Lake Como is the perfect spot for an idyllic, traditional wedding, with acres of flowers, a big white dress and hundreds of guests… except Brooke and Brandon wanted to do things their way. They explained, “We chose our venue based on Episode 2 of Star Wars. Our inspiration came from the scene where Anakin and Padme got married.”
The American couple met at a car show in Austin, Texas, and decided a destination wedding was the ideal choice for them, opting for Lake Como in Italy, as a nod to Brandon’s love of Star Wars. Planning a destination wedding in the middle of a pandemic may have presented a challenge, but Brooke told us, “We had an incredible wedding planner, honestly, everything we did and went through was easy.”
For TJ and Andy, having a wedding which made them happy and featured all the things they love was the main priority. That meant they included all the colours of the rainbow, national parks, Lego and their favourite food and snacks. For dessert they had homemade peanut butter and jelly pop tarts, Sidecar and Mojito cocktail cupcakes, brownies and cookies!
“We wanted to make the wedding the most fun possible for everyone involved”, TJ told us. “That meant low stress for our vendors, attendees and us! We wanted to make sure that the focus was on having a good time, not making things perfect.”
If you’re not aiming for a day full of fun when you plan a Las Vegas elopement, you’re not doing it right! Jeff and Nikki put the emphasis firmly on having a good time, tossing convention aside and customising every part of their day to celebrate their quirky passions. With Elvis officiating at the Graceland Chapel ceremony, the couple crafted a wedding day that was fun, low maintenance and completely on-brand for them!
Jeff and Nikki managed to keep the whole thing secret from friends and family back home, which sounded fun at first, however Nikki explained, “At first, an elopement sounded ideal: to whisk ourselves away from our everyday lives and have a fun weekend getaway, returning to shock our family and friends with our surprise wedding. However, as the time got closer, I started feeling guilty for hiding such an exciting event from my close circle because I was so thrilled, it was hard to contain my excitement.” But a secret elopement gives a certain feeling of freedom, as she added, “We loved not having to worry about traditional expectations or coordinate for anyone other than ourselves and our two witnesses.”
Both Bryan and Danielle had been married before and have three children between them, so the bride didn’t really want a wedding at all. However the groom did so they compromised on a Vegas elopement!
Covid gave them the perfect excuse to run away and get married without hurting any of their family’s feelings. The day also had a sight Star Wars theme as they were married in May 4th, the bride wore Lightsaber earrings. Unfortunately the groom forgot his Star Wars tie and cufflinks at home!
“I wanted our elopement to be all about fun”, the bride said, “which is easier said than done for a type A personality like me! I wanted it to be as stress-free and unplanned as possible. So, other than the absolute essentials like the location, photographer, outfits and florist, I refused to plan anything else!”
It was really important to Sarah and Parker that on their May wedding, they felt the most ‘them’ that they had ever felt. “We wanted the day to be beautiful while also being comfortable,” the bride began. “For us it meant – elegant, but simple. Easy. It was more about incorporating all the pieces that were significant than having an official theme, but if I had to put it into a few words – personal, local, and real.”
As Sarah had worked in the wedding industry for many years, this was her time to shine – “I had seen too many of the same wedding to ever want to choose something because tradition said I should. Helping Parker understand the vision was more of a challenge, though. Having not attended many weddings – a white dress and a tux in a banquet hall walking down the aisle to Canon in D were all he had to reference. It’s nearly EVERY wedding the mainstream media feeds us. As we got into planning and I was able to share options with him and help him understand that we could break the ‘rules’ if we wanted to – decisions started falling into place seamlessly. He was very active in the planning process.”
When Iris and Zack started planning their wedding, it was of the utmost importance that they played homage to the bride’s Mexican heritage, so they chose November 2nd (Dia de Muertos/ Day of the Dead) as their wedding date. It’s something they celebrate every year anyway so having their wedding on that date seemed entirely fitting.
“I’m Mexican-American and I set up an altar to honour our grandparents and we welcomed our loved one’s souls during our bilingual ceremony”, Iris explained. “We also had traditional papel picado (decorative paper) with our initials hanging in our cocktail area, which my cousin had made for us in Mexico. Our signature cocktail was a Paloma, a traditional Mexican drink.”
Alanah and Joey’s June wedding (on the groom’s birthday!) had a whopping nine themes in total – Toy Story, WWE, Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DC and Ghostbusters! A mashup of all the things they loved, it created an eclectic, geeky gothic themed day where the bride wore black and the groom wore white – and it suited them down to a tee!
With a budget of £15,000 the couple undertook vast amounts of DIY to achieve all the little details they wanted. They made the comic book flowers, buttonholes and hair accessories, and superhero lapel pins and gift bags including personalised items such as glasses and hangers for everyone in the wedding party.
There is so much you’re going to love about Beth and Jamie’s self-proclaimed ‘hipster Star Wars’ themed wedding that I barely know where to start! With a budget of £8,000 they got married on… yep, you guessed it, May 4th, and the attention to detail does not stop there.
Inspired by The Forest Moon Of Endor from Return Of The Jedi, as massive Star Wars fans the couple knew they wanted to have a themed wedding but for it not to appear cheesy or forced – they wanted a tasteful vibe that suited their traditional church ceremony but that still had elements that reflected their personalities.
Tori and Richard didn’t have lots of extra cash to drop on their May wedding, so instead of going into debt they simply decided to make peace with it and to plan the wedding they wanted within their £4500 means. They sold things they no longer needed (like fancy silverware that they NEVER used or even looked at) in order to raise the funds they needed (“It transpires we wanted a wedding DJ more than a canteen of fancy spoons!”) We are ALL about this attitude here at Rock n Roll Bride by the way!
They were wed at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel on bank holiday Monday. “Since we had no idea about a theme but were trying to wrangle dinosaurs and space together as things that represented ‘us’, our theme kind of became Interstellar on a budget!!” said the bride. “I looked at Pinterest, saw some projects and thought ‘This must be how you theme a wedding in 2019… with rose gold dino toys’ because everyone else was doing it. Cue three days of haunting toy shops before we abandoned that idea and decided to do it our own way instead. Richard had started to look at wedding stationery, saw some great customisable star designs on Vistaprint and that ended up being what we went with because it just felt right.”
Attention Star Wars fanatics, Adéla and Milan’s wedding is about to blow your mind! They met at a LARP battle and are big LARPers and Star Wars fans, so obviously they had to bring both of these things into their day. They found an amazing warehouse in Prague to host it, and went ALL OUT on the theme.
Although they make many of their own costumes usually, for their wedding they decided to hire a dressmaker to create their outfits which were based on the Sith robes. “Milan’s was inspired by Kylo Rens’ robe from Episode VII and I was inspired by many different Pinterest Sith robes and Amidala pins”, said Adéla.
The warehouse space was the perfect backdrop for them, but it was a completely empty shell meaning they had to bring everything in themselves. “Since the factory was insanely big we prepared just three rooms”, she continued. “One where the ceremony was (after it transformed into a dance floor), another with the food and drinks and the third which had a projector where we played all the movies and some comfy sofas. There was also a table with Lego where people could make spaceships for a competition!”
There is SO MUCH you’re going to love about Helen and Joel’s bright and eclectic wedding… least of all the incredible burlesque (boy-lesque!) performance that was a total surprise for the bride and groom! They were inspired by all the things that love the most: Colour, Star Wars, beer and crafts, and they did oodles of DIY. From the paper flowers to the bouquets, the flower wall to the custom stationery and signs, all of it was homemade.
The ceremony was led by the bride’s sister. “We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we could honour our love, but also the support and love of our community”, explained the bride. “We decided to have the ceremony in an intimate space, with our guests standing in a circle around us, much like a big hug from those who had been there for us throughout our relationship. It’s hard to describe how connected and supported I felt when I stepped out from behind the curtain and saw the room. It was so intimate! I could literally see the joy in the eyes of my friends and my family. And in the middle – my love, encircled with the love and support of all our people! We continued this circle theme by having a circle flower altar on the ground, symbolising the eternal and infinite bounds of love, that we were about to commit to and declare for each other.”
Meet Tesni and Andrew: Married on May 4th, they had small touches of Star Wars throughout the day, but also included their other favourite movies and novels (lots of Terry Pratchett!) in the table names and decorations. The pregnant bride chose to wear blue as a nod to their son who was due two months after the wedding… And, even better, she found it for £500 in a closing down sale!
The day had an elegant, vintage and timeless feel, but also feel personalised and very ‘them’. “Our wedding theme was to just tell our story – eclectic, personal and slightly geeky!” said the bride.
The ceremony was originally planned for outside, but to make things easier for the seven-month pregnant Tesni, they moved it indoors to the great hall at Plas Dinam Country House at the last minute. “Its stunning moulded ceiling and deep coral walls went perfectly with our colour scheme”, she explained, “and everyone staying in the house had eaten a pre-wedding dinner made by my mum in there the night before so it just felt completely relaxed.”
Josh and Katie met in secondary school. After being in the same tutor group and not exchanging a single word, it took until they ended up in a mutual friendship group in college several years later for them to finally hit it off! They’d been together for nine years and engaged for eight of those before planning their wedding day. As self-confessed Star Wars geeks, with matching Star Wars tattoos already, they knew they wanted a day that captured their nerdiness without being tacky, and also complimented their wedding venue as that was the first thing they picked.
Their ceremony took place in a beautiful rustic barn which was simply decorated with vintage, mismatched jugs full of a mix of fresh, wild flowers and artificial ones, and decorated hula-hoops. They had a simple ceremony, with the registrar reading a small Celtic poem to wish them good luck before they exchanged vows. The best-man performed favourite songs by Zac Brown Band before Josh and Katie exited the barn to a confetti shower as the new Mr and Mrs Smith.