Inspired by Pinterest, Rock n Roll Bride, and their own personalities, Bree and Tim described their wedding as a rustic funfetti garden party.
They met in television, and Bree introduced herself in such a sweet and laidback way, “We were both working at a show in San Diego”, she explained. “I was hosting a show called First Date for Live Nation, he was a production assistant. I passed him a note at the end of the night that said, ‘Text me, maybe?'”
The wedding day was held at the McGuire Estate and Garden, which is the bride’s childhood home, and was officiated by their best friend. The bride’s sister, Charlotte, did all the signage, with other decorations of garlands by Paper Fox LA, hula hoops from Hipnotic Hoopla, and tiny dolls from HuskySnail, all on Etsy, plus candles from IKEA.
“We scrapped a lot of traditional stuff”. she continued. “We did pinata smashes in place of a bouquet/garter toss (inside were colourful saltwater taffy, mini bottles of booze and a ring pop that said YOU’RE NEXT). We had an open air photo booth in place of posed, formal photos. There was no bridal party or groomsmen, we wanted to keep it SIMPLE.”
At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…
Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”
This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”
Kirsty and Ryan wanted their wedding to be bright and colourful with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. Their wedding date was actually Kirsty’s birthday and their eighth anniversary!
“We wanted a real Derbyshire wedding,” began Kirsty. “We have both travelled a lot and had been living abroad for three years before we came home to get married. We wanted our favourite (vegetarian) foods that we miss when we’re out of the country, the most beautiful views as the backdrop, and all locally sourced companies. All this, plus a slight bit of inspiration from our favourite films, Harry Potter, which included photos at Hardwick Hall (in areas used in the films) and the table plan to resemble the great hall.”
Their ceremony focused on them, their friendships and all their favourite things. “It was all about us, we had some of our favourite songs, including Queen’s You’re My Best Friend for the bridesmaids to walk in to, and readings by our incredible friends who had travelled from as far as Australia to come to the wedding. I thought I would be an emotional wreck, but I was just so excited, I had a massive smile on my face the whole time! Walking down the aisle to the marry my soul mate was the best bit of the whole day. I was so excited to get to see him, after a lovely morning getting ready with my girls.”