If you’ve picked up a copy of my book, then you may recognise Dafna and Eylon as their Las Vegas elopement is one of the real weddings featured inside. I LOVED those images and their story so much! Although they always wanted to get married in Vegas, they also wanted to celebrate with their loved ones back home in Tel Aviv, so it was the perfect excuse to have for a second wedding. The day was held at Bascula, a cultural arts centre that is home to a circus.
You are going to LOVE this wedding. The couple got ring finger tattoos during the ceremony, the groom wore a red veil and they partied so hard someone broken their arm! Now THAT my friends, is Rock n Roll!
“We named our wedding FESTILOVE, a celebration of Rock n Roll, art and of course love”, explained Dafna. “Originally we wanted a Halloween wedding, but had to accommodate our family from abroad so we scheduled it in December during Christmas vacations. Since we couldn’t separate completely from our Halloween fantasy, the design featured a lot of skulls, spiderwebs and endless amounts of red roses and hearts. Accordingly, we asked the guests to follow a red and black dress code.”
Nicky and Anthony both love animals and wanted them to be a big feature in their wedding day, but without being too novelty or like a kids party. The settled on circus animals and styled everything with a grungy feel in mind to achieve an enchanted, overgrown aesthetic.
With Nicky’s background in model design and special effects, the couple knew that they wanted to design and make as many decorations as they could for their day. They designed all the illustrations, including the bottom layer of the cake, all the stationery and signage. Nicky sculpted and cast the 3D elephant and zebra pieces used throughout their decor. They made the welcome arch, the laser cut 3D animal wedding favours and circus tent boxes for name places. They even covered the venue in ivy and inflated tons of red balloons for their elephant centrepieces to hold.
Adam and Katie met when Katie’s friend swiped right for him on her behalf on Tinder. “I turned up to our first date wearing pom-pom shoes, a pineapple shaped handbag and a striped pinafore dress – I wanted to be clear on what he was letting himself in for!” laughed Katie. When it came to planning their wedding, they used just one form of inspiration; Rock n Roll Bride magazine, of course!
“I actively avoided Pinterest and other wedding magazines as I didn’t want to replicate anything anyone else had done before, but Rock n Roll Bride gave me the reassurance to just do us! I wanted our day to reflect everything Adam and I loved, and really encourage the fun in it all!”
Their starting point was their love for Felixstowe and the seaside, which developed into a crazy, carnival and funfair themed extravaganza. There we no rules, if they saw something they liked, they bought it – inflatable dinosaur, check! Winnie the Pooh Balloon, check! Ice cream honeycombs, check! Inflatable seagulls – double check!!
“When we were decorating the venue, I kept yelling to everyone ‘remember – unicorn vomit is the vibe!’” laughed Katie. “As my dad put up the hundredth lantern he tentatively suggested that that might be enough, and my reply was ‘it will never be enough; more, more, more!”