Pia and Chris met through their mutual love of Rock n Roll, when they were both using the same recording studio. Pia ended up joining Chris’ band and they’ve been playing together ever since.
They got engaged on Valentine’s Day and the very next day they found out she was pregnant! They began by trying to plan a big family wedding, with guests from New Zealand (where Chris is from) and the US (where Pia is from) travelling over to the UK (where they now live) but it all proved quite difficult and stressful with a baby on the way. In the end they decided to throw tradition completely out the window and to elope. This also negated the issue of having a religious ceremony. With the bride’s family being Hindu and the groom’s, Christian, they would have probably ended up needing two ceremonies to keep everyone happy, which they really did not want. So, with Pia seven months pregnant they flew to Vegas and were married by Elvis instead!
“Our wedding had a retro and 1970s feel with an old school Vegas vibe”, Pia said. “We are very inspired by the fashion, music and the general feeling of the 1970s so this inspired our wedding too. I love looking at old, classic weddings photos of Mick and Bianca Jagger, Priscilla and Elvis, John and Yoko and the final scene in The Graduate. I also love pictures of the Beatles in India and wanted to bring in some of those elements and my family’s traditions in with the Hindu garlands and the bindi.”
Their ceremony was held at The Graceland Chapel which they followed by taking photographs around the city with their photographer Ashley Marie Myers, ending the night with a private dinner for two at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains.
It’s not often a wedding literally stops me in my tracks but as soon as Emma and Ian’s Las Vegas wedding landed in my inbox I was OBSESSED. Their email read, “Dear Kat, we got married at The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas on September 21st. The bride is Emma, a funeral director, the groom is Ian, a musician and artist. We had planned a holiday visiting friends in Vegas and thought it was the perfect opportunity for a quiet, intimate ceremony… Oh and the groom is a crossdresser and insisted on having a dress too.”
My mind is blown! How incredible do they both look? How perfect is that location? More importantly how is it fair that Ian rocks those shoes better than most women I know!? I shared a sneak peek on Instagram and you guys clearly agreed with me (because of course you did, you’re all rad AF). I needed to know more about their love story and their wedding immediately.
“We met at the Larmer Tree Festival, a lovely festival on the Dorset/Wiltshire borders, England”, Emma explained, “Ian is one half of The Antipoet, a punk poetry/comedy act that are a regular fixture at the festival. I am part of the arts team for the festival and so was managing the Spoken Word Stage. The first couple of years that we met, Ian was not single and so we shared nothing more than a polite working relationship – in truth, I thought him very attractive and he failed to notice me! Then, in 2016, we were both single and we found that we had a fair bit in common and once Ian realised I was both a funeral director and trapeze artist, he became much more interested!”
As they were already going to Vegas to visit friends, they opted for a ceremony at the famous Neon Boneyard while they were out there. It suited them perfectly as they wanted something fuss-free where they could totally be themselves – and where better for that than Vegas!? “There was no theme for the wedding”, she continued. “Neither of us actually wanted a traditional ‘wedding’, we just wanted to be married and asked people to just be as comfortable as they wanted to be.”
Robyn and Ash were legally married in Vegas at the Chapel of the Flowers but they wanted to host a big party when they got back to Yorkshire for all their family and friends. The party had a really low key, retro and kitsch vibe, hosted at their local community centre. The flowers came from a local flower market, the cakes were from various supermarkets and the stationery was made by the bride. Instead of a fancy meal they served wood-fired pizza and the night ended with – who else? – an Elvis impersonator!
“We were inspired by our favourite Las Vegas hotel, The Flamingo!” explained Robyn. “So the party was flamingo, tropical and retro themed. We also included nods to our combined love for anything colourful and mid-century inspired.”