Vicki and Sam met through a mutual friend in 2007, and like all good millennial relationships, found each other on Myspace and chatted on MSN messenger for a while before going on their first date not long after. Thirteen years later they’re now happily married!
The couple’s theme revolved around a portrait drawing a friend had gifted them. “I ended up editing it and using it pretty much anywhere I could without going overboard!” said the bride. They married at Wylam Brewery in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a reception at the same venue.
You probably already know this, but here at Rock n Roll Bride we are pretty much obsessed with pink, so when Amy and Adam’s wedding landed in our submissions inbox we were thrilled! The couple were married at the bride’s mum’s house in September and the entire wedding was DIY. Pink was the very obvious theme, but the bride loves Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, so that was a big reference point for them too,
“We love pink, flowers and general cuteness, so centred the wedding around this”, Amy said. “We also had a few nods to Japan, cats and ethereal fairies. As I am a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, we had fans as favours which were a hot commodity!”
Inspired by their love of rock music and some of their favourite movie moments, Jenn and Tommy planned a personal, rock ‘n’ roll and wedding at Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena, Northern Ireland last summer. They opted for quite a ‘girly’ colour scheme with pinks, peaches and rose gold, but included many things that reflected Tommy too – not least of all a very special guest appearance from Iron Man himself!
“Music is the centre of our universe,” began bride Jenn. “Instead of coffee in the morning, we blast an earful of Aerosmith. Going to gigs together is our favourite past-time, we’re avid festival goers and Tommy is the singer for a hard rock band. So it was a no-brainer for us to use this as a starting point for our theme, and go from there.”
Jenn walked down the aisle to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Sweet Child o’ Mine. Their recessional was The Darkness’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love and their first dance was to I Remember You by Skid Row. Each of their tables was named after one of their favourite artists. They made table-tents which had the menu on one side and a portrait of the artist on the other, which was painted by Jenn. “We didn’t really get the whole guestbook thing,” said Jenn, “it’s just something we think you’d look at once and put away in a cupboard somewhere. Instead, we bought a surfboard off Gumtree and sanded and painted it. We got our friend to make a vinyl sticker for it saying ’til death do us party’ and got everyone to sign that instead. We’re going to mount it on our kitchen wall so we can appreciate it all year round.”
John and Chris toyed with returning to Vegas to get married after getting engaged there in September 2015, but with young family it wouldn’t have been practical, so they set about finding the perfect venue for them to be able to give their big day the feel of the glitz and glam of Vegas! Held at Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton outside of Glasgow, they worked with the coordinator there over a three year engagement to create a day that everyone would remember – and a strict ‘no hat, no entry’ policy to boot!
The couple opted for a very personal humanist ceremony; simply, their story from the very beginning until the present day. It was humorous at times with readings from both of their godmothers but most of all it was emotional, intimate and focused on the two of them. “I made sure to take everything in while walking down the aisle with my mum,” explained John, “and was fixated on my soon to be husband who was waiting on me at the end of the aisle. We literally felt like the only two in the room – it was beautiful.”
Rhian and Andrew’s wedding theme was ‘Rock n Roll cats’ with the slogan ‘mutual weirdness forever’ and to be honest, that – coupled with the above photo – is pretty much all you need to know to want to find out more…
“We wanted to encapsulate us into our day as much as possible,” Rhian explains, “so we ended up with a lot of different elements – from cats, metal and rock, to leopard print, pink, Pokémon, skulls, and everything in between. We wanted to focus on what we both love in life and what was special between us – but we were also inspired by a lot of different weddings we viewed on your blog!” (You GUYS.)
Rhian is a designer and illustrator so created most of the elements herself, alongside friends. “Nearly everything was completely bespoke, designed, or made by us!” she says. This included table names based on band name-cat hybrids and top table signage saying ‘Hiss and Purrs’ instead of his and hers, as well as hand-painted signs and hand decorated jars filled with hot pink decor.
Staysi and David did the formal wedding thing the first time around, so when it came to their vow renewal, they decided to go FULL Vegas elopement style. As they’re both from Las Vegas, they wanted something fun and larger than life to celebrate ten years together – and they smashed it.
“We are both very into pin up/rockabilly culture, so we wanted our looks to be totally us, just a little more formal!” Staysi explains. “I have bright purple and blue hair and so designed and made a 50s inspired wedding dress for myself, with a matching mini me dress for my daughter, Wynter Lee. David is a great sport and knew he had to find something equally as fun so he went with pink pants and a pink flamingo shirt!”
They got married at the Fremont Wedding Chapel, officiated by Elvis – obviously, who else?! “Our favourite part was Elvis singing my daughter’s favourite song, Viva las Vegas. It was such a fun part of the ceremony, with everyone singing along and dancing. Our daughter being involved was the best thing about planning it – whenever she sees pictures or hears stories about our wedding she always gets so bummed she was the only person not there. she was so excited about being our maid of honour in her pink dress!”