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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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Star Wars Themed Wedding in New Orleans

Stephanie and Ryan’s description of their wedding is arguably my favourite of all time, and it reads like this: “A mash-up of video games, 80s soft rock, and Star Wars. Classy on the surface with layers of ridiculous undertones.” Absolute brilliance.

As was having their officiants dress as Hall and Oates and stay in character all day, they also incorporated a local tradition into their day known as a ‘second line’. This is where a New Orleans brass band parades is the group of people who follow behind the ‘main line’ of official players and just dance and enjoy the music. Which in this case was the theme to Star Wars and everyone had a lightsaber and a decorated umbrella. I repeat – brilliance.

What was the inspiration behind this awesome hybrid? Stephanie said, “Honestly, just Ryan and me and our mutual weirdness. We really love being strange and making people laugh, so we just took all the traditional things and then did it our own way.” Stephanie planned the entire thing herself, “with a dash of the husbandʼs input, of course! I had a day-of coordinator, Joy from Bridal 911, who helped keep everything on time and organised.”

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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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Enchanted Middle Earth Inspired Backyard Wedding in Portland

Both lovers off Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Hannah and Derek wanted their Portland wedding to transport their guests to Middle Earth. The theme was a botanical woodland and the day was unique, intimate, and moody, while reflecting their Oregon roots.

“We wanted a wedding fit for hobbits and elves”, began the bride. “We wanted it to reflect our love for fantasy, but also be elegant and not blatantly obvious. In the end, I think it was exactly how we imagined it would be.”

They met on OKCupid and with both of them being card carrying introverts, it was important to them that they both felt their most comfortable on the day. They opted for Hannah’s parent’s back garden as the venue. “We wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet”, Hannah continued. “I came from the deck and walked through the garden to Derek. I walked down the aisle on my own to Iron & Wine’s cover of Time After Time. We had done a first look and photos before, so he wasn’t totally surprised seeing me, though he is a softy and cried. Our officiant went through his speech, which included a quote from Bilbo Baggins. We saved our vows for the honeymoon, as we both have a hard time talking in front of crowds. After kissing and being announced we exited to the song All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar.”

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Body Positive & Antique Lovers’ Jewish Wedding

It was OKCupid and a mutual love of antiques that brought Ingrid and Johnny together. And even though the pair of them are known for having ‘booming personalities’ they decided to have a quieter day than their guests expected.

The bride said, “My whole life, I was a black sheep. Johnny has always been unique, as well. A lot of our guests expected to see a big, extravagant fashion bomb as our wedding décor. After a few people made comments about what they were expecting, I decided we had to have a calm, romantic day that really focused on us. Our colours were plum and blush and our mood words were ‘vintage’ and ‘romantic. Our wedding was unique because it was fully a representation of our love story.”

Rock n Roll Bride is all about body positivity and inclusivity, so Ingrid’s wedding planning journey is extra amazing. “I’ve been in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group since the moment I got engaged. During my whole planning process, one of the questions I based my decisions off of was ‘Would this be something Rock n Roll Bride would publish?’ I was a fat Jewish bride (US size 28), and I found that many vendors had never worked with a happy fat bride before (or a Jewish one!) Photographers don’t feature fat brides on their websites and, even when asked, many of them had never photographed a bride anywhere near my size. Many of our vendors were learning along with us, which made all our planning that much more exciting (as well as stressful…).”

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