Rachael and Ross (no, not THOSE ones!) bonded over their mutual love of tattoos and alternative music while at work. Eighteen months of casual dating later, Ross proposed to Rachael in front of 4,500 people at the halftime of an ice hockey game! With a proposal like that, they knew they couldn’t do things by halves, so spent the following two years planning and saving to have the wedding of their dreams.
For them, this meant having a colourful alternative to a traditional style day. They knew they wanted a day as vibrant and colourful as them. “Bright colours make everyone happy” explained Rachael, “so why not give your guests additional happiness on an already happy day?!”
Inspired by their love of vintage and times gone by, Maria and Ian had a theme-free but very vintage inspired wedding. They picked the Asylum Chapel in Peckham as their ceremony venue because loved the beauty in the decay of the deconsecrated church and the fact that it looks a bit like nature is taking it over.
“The ceremony was beautiful and Ian couldn’t keep his eyes off me for the whole time, which felt amazing”, began the bride. “Also, for some reason I hadn’t anticipated how wonderful to have everyone that we love under one roof together and getting to know each other.”
Although they didn’t want a themed wedding as such, but were very inspired by by-gone eras with the things they chose. “We wanted it to be authentic and not to be over fussy but paying close attention to detail, quality materials and working with fantastic people to create for the day. Using organic flowers was also important to us, but it wasn’t that easy to find! Issy and Bella were fantastic though. We ended up with beautiful scented bouquets with roses, dahlias, sweet peas, cosmos, hydrangea, veronica, olive, scented geranium sweet pea tendrils, silver lavender, chocolate mint, eucalyptus and astrancia.”
Lara and Alistair met on the internet in 2011. Although they’d lived in the same town forever, they didn’t have any mutual friends, so they’re very grateful to the free dating site they both took a punt on!
When it came to planning their day, Lara’s main source of inspo for the eighteen months in the lead up was none other than Rock n Roll Bride, of course! “I spent hours trawling through your site and magazine, completely in awe of how unashamedly themselves your previous couples were,” Lara said. “Rock n Roll Bride made it crystal clear to us that it was OK for us to have the day we wanted, and not one that everyone else expects you to have!”