Saga of the Swamp Thing Wedding

Kristin, an artist, and Neil, a musician, wanted their wedding theme to really reflect them. After going through a number of ideas they settled on their shared love of comic books. specifically Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing.

“We had gone through a few different concepts for wedding themes,” the bride began. “Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing is a beautifully written and illustrated series that at its core, is a love story. I felt that it was especially fitting as I have a deep love for nature. The entire wedding was influenced in many subtle ways, but the most clear were our invitations, the book our officiant used to hold during the ceremony and our ceremony itself. Two of my favourite things are mushrooms and moss so they were present throughout the wedding. They just make everything feel otherworldly to me!”

One of the most unique aspects of the wedding was the bride’s dress. “My goal for the wedding was to look like a mythical beast, I like to think it worked out. I chose to wear an off-white lace dress that I picked up a couple years ago for $20. I bought the dress because I am absolutely obsessed with those magical sleeves. There was one big problem, the dress was quite short. My mother and I spent a lot of time brainstorming how to go about lengthening the dress so that I would be more comfortable. In the beginning we had planned on sewing a layered skirt. Ultimately, I wanted something more interesting and unique.”

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Surprise Wedding in Hastings with 11 Guests

For their wedding, Terri and Coral wanted to bring their families together for a memorable day in their home town. They kept the whole thing a secret and only told their family they were getting married on the morning of their wedding day! Their theme was ‘surprise seaside ceremony’ and focused on a little bit of everything they enjoy, but mostly their family and the town they both love.

“We decided to get married in September but and were worried about our parents wanting to contribute money that they didn’t have towards the ceremony,” they explained. “We even joked with each other about the possibility of eloping but in the end we decided that we loved our town and our community too much to leave it for the most important day of our lives. We also realised that we wouldn’t have a very large budget and with a large family and group of friends and colleagues, it could have become very unwieldy. Instead, we decided to have the most intimate ceremony possible with our very closest family and to surprise them with the news that we were getting married on the day… at breakfast! With four hours until the ceremony this meant they didn’t have any preconceptions and so could just enjoy the emotions of the day!”

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SPOOKY OCTOBER SALE: Get Rock n Roll Bride Magazine FOR FREE!

YOU GUYS, as of this month I will have been blogging for 10 years – A DECADE! I can hardly believe it! To celebrate this and the fact that Halloween (definitely a Rock n Roll bride’s favourite holiday) is just around the corner we’re doing a MASSIVE MAGAZINE SALE… In fact it’s not even a sale, we’re literally giving them away!

Yes, we’ve gone bat-shit crazy (see what I did there?) because for the entire month of October we’re offering all back issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine for free. Yes, FREE!

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Rock n Renovation: Out With the Old, In With the New

There’s something about moving into a new home that makes you want to finally replace those things you own that have really had their day. You might have made do with the slightly past it sofa in your old house, but there’s nothing like a brand new setting to make you realise how desperately it needs updating.

Since moving in we have updated no less than three major things: Our saucepans (which we’d got as a wedding present nearly 10 years ago – definitely time to go!), my chest of drawers (my old, secondhand one really didn’t suit my very exacting plan for my office – ha!) and most recently, our mattress.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Gareth and I have only ever owned one mattress and we got it when we first moved in together, oh over 12 years ago! So when Guru Mattress got in touch and asked if we wanted to try out one of their memory foam ones, we jumped at the chance!

Their revolutionary “bed in a box” arrived this week, and after unpacking it and letting it air out for a few hours, we excitedly put it into our bed, ready to test it out.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like sleeping in a cloud? Well that’s what this mattress is like! Funnily enough in my former life (pre-Rock n Roll Bride!) I was a producer for a shopping TV channel and we sold A LOT of memory foam mattresses so I could bore you to death about all the features and benefits… But let me just say this, YOU WILL HAVE THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP OF YOUR LIFE.

Sleeping in memory foam is like your bed giving you a cuddle. It supports every part of you, moulding to your shape, and you don’t get any of the lumpiness that you can with the pocket sprung variety. The only problem is it’s REALLY hard to get up in the morning!

Another nice touch is they have removable, washable covers. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always find it kinda gross that you can’t really wash a ‘normal’ mattress!

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Victorian Gothic, Steampunk, Game of Thrones & Medieval

Valeria (the bride) and Nicola’s (the groom) Victorian gothic wedding was held at the impressive Villa il Poggione in Fauglia, Italy. The venue was decked out in medieval regalia which suited their theme perfectly.

“I would call our theme Victorian Gothic with a pinch of Steampunk, Game of Thrones and a medieval atmosphere”, began Valeria. “After we bought our clothing, we decided to turn the wedding into a themed one! We thought that it could be original and funny for everybody. We chose the Victorian Gothic simply because it was the style of our clothing and we love the style of this period. Fortunately, we have fantastic relatives and friends, so almost all the guests accepted the challenge. It’s very cool to see our wedding pictures with people in themed clothing. We didn’t expect this great participation, so we were pleasantly surprised!”

Their ceremony was held at the end of a dramatic red carpet, in the courtyard of the villa. “We were legally married the day before with just a couple of witnesses”, she explained. “So we decided to make our villa ceremony into OUR ceremony. We chose the red carpet instead of the classic white one in order to give a gothic touch. We wanted a simple, brief, romantic and original ceremony, so we decided to use some quotes from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings between the classic script. The wedding march was played by Brian May and Queen because I had always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a song played by a rock guitar. Even the end of the ceremony exit was accompanied by a revisiting of the classic wedding theme in a power metal style.”

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Vampire Vow Renewal at Dracula’s Castle, Transylvania

Halloween may be a month away, but that isn’t stopping everyone getting VERY excited for it. I think I’ve witnessed more pre-Halloween excitement than ever this year. So I thought I’d add fuel to the fire by sharing Daley and Logan’s Transylvanian ceremony with you today!

Those eagle-eyed among you may recognise this pair from their EPIC vampire royalty wedding which we featured in May. However not be satisfied with pulling off one of the most popular (and expensive!) weddings we’ve ever published, the pair also wanted to confirm their marriage with a second ceremony in Romania. And what could be more fitting for a gothic, vampire and all-things-spooky loving couple than Dracula’s castle in Transylvania!?

“Before we got married we had decided we wanted to start a tradition of renewing our vows every year somewhere different around the world”, Daley said. “So that by the time we had grown old together, we would have vowed our love to each other all over the world. What better place to start then on our vampire honeymoon in Transylvania? Our travel agency was kind enough to set the whole thing up for us. Our tour guide even brought champagne with him for a toast.”

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