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Athena & Branden’s Super Stylish, Whimsical & Vintage Wedding Day

Athena & Branden are like old friends of the Rock n Roll Bride wedding blog. I featured their gorgeous whimsical engagement session back in the Summer so I’m really pleased to share their stunning wedding today too.

The Bride wore a Nicole Miller dress with a dramatic vintage-inspired necklace that she made herself from lace. She kept her look unique with a beautiful puffball veil from Toni Federici and a bow from Forever 21. Her earrings were also DIY – made by a friend for her.

Branden kept his look contemporary with a twist, with his suit and bow tie combo from Brooks Brothers and Nike trainers.

Their reception décor was mostly a DIY effort. The couple used vintage suitcases as a cake stand, a typewriter as  a guest book and lots of personal touches like the cute custom cake topper (complete with Antena’s tattoos!) to make their reception perfect for them.

What a fabulously stylish couple!

Be sure to also check out their fabulous (seriously fabulous!!) wedding film after the ‘jump’ too. I LOVE IT!

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Under the Spotlight – Sawday’s Canopy & Stars

Another one of my goals for 2011 is to actually have a holiday with Gareth (are you reading this buster!?) With us both being workaholics plus parent’s to two very needy Maine Coons, the idea of us actually making the time to go away seems like more of a daunting task than to most – can you believe the last holiday we had together was our honeymoon…THREE years ago?!

Anyway, when Canopy & Stars emailed me before Christmas…well, it was like all my Christmases had come at once. They offer the perfect solution to our little dilemma – the mini-moon. But these are not any old generic short break, oh no – Canopy & Stars offer holiday’s under the stars (talk about getting away from it all!) but I’m not talking about  muddy fields, communal showers and sharing your tent with an ants nest (eugh.) This my dears is glamping – glamorous camping at its very best!

Canopy & Stars offer a number of different and unique locations and places to stay all around the UK, from super glamorous French imported Gypsy caravans in the Scottish borders and a luxury log cabin in the Lake District and prices start from just £120 for a weekend! They are also introducing new locations all the time. I’m particularly excited about The Treehouse at Harptree Court, available from June 2011. It looks AMAZING!

Here’s some of their glamping locations that I’m just dying to visit…seriously. I’m there!

Sapperton Yurt (The Cotswolds)

I have always wanted to stay in a yurt and Sapperton is one of the most glam I’ve seen. I’m loving the interior decor and the fire! Surrounded by woodland, Sapperton comes complete with a double bed, a wood burner, gorgeous rugs, your own private decking area and even a roll top bath. This place sounds more luxurious than my house!

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Tasha & Noah’s Americana Backyard BBQ Wedding

Tasha & Noah’s beautiful backyard wedding is pure inspirational gold! I am super excited to share it with you today on this little wedding blog. I just know you’re all going to love it just as much as I do.

The ceremony & reception took place in the couple’s back garden and they asked all their friends & family to help out where they could to make the day a really personal one. “Noah and I wanted to have a small, chilled wedding that involved our families and close friends,” Tasha told me. “Choosing red, white and blue for our Americana backyard BBQ wedding theme made finding coordinating fabric and accessories super easy.”

“Nearly everything was DIY- Noah made our Save the Date”s and invitations, Noah’s mom made all the desserts, Noah’s mom, grandma and aunt made the bouquets and bouts from a few bouquets from Pike Place Market.  My mom’s friend made 200 feet of pennant flags from fabric I picked out at the fabric store down the street from my house.   My sister and her boyfriend cut up all the fruit for our drinks.  My aunt stamped all the BBQ bibs with a custom stamp that Noah designed.  My aunts put together the centerpices the day before.  On the day of the wedding, my mom and I set up all the tables, chairs, tablecloths, and centerpieces in an half an hour.”

The couple didn’t want to spend a lot of money to have their perfect day and knew they wouldn’t have to with the help of their nearest and dearest. By having the wedding at home as well as DIYing pretty much everything, the wedding ended up costing less than $10,000 – that included their fabulous professional wedding photographer Ben Blood AND their honeymoon!

The bride wore a Calvin Klein dress that cost her just $60. Noah’s Mum altered it for her and changed the neckline to a sweetheart style. Tasha’s veil was from etsy, her AMAZING cork shoes were from Nine West, and her jewellery was borrowed or things she already owned.

The couple walked down the ‘aisle’ to music played through Noah’s phone! He set up large outdoor speakers with a transmitter to play the music through. Their ‘mobile/cell phone disco’ also continued into their reception as the couple used it to play all their party songs instead of hiring a DJ or band. “Oh and the story behind the boombox?” asked Tasha, “well when it was my turn to walk down the aisle, Noah paused the music on his phone and my dad played the Vitamin String Quartet version of Weezer’s Buddy Holly on the boombox.  When the ceremony was over, Noah played the original version of the song that was queued up to the chorus.  It was perfect.”

Perfect indeed. I am in total awe of this super creative wedding.

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Kelly & Dani’s Same-Sex, DIY, Fire Dancing Wedding

I am friend’s with a lesbian couple who hope to get married one day (you should check out their cool video blog Niche Girls by the way!) so whenever I get sent beautiful same-sex weddings I always send them over to them to inspire them…and to make them cry! Kelly & Dani’s beautiful Californian wedding certainly hit the spot on the tears stakes by the way…there were floods I’m telling ya! Anyway I digress.

Kelly & Dani were married at Highland Ranch in Philo in a beautiful and intimate ceremony followed by a DIY reception at the same venue. Both brides wore Siri dresses and Fluevog shoes. The venue provided all the food but the cake was made by friends. For décor the couple chose wild flowers. “What makes Kelly & Dani Rock n Roll is that they’re both very beautiful ladies who are not afraid to profess their love to each other,” explained photographer Caroline. “They included their closest family and their dog, Trout in their celebration. They also had fire lanterns and Kelly’s sister fire danced as well as officiated the ceremony! They had a hand fasting ceremony and I personally love their coordinating dresses!”

Much love indeed. Hold back the tears everyone…

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Hope & Brian’s Hip, Tattooed, NYC Wedding

I am literally dying of excitement over Hope & Brian’s GORGEOUS wedding. These guys certainly blow the lid off boring or traditional weddings. This is the kind of shindig I wish I’d be at. Uber stylish, painfully hip and Rock n Rollin’ til the early hours at the after party!

The wedding took place on 10/10/10 at The Hyde Park, NYC. Here, the couple were married and the first part of the reception took place. They wanted an intimate wedding and so only invited 85 people. They also wanted a day that reflected heir love for one another as well as their adoration for New York. They did this by employing mostly local vendors – in fact almost every vendor was within a 10 minute walk from their apartment.

Hope is a hairdresser and Brian is a recording engineer so aesthetic and music were important to them. Music was used to great effect prominently in their ceremony (they are both avid music lovers and their first interaction 10 years ago was actually a heated argument over who was more influential, Elvis or John Lennon!) The bride walked down the aisle to “comptine d’un autre ete” by Yann Tiersen (from the movie Amelie) which was significant not only because it is the bride’s favourite film but also because they were engaged in Paris at the Sacré-Cœur. The couple exited the ceremony to ‘Oh Yoko’ by John Lennon.

The wedding was full of gorgeous and personal DIY elements. Hope and her mother put together all the hanging tissue pom poms (which they found on etsy) the night before and strung them from the trees.  The centerpieces were a mix of bowls, vases, crystal and candle holders which were gathered by the bride from numerous sources such as Anthopologie, flea markets and vintage stores.

The couple chose Royal Steamline for their invitations, “As a side note, I must tell you that the invitations were incredible,” photographer Angie told me. “They were like nothing I’ve ever seen and were the topic of conversation for weeks. Royal Steamline does a magnificent job and was so helpful from beginning to end.”

After the main reception came the after party which took place at The Living Room, NYC. Here, the hardcore party-heads danced the night away to the band Rawles Balls, friends of the couple. The bride changed into a cute, short, pink and ruffled number so she could really dance her socks off!

Finally, I couldn’t blog this wedding without drawing extra attention to this utter cuteness that happened at the beginning of the day. Goodness me that is one cute doggie – he looks like a little teddy bear!!

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Gorgeous Vintage Bouquets from DC Bouquets

I love it when a great idea comes together – especially when in some small way the Rock n Roll Bride wedding blog can help! The fabulous (and she sooo is) Debs of DC Bouquets was browsing her favourite wedding blog (yes, yours truly’s) one day back in April 2010 and she came across a photographer local to her in South Yorkshire, Dolly Photography. She loved her style and so contacted her to see if she would be up for photographing some of her latest vintage bouquet designs.

“It was perfect timing as I was looking for some shots to use on my new website that would reflect the way my work has developed in the 12 months since I started Debbie Carlisle Bouquets – it’s my official business birthday on January 15th!” explained Debs. “The aim of the shoot was to produce something that showcased the vintage style of my jewellery and button bouquets and hair accessories but that also reflected the edgy alternative style of my brides. Dolly really ‘got’ what I was after and decided to go for a richer, more fashion-orientated look than the twee bridal product shoots you see so often. Stephanie Kipling from MAC did the make-up for the shoot, and I especially loved her decision to give my gorgeous brunette model Laura Charlton a more dramatic look, rather than play it safe with the more obvious ‘peaches and cream’ bridal tones.”

Don’t you just love these? For more info on all of the bouquets and accessories you see here, be sure to check out the DC Bouquets website!

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