I love my Filipino readers. This tiny island has been full of Rock n Roll Bride fans pretty much since I began the blog which totally blows my mind. I’ve never visited, but I’m sure one day I will… I can’t wait to meet all those awesome like-minded peeps! I love getting submissions from The Philippines too – not least of all because they always sign off with ‘more power to you!’ which I love, but also because their weddings are damn cool. Obviously Ray & Yan’s submission was no exception – as soon as I saw that dress, which was hand painted by the bride’s mother, I melted into a pool of wedding lust heaven.
This couple were married in Ray’s parent’s back garden. The wedding was personal, DIY and laid back – just like the pair themselves. “Our story started way back during our college days”, the bride began. “Over a couple of beers we talked about music, arts and everything in between. That’s when we started to fall in love. It all happened one October, which is why we chose to have our wedding in this month. We usually celebrate our anniversary for the whole month actually but after 5 years together we decided to marry and we called the wedding ‘October Lovefest’. We are both music & nature lovers. We would love to travel back in time to attend a real Woodstock Festival! Music festivals as such don’t happen very often here in the Philippines, so we decided to make our own for our wedding. We even asked our friend’s bands to come and play for us.”
Oh Anna Hardy you do have a way with that camera of yours. A way that makes everything dreamy and beautiful and cool all at the same time… although to be fair, I think you had it pretty easy with Beth & Jonny, like, how totally smokin’ are these two!? And Beth’s second dress by the epic Delphine Manivet is AMAZING. I love me that high collared cape thingy!
The wedding took place in Yorkshire in June. They had an informal registry office wedding in the morning with just a handful of their nearest and dearest, then got changed and had a big Glastonbury themed ceremony & reception with all their friends and family. As devoted Glastonbury goers, Beth & Jonny chose the weekend that the festival should have been on this year so that all their future anniversaries can be celebrated there!
“Originally we wanted to marry in the woods, and have a tipi reception in a field”, began the bride. “This turned out to be seriously and surprisingly expensive, and finding a field for rent in the north of England was pretty much impossible. When we went to see the venue at Broughton Hall it was a miserable day to say the least, but even in the rain, the place looked awesome.”
Festival and tipi weddings have been big in 2012… like huge. Like they’re the wedding trend that just won’t quit. And that not necessarily a bad thing, because hell, who doesn’t love a festival and camping and toasting marshmallows over an open fire?
When Amy & Chris set to planning their July wedding, they decided that the groom’s family home, Laskey Farm in Thelwall, was a more than perfect spot. After a humanist ceremony performed by Kate Gee came a various bands and performances with the evening being rounded off with a silent disco!
“Our ceremony was totally unique because of the lack of legal and religious stuff every minute of it was about us”, explained the bride. “My sister and I read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII in English and Spanish which sounded amazing even though I couldn’t understand what she was saying! My cousin Tom, who’s an actor, read a ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ which I’d chosen as a surprise for Chris because we tease him about looking like an owl! His friend Tom played some Beatles songs for the beginning and end of the ceremony, and in the middle we had an ‘alternative hymn’ – The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which worked really well, everyone joined in and sang along! We both felt quite strongly about being atheist and not having a church wedding, so after a little research we found Kate Gee, a humanist celebrant and all round fantastic lady. She totally understood the way we felt about our wedding and took lots of time to get to know us both so that she could write and talk about us in detail and on a personal level throughout the ceremony. It was the ultimate way to personalise our wedding! She suggested the handfasting involving the colourful ribbons and it worked beautifully – we tied the ribbons to random chairs and at the end of the ceremony anyone with a ribbon was asked to come up and tie it around our hands, and wish us well. My mum had stitched my buttons from the collection I’d inherited from my Nana to the ends of the ribbons to weigh them down so that they hung beautifully and didn’t get tangled in the wind; after the ceremony we tied them into a tree on the lawn.”