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Las Vegas Desert Elopement & a Bride with Two Dresses!

After being in a relationship for five years (three and a half of which were long distance!) Haylea and Justin bought their first house together in November 2016. The day they closed the sale Justin proposed in the empty dining room of their new home. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, like their relationship, so they decided to elope and were inspired by old school Vegas vibes.

“Being in a long distance relationship for over half of our time together is definitely far from an original start between two lovers,” began Haylea, “so, of course, why would our wedding plans be any different? Hence we eloped! We drove across the country just to get married in the world famous Sin City where I needed two dresses because I couldn’t commit to just one! We then went to Disneyland and Palm Springs as our honeymoon right afterwards!”

Their ceremony had a picturesque backdrop of desert, mountains and Joshua trees. “It was intimate and lovely… Other than the fact that it was freezing! We exchanged traditional vows and had Holly (our awesome officiant) to read a letter my parents had written to, essentially, give me away. It was perfect, intimate, and just what we wanted.”

“I had to do a dress swap from my red dress to my white one”, she continued. “Thank goodness I had such cool people making our day happen because our officiant and photographer held up a makeshift room so I could change into my other dress! I’m sure some of the people that drove by still got a peepshow it was pretty windy that day but oh well!”

Their favourite part of the wedding day was randomly ending their night at Frankie’s Tiki Room with their videographers. “That’s what is so fun about an elopement; we got to meet and hang out with such awesome people. We brought in the New Year and our wedding with some awesome drinks and awesome people! We all enjoyed our huge donuts and fun tiki drinks! And talked for what seemed like forever!”

Their biggest expense was the videography, “We didn’t want to skimp and after Mike from Pure Light called me and was so personal, it sealed the deal for us. We knew they were perfect for the job! We knew that they would capture us just how we are so our family would feel like they didn’t miss out on a thing!”

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Relaxed 1920s Wedding with Foxes and an Engagement Squirrel!

Amanda and Edward’s wedding was 1920s art deco themed with a gothic twist! They had three separate venues so their guests could walk about and experience the beauty of York, but they wanted their reception to be intimate and have a Peaky Blinders family gathering kind of vibe. They had a small room with dimly lit with candles for their 30 guests.

“We love the glamour of the 1920s Art Deco/ Gatsby era,” began Amanda, “We also wanted to included foxes somehow because when both Edward and I travelled separately back from one of our our first dates, we both saw foxes run across the road. Also, when we were on the train in to Birmingham to get our wedding rings from the jewellery quarter, there was a fox running along the side of the tracks. We also talked about the crack fox from The Mighty Boosh before we had even met so foxes are very significant to us. Squirrels are also significant as I fed one right after we got engaged, then again the year after when we had chosen our venue and also the year after that, quiet miraculously, when we were having our wedding photos taken! All captured on camera and in the same place. We wonder if it was the same squirrel who we’ve named The Engagement Squirrel.”

Their ceremony was emotional and relaxed, even though Amanda was 25 minutes late! “I’ve been told it’s the bride’s prerogative to be fashionably late although it certainly wasn’t on my agenda”, she laughed. “My lovely make up artist’s train was very delayed but she caught up very well and was as cool as a cucumber. She kept me very calm and we all looked amazing even though we were against the clock.”

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Sparkly Shotgun Wedding in Las Vegas

Sarah and Mark met when they were sat next to each other on a flight to Sydney (they joke it was love at first flight!) They wanted to get married in the most fun and carefree way they could think of, so decided to go to Las Vegas!

“We are lovers of all things non-traditional,” explained Sarah, “so the idea of getting married in a way that was going to the most fun and carefree way available was our inspiration; it was basically to have a cool story to tell our kids. Our wedding was fun, fast and all things Vegas!”

They had chosen to have a shotgun wedding at A Little White Chapel, but the start was not quite what they expected, “Shortly after arriving at the chapel it actually went into lock down with Elvis on security duties! The chapel had become overrun with a massive family wanting a wedding right then and there. No one was really in control of the situation and in hindsight it’s actually really funny but at the time we were pretty confused!”

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Low Stress Woodland Fantasy Wedding for Under $2500

Mercedes and Roman are both big fans of sci-fi and fantasy gaming (think Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering) so they wanted their wedding to hint towards a fantasy theme, without being too over the top.

“We wanted to do something with a subtle fantasy theme,” explained Mercedes. “Our venue really allowed us to play with that theme and our photographer was more than happy to use that for inspiration in some of the edits of our photos. Rock n Roll Bride helped us realise that we could achieve our goal while sticking to a budget and maintaining a low stress experience through planning our wedding. All in all, the focus of our wedding was to be romantic, personal, and low stress to plan. We probably could have gone more all out with a fantasy theme, but instead chose to keep things simple.”

As a hint to their theme, Mercedes wore fantasy inspired accessories with her wedding dress. “I have a bit of an alternative appearance and style and chose to wear a light blue and lavender dress as well as Elven and fantasy inspired accessories. Roman has bit of an eclectic and vintage style and was happy that he wore something a bit different from a standard tuxedo.”

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Eclectic & Relaxed Vegan Pub Party Wedding

Jemima and Dylan first date was on Skype! They had been basically bullied into adding each other on Facebook by a mutual friend due to their equal love of Star Wars and the band Bane. They decided to give long distance dating a chance (Jemima lived in Sydney Australia and Dylan lives in NYC) but two years later sealed the deal and got hitched!

Their wedding day was an eclectic and relaxed pub party, “We wanted something casual but still very fun,” explained Jemima, “ultimately though, it had to be ‘us’. We are both vegan so had an entirely vegan wedding. It was really important to us to find a reception venue which could cater this in a way that wasn’t intimidating to our guests. The Gasometer were fantastic in providing us with a really accessible vegan menu of great canapes like tacos, sliders and spring rolls that were all familiar to non-vegans and also totally delicious. We also tried to incorporate as many elements as possible that could be reused or recycled. All flowers were given to people and the venue to dry out and keep as decor and both our outfits can be entirely worn again.”

On their wedding day they met to do a ‘first look’ before heading to the Registry Office together for their ceremony, “As we had to meet at the Registry to go over our paperwork before the ceremony we decided to do a first look 15 minutes beforehand in the park next to the office. I’ve never been a very emotional person, however the moment I met Dylan down there and he turned around it was all over and the waterworks were well and truly flowing! Our first look actually turned out to be my favourite part of the day; the idea of having that first moment in front of everyone as I walked down the aisle terrified me so I’m glad we got to do it privately with just us, our photographer and our bridal party.”

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Relaxed & Guest-Focused ‘Wedstival’ Wedding in Dalston Heights

Louise and Mark’s wedding was cool and relaxed with a London vibe. They didn’t want it to be too formal, but also didn’t want to lose the feeling that it was a wedding and not just a party. Their wedding was held at Dalston Heights, a venue of two large, empty, inter-connecting rooms, meaning they we were able to transform the space into exactly what they wanted.

“The venue was our biggest expense but was the centrepiece of our day,” explained Mark, “and it gave us the room to create what we wanted. It was expensive because it was sought after, but we could immediately see why. The best thing about planning our wedding was knowing that the day would be exactly how we wanted it, and knowing we were going to be giving our guests an amazing time.”

“This was especially important to me,” continued Louise, “everyone goes on about it being YOUR day but I felt confident Mark and I would enjoy the day no matter what. However, I really did want our friends and family to have an incredible time, with delicious food, lots to drink and great music to dance to.”

Mark’s favourite part of the wedding was seeing Louise for the very first time in her dress, while Louise’s was the speeches, “My dad’s and the best man’s speeches were both really special. I was conscious I didn’t want the day to be too formal or stuffy so we’d spoken about whether or not we should even have speeches on the day, but I’m so glad that we did. I think as the bride these are the rare moments you might dread wondering what might be said, but they were both so warm and funny, it really made my day.”

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Ethereal, Dark and Romantic Wedding in Prague

Hannah and Ben’s wedding was inspired by fairy tales, Halloween and Bram Stokers Dracula! Their day was ethereal dark and romantic, with little touches of macabre beauty. “My veil had tiny gold bats embroidered onto it and there were gold spiders on the flower girls bags,” began Hannah. “Later in the day we went on a vintage tram ride with accordion players followed by a boat ride with a saxophonist. We didn’t tell our guests beforehand so it was a nice surprise for everyone.”

Their ceremony was held at baroque palace in Prague and was their favourite part of the day. “I walked down the aisle to rather dark romantic cellist music and we wrote our own vows which included Ben saying to me ‘I promise as your husband to make every day Halloween’ and I to him ‘I promise to keep your glass full of whiskey and your heart full of joy’. Our priest, Michal, was amazing. He’s a whiskey drinker and loves yoga, a true hippy at heart. And a lot of our guests cried so that made us happy.”

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An Extreme DIY Colour-Fest Wedding

Rebecca and Will wanted to suffuse their whole wedding day with rich colours to create a feast for the senses! The three main colours they chose were rich orange, ultramarine blue and a bright claret. They decided on a church wedding ceremony and their reception has held at Will’s childhood home.

“We know everyone says this, but we wanted our wedding style to reflect us,” began Rebecca. “I think we both knew it was always going to be quite theatrical and sumptuous as we both perform in concert and opera. Food, colour and music were our theme! So long as all three elements were vibrant and the best quality we could manage, we knew we’d be happy.”

As Rebecca wore a blue wedding dress, her ‘something blue’ was herself! “I was never a fan of white and as a singer, I wanted any wedding dress to be able to be used for recitals after the wedding. We found the silk, which is shot with two shades of blue, in India. I then found a local tailor to make it up in a 1950s pattern that I’d found on eBay. My dress actually ripped 10 minutes before I was due at church! Luckily we had a needle and thread and the tear was minor, but at the time it felt like the world was going to implode. I also felt so awful leaving Will hanging at the altar…Even though it was only for 15 minutes!”

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Geeky Five-Year Anniversary Vow Renewal in a French Convent

Lysiane and Thomas got married on 28th July 2012. Five years later they decided to renew their vows. As their original wedding was quite traditional, they wanted their vow renewal to really feel like ‘them’, and celebrate their geeky sides!

“We are both nerds, so we didn’t have to look far to find inspiration,” said Lysiane, “but our main theme was celebrating our love and family and the path we’ve walked since we got married. I think every couple knows what it takes to be happy, and we’ve overcome mountains and tsunamis (plus a kid!) Also we wanted to do the simplest thing ever, not bothering with social pressure and conventions as we did for our wedding. This time, we wanted it to look like us, be like us, and feel like family.”

They had just 30 guests (to make the day more intimate) and spent only €4000, helped massively by the fact they didn’t have to hire a venue,. “Our vow renewal was held in my departed grandmother’s house which is a former convent and that we are actually going to buy from my dad since he doesn’t want to keep it! It’s the place I spent holidays when I was a child and where I lived as a student since it was near Toulouse University where I studied. I wanted to get married there so bad in 2012 but everyone advised against it so we ended up in a vineyard (great place but no childhood memories there). So when we started planning our renewals, there was no way we could have gone anywhere else but in my grandma’s convent!”

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland Woodland Wedding

Are you ready for the Alice in Wonderland wedding to end all Alice in Wonderland weddings? Well buckle up baby because you’re in for one hell of a psychedelic ride!

Tumi and MJ wanted their wedding to be Alice in Wonderland themed, but not the Disney version. They were inspired by Lewis Carroll’s original books. Almost all the elements were custom or handmade. They had a bell that rung during their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party reception to make people change seats, had a bridal bouquet treasure hunt and ‘drink me’ shots for everyone before they walked through the door to the ceremony!

“I have never been the typical girly girl,” explained Tumi. “I’ve always been a little alternative. My husband and I are both artists, adventurous and fun-loving. We wanted a theme that would reflect that. Sometimes our lives are like a trip down the rabbit hole, and this was an opportunity to take everyone with us on that journey. We have never been good at following mainstream and have always preferred things that are unique and one-of-a-kind, so almost everything in our wedding was.”

Their ceremony was set in the middle of the forest, under a giant mushroom! “We kept the vows simple, and opted for an Apache blessing. A favourite added bonus was our good friend’s (the lead singer of MJ’s band theSHIFT) song selection as I walked through the forest to the clearing where the ceremony was held. He chose to sing White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, it was PERFECT!”

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Gothic Funeral Vow Renewal in a Spanish Monastery

Andrea and Gabbi met in a job interview (Gabbi interviewed Andrea for a position on the film Shrek!), while living in San Francisco. They fell in love and were married in Sayulita, Mexico in May 2004. In fact they loved it so much they have now lived there for over 11 years! They decided to renew their vows on their 13th wedding anniversary and wanted the celebration to have a dark, gothic, funeral theme. There were just four of them in attendance: The couple and their two children. They also had their friend Jan who performed the ceremony and People True Love Tellers who took the photos and created the video.

“We have always been freaks and I always loved the idea of a black and red wedding gown, and walking down the aisle to Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Rocket Queen,” began Andrea. “At our first wedding, in a beach town overlooking the ocean, wearing white felt more right, but this time we wanted to ignore tradition entirely. We had already done the traditional wedding and so had the freedom to be playful and truly represent ourselves and who we really are. We also loved the idea of this being a funeral for our first 13 years of marriage and the start of a new commitment to each other as a family.”

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Bianca + Mick Jagger Meets Elvis + Priscilla: A Week Long Las Vegas & Palm Springs Elopement

Sadie and Cameron wanted their wedding to be a low-key, funky, retro, boozy, dive bar-y 70s inspired Las Vegas elopement! They took inspiration from Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, 70s Vegas and anything that fell under the category of maximum fun, minimum stress. They eloped in Vegas, then drove to Palm Springs a renting an Airbnb for the weekend.

“All of our friends stayed with us in the Real World Suite at The Palms for the three nights we stayed in Vegas which was SO fun and let us really enjoy each others company,” began Sadie. “It felt like a really exciting three night sleep over with all of our best friends.”

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Vintage & Thrifty 1960s Wedding in New Zealand

Esther and Todd’s wedding was a 1960s inspired celebration held in New Zealand. Being in nature was also important to both of them so they held their wedding at Port Waikato School Camp, an outdoor education camp established in 1928. The site had everything they needed including a big grassy square flanked by long dormitories (ample accommodation!) a dining hall, selection of cabins, and a stunning outdoor chapel where they held their ceremony.

“The whole wedding had a 1960s mid-century vibe”, began the bride, “with a colour palette of dark green, white and bamboo. We sourced our decor primarily from op-shops , did a lot of DIY and made use of things already at the camp ourselves.”

Deciding to have their wedding at a campsite meant their guests could stay with them for the whole weekend, and help them set up and pack down of course! “Having the wedding at a campsite created this amazing community vibe,” she continued, “and it had all the facilities we needed. We had the site for the whole weekend so some guests came down on the Friday to help set up and stayed right through to Sunday morning. It’s super fun having all your best mates away together for a whole weekend and we really appreciated all the help with set up and pack down from everyone.”

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