a dress I already own for this, but my auntie’s gift means I’ve been able to find a wedding dress for this ceremony too. I plan to sell this dress after the wedding (on stillwhite.com or bridalreloved.co.uk) and will be donating the money to Girls Not Brides, a global partnership committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls all over the world to fulfil their potential.
When I first saw Katya Katya dresses on Pinterest, I fell in love. And when I discovered their strong ethos – in-house production exclusively using fabrics from Italy and France to reduce ecological footprint; ensuring great working conditions for employees and paying them all a national living wage; offering a dress-shortening service after the wedding so the dress can be worn again – I knew without doubt that I wanted to find my dress with them. Not only that, but pretty much all the elements of their dresses are interchangeable. For example, as someone who doesn’t feel confident about her upper arms, Katya Katya will be adding sleeves to my dress. Female-led, Katya Katya really seem to understand how to help their brides feel their most confident.
We get to publish a lot of cool shit on Rock n Roll Bride but this may be one of the coolest shoots we’ve ever seen. It’s the last official day of Pride Month (but y’all also know we celebrate Pride 365 over here) and so we are going out with a BANG.
This shoot was partly to celebrate Inga and Zingy’s wedding (they got married in a very low key way a few months ago), but mostly to create something that smashed gender stereotypes and promoted inclusive and authentic representation – in not only the wedding world, but gender non binary styling and fashion. HELL YES WE ARE HERE FOR IT.
As the brand-new issue of the magazine is now available for pre-order (did you grab yours yet?) we thought we’d share a few more of our favourite shots from the current issue’s editorial shoot, many of which didn’t make the final spread.
We absolutely LOVED shooting Gemma and Renee from Zebedee Talent Management and we’re excited to share even MORE of their stunning faces with you today.
When we put together the looks that both Gemma and Renee wore, we were careful to choose items which the girls could actually comfortably wear if this was their wedding days. There was no point putting Renee is a big dress while in her chair as it would get caught in her wheels, and giving Gemma something with a long sleeve would hang awkwardly beyond her elbow!
When you’re disabled, planning a wedding can feel even more daunting than usual, especially when it comes to figuring out what to wear. With this dreamy editorial we wanted to give you some fun options that still scream Rock n Roll Bride through and through.
You deserve to feel like your most fabulous self on your wedding day, no matter what your body looks like!
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… Although we’re not usually ones for tradition, that old adage is something we were thinking a lot about as we put our new issue together – particularly the BLUE part.
The wedding blues are something we’re seeing a lot of our readers talk about at the moment. If you’re feeling totally exhausted about having to postpone YET ANOTHER TIME or if you’ve just got the classic post-wedding blues, then this issue is for you. And our cover shoot, created and submitted to us by The Good Florist, reflected the message of the issue perfectly.
However you’re feeling about wedding planning right now; whether you’ve decided to scale back and elope or you’re still holding out for the big wedding, my only hope is that Rock n Roll Bride magazine will continue to inspire you to do your day in your own unique way.
Issue 39 is now available for pre-order, and if you order your copy today it will be winging it’s way to you before it goes on general release on July 1st. You can subscribe via the PayPal buttons at the top and bottom of this post, or if you’d just like to order this one issue, you can do so here.