I was recently at a Wedding Open Day with Michael from Michael Calders Photography when he threw around the idea of a Rock 'n' Roll Wedding styled shoot. I love different themes and ideas, and I was definitely onboard with this one.
It's becoming more "normal" now for couples to really theme their wedding day around their likes and personalities, and tell their own love story. There are so many elements of a wedding day that you can add your spin to, and ROCK 'N' ROLL BABY - It doesn't come much cooler than that!
This Rock 'n' Roll wedding theme styled shoot is all about giving lots of inspiration of how to add flair to your wedding, but without compromising on the romance of the day.
The shoot took place at the stunning Hawthorn Grove Outdoor Venue. Set amidst 280 acres of pasture farm land in the Northamptonshire countryside overlooking the Nene Valley and hidden away from the outside world is our festoon lit hawthorn woodland. An enchanted space where you can gather around our very large fire pit and celebrate under the canopy of the trees. This venue is truly a blank canvas, fortuning the suppliers with lots of creative scope to embrace the rock and roll wedding theme.
Choosing which wedding dress to use for this shoot was somewhat an easy one. Roxxie from Wilde Kindred Spirits wore this beautiful champagne wedding dress covered in exquisite detail. The bodice is made of illusion lace with a flowing satin A-line skirt, the tulle overskirt adds the perfect level of femininity to the dress. I knew the colour was going to be vital to match the red and dusty tones of the styling, and be complimentary with the woodland shades too.
Standing with Roxxie, Joe wore a suit from Collective 13 Clothing. Based in Daventry, this independent menswear retailer absolutely nailed the brief with this bridal attire. Looking dapper in an all black three-piece ensemble, a lilac tie and pocket square added a sprig of colour. An incredibly creative buttonhole was worn to match the bridal bouquet.
For the Rock ’n’ Roll shoot, we wanted to marry the concepts of grunge and bridal! For makeup, Gabby used a cool grey on the eyes to compliment Roxxie’s skin tone, with black liner smoked out. This felt very ‘rocky’ and ‘edgy,’ however it was smoked out into a gentle cat eye shape, to keep it as an accessible bridal look.
For hair, the amazingly talented Gabby skillfully opted for a quiff at the front with pulled back sides, with the back plaited and twisted together. Roxxie had long hair with dreadlocks, so this made a traditionally boho style look both ‘rocky’ and pretty!
In keeping with the Rock ‘n’ Roll wedding theme, Niamh Designs created these cool leather jackets for the bride and groom, because nothing quite says rock and roll like a leather jacket right?! Niamh skillfully embroidered the two designs that we sourced for this shoot to complete the edgy look.
With Hawthorn Grove being such a blank canvas, it allows for couples to really put their own spin on it with the food and drink provisions. In keeping with the theme of this shoot, The Swig and Filly rocked up with their retro converted airstream bar. Serving up a mix of cocktails, for photogenic purposes only obviously...
Trudy at The Moist Bakery really lives up to her name with her cakes, I can vouch for that! But this cake is artistically different and so on theme. Trudy designed and created this, far from traditional, Rock 'n' Roll themed wedding cake full of dark tones and a pop of red florals. Styled shoots give inspiration to couples so they can envisage that anything is possible for their own unique big day, and no doubt this cake will be pinned to many Pinterest boards!
Fran from Orchard Garden Flowers added touches of colour and creativity to this shoot with her organically grown florals from the garden. Masterfully, Fran blended velvet red roses, red currents and deep purple buddleja to create a contrasting bouquet, then blending with romantic cream roses and electric blue thistles for the rock vibe! Copper beech was the foliage of choice for the glossy dark gothic feel and adding the fun disco balls to the floating kokedamas to bring the whole vision to life.
The devil is in the detail right, and what a great and personal addition to a rock wedding theme would this custom wedding newspaper be? Designed by Photo Press UK, this creative and unique idea is both fun and original and can be completely personalised for your special day too. Sarah from Photo Press UK focused the bespoke newspaper design around a guitar amp to give it a Rock 'n' Roll feel, but kept it subtle by adding florals to complement the rest of the décor and style. She included authentic fonts to illustrate the timeline and menu and a phrase on the back using a plectrum shape to keep it on theme.
Hollie from Hollie Bruce Designs produced a 'Till Death' stationary collection especially for this shoot. Black cardstock with gothic white fonts, skeleton illustrations and romantic roses gave the stationary an edgy but elegant look, with a big dose of Rock 'n' Roll.
To completely top off our styled shoot, Carl from Team Greenburg brought along his Pontiac Firebird classic car in include in the imagery. The shots taken inside the car combine cool with romantic with the couple close in the backseat.
Photo - @michaelcaldersphotography
Cake - @themoistbakery
Custom Newspaper - @photopressuk
Dress - @lilyfrancisbridal
Leather jacket - @niamhdesigns
Mobile bar - @theswigandfilly
HMUA - @gabby_caswell_mua
Models - @wildekindredspirits
Florist - @orchardgardenflowers
Venue - @hawthorn_grove_outdoor_venue
Suits - @collective13clothing
Stationary - @holliebrucedesigns
Car - @teamgreenburg