Andrew and Ariana met just over five years ago at a tattoo shop in the Lower East Side neighbourhood of New York City. The owner of the shop, a mutual friend, had been scheming for months to try to get the couple together and the timing finally worked out on Andrew’s birthday in 2015. They spent the night dancing and making out at a dive bar downtown and that was it – from that point on they were inseparable. Their next date, just three days later, lasted for thirteen hours. “We knew that was it” said Ariana.
When it came to planning their wedding day, they knew that they wanted to keep things simple and modern, knowing that their venue – the Metropolitan Building – had all the special details and vintage accents to make it unique. Also as Ariana work in event production for a living, she knows exactly how exhausting and stressful planning an event can be.
“My goal with our wedding was to keep everything as simple and stress-free as possible. We wanted to be able to enjoy every minute without having to worry about tiny details and manage multiple vendors all day, so we chose a space that was as all-inclusive as possible. Our venue offered a vast collection of antique furniture to decorate the space, and we selected pieces in soft greens, pinks and grey to adorn the space. Because the venue was so quirky and intricate, we didn’t need much to bring it to life.”
Aww Sas and Brandon! I love these two and their beautiful, quirky wedding. I know you will too! They were married in March, on their ten year anniversary. They had their day at The Plough Inn in Eaton, Cheshire.
They spent £6000 on their day, and one of the biggest savings was on their outfits. Sas wore an ASOS dress, shoes which she found for £13 in the sale and a veil from the Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory collection! She even made her own brooch bouquet. “I had decided very early on that I didn’t want to go down the avenue of visiting a wedding dress shop and buying a dress that way”, she explained. “I was very insecure about the whole thing so I was adamant that I would find something online. I did, but like most brides changed my dress! The dress I eventually went with was an ASOS one which I had altered.”
“And OMG my veil! I wanted Sophie of Crown and Glory to make it. I contacted her back in November 2017, she was super helpful and the veil I had decided on was a Nebula. However just like my dress I ended up changing my mind. The 2018 collaboration between Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory had been sneak peaked and a noticed a glimpse of something so I emailed Sophie pretty much the same second enquiring about it. I think my email went something like ‘OMG are you doing a flower veil? When will the collaboration be available and would I be able to change my original veil plan!?’ She told me I might be right, that the collaboration would be released on the 8th January and if I wanted to change I could as my veil hadn’t been started yet. Once the collection dropped I fell head over heels for the Magic Garden Veil which Sophie made for me in my chosen colours of teal, blue and green. It was EPIC and everyone loved it, it was the showstopper of the day! Sophie was amazing, kept in touch the whole time and I remember the day she sent me the first video of my veil, I sobbed! Sophie even went so far as making a tiny version of my veil for our Pop! Vinyl figure cake topper!”
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!