Dating long-distance for 10 months, Helene and Katie planned a unique wedding that brought them even closer as a couple. Surrounded by llamas, alpacas and with a treehouse ceremony, they fulfilled their dreams to have a ‘Magical AF’ day.
“Planning our wedding connected us as a couple”, they explained. “It showed how well suited we are for each other because we wanted the same things and were easy-going and flexible in our decisions.”
Helene and Katie chose to undertake all the planning themselves, but were surprised at the time commitment required. Helene told us, “We wish we’d have known how time intensive it was going to be to pull the wedding together ourselves. We still wouldn’t have used a planner, I don’t think that would’ve saved much time because the amount of decisions to be made are the same, and that adds managing another person to the list.”
Taking place just a few days after their tenth anniversary, Madeleine and Paul escaped to Cedar Forest Lodge at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Tennessee with their friends and family. They wanted the day to be a celebration not only of their new marriage, but of their lives together so far. With pizza, balloons and plenty of trees, they spent the day doing exactly what they wanted.
Maddie told us, “We decided to both get ready together and to walk each other down the aisle. We were able to honour our parents and friends by including them in other moments of the day, but felt that we’d already been walking side by side throughout our entire relationship. Why wouldn’t we take this special walk together, too?”
In fact, Maddie’s dad was the officiant, witnessing the couple’s vows and reading a poem. He even took to the dancefloor later on with his daughter, both sporting light up sneakers and recreating the ‘Tequila’ dance from ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’!
Eleanor has dreamed of her perfect wedding day since she was little. Add to that Dean’s dream of an outdoor forest wedding, and Marthrown of Mabie in Scotland gave them the perfect location for their low-key hillside wedding weekend. On day one they had a pub quiz night, where they snuck off to have their secret ceremony under the stars and day two was spent on a hillside with incredible views over the Solway Firth and to the Lake District.
They were keen for the wedding to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and told us, “We used a lot of what the venue had already, and fitting in with the natural surroundings – gathering fern to decorate the marquee, and picking flora from the roadside to make my bouquet. The venue catered, and sourced everything locally, donating leftovers to a local animal shelter (except for the piles of it that our dog ate).”
Ookami and Tyler had a big budget, $100,000, and they went ALL OUT on their enchanted forest theme, even so far as constructing their own enchanted forest inside their venue with the help of the incredible GreenSinner team. The bride grew up working with exotic animals and in conservation, one of which were wolves. Her first name means wolf and is an animal trainer with focus in wolf/wolf-dog/dog and general canine education… So the wolf inspired addition to their theme was just perfect for them.
The bride helped custom designed her own outfit with Arlette’s Custom Bridal for the dress, and Amy Bakenkoya for her one-of-a-kind mask. “Everything about our wedding was custom designed, unique and brought to life by all parties involved”, Ookami told us. “It really brought you into a different world.”
If you are a photographer, or even if you just love the art of photography, read on because I have a sneaking suspicion you are going to go wild for these beautiful images, shot by Studio Fotografico Bacci.
Margot and Simone secretly eloped in Vallombrosa Forest in Tuscany on February 21st this year. “We just wanted just to celebrate our love, no party, no guests”, the bride, who is estranged from her family, told us. “The whole day was was very intimate. We had an exchange of vow and the rings. There were a lot of feelings and good vibes.”
Louise and Johan wanted their forest wedding to reflect the surroundings. They chose a neutral and natural colour palette of nudes, greenery and some black. They invested a big portion of their £180k budget on the flowers, decorations and hiring the incredible Blomboy, to bring it all together for them on the day. It was also really important to them to make sure they had the very best food and drink for their guests.
“We were inspired by the area and surroundings”, said the bride. “I must admit Johan and I developed this weird attraction to internet culture, such as Vaporwave, plantwave and Lo-Fi so we tried to incorporate various elements from the subculture through things such as pink rope lights, large monstera leaves and so on.”
Have you ever seen a wedding where they couple decorated the bathrooms!? Well, prepare yourself, because this one will blow your socks off!
Jimmy and Jonathan wanted their February wedding to be like nothing anyone had ever seen before. As the owners of their own wedding and event floral design house, GreenSinner, their wedding was NEVER going to be standard or low key. They called in all the favours from their friends and industry colleagues to pull off their dream day. They were married at North Park Lodge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The wedding was a true celebration of their love for each other and how much they are loved by everyone that knows them.
“The wedding was a collaboration and celebration of community over competition”, they began. “It took a village (four floral companies, two lighting companies, three caterers/bakeries and five rental companies) to make this happen. Of course, we ‘did our own flowers’ but this was not your average DIY wedding. Part of the magic of the venue was that YOU CAN STAPLE TO THE WALLS!”
The biggest consideration was the décor. They went ALL OUT and each room had its own theme and vibe. They went with the flow and picked all the over-the-top yet fabulous things that they loved. One room was dressed as a Bavarian opera house (lit entirely by candlelight), another a white circus tent (where they hosted the ceremony). The bar was dressed as a Victorian tiki lounge and another room was set up to look like a summer camp! They had a fortune teller closet (with a real fortune teller of course) and the bathrooms were transformed into enchanted forests.
Travis and Romey met five years ago, and were obsessed with each other from the moment they laid eyes on one another. It took a year for them to pluck up the courage to make a move, but once they did – the rest, as they say, is history!
Their focus for their wedding day was to choose what they liked, and to make their day unique to them. Their venue, Haycroft Farm, allowed for them to have their humanist ceremony in the beautiful pine forests on the grounds. It was performed by Romey’s sister, which made for an extra-special and emotional moment.
“The ceremony was my favourite part of the day,” said Romey. “Walking arm in arm with my dad through the forest to the clearing where our ceremony took place, was an amazing feeling. Then seeing all the people I love in one space, looking at me with smiles on their faces really filled me with so much joy. Finally, seeing my husband with tears rolling down his face at the end of the aisle absolutely so me off – I could barely get through reading my vows! It all felt like a dream.”
Brides wearing leather or denim jackets is nothing new (in fact I’d say it’s probably one of the ‘trends’ I see more than anything else these days!) So, when a bride is able to take something we see a lot, twist it on it’s head and make it 100% her own, well we are DOWN. That’s precisely what Gia did when she married Adam in August. She wore a quite traditional dress but added a twist of ‘her’ with her custom made jacket by Charlotte Hudson.
They decided that they wanted to elope and to take an epic Pacific Northwest road trip at the same time. They had their friend Yuriko Warden officiate the ceremony for them. It was just the three of them and their photographers there as witnesses. “Our good friend Yuriko lives in Trinidad, CA, near the Redwoods, and she has officiated ceremonies for a few of our friends, so it just happened organically”, Gia explained. “We were very inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Northern California. Getting married in the middle of a Redwood Forest, just the two of us, was amazing. So many couples get pressured into having a wedding that they never envisioned for themselves, and we were able to do it the way we wanted.”
Marjolaine and Julian’s first meeting was your classic love story – at a costume party. He was dressed as a pirate and she was dressed as a banana! “Whenever I think about it, it makes me laugh that Julian decided ‘Tonight I’m going to flirt with the girl dressed as a banana'”, laughed Marjolaine. He must’ve seen beneath her yellow exterior as they’ve been inseparable ever since.
They both live and work in the city, but their favourite past-time is getting lost in nature. Marjolaine was never the sort of girl who had big dreams of a wedding, but she did find herself following wedding blogs as she found the pictures so inspiring. When she stumbled upon photos of a couple who married in the middle of nowhere, alone, without guests, without an officiant – just them, nature and lot of love, she knew that this version of a wedding was one she could get on board with.
What struck us most about the beauty of this styled shoot is just how rare it is to see pregnant brides featured in mainstream bridal media – for the most part we’re still being served these virginal images of slim brides dressed in white, and obviously, at Rock n Roll Bride, we ain’t down with that.
Planned or unplanned, finding out you’re going to be pregnant on your wedding day – albeit super exciting! – can also add a whole new level of stresses and emotions to the proceedings, which can only be exasperated when you’re searching for inspiration and finding zilch that’ll fit your circumstances. What will my dress fit like? Should I try to make myself look ‘less pregnant’? do I have to act differently?!
When a wedding is described as “Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Lord of The Rings”, you know it’s going to be pretty unique, and Natalia and Steven’s day certainly lives up to this promise. They even dared guests to outdo the bride and groom within the realm of the ‘fancy dress’ theme they’d set!
Their “playful and ethereal fantasy forest” wedding theme was based on everything that Natalia and Steven enjoy together – like the fancy dress theme, which is crucial to how they got together. “We had mutual friends but we really bonded after meeting for Halloween and admiring each other’s fancy dress outfits”, the bride explained. “I was a voodoo witch doctor and he was a cross-dressing banana (I’ll leave that one to your imagination!) I admired his dedication to fancy dress and we started to discover how much we had in common – it quickly grew from there.”
Guests were encouraged to wear fancy dress from any era or any realm, so long as they dressed up, and seeing the guests’ amazing outfits made walking down the aisle even more special for the bride. It also meant the hotel manager came up to her about half an hour before the ceremony, exclaiming “YOU HAVE A UNICORN DOWNSTAIRS FOR YOUR WEDDING – I’VE NEVER HAD THAT BEFORE!” If that’s not the sign of a Rock n Roll Bride wedding, I don’t know what is!
Using a real couple in a styled shoot is always going to raise the game. As well as getting to see the artistic licence and creative freedom of the wedding suppliers involved, you also witness the mad love and the chemistry of the couple hitting you square in the eyes. It’s a heady combination, as this shoot proves.
Marie-Line and Amiel, along with photographer Julia Garcia-Prat and her assistant Soha Isaatafreshi, took to the beautiful location of Mount Royal, the triple-peaked, green and idyllic hill that is the heart of Montreal in Canada’s Québec province, with the aim of capturing magic.
Mount Royal itself is the inspiration for this shoot, said Julia. “A stroll on this urban mountain tells you so much about Montreal’s spirit, and it’s where people from all walks of life are meeting, exchanging and connecting – LARPers, TamTam drummers, runners, yogis, hippies, couples who come to canoodle, and the ones who just dig the sunset while reflecting on modern buildings.”