Twin Peaks Meets a Classic Vintage Wedding in Dublin

The very best thing about running Rock n Roll Bride is the HUGE variety of wedding themes and styles that we see. People often ask me if I ever get bored at looking at or talking about weddings and my answer is always the same – how the hell could I get bored when I see such creativity and variety every day!? Ciara and Rowen’s wedding falls firmly into the creativity camp. They took a classic vintage theme and added some David Lynch references, turning what could have been quite a traditional wedding on it’s head.

They were married at Unitarian Church in Dublin and afterwards hosted a reception at The Dean Hotel. “We both love David Lynch and especially the TV show Twin Peaks so we knew we wanted to work that into the theme somewhere”, said Ciara. “One of Rowen’s best men is a brilliant graphic designer who helped us incorporate the iconic colours of the Black Lodge from Twin Peaks into our invitations, wedding booklets and table settings. We wanted our colour theme to be really strong, as a nod to David Lynch, too and I think we achieved that with the splashes of red throughout our wedding!”

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Floral Rainbow Folk Festival Wedding

The wedding theme for Catherine and Tom’s summer celebration was simply all their favourite things coming together into a colourful mish-mash. This translated to colourful flowers, homemade cakes, high street outfits and a fun-filled barn reception. They tied up lots of greenery from the woods with ribbons along one wall of the space and because the barn didn’t have lighting, they strung up loads of festoon and fairy lights for the evening.

The day started with a humanist ceremony in the woods (they were legally married at the register office the day before). Catherine explains, “We were married under a gorgeous gnarly tree that we later climbed. After Liz, our friend who lead the ceremony, welcomed everyone, two friends read poems, a John Betjemen poem about jellyfish that seemed to perfectly describe the day we got engaged, and the other, I Carry Your Heart by E.E. Cummings, which was a favourite of mine from a book that belonged to my mum. Then we read promises to each other and exchanged our rings, which we had had made from family gold and had Walk with me Always engraved inside. We hung a hoop to the tree and invited everyone to tie a knot (the fabric we’d used for our bunting) to create a colourful rag wreath that we can use to remember the day. Then finally we all sang Wild Mountain Thyme, a folk song that Tom and I have many happy memories of singing together. I played guitar (very amateurishly) and our friend Ali played cello (very professionally).”

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Gothic, Halloween & Harry Potter Themed Wedding in a Castle!

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.

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Simple Yet Elegant Brixton Wedding with just 25 Guests

Love. Family. Keeping things Simple. These were the three key things Vanessa and Clotilde wanted to focus on for their July wedding. They said their vows in front of only their nearest and dearest at the quirky venue, Downstairs at the Department Store in Brixton. Afterwards they hosted a joy-filled reception at Upstairs at t the Department Store, a brand new restaurant and bar. They didn’t want to spend a lot either, with their budget maxed out at £5000.

They skipped many of the usual wedding formalities such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, stationery, entertainment and extra decor. “We wanted an intimate, simple, elegant and edgy ceremony borrowing just enough from a traditional wedding”, explained the bride. “We didn’t do any invitations or anything like that. Basically, we decided to skip all the ‘ceremonious’ stuff to focus on having a simple wedding and great reception.”

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Colourful Drag Sensation Wedding… with Stripping Nuns!

Carrie and Neil were introduced on Twitter by a mutual friend, and quickly bonded over their love of gin and drag. When it came to planning their wedding, the couple wanted the day to be laid back and relaxed, but also outlandish and fun – just like them!

They splashed their cash on the things that mattered most to them, like the entertainment, food and booze, and abandoned or adapted traditions that didn’t suit them. Their flowers were all silk – mainly from Ikea, with the bride’s bouquet from TK Maxx. They had Colin and Connie Caterpillar wedding cakes from M&S and instead of hiring a fancy wedding car, the wedding party hopped on the bus to the venue! This not only saved them hundreds of pounds, but also allowing them to stop for a cheeky pint on the way.

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Issue 24 On Sale Today!

Happy New year lovers! I hope you had the most joy-filled, relaxing festive period. Ours was super chilled. We did Christmas day with my family, New Year’s with our besties at their house and that was pretty much it! It was actually really nice to lay around, watch all the movies and have no responsibilities or major plans for two weeks! It’s certainly rested us (which we both needed) and has us sooo ready to attack 2019 with gusto!

First order of the year is that issue 24 is now on sale! Of course many of you have already pre-ordered and had your magazine delivered straight to your door (in fact so many of you do this now that Royal Mail have to send a van especially to us to pick them all up!) but if you haven’t, we’re also stocked in WhSmiths, Sainsburys and independent newsagents up and down the UK. If you’d like a bonus sneaky peek inside the issue you can catch some previews over here.

This issue is also our first ever BUMPER ISSUE meaning there’s more pages, more real weddings, more advice and more inspiration than ever before! And it’s still just £4,99! What a bloody bargain.

If you’d like to order this single issue you can do so here, or you can subscribe below. We ship worldwide and UK postage is free!

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