Alternative Wedding Readings and Vow Ideas from Indie & Rock Love Songs

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Trying to find some unique ceremony readings? Struggling with writing your vows without being cheesy? Why not call upon the true poets of our time, the rock stars?! Here are some of the most romantic lyrics from the most beautiful rock love songs. No cheese allowed.

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Iris, Goo Goo Dolls

And I’d give up forever to touch you
‘Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t wanna go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
When sooner or later it’s over
I just don’t wanna miss you tonight

Real Love, John Lennon

Thought I’d been in love before,
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

Don’t need to be alone
No need to be alone

It’s real love
Yes it’s real, yes it’s real love
It’s real, yes it’s real love

Better Together, Jack Johnson

There is no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing, but I can try for your heart
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things
Like a, shoebox of photographs
With sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer,
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? And where do we go?
And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together

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Janis Joplin Inspired Retro Picnic Elopement

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There are plenty of wedding inspiration shoots being featured on wedding blogs and in the magazines, but there’s a distinct lack of same sex models for my liking! Which is why when this shoot from Six Hearts Photography came in, I was thrilled!

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“We just wanted to put together something groovy and pretty that we designed and were in full control of”, photographer Schellie told me. “The sunflowers come out in July for like two weeks, and they’re so beautiful and fleeting, we jumped at the chance to shoot among them.”

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Geeky Renaissance Fair Wedding: Gwenn & Dave

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Gwenn and Dave were married on 4th May so they started their inspiration with – what else? – but Star Wars. From there, they added lots of other geeky references of the things they both love, specifically Doctor Who and Disney. The bride wore a handmade dress that she made herself, a crown which she got at a Renaissance fair, and a veil made by her mother. Her amazing boots were House of Elloit.

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“We met at a Renaissance fair”, explained Gwenn. “We both were in the same group and Dave was the secretary and kind of used that to his advantage to get to me her better. We were inseparable all weekend and pretty much knew right then it was true love!”

“We got married on May the 4th so Dave had storm trooper pins for the groomsmen”, she continued. “We also had a Tie Fighter pin for the bestman and a Darth Vader pin for Dave. We had an epic lightsaber battle between the two of us which was great for photos! The rest of the wedding was highly influenced by Disney, Doctor Who and other nerdy things.”

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Neo-Victorian Steampunk Wedding: Jojo & Andy

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Jojo and Andy were married in August at Nettlestead Place, Kent. While the groom wasn’t too bothered about having a big wedding, the bride wanted something special and so a steampunk theme it was! She wore a corset from Baba Studio with an AMAZING purple and turquoise skirt, made for her by Sisters of the Moon on Etsy. Her biker boots were from eBay.

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“While I’d like to say we just planned the wedding that we wanted, Andy would have preferred to just go to the registry office in a t-shirt and jeans!” Jojo began. “But I’m a bit more flamboyant than that, and he wanted me to have the day I wanted. So I pulled out all the stops and did something much more ‘me’. I’ve always been alternative and I love to dress up so this was the only way forward. We also thought that if everyone had to dress up, that they would feel much more like part of our day, rather than just being onlookers and well wishers.”

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Thursday Treats: Is Time Speeding Up or What?!

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I’ve been out of the office ALL WEEK, which is pretty nuts considering I have approximately 30 blog posts and a whole damn magazine to write before I go to New York for the next round of Blogcademy workshops NEXT WEDNESDAY. Good god Father Time, would you just slow down already?!

So I haven’t spent a LOT of time online this week, but here are a few little tidbits I found and loved recently. Have you read anything amazing? Feel free to post links in the comments!

Thanks for all the love about my new collection with Crown and Glory too. It’s my favourite range yet so I’m so pleased you all seemed to love it as much as I do!

By the way, isn’t my hoodie, like, the best. thing. ever? Sophie made it for me as a congrats on your big magazine deal gift and I am obsessed. I might never take it off.

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Wedding wear for pets. Just yes.

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Cats, Anchors and a Sprinkling of Harry Potter: Claire-Josephine & Nick

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A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend  Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.

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“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme!  I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”

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