Jackie and Hondo wanted a moody, romantic wedding but with no rules or traditions. They referenced Rock n Roll Bride magazine for inspiration throughout their planning process and felt so inspired by looking at everyone’s creativity and non-traditional themes.
The day was held at The Art Factory, a historic loft space, in Paterson, NJ. “I always pictured an all-black wedding and we both wanted a non-traditional space”, Jackie told us. “Our inspiration stemmed from doing what WE liked, and not what was ‘expected. We would describe our theme as moody, romantic and ‘evil boho’!”
The Greatest Showman was a big inspiration for Jenn and Sean’s Pittsburgh wedding. They took vintage carnival elements, mixed it with a black and red gothic aesthetic and created magic! They even had circus performers at both the ceremony and reception. Stilt walkers acted as flower girls and when they said ‘We do’, a fire breather blew out a big fireball!
“Even though it was December, we really wanted an outdoor ceremony so we offered warm drinks and had people come outside right before the ceremony was set to begin,” Jenn told us. “The ceremony went beautiful. Since Sean has two kids from previous relationships and I do as well, we did a lighting of the Yule Log to signify our families becoming one. Stilt Walkers threw flower pedals and we had a juggler and a fire breather as well.”
Kate and Chris were lucky enough to win their wedding though a giveaway! Together with their suppliers they then planned the wedding for a year. They wanted something a little bit mystical, gothic and glam and wanted to use lots of black as well as other darker colours. They had crystal balls, potion bottles and books as part of the décor. They also used a lot of black lace as well as vintage table wear.
The day began slowly and quietly with the couple getting ready together in their AirBnB which they rented for the weekend. They exchanged cards and small gifts as Kate’s son, Adrien, and niece, Quinn looked on.
Kate wore a v-neck dress with a leather jacket and went for a glam make-up look to match. Chris wore a simple all-black ensemble which really popped against the fresh layer of snow that had fallen earlier in the week.
MaryAnn and Braden got married on the beach at Cape Hatteras on December 9th 2020. It was an intimate elopement which was very much inspired by Rock n Roll Bride. “You guys inspired us so much while we were planning”, the bride told us. They also played homage to their love of adventure and the colours of the night’s sky. They used a lot of blue, purple and silver to give the look of both the starry night sky and the ocean, and used wintery textures in the florals.
Their wedding date was exactly four years from the anniversary of their first date and their first date definitely inspired the wedding. They started the day by driving to the beach together in their Jeep which the florist bride had decorated with flowers, “The Jeep is very special to me and has been in our family for years. Most of our first date took place driving around in the Jeep!”
“I am a florist so flowers are a huge part of my life! We specialise in unique and fun arrangements and it was so fun to get to do my own flowers after years of helping other brides bring their vision to life.”
If pastels and glitter aren’t really your vibe, if you’d prefer to going over to the dark side for your wedding day, then a gothic themed wedding is going to be right up your street. First and foremost, you’ve probably considered your outfit, and as well as finding your perfect unconventional dress, the accessories you choose to go with will make or break your vision.
Whether you’re going full-on vampire, or just adding a touch of goth to the proceedings, we know you’re going to love these Rock n Roll Bride approved, goth-loving suppliers!
The story of Carbickova Crowns began 30 years ago in eastern Slovakia. When designer Anna was a small child, her parents started making rosaries by hand. She would steal glass beads from them and make sun decorations for windows. Today, she still loves symbols of the universe: the sun, moon and stars, and likes to weave them throughout her incredible creations. Together with her husband, she produces crowns for goddesses from their studio in the north of the Czech Republic.
Their halo crowns are made of filigree, pearls, jewellery components and minerals. The crowns are made with love, positive energy and carry authentic their handwriting. Khloe Kardashian is even a past customer!
“It will be a great honour for us to make the crown for your special occasion”, Anna writes. “We love to stand out from the crowd and we know that you too.”
Holly Winter Couture
Holly Winter Couture is a bijou bridal design and dressmaking house specialising in styles a little off the beaten bridal track. With an atelier on the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders, the brand has created made-to-measure masterpiece dresses, separates, jumpsuits and veils for hundreds of brides around the world. Part of the ‘slow fashion’ revolution, lead designer and dressmaker Holly Winter and her team make every piece made to order.
Holly Winter Couture’s ethereal embroidered veils are legendarily beautiful – have you seen the collection of moon-phase veils on her website!? She spent much of lockdown designing and making FREE wedding dresses for NHS brides who had postponed their weddings because of Covid-19. What a babe!
Holly says, “My brides know their own style and what works for them and don’t find it in traditional boutiques. Whether the result features innovative sculptural silhouettes, bespoke embroidery or unexpected flashes of colour, I start with how each bride wants to feel when she sets foot on the aisle and then uncover the individual elements that will make that a reality. It’s a very intimate, holistic process playing with beautiful fabrics, wild ideas and lots of brainstorming and chats over cups of tea. Lots of tea.”
Like a lot of couples last year, Dacey and Josh decided to push their large celebration until it was safe for everyone, but as they really wanted to get married on Halloween, they decided to elope with just their wedding party instead. “We really wanted to get married on Halloween as it was the first one with Blue Moon in around 70 years. It upset some family, but it also meant I was able to have my best friend with me before she moved abroad,” the bride told us. “In the end we knew we made the right choice.”
Choosing a cabin in Fairplay, Colorado as their base, the couple formed their aesthetics around Persephone in the Underworld – a little bit spooky, a lot beautiful, and above all else – ’till death do us part! Dacey chose a black lace gown from JJ’s House, a steal because it wasn’t a traditional wedding dress, and paired it with an ethereal halo crown from Carbickova Crowns.