Ronnie & Richard were married at Calistoga Ranch, California. Originally from Taiwan, the couple’s families knew each other and had often joked about setting the two of them up, but they’d never met. It was only when they both moved to America (her to New York and him to Austin, Texas) that they started emailing and arranged to meet.
The bride readily admits that she’s not a very crafty person so DIY was out of the question for their April wedding. She did however fall in love with etsy and used it to source as much as possible for the wedding. “We didn’t have anything handmade ourselves except for the ‘here comes the bride’ flag which Richard made”, she told me. “I am not crafty, but I like the unique touch that comes from handmade products which is why I used etsy so much. I am also very into vintage style clothing and décor. I spent a lot of time researching on the site, searching for vintage wedding dress, bridal accessories, wedding favors and paper goods. At the end, I feel really fortunate to have found things I loved with affordable prices.”
“Before the actual wedding, we had a traditional Taiwanese engagement ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan as well as a courthouse wedding in Austin”, she continued. “Richard and I both wanted a western style of wedding, and because we’d done the other two things, we knew we want to go for something simple and intimate with our families and close friends.”
“The first thing we did was look for a venue. Once we had that sorted we built our wedding around it. Calistoga Ranch is a resort secluded over north border of Napa Valley with spectacular lake and mountain views, a nice wine cave set up, and good catering. The best part is we did’t really need to do much to it. The scenery itself is so pretty that we decided to keep our decorations simple. We were expecting a lake scene with blossoms in April, so we decided to use the basic decorations provided by Calistoga Ranch with just a little bit more flowers for the ceremony settings. I worked with the local florist, Susan, who used two barrels with large floral pieces and rose petals to define the aisle and the ceremony site. At the wine cave, we decided to use candles with medium-sized floral pieces to add romance.”
This simple and intimate wedding in Vienna may not be full of DIY details or a crazy theme, but that doesn’t make it any less Rock n Roll. Marijana & Haris are what make this wedding awesome – and the fact that they did their day, their way!
A simple civil ceremony followed by a cafe reception was the name of the game, as the bride explained, “There was no particular theme to the wedding. We wanted to keep it small and low key and as non-weddingy as possible. We actually managed to plan the whole thing in one afternoon. There was to be no cake, no flowers and no centerpieces.”
“As we were such a small group we decided to order everywhere (four different venues) a la carte. And it worked! Months before the wedding we imagined us tucking in to a big breakfast, afterwards in our nice clothes and having coffee and just chatting. No fuss, no nerves… just all of us dolled up enjoying the sunshine.(Erm…not that it was stress-free mind you. First out invites got lost in the post, then the place we wanted to have dinner at changed management and became an Italian restaurant, so we had to find an alternative. Oh, and my shoes arrived only a day before the wedding. And our guests arrived from five different countries… so plenty of nerves there).”
“I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about doing my own hair and make up, but it turned out well in the end”, Marijana continued. “As for my dress… originally it was a beige dress with beaded sash and ruffled neckline, but I got it altered. First we cut the top off, and then I spent one long night cutting off the beads and adding a plain sash to it. The top is a Zara top, altered at the back, that I bought it on sale!”
Weddings don’t have to be detail heavy or complicated to be Rock n Roll – Saskia & Paul’s stunning Oxfordshire tipi wedding proves it! The Swedish tipi was erected in Paul’s father’s back garden, the bride had no bridesmaids and the groom had no groomsmen. For this couple, ticking things of the proverbial wedding list was of no regard – what mattered was them, their love and celebrating with their friends and family.
“The wedding planning revolved around our laziness”, the bride told me, “no bridesmaids or best men, no cars, no place settings, no hair trial, no fancy wedding cake… We wanted to have the least amount of stress as possible in the lead up to and on the day of the wedding. We had less jobs to do by cutting out lots of the traditional weddingy things. In the end, everything was awesome! My dad and I spent the day before playing badminton in the garden, and although the hairdresser was dubious about me not having a practice, it turned out great! We really enjoyed the day because we fit it to suit our personalities.”
“We ate a lot of soup in preparation for the wedding to collect tin cans for our flowers,” Saskia continued. “Instead of ordering flowers, Paul, my dad and I went to the flower markets in London a couple of days before the wedding. We got lots of pretty flowers for more than half the price I was quoted by a flower farm. We bought some florist block to weigh down the cans and spent a couple of hours arranging them. They fit the rustic vibe of the tent and it was a great father-daughter bonding experience!”