Category Archives: British Brides

Festival Wedding with Celtic Druid Ceremony & a Spray Painted Dress!

Coleen and Gavin’s jawdropping wedding day was held at their farmhouse in Margherafelt, Northern Ireland. The ceremony was performed by a druid and the full-day reception was essentially a festival, with 25 acts over three stages (yep, you read that right!). And on top of that, just wait til you see Coleen’s spray painted rainbow dress!

“We hold this little festival at our farmhouse every year, and thought it would be the perfect place to have our wedding,” Coleen explains. “All our friends and family will already be there and we’ve always said that we wanted an outdoor wedding. What could be more perfect than having it at our own home?”

Having their wedding at home meant they could totally personalise the details of the day and make it unique to them. “We had an old Celtic ceremony done by The Order of The Druids in Ulster that took place in a stone circle,” Coleen continues. “We had a stone marking each of the compass points and an element at each direction: a small bowl with earth in it, a small fire pit burning charcoal, incense for air and a bowl filled with water. We were blessed at each compass point by the druid, who then joined our hands together with the cord, and then together we lit our hand fasting candle, which is re-lit every year on our wedding anniversary. At the end of the ceremony, everyone tied gifts to the branches of the tree as an offering, and we all had a good boogie to Groove is in the Heart by Deelite. Everyone laughed, cried, and spoke of how beautiful and unique a ceremony it was!”

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“Up” Inspired Portuguese Wedding with 3000 Balloons!

Three words: Up-inspired balloons! Okay, loads more words: Camelia and Tim’s wedding was a dreamy laid back affair in a stunning Portuguese retreat where the focus was on fun, friends and family.

Camelia and Tim knew they wanted to get married outside and for it to be totally informal, which took their search abroad. Having visited Sintra in Portugal for a festival called Boom, once they found The Quinta they knew it was the perfect place for them to get married (before they’d even visited!) A beautiful venue in its own right, they totally knocked it to a whole new level with 3000 brightly coloured balloons tumbling out of the window onto the lawn to resemble the house from Disney Pixar’s “Up”.

Although there wasn’t an overriding theme, their wedding celebration had a total festival feel. Having met at a festival and first realised the spark during another, the whole weekend focused on laid back vibes and great times. “We’d been told by other couples that the wedding day goes fast, so with this in mind we decided to have a three-day wedding (a bit like a festival!) so we could maximise our time with our nearest and dearest. We also like to party!” Camelia explains.

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Sumptuous Venetian Vow Renewals With a Stunning Red Dress

We love to celebrate love on Rock n Roll Bride, which is why it’s so nice to see alternative vow renewals as well as original ceremonies on here too. Jenny and Alan’s is no different – on the 30th December 2016, they took to Venice with their four children to renew their vows (made on New Year’s Eve 1991!) and looked every inch the gorgeous pair. Their inspiration was “25 years of marriage, four fabulous children, amazing city celebrations, and setting the tone for our future…”

“Our four sons flew into Venice on the morning, so we had not seen them before the ceremony. We had to trust they had arrived and been whisked from the airport on time!” Jenny remembers.  “As everyone else disappeared we walked slowly up the stairs of Ca Segrado, which they’d lined with candles. The sound of Italian opera could be heard as we got to the doors of the reception room which was flooded with sunshine and we couldn’t see the boys. Then I caught sight of the peak of my youngest son’s hat (he has a Peaky Blinders look going on!) Both Alan and I were really overcome at that point with emotion and we said it felt like we were getting married for the first time. We hugged the children in turn and then sat on our chairs at the front.”

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Indian meets English Colourful Animal-Themed Wedding at Chester Zoo

Charlotte and Gian’s wedding was held in Chester Zoo, and it just keeps getting better from there. Their wedding was a perfect blend of British and Indian traditions – we’re talking henna and Battenberg bouquets here, people – for an animal-themed, colourful and creative day.

“We chose to get married at Chester Zoo as it was a place we’ve been too so many times that means a great deal to us,” Charlotte explains. We originally looked at venues where we live but there were so expensive, but a Google of ‘cool wedding venues’ lead us here and it was perfect! With it being a charity, all the money went back into the zoo, the animals and the conservation projects.”

‘We had exclusive use of Oakfield House (where the people who founded the zoo lived) all day and all of our guests got to wander around the zoo when there was any lulls in the day. We also had a tour of the zoo after closing which we kept as a surprise for all the guests, including a talk in the elephant enclosure, which was so lovely as we got to see the baby elephants settling down for the night.”

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Dinosaur and Science Themed Secluded Scottish Humanist Elopement

Natalie and Richard combined their stunning Scottish elopement with the naming ceremony for their son (and only guest) Hector Herbert. On the breathtaking and secluded beach at Crear, their dinosaur and science themed ceremony was intimate, personal and perfect!

“Our wedding was entirely about our family, the three of us. No one else was invited or knew about it, including our families, which made it feel really special!” Natalie and Richard explain, having driven 340 miles from Yorkshire to get to the beautiful beach at Crear. “The beach was totally secluded – no-one else in sight. We had our celebrant, Karen Dickson, a bagpiper and our photographers, and that was it!”

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Good Music, Food & Wine: A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Belfast

Music is a massive thing for Carrie and Dee, who met at a house party after they’d finished working at Belfast Music Week in 2011, plus Carrie photographs bands for Getty Images (as well as weddings!) so it was a major theme for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Their other big love is good food and wine, so the meal had to be amazing! Basically, they said, it was all about everyone enjoying themselves.

The couple planned everything themselves. Dee had worked running Queen’s University Students’ Union for years, so he knew his way around organising an event, plus they wanted everything to be as DIY and personal as possible. Regarding a budget, Carrie said “Honestly we didn’t really set one as we had no idea where to start. Lots of friends and family helped, which made things so much easier for us, and both of us knew from the start we didn’t want to spend a fortune and end up paying for it for years to come, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect and for everyone to have an amazing time, so we cut costs where we could to keep it reasonable.”

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