Eclectic and Rustic DIY Country Wedding

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John and Louise wanted a rustic, barn wedding and Sledmere Barn in Yorkshire was perfect for them. The venue was a real ‘blank canvas’, meaning they can completely free reign on how they decorated it.

Sledmere barn was the first place we visited and we didn’t need to see any other locations – we loved it!” said the bride. “The barn has some gorgeous details, brick archways, wooden beams, old hooks and nails dotted everywhere. It is open on one side but to protect us from the elements the manager said he would build us a hay bale wall!”

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“Our wedding theme was simply about us, our friends and family, our loves, our lives and our memories”, she continued. “We made everything we could ourselves, and used an eclectic and rustic country theme to pull everything together. We called in a lot of favours from people, not necessarily to save money but to just make everything as personal as we possibly could.”

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Classic Wedding with a Touch of Rock n Roll

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People always ask me what makes an ‘alternative wedding’. I think a lot of them assume that the label must only apply to the most ‘out-there’, wacky and crazy weddings and that it’s all jumping out of planes or all-out goth themed days. While, of course, I adore featuring those types of weddings, I also really love sharing the ones that just have a few personal, quirky touches. Just like Corbyn & Lucas’.

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They were married in September at the Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit. “Our wedding was themed around Love and an indoor garden party. We also had lots of gold”, the bride said. “One of my favourite moments was our ‘first look’ where Lucas was blindfolded (so he didn’t actually see me before the ceremony). Just being able to hug him and have a quiet moment to hold each other, away from everyone and everything going on. It was a beautiful moment. Our ceremony, in the golden hour light in front of the conservatory was also amazing.”

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Issue 7 Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Happy Friday gorgeous. Your weekend celebrations should start right now because issue 7 of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now available for pre-order! It seems like only last week I was saying the same thing about issue 6, where has the past two months gone?!

Would ya get a load of these real weddings? Seriously, I’m so lucky that I have the coolest readers on the planet. You make putting the magazine together a total breeze! Our stunning cover model this issue is Jadea, whose full wedding story is featured inside. The Shot was taken by the incred Brooke Davis of Blush Photography. SWOON!

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That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. The issue features 11 gorgeous weddings spanning over 100 glorious pages. Oh I’m so damn good to you!

Unlike most other wedding magazines, I pride myself on the fact that ours isn’t just advert after advert after advert with a few fluffy articles thrown in. When I was engaged all I wanted was practical advice about how to pull the thing off, and the magazines I read just seemed to be focused on the pretty, superficial and spendy stuff. I love writing longer advice pieces for you guys, and working with writers who feel the same.

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It’s Time for The National Wedding Show, London!

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Last weekend was amazing! I have never been more exhausted, but after being at the Manchester National Wedding Show on Saturday and Sunday I’ve remembered how much I really, really love getting out of the office – ha! It was such fun being surrounded by other wedding obsessives, meeting new suppliers and of course hanging out with you lot! To everyone who came along, visited our stand, said hi, took a selfie with me, bought a magazine or ordered a veil, I LOVE YOU.

I’ve had two days back at home, trying my best to catch up with my emails and work (and failing miserably) and today we’re back on the road and heading to London Olympia for the next show this weekend! It kicks off at 10am tomorrow and runs all the way through to 5pm Sunday.

Want to know what you can expect if you come along? We made you a little video!

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A Modern Take on a Fifties Wedding

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Wanting a simple, relaxed and family-focused wedding, Suzanne and Jonathan used the 1950s as inspiration but put their own twist on things. They had a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception.

“We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and memorable day”, said the bride. “I think we achieved just that. We did away with a few of the traditional wedding formalities that we didn’t care for such as having no prepared speeches, no receiving line and no white wedding dress. We also decided against a cake very early on and opted for a brownie stack instead. We had five scrummy flavours made by our caterers. We just wanted everyone to relax, have fun and not sit around and wait for things to happen. We also wanted great food and for people to get up and dance.”

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The bride wore a gorgeous blue Candy Anthony dress. “I’ve always known that I wasn’t a ‘white wedding dress’ kind of girl. I travelled down from Manchester to London for a one hour appointment at Candy Anthony. It was the only appointment I made because I was 99.9% positive that I’d find my perfect dress there. I was right. They made the whole experience amazing from start to finish. I decided on an aqua strapless dress with a matching polka dot overlay and green petticoat. I loved my dress so much, I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. Swishing around the dance floor was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day!”

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Alternative Hen Do Idea: Jewellery Making!

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My sister Rachel is getting married in July and although we’ve got her ‘proper’ hen do planned for May, when Rachel Jeffrey invited me to bring a group of friends along to her one-day jewellery making class, it seems like the perfect opportunity for a practice run!

Bright and early one Saturday morning, we all bundled into our cars, heading for the idyllic village of Wheathampstead, just outside of St Albans. The class started at 9.30am and after some much needed coffee, tea and biscuits, we headed through to the workshop which is located right next door to their shop.

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After a brief introduction from Rachel on health and safety as well as descriptions of the different processes we’d be trying, she took us step-by step through each silversmith technique. We then all had the chance to try each one out on copper before we committed to what we wanted to make to take away.

The thing I really loved about this workshop was just how creative it was. They taught us all the basic techniques in the morning and then after lunch we were left (almost!) to our own devices to design and make whatever we wanted! We were able to create either earrings, a pendant or cufflinks from silver (they also have another class which is for bangles and rings), but the designs were completely up to us.

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