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.
Lottie and Dave were married at the Union Club in Soho, London. As they planned everything from Hong Kong, where they now live, they didn’t see it until two days before the wedding but it ended up being completely perfect for what they wanted. They didn’t want a specific theme, just for it to feel like them. That meant photos in guitar shops, Chinese Lucky Cats, the men in kilts, NOLA jazz and a live jam session.
“Soho played a major part in our relationship”, began Lottie, “we hung out in Denmark Street’s music shops and drinking holes, and my first apartment was in a mouse infested studio above the 12 Bar. Eclectic flamboyance, Rock n Roll, neon lights and vibrant diversity sum up our home from home. The most important thing was that there was more party than formality! We kept the traditions we genuinely loved, and threw caution to the wind with everything else.”
Grace and Chris’s wedding really showcased the best of London weddings – they got ready at the beautiful St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, got married at Islington Town Hall, and then partied at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Yep, that’s right – they had their wedding in a bowling alley, and it was all kinds of awesome!
“Our inspiration was really having things we both loved in life being part of our wedding,” Grace explains, “Our dog, pizza, power ballads and bowling!”
The day was relaxed and focused on fun, with no readings during the ceremony. “The ceremony was short and sweet – just the vows, the signing and the kiss! We made a playlist to play while guests were waiting (which was longer than we’d have liked, as there was a bomb scare in London that day and it took me longer to get to the venue because the roads were closed), and one of my favourite photos from the day is when one of Chris’s choices, Flo Rida’s Going Down for Real came on. He danced on his own at the front of the hall and it is such a perfect candid moment!”
“I came in to Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland, as I have two Wizard of Oz related tattoos and it’s been on repeat for most of my life. As huge Jurassic Park fans, we signed the register whilst playing the theme tune by John Williams, and as massive power ballad fans, we walked out to Tina Turner’s The Best!”