Rustic, Celtic Inspired Italian Woodland Wedding

For their May wedding day, highschool sweethearts Lorenzo and Erica wanted to celebrate their love in nature, surrounded by their closest friends and family. “In Italy, there really isn’t much outside of the norm for weddings,” Erica told us. “Even if they’re not religious, most people get married in a church for traditions’ sake, which didn’t suit us at all.”

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I Do … & I Don’t: A Feminist’s Guide to Being a Bride – The Origins of Bridal Traditions

Our real bride columnist Rachel got married in September this year. We’re following her journey of planning a feminist meets rock n roll wedding, culminating in us sharing the big day in our last issue of the year! This month she’s been thinking about wedding
traditions.

I thought I had a handle on the major bridal traditions and the gripes many of us have with them. Lots of you reading this may have already decided to scratch out the word ‘obey’ from your vows, for example. A lot of modern brides also wrinkle their noses at the idea of ‘being given away’ and what that actually used to mean (that the literal ownership of the bride was changing hands from father to husband). Many have even come to believe that the first dance is tired and unnecessary. Not me, though – it’s my one chance to feel like I’m on Strictly Come Dancing. But I get it. It’s not for everyone.

It turns out I had no idea about the murky origins of so many staple wedding moments. For instance, did you know that the garter removal — that moment where the groom takes off the bride’s garter with his teeth, in front of his nephews, his grandma Joyce and his new father-in-law (I’ve seen it happen from many a stage as a wedding singer and it is never anything other than excruciating, please don’t do it) is the very distant descendant of a medieval tradition that would happen at the end of the wedding feast? Right before bedtime, someone would shout, ‘GET HER!’ and the congregation would launch upon the virgin bride, ripping off pieces of her dress to help unclothe her before the naked part of the nuptials. The bigger the chunk of dress you took home, the better the luck apparently. It’s worth nothing that this gang-undressing is also considered by many to be the great, great, great grandparent of catching the bouquet, as it’s in the same family of ‘taking home a piece of the bride for luck’.

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Food & Family: A Casual Vegan Wedding at a Recording Studio Meets Antique’s Warehouse

When Lily and Ian got engaged, the first thing the bride did was buy the Rock n Roll Bride book (excellent start!) and using it as their guide they planned a laid back, vegan wedding at a recording studio meets antiques warehouse.

“I was clueless about weddings but it turns out doing very little planning and having a laid back approach worked perfectly for us”, Lily said. “We kept it local by getting married a few doors down from our own vegan chocolate business at a recording studio / music venue / antique warehouse all-in-one.”

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Babe with the Power: A Labyrinth Meets Renaissance Inspired Shoot for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s you probably have fond memories of movies like The NeverEnding Story and Labyrinth. The Jim Henson fantasy film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly was a particular favourite of ours, and the bubble scene and Sarah’s ball gown made for perfect inspiration for issue 40’s editorial shoot.

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Fun & Unpretentious Australian Wedding Inspired by The Simpsons

Ay karumba! It’s not every day that you see a Simpsons themed wedding, but when Helen and Peege realised that Bart Simpson had been a part of their bedtime routine for the last decade, it seemed the obvious choice! “Peege can’t fall asleep without something unchallenging on TV,” Helen explained, “and The Simpsons is the only thing we agree on! The theme speaks for itself, really – we wanted a day that was fun, unpretentious and included zero faff!”

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French Elopement at Home that went XXL on Flowers

Astrid and Emilie chose their own home as their venue for their May elopement. Hiring L’Autre Saison des Fleurs, they went all out on the florals who added bright, colourful arrangements all over their home to create these photo shoot worthy images.

The couple met in school and became best friends, but it wasn’t until they were much older that Astrid confessed her feelings to Emilie. Luckily she felt the same and they began dating in 2013, “From friendship to love, we built our lives together”, they told us.

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