Boho Inspired Shakespearean Wedding in a Cave

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Michelle and Marc were married in June in a cave! Their wedding theme was ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream meets woodland’ focusing on nature and on having an inside outside vibe. “As a massive Shakespeare lover Shell chose the theme, A Midsummers Nights Dream, for the wedding” said Marc, “2016 is also the 400 year celebration of Shakespeare so it couldn’t have worked out better!”

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For the ceremony they decorated the cave with candles, old books and ornaments. The ceremony was followed by canapés on the lawn served with Pimms, “We borrowed lots of antique books supplied by the family and had them in piles covered with lit pillar candles which created the most incredible atmosphere” Marc continued, “we also used wild ivy and copper fairly lights everywhere so it looked like a gothic fairytale! It was simply stunning.”

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Weddings of the Year, 2016

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I published close to 400 real weddings on the blog in 2016 (WHAT?!) and while every single one is special and beautiful and wonderful in its own way, there are always a few that really stand out. Here are my top 20 weddings that I shared throughout the past year. Did your favourite make the list?

If you want to check out more ‘best of’ posts, why not check out my real wedding round ups for 2011, 2012, 20132014 and 2015 too?!)

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Minimalist and simple industrial wedding

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Heartbreak Hotel: An Elvis & Priscilla Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

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Jacket: Next Shoes: Faith Bodysuit: ASOS Rings: House of Bourgeois from Folly Boutique

One of the most fun and creative parts of my job is the editorial fashion shoots that I create with my INCREDIBLY TALENTED photo shoot team. For issue 10 (Sept/Oct 2016) we wanted to channel one of the original Rock n Roll couple: Elvis and Priscilla Presley. We used just one model, Tarla, who was actually the perfect Elvis and Priscilla, and we shot at Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton.

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Dress & Top: Poppy Dover Shoes: Charlotte Mills

This editorial was created to pay homage to their 1967 wedding at the Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas. Their iconic wedding images refuse to date, and to this day are still used as inspiration by so many Rock n Roll brides.

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue 12 Available for Pre-Order Today!

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Did you have a fabulous Christmas? I sure hope so! I’m getting super excited for 2017 now, not least of all because the brand new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine hits the newsstands on January 5th. However if you’d prefer to stay inside and hide from the frigid weather you can pre-order your copy from us right now. It costs the same as in shops, £4.99, and UK delivery is still completely and utterly FREE. Can you believe that we’ve now done TWELVE ISSUES? That’s two whole years of Rock n Roll Bride in print!

So, what’s inside this anniversary edition? Well, first of all we need to stop and bow down at the beauty of this cover. Some of you may recognise at least one half of this gorgeous pair, because it’s fashion blogger Nicolette Mason. She married Ali in Brooklyn and I am THRILLED BEYOND BELIEF to have them as our first ever same sex cover stars! Being inclusive is something I’m super passionate about and I’m so happy that this incredible image, taken by Clean Plate Pictures, is gracing the cover. Their full wedding story is featured inside. I can’t wait for you to read it and, of course, swoon over all the gorgeous details (spoiler: they only used female or LGBT wedding vendors!)

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The End of 2016 (Everything Will Be OK)

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Is it the weather? Is it the time if year? Is it the fact that for a lot of people 2016 has been a bit shit and there’s way too much uncertainty about what’s to come in 2017? In all honestly, I don’t really know what the reason is (probably all of the above!) but the impending end of 2016 has felt like no other year I can remember.

I am an annoyingly positive person so wanted to close the year out with a little reminder to you that EVERYTHING WILL BE OK… and if it’s not, you’ll figure it out. Whatever you’re feeling apprehensive about – where your business might be headed, how you’re going to get everything on your wedding planning to-do list done, your relationship, your family, your bank balance – whatever it is don’t forget that you are in control of your life and 2017 is a brand new year and a fresh new start. Yes, its a massive cliché but I am a firm believer in always looking for the positive in every situation.

While I’m not one for new year’s resolutions (is any concept more likely to make you feel like a massive loser when you fail?) I do think the end of another 365 days is the perfect opportunity to take stock, look back and realise just how much you’ve achieved – I bet it’s more than you think!

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Art Deco Glam Meets Downtown Loft Wedding

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Sarah and Justin were married in Yaletown, Vancouver, in October. Their wedding theme was eclectic with a bohemian, art deco glam feel. “We wanted our guests to be relaxed as well as showcase our personalities” explained Sarah, “so we had a relaxed reception with food stations and canapés rather than a sit down meal.”

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The couple had a candlelit, romantic, dreamy ceremony with unique rather than traditional vows. “My favourite part of the wedding was the ceremony” said Sarah, “especially the moment when I walked into the room and down the aisle – I was just blown away with how amazing the room looked and even smelt.”

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