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Shoes to Stomp Down the Aisle in: Alternative Bridal Footwear by Charla Tedrick

If you’re the kind of gal who’s more likely to sport a pair of New Rocks rather than Manolo Blahniks on your wedding day then look stop what you’re doing immediately because have I found THE wedding shoes for you.

Be warned: These ain’t for the faint-hearted. The’re not for delicate flowers who want to look effortlessly elegant and classical on their wedding day. In fact they are about as far from traditional as you can get… And, of course, I love them!

After more than a decade of designing for other companies such as Betsey Johnson and Jeffrey Campbell x Hello Kitty, Charla Tedrick decided to finally follow her lifelong dream of having her own design studio. So she started her own company and her self-named brand was born!

Having just got married (we featured her wedding last week!) she decided that she wanted to introduce her brand with a limited edition bridal range as she found the options so limited when she was searching for wedding shoes for herself. The brand’s main line collection of Rock n Roll speciality footwear for everyday wear will be available from September 2017!

“As a recent bride myself, I experienced firsthand how limiting the offering can be
when searching for unique and original footwear for the wedding”, she says. “Having a few friends battling the same challenge, it felt like a natural first step in introducing my brand.”

As well as launching her range via her own website just this week, she has also teamed up with alternative fashion retailer Ashbury Skies. “Teaming up with Ashbury Skies on has been amazing”, she continues. “They’ve got a strong following and a really special curated assortment. And let’s be real: Life’s too short to wear boring wedding shoes!”

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Introducing: Confetti Girls (OMG I’ve Launched a YouTube Channel!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day! With today being the international day of lurrrrrve, there’s probably no more fitting time to launch my new project so here we go!

I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent rather a lot of time on YouTube. I love watching my favourite YouTuber’s beauty tips, product reviews, vlogs, silly pranks and haul videos a little too much probably. However there does seem to be a distinct lack of decent wedding related content being made, so a little while ago I decided it was time to do something about it!

I’ve actually been wanting to start my own channel for YEARS but I’ve been too scared! I don’t really know how to edit videos, I’m not as comfortable on camera as I am with just writing, and I was worried about not having the time needed to commit to it.

Enter my babe Helen Anderson: Beauty guru, YouTube star, all round excellent person.

Over the past year we’ve become really great friends and when I told her I was considering starting a channel but I had no idea where to start she said “OMG, Kat, we should totally do one TOGETHER!” Helen’s actually in the middle of planning her own wedding too so she’s literally the perfect person to be partnering with!

We wanted a channel that encompassed both of our brands (hence why it’s not called the Rock n Roll Bride channel) and one that we could both add our own distinctive style and knowledge to. We also wanted it to potentially become a platform to invite other contributors to make videos for as well!

I AM SO EXCITED I COULD BURST.

Our current plan is to upload something once a week and we’ll be doing everything from hauls, lookbooks, unboxing videos, chats on different subjects, guest spots, DIYs and Q&A’s! In fact that’s exactly what we’ve started with today.

So head over to our channel, subscribe and leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you think and if you have any ideas for future videos.

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DIY Circus Tent Wedding with Dinosaurs and Hedgehogs!

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Katie and Jeff met at school and have been together since they were 15! They were married in August and described their wedding theme as ‘complete randomness’. They were inspired by their love of music so Jeff wore a yellow jacket as a tribute to Queen, and Katie had their favourite Foo Fighters song on her Crown and Glory veil. They also asked all their guests to request a song on their RSVPs so that everyone would enjoy the music on the day.

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The couple got married in Jeff’s family home, Wingfield Hall. “We took a lot of time to get Jeff’s parent’s house registered for marriages so we could have it at his family home”, began Katie. “The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be. We got married under an archway in the middle of the room so it felt really intimate and all the guests were close to us. We wrote our own vows that mentioned our cat Frank and our favourite song lyrics and had my brother give a reading (which made everyone cry).”

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Retro Bridal Looks for Under £40!

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If there’s one thing I hope reading Rock n Roll Bride has taught you, it’s that you don’t need to spend all your savings to have a fantastic wedding. Starting off married life with a mountain of debt is no fun for anyone which I why I was thrilled to be submitted this retro bridal shoot using vintage dresses that all cost less than £40 each!

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Stylist Ines of Wedding Bazaar Vienna told me, “You don’t always need a new dress to achieve a stunning look and that was the idea behind this photo shoot. All the dresses we used were second-hand and sourced on the internet for less then £40, or they were lent by friends.”

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Family Focused and Nature Inspired Wedding in Cornwall

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Becky and Alistair described their wedding theme as ‘crystals and ribbons’ and were inspired by Cornwall and nature. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, sentimental and outdoors because nature and the environment mean so much to them.

“Everything from the venue down to what colour ribbon we had hanging in the trees all had sentimental meaning to us,” explained Becky, “that’s what gives the wedding its unique flavour: it was a little bit of each family member’s creativity fused into one day. I’m pagan so we also wanted to incorporate that in the meaning of the petals used in the confetti (made by my mum from wild flowers around her house) and by having a wishing tree instead of a guest book.”

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“Our ceremony was actually a pretty simple affair. My bridesmaid Penny did a reading of Pam Ayres’ Yes I’ll Marry you my Dear. It just seemed to suit us as a couple so well! It meant a lot to us that Penny could do the reading as well since she’s known us pretty much from the beginning. My granddad also did a reading of Robert Burns’ A Red Red Rose which was so lovely.”

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Alternative and Ethical Engagement and Wedding Rings

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If you’re one of the growing number of brides looking for an ethical engagement or wedding ring, then look no further than Shakti Ellenwood Precious Jewellery! Her designs are rich in romance, myth and ritual, and each one blends centuries-old artisanal skills with her own distinctive aesthetic. I’ve just discovered her work and I’m quite frankly obsessed!

At the heart of Shakti’s creations is her passion for responsible design, handcrafting every piece from Fairtrade gold

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…And ethically-mined, certified conflict-free gemstones. These precious materials are lovingly crafted into jewellery inspired by ancient cultures, sacred symbols and Shakti’s own journey around the globe.

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