Ryann and Michael always knew they wanted to have a bohemian, vintage wedding, so when it came to planning their big day, they already knew where to start. “I wanted the day to feel like we were in a magical world away from the city and our lives, and for our guests to look around and say ‘this is exactly like Michael and Ryann’” she explained.
To do this, they made sure they had loads of personal touches in their decor, including bringing props from their own home. “The bull skull behind the head table actually hangs in our living room,” Ryann continued. “We had our florist decorate it with flowers, and felt that using it in our decor would help personalise the space as ours.” They had a vintage globe for their guests to sign in lieu of a guestbook, which will then sit in their home as a memento.
Adam and Katie met when Katie’s friend swiped right for him on her behalf on Tinder. “I turned up to our first date wearing pom-pom shoes, a pineapple shaped handbag and a striped pinafore dress – I wanted to be clear on what he was letting himself in for!” laughed Katie. When it came to planning their wedding, they used just one form of inspiration; Rock n Roll Bride magazine, of course!
“I actively avoided Pinterest and other wedding magazines as I didn’t want to replicate anything anyone else had done before, but Rock n Roll Bride gave me the reassurance to just do us! I wanted our day to reflect everything Adam and I loved, and really encourage the fun in it all!”
Their starting point was their love for Felixstowe and the seaside, which developed into a crazy, carnival and funfair themed extravaganza. There we no rules, if they saw something they liked, they bought it – inflatable dinosaur, check! Winnie the Pooh Balloon, check! Ice cream honeycombs, check! Inflatable seagulls – double check!!
“When we were decorating the venue, I kept yelling to everyone ‘remember – unicorn vomit is the vibe!’” laughed Katie. “As my dad put up the hundredth lantern he tentatively suggested that that might be enough, and my reply was ‘it will never be enough; more, more, more!”
Marc and Chloe have always been interested in gothic style and an alternative lifestyle – meeting at a metal gig in 2012 – so it was never a question that they’d have anything other than a wedding that reflected their true selves!
Their venue, an actual real-life castle, was the perfect setting for their gothic and Halloween inspired day. Hedingham Castle in Essex is a nine-hundred year old Norman castle, full of medieval splendour. They had their ceremony within the castle itself, before moving to a marquee for their reception.