Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

A Hungarian, 1950s Americana & Rockabilly Themed Wedding

The world works in funny ways; a mutual friend showed Dóra a photo of his tattoo artist, Krisztián. A few days later, Dóra took a train to visit this friend, and Krisztián, who had never heard of Dóra before, spotted her at the ticket booth and decided to sit next to her on the train. “I immediately recognised him,” the bride told us, “as at the time he had a red beard, long hair and enough tattoos for a whole village.” A three-hour train journey later and they became firm friends. “What’s even more serendipitous about this story is that my mum and dad met on a train, too!”

When asked to describe their wedding theme, Krisztián called it “pure fucking rock ’n roll,” and we’re hastened to agree. “We both love rock ’n roll, and we wanted a day that reflected us. So we took an unusual path, and came up with a middle ground between a formal wedding and something more rockabilly. We kept the traditions we liked, and implemented some new concepts that we thought the guests would like too. In Hungary, wedding are almost 100% conservative, and based on the response from our guests, they seem to like the the not-so formal things we planned. Even our elderly relatives appreciated the tattoo corner!”

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Interstellar: Celestial Wedding Inspo with a Chotronette Dress

We don’t feature styled shoots that often here at Rock n Roll Bride any more, far preferring the real details involved from your gorgeous wedding days, but when something this dreamy lands in our inbox, we can’t resist! Husband and wife team The Chamberlins have longed to shoot a celestial-themed set-up for a long time; Celle is obsessed with all things starry and both her and Will feel a deep spiritual connection to the heavens due to their faith. They told us; “we wanted to celebrate the beauty, the freedom and the vastness of the skies by arranging a celestial-themed styled shoot.”

Their main priority was the dress – they knew they didn’t want any other gown other than the Aurora Borealis gown by Romanian designers and Rock n Roll Bride faves, Chotronette. “For us, the dress epitomised a glorious dusky sky with its soft pastel tones combined with the sparkles of the stars,” Celle told us. “We specifically wanted to steer away from darker tones that one can often associate with the night-sky and instead, play on the dusky colours that preempt the darkness and reflects a different type of otherworldly feeling.”

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A Budget Friendly, Colourful, Fun Wedding with Shakespearean Touches

Heidi and Louis met while in the cast of Romeo and Juliet with the Shakespeare Institute Players. Heidi was Romeo, Louis was Paris – she killed him nightly for the love of Juliet. A standard romance, then! A lot of people asked the couple if their wedding would be Midsummer Night’s Dream themed, but they just wanted to have colour, whimsy and a sense of play. Shakespeare just happened to show up a lot! 

They planned their July wedding in less than four months, while being on separate continents, after being long distance for over a year. “As a cross-continental couple, it would be more than another year before we were reunited permanently,” the bride told us. “It meant any decision that was too complicated, anything that was too expensive, anything that would have taken too long, we cut. Nothing was extraneous, so what we ended up with was simple, fun, perfect.”

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Bridesmaid 101: The Evolution of the Wedding Party

Bridesmaids have been getting a bum rap recently. A modern bridesmaid wears many hats. Party planner, counsellor, keeper of secrets… Let’s be honest, they’re basically a one-woman version of the Queer Eye team, and for that, I fucking salute them!

But when did these close friends go from ladies who turn up to the church on the day in a nice dress (exactly what our mother’s bridesmaids would have done) to pre-wedding slave friends? Emotional punching bags that organise everything from strippers to destination getaways, people who by some people’s measures are expected to go into debt to pay for a dress and talk you off a ledge when the napkins that you ordered are delivered without the lacy imprint?

I am hoping you aren’t that kind of bride (of course you aren’t, you’re a Rock n Roll bride!), but the evolution of the bridesmaid has been swift, and I think rather brutal.

In ye olden times, a large group of bridesmaids provided an opportunity for showing off the bride’s families social status and wealth – the more you had, the higher up the ladder you were. The bridesmaid tradition originated from Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding to outsmart evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies (otherwise known as your future mother-in-law! Boom-tish! Sorry). The bridesmaids and ushers dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits wouldn’t know who was getting married. So, it has a bit of history.

Many of our modern wedding rituals are based on traditions, superstitions and social oddities. When you break them down, they are fairly naff. Unless you’re part of the Kardashian clan (and even that’s a stretch), you’re probably not focused on the symbolism and social hierarchy of the bridal party and the only evil spirit that may mar your day is tequila.

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Palm Springs Noir Themed Vow Renewal

The eagle eyed among you may recognise this couple today; we originally featured Emily and Joey’s wedding in 2016! “While we had our wedding in 2016, we actually got married at the courthouse the year before,” the bride told us. “So with 2020 being our fifth wedding anniversary, we decided to do an intimate vow renewal trip.”

As their honeymoon back in 2016 was to Palm Springs, they originally planned to do their vow renewal there, but COVID-19 induced travel restrictions meant they had to figure something else out. Instead, they searched for a Palm-Springs inspired AirBnB right on their doorstep, and this place in Friday Harbor, WA fit the bill!

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Simple, Intimate Elopement with a Rainbow Glitter Dress!

Carly and Shawn met through their local music scene. They’d been acquaintances for a few years when they ended up crashing a random Christmas party together one night and realised that they were a hilarious team. After denying their feelings for a few more months they finally decided to “ruin” their friendship and start dating. 

They got engaged in late January last year, and decided they would be married in the following summer, so didn’t have a lot of time to plan. “We just knew we wanted our best friends to be there and for us to elope somewhere outside,” the bride told us, “where we could get away for the weekend but still not have to take time off of work. We travel a lot, so getting married somewhere outside of our home city was a given, and thankfully we decided to keep it in the same province and not too far away.”

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