Amber and Christopher are a couple who weren’t afraid to buck tradition so an intimate wedding ceremony, held at the oh-so-cool Neon Graveyard in Las Vegas was perfect for their glam, retro inspired day them!
“We wanted a wedding that was more ‘us’ and was fun”, Amber told us. “We don’t really love dancing or the traditional wedding activities. We were married by an Elvis that we didn’t tell our guests about beforehand! We asked our guests to wear their Vegas best which included feathers, sequins and fun prints.”
Lois and Luke’s love of alternative culture and a desire to stand out from the crowd meant that they had plenty of different ideas to work with for their July wedding day. “I always thought we would have an all out themed wedding,” Lois told us, “but as we have so many interests we couldn’t settle on just one so we decided to incorporate some elements from each.”
They started with sparkly and iridescent as a colour scheme, mixed with pink to match Luke’s shoes and tie. They then took things from some of their favourite interests; like a Lord of the Rings ring box, a Harry Potter sign, Beatles pocket watch and a matching badge that they both wore to represent their favourite band, IDLES. And that’s how you come up with a wedding theme that’s completely unique to you!
At Rock n Roll Bride, we’re firm believers in finding beauty in the every day, but finding beauty in a laundromat might be a first even for us! Bare with us though, as you’ll see from the images that with the right styling, literally anywhere can be a vibe when you throw enough rock n roll at it.
Together with photographer Anne Letournel, Matthieu from Marions Nous Dans Les Bois wild wedding films wanted to create some original wedding inspiration, choosing a vintage laundromat in Rennes, Brittany as their location; a place with an authentic atmosphere that perfectly juxtaposed their disco theme for a completely crazy wedding.
Dan and Kimmy’s Brisbane wedding was a healthy mix of both traditional and contemporary elements. They had an eclectic, rustic, industrial theme and the venues, The Brisbane Powerhouse and The Black Brisbane, were chosen because of the lighting and ambience they provided.
“Our inspiration was doing it our way and in a way that felt right”, Kimmy told us. “We just wanted it to be a celebration of our love…because I had always vowed I was never getting married again!”
They didn’t have a bridal party, Kimmy didn’t wear white and they chose to have their ceremony in the venue’s usual ‘backup wet weather option’, because it felt right for them. “Our families walked down the aisle in front of me, like a bridal party usually would, I got my eternity ring during the ceremony (because I had waited an eternity to find a love like Dan’s)”, she said. “The ceremony was the perfect celebration of our love. We included the kids and the ring blessing was particularly special, as our rings were carried in a handkerchief that belonged to Lena, who was a part of my family and a treasured soul, that was then sitting in a small ornamental dish from Dan’s late Grandpa Jimmy and then wrapped in a piece of Dan’s late Grandma’s wedding dress.”
Jac and Matt’s November wedding was, like so many 2020 couples, smaller than they thought it would be. Although they didn’t get the big party of a wedding which they initially planned, after having to reschedule twice, they decided to pair everything back and just elope on a beach instead.
The couple met when they were teenagers but lost contact, only reconnecting in their mid-twenties. They had a ceremony at Sandringham Beach in Victoria followed by a cake cutting and drinks reception at the nearby park. Matt’s mum put together a platter of nibbles and made a cake, and Jac’s sister made a cocktail for everyone.
Amy and Craig are probably the only couple last year to actually choose to get married in the craziness of 2020! “It seems mad but we only got engaged in July on my 30th birthday,” Amy told us. “We figured the year had already been crazy enough, so why not get married too?! It’s obviously very different deciding to plan a wedding in a pandemic, as opposed to being forced into changing wedding plans. But it meant we went into this knowing things would likely chop and change and we knew we’d be happy with whatever we could do, however that looked; we just wanted to end the year as husband and wife.”
With this in mind, they kept things very loose in terms of themes and expectations; it was more a case of doing what they could, with their immediate families, within the restrictions. The only thing they did know was that they didn’t want anything too formal, so this naturally inspired a lot of their decisions.
When an engagement shoot brings this much joy, you just know their wedding is going to be all kinds of incredible. Sofia and TJ, who met at a house party and then found each other online afterwards (truth time: it was TJ who did the stalking!) are both musicians and are actually getting married TODAY!
“It turned out we had been playing in the same circle for years, we even went to the same little beach town college, just a few years apart”, the bride-to-be told us. “I remember telling my best friend about him, and she said, ‘Oh I remember him! What a hunk, always walking around in those little red shorts.’ TJ invited me to meet him at a beach in Alameda – he had a chess board sticking out of the tote bag he was carrying over his shoulder when I arrived, I had a Scrabble board sticking out of mine. And just like that, I started falling in love.”
Although Kate and James kept traditional elements in their day, they did so in their style. As they both love autumn, it was the perfect season for their celebration to be held at East Quay Venue in Whitstable.
Kate handmade pretty much everything they used to decorate the venue, which made it very personal to them, and they incorporated their favourite musical influences as their love of which brought them together, too!
Kate created faux floral hoops for all the bridesmaids, as well as faux flower centrepieces in vintage glass bottles that they had collected from various seaside holidays – in them were the table names which were vinyl records as a nod to their love of music. The table names were romantic quotes from geeky or 80’s movies.
As an artworker, Kate also made all the stationery and table plan with faux greenery and for the aisle she decorated lanterns with faux greenery, mini pumpkins and log slabs. She made a light-up ‘Hell Yeah’ sign for the dance floor, and their guest book was an Alexisonfire vinyl record as they where the first band they discovered which they had a mutual love for.
Mirain and Jak were introduced by a mutual friend who was fed up of them both making bad relationship choices! “He knew we were both going to the same festival in a few weeks, and started a WhatsApp group for us… then left us to it!” explained Mirain. “I can honestly say that I’d fallen for Jak before we even got to the festival. He moved in with me the following weekend!”
They used the festival to set the tone for their day – for it not to be ‘weddingy’, to focus on fun and for things to be a little bit different. The most important thing for Mirain was to celebrate everyone in the room. “I wanted it to be a gesture of my gratitude to all of these wonderful people who had stuck with us through the good times and the bad times, and who had got us both to where we were that day.”
Amy and Alex’s wedding is a little different to a lot of the Vegas elopements we feature, because they didn’t actually have their ceremony photographed. However, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that their post-nuptial portraits by the iconic Ashley Marie Myers are epic enough to publish all on their lonesome!
Their look for the day was kind of sparkle meets cowboy, with Amy rocking a gorgeous midi length all-over silver sequin Ganni dress, and Alex in an authentic cowboy hat and boots and vintage bolo tie.
“We met in a now defunct club in Southend-on-Sea”, began the bride. “We knew of each other before through mutual friends but that’s the night we really hit it off. Our elopement theme was Quentin Tarantino meets David Lynch.”
Their inspiration to elope was just the fact that they wanted to do things entirely on their own terms. Vegas gave them that and then some and luckily all their families understood and were happy for them to do their own thing. Of their £8000 total budget, their flights were the most expensive part but everything else ended up being much more affordable than a wedding back home would have been, plus they got an amazing holiday out of it!
Ashleigh and Ric decided early on in their engagement what they didn’t want for their wedding day; “We knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to do many traditional things,” explained Ashleigh. “I didn’t wear the white dress, get married in a church, have 350 guests or to worry about chair covers. I think because we have our own house, we just couldn’t justify spending £20,000 on a wedding, which seems to be the norm in Northern Ireland!”
Instead, in August, they had a minimalist day that was true to themselves and expressed their love of colour and fun. They didn’t want anything over the top so focused their £4,000 budget on areas that meant the most to them, and ignored people when they tried to tell them how they should or shouldn’t be doing things!
Heather and Andy’s July wedding was a red carpet event meets glam dance party! Hosted at The Roxian Theatre, which was built in 1929, the art deco surroundings also influenced the theme. They had lots of black and gold as well as jewel tones.
“We wanted a glam red carpet style evening wedding without the stuffiness and knew our venue would play a huge role in setting the vibe”, began the bride. “Our shared passion is music and we spent a lot of our eight-year relationship attending concerts and music festivals together, so we knew right off the bat a concert venue would be our ideal space. We wanted our guests to look and feel amazing, so fashion-wise, whatever that meant to them was cool with us. We offered guests booze as soon as they arrived, and invited them to witness the ceremony ‘concert style’ from the VIP mezzanine boxes.”
Emily and Elliott’s M.O. for their wedding day was to keep everything low budget and low stress – not two things that often go hand in hand with wedding planning! Early on, though, they decided that they wanted to keep things very simple, with very little pomp and ceremony – just loads of love and laughter.
With a £6,000 budget. they knew they wanted to keep things local – as they met, live and love in south London it would’ve felt wrong for them to do it anywhere else! They held their reception at Asylum Chapel in Peckham and moved onto The Ivy House pub in Nunhead afterwards for hot dogs, chips and plenty of dancing.
Emily is in love with 1930s to 1950s fashion and all the glitz and glamour that old school Hollywood entails. She knew a fluffy white dress just wasn’t going to cut it for her, but was nervous to abandon tradition at first. After a visit to a bridal boutique to try on traditional dresses confirmed her suspicions, she tried on an amazing sequin dress last and whilst, being white the colour was wrong, the sparkles had her at hello. Furious searching online for something similar in a different colour was fruitless, so she made the snap decision to get something similar made on Etsy.