If this wedding doesn’t turn your frown upside down there just may be no hope for you. Looking at these sunshine-filled shots almost makes me feel like its actually summer outside.
The wedding in question belongs to Carmel and Killian who were married last July on Rosedew Farm in South Wales. “Our wedding was inspired by British summer fairs and picnics”, began the bride. “Luckily it was the best summer that we’ve seen in years as well so it was perfect! We love how much we did for ourselves, it was really hard work but it paid off in the end and everything just felt that little bit more special that we’d put our heart and soul into it all. Literally everything, even down to the napkins, was hand made.”
With a budget of £10,000 (although in reality they spent closer to £14,000) they saved lots of money by having the bride’s dad do the catering (what a champ!) They also saved on Carmel’s dress (a vintage find that was only £60!), by everyone doing their own hair and make up and by the bride making the bridesmaid dresses herself! Their cake that was gifted to them by friends and they made all the stationery and did all the flower themselves too.
With their careers in hospitality and production for the entertainment industry, Gemma and Howard know a thing or two about organising events. “Though to be honest it’s best not to think about it too much and just get on with it,” said Gemma, “otherwise you’ll end up curbing all your ideas and never realising your plans!”
And big plans they had for their wedding, as they wanted to create a celebration fit for their venue. Held in the landscaped grounds of Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, they were inspired by the Neo-classical mansions history, and channelled Georgian soirees, bacchanalian feasts and lovers trysts peppered with bountiful blooms, sequins and personal touches to help shape the feel of their day. They had the added gravitas that they are, and will be, the only couple in living memory to have been married at Berrington Hall as it’s a National Trust property; better have a party to end all parties, then!
Louise and Jack celebrated their marriage with a super lovely vegan picnic in the park with their little girl, and gave us all a masterclass in how you truly can have a day that’s only about you and your love.
“Our wedding theme was ‘Let’s do this thing and share our new family name’!” Louise explains. “We really just wanted to be married, to be husband and wife.” They went for a really basic, witnesses-only ceremony on a Tuesday afternoon at Cheltenham Registry Office – Louise says it took longer to fill out the paperwork than it did to get married! In their ceremony, Louise and Jack both changed their name, as they wanted “To share a name that meant so each of us, rather than just following tradition.”
Side note: How emotional was their first look? To be honest, how totally emotional are all of the Luna Palm Photography photos, and, of course, this beautiful video:
As she was seven months pregnant with their second child, Louise chose not to wear a dress, opting for a white multiway jumpsuit from Pretty Little Thing. Louise also took a glue gun to a simple flower crown from ASOS to make it suit her a little better.
Oh HEY beautiful colour, beautiful dress and beautiful people – what a treat this shoot is! Coordinated by Beth A Weddings and shot by Angela Ward Brown, this bright, relaxed elopement shoot was inspired by Hope Macaulay‘s incredibly colourful ‘Roman Goddess’ dress, and had a focus on young and up and coming talent. We dig.
“The ‘Roman Goddess’ dress by young designer Hope Macaulay is everything we hope that wedding dresses of the future will be,” Beth explains. “It’s full of colour, incredible design, beautiful embroidery and personal romantic touches – such as some of the most stunning landmarks Italy has to offer.”
It was styled with an oversized colour pop floral headdress by Rabbit and the Rose. They then built upon this bold and bright theme to make an intimate, stylish elopement with a super cool and super colourful vibe.
Most of the photo shoots you see featured on this, and other, wedding blogs will have had weeks, sometimes even months, of preparation. Coming up with a concept, pulling together a crack team of suppliers, finding a location and models, figuring out the perfect time to shoot… But not so for photographers Luisa and Bárbara who live in Portugal.
“Yesterday, a thought came to my mind”, Luisa emailed me on Thursday. “What if we could pull up a Halloween picnic wedding styled shoot in a day, and send it to Rock n Roll Bride?”
Working with friends in the Portuguese wedding industry, she then instantly went shopping, and started contacting friends who she thought could help her out. “We decided we were mad but that we wanted to try! It was 10pm and we went furiously shopping for flowers that had Halloween colours, props and we tried to find the best couple who would serve our inspiration the best. Mick, a body piercer, and his long time girlfriend Wanda, a burlesque dancer, said they would love to be our models (even though we scheduled the shoot for 6am the next morning!) since his birthday actually is on Halloween.”
For Roxane and Pierre, a relaxed homespun wedding was perfect. Their small ceremony was held at city hall, and they hosted the reception in the bride’s house. “Pierre and I met in Qatar, where we both work as airline pilots”, the bride began. “Everything happened very fast and after eight months together we decided to move in together. The only problem was that you are not allowed to live together without being married in Qatar so we decided to get married!”
“We organised everything in 6 months”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to do a picnic in a field very close to my house in Belgium, because it’s a place that I love and we both love nature. For that reason, everything had to be simple, especially as we both live so far away. Our priorities were having our families and close friends there, and lots of cheese, wine and champagne!”
Roxane wore two beautiful lace dresses, both super affordable. Her long sleeved ceremony dress was, unbelievably, from H&M and her reception one was from Lookbook Store. “I wanted a short dress that looked simple”, she said. “I found one in H&M that I liked, but at first it didn’t feel like ‘the one’, and then I found another one on Lookbook Store. I loved both of them and I didn’t know which one to wear so in the end I wore both!”
Travis and Erin challenged themselves to spend no more than $5000 on their wedding – and they did it! One of the key things about this wedding was that they kept it a secret from their guests. That’s right, they had no idea they were going to a wedding that day… they all thought they were just there for an engagement party! The day was held at The Briars Homestead Garden, Mount Martha, Australia.
“We both wanted a day where everyone felt relaxed, with a beer in their hand and a belly full of good food”, the bride explained. “My family used to love going on picnics when we were young and we thought that would be the best way to translate what we wanted to achieve; a day in the sun with friends, music, food and booze. So our theme was a laid back picnic engagement party turned SURPRISE WEDDING with splashes of red and blue!”
Marissa and Lauren were married in the gardens of St. Anne’s Academy in Victoria, British Columbia. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and frugal, except when it came to their photographs. They knew those had to be incredible so they booked the AMAZING Nordica Photography who flew over from Stockholm to shoot the day.
They made the picnic baskets themselves, including almond stuffed figs which were grown, dried and made by Marissa’s grandmother in Portugal. The flowers were bought from a local market – Marissa’s bouquet cost just $3.99! They also made all the décor themselves.
“The generosity and enthusiasm of our friends and family are absolutely worth mentioning”, Marissa began. “Without them, this whole ‘show’ couldn’t have happened. Talk about team effort! We would have eloped, but my mom would have cried deep salty rivers. So on that note we wanted to keep it light and ‘us’.”
Adriene and Shannon wanted an informal wedding so they held their ceremony at Aids Memorial Grove in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It was followed by a picnic reception in the park. One of the most unique and awesome parts of their wedding was the bride’s ombre wedding dress, which she made herself by upcycling two second-hand dresses and making them into one!
“I put two dresses together and then pinned the ‘petals’ of silk to the base dress in a gradient of colors from light pink to burgundy”, she explained. “I added a right pocket with a ring holding ribbon to keep my future husband’s new piece of jewelry secure and a left pocket for my iPhone! I knew I wanted to make my own dress because making costume-like clothing is my favorite way to express myself.”
What could be more blissful than a picnic on a bright Summer’s day? And as the weather in South Africa is notoriously glorious in December that’s exactly what Steven & Demi chose to do for their wedding. The venue was Solms Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
“In our hearts we really wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere at our wedding”, explained the bride. “A place where people felt free to kick off their shoes and be themselves. This definitely gave a sense of freedom and fun to our wedding. It was not a stiff, pretentious event but rather a special and ‘real-deal’ celebration of our commitment and the value of others in our lives.”
Demi went for a simple, elegant and almost innocent bridal look. I adore her long flowing hair, fuss free and minimal make up and carefree wedding gown. She wore ballet flats to begin with but for most of the day she ran around bare foot. “I ran around in bare feet all day which was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding”, she continued. ” Steven said he best moment was seeing me walk down the aisle.”
Nick & Barbara’s Pennsylvania wedding took place in August. “We started out telling people it was ‘classy nerd picnic’, began the bride. “But I think it ended up having a lightly late 40s, early 50s DIY aesthetic in bright colors with robots, Lego and family references everywhere. I can remember trying to explain this to our day-of planners for the first time and the poor man told me I needed to go and figure out what I wanted. But this was what we wanted! I like things where the theme isn’t neatly tied up in a bow, and I think when everything was put together it radiated joy and silliness.”
“We met in marching band in high school. We really rocked that trumpet section, and by ‘rocked’, I mean we didn’t pay attention and mostly made fun of each other”, she continued “I awkwardly asked Nick to a dance, Nick awkwardly asked me to be his girlfriend almost a year later, and nine years after that we got married. If our wedding is a testament to anything, it is to how many jokes you can accrue in ten years and to how much we were already a part of each other’s families.”
Recently I dubbed 2012 the year of the festival wedding. I’ve been seeing them all over (particularly on my own blog’s pages!) and loving it. I used to be a huge festival kid. I live in Reading and we have a pretty famous rock festival every year, so I’ve always been a bit of a fangirl. I have fond memories of dancing til dawn, getting soaking wet in the rain and not giving a damn and waking up in stranger’s tents …(I’d like to point out this was before Gareth by the way!)
Anyone who doesn’t love a good music festival might think it’s a bit of a strange idea to base your wedding on, but oh boy how wrong they are. There’s no more perfect a moment than when your favourite band comes out and starts bashing out your ultimate track…
My love of music festivals is why I’m more than thrilled to share Charlotte & Josh’s nuptials with you today. They also had picnic baskets for their wedding breakfast. Heaven.
This morning’s shoot was set up by photographers We Heart Pictures to showcase the types of brides they want to shoot. “Hector and I fly to Jersey often for client meetings as we shoot weddings in the Channel Islands,” photographer Charlie told me. “I took the opportunity to make the most of our trip and the stunning location and heckled people into getting up at 8am on Easter Sunday to join us in St Catherine’s Woods.”
“We wanted it to be fun so packed a picnic, chandelier, flags, bunting, balloons, bubbles, masks, several meters of fabric and threw in a couple of wedding dresses as you do!”