Jake and Emily were married at Isola Farms in Florida. They wanted their wedding to “make our love a tangible thing people could see and feel”.
The ceremony was held outside, and was both of their favourite parts of the day. “Our ceremony was beyond perfect”, said Emily. “Nestled in between two giant oak trees with chandeliers hanging above our flowered cross, it was more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed of. Jake was so perfect standing there trying hard not to cry. Our vows were hand-written in books that we both used for wedding planning. I cannot describe the feelings, other than to say it was so much better than I had hoped for.”
The couple did nearly all the décor themselves. “A very, VERY large portion of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “If it was not done by me it was done by a close family friend or relative. Everything from our chalkboard signs to our photo booth. We thought, what better way to show our love then to make everything hand-written? We even had hand-written notes for each guest on their seat at the reception.”
Laura and Simon wanted a wedding that felt like them. They didn’t pick one particular theme. “We didn’t really have a set ‘theme’,” explained the bride. “With so many fantastic sources of inspiration we simply couldn’t decide and commit to one thing. At the beginning, we felt overwhelmed, but soon realised that we needed to focus less on the best bits of other people’s weddings, and more on what we actually wanted for our own. It was important that whatever we chose reflected our relationship, interests and personalities and this is exactly what helped us to bring it all together.”
“We knew we didn’t want the wedding to be traditional or stuffy, but we wanted it to be quite classic with some eccentric touches. We wanted to incorporate a nautical element too as it linked back to our engagement which happened on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. We also introduced the vintage element with pastel colours as we’re both inspired by alternative fashion and trends, and it suited the décor of the venue.”
If you like things a bit more dark ‘n moody than the usual bridal fare, then you’re going to love this wedding shoot!
Put together by Him and Her Events from Queensland, it features a black wedding cake, a deer skull above the ceremony arch and the coolest models ever! This is definitely not one for traditional brides.
“The theme of this shoot was ‘tll death do us party and sophisticated grunge”, they explained. “We wanted to embrace the rawness of the venue and create a style that inspired couples to make their own rules when it comes to their wedding day. We wanted to create a moody feel whilst still embracing bursts of colour and featuring cow skulls consistently throughout our styling.”
Ione and Will wanted their wedding to be bright, fun and homemade. It was also really important to them that all of our friends and family were there so they kept to a strict budget so they could accommodate everyone.
“We met just under seven years ago on Brighton seafront at a club night called Club NME!” the bride began. “I was 18 and he was 23. I was his first girlfriend so we feel like high school sweethearts.”
“For the wedding we wanted to combine both my Cuban heritage (I’ve also lived in Spain) and Will’s love of Sussex, where he’s lived his whole life. We felt we had lots of little odes to each one. We wanted a village fete type feel and had 120 people from 2pm for our reception. We kept it simple with a vegan paella and a chicken paella with baguettes and some salads that I made to keep costs down. Everyone was so happy with a simple feel to the day, we personally didn’t feel like we needed more than one sit down course.”
Brides wearing non-white dresses are becoming more and more commonplace (yay!) and nothing thrills me more than seeing and sharing a beautiful babe rocking her own style on her wedding day. When Carina married Jay she decided to wear an original 1930s black floral dress from Hope and Harlequin. It went perfectly with their autumnal theme!
“My dress was an original 1930s metallic lame gown with replacement vintage black lace for the back panel”, she explained. “I think wearing a non-traditional wedding dress made the wedding feel very personal to me plus the choice of reception venue was quite unique. My earrings were the letters ‘C’ and ‘R’ to represent my new married initials and I made my flower headpiece myself. I foraged some of the foliage as well as bought some.”
“Our idea was to make things as simple as possible”, said the bride. “We didn’t want our wedding to have a luxurious or classical feel. We wanted everyone to be themselves. Aesthetically our wedding may seem pretty similar to others, but in Brazil it was a very big challenge to have an organic simple wedding. We wanted it to feel like a big family dinner or a weekend camping.”
The ceremony was held outdoors. “The pastor who officiated our ceremony is a personal friend of the groom which made made it much more personal. The words he used were kind and gave a special touch and fun to the ceremony. I would advise other couples to have someone they know conduct their ceremony. If they know you and your history it will make it so much more meaningful”.
If you’ve picked up a copy of issue 7, you will have seen the Skin Deep photo editorial that I partnered with Nova of the Nu Bride on. Today I wanted to share a few extra shots with you all that didn’t make the magazine spread (it turns out 8 pages just isn’t enough ha!)
The idea behind this shoot was simple, and it was sparked from an email that Nova received after an article she wrote for issue 4 about cultural representation in the wedding industry.
“As a woman of colour who loves weddings and all things pretty, the cover of [and your article inside] Rock n Roll Bride is just heart warming to see and it is encouraging. Of course, I want to see people that look like me in wedding magazines, and it is nice to see a blog and person I respect featured in the magazine. Kudos to Nova and Rock n Roll Bride. Keep up the good work!” – Heather
I’ve always wanted to showcase different wedding inspiration to the mainstream on Rock n Roll Bride. Whether that be with the style of weddings or the people getting married. Rock n Roll Bride magazine was the first nationally available UK print magazine to feature a same sex wedding inside, and I’m pretty sure no other wedding magazine would ever publish a photo session with a bride rocking a beard!
Shannon and Mark’s Byron Bay wedding had a 60s influence with just a touch of kitsch. The bride wore a custom made dress with a full blue skirt and a polka dot veil.
“The night Mark and I met we danced, drank a lot, ran amok and had thumb war battles”, she said. “We wanted the wedding to feel the same! We had giant lawn games and hired a double decker hippy bus to take the guests on a Byron Bay adventure on the way to the wedding. We chose a band that were so fantastic it felt like we were at a live venue, and everything from the ceremony to the pool at the end of the night were all about having fun.”
“The styling was all done by me with a kitschy, sixties and pin up twist. There was astroturf table runners on the one long table and bright red perspex scroll signs. I made the favours which were pink vending machine capsules that I filled with salted caramels, a magnet, a toy animal figurine and an illustration of Mark and I drawn by my very talented sister. By the end of the night people were trading and stealing them like kids in a playground.”
If you’re getting married anywhere in the US and you don’t have your photographer sorted yet then you my friend are in for a treat! Photographers Grasi and Dani of Rocker in Love, are, for the second year running, touring the US and shooting weddings for their photography art book project. The best part is they’re offering the couples that take part an incredible discount!
Here’s a little recap of how their 2015 tour went down.
its so vitally important to have a great connection with your wedding photographers. After all, they’re going to be spending a lot of time with you on, arguably, the most important day of your life! Even more than that though, they’ll be capturing the photographs that hang on your walls forever, and the more you like the person behind the camera, the better the resulting images will be!
Grasi and Dani make it their mission to ensure that their couples are comfortable in front of the camera and have a great time during their photo sessions.
“We are looking for awesome, sweet, photography loving couples to represent each US State for a special Book Project ‘U.S. Wedding Tour'”, they explain. “Take a look at our calendar and map – we can drive to you and photograph your wedding too!!! You’ll get your wedding photographs for a bargain and you’ll be published in our photography book afterwards!”
Here’s a map showing which States they’re still looking to find couples for. Don’t worry if yours is already booked, you can still get in touch and if they’re available they’ll swing by and shoot your wedding too (outside of the project/ discount).
Taking part in this incredible project means you’ll get:
♥ Two and a half wedding photographers (Grasi, Dani + their 8 year old son, Otto!)
♥ Full wedding day coverage
♥ A set of fully edited high res images
♥ The rights to print and share
♥ Two artistic gifs
♥ A Love Session (the day before or after the wedding)
All this for just $2,500!
Plus, you’ll end up with utterly incredible wedding photographs like THIS!!
They also make each of their couples these incredible gifs!
So, if you’re getting married in America, what are you waiting for?! Check out their amazing reviews and email email@example.com! Please include your names, wedding date, location, and a little bit about your love story and wedding plans.
Remember, this isn’t a contest for the coolest or most unique weddings. It doesn’t matter if your wedding is super alternative, a little bit quirky, or just a simply wedding that’s a reflection of you; they want to shoot and showcase all styles and love stories. So whatever your theme, ideas or location, be sure to get in touch!
Elodie and Matt’s wedding was held at Le Couvent des Carmes, an old convent between Grenoble and Valence in French Alps. The day was themed around a mix of lots of different things from nature to childhood memories, and Rock n Roll to travel.
“We drew ideas from lots of things for our wedding”, the groom explained. “Vintage things, our childhoods, our bohemian lifestyle, and love of nature. We tried to make our wedding feel like us and we wanted to do a lot of things by ourselves. Elodie wore green heels, and I wore a deep red suit. Our transport was a yellow VW van like the one in our favourite movie, Little Miss Sunshine. At the reception we had gold dinosaurs, ferns and artichokes as decorations.”
Last weekend was amazing! I have never been more exhausted, but after being at the Manchester National Wedding Show on Saturday and Sunday I’ve remembered how much I really, really love getting out of the office – ha! It was such fun being surrounded by other wedding obsessives, meeting new suppliers and of course hanging out with you lot! To everyone who came along, visited our stand, said hi, took a selfie with me, bought a magazine or ordered a veil, I LOVE YOU.
I’ve had two days back at home, trying my best to catch up with my emails and work (and failing miserably) and today we’re back on the road and heading to London Olympia for the next show this weekend! It kicks off at 10am tomorrow and runs all the way through to 5pm Sunday.
Want to know what you can expect if you come along? We made you a little video!
Natalie and Aaron wanted a small wedding, that was just for them. They were married at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne with just nine guests. “The inspiration for our wedding was to have a low key, romantic elopement with beautiful spring flowers all around us”, the bride said. “We had originally planned a wedding for around 80 guests which was meant to happen next July, but after I became very anxious and stressed we decided to drop that in favour of our little ceremony. By doing a small ceremony we saved thousands of dollars too.”
“We had only nine guests which made the day feel really special and intimate compared to the other weddings we’ve been to. Even though our day was small, at times organising things was still stressful. I think I assumed that because we went so small that it would be super breezy but it can still be a really overwhelming process, I wish I’d just taken the time to relax more leading up to it.”
Pavel and Gulnara are both video game fanatics. This is how they met (playing World of Warcraft) so of course they had to bring it into their winter wedding.
“We both love video games and met online”, the bride explained. “He was administrating a WOW game forum and lived in Moscow. I lived 600 kilometres south-east from capital, in Kazan. He invited me to a party and I booked a plane ticket. Our nicknames in the forum were Ked and Dior so we had giant letters of these made for the wedding.”
“The wedding had winter theme with geekiness added!” she continued. “Our cake toppers were Eva and WALL-E, we had or PacMan muffins and 8bit invitations. Our wedding website was also in 8-bit style and we had a game developed about us killing space invaders!”