Sarah loves decorating her and Richard’s house for Christmas, so this drew the first inspiration for the couple’s November wedding day. “We wanted a family friendly, rustic yet glamorous, cosy and romantic winter wedding,” explained Sarah. “I love decorating the house for Christmas with rustic, old fashioned decorations and lots of winter foliage, and wanted to capture that coziness for our wedding. I also love all things vintage, especially 1950s and Rockabilly, and had to give a nod to the styles I love so much.”
However, one of the sweetest parts of their wedding has to be the fact that Sarah asked her Grandma to be one of her bridesmaids. Would you get a load of this adorableness! She had her as bridesmaid for a very special reason. “I don’t want to run on and bore you but when I was 18 months old my mother died, and my nanny gave up everything for me to live with her while my dad got himself back on track. Don’t worry there was a happy ending – he got re-married and I grew up with a mum that could not be more perfect! But I wanted to honour my nanny for her selflessness throughout my life in front of everyone we care about who attended our big day.”
With a £4000 budget, the couple got hands on and DIY-ed as much as they could. “I got a bit excited a long time before the wedding,” explained Sarah, “and this resulted in crafting as much for it as I could think of!” This included flower arrangements, buttonholes, personalised coat hangers and wedding party gifts, table plan, seating cards, signs and display… the list is endless!
Lydia and Mike, who met in a tattoo shop and now work together as tattoo artists, were married on December 7th in Leicester. They wanted their day to reflect the season so they picked lots of Christmassy and winter-inspired details. The bride in particular loves Christmas and history which also influenced their venue choices.
“Our wedding was themed around the winter season and elegance”, said the bride. “Our ceremony venue, The Guildhall of Leicester, is so atmospheric by itself, especially with the fire roaring. Our ceremony was conducted by our city council registrars, this was perfect for us as we aren’t religious. The addition of personal vows and a reading from my grandma made the ceremony very special to us. We absolutely love the Guildhall as our ceremony venue as it has so much history (Shakespeare performed there!) and felt honoured that we could have our ceremony in such an important building for our city.”
Emily and Dave’s December wedding was a romantic candlelit affair, inspired by their love of Christmas and Lord of The Rings, and full of some of the most heart-warming stories we’ve ever seen in a wedding – including loads of charitable elements! Oh yeah – and there’s an Obama cardboard cut-out there as well, because Emily loves Obama…
“My obsession with Christmas definitely had an influence on plans,” Emily says, “but we tried to keep it subtle and cosy rather than going OTT with Santa and elves. We got married at the Red Lion at Burnsall, a beautiful country pub in Yorkshire with exposed beams, tartan chairs and a wood burning fire. We were lucky that our reception venue, Cracoe Village Hall, had an entire room we could dedicate to the kids, where we had a Christmas tree, electric toy train, kids’ Christmas activity packs and letters to Santa with sweets. For the adults, we had barrels of beer and cider on ice as well as baskets with blankets to stay warm in winter, a Christmas BBQ from Big D’s BBQ – and our favours were homemade hot chocolate packs too!”
Tara and Mido’s wedding took place in December has style in buckets – and we mean BIG buckets. Christmastime is magical in London anyway but this gorgeous couple really brought the sparkle and glamour with their celebration. They described it as ‘Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet meets a Vanity Fair shoot’ – we love that! The wonderfully talented Lisa from Devlin Photos captured it perfectly in all its glory.
Tara looked a vision of old-school-inspired glamour with hair and make up by Lou Seymour and the beautiful embellished Lara dress by Jenny Packham. Her bridesmaids are a vision too in a mixture of high street and vintage, which they picked themselves upon being told the colour palette was gold.
Despite living in New York throughout the entire planning process, Tara and Mido planned the day of their dreams with their ideal suppliers who made it completely personal to them. Tara explains, “Our two venues, the Asylum in Peckham for our ceremony, and Brunswick House in Vauxhall for the reception, were so unique that we didn’t have to do much. They really set the tone for the whole day.”
She continues, “We live in New York so it was difficult meeting up with vendors, but we made it work. We owe a massive thanks to Liza at the Asylum who set up the candles and fairy lights in the chapel and made it look so pretty. The service all came together perfectly, with the lights and candles and my dreamy flowers from Red Eden and Olive, and was my favourite part of the wedding.”
Oh baby, do we have one gorgeous wedding to share with you today! Sophie and Stephen were married at The Byre at Inchyra, a beautifully restored, rustic barn set in 150 acres of private parkland in Perthshire, Scotland. Taking place on December 2nd, they went for a subtly festive theme, inspired by Christmas markets, with some lovely personal touches.
“Christmas is a very special time of year for us, hence why we got married in December”, began the bride. “We met through a mutual friend at the Edinburgh Christmas market and each year we return to the same spot on the same day to have a kiss. We also got engaged on Christmas Day a year after we met.”
“The inspiration for the wedding was the atmosphere of a Christmas market. We wanted Christmas but without it involving the snowmen or Santa… It wasn’t really about Christmas it was about us but still had to capture that warm festive feel. We used simple inspiration from German markets and the Edinburgh market with all the green pines and lights all around – it was magical.”
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!”
As soon as I saw this festive photo shoot, complete with real life reindeer, I knew I had to share it. With Christmas just around the corner (less than a week to go!) it made me feel all warm, snuggly and super, duper excited for the big day!
Photographer Kellee Quinn from the south west of Scotland told me all about it. “Harelaw Farm was the perfect choice of venue (it’s where I’d get married if I hadn’t shimmied up the aisle with my husband already) and it also just happens to be next door to this new wedding venue (their first wedding is April 2017)…. a Reindeer Farm!! ‘Pogo’, who is in the shoot, is more like a pet and the owner of the biggest antlers I’ve ever seen.”