Part of our mission statement here at Rock n Roll Bride is to inspire couples to plan the wedding that they really want, in an industry that’s dictated around tradition – an industry that does its’ utmost to convince you that to get married you need to have the expensive dress, the biggest cake, the most raucous party. While there’s absolutely no shame in having these things on your wedding day if that’s what you want, that’s the key part in all of this – being a rock n roll bride is all about planning a day that reflects you and your partner and declaring your love in your own special way.
These shots of Eugene and Veronica, captured by Katherine Bree Walker are the antithesis of all that STUFF – no fuss, just two lovers having a whale of a time being their truest selves. You can’t get more Rock n Roll Bride than that!
Do you know what truly makes a perfect rock ‘n’ roll wedding? Two people, choosing to share their love and say their vows in their own way, and that’s exactly what Isa and Fernando did when they married in October. They chose Gold Ridge in Valley of Fire to tie the knot, hiring Cactus and Lace to create their perfect ceremony set up.
The night before they stayed at The Cosmopolitan Hotel with a few of their loved ones, but the ceremony itself was just for them. “We knew we didn’t want to be the centre of attention”, began the bride. “We are definitely introverted extroverts. When we feel comfortable we come out of our shell, but we like our privacy and want to have an intimate moment between the two of us. We just wanted to focus our attention on each other and make the moment special.”
“We started with traditional vows followed by our own personal vows. We both worked with a private jeweller, Rising Sun Apotheca, to create a special memory jar necklace so that we could collect some sand from the vow location. So, after personal vows were said, we collected the sand from under our feet and scooped it into the jar followed by a prayer from our officiant. After that we went on to our first kiss followed by an even more special first hug with sweet whispers of I love you.”
Theme wise, they found is tricky to narrow it down loving boho, rock ‘n’ roll, glam and desert vibes – so, in the end, they combined them all! “We decided we wanted to take all of our favourite things from each theme and create something we would cherish forever”, said the bride. “This is where we learned we had picked the right wedding planners and photography team. They took so many idea calls with us to help us determine what we wanted for our special day.”
They chose the Valley of Fire for their ceremony spot because they wanted to be out in nature. “Rachel from Cactus and Lace created a stunning custom moon arch for us and complemented it perfectly with a boho mix of flowers.”
Isa and Fernando have no regrets about how they got married, and because the splashed on great photos and video (their biggest single cost), their friends and family still got to feel like they were a part of the day, even though they couldn’t be there in person. In fact, the only thing they’d go back and change now would have been to bring the left over cake back with them to their hotel room! “It’s so simple, but when we ended the day we really wanted some more cake in our hotel room!”
“Be gracious to your vendors”, the bride concluded. “Our favourite thing that we did throughout our entire wedding was give back to our vendors. We were so thankful that they were willing to go through 2020 with us and still give us the best day ever that we spent a lot of time preparing thank you gifts for our teams. We purchased custom logo signs for our photography team and wedding planning team. And for our officiant, his wife is a foodie like us, so we bought them a waffle maker because they got married the month before us and we found their registry. Remember they are doing so much for you – so show them the appreciation they deserve!”
Karen and Monty originally wanted to have a destination wedding in Big Bend National Park, however in the end they decided the location would make everything too complicated and stressful. Instead, they bought the desert vibes to Fort Worth! They had elements of the desert with terracotta vases, leather and cacti and added a boho twist.
“The beginning inspiration was the colours of the high desert in far west Texas in the Big Bend area”, Karen told us. “We also wanted to use local vendors that we went to a lot like Salsa Limon and El Fenix for our dinner and dessert. From there, we chose things that had meaning to us or that we both liked and it all came together.”
Emmanuelle and Terence had originally planned to get married at her parents house in Canada. With the global pandemic, it was impossible to have their families reunited and keep all their guests safe, so they decided to push back the family and friends wedding and elope. After three-years long distance, the couple decided that they couldn’t wait any longer to get married and live together. They now reside in Delaware with Emmanuelle’s son, their pet cat and newly adopted puppy. The most important thing for them was being together as a family.
Inspired by the wonderful red and cream colours, they chose Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas for their July elopement. Being long distance, the couple employed Cactus Collective Weddings to handle the whole thing, from photography to planning, location scouting to florals.
Due to the big fat C-word, Jen and Mike’s music festival-themed Lake Tahoe wedding had to be pushed back to 2021. But, like so many other couples in the same boat, they didn’t want to wait to be married so they decided to head to Vegas with a small group of friends and family for some classically Vegas nuptials.
The couple actually met while Mike was on a road trip and so, living 1,700 miles apart, they did the long distance thing for the first three years of their relationship. They would drive the sprawling desert drive that linked them to visit each other so it was rather fitting that they had a desert ceremony in the end.
Hollie and Ollie had always discussed how they imagined their wedding day, even before getting engaged, so they hit the ground running when Ollie proposed. “We always knew we wanted a one-time wedding,” the bride explained. “Neither of us are very comfortable with being the centre of attention and we also felt very protective of our ceremony. It felt sacred and only wanted our closest friends and family there to witness it.”
They decided that a destination wedding would be the easiest way to keep things intimate. Once they’d decided this, they knew it had to be the desert. “Red rocks and cactus’ are what our dreams are made of! We also love 70s style and country music so we wanted to incorporate all of this into our day!”