Jac and Matt’s November wedding was, like so many 2020 couples, smaller than they thought it would be. Although they didn’t get the big party of a wedding which they initially planned, after having to reschedule twice, they decided to pair everything back and just elope on a beach instead.
The couple met when they were teenagers but lost contact, only reconnecting in their mid-twenties. They had a ceremony at Sandringham Beach in Victoria followed by a cake cutting and drinks reception at the nearby park. Matt’s mum put together a platter of nibbles and made a cake, and Jac’s sister made a cocktail for everyone.
Emily and Austin eloped on 17th August at Rialto Beach in Washington state. They chose warm, sunset-inspired colours and Karrie Michelle Floral Design created a beautiful setting right on the beach with white, peach and dark pink pampas grass and a sparkly rug.
They had a handfasting ceremony where they wrote their own vows. A friend of theirs officiated. “It meant a lot to us that she could be there since we were not able to see our other friends and family”, Emily explained. “Afterwards we got into the water and took photos which was my favourite part of the wedding, it was like taking the metaphorical plunge into married life hand in hand.”
When an engagement shoot brings this much joy, you just know their wedding is going to be all kinds of incredible. Sofia and TJ, who met at a house party and then found each other online afterwards (truth time: it was TJ who did the stalking!) are both musicians and are actually getting married TODAY!
“It turned out we had been playing in the same circle for years, we even went to the same little beach town college, just a few years apart”, the bride-to-be told us. “I remember telling my best friend about him, and she said, ‘Oh I remember him! What a hunk, always walking around in those little red shorts.’ TJ invited me to meet him at a beach in Alameda – he had a chess board sticking out of the tote bag he was carrying over his shoulder when I arrived, I had a Scrabble board sticking out of mine. And just like that, I started falling in love.”
Call us vain, but we love hearing how Rock n Roll Bride magazine has helped with your wedding planning, but this may be a first! When Kirsty proposed to Vicky last year she used a copy of the magazine to do it!
She told us all about it, “On Sunday 17th November 2019, we were preparing to celebrate our one year anniversary. Vicky was keen for us to do a cute couple’s photo shoot (I do a fair bit of modelling so photo shoots are a fairly regular occurrence for me). I decided to take this idea and run with it, going all out with hair, makeup and wardrobe to give her the full VIP experience.”
“I knew I wanted to propose, and had actually bought an engagement ring several months earlier and had hidden it at my friend’s house! I’d also been meeting up in secret with my photographer friend Debbie to plan how best to capture the moment. I’m naturally quite a showboat whereas Vicky is a little more private so a photo shoot in our beautiful home seemed like the right balance of intimate and ostentatious! To give the proposal a strong element of tradition, I’d discussed my plan with Vicky’s parents who were quick to give their enthusiastic approval.”
Jess and Luke wanted a simple wedding, which didn’t require putting too much extra pressure into their already busy lives. They chose The Boathouse on Shelly Beach in Manly, NSW, which solidified their beachy theme, and the venue were able to handle a lot of the logistics for them.
“Our wedding theme was simple”, Jess told us. “Luke and I aren’t big over the top people and we didn’t want a massive lavish wedding that wouldn’t suit us. We just wanted our wedding to have a pretty and relaxed vibe.”
They decided on a outdoor rustic style but most of their colours and other choices were made with the bride’s floral Wendy Makin dress as the jumping off point. “The dress was the inspiration for the colour scheme and all the flowers and decorations”, she said.
Melyssa and Emily met on the internet in 2005 – back when it was the scary way to meet people! Emily was in America and Melyssa, Australia – they exchanged emails and the rest, as they say, is history.
When it came to planning their September wedding, they wanted a day that felt intimate, light-hearted and as if they were just chilling out in their lounge. With a $9,000 budget, they set about to create just that. Firstly they found their ceremony venue – Blenheim Beach Reserve in Vincentia, NSW, and then they hired an AirBnb just up the road for their reception.
The whole thing was planned in just a few weeks – with Emily’s family deciding to come out on holiday from the U.S with little notice, the couple jumped at the chance of having both their families on one continent and planned it quickly.
They brought the lounge vibe into their ceremony by hiring mismatched chairs, rugs and a coffee table to set as their backdrop. They walked down the aisle together with their three children; having been together for 15 years already, they didn’t want to walk down separately, and wanted to begin their union as a family unit.
Another personal touch was the inclusion of a coffee during ritual; “Every decision we make, large or small, are always taken over coffee,” the couple explained. “Conversations and plans are made with a coffee first, so it only made sense that we include it in our wedding day!”