Jess and Luke wanted a simple wedding, which didn’t require putting too much extra pressure into their already busy lives. They chose The Boathouse on Shelly Beach in Manly, NSW, which solidified their beachy theme, and the venue were able to handle a lot of the logistics for them.
“Our wedding theme was simple”, Jess told us. “Luke and I aren’t big over the top people and we didn’t want a massive lavish wedding that wouldn’t suit us. We just wanted our wedding to have a pretty and relaxed vibe.”
They decided on a outdoor rustic style but most of their colours and other choices were made with the bride’s floral Wendy Makin dress as the jumping off point. “The dress was the inspiration for the colour scheme and all the flowers and decorations”, she said.
When the bride’s parents live in a pink house, it would be pretty much criminal not to host the wedding there. So, when Laura and Coby married in December last year, they chose the backyard as the location for their ceremony and drinks reception and decked it out with pink, red and sparkly details including iridescent streamer backdrops, disco balls and pink crates with flowers in them!
“Our wedding theme was pinks and reds galore, full of bright colours, fun and very sparkly”, explained the bride. “It was kinda like a kids party meets disco meets rock show.”
“We wanted our wedding to immediately make people feel relaxed and know they were in for a good time. We wanted the décor and styling to reflect that – it was big old melting pot of lots of ideas all pulled together through colour. Places like Rock n Roll Bride, so many amazing Instagram accounts, vendors, stylists and way too many hours on Pinterest definitely got my creative mind rolling.”
This April wedding was a strong female-led affair with both brides being walked down the aisle by their mothers and the cake and flowers being made by Carleigh’s. She even surprised them by putting pictures of some of their favourite people on the bouquets – those that had either passed away and were unable to attend their special day. “Carleigh’s bouquet had a photo of her dad, and Sara’s bouquet had a photo of her grandmothers who raised her”, they explained.
As they had a micro wedding with only nine guests, they were able to keep things fuss-free and inexpensive. The ceremony was led by Sara’s best friend, who is an ordained minister. Our wedding theme was ‘Metallic Fairy Dreams;”, they continued. “Our main inspiration was Sara’s pink suit which came from ASOS.”
Sara hand-painted Carleigh’s ‘Just Married’ jacket and they used an AirBnB as the location. They were pleased they were able to have their dog with them too, “Unfortunately he broke his leg the day before our wedding (and got it amputated two days after).”
The Madonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo, California, might just be our dream wedding venue. Perfectly pink, kitsch and retro, it was also the ideal location for Chelsea and Tim’s whimsical wedding too. They were married in July 2019.
“We embraced the craziness of The Madonna Inn and had a full on Madonna Inn wedding theme”, Chelsea began. “Since we knew that all of our guests would be travelling, we wanted to create a weekend space where everyone could stay, hang out by the pool, dine at the restaurants and mingle with each other and get to share in the bizarre experience of staying in one of the 110 unique rooms. Guests who had never met would invite each other to check out the crazy rock shower, their shag-carpeted spiral staircase or the glitter wallpaper in their room; instant ice breaker.”
The bride wore a dress made from vintage lace by Saldana Vintage with vintage hair pins and rings. They opted not to have a bridal party. “Tim and I really looked at all of what goes into a traditional wedding and boiled it down to what actually felt meaningful/memorable to us, what was an old trapping of superstition and what was done only for the sake of tradition,” she continued. “In this process we eschewed the bridal party, bachelor/bachelorette parties (we took a trip to New Orleans together instead), a wedding registry, being walked down the aisle and a ton of other things we felt didn’t suit us.”
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!”