Casual Maryland Camp Site Wedding: Rachael & Rob

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Rachael and Rob wanted to get away from the city for their wedding. So they rented a camp ground, just outside of  Philadelphia where they could say “I do” and stay all weekend with their friends and family.

“We live in the heart of Philadelphia and wanted to find a place that all our friends and family could get away from the city of Brotherly Love while sharing in their Union of Love”, wrote Rachael. ” Maple Treehouse Camp on the Appalachian Trail in western Maryland proved just the place, offering an escape of fun where guests could spend the weekend celebrating. Since we have both lived all over before settling in Philly, we wanted to be able to spend more than a few hours with those special friends who made the journey. Friends travelled from all parts of the country to bunk together in tree houses, cabins, and in their own tents or campers.”

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“The whole wedding was really community inspired! Since our relationship started with community and travelling adventure, we thought it perfect to find a place where all of our friends and family could get away from the city and everyday lives to find a little R & R and celebrate the love of R & R! The whole wedding came together with the community stepping up into different roles but also making sure they were able to have fun and not.”

“Upon arrival each was greeted by a ‘camp counsellor’ at the welcome table with a cabin assignment, a hand-crafted watercolor camp map, and a field guide with fun for the weekend.  The whole affair, with the exception of the local organic farmer/pig roaster, Bev Egglesteine, was put on by family and friends. Dogs and kids were welcome with most wearing bow ties!”

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Urban and Romantic Wedding Inspiration

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Who says gritty and urban can’t also be pretty and colourful?! Not this girl! Which is why I completely love this rainbow-hued shoot sent over by LeeYen of Loblee Photography. Shot in Salt Lake City, these dreamy images have really brightened my morning!

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“We often associate bohemian romance with wide open fields”, wrote LeeYen. “We wanted to put a little spin on that and keep it in the city.  Despite the unconventional (yet stunning) dress and location, we wanted to stay true to the idea that ‘you belong somewhere you feel free’. We like to think that it’s also about belonging where you are loved.”

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Thursday Treats: Shooting Up a Storm!

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This week started with an Easter egg hunt around my parent’s back garden. Yes, my sisters and I might be 26, 28 and 30 respectively, but that didn’t stop us – it all got very competitive! I also did a super fun shoot for Claire’s on Tuesday at my house, the results of which I’ll be sharing really soon. AND tomorrow I’m heading over to The Big Smoke to shoot up a storm with my buddy Chris Barber. It’s all go go go in Rock n Roll Bride land!

How have you been? Eaten all your Easter eggs yet?! I don’t like chocolate so I wore mine in my hair…

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Gorgeous wedding at LA’s The Huron Substation
6 things I won’t worry about on my wedding day
Bohemian black tie wedding (and part two!)
Beautiful picnic wedding

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Tropical Punk Rock Wedding: Renee & Micky

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Renee and Micky met while backpacking around Australia. They love the beach and so wanted their wedding to reflect that, but alongside the punk rock edge that defines them both. I don’t know about you but looking at these glorious pictures from Curly Tree Photography makes me really long for Summer!

“We’re both into punk so we definitely wanted that to shine through, on our wedding day”, began the bride. “As we were choosing and booking things the theme just ended up happening naturally. We always saw our day not so much as a standard wedding but more a party we were throwing to celebrate our love for each other. I’ve always loved the pin up style, its so glamorous but still a bit cheeky and edgy so I thought it was perfect for the day. My hair and make up stylists were amazing and nailed my look better than I could’ve hoped!”

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“Our décor was light and airy but still very colourful!” she continued. “I was a bit worried how the two styles would mix but on the day it all just worked so well, it felt like we had planned our own personalised party! Most of the items were handmade by us to save money. We ended up making our own place cards and seating plan, and it allowed us to be a lot more creative with them. My friend made rose and marshmallow macaroons for everyone for the favours also.”

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Win the £40,000 Wedding of Your Dreams from Confetti.co.uk!

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I’ve heard way too many stories from people who’ve had to postpone or even cancel getting married simply because they couldn’t afford it. That makes me so very sad. Of course the amount you spend has less than zero indication on how awesome your marriage will be, but if you have little or no savings, even a completely budget wedding can be out of the question.

I’ve been championing budget weddings for years but just because you can’t – or don’t want! – spend thousands of pounds on one just day of your life, doesn’t mean you won’t spend hours dreaming about what you’d do if money was no object… right? Which is why I am so completely held over heels, hearts in my eyes, back flipping down the street excited to share this contest with you all today!

When Confetti got in touch to tell me they wanted to give someone a wedding prize package worth over £40,000 I jumped at the chance to share it with you! They are offering one of you the chance to win everything for your wedding. From the your choice of Marriott hotel venue to the entertainment, the hen and stag dos to your wedding dress and accessories, the photography, videography and a photo booth… oh and even a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!

This amazing prize includes:

♥ A wedding reception at your choice of one of the 11 Marriott Hotels in the UK (subject to availability, see the venue terms and conditions)
♥ A luxury honeymoon from Kanika Hotels and Resorts in Cyprus.
♥ Your wedding dress from Eternity Bridal.
♥ Shoes from Crystal Bridal Accessories.
♥ Tiara from Fabledreams.
♥ Dress storage from Empty Box Company.
♥ Groomswear from Stephen Bishop Suiting.
♥ Up to four bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo.
♥ Wedding rings from Bands of Love.
♥ Pre-wedding spa break from Ardencote Manor.
♥ Wedding photography from Douglas Fry Photography, Charles Glover Photography or Monir Ali Photography (your choice!)
♥ Videography from If It Moves.
♥ Photo booth from PictureBlast.
♥ Wedding cakes from Sweet Hollywood and Waitrose Ltd.
♥ Silk flowers from Sarah’s Flowers.
♥ Speech writing help from Great Speech Writing.
♥ Live entertainment from Warble Entertainment.
♥ Stag party entertainment from Grosvenor Casino.
♥ Hen party entertainment from Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa.

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Wedding Day Survival for Introverts

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Dear Kat
I’m sure this isn’t something you struggle with but I was wondering if you might be able to use your infinite wedding wisdom to help me none-the-less. I am a painfully shy introvert. I suffer from crippling social anxiety and although I desperately want to marry my fiancé, the thought of being the centre of attention for the day fills me with dread. I’m worried about so many things especially what our guests will think about the wedding. We don’t have a huge budget and I’m worried it will be boring because we can’t afford more than an iPod playlist as entertainment…

I was just hoping you might have some tips or advice you could share?

The wedding industry is pretty much built around the idea that your wedding is supposed to be this big entertainment circus where you are the main attraction. It’s enough to make even the most extroverted of us hyperventilate with stage fright. Of course this couldn’t be further from the truth and if I try to do one thing more than anything else with this blog, its to demonstrate to you that you can – and should – do YOUR wedding YOUR way!

For the record, as you probably guessed, I am not an introvert. While I love spending time at home with my husband and my cats, I adore nothing more than being surrounded by people – laughing, chatting and catching up. I feel energised by talking to others and much prefer to be with someone else than spending time alone.  

You probably know this already but while extroverts draw their energy from others, introverts recharge their batteries by being on their own. Gareth is a classic introvert by the way (which actually works well for us, I can be out doing my thang while he’s perfectly content to hold the fort at home!) The fact the we are at opposite ends of the extrovert/introvert spectrum is not a problem for us, as long as we respect each other’s needs.

But I digress…

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Here are a few simple tips for those introverted babes amongst you who are feeling worrisome about being the centre of attention on your wedding day:

Realise that it’s not all about you

The notion that this is “your big day” can be terrifying for introverts but weddings are as much for the family and friends of the couple as they are for the couple themselves. Weddings bring people together. In fact your wedding day will probably be the first day in a long time that everyone you know and love is in the same room.

Your family and friends are not there to be vicious energy sucking vampires. They simply want to share in your joy and to show their love and support for you and your marriage. The bride and groom do not have to be constantly at the centre of everyone’s attention. You are but the reason for everyone to be there together.

Most of your guests will be perfectly happy catching up with each other, reminiscing, laughing, drinking, dancing… I promise, you do not have to put on a massive show for them! For many people forced entertainment is a lot more annoying than the old classics anyway – flowing wine, good tunes and a little bit of dancing!

Have a small wedding

If having all eyes on you is something that fills you with dread then why not have a small wedding? Or at least keep the ceremony (often the most nerve-racking part) intimate? Legally, you only need to have two witnesses at a wedding ceremony (in the UK) and there is no law saying you have to invite everyone you know along for the ride! If a full on elopement is out of the question for whatever reason, a low-key ceremony followed by a more casual reception might be the way forward.

Take the focus off the bride

There are definitely small adaptations you can make throughout your wedding so you are not the focus of everyone’s attention. Have a think about what parts of the day are making you the most anxious – is it walking down the aisle, saying your vows in front of everyone, the first dance? Then change them!

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