If you’ve picked up a copy of my book, then you may recognise Dafna and Eylon as their Las Vegas elopement is one of the real weddings featured inside. I LOVED those images and their story so much! Although they always wanted to get married in Vegas, they also wanted to celebrate with their loved ones back home in Tel Aviv, so it was the perfect excuse to have for a second wedding. The day was held at Bascula, a cultural arts centre that is home to a circus.
You are going to LOVE this wedding. The couple got ring finger tattoos during the ceremony, the groom wore a red veil and they partied so hard someone broken their arm! Now THAT my friends, is Rock n Roll!
“We named our wedding FESTILOVE, a celebration of Rock n Roll, art and of course love”, explained Dafna. “Originally we wanted a Halloween wedding, but had to accommodate our family from abroad so we scheduled it in December during Christmas vacations. Since we couldn’t separate completely from our Halloween fantasy, the design featured a lot of skulls, spiderwebs and endless amounts of red roses and hearts. Accordingly, we asked the guests to follow a red and black dress code.”
George and Antoinette met when they both moved to Milan to study fashion, meeting through a mutual friend that also attended the school. “We have actually been together for 12 years,” said Antoinette, “but because we both have a very rebellious spirit we didn’t want to give in to all the social and family pressure to actually get married, it wasn’t a priority for either of us. When we finally decided to do it, we wanted it to be more of a celebration of the past 12 years and as well as starting a new future together.”
They spent just €6000 on the day, opting to choose a couple of luxuries and cutting out the rest. “You really don’t need a cigar bar or personalised wax seals on your invites!” advises Antoinette. “We kept our budget low by negotiating lower prices on everything and not having things like paper invites, we also opted for a lunch with no formal entertainment afterwards. We actually hate long weddings so we wanted ours to be short and sweet.”
Alex and Ashley are bonafide rockstars through and through – even their engagement was Rock n Roll!
“We were travelling home from the first of eight weddings we were attending in 2017, and had spent the whole day joking about how awesome it would be to do a heavy metal wedding; what plans we’d make and touches we’d have to make the day inspired by us,” explained Ashley. “While we were doing a touch of dream shopping before the flight, Alex fell in love with with a jacket that fit him perfectly. I told him he had to get it and he responded ‘The only way I’m going to buy this is if you promise me I can wear it down the aisle in our Rock n Roll wedding!’ I told him that would be fine by me… a couple of tentative ‘OMG are we really going to do this?’ moments later and that was that, we were engaged!”
They picked their outfits out then and there and that sealed the deal. On the plane ride home, they composed the entire ceremony and music. Within a week they had a venue and their completed outfits. They decided to have the wedding in the same October, which gave them under five months to plan.
The inspiration for their day was music, of course. They based every decision around creating a high-end concert atmosphere. They both love dark/romantic themes which go hand-in-hand with Rock n Roll history, and were particularly inspired by 80s heavy metal.“We wanted to feel like rock royalty!” they explain.