Manda and Harry didn’t have one specific wedding theme, they brought lots of things that they love into the mix. “Our wedding was a combination of VW Campervans, the 1950s, festivals, geekiness, colour, food, foxes and a hearty dollop of glitter!” said the bride, “We also wanted to use local produce, local flowers, and local vendors because we love Somerset and wanted to celebrate it too.”
The couple were married at Glastonbury’s town hall, “The main hall where our ceremony was held was so beautiful it didn’t need any extra decor. There were also all these amazing hanging baskets surrounding the entrance: when we left the building as Mr and Mrs Steele we felt like we were in a film.”
The reception was held in a circus inspired striped marquee next to a big pink house, “The house was filled with quirky furnishings and the chequerboard floor hallway to our rooms gave off a very ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vibe” she continued. “I love Volkswagens ALMOST us much as I love Harry (maybe more when he’s out of earshot), so a VW Campervan presence at the wedding was a must. When our guests arrived at the reception they were greeted by the Cream Tease Bus serving massive homemade scones and damn fine coffee. Later, we had a second VW Campervan serving ice cream.”
Usually, it’s the bride that steals the show on a wedding day, but Andy wasn’t going to let Emma get all the attention. His custom made, patchwork suit is a sight to behold! Bespoke dressmaker Carol Burrows (no website, call: 07960040248) made it, as well as the bride and bridesmaid’s dresses.
The July wedding was informal and influenced by the couple’s love of festivals. “We wanted the day to be colourful and happy!” said the Emma. “We wanted something that was personal and represented us as individuals, hence Andy’s suit. He likes to wear bright shirts. The festival theme reminded us of our favourite festival (Cropredy) with that laid back, chilled out feel.”
They wanted a laid back wedding with lots of food and drink, so Kara and Ash planned a festival inspired wedding for July. They had a small budget, but with a help and ideas from Rock n Roll Bride and Pinterest they were able to pull of a wonderful and really personal wedding.
“The day was about US!” began Kara. “It’s a day about our commitment to each other and we both just love a get together with good food, drinks galore and live music…so we figured we’d bring it to Scarborough with our friends and family. The thing we loved about our wedding was that it wasn’t just us that had fun – our guests really enjoyed it too.”
As transport, Kara’s mum drove the bride in her father’s old Haulage vehicle. “We had lots of unique details that were personal to us” she continued, “but one of the best was the vehicle that took me to the registry office. It was my grandfather’s and I was driven by my mum. It was taking its final delivery that day and it was a very memorable moment for both of us.”
They were married at Ridge Farm in Sussex and had a wedding that felt quirky, fun and full of love. Tamsyn and Tom served pizza at dinner, tacos during the evening and decorated the tables with kitschy figurines that they’d collected from charity shops themselves.
The inspiration for our wedding was the venue”, Tamsyn explained. “Once we found it, that played a huge part into how we visualised the day. I had initially thought I would go for something very different than the one we ended up falling in love with. We had both initially really liked the idea of having a winter wedding at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, which is a venue that we’ve been to see various shows at frequently. But then as soon as we stepped foot on Ridge Farm, we both just fell completely in love with it and ran with an outdoor Summer wedding instead!”
“We didn’t have a particular set theme, but we used a LOT of lampshades in our decorations. We also themed our tables around songs we love, and then bought kitschy bits and pieces from charity shops and car boot sale to fit the songs. For example, one of our tables was Love Cats, which we decorated by loads of cat figurines. We were quite picky about which bits to buy, favouring figurines that made us laugh, so the whole buying process took about a year to complete.”
Jon and Rach were married in June in their own back garden in Queensland. They both love being outdoors and they wanted to create a relaxed gathering so their friends and family were able to stand and mingle with each other all day.
“The theme of our wedding reflected who we are”, said the bride. “Opening up our home and backyard to all our family and friends was important to us. We wanted everyone to feel the same vibes we feel when we are in our home. The inspiration was literally a vision all in my head that came together.”
Today’s wedding is pretty darn special because it’s my sisters!!! It’s also featured inside the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but as the new issue goes on pre-sale tomorrow (eek!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share it online as well. I really wanted show you a lot more of the photos that we weren’t able to fit into the magazine spread.
You’d think that when your big sister is the editor of Rock n Roll Bride, planning your wedding should be pretty straight forward. But Rachel and Jamie didn’t want an ordinary or simple day, they wanted something creative, magical and completely homemade.
“The inspiration for our wedding was all the festivals we love to go to – Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown”, Rachel explained. “I’ve been going to festivals every year since I was 13 and Jamie goes to at least two or three every summer! When we got engaged, we instantly knew that we wanted our wedding to feel like being at a festival.”
Both lovers of bright colours and music, Jennie and Euan’s wedding reflected both of these things. “We basically wanted to have an amazing fun time party where everybody couldn’t stop dancing and stayed up all night”, explained the bride.
The wedding was held at Cambo Estate in St Andrews. “From the beginning we knew we wanted to make the celebration last as long as possible so we wanted to find a venue where as many of our friends and family could stay for the full weekend. Cambo was perfect because it has room for 50 people to stay with more space for camping.”
Christine and Timo were married in Aschaffenburg in northwest Bavaria, Germany. The wedding was mostly held outdoors and had a hippy, boho and festival vibe.
“We were inspired by music festivals, especially the Castle Festival in Holland which could be described as a pagan, live action role-playing game and fantasy festival”, said the bride. “Our invitations were made to look like festival tickets and we gave each guest a wristband.”
The ceremony was pagan, and included rituals for each of the four elements. “We had a free open-air wedding ceremony with hay bales for seating which were covered with colourful blankets. The wonderful Simone Pfundstein lead the ceremony and said many personal things about us. The highlight was the ritual of the melting of the rings, which were frozen in ice to symbolise the element of water. We then planted a symbolic tree to represents the earth, used torches for fire, and finally ignited an incense burner for air.”
When my sister Rachel and her now husband Jamie booked Camera Hannah to shoot their wedding on July 2nd, they knew they also wanted her to make them a video. Its rare to find a wedding photographer that offers both, so they really lucked out! Wedding photos are so special, but there’s just something extra super duper amazing about being able to watch some of those wedding moments back.
Hannah sent over the finished film this morning and I just could not wait to share it with you – so I’m doing so right away! Now I might be biased, but this might just be the most beautiful wedding video I’ve ever seen!
Polly and Joe’s wedding is so gorgeous and extra special because both of them have Down’s Syndrome. With the help of their family and their 200 guests, they had the most magical celebration of their dreams! They were married in May at Brewerstreet Farmhouse in Surrey.
“We met 8 years ago when we were both students at Central Sussex College and were instantly attracted to each other”, explained Polly. “We wanted to achieve a festival feel for our wedding that our guests would be excited to be going to.”
“The main things that made our wedding different are that we both have Down’s Syndrome. Also we had a unicorn throne to sit on which was the most amazing talking point of the day! We also had the Rat Pack Boys as singing waiters and they brought the house down with their antics. We had a family band in the afternoon which got the whole thing going too – everyone dancing chatting and having a good time.”
Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.
“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”
They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”