We still haven’t quite worked out our wedding theme!” bride Amy told me when I asked about the inspiration for their Australian wedding. “It was like a brass, pineapple, tropical deer hunter theme – haha!”
They were married in October at the Albert & Victoria Guesthouse in New South Wales. “We were inspired by the venue which is in the Blue Mountains. They are so lush, green and romantic that we wanted that that ethereal type feel to wedding but with touches of brass and skulls to make it feel like us. Plus antlers, palms and the pineapples!
“One of the most important things to this pair was the ceremony. “We agreed early on that what we wanted was a beautiful ceremony, followed up with a big, filthy party. The ceremony was so easygoing and our celebrant told us we had total freedom to write the ceremony we really wanted. We personalised our vows and one of Paul’s groomsmen did an amazing reading of a Bob Marley quote.”
Le Colonel Moutarde, a family run business hailing from France, was launched when co-founder Remi stated looking for quirky, patterned bow ties for himself. He struggled to find anything he liked so he decided to make his own! With a passion for sewing passed on by his grandmother, it was the obvious solution.
His creations were so popular with his friends and family, that he and his partner Clémence decided to launch the business with the help of her younger brother Valentin. Today Le Colonel Moutarde is proud to boast the largest collection of bow ties in France (they also sell pocket squares, braces and cufflinks). They also have physical stores in Paris, London and Lille, where they still hand make all of their products.
Win £100 to spend on Groomsmen Accessories
Nothing is more dapper than groomsmen in bow ties, and Le Colonel Moutarde are here to help. They would like to give one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader £100 to spend on their website or at their London shop which is in Shoreditch at 10 Cheshire Street.
To enter, simply visit their website and have a browse around. Then come back here and comment on this blog post letting us know what you’d buy if you won – easy!
You have one week to enter, until midnight on 20th April.
Tawnee and Luis, high school sweethearts, were married after thirteen years together. Five years later they decided to renew their vows in – where else? – Las Vegas!
“We wanted to take a spin on the traditional, ‘run off to Vegas and elope’ idea,” said Tawnee. “Having been married for five years, we really wanted to renew our vows, update the promises we’d made, create new ones for what lies ahead, and really embrace our love. We are both now in the wedding industry and we see lots of designs and ideas that we wished we had done five years ago. This was a way to spark our own creative touch for ourselves.”
“We felt that Vegas was the perfect setting, a simple getaway from San Diego and a place already known for losing inhibitions. We wanted to renew, get boozed and tattooed!”
“For the ceremony we used an awesome pop up wedding trailer!” she continued. “Flora Pop, based out of Las Vegas, pulled up with the coolest vintage teardrop trailer to officiate our vow renewal. We chose the Kings Row Rv Trailer Park as our location; one for nostalgia, two because of the vibrant teal pool. She definitely added the unique, out of the box vibe we wanted.”
To my computer game playing, gym going, kitty obsessing, sleepy head husband:
You are my rock, my biggest supporter and all of my happiest moments. I’m so proud to call you my husband.
When I try to think about what to write to you on our eight year wedding anniversary, I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a bit stumped. How can you adequately put into words a love that completely engulfs you, that makes you a better person, and that truly makes life worth living?
12th April 2008 feels like eight lifetimes ago, not just eight years. So much has changed, yet nothing has. On the outside our lives could not be more different, but inside everything is completely the same. I’m still insanely in love with you. I still get excited to see you every morning. I still want to cover you with kisses every night. You still drive me nuts with all of your ways. I still can’t load the dishwasher properly.
Like the rest of the internet, it would seem, I am obsessed with enamel pins. They’re cheap, they’re fun and add some much needed flair to any outfit. Of course they’ve been around for years, but in the last 12 months or so they’ve had a bit of a revival. Everyone seems to be getting in on the #pingame. You can now get everything from emojis, food, phrases, even celebrity portraits on pins which is one of the reasons they’re so popular – the creative possibilities are endless!
I currently have over 30 of them in my own collection. I wear them all over the lapels of my leather jacket, I have some attached to a pink tote bag I picked up in Japan, I even use them when I run out of thumb-tacks on the inspiration board above my desk.
One of my favourite pin designers is my BFF Veronica Dearly so when the idea came to me to create my own range she was the only person I wanted to work with. I was inspired by the girls in the Rock n Roll Wives Facebook group, which is an off-shoot of the official Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group. They were chatting about how awesome it would be to have a badge that had the group name on it so if they ever saw each other out and about in the real world (!) they could identify each other as a fellow member.
I thought this was a genius idea, but that only making them available for one Facebook group would be super mean – everyone deserves pins in their lives! Then I realised if I was going to do a Rock n Roll Wife pin I’d have to do a Rock n Roll Bride one, a Rock n Roll Groom one, and (just for fun!) a Bridezilla one!
I hope you love them as much as I do. The Bride and Bridezilla ones have already been added to my permanent leather jacket collection. I’m so excited about the possibility of spotting someone out and about wearing one too!
They are available to buy via the Rock n Roll Bride shop and Veronica Dearly’s website. They cost £6 each or £20 for the full set. We ship worldwide and UK shipping is free.
If you like things a bit more dark ‘n moody than the usual bridal fare, then you’re going to love this wedding shoot!
Put together by Him and Her Events from Queensland, it features a black wedding cake, a deer skull above the ceremony arch and the coolest models ever! This is definitely not one for traditional brides.
“The theme of this shoot was ‘tll death do us party and sophisticated grunge”, they explained. “We wanted to embrace the rawness of the venue and create a style that inspired couples to make their own rules when it comes to their wedding day. We wanted to create a moody feel whilst still embracing bursts of colour and featuring cow skulls consistently throughout our styling.”