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A Pirate Wedding & A Rock Gig Reception: Lou & Jürgen

Is there anything cooler than a pirate wedding? I was pretty hard pushed to think of anything…that was until I saw Lou & Jürgen’s pirate wedding with a rock gig themed after party! OH YES.

The pirate themed ceremony was held on a beach in Malibu, CA. After the intimate ceremony in front of only their closet friends and relatives they headed to the HMS Surprise (from the movie ‘Master and Commander’) for portraits.

“So we are huge geeks – for music, movies and traveling – it seems like we are always going somewhere,” Lou told me. “We got engaged on a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea on a peninsula close to Dublin, Ireland, and when we discussed wedding venues, we felt that our travel bug needed to be reflected in that. As a movie geek I had said at some point in the past that I wanted to get married on a beach in Elizabeth Swann’s island gown from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (I’m madly into POTC – I even have Jack Sparrow’s sparrow tattoo inked into my arm). We didn’t really consider it at first but after a while we came back to that and thought ‘why the hell not?’. So we went with that and it got a bit crazier and more piraty than we initially thought but everyone had a great time, and that is the most important thing.”

The couple are from Austria so they traveled pretty far with their 8 ceremony guests for the big day. “Since we both love Los Angeles and almost eloped there one year earlier, we decided to get married in LA. We were able to choose from gorgeous beaches, go see movie locations, venues from rock history, work ourselves into a shopping frenzy and show our closest friends and family the city we both lost our hearts to (and ultimately want to live in). Additionally, we found out that Chris, our wedding officiant, also officiated Milla Jovovich’s wedding, among others, which we thought was extra cool because Milla is rad. We chose Point Dume State Beach because we had been there before and loved it. It’s simply gorgeous, and it helped that numerous movies were shot there (for example the famous ending of Planet of the Apes with the head of the Statue of Liberty).”

Lou wore a custom made gown by Brielle from Brielle’s Costume Wardrobe which, as she always wanted, was inspired by Elizabeth Swann’s island gown in Pirates of the Caribbean. Instead of a headpiece she added tie-in dreadlocks to her own hair which she bought from Cleo Wolfus Designs on etsy. Jürgen wore a pirate style shirt which he’d bought from a medieval fair a few years ago and trousers from Lip Service. They also both wore matching sashes & bandannas that were custom-made by Penny Marks. These were then reused as part of their Celtic handfasting ceremony in Vienna.

On returning to Austria, the couple wanted a huge celebration party so they could invite all their friends and family who couldn’t make it to America with them. They choose Arena Wien in Vienna as their venue. “Since we got married in a very small ceremony with only 8 people in attendance, we felt the need to party with our friends upon returning to Austria,” Lou continued. “We played a rock concert with our own band, ‘Mead‘, repeated our vows on stage and had a Celtic handfasting ceremony (a literal tie-in with our Irish engagement – done with our pirate bandanas from LA). At this point I should probably say that we first met at a rock concert that Jürgen was playing, he was in a band with one of my closest friends. We became a couple a few years after that but music has always played a huge part in our lives.”

“We chose one of Vienna’s most important concert venues – Arena Wien. Before the Arena became a concert venue, punks squatted there in the 70s, and originally it was a slaughterhouse. We attended countless concerts there and it is probably the place we spend the most time at outside of home and work.”

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Messing About on the River: Emma & Tony

Emma & Tony had an intimate wedding of just 40 guests in Henley on Thames. Coincidentally this is where I went to college and I have a lot of fond memories of chilling out by the river, most probably while I was supposed to be in lectures – which maybe one of the reasons I love this wedding so much! Anyway, I digress…

The wedding was held at The River & Rowing Museum, a modern wedding venue situated right on the river Thames. A friend of Emma’s is a registrar and it was really special to have her marry them. “The museum was exactly what we were looking for,” Emma told me. “The staff at the museum were fabulous, nothing was too much trouble. Laura, the events planner for the museum, coordinated the wedding and it was great having her their on the day to make sure everything ran to plan so I didn’t have to think about a thing and just enjoy the day. Jeff from Digby Trout Catering with his team delivered the most delicious food that wowed even the London foodies. The seating plan was titled ‘Eat, drink & Be Merry’ and we all certainly were thanks to Jeff and his team – what a gem.”

The museum has its own jetty, right onto the Thames, and so for the evening reception/party, the couple hired the ‘Hibernia’ from Hobbs of Henley. “Sailing down the Thames in the evening watching the world go by while we partied into the night was the perfect end to a wonderful day,” Emma continued. “Michele and the whole team at Hobbs of Henley gave us an evening to remember.”

The bride wore a cappuccino dress made from Italian duchesse silk satin and sparkle tulle. It was designed for her by a friend. Georgina at Atelier Millinery make her a bespoke headpiece to perfectly match her dress. The bride also opted for a corsage instead of a traditional bridal bouquet. “We decided to do a mixture of professional and DIY for our flowers,” she explained. “As it was a simple, modern wedding I realized I didn’t want a wedding bouquet so I opted for a red rose wrist corsage and Tony had a matching buttonhole.”

“We wanted the day to feel like a big dinner party just enjoying the good company, great food and endless wine,” the bride concluded. “It was an informal day with everyone just mingling. I missed half the food as I was busy chatting at the tables and soaking in the atmosphere – it was wonderful. From the flower arranging, to putting together the stationery, to the bunting on the boat and setting up the cheese wedding cake, using family and friends meant it was a muck-in day rather than a manicured affair.”

“It was great to be able to thank everyone for making the day so special. Instead of a champagne toast we decided to go Rock n Roll and give everyone a half bottle to pop the corks and celebrate which was a wow.”

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A Vintage Pin-Up Sailor Wedding: Ben & Shelby

I was initially sent just Ben & Shelby’s engagement session by their photographer Shani Barel, however when I laid eyes on their incredible wedding I knew I had to feature it instead! The wedding had a vintage, pin-up and sailor theme and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to grace the pages of Rock n Roll Bride.

I was also pleased to hear that the ideas behind the style of their wedding were actually 100% reflective on how they are in ‘real life’. Ben is actually in the Navy and Shelby is a pin up model!  “I was stationed on the USS Los Angeles that was originally home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI,” groom Ben told me when I asked the couple how they met. “The ship was on its way up to Bremerton, WA to decommission but made a stop in LA for a decommissioning ceremony. On Sunday, January 24th, I was the cook on duty aboard the ship but I was all finished and cleaned up with dinner, so a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go out.  So we immediately went to the bar. Sailors….. Anyway Ian and I went to what seemed to be the only place open in town called The Whale and Ale in San Pedro, CA. A few other sailors from the ship showed up and we all had a couple of beers and played cricket. As the night went on, I proceeded to the restroom and I notice in a huge way this cute blonde girl all fancy in a vintage dress and her hair all done up walking down the stairs. I was in awe. I had never seen a girl dressed in such a fashion and so stunning!”

“Ben being a sailor was definitely a big inspiration for our wedding,” confirmed Shelby. “The Queen Mary, stationed at Long Beach California has always been one of my favorite places and was the perfect setting for a sailor and a pin-up girl, it was like we went back in time to WWII.”

The bride wore a vintage dress (of course)…well in fact two dresses. The first was by Emma Domb and was originally her Mother’s and the second, the feather dress, was made by her Mother who makes dresses for a living.

She even wore a genuine 1940’s tiara and vintage jewellery. She even carried a paper flower bouquet from the 1940’s. The groom wore his Navy uniform.

The cake was also a special touch as the bride’s grandfather made the based and the cake topper was, again, genuine vintage. “Our cake topper was an antique sugar cake topper from 1944 with a little sailor and his tiny blonde bride I got it for just $14 on eBay due to the fact that somebody had taken a bite out of the base of it and chomped off one of the bride’s arms! I repaired the topper and added extra flowers and leaves to the arch they stood under we also added our wedding date to the back of the topper to mirror the original wedding date that was painted on the front.”

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Katherine & Marc’s ‘Non-Weddingy’ Brisbane Celebration

“Your blog inspired me to reach for the stars,” wrote newlywed Katherine. “We began our seven month wedding planning journey with no theme and no colours…I did not want to be restricted.  We choose wedding elements that we loved…not because they matched or fit a certain criteria and let it come together organically. I love everything whimsical…so it was a natural progression for our wedding to have whimsical elements.”

The ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and the couple rocked up in a blue Cadillac belonging to their friends. “Afterwards, 40 of our family and friends boarded a boat for a twilight cruise on the Brisbane river…it was magical!  We chartered a 2 level boat; with an open top deck and enclosed area downstairs where we had a buffet dinner & desert. We walked around with no shoes on, mingled, ate, drank and had a good time!  It was so nice & relaxing with just our family and closest friends.”

The bride even wore Rock n Roll Bride favourites Vivien of Holloway (dress) and Irregular Choice (shoes). “I didn’t want a big, puffy, long wedding dress. I had no specific look in mind. however, knew I did not want a traditional wedding dress. I first choose my shoes which were bright blue with polka dots & bunny rabbits…all things I heart so much!!  Marc then chose my beautiful dress which I then took to my dressmaker to have a bright blue sash and big bow added! I also added a whimsical giant butterfly ring. I never felt the need to wear two rings…the engagement ring and the wedding ring.  I told Marc I did not want the traditional diamond…I wanted something pretty and something different.  I have always had a love of dark blue (almost black) sapphires, so when Marc got down on one knee and presented the most beautiful sapphire ring to me, it literally took my breath away.”

“I didn’t want a function room.  I didn’t want to do a seating plan! I didn’t want speeches.  I didn’t want favors! I didn’t want all the formalities…because it’s just not us! I didn’t want what anyone else had.  I wanted our day to reflect us and not some idea of what a wedding ‘should’ or ‘has to’ look like.  Our big day came to be known as ‘the non-wedding wedding’!”

“I think back to our day and it makes me smile!”

…and isn’t that what it’s all about people?

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Mary & Sam’s Private Bay Wedding

Mary & Sam were married in a private bay in Picton, New Zealand. Their biggest challenge for their wedding was that they lovingly (and painstakingly) restored a 70 foot boat to transport their guests from the ceremony site to their reception at Herzog Winery!

“Working to restore a non-functioning 70-foot launch so we could transport our guests was… well, it was Rock n Roll in fact that we had no sleep, too much to do, and had to call in our amazing family to bail us out! We tried to forget about the industry noise around weddings and instead focused on the fact it’s just the thing that happens before you’re married, so let’s have a party focused on love instead.”

It was all worth it though, especially the magical moment when a pod of Dolphins followed the boat on the journey to the ceremony. Wow.

The couple DIYed the majority of their wedding and used wedding blogs as inspiration, “I can’t speak highly enough about the great wedding blogs out there (my favourites were Rock n Roll Bride, The Wedding Chicks, Ruffled and Green Weddings Shoes)” Mary explained. “They tutored me through making tote bags, our own centrepieces, invitations, fixing jewellery, all sorts of things that made the wedding of our dreams accessible provided we threw in a little blood sweat and I-can’t-believe-super-glue-won’t-stick-to-this-metal-but-my-fingers-are-stuck-together-tears.”

Mary wore a stunning lace pre-loved dress by Allure Bridal (style number 8634) and shoes that she customised herself from an old pair of shoes, some fabric swatches and lots of super glue!

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Chris & Courtenay’s Pirate Ship Wedding

Chris & Courtenay had a “Book Nerd/Steampunk /Pirate/Sci-Fi” themed wedding which was held on The Hawaiian Chieftain, a historical replica of a 1880’s trading ship. “We really wanted the wedding to reflect who we were, and a celebration of what we loved about each other,” the couple told me. “We wanted to be able to have a killer party with our closest friends and family and not compromise our tastes and values. Our venue came complete with cannons (which they fired off for us in celebration!) The double edge of this was a headcount of under 40, which was great to us, but some people just assumed they would be invited who were acquaintances and we had to explain this wasn’t an everyone in the world kind-of affair.”

Courtenay wore a custom dress from Dark Garden Corsetry and shoes from Fluevog. “The Dress is a combination of Victorian and Indian influences, made out of silk dupioni in lavender/gold and a wedding sari from an Indian bridal store in Berkeley,” the bride continued. “I knew that a dress from a traditional bridal store was never going to feel right. Mostly because of all the beautiful dresses available at those places they were never going to fit my curvy 5’2” short waist-ed frame. Autumn at Dark Garden was able to perfectly capture and create my personality and vision into an awe inspiring corset and bustle skirted wedding dress.”

In keeping with their theme, the whole wedding party and a lot of the guests dressed the part too. The groom wore a suit inspired by the movies Firefly and Stardust made by Laurie Tavan at Daze of Laur. He even added a firearm and sword! The bridesmaid’s outfits were also from Dark Garden and the groomsmen wore outfits hired from Costumes on Haight, San Francisco. “Almost everyone who attended got dressed up to the nines and looked fantastic,”  Courtenay explained. “My father went out of his way to get a 1890s cowboy style outfit with beaver felt hat and classic oil cloth duster, he was so handsome. My sister got a beautiful Dark Garden corset, and my niece and nephews got into the act with pirate/Victorian style costumes. For the first hour and a half people kept coming up to me just in awe of how beautiful it was that day, mid 70s and sunny, it was truly magical.”

“I think the most Rock n Roll thing was us, how we approached the whole day with humor and a little literary wit,” the bride concluded. “If the wedding had to be a musical genre I would call it folk-punk, or Steam-folk. We set out to have an amazing day and it turned out better that you could ever imagine. We wanted to live the quote “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Because it was about us, not a huge affair with doves and dollar dances and stuff being thrown about, we were determined to avoid bad DJs, crazy relatives we’d never met before, flower girls, ring bearers, punch fountains, ballrooms, chicken or steak entrees, towering confections or bored guests who couldn’t wait to leave. There were casualties of this of course, hurt feelings, traditionalists, and others, but at the end of the day it was about Chris and Courtenay celebrating their lives together, be happy for them or not that’s all there is.”

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