Gothic Funeral Vow Renewal in a Spanish Monastery

Andrea and Gabbi met in a job interview (Gabbi interviewed Andrea for a position on the film Shrek!), while living in San Francisco. They fell in love and were married in Sayulita, Mexico in May 2004. In fact they loved it so much they have now lived there for over 11 years! They decided to renew their vows on their 13th wedding anniversary and wanted the celebration to have a dark, gothic, funeral theme. There were just four of them in attendance: The couple and their two children. They also had their friend Jan who performed the ceremony and People True Love Tellers who took the photos and created the video.

“We have always been freaks and I always loved the idea of a black and red wedding gown, and walking down the aisle to Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Rocket Queen,” began Andrea. “At our first wedding, in a beach town overlooking the ocean, wearing white felt more right, but this time we wanted to ignore tradition entirely. We had already done the traditional wedding and so had the freedom to be playful and truly represent ourselves and who we really are. We also loved the idea of this being a funeral for our first 13 years of marriage and the start of a new commitment to each other as a family.”

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Sabina Kelley’s Glamorous Island Wedding in Thailand

Pale sands, black outfits, and at night the fire dancers come out – there’s drama and beauty throughout the entire day with this gorgeous destination wedding.

After being a very long distance couple (one from Las Vegas and the other the Gold Coast in Australia!), pin up model Sabina and Nixx married on Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Thailand, at the height of summer this year. Their wedding colours were black, grey and white. Sabina said,”We both wore all black and wanted our wedding to be a beach wedding. To be classy and ‘our style’, but fun and laid back too, with just our closest friends and family.”

Sabina’s dress, which is one of the most perfect examples of a black wedding dress I’ve ever seen, was a black silk 1950s Charles James style vintage dress that was tailored by Venita Drennen to have a lower back and make it have more of a 1940s look. Worn with a stunning ballet-length black veil, Louboutin heels, and her grandma’s 1950s earrings, the bride was utterly arresting against the beachy backdrop.

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Rock n Renovation: How to Knock Through a Fireplace

Renovation pro tip: If you want to get your significant other to step up their DIY game then plan a photo shoot in your building site of a home as a matter of urgency!

A few months ago I booked a collaboration with a super cool wedding brand (more on this soon!) and had the idea to shoot some of their products in our house. At the time I figured that surely by November the rooms we wanted to shoot in would almost be finished… or could at least be passable for the purposes of some staged shots.

WELL my friends, any of you that have embarked on your own renovation project will know that this was potentially one of the most stupid and stress-inducing ideas I’ve ever had. A week before the shoot and we still had the old curtains (that came with the house and looked like they hadn’t been updated since 1987) up, no skirting boards, power sockets hanging off the walls and a whole heap of junk in the corner. Brilliant.

Luckily I am married to a man who works best under a very specific set of criteria – the foremost of these being A DEADLINE. I’m the kind of nerd who did her homework at least a week before it was due, Gareth’s the kind of infuriating bastard that would do his on the bus on the way to school and still get straight As. Give Gareth a hard and fast deadline and he shines…. Be it all at the last possible second.

So three days before the shoot, Gareth comes to me and says “Hey, wouldn’t the shoot look better if we had a fireplace in the room?“ “Er yes, yes it would”, I replied, not thinking he’d actually tackle such a massive task with just 72 hours to spare. But deadline-loving Gareth not only got on with it, he got the project done in record time… even if he was still painting the walls 30 minutes before the photo shoot crew were due to arrive.

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Multi-Coloured Woodland Festival Wedding with Pom Poms!

Jem and Dom were married in June at Mulberry Lodge in Little Mongeham, the site of a festival they’d been to and loved. Their budget was just £4500 but with DIY catering, a homemade wedding dress and lots of help from friends and family they were able to create the most beautiful day.

“The inspiration for our wedding was each other, the things we like, colours, textures, artwork and the venue itself”, began the bride. “We essentially wanted a ‘Jemdomfest’ with music, dancing and fun. I wasn’t interested in impressing anyone, nor was Dom. it was about having fun, and hopefully that our guests would also have fun.”

Of their limited budget, their single biggest expense was the photos. “Photography was by far our biggest expense but absolutely worth it. Not only is Alex a great photographer, he also loves his job and this really shines through. He was a sea of calm in the barn when me, my bridesmaids and my mum were scurrying around getting ready, he even helped us with last minute button hole making!”

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Bianca + Mick Jagger Meets Elvis + Priscilla: A Week Long Las Vegas & Palm Springs Elopement

Sadie and Cameron wanted their wedding to be a low-key, funky, retro, boozy, dive bar-y 70s inspired Las Vegas elopement! They took inspiration from Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, 70s Vegas and anything that fell under the category of maximum fun, minimum stress. They eloped in Vegas, then drove to Palm Springs a renting an Airbnb for the weekend.

“All of our friends stayed with us in the Real World Suite at The Palms for the three nights we stayed in Vegas which was SO fun and let us really enjoy each others company,” began Sadie. “It felt like a really exciting three night sleep over with all of our best friends.”

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Five Regrets You’ll Have If You Don’t Have a Gift List

If you’re one of the growing number of couples that opt not to have a wedding gift list, did you know you’ll actually be missing out on more than just the ‘stuff’? I suspect most people that don’t have them either think they already have everything they need or they don’t want to appear ‘rude’. Now I don’t like to be a Negative Nancy, or the voice of impending doom, but I do think that if you forgo a gift list you will regret it. Here’s why:

You’ll be answering the same questions over and over

Even if you don’t really want anything, you’ll find that most people do still want to get you something as they feel it’s the right thing to do. And unless they’re given instructions as to the protocol at your wedding, they’ll be left confused (we’re simple creatures aren’t we?)

You’ll likely be answering the same questions over and over as soon as people start receiving their invitations: “What’s the deal with gifts?”, Oh, we don’t need anything, just bring yourselves”, “What, not even a card…?”, “I mean that would be lovely, but you really don’t have to…” etc etc.

Honestly, its exhausting.

Make sure you add some kind of simple instructions to your invitations about gifts.

You’ll miss out on getting some really fun things!

Gift lists have changed A LOT in the past few years, with companies like Prezola leading the way. In fact they’re more like a super cool interiors company than a traditional gift list. This is your opportunity to have some brilliant things bought for you that you’ll treasure for years to come. Your gift list doesn’t all have all to be boring toasters and ironing boards, there are lots of amazing things you could add such as artwork, furniture, lighting, vinyl, even personalised bottles of gin!

You’ll end up with lots of duplicates or things you don’t need

I don’t know about you but I agonise what to get people for birthdays and Christmas. If people had gift lists for those occasions it would make my life much less stressful! Your guests will want to get you something that you actually like and a gift list is the perfect way to make sure everyone’s happy.

We all have that person in our lives who we love dearly but is terrible at buying gifts. With wedding gifts its even worse if they get it wrong because you can’t very well just secretly toss that thing you hate in the trash right away! A wedding gift will likely have been expensive, or a real labour of love for whoever gave it to you.

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