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A 1950s Rock n Roll Christmassy Wedding

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!”

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Bright, Colourful & Slightly Musical Manchester Wedding

Harriet and Martyn had a brightly coloured and slightly musical themed wedding in May. The day took place at Manchester University.

“We have been to a lot of weddings that were very much ‘off the shelf’ or too formal or disjointed”, began the bride. “We wanted a wedding where the guests had as good as a time as we did and where everyone felt comfortable, so our inspiration was everything we (and our friends) love.”

The bride’s mum made her dress from a 1950s pattern and Harriet made the bridesmaid dresses herself!. “We bought the fabric from at Walthamstow market and my mum made the dress”, she explained. “I never wanted a white dress that everyone else has. In total it cost me £70 (and that’s only because I bought two patterns as I couldn’t decide which style I wanted!) I made the bridesmaid dresses out of the same fabric but different styles so that they both felt comfortable as they were both very different shapes. That came to less than £30 for both of them. I made bowties for all the groomsman and the groom from the leftover dress fabric. I didn’t have a flower bouquet but instead had a large white pom pom made from lace and left over fabric from my mother-in-law’s veil.”

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Super Colourful Mexican Fiesta Wedding

When a couple cites the movie Up and Mexican fiesta vibes as inspirations for the feel of their wedding, you just know colour is going to be around in a big way!

Louise and Ross met in their local pub one Christmas Eve, and Louise thought he looked like the musician Ben Folds. Ross pursued the romance, however Louise said, “I well and truly friend-zoned him until around a year later when I realised I loved him more than a friend.”

Their summer wedding was at The Cloisters in Letchworth. Describing how they came up with the theme, Louise said, “We stressed for months over this one until we watched the film Up, with all the balloons in bright colours, and it occurred to us that the colours matched our bright bubbly personalities. The penny really dropped when we ate a Mexican inspired dinner and decided that a Mexican fiesta was the perfect idea for our big love day: Our love of Mexican food, a really good party and how the colours reflect us as individuals and as a couple! We got a lot of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride and Pinterest, and the rest was using our imagination!”

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Rustic, Elegant & Colourful Forest Wedding

Krystal and Nathan found the lead-up to their wedding full of difficulties, with even the morning itself being nerve-wrackingly filled with the threat of rain. However, the day turned out to be magical and full of colour, love, support and happiness. The bride said that their favourite part of the wedding was that, “We each got to marry our best friend.” Which is a surefire way to melt away any woes!

They were married at Oak Canyon Nature Center in the Anaheim Hills, California, a place that truly meant something to them, as the bride explains, “We actually have a history with the wedding venue. We have been hiking there since we first met. It felt natural to base our big day around this serene environment.”

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Nautical & Retro Wedding in Canada

Sarah and Drew wanted their wedding to really showcase where they grew up (and hosted their wedding): Newfoundland and Labrador. Although they had been living in Alberta for a number of years, they wanted their wedding to reflect their love of the most easterly province of Canada. “We had been living in Alberta for a number of years, and wanted our wedding to reflect our East Coast roots, so we included elements that evoked the island everywhere we could, “said Sarah. “The aisle was lined with rubber boots, we used a lobster trap as a card holder and the reception tables were named after Newfoundland communities. The head table was named Heart’s Content.”

“We also wanted the wedding to have a retro vibe, and that was reflected in the outfit choices. I wore a tea length, polka dot dress and the bridesmaids were in short, polka dot dresses with scalloped necklines from Lindybop. The groomspeoples’ suspender and polka dot tie combination matched us perfectly.”

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Industrial and Botanical Green House Wedding

Ellie, a florist, married Luke over the summer. They wanted their day to have both industrial and botanical elements and focused on DIY projects in order to keep things in budget. “Luke and I met at a Jamaican grill and rum shack via a mutual friend”, began the bride. “We both ordered the same meal: BBQ full rack of ribs and we knew from then it was meant to be!”

They were married on July 22nd at Langlands Garden Centre, York. “Our wedding theme was a combination of industrial and botanical. The raw metal beams of the green house mixed with a mass of mixed fresh foliage and trees, yes we wheeled real life trees into the venue. The inspiration came from our modern taste and love for the outdoors combined with my passion for all things natural, I am a qualified florist and I have worked in the industry for over four years. Nature’s movement, wildness and changing seasons inspire my work everyday so this was a big part of the vision. I had SO many visions! Too many! Thankfully my mother used to be a florist too and our friend Jo is a very talented one also so I made sure to get them on board.”

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