We love to celebrate love on Rock n Roll Bride, which is why it’s so nice to see alternative vow renewals as well as original ceremonies on here too. Jenny and Alan’s is no different – on the 30th December 2016, they took to Venice with their four children to renew their vows (made on New Year’s Eve 1991!) and looked every inch the gorgeous pair. Their inspiration was “25 years of marriage, four fabulous children, amazing city celebrations, and setting the tone for our future…”
“Our four sons flew into Venice on the morning, so we had not seen them before the ceremony. We had to trust they had arrived and been whisked from the airport on time!” Jenny remembers. “As everyone else disappeared we walked slowly up the stairs of Ca Segrado, which they’d lined with candles. The sound of Italian opera could be heard as we got to the doors of the reception room which was flooded with sunshine and we couldn’t see the boys. Then I caught sight of the peak of my youngest son’s hat (he has a Peaky Blinders look going on!) Both Alan and I were really overcome at that point with emotion and we said it felt like we were getting married for the first time. We hugged the children in turn and then sat on our chairs at the front.”
Valeria (the bride) and Nicola’s (the groom) Victorian gothic wedding was held at the impressive Villa il Poggione in Fauglia, Italy. The venue was decked out in medieval regalia which suited their theme perfectly.
“I would call our theme Victorian Gothic with a pinch of Steampunk, Game of Thrones and a medieval atmosphere”, began Valeria. “After we bought our clothing, we decided to turn the wedding into a themed one! We thought that it could be original and funny for everybody. We chose the Victorian Gothic simply because it was the style of our clothing and we love the style of this period. Fortunately, we have fantastic relatives and friends, so almost all the guests accepted the challenge. It’s very cool to see our wedding pictures with people in themed clothing. We didn’t expect this great participation, so we were pleasantly surprised!”
Their ceremony was held at the end of a dramatic red carpet, in the courtyard of the villa. “We were legally married the day before with just a couple of witnesses”, she explained. “So we decided to make our villa ceremony into OUR ceremony. We chose the red carpet instead of the classic white one in order to give a gothic touch. We wanted a simple, brief, romantic and original ceremony, so we decided to use some quotes from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings between the classic script. The wedding march was played by Brian May and Queen because I had always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a song played by a rock guitar. Even the end of the ceremony exit was accompanied by a revisiting of the classic wedding theme in a power metal style.”
Diana and Jason had already booked a month long holiday to Europe together, when a friend suggested the idea of eloping. Straight away they knew it was perfect for them! Neither of them wanted a huge middle-eastern wedding (which is the tradition in Diana’s family) so their month long holiday turned into a pre and post wedding honeymoon!
Their wedding theme was Victorian chic, with gothic accents, particuarly in Diana’s amazing black dress. “We were inspired by our love for Morticia and Gomez Addams,” explained Diana, “Their love is fierce, passionate, and eccentric. They are the ultimate couple.”
Their ceremony was held in Scaglieri Castle on Lake Garda. “We arrived in a BMW to the cobble streets of Malcesine. We walked up to the castle where many locals and tourists began clapping, taking photos and kindly congratulating us. It was quite fun as we felt like celebrities! The ceremony was located on the terrace of the castle, overlooking beautiful lake. We reached the castle steps, and waited for our aisle song to begin. In Australia, the bride walks down the aisle to reach her fiancé, but in Italy, we both walked down the aisle together. It was a lovely moment as we felt it represented walking into our new journey through life together.”