Rock n Sparkles: A New Zealand Wedding Full of Surprises

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Whitney and Craig were engaged on their nine year anniversary and married on their tenth. The wedding was held at one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, The Cardrona, situated between Queenstown and Wanaka.

“Our theme was ‘Rock n Sparkles’,” began the bride. “Those two things pretty much sums us up. We have a deep love of rock music and I have a deep deep love of all things glitter. We also absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE skulls and had white skull confetti up the aisle and scattered on the tables. I randomly stumbled across it five days before our wedding in a Halloween sale and I had to have it! I bought them all up for $1.50 a bag.”

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“One of the more unique things about out wedding was that we had a surprise wedding party of fourteen. Seven surprise bridesmaids and seven surprise groomsmen. None of them knew they were going to be in the bridal party until about half an hour before the wedding! They all wore their own clothes and they looked great even though no-one matched.”

“Another surprise was our ceremony music. As I said we’re both really into rock music so my entrance song was Astronomy by Metallica, the signing of the register song was I am a River by Foo Fighters and our recessional song we left to was The Game by Motorhead.”

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Low Key Wedding at Oxford University

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They met whilst both studying at Oxford University, so when Xandra and Steve got married that’s where they wanted to do it. “We met at the Oxford University Mountaineering Club during our undergraduate studies,” said the bride. “We had just moved to Edinburgh, so our initial plan was to have the celebrations there. Because we were not too familiar with the city, we found ourselves looking at wedding-packaged things, which felt too traditional. We eventually decided on Exeter College as a venue because it is a special place for both of us.”

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“So many people told us that the wedding felt ‘very us’, and that was the biggest compliment”, she continued. “We wanted to have fun, and incorporate things we love, such as Harry Potter, and Disney. We also wanted to pay tribute to our love of rock climbing in some way. We ended up sending our cake makers a sketch of a climbing-inspired cake, with ‘ropes’ of marzipan lining each layer, and 2D mountains on top inspired by a Poosac mountain pillow that was our first purchase for our flat when we moved to Edinburgh.”

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A Tim Walker Inspired Wedding

Inspired by some of Tim Walker’s most famous photographs, this wedding shoot was put together by French photographer Floriane Caux, stylist Madame Coquelicot and florist Poppy Figue.

“As a huge fan of fashion photographer Tim Walker, I secretly dreamed about doing a wedding inspired by his incredible world”, explained Floriane. “We based the shoot on several pictures. We wanted to give a knowing wink to his great art and put it into a wedding day. It was a hard task, believe me!”

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Hello Kitty Wedding!

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Caroline might just be the world’s biggest Hello Kitty fan, so when she married Daniel in June, there was only one theme she wanted! They were married in Northern Ireland and the first thing they organised was her dress.

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“I never really thought I would get married, so I literally had no idea where to start”, she said. “I had a lot of personal battles to get through before the big day arrived, mostly about how I see myself. I have always been overweight and I’ve had my confidence knocked. I knew I would never be the typical beautiful bride, but honestly, planning the wedding helped me so much overcome my fears and I learned to embrace who I was.”

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Simple Destination Wedding in Marrakech

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I love Marrakech, so much so that I visited twice last year! So when Eyman and Bandele’s colourful destination wedding landed in my submissions pile, I was super excited. The bride is from Sudan, the groom from Jamaica, and they now both live in the UK.

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The wedding was held at the Dar Anis Riad. “We decided to keep things simple and use the natural surroundings as our décor”, said the bride. “As the main courtyard contained three small orange trees we used oranges as name placements with simple toothpick type labels inserted into individual whole oranges. The table centrepieces were locally sourced flowers and candles.”

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A Utah Mountain Engagement

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Brittany and Dave engagement shoot gives me all of the feels! I very rarely featured pre-wedding sessions, but this one is so awesome I couldn’t help posting them anyway. What a bunch ‘o babes! It also can’t just be me that thinks Brittany looks exactly like Christina Aguilera right?

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“Brittany and Dave are just these super hip and laid back people”, said photographer Amy. “They have an edgy side but wanted a more earthly feel for their images. What better earthy place than on a mountain top in Utah?”

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