Sparkly, DIY Vow Renewal at Home

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Sam and Timm were married ten years ago in Vegas. They wanted to renew their vows and so they invited all their friends and family to a party in their own back garden.

“We had originally planned to have a big wedding ten years ago, but we had a few hiccups so we decided to run off to Vegas, keep things small and get married by Elvis instead!” Sam began. “We’d always wanted a big wedding though, so renewing our vows was our chance to do just that. As we didn’t need to worry about any of the legal stuff, we hosted it at home so we could have everything exactly to our taste. We didn’t want to have compromises or restrictions this time!”

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The couple have had a tough few years with Sam being very ill, so the vow renewal was also a really amazing way for them to celebrate coming out the other side. “Our renewal fell a year after, almost to the day, of my first life saving surgery so it was a really poignant moment”, she continued. “I had struggled enormously with my self esteem and confidence after the surgeries left my body totally changed. The day was just so amazing. I loved all of it. It was the best day ever from start to finish.”

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Win Wedding Planning Services Worth £5000 with Kirstin Halstead!

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I’ve known wedding planner Kirstin Halstead for quite a few years. We first met at a very fancy industry event, where we both felt like fish out of water and spent nearly the entire night side by side trying not to make eye contact with anybody!

I liked her the moment we met. She’s warm, she’s friendly and she has a wicked sense of humour. In fact some of you will know Kirstin too. I featured her own adorable Nashville elopement just a few months ago!

So when she got in touch so say she’d love plan not one but two Rock n Roll Bride readers’ weddings for free, I jumped at the chance to help her host the contest.

“Hi! My name is Kirstin and I live in beautiful historic England in a small town in Yorkshire with my husband Ash”, she writes. “We plan weddings and elopements all over the world. I have a passion for the United States, fashion, parties, trend setting, rebelling against the norm and I drink way too much caffeine. In 2014 I went on a beautiful adventure with Ash to our favourite place in the world, and eloped. We got married in a secret location in the back roads and then partied the night away in Music City. It was intimate, romantic, perfect and we sang our vows to each other.”

“We plan destination weddings and elopements for the couple who cant sit still, they love to travel, long for adventure and have kick ass personal style and wanderlust.”

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This amazing competition will have two winning couples, one getting married in England and the other getting hitched in Nashville!

She continues, “Having worked successfully in the wedding and events industry for nearing six years in the hotel, PR, wedding planning and transportation sector, I have the experience and excellent contacts in the United States and Europe. I can create the perfect adventure for you overseas. Be it a destination wedding with your nearest and dearest or maybe you want to ditch them and run away together on a romantic elopement, we have unrivalled knowledge of unique locations, world class suppliers and accommodation and secret hideaways that will take your breath away.”

“We eloped in Nashville and had the time of our lives. But most importantly our wedding was all about our love for one another and love of America. We have experienced eloping first hand and wouldn’t change a thing!”

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Pretty in Pink Wedding

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It’s no secret that I love me a bit of pink. After all, my barnet was varying shades of the colour for close to ten years straight! So when I saw Johanna and Bjorn’s Swedish wedding, but heart did back flips.

The couple met 16 years ago through mutual friends. After having two daughters together, Johanna got tired of waiting for him to propose so she asked him on New Year’s Eve by sending him an invitation to his own wedding!

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“We both agreed that we wanted to have a personalised wedding”, she told me, “that would feel very much like us. We went completely with the things we like. I wore a pink tulle dress, we had a tour car from the hillbilly band Fearless as our transport, and we started the day with a good pre-drink in our own Thai bar we have in our barn!”

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How to Remember Deceased Loved Ones At Your Wedding

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Intimate Halloween wedding by candlelight

By the time a lot of people get married, it is quite likely that they will have lost someone near and dear to them. I’ve had quite a few people email me about this over the past few weeks, so today I wanted to share some simple ways you can include a loved one who has passed away in your wedding day.

While many people might wince at the idea of including a memorial as part of a wedding day (for fear of it being too depressing or overshadowing the celebration), there are many ways that you can honour and include them in a subtle yet special way.

Have a photo of them in a locket, tied on your bouquet

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Halloween and horror wedding

Set up a memory table with photographs of them

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Doctor Who wedding

Wear something that they wore on their wedding day, or something they gave you

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Sunflower and flamingo wedding

Take some fabric from something they owned and sew it into the inside of your dress or one of your accessories (maybe in the shape of a heart)

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Colourful Mexican wedding

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Bohemian Festival Of Love Wedding

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Emma and Ofer wanted a wedding that was the perfect combination of a festival of love, with great music, good food and plenty of little details. The day was held in an olive grove in Tel Aviv.

“Above all we wanted our wedding to be comfy!”, explained the bride. “We wanted a wedding where our guests wouldn’t want to leave, where every corner you looked you would see a different cuddle puddle. We were ultimately the most inspired by our home and what we envision for our future home. We’re currently city dwellers aiming for a farm family one day. So we took an olive garden with nothing but trees and brought our living room (and much much more) with us!”

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The reception setting was a mixture of boho chic and some native American Indian touches. Eclectic living room furnitures from Tel Aviv’s flea market along with cactus and aloe plants were laid out. The whole set up took three days! The couple also brought along their own furniture which they built themselves.

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Bohemian Family Wedding in Poland

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Ania and Stach did not want a formal day or a church ceremony, but they also didn’t want to do the registry office thing, “We thought it would strip the magic away” the bride said. So instead they decided to marry on the hill near the groom’s parent’s cottage. They had the reception in a barn on the same land.

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“Stach’s parents have a summer house in Suwalszczyzna, which is a beautiful place in the northern Poland. This place is especially important to us and we spend there all the time we can. The house is in the middle of nowhere and the nature there is enchanting. We thought that having the wedding there would make it a great celebration. We also wanted to show other people the place that meant so much to us – and thought it would be a beautiful opportunity. We brought 300 people from all around the Poland (and beyond) to the place they would never visit otherwise!”

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