WEDDINGS

love shoot #46: rock n roll {sarah & matt}

Hello lovely ladies, Are you ready for today’s wedding? It’s quirky, cool and rock n roll, and I love it!  You might recognise this super cool couple from the summer lovin’ retro styled shoot I featured a few weeks ago (can you believe they’re not models?!)

Sarah & Matt really wanted their wedding to represent them and all the things they love, and for all their friends and family to have fun, and that’s just what they achieved.  Their wedding is quirky, cool and unique, their personalities are infused into every detail.  They even created their very own retro rock ‘n roll tatoo logo that was featured throughout the day.

The stunning images, from October Ward Photography, perfectly capture the roller coaster of emotions of the bride and groom throughout the day.  I love the nervous excitement of the getting ready pictures, the pure emotion of the ceremony and the immense amount of fun these two are having together on the dancefloor!

Over to Sarah, the beautiful bride ~

Matt and I are both from the same town and attended the same secondary school…but didn’t know each other!  Our paths crossed again at our local pub/club, it was Halloween 2008 and I was dressed as a little devil (horns, tail and all!) and I heard someone say ‘Sarah Knight’…I turned to see this guy with hair longer than mine…it was clear he had used the straighteners on it :)  I just knew it was Matt from school, we started chatting and realised we both had a big passion for music.  We went on a few dates after this, I remember Matt making up a ‘cold survival box’ for me when he picked me up to go to a gig, knowing I was suffering with a cold.  About a year after meeting, I moved in with him.

We went to a lot of gigs during our first year together & Matt gave me my first festival experience…it was during Leeds Festival in Aug 2009 that he proposed, with Kings of Leon in the background…how perfectly rock n roll…of course I said yes.  He had already asked my Dad if he could ask me, that meant a lot to me & my family.

 

We got married at my parish church in Wisbech St Mary.  It’s in the village I was raised and it holds wonderful memories.  The church is so understated but beautiful.  The reception was held at Wisbech St Mary Community Centre, wish had recently been built, which was perfect as it was within walking distance.

The most important things we considered while planning the wedding was making sure we stayed true to ourselves and our style.  We considered a lot of themes and did lots of research…but it always came down to one passion…music, particularly rock n roll.  We had been learning to jive, along with our bridesmaids, so it seemed a natural theme to follow.  I was also conscious of the wedding being ‘too’ themed though.  I spent lots of time looking through wedding magazines and websites, looking for ideas, I put the things I liked in a scrap book and adapted them to fit our style.

I didn’t particularly have a colour palette in mind, but I fell in love with some 50’s inspired dresses  which I thought would be perfect for the bridesmaids.  They were a keep plum colour, so I brought them & that started our colour scheme, we complimented it with creams and grey for the men.  I also have to mention Nicola Knowles at The White House, as she was a great source of inspiration and ideas. 

I’m quite a creative person so it was important to me to add my own touches.  I worked closely with my friend Jay, who owns a design company called Paper Rhino, to work on our wedding stationery.  He created a fabulous retro rock n roll tattoo logo design, which we used throughout the wedding.  He also created a cheeky Sarah & Matt cartoon which we featured on the back of the invitations.  I made the table plan, using our favourite artists and bands as table names.  I brought a batch of old vinyl records and used these as place mats/names, I covered the original stickers with a printed sticker of the guests name and their food order (this greatly helped the caterers!). For the favours I brought some retro purple striped paper bags from Ebay and filled them with retro sweets, with a ‘love is sweet’ label on.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was to Adele, Make You Feel my Love.  We heard the song one day and the lyrics just reflected how we felt about each other.

I was surprised with a ‘father & daughter’ dance after this, my mum had arranged for the DJ to play My Sarah by Thin Lizzy for me and my dad to dance to.

We really wanted our guests to have a great time, so we didn’t mind spending some of our budget on the entertainment. We had a fabulous band called The Houndogs who provided rock n roll tunes for the evening!

Any advice for future brides?

Just stay true to what you both want, listen to your partners views (its so easy to become bridezilla!) and let them help.  Get your bridesmaids involved with the creative personal touches, we had lots of fun doing that!  I found it useful to keep a scrap book which contained articles I have pulled out of magazines, from the internet and my own thoughts.

Thanks Sarah & Matt for sharing your unique & inspiring day, I’m sure you two have lots more fun times ahead!

{suppliers}

Dress – The White House (custom)
Shoes – Monsoon
Veil & Accessories – The White House
Stationery – Jay at Paper Rhino
Venue – Wisbech St Mary Church, Wisbech St Mary Community Centre
Flowers –  Amazing Wedding Hire
Chair covers/bows – Wedding Fairies
Hair – Jess, Hair Connections at The White House
Makeup – Nicola Knowles at The White House
Catering – Roffes Catering
Cake – Victoria & Pauline via The White House
Band – The Houndogs
Music – BlackTieDJ
Bridesmaids dresses – John Lewis

 

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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