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Vana & Damien – The Love Story

Good morning guys. I am very excited today to share the love story of Vana & Damien, our fabulous competition winners.  I can’t wait to go to their wedding in November…they are just such an awesome couple.

Come on then guys…tell me all about yourselves!

When I first met Damien I was 12 and hanging around outside my music class. 

I spotted this cute boy with that odd 90’s curtain haircut that was all the rage (why?!) But obviously being 15 (so much older and  more sophisticated) he had no idea I was even alive.

 

At 15 I’d acquired a couple of things that made me noticeable *ahem* – and we started dating. It was a brief summer thing which ended when Damien moved to Bristol. I cried in my bedroom listening to Slayers – Undisputed Attitude for about a week, before vowing to chop my hair off, move to London and become a punk. Which I subsequently did a year later – oh the folly of youth!

 

Almost a decade later Damien got my e-mail address from a random mutual friend, and got back in touch with me. We e-mailed back and forth, and chatted on instant messenger for what seemed like ages.

Then one day he called me and said he was playing a gig in Camden and did I fancy meeting up.

 

I was so nervous I nearly didn’t go and as my friends and I were mooching around outside deciding which bar to blow the gig off for, he came out of the venue with his guitarist!

Damien tells me he knew in that instance that he’d fallen in love.

After the gig his band made their way back to Bristol minus a drummer!

We stayed up and drank ourselves sober with vodka, and talked on my sofa till 6am. Somehow he never made the train back home that day, nor the next day, or the one after that.We’ve been totally inseparable ever since.

 

Damien proposed to me on our two year anniversary, it was a rainy day and we were at Pendennis Castle.All of a sudden he starts saying “No way, that’s so beautiful – look babe”, I couldn’t look as he was peering out of a tiny teeny window and was blocking the view.

Then he turned around and all I saw was a sparkly ring.

I just started grinning like a village idiot, jumping up and down and all manner of strange sounds exited my for once speechless mouth!

 

So that’s our little love story, we’re totally blown away that Kat and David have chosen us as the winners for the competition.

It’s the best wedding present ever!

 

Are you as in love with them as I am?

Here they are the day they met up after all those years and feel in lurrrve!

 

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Chameleon Bride!

I am loving this chameleon-esque Bride!  This cutie couple were lucky enough to get an array of talented photographers to take photographs of them!  I really wanted to share both their bridal shoot, taken by Brian Bastinelli (the photos with the red hair) and their fabulous wedding photographs, taken by the genius that is John Michael Cooper with you right now.

Staysi sent me a fantastic description of their day..hey, she sounds just like me!
Our wedding and ceremony were located at the Las Vegas Art Museum.  my black and white dress is Watters and the short white dress is Betsey Johnson. Dave is wearing Armani with custom chuck taylors with our wedding date embroidered on them.  I think our wedding was rock n roll because we didn’t try to be anything we weren’t.  Dave wanted to wear chucks, I wanted pink hair, and I did not want a white dress!  Growing up in Vegas and going to a million weddings, I knew I did not want the typical Vegas wedding at a casino banquet hall  where you could take a picture and basically change out the heads on the bride and groom and you wouldn’t know whos wedding it was.  I wanted a wedding that no one else has ever seen or been to.  We also skipped a lot of the traditional wedding things that didn’t mean anything to us and added things we thought our guests would love.  Basically we just wanted a big party, and from what everyone still says about it, we succeeded.

As always, I am loving all my wonderful readers right now, thanks so much for sending these my way Staysi!

Credit: {Red Hair} Brian Bastinelli {Pink/Blonde Hair} John Michael Cooper

Really Awesome Photos From The Most Amazingly Named Town Ever!

Wow..what a long winded title I have selected for this post…however I couldn’t resist I’m afraid.  These guys are from a place called Kalamazoo.  Now I’ve never heard of Kalamazoo but the name alone makes is sound like a flippin’ awesome place to live!

I have really been looking forward to sharing this awesome photoshoot with you all. Holly & Ryan are a husband and wife photography team who run a BreakFREE Photography workshop in Kalamazoo (seriously I want to go there!) Michigan
Head over to their blog for more info and gorgeous photographs.

OK enough of my silliness, let see those photographs! These images are the result of one of the workshops they held…amazing right?

Credit: Holly Gauper from Ryan Richard Photography

A Birthday Treat – From Me To You!

I shouldn’t really be all bloggy on my birthday but I just love you all too much…and I love this wedding too much to wait until tomorrow..I have to get it out there right now!

I found this wedding via Offbeat Bride’s Flickr pool (it’s an amazing resource for finding wicked weddings, but I’m assuming most of you already know that!)  Anyway, as soon as I saw this wedding I emailed the Bride, Kelly straight away demanding to be allowed to feature it on here…and she was more than happy for me too…wooohooo!

I’m going to hand right over to Kelly at this point, because in her own words she loves talking about her wedding!
We started planning a very traditional wedding but it never seemed
“right” for us.  So my man gave me full control and said “make it feel
like us”.  I changed the location to New York City (that’s were we
live) and decided the day would be family only.  (Later, we had a
party for friends in New York and both our hometowns)

The day started by taking a black limo to Brooklyn Bridge, to take
pictures.  After that, we headed to the court house, downtown
Manhattan to have the civil ceremony.  Another black limo took all of
the guests to meet us at the court house.  We got married about 1:00
pm on Friday, March 20 in a very short little ceremony.  Then we all
headed to Alice’s Tea Cup on 64th where we had rented a room upstairs.
 It was so darling!!  We had different types of finger sandwiches,
crazy scones, tons of little deserts and unlimited tea.  Our cake was
a one-layered yellow cake with buttercream frosting and the grooms
“cake” was really a red velvet cupcake (his favorite).  My cake topper
was a vintage 1950’s wedding couple.  My favors were vintage tea cups
with little gold bags of loose tea (Wedding Chai) wrapped in pink
tulle and ivory ribbons.  By 7:00 pm, my new husband and I were at the
airport to leave on our honeymoon.  It was a perfect day!

A highlight:  When we stood in front of the court house, right after
the ceremony to take pictures, a NYPD traffic cop took our picture
with her cell phone.  Then she looked at it, smiled and said it was
the best wedding she had ever seen!

Now here is good stuff:

Bride:  Dress, Betsey Johnson
Headpiece, veil, earrings: ReVamp

Shoes and purse: Prada
Make up:  All MAC Cosmetics.  (Lip color:  Alta Moda and All Nighter
Prolong Wear by MAC–I get asked that a lot)
Rings:  Peachtree on Fifth Ave

Maid of Honor:  Dress, Betsey Johnson
Hat, bracelets, earrings:  ReVamp

Shoes: Christian Dior
Make up: All MAC Cosmetics.  (Lip color: Melrose Mood)

Groom:  Suit, Tie: Gucci
Cufflinks: Vintage

Ring:  Heirloom (Great grandfathers’ ring)

Reception, cake and favors:  Alice’s Tea Cup 

Flowers: ReVamp

Thank you for letting me share this with you!  I am very excited that
people liked what I did, because I was getting a bit of flack from
some friends about not being “traditional”.  I only did and wore what
I loved; that is what made my wedding authentic.  I would hope to
inspire other brides to ignore the critics and go with their own sense
of style.

Thanks so much for sharing Kelly.  You all simply must head over here to check out the rest of her ridiculously gorgeous wedding! (and here for her Vintage, Remade, Re-inspired and Occasionally Sparkly etsy shop!)

Credit: Jacob Hyzer & Susan Thackeray

Cakes & Kisses

Oh dear..I went and did it again, and got horribly drunk last night (I’m allowed it’s my birthday today!)
I have a million and one things to post, I have had so much great stuff sent to me this week and I will definitely have a mass posting session tonight, but for now I’m all about the fry up, going shopping and getting a birthday haircut!  This is the sort of thing I’m going for (but obviously keeping the pink!)…what do we think?

To keep you entertained until I return, new hair and all, why not check out this ridiculously fabulous wedding sent to me my Holly Sheen.  I am loving all the pretty lights, and that cake, and the dress…in fact pretty much all of it is totally gorgeous.

In Holly’s words…
Meeting your soul mate is a once in a lifetime chance. But what makes this couple even more unique is that they met each other as toddlers at Day Care.

At the age of three or four, Max announced to his mom that he was going to marry Sara . March 28th 2009, he made his proclamation true.

The wedding took place in the front yard, with a huge beautiful tree shading the entire event. What makes this even more special is that it was the home of Max and his family, and perhaps even the setting of a lot of childhood adventures.

We took “getting ready” photo of the girls in Max’s old bedroom. The reception was in the same yard that they had many basketball, and outdoor games. Two guitar players played “All You Need is Love” to the entire reception. It soon became a sing-a-long and a tribute to the new couple. Music of the band, “Minus Me” was playing at the reception (a band that the groom and best man were guitar/drums). The groom doubled as the DJ and music extraordinaire.

It was truly such a personal event. Every detail and accent was carefully planned and beautiful.

Credit: Holly Sheen/Cakes & Kisses