Musicians Terrianne and Don met when the bride auditioned for Don’s band nearly a decade ago. Their mutual love of music inspired their wedding, from the venue choice to the entertainment. They wanted something glamorous and special, a day that truly felt like them.
“I auditioned for his punk band nine years ago”, Terrianne explained. “We gigged around the country together and got really close. After six months we just ended up together. Like I wrote in my wedding vows to him, from the moment I met him in that audition room I knew I was going to end up with him, as corny as that may sound.”
The wedding was held on 29th December at The Earl of Doncaster, a really incredible venue decked out in an authentic art deco style to reflect its 1938 origins. The couple took this backdrop as the jumping off point for their theme and decorations. “My husband has always been a punk musician and I’ve always gone for the pin up jazz style”, Terrianne explained. “The best way for me to describe our wedding theme would probably be a Rock n Roll speakeasy with vintage glam Hollywood glam style.”
One of the most frequent things you’ll hear on Rock n Roll Bride is to have the day YOU want, one that incorporates anything and everything you love: your day, your way. Holly and David, who married in the spring at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, did exactly that with not just one or two motifs, but more like four! And why not – I mean, just look at their wonderful day and the sea of smiles!
Holly said of the theme, “We originally wanted to go for a loose 1950s theme, which gradually became more and more not-loose (pink Cadillac, anyone?)! We also wanted to incorporate other parts of our interests, hence the Star Wars props, Day of The Dead decorations and cake, and the Street Fighter arcade machine! We were thinking of hiring some Stormtroopers to hand out the reception drinks, but our budget wouldn’t allow it – so yeah, 1950s meets Star Wars, meets Day of The Dead, meets Street Fighter!”
The inspiration to have an alternative wedding came mainly from looking on the Internet, and Rock n Roll Bride magazine. “The theme itself was decided after a drunken night in watching Grease!” she continued. “We’ve both loved the film since we were children, and had it on one night after a few rum and cokes. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a wedding with ’50s things in it?’ I said. ‘Well why don’t we, then?!’ was David’s response – that was all the encouragement I needed! I love all things 1950s and vintage and retro anyway, but thought we should probably try and stay traditional-ish as David’s not really into it as much as I am. After speaking to him about it the next day (when not under the influence of alcohol), he agreed that he meant what he said and would love something a bit different – I didn’t need telling twice!”
They met at work, and bonded over the bride’s ‘mod roundel’ tattoo. Jonny asked Grace if it meant she was the queen of mods, and they struck up a friendship. A few months later they got together properly at the work Christmas party thanks to some good old fashioned Dutch courage! They were married in October in Darlington.
“Our wedding was Northern and vintage inspired, with a bit of railway industry added in for good measure!” said Grace. “Our love of history, our local town and our DIY, creative ethos inspired us. In our spare time we run a life drawing sessions, so our wedding had to represent our love of the arts.”
As lovers of all things vintage and regular attendees of vintage themed events, there was only one theme Helen and Aaron wanted for their July wedding. They are also pretty darn obsessed with afternoon tea which made choosing their catering options easy. They didn’t hire in a company to do it though, they made it all themselves!
They were married at Rotherham Minster Church. “My husband is an atheist and I was brought up Catholic”, Helen began. “I felt it was important for me to be married in a Church and Aaron respected this. The Church of England was happy to accommodate our different beliefs. The ceremony was laid back and very entertaining … especially when Reverend Bruce pulled out his surprise tambourine. We walked into the church the organ playing the Imperial March from Star Wars and left as the organ played Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python.”
Harriet and Martyn had a brightly coloured and slightly musical themed wedding in May. The day took place at Manchester University.
“We have been to a lot of weddings that were very much ‘off the shelf’ or too formal or disjointed”, began the bride. “We wanted a wedding where the guests had as good as a time as we did and where everyone felt comfortable, so our inspiration was everything we (and our friends) love.”
The bride’s mum made her dress from a 1950s pattern and Harriet made the bridesmaid dresses herself!. “We bought the fabric from at Walthamstow market and my mum made the dress”, she explained. “I never wanted a white dress that everyone else has. In total it cost me £70 (and that’s only because I bought two patterns as I couldn’t decide which style I wanted!) I made the bridesmaid dresses out of the same fabric but different styles so that they both felt comfortable as they were both very different shapes. That came to less than £30 for both of them. I made bowties for all the groomsman and the groom from the leftover dress fabric. I didn’t have a flower bouquet but instead had a large white pom pom made from lace and left over fabric from my mother-in-law’s veil.”
Sarah and Drew wanted their wedding to really showcase where they grew up (and hosted their wedding): Newfoundland and Labrador. Although they had been living in Alberta for a number of years, they wanted their wedding to reflect their love of the most easterly province of Canada. “We had been living in Alberta for a number of years, and wanted our wedding to reflect our East Coast roots, so we included elements that evoked the island everywhere we could, “said Sarah. “The aisle was lined with rubber boots, we used a lobster trap as a card holder and the reception tables were named after Newfoundland communities. The head table was named Heart’s Content.”
“We also wanted the wedding to have a retro vibe, and that was reflected in the outfit choices. I wore a tea length, polka dot dress and the bridesmaids were in short, polka dot dresses with scalloped necklines from Lindybop. The groomspeoples’ suspender and polka dot tie combination matched us perfectly.”
Handley and Karl had a vintage wedding, and the details were perfectly authentic. From the bridesmaids vintage dresses, the stationery from the 1960s and all the retro knick knacks and props, they wanted to be crowned Prom King and Queen.
“Our wedding was a a 1950s prom, because tinsel and puffy dresses are what dreams are made of!” the bride began. “Plus, we got to fulfil our dream of being crowned Prom King and Prom Queen!”
“I’ve been a collector of all things vintage for most of my life, and as a fashion designer I’ve always loved the playfulness of the 1950s. Karl shares a passion for this era, as he is a furniture designer with a soft spot for mid-century aesthetics. I never grew up dreaming of a big wedding (or any wedding at all, to be honest!) so I think our 50s prom really is a decision that fell perfectly into place with us. It just felt right from the first casual mention.”
Yes you read that right, I really am publishing a wedding shoot with dogs as the stars today. Why not hey!? Not only are there real life dog models but their human counterparts are rocking all manner of puppy themed clobber and the table is covered in doggie plates, kitsch ornaments and the stationery is all puppy themed. I approve!
“The inspiration for this shoot was pretty simple”, explained photographer Ellie Grace, “DOGS! I am a crazy dog lady and I know that if I got married, I would want as much inclusion of dogs as possible. For this shoot I decided that instead of going down a colour theme or specific style, I just thought, dogs and lots of dogs!”
A classic wedding with a retro Rock n Roll vibe is how I’d best describe Chloe-Rose and Michael’s Melbourne wedding. They wanted to keep things local and relevant to their everyday lives so that meant the bride wore a short dress from a high street store and the ceremony and reception were held in some of their favourite local spots.
“We felt the wedding marked a continuation of our relationship rather than a new beginning”, said Chloe-Rose. ” We wanted to be genuine, everyday and real. So we picked our local park just around the corner from our house and had the wedding ceremony there. Prior to our arrival we served people sparkling wine ahead of the wedding so everyone would be relaxed. We then walked to the park through our neighbourhood much as we do everyday with a brief stop at our local pub The Flying Duck for a pre-wedding tipple to calm the nerves. Our reception was at Lucky Penny on Chapel St which is a local cafe not far from the park which we often frequent for breakfast.”
When the bride has a life long obsession with the Pennuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there was only one wedding theme Amy and Alexander considered! They handmade almost all the decor and had a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their favourite characters.
“The uniqueness of our wedding came from combining tradition with outrageous artistic licence in the shape of our unusual (yet ubiquitous!) theme”, said the bride. “You don’t get too many weddings where the bride puts on her Snoopy apron and conducts a pub quiz during the intermission either!”
“Our decorations were handmade mostly using cartoons from our favourite Peanuts strips, with bunting templates from ASDA and lanterns from Talking Tables. We were keen to avoid excessively flamboyant floral displays and I wanted a minimal look rather than engaging a florist. There was a lot of running around at the last minute, but potting some lavender (thank you mother-in-law!) and sticking with gypsophila for my bouquet gave some colour without overshadowing the other decorations.”
Giulia and Fabio were married in Cesena, northern Italy. The day was inspired by the bride’s love of Lana Del Rey and all things retro, and the groom’s appreciation for American Gothic aesthetics.
“We were inspired by the 1960s psychedelic world, Brian De Palma’s Carrie (without the blood bucket!), Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides, Johnny Cash, King Dude and two iconic couples of the 1960s: Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra and Elvis and Priscilla Presley”, said Giulia. “We wanted to mix the Cowboy Psychedelia mood with a warehouse venue. We found Ca’Bevilaqua, a B&B in Santa Maria Nuova and it’s beautiful restored warehouse full of plants, tapestry and old paraphernalia.”