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Monique & John’s Elegant Halloween Themed Etsy Wedding

When a wedding as gorgeous as this one hits blog-land, you just know the wedding blogs are going to be fighting over who gets to feature it. I’m not one to boast, but I’m pretty chuffed that photographer Galaxie Andrews  chose Rock n Roll Bride to showcase this amazingly stunning wedding. The bride is Monique, the uber talented designer and owner of Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Ouma Clothing, and her marriage to John really is a match made in Rock n Roll heaven. The details of this wedding are killing me…and don’t even get me started on her dress. Epic isn’t even the word!

I got chatting to Monique all about their elegant Halloween themed wedding inspiration. “John & I wanted everything handmade so we turned to etsy. It was important to us that our wedding felt authentic, minimally “produced” and intimate.  We also thought it was important to work with local vendors and to include some of our favorite restaurants. Pumpkin has to be my favorite flavor this time of year, so it was so fun coming up with a menu that included pumpkin cupcakes, empenadas, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin tamales (yes these are amazing!) and pumpkin beer.”

“John actually chose our Halloween theme on a whim.  Once he mentioned it, I was instantly inspired.  I saw prominent visions of pumpkins, October weather in Arizona, masks and elegant costumes.  Arizona is gorgeous in October.  We wanted the wedding to be held in downtown Phoenix (our city is awesome!). We knew we wanted a raw, brick venue and a friend mentioned the Ice House. It was an instant “YES, that’s it” moment.  The Ice House was extremely inspiring with it’s roofless cathedral – perfect for a ceremony, the column room which is set up like an art gallery, we felt this would be perfect for cocktail hour and a nice place to display our engagement photos. Basically, it was a blank canvas, so we could do whatever we wanted. It was actually used as a place where they manufactured ice in the early 1900’s.”

“Our inspiration came from the holiday itself, we wanted to create a rustic/festive type event – the exact opposite of how you might imagine a Halloween wedding to be. I think we have a pretty talented group of friends and family.  My brother and his friends played the music and instead of a traditional wedding dance we had a soul train line-up and we busted our old school James Brown moves.  Our friend Andrew designed the save-the-dates and invites (he hand stamped all 125 himself!), my assistant and great friend Xappa designed my headpiece and the women in my family hooked it up with the most delicious treats ever AND of course Galaxie the gorgeous person behind the camera was there to document it all.  We are grateful and honored to be amongst such brilliant company.!

Monique hand made her dress the night before the wedding (!) She also designed, hand dyed and made all of the bridesmaid dresses herself.

For an exclusive interview with Monique on her wedding dress inspiration and more about company, Ouma Clothing, be sure to head over to Love My Dress who are chatting to her today

Also be sure to check out Ouma Clothing’s etsy store for a tulle-fueled explosion of wedding dress awesomeness! ps I’ve been in love with this party dress for about a year. I think I may just need to go ahead and buy it for my next event!

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Meet The Bloggers at The Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham!

2011 is looking like it’s going to shape up as the most exciting year for Rock n Roll Bride so far! Not only have I got top secret and super-bloomin’-exciting new projects that I’m already working on for the new year (watch this space!) but a few weeks ago I was emailed by a PR friend of mine asking if I’d like to be involved in the brand new Designer Vintage Bridal Show, which is happening in Birmingham, UK in February!

They asked if I’d like to attend as a special guest to come and meet…well…you lot – so I of course jumped at the chance! So, on February 19th and the 20th I will head up to Highbury Hall in Birmingham with my friend Annabel from Love my Dress to take part in the ‘Meet the Bloggers’ segment of the show.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled as I’ll be posting more about the show as I get more details, including letting you all know exactly how many of my awesome supplier friends are going to be there when they confirm…and from the whispers so far it’s going to be a totally awesome bunch of people!

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The Designer Vintage Wedding Show is a brand new bridal show, celebrating the creative, the incredible and the absolute hottest designers and suppliers of all things vintage, is making its debut in Birmingham next year.

With vintage influences making themselves very much at home in the fashion world, the Designer Vintage Bridal Show, organised by bridal shoe designer Rachel Simpson and Clare Guest, co-owner of The Wedding Club, a designer and vintage bridal boutique, will showcase exceptional talent within the bridal industry.

Highbury Hall, an impressive Victorian house, plays host to the 2-day event where guests can wander through an explosion of eras, each area dedicated to a decade of style, oozing with treasures and must-haves for the vintage loving bride-to-be.

From designer gowns to boudoir style underwear, from head to toe, from brand new to vintage originals, from fashion shows to afternoon tea and all nicely wrapped up with entertainment and a chance to meet and talk to the experts.

“Vintage fashion keeps on making a comeback and never more so than in the bridal market,” says Rachel. “With so much creative talent coming from the heart of the country, it made perfect sense to pull them all together under one roof, to create the Midlands’ first designer vintage bridal show. 

Clare added, “More and more frequently we are asked by brides, where they can find ideas for a truly vintage styled wedding.”

The show runs from 19th to 20th February 2011 at Highbury Hall in Birmingham. For further information and to be notified when tickets go on sale, log on to www.designervintagebridal.co.uk or email info@designervintagebridal.co.uk

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I look forward to seeing loads of you there!

Rebecca & John’s Elegant Vintage Garden Party

Rebecca & John’s beautiful Tennessee wedding took place at Almost Heavens Wedding Resort. With quirky details and elegant 50’s styling, this really was a wedding worthy of Rock n Roll credentials.

The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with awesome Irregular Choice shoes and a vintage veil that she found at a friend’s yard sale. A friend of the bride who is a costume designer re-worked it for her to suit the style she was going for. She carried and vintage lace parasol.

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“I really wanted to have a fun and inviting event for people to enjoy,” the bride explained. “I told every single wedding vendor we worked with that I did not want the wedding to feel fussy at all. I wanted our guests to feel like they had come to an extension of our backyard. I asked the florist to make the bouquets and table arrangements look as if they were picked that morning from Grandma’s garden. I borrowed jars from my mother and my maid-of-honor and also went flea market hunting.”

“I was so perplexed with cake toppers. I knew I would never find a good bride & groom figurine that was true to how we looked. I was finding wedding inspiration on a wedding blog and saw a cake topped with “kissing” salt & pepper shakers. I knew immediately I wanted to find kissing Indians so I could in some way show our appreciation for our native American ancestry. When the director of the venue couldn’t get my exact details on the cake I told her,”Tell the bakers to be inspired by the photo I gave them and have fun with it, and truthfully, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it tastes AMAZING!!!” She knew at that point that I was a laid-back bride. The best part about the cake was that it really did taste amazing and it was beautiful.”

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“I wanted there to be a lot of things for people to do as well. We had a huge toy table laid out for the more than thirty children in attendance. Who knew kids could be so creative with just pipe cleaners and jingle bells? I had little girls coming up to me all night with jingle bell bracelets. You could hear me coming from yards away. I think the parents enjoyed the kids being tied up with stuff to do as well like the dark thirty movie showing of Little Rascals under the stars on top of a mountain. I thought the kids would enjoy the huge candy table but I heard stories afterwards of old ladies shoving hand fulls of candy into their purses and pockets.”

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Dolly Parton Plays Fairy Godmother

This session is way to awesome! When I opened the initial email from photographer Stephanie, I gasped. “Is that the real Dolly Parton?!”

“It sure is,” came the response, “My lovely friend Rebecca was married last month in Gatlinburg, TN. Before her wedding, we did a very special photoshoot with her Aunt Dolly at a family home in Sevierville. Since Dolly is not only Rebecca’s aunt, but also her godmother, Rebecca had the idea to do a shoot where Dolly acts as her fairy godmother, who has come to get her ready for her big day. Here is the story for you to enjoy!”

The List – The Rock n Royal Wedding

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you won’t have failed to notice that a certain Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married next April. Now, whist I have to admit, the whole thing doesn’t excite me as much as a lot of wedding -obsessives (will their wedding be Rock n Roll? I think not!) I do love a good royal theme. I love crowns so much I have one tattooed on my arm and I actually own a number of things on this list already! I love ostentatious tiaras and I actually wore the Butler & Wilson skull tiara to my Rock n Roll party. The Evans Litchfield cushions adorn my sofa  and the crown ring can regularly be spotted on my finger! I even wore a version of the Irregular Choice shoes for the Mad Hatter photo shoot.

This week, the lovely blogger and wedding stylish Charley of London Bride fame tackled the tricky task of sharing some royalty inspired loveliness…not forgetting the ever-so-important punk rock edge. Now this is one royal wedding I can get excited about!

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Now we certainly aren’t all princesses and can’t exactly feast like a King but these touches of rock n royal will add a bit of class to any wedding.

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Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice – New Wedding Trends for 2011

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding blogger’s heart go a-flutter, it’s lots of lovely details – gorgeous ideas that you, dear reader, can sneakily steal for your own weddings. So, when I was sent this utterly gorgeous rustic/Rock n Roll (who says the two can’t merge!?) it took me all of about 30 seconds to say yes to featuring it.

Moustache cookies (and shoes!), cute typography, mis-matched bunting, multi coloured florals a-plenty and a cake covered in different coloured bow ties (seriously dying over here.) Oh yes, this blogger certainly approves!

Eager to share some new trends for 2011, the team behind this shoot wanted to add a new dimension to some of the ever-popular wedding details that don’t seem to be going anywhere just yet (moustaches anyone?!) “We made sure to incorporate all of this year’s trends including bow ties, paper garlands, barn weddings, and moustaches,” Sugar & Fluff, the stylists behind the shoot explained. “We even exhausted the balloon idea with a dress made of them! Each balloon was blown up and then popped to give an effect that the dress was popped by a fork!  Let me tell you it was not easy making.”

“Our colors were very vibrant and based off of a beautiful bow necklace found at Anthropologie. We also used bow ties as a major theme in the shoot…as you can tell our cake had hand-made bow-ties tapering down! To complete the look, we found some amazing bow tie rings at a flea market. We were even able to scrounge up a moustache ring! Our bouquet was filled with all kinds of amazingness of color and pretty including some doorknobs and birds. Finally, we managed to find a chandelier with ice cream cones! They were perfect because they matched our color palette to the tee.”

“To top it all off, our amazing florist had the most perfect ranch in mind to shoot at. It fit everything so well. The horses, the greenery, and haystacks were absolutely perfect.”

I think you’ll agree that this shoot is nothing short of awesome, and if this is what 2011 weddings are going to look like then I can’t wait!

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