Guarantee That Your Wedding Rocks with Alive Network

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Surely no Rock n Roll wedding is complete without an awesome party band, a kickin’ DJ or something so weird and wonderfully entertaining that your guests won’t know what’s hit them? The entertainment you choose can undoubtedly make or break your party, so I’m thrilled to introduce Alive Network to you today.

Specialising in putting brides & grooms like you in touch with wedding entertainers like rock bands, folk singers, swing and jive bands, string quartets, DJs and ceilidh bands, Alive Network are the UK’s leading supplier of live music and entertainment to weddings, private parties and corporate events. They even have acts like circus performers, street entertainers and fire jugglers on their books! So if you’ve struggled to find the perfect entertainment to really – ahem – rock your wedding, Alive Network is the perfect place to start.

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Elegant & Dramatic Sapphire Wedding: Rochelle & Nestle

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Rochelle & Nestle were married at Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega in The Philippines. Although their wedding started off traditionally with a church service, the couple wanted the rest of the day to reflect their own styles. So they went for a dramatic but elegant blue colour scheme with touches of yellow. The bride wore blue ballerina shoes which she customised herself, the bridesmaids and flowergirls wore various shade of sapphire and the groom and his groomsmen had blue bow ties.

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Rochelle’s email to me was simple. “We would like to thank Rock n Roll Bride because you’ve been a huge inspiration to us. You made us aware of the trends and the things we can do except from the traditional wedding. You helped us push ourselves to do the extremes and make us think that the things we thought could not be done are actually possible.”

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Quirky English Countryside Wedding: Sarah & James

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For their late summer wedding Sarah & James wanted something relaxed, quirky and quintessentially English  So they opted for a tea party style reception in the Suffolk countryside. The wedding was held at Otley Hall, a 16th Century moated hall surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and which has been voted one of the top 20 Historic Houses in the UK.

“We don’t like conform to the traditional”, began Sarah, “so we didn’t go for the big bank busting do to show off and invite hundreds of people we didn’t know. We wanted a day to celebrate our love for each other and to share it with the people we cared for. It was a day to show who we were as a couple in a setting that suited our individuality and to have a celebration! I suppose you could say our inspiration came from a collection of things we liked; we wanted it to be a celebration of us.”

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“Our theme was English country garden party with a vintage homemade feel. There wasn’t a specific colour palette, but we decided to go with blue scale for the wedding parties’ attire. We decorated the space ourselves including a sweet stand for jars of sweets made by James’ dad, with handmade doily cones (made by James!) I customised the stand with bunting to match the bunting around the room and outside space made by my sister Aime.”

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Transformers Cars, Bright Colours and Lots & Lots of Love: Jo & Sian

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Jo & Sian had an intimate wedding at Upper Reach Winery in Baskerville, Australia. As gay marriage is not legal in Australia (yet!) they decided to buck most traditions and just do things their own way! “Our officiant was my brother Kieren,” Sian began. “This was one of the most important decisions for us. As gay marriage/commitment is not legal in Australia we didn’t have the requirement to have a so called official celebrant to perform our ceremony. I lieu of this we wanted somebody who was really important to us and who we knew was 100% supportive of us and our relationship to perform celebrants duties and go on to be the MC for the evening. By brother Kieren is one of the most amazing people we have in our lives and he has always been there for both me and Jo. We wouldn’t have chosen anybody else. I wrote the vows myself.”

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Sian designed her own wedding dress which she then had made by Kubank Designs. She also handmade the jewellery that she wore. Her bridesmaids wore shocking pink dressed from Aqua which they accessorised themselves as Sian wanted each girl to put their own individual stamp on their look. Jo also put together the outfits she and her ‘bromaids’ wore from various sources including Roger David, Tarocash and YD.

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Thursday Treats: Going Skiing… and to The Farm… and Then Back Over to America-land…

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I’m heading out tomorrow for a few days, well a week to precise, on a family holiday to the French Alps. And whilst I’m looking forward to unplugging (for the most part), breathing in that fresh mountain air and drinking way to much vino, I do so with a small sense of trepidation. Spending a full seven days in close confines with your entire family (love them as I do) is not something to be entered into lightly. Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram if obnoxious holiday snaps are your thing or if you want regular updates as to whether we’ve killed each or not…

So here’s the drill. I’m back next Friday but then pretty much right away I’m off to the Photography Farm again. Then as soon as that’s wrapped it’s a quick jaunt up to Birmingham for a certain wedding extravaganza before a short hop over the Atlantic to The US or A for two weeks. Needless to say for the rest of the month I’m going to be blogging on the go, which is both scary and exciting (especially because Gareth has promised me a swanky new laptop!) but means I basically have to take a little break from both Thursday Treats and Business Bites. Keeping up with the wedding and Green Room posts I can do, finding time to scour the interwebs for lots of lovely links for you to browse I can not. So forgive me, but these features will be absent until I’m back on solid ground mid-April…

APRIL?! Where the hell is 2013 going?! Sheesh…

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ These realistic food cakes are intriguing, genius and a little bit gross… but I do love them!
Creative multi-coloured wedding (love the poms on the arch)
A garden gala
♥ Naked Victoria sponge wedding cake DIY!
♥ Utterly gorgeous fun Austin wedding (and part two)
♥ North Carolina boho wedding
♥ Dang this blue vintage wedding dress might be the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen (and the wedding ain’t half bad either)

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Photography:  Adrian Tuazon 

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Hiking, Tweed & a Roaring Log Fire: Ciaran & Ellen

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Ciaran & Ellen’s wedding was a far removed from a traditional wedding as possible. The bride didn’t wear a white dress, she wore a tweed suit; they didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen, they had their dogs; they didn’t have a fancy vintage car, the went for a hike. The ceremony was held at The Woolpack Inn in Cumbria in February and was followed by a low key and intimate meal for their few attendees. A few months later they had a larger gathering in their own back garden for the rest of their friends and family.

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“Just keep it really, really simple!” Ellen began. “We’d stayed at The Woolpack before and nearly all the other people we used were recommended by friends so we knew we could trust them. For example, I showed Chrissie at Hat Therapy my Liberty Freedom outfit and my favourite hat and let her work her magic on the design. It was great because the design was completely different to what I might have chosen. Chrissie interpreted the tweed brilliantly and the hat exceeded my expectations.”

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