Eliot and Liza mashed together inspirations from polar opposite parts of their personalities for the April wedding day; they were Inspired by summer family barbeques, Mardi Gras, over-the-top carnival costumes and The Fort Worth Stock show, amongst other things!
“We wanted our wedding party and every guest to have fun with their own personal style,” Liza told us. “Everyone we know is incredible, so we got a fun mixture of styles and outfits.”
Holding their October wedding at a bar they like to go to together, The Thunderbird Lounge in Pheonix, Arizona, Alexis and Taylor wanted a celebration that was laid-back and fun for all their guests. “The bar has a 70s theme and was the perfect vibe for what we were going for so we didn’t really have to do much to it in terms of décor which suited us,” Alexis told us. “We had one of our best friends marry us, he wrote a beautiful speech, a butterfly release ceremony and we also had a ﬁre dancer at the end of the wedding to close it out.”
The couple kept things casual and thrifty across the board, having a friend do Alexis’ hair and make-up, she picked up a bunch of flowers from a grocery store to use as a bouquet and the couple went for high street options for their own outfits. “I didn’t really enjoy the dress shopping experience,” Alexis continued. “No dress was really my style/size to even try on and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Plus It was in 2021 so I felt a lot of people were shopping for dresses at that time. I ended up shopping online so a lot of mail try-ons and returns but when I did ﬁnd my dress on ASOS I was very happy with how it looked and felt very much like myself in it!”
Luna and Omari wanted to disrupt stereotypical wedding gender norms and make their October wedding day feel as queer, trans and authentic as possible, all while keeping their alternative flair. “We originally were planning a huge wedding but did not have enough money to do so,” Luna told us. “Being the ambitious people that we are, we decided to do a last-minute small wedding ceremony at Prospect Park and a few days before we booked a venue through Peerspace for a reception.”
Everything about their day was DIY and collaboration with their friends and family, from their florals to their reception food. “Everyone bought their own drinks and showed up dressed as their best selves.” The couple spent around $4,000 on their day, with their most expensive elements being their outfits.
Omari told us, “We were very fortunate to have my former tattoo shop where I was apprenticing at the time pay for all of the alcohol and food at the reception.”
Every couple has their thing, right? For Heather and Micah, their thing is Phantom of the Opera. They went to a show together early on in their courtship, and it has been a shared love of theirs ever since. So naturally their wedding was a Phantom-fest, hosted on Halloween weekend.
The bridesmaids carried lanterns in lieu of bouquets, the guests sported glitter and feathers, and every single person wore a masquerade mask. Heather walked down the aisle to the Phantom theme, and Micah’s brother officiated the non-traditional fantasy-inspired service. Instead of a first dance, the newlyweds sang Phantom’s “All I Ask Of You.”
For their October wedding day, Hasan and Emily wanted to respectfully tie together elements of the groom’s Vietnamese culture, the brides own family traditions and her love of Halloween. “It was very difficult for us to find aesthetic inspiration,” Emily began, “because most of what we found were mono racial couples or interracial couples who lean into a traditional wedding for just one culture. Then the multicultural wedding inspiration we did find were your standard white/cream/blush classic theme, which is not us. I wish we had found Rock n Roll Bride sooner!”
In terms of a timeline for the day, the couple were inspired by Emily’s own parents wedding tape. The opted for a Vietnamese tradition for the reception dinner – a family-style, 7-course Asian feast, and they worked with their planners Something Blue Orlando to use their imaginations and conjure up a wedding all of their own.
For Kirsten and Avery, every day is Halloween, so when it came to planning their March wedding day they always knew the wanted an alternative and macabre yet beautiful wedding. Specifically, they wanted to incorporate Kristen’s favourite movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as skeleton everything since Kristen loves forensic work. Kristen read and followed a lot of alternative wedding publications, such as Rock N Roll Bride, to find inspiration and plan their dream wedding.
Janie and Brennon met at school, but far from high school sweethearts, they were in fact rival class presidents that had to battle each other at Homecoming for the spirit stick. Brennan won, and while it’s still a touchy subject to this day, after school mutual friendships brought them together where they bonded over their love of art, music and a thirst for wild adventures.
Their wedding theme was a mixture of their musical interests and references to their 4th of July wedding date. “I would say the song Born to Run had the most influence on our wedding. We are massive Bruce Springsteen fans and that song is one that we fell in love while listening to. It is a love song that really captures the spirit of restless youth yearning to hit the road and live life to the fullest, which is directly linked to the romantic ideas of freedom. We have always tried to embrace life to the fullest and have a deep appreciation for the time we have on this earth, so having it reflect in the decorations & vibe of our wedding really made it that much more special.”
Kadie and Markus met at a local underground EDM night, so of course they had to bring some raver vibes to their June wedding day! “We were inspired by our hobbies, personal aesthetics, and the growth we made individually and together during our relationship,” the bride told us. “We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted things to be fun and feel magical. I was personally going for a Marie Antoinette meets millennial otaku raver vibe and aesthetic.”
Kadie discovered ‘hanayome hime lolita’, a Japanese street fashion genre, two years ago and it has been a hobby of hers to wear it ever since. She chose an outfit from My Lolita Dress for the occasion and her bridesmaids were in dresses from Devil Inspired, and one of them carried a teddy bear as a memorial for her younger brother who had recently passed. “We were close,” Kadie explained, “and ‘Bear’ was the nickname given to him.”
Amber and Ben’s eclectic and romantic September wedding was held at River School Farm in Reno, Nevada – a self-sustaining co-home community that was one of the most magical venues they were able to find. As a studio and tattoo artist, Amber was keen to put her own stamp on their day and also liked the idea of only having decor that could then be used in their new home, or items that could be used a piece of art.
Each tablescape was a unique collection of found objects from thrift stores, and every decision for the wedding was handpicked by the bride with their guests’ comfort and needs in mind. She made all the backdrops and signage, all stationery and origami, even embroidering a pocket square for Ben’s suit. She made all the flower arrangements by buying wholesale from Fifty Flowers, and made memorial photo frames to hang from her bouquet. She even made her blue veil herself.
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.”
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!
What do you get when the band leader for Kacey Musgraves and a Nashville artist put on a prairie inspired wedding in a vintage rental warehouse? Throw in a tequila shots during the ceremony, a country western two-step band, an aura photographer and a custom dinner tent made from crushed velvet mustard draping and you have a Midnight in Paris inspired wedding dreamland.
Mackenzie and Kyle are artists with different mediums, so their wedding was always going to be creative and fun. They approached planners Modern Vintage Events with an inspiration drawing from Mackenzie and a description of their wedding – ‘like Stanley Kubrick and The Great Gatsby hosted a cocktail hour. Unique, cinematic, intentional and intimate.’ “Doodling during our planning meetings was a common occurrence and every detail and every angle was taken into consideration,” designer Becca told us.
Chase and Ellen met while performing together in a production of The Addams Family Musical at Theatre Memphis, so it’s no surprise that their wedding had a dark and moody theme! “Our mutual love of theatre meets a gothic horror aesthetic inspired our October wedding day,” the bride told us. “Think Interview With a Vampire meets American Horror Story: Coven and you’re halfway there!”
From encouraging guests to dress in their best ‘funeral attire’ to Ellen wearing a black lace Maggie Sottero gown, almost everything about their wedding was included a unique, personalised touch. Their day was held at one of the most haunted locations in New Orleans – Beauregard Keyes House. The couple and their guests travelled from Memphis for their day, so their focus was on making sure everyone had a great time – “we were asking people to travel a significant distance to celebrate with us, so we wanted to make sure the celebration was worth it!”