Amanda and Josh met while travelling in Cambodia three and a half years ago. They fell in love (with each other and the country) and didn’t want to leave to decided to stay and run a restaurant together! They ended up staying for two years before returning to England (where Webs is from). However due to visa hold ups and budget constraints, they were married in Philadelphia where Amanda lived before they met.
They took their $3500 savings and got hitched in the most ‘them’ way they could think of. That meant the 90s, Valentine’s day and tattoos. Also, for Amanda in particular, her style guidance came by way of Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord, Lady Gaga and Alabama Worley of True Romance!
Sarah and Andrew knew right from the off that they didn’t want to spend a ton of money on their wedding day – as they had both been married previously, they already knew that the most important thing at the end of the day, was just themselves. Armed with a $3000 budget they set about picking their destination, and their outfits – and the rest they let happen naturally!
They knew that what they did have for they wedding day, that they wanted to reflect their personalities and their similarities in style – they just wanted to be themselves! For Sarah this meant rocking a pair of Vans under her black tulle gown, which she DIY’d by combining a highstreet dress with a tulle overskirt for just $300. For Andrew, a houndstooth waistcoat and trousers, collar chain and again, his trusty Vans!
Tattoo artists Fiona and Stix met when they worked in the same shop together. They were friends first but it became more than that on a trip to Venice! For their March wedding they wanted to keep things simple, but to include elements that felt right for them. They had little in the way of extra decorations or props, but skulls were a bit of a recurring theme!
“I never really thought of a theme as such, it was just kind of us”, said Fiona “It came together with the things we love. Both being tattooists, we obviously love skulls and all things dark. I just wanted it to be a bit different to the norm but not so it looked like a full-on Halloween party.”
“Our attitude is what made our wedding the most unique”, she continued. “I just honestly didn’t care what other people thought about our wedding! I kept telling myself ‘Just do what you want!’ We had decorations the way we wanted them, The Damned blaring as I walked down the aisle, a homemade amethyst and moon handmade crown, a skull wedding ring… and if someone didn’t like it, I didn’t mind.. After all it was for us.”
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.”
They met a decade ago while Lacey was bartending on a slow night. She was reading The Encyclopaedia of Serial Killers and Austen struck up a conversation about it while ordering a beer. When returned to his friends, she noticed he’s left his number on a napkin and although this has happened to her before, he was the first one she ever wanted to follow up with! They became friends first, bonding of their mutual love of horror and anything spooky. They’d get together regularly to watch scary movies, but only as friends. Then, a few years later, on a road trip to Vegas it became more than that… And the rest, as the old cliché goes, is history.
They decided to return to Vegas to marry on their own terms, and that meant completely alone. “We just wanted to spend some time together”, began Lacey. “I work 70 hours or more a week with maybe two or three days off a month and Austen works different hours than I do, so we don’t get much time together. All we really wanted was a small simple ceremony with plenty of time left to relax and hang out together. Austen is charismatic enough to be a cult leader, and we both love spooky stuff so we tried to dress like cult members! Our only focus for the entire thing was us. We decided that we wanted our wedding to be all about us and not making other people happy or obligated to be there.”
They had their ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel and picked the Michael Jordan package so they could livestream it to their friends and family back home. “From the minute we walked through the door the staff treated us as if we were the only wedding happening there that day”, she continued. “They were all so nice and seemed genuinely happy for us. They asked us a few questions about our preferences and took us in to the chapel. We chose a non-religious ceremony and walked arm in arm down the aisle. Minister Johnny performed a short, lovely ceremony and we were finally married!”
There is NOTHING we love more at Rock n Roll Bride than celebrating the uniqueness of each and every person, and each and every wedding that we publish. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, what makes Rock n Roll Bride so great, what makes our features so diverse and unique… IS YOU. You and your utterly gorgeous celebrations of love!
Annabelle and Ibrahim were married in October. They wanted their wedding to be a celebration of both of their backgrounds – the groom’s Pakistani heritage, and the bride’s love of books and writing.
“I am a writer and huge lover of stories, especially of the fantasy kind”, began the bride, “and Ibrahim is half Pakistani. This helped a lot of our décor and what we wore. We love to celebrate each other and what makes us unique, and that’s where our inspiration stemmed from. We combined my love of stories and fantasy and Ibrahim’s love for his Pakistani culture and laced them together to create something that appeared autumnal overall.” Their wedding was flooded with hues of red, gold, orange and green, which worked perfectly for the season too.