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Cosy Christmas & 1950s Inspired Wedding with Grandma as Bridesmaid!

Sarah loves decorating her and Richard’s house for Christmas, so this drew the first inspiration for the couple’s November wedding day. “We wanted a family friendly, rustic yet glamorous, cosy and romantic winter wedding,” explained Sarah. “I love decorating the house for Christmas with rustic, old fashioned decorations and lots of winter foliage, and wanted to capture that coziness for our wedding. I also love all things vintage, especially 1950s and Rockabilly, and had to give a nod to the styles I love so much.”

However, one of the sweetest parts of their wedding has to be the fact that Sarah asked her Grandma to be one of her bridesmaids. Would you get a load of this adorableness! She had her  as bridesmaid for a very special reason. “I don’t want to run on and bore you but when I was 18 months old my mother died, and my nanny gave up everything for me to live with her while my dad got himself back on track. Don’t worry there was a happy ending – he got re-married and I grew up with a mum that could not be more perfect! But I wanted to honour my nanny for her selflessness throughout my life in front of everyone we care about who attended our big day.”

With a £4000 budget, the couple got hands on and DIY-ed as much as they could. “I got a bit excited a long time before the wedding,” explained Sarah, “and this resulted in crafting as much for it as I could think of!” This included flower arrangements, buttonholes, personalised coat hangers and wedding party gifts, table plan, seating cards, signs and display… the list is endless!

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A Druid Handfasting meets Glastonbury Wedding Full of Colour, Sequins & Morris Dancers

James and Bex go to Glastonbury every single year, but as there was no festival in 2018, they decided they would get married on the same weekend and host their own! The day was held at The Pheasantry Brewery, near their home in Nottinghamshire. As well as making their day feel perfect for them, their family and in particular their children were a really important part of the day. Between them they have five kids, two each from previous relationships and the youngest, Frank, together. They even painted Frank’s buggy with the pyramid stage and portraits of Michael Eavis and Dave Grohl on it!

“Our wedding was a Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Glastonbury festival meets English village fete meets The Wicker Man!” said the bride.  “As a family we usually go to Glastonbury Festival, its where James proposed in fact, and on hearing 2018 would be a fallow year and there would be no festival we decided to have our own, that way we get to celebrate our anniversaries there!”

The druid handfasting ceremony was a really special moment (they did the legal ceremony a few days prior). Instead of an aisle, their guests were gathered in a circle around them, their children were also really involved.

Being a festival wedding, the entertainment was obviously a big consideration… Their children are all quite musical so they held an open mic session at the reception where anyone could stand up and perform! All the kids sang, as did Bex and her bridesmaids.

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Simple, Vintage Inspired Scottish Winter Wedding with a Six Month Pregnant Bride!

Ben and Ruth first got married on the night that they met – albeit, a drunken, fake marriage, but something in them must have known that they’d be doing it for real six years later! When it came to planning their actual day, they knew they wanted to keep it as simple as possible and focus on the things that were important to them – close friends and family, good food and perfect views.

They planned their wedding in just three months – the fact that Ruth was six months pregnant on the day meant they had no time to dilly-dally. “It really doesn’t take as long as you might expect,” explained Ruth. “Once we found the venue we just worked backwards from there!” Their venue, the Signet Library in Edinburgh, is one of the cities finest Georgian buildings, providing an elegant, historic setting that didn’t need much in the way of decor – the couple hit up Hobbycraft for chalkboards and signage and eBay for candles and let the venue do the rest of the talking.

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The Virgin Suicides & High School Dance Inspired Wedding at El Club, Detroit

Courtney and Mark’s August wedding was inspired by the high school dances they went to as teenagers. They wanted to replicate the magic and excitement of those nights into their big day and we love how it turned out! Colourful, creative and just a little bit kitsch – all the things we adore here at Rock n Roll Bride!

They eloped, just the two of them, and then hosted a big party reception at El Club in Detroit. “We were trying to achieve that dreamy vibe from The Virgin Suicides,” said the bride. “It definitely ended up being more vibrant, not so muted, but that was OK! We eloped at the courthouse a few days before the party which seemed like a very natural way to do it to us, but a lot of our family and co-workers were a little mystified by that plan!”

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Vintage Style Railway Museum Wedding with an Indie Disco & a Red Wedding Dress!

Chris and Ashley knew they wanted a quirky venue for their wedding but weren’t willing to compromise on food, and the National Railway Museum in York ticked all those boxes. Featuring a fine dining menu, a vintage train carriage and a twinkly light backdrop, it was perfect for what they wanted! In fact with such good decorations already in place at the museum, the couple felt it needed very little in the way of further decor – they had just centrepieces, light up letters and cherry blossom trees to dress the reception area.

One decor project the couple did complete was a memory board for Ashley’s parents and Chris’ grandparents, who were very much missed. They printed favourite photographs and strung them to an easel to be displayed prominently throughout their reception. Ashley also incorporated memories of her mum into her day by wearing her St Christopher and a headpiece of hers. Her dad, who sadly has Alzheimers so wasn’t able to attend the day, used to be a clock maker, so she had a clock embroidered on the back of her dress as a token for him.

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Vintage Inspired Asylum Chapel & London Pub Wedding with Floral Touches

Inspired by their love of vintage and times gone by, Maria and Ian had a theme-free but very vintage inspired wedding. They picked the Asylum Chapel in Peckham as their ceremony venue because loved the beauty in the decay of the deconsecrated church and the fact that it looks a bit like nature is taking it over.

“The ceremony was beautiful and Ian couldn’t keep his eyes off me for the whole time, which felt amazing”, began the bride. “Also, for some reason I hadn’t anticipated how wonderful to have everyone that we love under one roof together and getting to know each other.”

Although they didn’t want a themed wedding as such, but were very inspired by by-gone eras with the things they chose. “We wanted it to be authentic and not to be over fussy but paying close attention to detail, quality materials and working with fantastic people to create for the day. Using organic flowers was also important to us, but it wasn’t that easy to find! Issy and Bella were fantastic though. We ended up with beautiful scented bouquets with roses, dahlias, sweet peas, cosmos, hydrangea, veronica, olive, scented geranium sweet pea tendrils, silver lavender, chocolate mint, eucalyptus and astrancia.”

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