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Unplugged Californian Rainbow Garden Wedding

Meeting at just 14 at a bonfire on the beach, it was love at first sight for Sarah and Chris. They carried this theme of fire through to their day, along with an explosion of bright rainbow colours. The flowers, chair cushions, table settings… even the drinks were brightly coloured! 

Sarah and Chris had an ‘unplugged’ wedding , asking their guests to put their phones in ‘phone jail’ for the day and focus on celebrating in real life, without distractions. They chose a beautiful garden setting in La Jolla, California, overlooking the ocean, and created a personalised ceremony, as Sarah explained, “We invented our own ceremony rituals around our relationship, including a mindfulness practice and lighting a sparkler to represent our work mottos ‘Magic is Something you Make’, ‘Make it Awesome’ and ‘Hug and Breathe’, which we do when we’re overwhelmed! We kept it pretty secular, but Chris did break the glass to honour my Jewish roots.”

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Bohemian Woodland Elopement with a Beach Picnic Reception

Bre and Collin knew that they wanted Big Sur in California to be their wedding destination, but had no clue how they wanted to go about it. With Covid, their wedding plans had to drastically change/ They started looking up photographers in Big Sur and stumbled across Flora Gibson on Instagram. “I instantly fell in love with her style and knew I had to have her as my photographer but we didn’t really know all of our options,” Bri told us. After looking over Flora’s website they saw an option for an elopement. “I was instantly curious and started my research. I found that an elopement didn’t have to be us running away to Vegas without our parents permission. Flora offered everything we wanted from an intimate setting to our picnic on the beach.”

After officially making the decision to elope versus the traditional option of a wedding ceremony, the couple know that they needed to find a way to include family. They decided to host a Zoom meeting where family and friends could join them while they read their vows to one another and had family members write them letters. For this pair, this was the perfect workaround for doing things their way, but also including their families in their big day.

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Music Lovers’ Santa Fe Wedding with Traditional Touches & a Silent Disco

When Rock n Roll Bride was created in 2007, I wrote a manifesto, which has remained the same to this day. It states,

Rock n Roll Bride is all about the charm and unique nature of ordinary people’s extraordinary weddings. Our passion is inspiring couples to plan the wedding that they really want in a world dictated by tradition.

Being ‘Rock n Roll’ is not about being cool, a rebel or even thinking of the most unique idea you can. It’s about planning a day that reflects you and your partner and declaring your love in your own special way. You don’t have to be wacky; you don’t have to be offbeat and you don’t have to be intentionally quirky – you just have to be you.

We often refer back to this when accepting weddings for publication, and although on first glance you might think Melina and Steve’s Santa Fe wedding looks a little more on the traditional side, when we heard all about how they took every detail of the day and made it their own, we were convinced they were every bit a rock ‘n’ roll couple!

They met in college but fell in love by going to concerts and enjoying live music together. They really wanted their wedding décor to emulate their relationship and journey together so they tables were all named after venues they had seen shows at and their guestbook was made up of vinyls.

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Moody, California Coast Elopement

High-school sweethearts Erika and Garrett couldn’t let 2020 (and their 10-year anniversary) pass without at least one good thing happening, so when it got to December they decided to plan their elopement in just one week.

With a budget of $1,000, they just wanted to present their authentic selves on the day. They were originally due to get married at Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, so as they loved their venue so much, decided to hold their elopement ceremony as close to it as they could.

Together with their ten guests, they walked to the ocean front bluff, for a simple ceremony performed by a mutual friend. Erika wore a dress from ASOS with a floral headband from Kochetova via Etsy, and her trusty Doc Martens. Garrett wore a Kenneth Cole suit from Macy’s

Erika’s bouquet ended up being completely free! “I’d attempted to get flowers from a local shop, but due to COVID they were all closed. I was left with little option than putting together my own bouquet with flowers from Whole Foods, and when I told them what it was for, the store gave them to me for free!”

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A Colourful, Country Music Inspired Ranch Wedding in California

Stop everything! You are going to just ADORE Morgan and Jesse’s California desert wedding and I am so excited to share it with you today! They were married at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown over the summer. They wanted their day to have a fun and joyful atmosphere and for it to be a little bit country (good music was a non-negotiable!) and a little bit weird! “We deemed the weekend ‘MJ Boogi Fest’, so it would feel like a weekend long celebration!” the bride said.

Morgan wore a Houghton NYCdress with adorable pink Iron Fist shoes and an incredible, yellow veil! She did her hair and make up herself because she wanted to feel like herself and she wanted them both to be quite minimal and non-fussy. Jesse was in a snazzy pink suit jacket from ASOS. “We didn’t have any decorations and I created silk bouquets for myself and bridesmaids. We wanted to let the desert shine on its own, so we kept things very minimal”, she said.

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An Intimate & Bohemian Desert Wedding

Samantha and Jason didn’t want a big fuss and they certainly didn’t want their wedding to overtake their lives. So instead of taking the traditional route, they decided to rent an AirBnB in Yucca Valley and have a low key yet perfectly ‘them’ wedding in the desert. Both lovers of this environment, they’ve spent many vacations exploring places such as Joshua Tree, Mojave, Red Rock and Death Valley. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest they said their “I do’s” under a homemade arch, with the ceremony officiated by the bride’s sister.

“We are outdoor wanderers and love to explore and camp in nature,” Samantha began. “Most of our birthdays and anniversaries are spent celebrating out in the desert, camping, exploring and enjoying delicious steak and wine under the night sky. So many memories were formed in this magical place and we always dreamed that we would celebrate our commitment ceremony out in the desert.”

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