Not wanting to do things by halves, Clare & Aslam had three weddings. The firs two were Muslim celebrations, and this one was their western wedding. Having three whole weddings to plan, the couple kept this event low key and budget friendly. They DIYed a lot and spent just £5000 on the day. “We tried to do everything second hand or hand made as I hate waste and am a big environmentalist”, Clare explained. The wedding was held at Hyde Barn in the Cotswolds.
“Although my husband and I live and breathe south and east London now, I grew up climbing trees and then later on, going to big raves and technivals in the beautiful countryside here”, Claire continued. “So it is as much my hometown as it could be. Aslam and I are basically big kids so when we had our pro pics taken we ran into the garden and climbed trees and messed around, the venue was perfect for this. The venue actually hadn’t even been built when we booked it! But for that reason we saved a lot of money. Risky, but worth it. Because they were a new venue they pretty much let us do what we wanted. And seeing as I wanted to throw a childlike homespun DIY shoe-gaze/punk/rock festival style kid’s party with bubbles and story books, masks and games as well as accommodate a naughty french bulldog – a blank canvas like this was ideal.”
Well you guys are a creative lot aren’t you? Over the past month I’ve been literally inundated with amazing entries for the design your own wedding shoe contest that I ran in association with IF Ladies.
In fact so difficult was it to pick just one final winner that I asked the IF Ladies very nicely if I could pick a top ten and award some runners up prizes too… and luckily they said yes! Each of the lovely ladies below will be emailed a secret promo code for an extra discount on an order of any size through the IF Ladies website (pro tip: check out the S/S 13 tank tops – love love love!) How killer is that?!
But first and foremost our ultimate winner, who will have her design made into actual real life foot candy for her to rock on her wedding day (seriously, can’t wait to see how these turn out) is:
Sabine’s broken mirror & unicorn creation!
I fell head over heels (see what I did there) for Sabine’s amazing shoe design. I mean what’s not to love when you’re presented with broken mirrors and unicorns!?! In fact I’d really love a pair of these myself please.
Ahh Emily & Chris’ Florida nuptials is what my wedding dreams are made of. Getting ready in the Hard Rock Hotel (my spiritual home for sure) this achingly cool pair had their beautiful wedding at Ybor City Museum Garden in Tampa. Emily wore the Greenbow lace gown by BHLDN and Miu Miu shoes, while Chris kept it casual yet chic in a checked shirt and a vintage velvet jacket combo. The 1970s is an era that many might feel should be left back with the flares, disco and Woodstock hippies, but I’m am here to tell you the exact opposite. How bloody cool are these two?!
Although from Stacy Paul‘s amazing photographs it looks like the whole wedding was pulled off with ease, Emily explained that it was quite the rollercoaster to get there… “The wedding day was a stressful day of 50 degree weather, 30 mile an hour winds, a brief rainstorm, and panic about the cold, wind and rain, affecting our outdoor wedding and reception”, she began. “Florida weather is beyond unpredictable. I somehow maintained a little bit of composure with the understanding that my family and wedding planner were working to make sure that everything was perfect, no matter what.”
As a colour fiend (and unapologetically so) its unusual for me to fall head over heels with such a neutrally coloured wedding. But as soon as I laid eyes on Timothy & Sherra’s intimate ocean view ceremony and dramatic portraits on the beach I knew I had to blog it. The day was held at the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai where the couple were married on the beach with just a few witnesses.
“We wanted a white wedding”, Sherra explained, “so we asked our guest to dress in white. I feel that made the backdrop of Hawaii so much more beautiful and intense. Everyone looks good in white.The Rock n Roll element definitely came from the groom’s party who are actually a part of the Rock n Roll world. Most of our guests are somehow linked to music, whether they themselves are rock stars, they work in the industry or just have the love of rock living in their hearts.”
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.
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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.
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.”