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This week my Mum popped over with a Welsh wedding magazine that her friend had picked up…and guess who was inside!? I did an interview for “Your Wedding Day” magazine a few months ago and actually totally forgot I was going to be featured so thanks to my Mum and her friend for keeping on top of my press for me! hehe You can check the interview out here.
♥ Balloons & train tracks – Joel and Canice
♥ A bride in a Zebra mask! – Annabelle & Chris
♥ Strung Together Like Salt Water Pearls
♥ The Princess Lasertron dress line: how we did the shoes
♥ Incredible confetti shots
♥ Blushless 2011 – beeeautiful dresses!
♥ Problogger tells us: How to Make Everybody Happy
♥ Making A Traditional Service Your Own
♥ Mike & Tana’s 80’s Theme Wedding
♥ The best photo booth ever?!
Rae & Dylan’s wedding took place at The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI which worked out perfect for their rustic and enchanted vintage theme. Rae looked every bit the vintage princess in her pink Sarah Seven dress, Whichgoose headpiece and vintage gloves.
“We envision our wedding to be simple, but well planned and organized,” they explained. “Our theme was definitely very vintage inspired, with the right amount of whimsy and humor. The decor and look of the wedding was almost a summertime tea party, with beautiful flowers in mason jars (dahlias, snapdragons, tuberoses), antique plates as centerpieces and cupcakes with sweet handmade flags on each. We are not super formal people, so we wanted our wedding to feel comfortable, approachable and fun. We hoped our guests could be themselves and have a great time laughing and dancing.”
“Our wedding was special because it was all about getting together the people we love to celebrate us tying the knot after seven awesome years of courtship. We both come from musical families (our dad’s collaborated to play some songs at our wedding) and we also made a home recorded CD-R for our favors. Picking our playlist for the wedding was our number one priority. We curated a playlist over many evenings of dancing stupidly in our living room.”
“I’m no model,” bride to be Angela’s email began, “but I just got a sneak peek of our engagement session photos and I love them so much I thought I would share.”
“No model?” I thought, “not only does that not matter in the slightest but I might actually have to disagree with her a little bit there. She is totally gorgeous!”
Angela, her fiance Luc and their two chihuahuas Minou & Birdie (there’s no way we can ignore them!) had a beautiful session to celebrate their engagement. The couple, who will be marrying in Mexico next May, wanted a variety of shots from casual ones with the dogs to ones with ridiculous props and finally to a few on a golf course. “Because my sweetie loves golf we went to a golf course and tried to have a vintage feel to the pics… Don’t know how much of a vintage feel we got but I don’t care – I love them!” Angela told me.”I love that our photographer got pics of my purple fluevogs and Luc’s black sabbath converse. She even took pictures of a silly card Luc made for me while they waited for me to get home from work, and pictures of the dogs on the couch posing.”
Amanda & Steph’s wedding is one of those that as soon as I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog I immediately emailed asking (well…demanding!) that I be allowed to blog it! If this isn’t a perfect Rock n Roll wedding, well I don’t know what is! The couple loosely based their wedding around Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland – i.e. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. They loved the almost dark and sinister twist this theme gave their wedding.
“We took the mad-hatter’s tea party idea and the magic of the ‘eat me’ cakes and ‘drink me’ potions, and linked it to Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky,” the couple explained. “This nonsensical but menacing poem appeared on our order of the day, and provided the inspiration for our table names. We wanted the wedding to have a fun party atmosphere and not be too ‘themed’, so we combined a ‘bring a hat’ dress code with teapot centre-pieces and little bottles of alcoholic shots on the tables labeled ‘drink me’. We wanted it to feel darkly comic, fun and quirky, whilst still being an emotional and special day for us.”
The colour theme that ran throughout the day was a dark purple and the bride wore a stunning Ian Stuart sample dress which was a pale blue/grey silk with a dramatic deep purple bolero which she bought from Bonzie on. To this she added a fabulous hat that she made herself by stitching together various bits and pieces which she had collected – including feathers, fabric, pearl beads and netting. Finally she added purple ‘Mini Magic Floral’ Irregular Choice shoes which she bought from Schuh. “I bought my dress at a wedding fair in London for £1,400, which was half price . It was far too big, so I had a dress-maker take off about 3 inches either side until it fitted. It was made in a pale blue/grey silk. I was quite pleased to think that because it was a sample it was completely unique and no one else would ever have one like it. The dress wasn’t what I thought I’d ever go for at all – quite traditional really with a huge train, but the colour made it unusual, and I accessorized it in quite an unusual way. I love Victoriana, which it reminded me of, and in the end I thought ‘when am I going to get the chance to wear something like this again’ so I went for it. My accessories were chosen to be in keeping with the Victoriana feel of the dress, and the idea was to make the outfit appear less bridal and more edgy.”
Steph wore a custom made suit that actually ended up costing more than the bride’s dress! “He wanted to keep it casual (he’s hardly worn a suit in his life being an advertising designer, and usually goes to work in his shorts and a t-shirt), so he decided to go without a tie and just wear a simple white shirt,” Amanda explained. “However, having made my own hat, I decided he ought to have some exciting DIY head-gear as well (to fit in with our mad-hatter’s tea party, Lewis Carrol theme). I therefore bought a cheap black top hat on ebay (I think it was about £25) and then trimmed it with some purple fabric to match my outfit. As we are big fans of Tim Burton and Steph likes all things dark and scary, I decided to go a stage further and I made a small purple fabric skeleton in the style of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ with odd buttons for eyes and attached it to the hat with a glue gun. I then used spray paint to make the hat seem a bit more old and battered, and flicked it with purple and blue paint on a tooth brush to give it a more punky look. He was very pleased luckily!”
As a kid, bowling was one of the ultimate treat nights out wasn’t it? So what better way to keep the fun in your wedding day than having it at a bowing alley?! After a ceremony at The Woods on Ninth, Alisha & Casey and their entire wedding party headed to Bonwood Bowl for a right royal knees up of a party! “We did the bowling alley because we wanted something different,” the bride told me. “We are not traditional people, and most of all we wanted to have fun, as well as everyone else. Its something we enjoy together!”
Australian photographer Gemma Clarke was lucky enough to find Emilia & Ville who wanted a retro/vintage style engagement shoot in Helsinki, Finland this July. The train yards in Pasila played host to their fabulous fashion-led shoot and the couple were really involved in the concept and styling of the whole thing.
“For the clothing, Emilia is really into 50’s style with style of rockabilly and psychobilly, but she also gets really inspired of styles from 20’s-40’s,” the couple explained. “She can’t think anything more nicer than going out and get properly dressed up! Emilia has lots of different high heels, dresses, hats and cloves. She loves the contrast between style of a lady from the 50’s with big tattoos and stretched ears. Ville’s style is bit more rock ‘n roll with heavy metal. He used to wear only band t-shirts and jeans, until Emilia told him that just with a small effort he could look so much more handsome. He has always loved his retro suit from the 70’s – every time we go to fancy parties he wears that suit and feels absolutely handsome. And that’s what he really is. And now, after small shopping tour in cloth stores Ville has found his real style: shirt blouses, slip overs, vests, old jeans and hair done with wax like gentleman’s in the 50’s. Emilia loves his style and the way he looks.”
The couple are getting married next July surrounded by the Finnish countryside at the property that Emilia’s grew up in which belongs to her Father. The wedding will of course have a vintage/Rock n Roll theme and I can’t wait to see the photos!