When American Lara and British Kevin got married at NYC city hall last September, they essentially planned their pre-ceremony photo shoot around the incredible rainbow wall in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Lara has a popular Instagram account where she bakes, tastes and photographs rainbow food and baked goods so having a rainbow element to their day was a non-negotiable!
The couple met on OKCupid and talked for months before they ever met in person. However when they did it was love at first sight and Kevin stared the visa process to move over to the US almost immediately! He was finally able to move over to New York a month before they got married. Having a city hall wedding was the perfect option for them, it also meant they had plenty of time for photos with their photographer, Sylvie at some of Lara’s favourite spots.
GET READY because you are about to fall in love with Alena, Alex and their incredible pop up wedding! This is kind of like a feature in two parts, because they had a Covid-secure ‘pop up’ ceremony and then a photo shoot with Mary Costa to commemorate…. And those photos are literally making all our colourful unicorn wedding dreams come TRUE.
For this pair, who are both toy designers and met at design school, a ceremony at Bob Baker Marionette Theatre in Los Angeles was the perfect idea. They took part of the Short & Sweet Pop Up event that they were hosting. Alena told us all about it, “As toy designers, fun is always an inspiration for us. With this in mind, we decided on the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre as our venue and had our ceremony officiated by a star puppet which was then broadcast over Zoom for our friends and family who couldn’t be there. We also planned it in only one month! “
Fiona and Allana wanted their summer 2019 wedding to reflect their personalities and their love story. They met at primary school (although were in different years so they didn’t really know each other) and reconnected when they both started working at the same place. Although neither of them were out at the time, they instantly clicked, knowing what they were feeling for each other was more than just friendship.
Married at The Three Kings in Falkirk, Scotland, their day was all about sharing their personalities with their closest friends and family. “We tried to incorporate little bits of our personalities all throughout the day”, Fiona told us. “Our table plan was made up of our favourite bands, some of which we had went to see live together. My favourite colour is blue, there are sapphires in both my engagement and wedding rings and that’s also Allana’s birthstone. Royal blue was our primary school colour too! Everything just fit. The day after, all our family and friends just kept saying what a great, happy, colourful day it was. I know all weddings are supposed to be, but everything just felt so right, you know?”
Lottie and Scott’s February wedding was all about the homemade touches. In fact almost everything was DIY including the bride’s dress (made by her mum from a 50s pattern), the rainbow cake and the bouquets which were made up of faux flowers bought from Dunelm. As well as their obvious love of colour, the other thing they wanted their wedding to reflect was their love for their family and friends.
“Our wedding was very family and friends orientated”, Lottie told us, “to me it was all about having the people I love and care about there. Scott loves Ufton Court and the history behind it, so that was why we choose it as our reception venue.”
Hannah and Tim originally planned to marry on 6th June 2020, but as weddings were still banned in England at that point, ended up being one of the first marriages allowed nearly a month later! They were married on 7th July, the first date small weddings were permitted again.
With this, all their best-made plans had to be reconsidered. “We had to completely strip back all our plans due to COVID restrictions,” explained Hannah, “and honestly, none of it mattered! We spent so much time and effort stressing over seating charts and colour schemes, and in the end, all that mattered was standing together with my best friend, in front of people we loved, promising to stick together through this rollercoaster we call life.”
Their ceremony was an interesting setup – at the time of their marriage, laws allowed up to 30 people in the church, and everyone had to be seated in little ‘bubble’ groups. “We were very limited to what we could do as part of the restrictions meant that it had to be kept as brief as reasonably possible so we weren’t able to have a traditional address.
“There was no singing allowed so we couldn’t have any of the hymns we had chosen but we were still able to have a bible reading which meant a lot to both of us. The service was live-streamed by the church to those that couldn’t be there. Tim and I are both committed Christians and so when we have our celebration we would like to be able to have a blessing in church so that we can still have a proper service.”
We’re a big fan of of all the colours here at Rock n Roll Bride, so for the cover shoot and editorial for the March/April 2020 edition we decided to embrace the pastel vibes of the season but to give it our own Rock n Roll twist. Our magazine subscribers LOVED this shoot and so today I wanted to share the full thing anyone who wants to see more. 10 pages just wasn’t enough HAHA!
We worked with a couple of new team members this time too. Cat of Cat Food Cakes made us the most awesome rainbow cake, while Katherine of Katherine Bly Floral Design took the brief and ran with it, creating us these stunning cloud-like installations made from dyed gypsophila.
If you’re a little bit girly but still have some edge, then you’re going to love this one. YES you can still be soft and pretty and hella punk on your wedding day. Enjoy!