Pixie and Jak didn’t want to spent a huge amount to get married, so planned a wedding to reflect their love of pirates (the groom) and gothic elements (the bride) with a budget of £7500. “In the early stages of preparing for our big day, we decided to do it all ourselves”, said Pixie, “which meant that we could get the style that is personal to ourselves. It also helped us to keep within the budget.”
They were married in August at Moorland Garden Hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. They kept the costs down by having the bride’s aunt make the cake, opting for artificial flowers over real ones and making their own stationery.
“The wedding theme was very personal to us, having a gothic twist with a shade of pirate”, she continued. “My husband and his best men ere all in their pirate swagger and I wore a gothic wedding dress and had bright purple hair.”
The bride found her dream dress for a steal on Facebook! “I was on the hunt for that perfect dress, trying dress after dress until I found that perfect one. One night I decided to see if I could find myself a bargain online and with a bit of searching and some good fortune, I found a post listed locally on Facebook. My perfect dress, never worn, in my size at a bargain price! The dress alterations were designed by myself and was brought to life by the Bridal Emporium in Exeter. I had black tulle added to the bottom over the top of the ivory. A black silk belt was sewn into the waist. My auntie gave me a wedding gift on the day which was attached to my dress, a gothic brooch with a fairy on it.”
With a £17,000 budget and a shed ton of amazing ideas, Rebecca and Callum planned a Twin Peaks inspired wedding at The Sefton Palm House in Liverpool.
“To quote Twin Peaks, our theme was ‘both wonderful and strange’,” began the bride. “Our huge inspiration for our wedding was the wonderful and unique work of David Lynch in particular Twin Peaks! We wanted to have a wedding that was full of references and features from the show, without it being naff, we wanted guested who had never seen the show to come, and get it and think it was a beautiful wedding with a quirky well done theme!”
“I honestly felt everything about our day was unique”, she continued, “there was this amazing atmosphere through out the day, everyone was so happy and you could really feel the love. Our theme really echoed our quirky sense of humour and style and we were able to incorporate some traditional elements of a wedding into a very unusual theme which was very surreal as they went hand in hand!”
At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…
Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”
This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”