Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!
Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.
Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.
Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.
Chanel and Dan’s Cincinnati wedding was held at The Redmoor, an Art Deco landmark that has been entertaining guests with its rich setting and unmistakable ambience since the 1920s! It’s history as an avant-garde theatre really appealed to the couple and suited the Rock n Roll theme that they had planned.
“Our wedding theme was Rock n Roll meets Woodstock”, said the bride. “We wanted the wedding to be different. We didn’t want it to be the same as every wedding we had gone to in the past couple years. We wanted it to be a huge celebration with no sit down dinner and no waiting on the bridal party, just down right fun!”
“I think we did a couple things that made our wedding stand out. We had our ceremony in an old fashion movie theatre and our flower girl went down the isle in a motorised Volkswagon van! Our ring bearer had a band t shirt on and fake tattoo sleeves and myself and my bridesmaids all wore leather jackets.”
When you hear a wedding theme described as ‘spicy’, you obviously expect the palette to be full of fiery reds and siennas, but what you don’t expect is that the bouquet is actually made up of real red hot chilli peppers! The theme even extended to the bride’s hot orange coloured nails and spicy hued make up.
Silvia and Alan’s August wedding broke with south Italy’s tradition of marrying in a church. Instead, they held it in a theatre, followed by the reception at Hotel Bouganville Hill Resort. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s aunt Assunta Dragonetti, and Silvia described it fondly as, “Informal, and so really funny. My parents were really excited. My father trembled while we were walking to the altar; I told him that I was the bride, not him!”