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A Halloween, Day of the Dead & Bonfire Night Themed Wedding: Jennifer & Ian

Jennifer & Ian were married on Halloween so their day had a distinct theme to fit the time of year. “We wanted the wedding to have all the components of a ‘normal’ wedding but be personal to us,” the bride told me. “We both love Halloween, Day of the Dead and bonfire night and so decided to incorporate all three into a super-theme!”

“We wanted to make as much as we could ourselves, and to make the day as relaxed and enjoyable for everyone else.,” she continued. “We wanted a bonfire with jacket potatoes and toffee apples. The rest of the wedding was built up around that.”

“I made most of the decorations myself, but had some help from my friend Sharon and my Mum on the tissue paper Mexican picado’s. They were very time consuming to cut as the designs I chose were very intricate! But they were well worth the effort as they transformed a traditional bland-ish room into a Mexican festival!”

The couple booked Hannah Millard to photograph their wedding after seeing her featured on Rock n Roll Bride. “Hannah was absolutely amazing, she breezed in at the crack of Dawn and it was like I had known her for years,” Jennifer said. “After talking to her over emails I knew we would get on as we share the same ideas and principles on photography and weddings! What I didn’t expect was for Hannah to integrate with everyone else so easily, and to be a constant reassuring comfort to me throughout the day. She was so unobtrusive and took spectacular shots of our day.”

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A Day of the Dead Art Gallery Wedding: Angie & Adam

Angie & Adam were married at Manchester Art Gallery, a fitting venue as the bride went to Manchester Metropolitan University to study art where she met her future husband. Angie wore a bespoke purple dress made for her by a friend who works in a theatre wardrobe department (currently with We Will Rock You!) They designed it together so Angie got just what she wanted.

The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. They entered their ceremony together. “We wanted to start as we mean to go on – together,” they explained. “We walked down the aisle holding hands and remained holding hands through the service. Also Angie’s a bit of a feminist and didn’t want to be given away.”

The reception had  Mexican/Day of the Dead Festival theme. They continued, “We wanted a colourful festival feel that would make the day fun for all our guests.  Also, we’re both creative people who like to get our hands dirty – so making the decorations was a must for us! Angie’s final exhibition for her art degree was also based around Mexican folk art and the day of the dead festival.”

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A Heavy Metal, Karaoke Party: Julia & Steve

Julia & Steve found their photographer Hannah Millard after seeing a feature on her on Rock n Roll Bride. It’s always so extra special to me to share weddings that my blog has ‘helped’ in some way and I’m really excited that this gorgeous couple were able to get such great wedding photographs because of Rock n Roll Bride. Happy face!

Hannah clearly agrees. “Woahhh,” she writes. “This wedding was just… wow. I mean. Just… OK, I’m having trouble putting it into words, it was just pure Rock n Roll. Julia & Steve are an awesome couple and they definitely know how to party. There was vodka and tattoo artists and rock band karaoke and Julia’s brother DOVE INTO A CAKE. It was amazing.”

The wedding was held at the University of Nottingham, where the couple had met when living in halls, almost exactly 10 years to the date of the wedding. It was also where Steve proposed in December 2010, by the frozen lake, so needless to say the location was a very special one to them. “It was awesome being able to hold the reception back in one of the halls of residence, as everyone was able to stay in the student rooms so it was just like old times for us and our friends from University,” Julia told me.

“Although our wedding followed the traditional format for the day, we just tried to make everything as personal as possible – we saw the day as the biggest chance we would ever get to celebrate with all our friends and family, and we just wanted the day to reflect all the various aspects of our personalities,” the bride continued.  “We also wanted to make sure that our guests felt relaxed and able to wear whatever they wanted, drink and eat as much as they liked and go a little bit crazy! We were very lucky in the sense that our families are both open-minded and so we didn’t have any pressure on us to do things by the book or in a certain way.”

“We took inspiration from a variety of places – ideas from festivals and award ceremonies we’d been to, plus Day of the Dead and skull themed websites and blogs. I think what maybe made us Rock n Roll was that we didn’t have a formal feel to the day, and tried to create an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere so that people could just have a really good time.We tried to focus our budget on things that we actually wanted at the wedding and things that would contribute to a big party atmosphere rather than things like chair covers, posh cars and silver service food.”

“We did as much as we could ourselves and cheaply – from making decorations to buying things from Etsy to getting a close friend to drive me to the ceremony instead of hiring a car. And by the end of the night there was stage diving a-plenty and crowd-surfing across the dance floor (by both the bride and groom, plus guests), which turned the disco into a pretty Rock n Roll affair! We are really lucky to have such amazing friends and family (some of whom are into the rock and metal scene, many not at all) who all really got into the spirit of the day.”

Putting their personal stamp on their wedding was clearly very important to the couple, and they also wanted their friends & family involved where they could be. So, the weekend of the Royal wedding, they hired a cottage and had a big ‘wedding DIY party’ to make all the decorations and favours.

The entertainment was one of the most important things to this couple. On the day, the couple hired a temporary tattoo artist to inject something different into the day – that’s not something you’d usually see at a wedding but I bet the guests were queuing up to have a go! They also had a rock karaoke band called One Night Standeoke who played in the evening.

“As the wedding had a ‘Rockstar’ theme we thought it would be awesome to let people unleash their inner rockstar on stage (especially me, as I love rock karaoke and will use any excuse to get up and sing),” Julia remembered. “It seems we had more people with inner rockstars at our wedding than we thought, including aunts and uncles who leapt at the chance. The DJs were friends of ours who are rock/metal DJs that we met through our involvement with Download Festival (where we had out joint hen and stag do’s!) and who were fortunately happy to play our whole, long range of song requests, from thrash metal to power ballads and Lady GaGa. The band and DJs were all awesome, and really helped create the party atmosphere we wanted.”

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Serena & Brent’s Day of the Dead/Hello Kitty Themed Wedding

A Day of the Dead and a Hello Kitty themed wedding?! Could Serena & Brent’s wedding be more perfect for Rock n Roll Bride if it tried?!

The bad news is that I don’t have any further info on the wedding, but they photos were just too awesome to not share and I’m sure you can get some awesome DIY ideas just by looking at what they created. I am literally dying over the Hello Kitty in the bouquet and her Tarina Tarantino jewellery. Classic bridal style?! Screw that!

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A Dia De Los Muertos Bridal Shoot

Jacqueline & Erik were the lucky models who got to play dress up with Michelle Logan of Urban Shutter Bug Photography. Jacqueline had this killer idea to have a shoot styled around the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). What might seem like a morbid theme to some, Dia De Los Muertos is in fact the exact opposite – it is a celebration to honour your loved ones who have passed.

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Carroll & Dan’s Detail-Heavy, Day of the Dead Plantation Wedding

Carroll & Dan were married in October at Walker’s Landing in the Amelia Island Plantation. The day was a celebration of their love for each other as well as their family and friends…and of course it goes without saying that the whole thing was styled to awesome perfection. Their day of the dead theme works SO WELL. I love it!

Bride Carroll told me all about their fabulous day “When we decided to get married, my husband and I knew it would be hard to plan a wedding that would be fun for all of the different types of people in our lives.  Our guests were amazingly diverse – many nationalities and ages – scientists, doctors, lawyers, military officers, government officials, corporate executives, athletes, bikers, artists, punk rockers, musicians, and construction workers.  It was important to try to make all our guests feel included by mixing traditional wedding elements with our own personal flair.  Although we wanted to have a wedding that was unique to us, we also wanted to have a wedding that respected the traditions and beliefs of both of our very different families.  We chose the Day of the Dead theme for a few reasons.  I was born in Mexico and, growing up, our house was filled with images of the holiday.  Also, we wanted to remember and honor our friends and family who have passed away.  For me, it was a particularly fitting way to pay homage to my father who passed away when I was young and to make sure that his memory was a significant part of our celebration.  Also, we got to put skulls on everything, which made us happy.”

“A lot of what we did was DIY and involved help from our friends.  A good friend did the artwork for our invitations.  I made most of the paper flowers with some help from another good friend and a bottle of wine.  My mom, some other dear friends and I also made the sugar skulls ourselves, which was a lot of fun.  We had temporary tattoos made to match the groom’s cake.  Also, my mom and step-dad bought some amazing Day of the Dead artwork in Santa Fe that we now have as decorations in our home.  In the reception area, there was a large fireplace that my mom and god-mother converted into a sort of shrine where we placed pictures of our loved ones who are no longer with us.  It was a beautiful way to include their memories in our wedding day.  They also helped put together the centerpieces.  My mom also hand-stamped the programs with a rubber stamp that she bought in Santa Fe.  Three of our friends volunteered to be the DJs, and with no experience at all, they did a fantastic job – way better than any professional could ever have done.   It was so important to us to have friends and family involved in each aspect of the wedding.”


“Even when we brought in outside help, we tried to keep things personal and unique to us.  Joi Mahon of Dress Forms Design Studio made the dress and bolero jacket.  I cannot say enough good things about her.  Although we never met in person, the dress fit perfectly and was everything that I had hoped for.  She listened to all of my wishes and made the dress of my dreams.  She is unbelievable and such a pleasure to work with.”

“We had Dottie at Chez Lezan Bakery make our cake.  We have been huge fans of hers for years and it was wonderful to have her involved in our wedding.  The cake was perfect. Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist did some unbelievable flower arrangements.  We pretty much gave her free reign and she exceeded all of our high hopes.  The flowers arrangements were totally breathtaking.  The bouquets were amazing too.

And, above all out photographers were AWESOME.  Ashley and Greg and Brooke Images were the best possible choice.   There were the perfect mix of fun a professional and I would recommend them to anyone! All in all, the day was perfect.  And so is my husband.  I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.  It was worth all of the headaches and stress to have a day that made me feel so loved and grateful.”

Aww I love them! Be sure to also check out their super cute day after sesh!

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