While the rest of the world was going stir-crazy being locked up with their significant other, Nadine and Michael spent March 2020 falling in love over Facebook Dating, talking together day and night. They finally decided to meet IRL and quarantine together, and the rest, as they say – is history!
The couple didn’t have a set budget in mind, but Nadine had her heart set on a Lirika Matoshi Strawberry print dress, and the rest was bought on sale. Nadine explained; “our outfits were important to us, as due to COVID we had never had the opportunity to dress up for one another and go out. This was our one excuse to dress up!” Nadine kept her hair natural, did her own makeup, and the couple selected reasonably priced rings.
Did you know – the average engagement, from proposal to walking down the aisle in the UK is 20 whole months? From securing a date at the venue you’ve been dreaming of since you were little to purchasing a made to order dress, not to mention the tiny detail of y’know – saving up enough to pay for the whole thing, there are a lot of different reasons why this might be the case. But what if you don’t care about any of that stuff and just want to be married already?
It can be done, and Jade and George are testament to just this – they were engaged in mid September, and married by the end of October! As long as you can get an appointment to give your legally required 28 days notice, you can get married in the year thereafter at any point you choose!
Amanda and Matt have worked together for years doing weird Health and Safety stuff. “Our eyes met over an arsenic stuffed otter in a museum storeroom,” Amanda told us, “whilst carrying out risk assessments for all the lovely toxic things that the Victorians left behind. It was much like the scene from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ with the spaghetti and meatballs, but with overalls, rubber gloves and face masks. Since then we have travelled the land, looking at such amazingly beautiful things as clinical waste, stinky composting sites and my favourite, the sweet factory making chocolate willies.”
As self-confessed nerds – Amanda with Harry Potter and mystical fairy forests and Matt, retro gaming and Lord of the Rings, an enchanted forest theme was a natural concept for their February wedding. They chose The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland as their venue as a chance to hang out in the trees and party like crazy was a winner from the start!
With a $10,000 budget, Allexa and Evan saved in many areas when it came to planning their March wedding. “One of our biggest savings was hiring an AirBnb for the weekend,” the bride told us. “Not only was it much cheaper than a venue would have been, it also included our accommodation expenses for three nights!”
They chose a retreat in McKinleyville, California, as the hub for their warm and cosy, woodland themed day. “I wanted the day to have an ethereal but edgy, enchanted forest vibe. I spent the last five years collecting ideas from Pinterest and Instagram, and pulled in our own ideas to make the day feel more like ‘us’”.
High-school sweethearts Erika and Garrett couldn’t let 2020 (and their 10-year anniversary) pass without at least one good thing happening, so when it got to December they decided to plan their elopement in just one week.
With a budget of $1,000, they just wanted to present their authentic selves on the day. They were originally due to get married at Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, so as they loved their venue so much, decided to hold their elopement ceremony as close to it as they could.
Together with their ten guests, they walked to the ocean front bluff, for a simple ceremony performed by a mutual friend. Erika wore a dress from ASOS with a floral headband from Kochetova via Etsy, and her trusty Doc Martens. Garrett wore a Kenneth Cole suit from Macy’s.
Erika’s bouquet ended up being completely free! “I’d attempted to get flowers from a local shop, but due to COVID they were all closed. I was left with little option than putting together my own bouquet with flowers from Whole Foods, and when I told them what it was for, the store gave them to me for free!”
We don’t often feature proposals here at Rock n Roll Bride, but knew when we saw this that the Harry Potter fans among you would lose your minds! All of these details could easily be transferred to a Harry Potter themed wedding so without further ado, behold!
John’s girlfriend Veronica is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and Christmas is her favourite time of year, so together with the team at Scarlet Plan & Design, set about ro combine all of her favourite things to create the most romantic AND magical surprise proposal ever!
It was really important to Sarah and Parker that on their May wedding, they felt the most ‘them’ that they had ever felt. “We wanted the day to be beautiful while also being comfortable,” the bride began. “For us it meant – elegant, but simple. Easy. It was more about incorporating all the pieces that were significant than having an official theme, but if I had to put it into a few words – personal, local, and real.”
As Sarah had worked in the wedding industry for many years, this was her time to shine – “I had seen too many of the same wedding to ever want to choose something because tradition said I should. Helping Parker understand the vision was more of a challenge, though. Having not attended many weddings – a white dress and a tux in a banquet hall walking down the aisle to Canon in D were all he had to reference. It’s nearly EVERY wedding the mainstream media feeds us. As we got into planning and I was able to share options with him and help him understand that we could break the ‘rules’ if we wanted to – decisions started falling into place seamlessly. He was very active in the planning process.”
We were the cliché of not looking for love, but we found it…on Tinder!” Kandace and Cade told us. “We knew we wanted a non traditional wedding, but initially were planning a larger affair. However when Covid-19 hit, it was ALMOST a relief that we could have a small wedding without offending friends and family. It had gotten to the point where we almost felt like we were inviting people as an obligation to anyone that met us. As it was, we ended up with a guest list of 40 that have really impacted our lives and will still be in our lives down the road.”
A ‘backyard BBQ but make it fancy’, was the couples’ inspiration for their day. They didn’t care much about things like cake or stationery– but they did care about infusing their personalities into the wedding and throwing a freakin’ awesome party for their loved ones!
“We wanted it completely unique to us,” Kandace continued. “Our flower girl and ring bearer wore unicorn and bear onesies respectively, complete with light up shoes. We had temporary tattoos with our surname on, custom aprons made for everyone so they could get stuck into the BBQ fun without worrying about ruining their attire, even our rings were different; Cade’s is made with dinosaur bone and mine has a London Blue Topaz as the centre stone.”
It was wonderful to work with this couple,” said Jen from Pink Light images as she signed off her submission email, “but in real life, this pair are just SOMETHING ELSE!” Let’s just say, our interest was officially piqued, and we’re delighted to share with you one of the most unique weddings we’ve ever had the pleasure of being submitted!
Chris and Elizabeth are artists and proprietors of LizzyGator, an art house and events venue in Pilot Point, Texas. “We create just about everything around us, including our own whimsical world,” the bride began. “It was definitely not easy getting married last year, but it gave us the time to create the latest LizzyGator statement, our ‘twisted chapel’. We built it as a gift to each other, and with the hope of sharing it with the world once things are brighter.”
As wanderers, Karie and Jared wanted to encompass their desire to explore the majestic mountains of Colorado for their September 2020 wedding. Their secret elopement was romantic, scenic, and most importantly – unique to them.
Katie wore a dusky blue Chantel Lauren dress with hiking boots, of course, and an aquamarine ring from Zacchariah Zypp & Co. Jared wore a Men’s Wearhouse suit and his ring was from Jewelfire Diamonds. Karie reminisced; “changing into a wedding dress and suit in the back of a rented SUV while hurricane-force winds threatened to steal anything that wasn’t nailed down kicked off our adventurous and unforgettable day.”
Fae and Ryan don’t consider themselves religious people. however they are spiritual in the sense that they connect with many of the doctrines found in Paganism, particular Nordic paganism. Alongside Fae’s Nordic heritage, Ryan’s British background and stepping away from the ‘norm’ that most American weddings have, they put together a celebration that felt more in keeping with them.
They actually had two ceremonies. The first, held on the Equinox, was a private ceremony in which the couple bound themselves to each other in blood. “Yes, you heard that right,” the bride told us. “We each made a (sterilised) cut on the safest part of our forearms to eventually leave a scar, and the blood collected was kept to be burned in our second ceremony.” Can’t get much more badass than that!
Fern and Danny were inspired by the video to their first dance song – well, when they can have one that is! As a 2020 couple their plans didn’t quite match the reality, but it made them realise that the most important thing for them is each other and their families.
“We wanted to take some of the celestial elements of the video for Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins, the vintage inspired love story and how beautiful the song is and try to build our wedding around that,” Fern told us. “We had lots of stars, moons and fairy lights, but mixing in some ‘us’ elements too.”
Teagan and Tyrell were inspired by Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, as well as the bohemian vibes of Hawaii where the couple got engaged. “Above all,” the bride told us, “we wanted the focus to be on our closest friends and family coming together and celebrating rather than strict wedding ‘rules’ and traditions.
They were initially going to get married at the grande ballroom at a local wedding venue, however when they made the decision to relocate to Teagan’s parents backyard due to COVID, they implemented more casual, cozy touches while staying true to their boho/vintage style. They also dramatically cut their guest list from 100+ to just 35, and split their guests into two groups for a small dinner reception – even repeating the speeches so no-one felt left out!