Emily McDowell Draws
YAY, it’s back! After a brief holiday hiatus, Thursday Treats is back on the blog and raring to go. Have you missed us?
As usual, the internet was eerily quiet over Christmas and New Year but I’ve worked my very hardest to find a whole host of awesome links from around the web to share with you guys.
If you’re new to Rock n Roll Bride, Thursday Treats is my weekly round up post of things I’ve enjoyed online that’s published every Thursday (duh!) afternoon. I do the
procrastinating browsing so you don’t have to!
So grab a cuppa and a biscuit, put your feet up and enjoy. Go on, you deserve it, it is nearly the weekend after all…
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Glitter and rainbow wedding
♥ New South Wales party wedding
♥ Navy, mint and gold wedding
♥ These marshmallows that you can print photos on would be perfect wedding favours!
♥ Bohemian wedding
The Weaver House
Pink haired brides always have a special place in my heart (it’s not difficult to see why!) and so when wedding photographer Chris Barber submitted Cat and Craig’s October wedding I didn’t hesitate to say yes! The wedding took place on Sunday 20th and was held at New Hall Hotel and Spa in Birmingham.
“Our wedding theme was based around Alice in Wonderland”, explained Craig. “Our waiting music consisted of instrumental pieces by the films of Tim Burton and the guest tables were named after famous Alice in Wonderland characters. Each centrepiece was individual to each particular character from the book and items were sourced from vintage fares, car boot sales, charity shops, second hand shops and eBay.”
“We selected the iconic moments from Alice in Wonderland for the tables. For instance, the mad hatter table was themed around a tea party and the caterpillar table was themed around his hookah pipe.”
I’ve written about and published the work of London wedding photographer Mick Shah of Miki Photography on numerous occasions because, quite frankly, he’s awesome. He is one of those wedding photographers that I’m yet to meet in person (it’s surely only a matter of time) but I really feel like I know him because we email incessantly!
Quite apart from him being a stand up and all round nice dude, his wedding photography is flippin’ killer. I love featuring his images on my blog and it’s always an absolute pleasure to get a submission from him.
When wedding photographer Trish Barker emailed me back in October telling me she’d just shot Gene Simmons’ vow renewal and asked if would I like to feature it, well, I just about died. To say this is the ultimate Rock n Roll wedding is a massive understatement. I am ridiculously honoured to be sharing this bad ass and beautiful ceremony on Rock n Roll Bride today!
After being together 28 years, Gene and Shannon finally said “I do” in October 2011 but they obviously love it so much they did it again this year! Wedding planner Liberty Woodman of Lady Liberty Events styled the Hawaii event with pretty pink, black and gold accents and accessorised with opulent touches including giant flower walls, 100lb floral chandeliers and hundreds of hanging candles.
On a sunny Saturday in July, Natasha and Tom said “I do” under the summer house at South Farm. The bride wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown and headpiece and the groom looked dashing in his Mr Start suit.
“We didn’t really have a theme”, Tom began. “We knew we wanted to make it down to earth and styled to reflect us… that turned into a part-Festival, part-Country Fete. Picking a farm to get married on only led us down this path further as we wanted everything to look very natural, simple and relaxed.”
“In the barn for the reception we had bunting, large deco paper balls, Polaroid and Holga cameras for the tables and canvas tote bags that we designed ourselves filled with silly little things from joke shops and Etsy. On our ceremony chairs we tied colourful ribbons and the sign post made by Natasha’s Dad. We used my Grandma’s 1920s suitcase for cards and had old watering cans from my parents for the flowers.”
Sophie & Tom planned their wedding in just four months!
As the weddings showcased on this blog show, there are a million different ways to say “I do”. A large family gathering, a small DIY affair, or a budget friendly backyard bash – the possibilities are endless. While wedding blogs are great for showing you style inspiration when planning your own big (or small!) day, I’m yet to see one actually publish a really comprehensive guide on how to physically plan a wedding.
So I thought I should be the first! Over the next ten weeks I’ll be covering ten of the most important things for you to consider when planning your wedding. It will be a practical and step by step guide that I hope will help you whatever style of wedding you choose to have.
However long you have to plan your wedding it’s important to have an idea of when you need to do certain things. While I’m not going to list exactly what I think you should do and when (the back of pretty much every wedding magazine includes these, although be sure to take them with a pinch of salt and edit them to suit your own needs) there are a few key elements that you need to sort out sooner rather than later.
Your engagement will likely be split into two main bursts of activity – the initial research and booking of your most important contributors near the start, and the coordinating of everything right near the end. The middle is usually full of DIY projects (if you’re that way inclined) and making decisions on the pretty things like your dress, reception décor, cakes and flowers. If you’re having a short engagement then these will probably all be smooshed together but that’s perfectly fine!
It is really important to book your suppliers as early on in your engagement as possible, especially if you have people you really want to work with. Many of the most popular vendors (particularly photographers and venues) will get booked up months, or sometimes even years, in advance! So if you have your heart set on something, don’t delay in sending that enquiry.