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Peppermint Pretty’s Retro & Quirky Wedding Dresses

These images were sent in by Rock n Roll Bride sponsor, Peppermint Pretty, to show off some of her latest designs. I love the quirky nature of these dresses, like nothing you would have seen before.

The first 18 images in the gallery below are Katlyn’s bridal shoot, she is wearing her wedding and reception dress. Aren’t they both fab? I totally love that bow design. The photographs were taken by Kristin Allen of Bold & Kreative Photography, friend of dress designer Erin.

The rest of the images show my favourites from the Peppermint Pretty collection. Each retro inspired dress is custom made to suit the individual bride. J’adore!

Kristen & Erin would like to offer any bride who buys their dress from Peppermint Pretty, and books Bold & Kreative Photography to do their wedding photography, a free bridal shoot in their Peppermint Pretty dress! How cool is that? Simply mention this offer to the girls when you contact them.

Be sure to check out the full Peppermint Pretty collection right here

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The List – Rockin’ Robin

With Christmas fast approaching I asked wedding blogger & wedding stylist (and Rock n Roll Bride guest writer regular) Charley of London Bride, to come up with some suitably festive treats for you this week. ‘Tis the season after all!

Rockin’ Robin

I love the fact that Christmas is a fantastic excuse to shop! It’s also a time to go crazy on the decorations – especially for weddings, but here’s a Rock n Robin list to make sure you do it in style.  

♥ Poor old Rudolph didn’t have as much fun as you will with this kit posing for pics.
Maro Kits at Etsy – $7.95

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Farley & Niko’s Hippy-tastic Rainbow Wedding

The thing I love about all you Rock n Roll Bride’s is the diversity of all your weddings. Every morning my inbox is flooded with so many different wedding visions that it my days are never dull!

Farley & Niko’s wedding was planned in only 8 weeks. They explained, “We decided to go for it when Farley’s Dad was diagnosed with pancreas and liver cancer. We therefore hadn’t saved for it and had to cut corners where ever we could. We did have some very generous donations form family members which made it possible. I think we did it all within £4000 (that’s 120 guests all fed).”

“The timing couldn’t have been better, Farley’s Dad was able to come as it worked out that he was due a break from his chemo on the date that we had set (he travelled over from Portugal where him and his wife live). Although he is still doing really well, he is no where near well enough to travel now so it was worth the mad rush. He came to see the last of his children get married and was well enough to enjoy the day. We were also obviously really happy to have him there.”

The wedding reception was held at Albury Village Hall, Hertfordshire and only cost the couple £250 to hire! By saving so much money here, it meant the couple were able to put their own stamp on the decor and styling of the wedding.

Niko’s dress was a DIY project. She bought two dresses (she didn’t know the designers) for just £100 each (reduced from £1000 each!) and used the top half from one and the skirt from the other. Her friend Daisy helped her create it and make it into a rainbow by adding multi coloured strips. She saved money on her shoes, finding them for just £5 on eBay and she made her rainbow veil herself by gluing lots of different colours of organza and ribbon to a clip.

“My bouquet was made from garden wire (bought in a garden centre), tissue paper and pva glue,” continued the bride. “I used pliers to twist and shape the wire into funky flower shapes, then using a bit of a paper mache technique covered them in different coloured tissue paper, applying layers of glue and paper. I got lots of friends to help out with this. I finished it off with loads of different coloured organza ribbons.”

This provided the inspiration for her jewellery too as she took it a long when she had a meeting with the girl who made her and her bridesmaid’s accessories. “I took my bouquet to a jewellery designer and asked for a necklace to go with it. She then created my necklace form glass beads that she made herself and silver wire. The bridesmaids/flower girls also had simplified versions of the necklace made for them.”

In further efforts to save money, the entire reception decor was created by the couple and their friends and family. The flowers were potted pansies, which the bride was then able to take home and plant in her own garden, and only cost £29 in total! The cakes came from Tesco and were chopped up to make them ‘wonky’ and were then iced.  Niko also made rainbow wands for all the children so they had something to play with. These were easily created by attaching different coloured ribbons to hazel sticks. Finally, they attached different coloured strips of fabric and ribbons to the trees for extra decoration, which looked great and swayed in the wind – beautiful!

“I have never been one for dreaming of a big white wedding,” she concluded. “The thought of a wedding dress scared me a bit – it just wasn’t me. I was trying to think of a theme and I really liked the idea of rainbows. It’s bright, cheery and fun. I really didn’t want it to be a formal serious wedding. I was looking on google and found there have been a few rainbow weddings and one in particular caught my eye, after seeing what she did, I got to work! My house was full of ribbons and all things rainbow for weeks! I was still a bit scared of the whole dress thing, but because it was rainbowy and fun I felt a bit more comfortable and ended up totally loving it! (im not a natural girlie girl who loves all things pretty and feminine). Our three daughters on the other hand totally loved it all. They spent weeks asking ‘is the wedding today, can I put my dress on yet??’ ”

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Sharon & Mike’s Massachusetts Woodland Wedding

Sharon & Mike woodland wedding was held at Owl Moon Farm in The Berkshires, MA in September. Both the bride and groom wore vintage clothes and even Sharon’s engagement ring was made from the cast of a vintage ring.

Sharon told me all about their day, starting with why they decided to get married in Massachusetts, “We live in California, and when our state revoked the right for homosexuals to marry, it really angered and upset me. I believe that any two people who are in love should be able to legally (and socially) commit themselves to each other. I’m bothered by the fact that my husband and I could get married while so many other people don’t have that right. I know that many straight couples say they won’t marry until everyone has that right — but I wanted to get married! So I decided that the next best thing would be to get married in one of the states that allows gay marriage. I figured, if I am going to give my money to a state for a marriage license and a wedding and everything that goes with that, I want it to be a state whose marriage laws I at least agree with. I think if more straight couples chose to hold their weddings (i.e. spend their money) in states that allow homosexuals to marry, it would send a pretty powerful message. And every time I look at my marriage license, I can feel like I at least tried to do something.”

“I refused to walk down an aisle. I know there are some women who want their wedding to be all eyes on them all day. Not me. I am not comfortable with all that attention. But how do you get to the front of a room without walking there? We got married by a small bridge over a creek, so instead of us walking to the front, we waited on one side and had our guests walk across to us.”

“We wrote our own vows, which we read to one another. Then my Father, who was our officiant, asked us a series of questions that were based on the vows that he and my Mother wrote together and exchanged at their wedding. Growing up, we learn so much about love from our parents — it was touching and beautiful to have that as part of our wedding, too.”

“I asked every guest to bring a cupcake as homage to the tradition of wedding cakes, a story I have loved since first hearing it years ago. The evolution of wedding cakes can be traced back to a time when all guests would bring a small cake or biscuit to a wedding as an offering. The couple would pile the cakes on top of each other and if they could kiss over the cakes it was considered good luck. Couples started using icing to glue the cakes together in an effort to keep them from toppling over and the wedding cake was born!”

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Photography Friday – Jenga, Alice, Beer & Kittens

This week’s photography Friday is a bit of a ‘week in pictures’ kind of post. Here’s what yours truly got up to over the past 7 days…

Monday was my Dad’s birthday so we went over for a curry and played Jenga. How Rock n Roll is that!? It was ‘crazy Jenga’ we played though, does that make it cooler?!

Jamie, my sister Rachel’s boyfriend…he’s a bit of a Jenga geek.

And the lady herself. I’m not a huge fan of black & white usually, but I had a little play with this one. I kinda like it. Gritty…

On Wednesday I went Christmas shopping and met up with the Rock n Roll Intern, Alice. We had lunch, coffee, gossip and discussed our blog plans for 2011. I’m excited about what we have in store for you!

I loved her Urban Outfitters ring muchly.

Gareth enjoyed some ‘boys time’ with Henry and a few beers.

Rachel wasn’t quite as impressed.

However Rachel certainly wasn’t left out…She and Gareth had a bit of father/daughter time…Is anyone else a little concerned looking at these pictures? I can almost hear Gareth thinking, “aww I wish she was a baby…” Ahh crap!

Seriously cute though. Look at all the LOVE! Now, am I just being a crazy cat lady, or is Rachel actually smiling in this picture?

So, how was your week? Are we getting excited for Christmas yet?!