Jo & Sian had an intimate wedding at Upper Reach Winery in Baskerville, Australia. As gay marriage is not legal in Australia (yet!) they decided to buck most traditions and just do things their own way! “Our officiant was my brother Kieren,” Sian began. “This was one of the most important decisions for us. As gay marriage/commitment is not legal in Australia we didn’t have the requirement to have a so called official celebrant to perform our ceremony. I lieu of this we wanted somebody who was really important to us and who we knew was 100% supportive of us and our relationship to perform celebrants duties and go on to be the MC for the evening. By brother Kieren is one of the most amazing people we have in our lives and he has always been there for both me and Jo. We wouldn’t have chosen anybody else. I wrote the vows myself.”
Sian designed her own wedding dress which she then had made by Kubank Designs. She also handmade the jewellery that she wore. Her bridesmaids wore shocking pink dressed from Aqua which they accessorised themselves as Sian wanted each girl to put their own individual stamp on their look. Jo also put together the outfits she and her ‘bromaids’ wore from various sources including Roger David, Tarocash and YD.
I’m heading out tomorrow for a few days, well a week to precise, on a family holiday to the French Alps. And whilst I’m looking forward to unplugging (for the most part), breathing in that fresh mountain air and drinking way to much vino, I do so with a small sense of trepidation. Spending a full seven days in close confines with your entire family (love them as I do) is not something to be entered into lightly. Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram if obnoxious holiday snaps are your thing or if you want regular updates as to whether we’ve killed each or not…
So here’s the drill. I’m back next Friday but then pretty much right away I’m off to the Photography Farm again. Then as soon as that’s wrapped it’s a quick jaunt up to Birmingham for a certain wedding extravaganza before a short hop over the Atlantic to The US or A for two weeks. Needless to say for the rest of the month I’m going to be blogging on the go, which is both scary and exciting (especially because Gareth has promised me a swanky new laptop!) but means I basically have to take a little break from both Thursday Treats and Business Bites. Keeping up with the wedding and Green Room posts I can do, finding time to scour the interwebs for lots of lovely links for you to browse I can not. So forgive me, but these features will be absent until I’m back on solid ground mid-April…
Ciaran & Ellen’s wedding was a far removed from a traditional wedding as possible. The bride didn’t wear a white dress, she wore a tweed suit; they didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen, they had their dogs; they didn’t have a fancy vintage car, the went for a hike. The ceremony was held at The Woolpack Inn in Cumbria in February and was followed by a low key and intimate meal for their few attendees. A few months later they had a larger gathering in their own back garden for the rest of their friends and family.
“Just keep it really, really simple!” Ellen began. “We’d stayed at The Woolpack before and nearly all the other people we used were recommended by friends so we knew we could trust them. For example, I showed Chrissie at Hat Therapy my Liberty Freedom outfit and my favourite hat and let her work her magic on the design. It was great because the design was completely different to what I might have chosen. Chrissie interpreted the tweed brilliantly and the hat exceeded my expectations.”
Dear internet, there are a lot of wedding fairs in 2013. A LOT. There’s also a rather disproportionate amount of them claiming to be of the ‘alternative’ persuasion. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever heard a word over-used so much to describe something wedding-related since the dreaded ‘vintage’ invasion of 2011. Whether this is a good or bad thing is still very much up for debate, but here on this little alternative wedding blog (ahem) I pride myself in only showcasing the very best and most exciting wedding fairs in all the land.
Alternative, vintage, festival, quirky, eclectic… quite frankly all these buzz words can make your head spin, but rest assured dear reader, the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is going to be one of the few wedding fairs not to miss. I promise. In fact I am so certain of this that I’m making the trip up to Birmingham on 24th March myself despite the fact that I’m due to fly to The States two days after. Living on the edge people, living on the edge…
I mean any wedding fair that showcases a Back to the Future cake, Batman shoes and a variety of corseted, tattoo motif embellished, coloured and gothic wedding dresses in the same room is surely got to be worth a visit right?
Describing their day to me as a ‘pants themed wedding’ didn’t fill me with the utmost confidence about what Candice & Mark’s South African shindig might look like… but I’m pleased to report that my fears were unfounded. Pants themed weddings rock!
“I suppose I should start with where ‘pants’ comes from?”, began the bride. “I picked up the nickname ‘Candi-pants’ from an agency I was working at, it stuck! Then, when I started dating Mark I called him ‘Monkey-pants’! Needless to say it was a mouthful and now it’s just ‘Pants’. Our first date was hugely unusual, quirky and our-kind-of-romantic which set the tone for our relationship. Pants managed to completely surprise me with the engagement, I always joked that I would just know, as he is terrible at keeping surprises (his expressions always give him away). He proposed on Christmas Eve, while we were cruising down the Nile in Egypt.”
I get a huge number of emails from brides (& grooms!) to be asking my advice on alternative and ethical wedding ring sources. I know a couple of great wedding ring designers, but up until now I’ve always replied with a bumbling response about etsy and hoped they might find their perfect ring with a hardy search.
Until today that is.
I was thrilled when CRED Jewellery got in touch about working with Rock n Roll brides and I’m even more thrilled that I get to showcase their designs, and their ethics, with you today.
CRED pride themselves on only using fairtrade gold and have been pioneering ethical jewellery since 1996. ”CRED gold is traceable, accountable & has 40 times less of an environmental impact than a standard ring”, they say. “We were the first to realise the importance of, and to create a transparent supply chain for the gold – so the couples can trace their rings back to the exact location in the world that the gold in their rings came from, and know that it was produced in an ethical way.”
“We work directly with the miners to make sure they are working in safe conditions & lessening their impact on the environment, and we made sure we pay them a decent, guaranteed living wage. Our work and development formed the basis of what is now the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard for gold and silver in the UK & Europe (and soon to be the USA). The rings are made in the UK with the gold from Peru. Every design can be tweaked to your specification, or we can design a completely unique creation.”