English and Nepali Fusion Wedding: Sarah & Sudaman

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Sarah and Sudaman wanted their wedding to reflect both their cultures, English and Nepali. The reception was held at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton. They took the space and added their own personal style to it which that meant lots of colour! Sarah wore a dress made for her in Nepal and Sudaman wore a traditional Nepalese attire also made for him in Lalitpur, Nepal.

“I moved to Nepal three years ago to teach English”, began the bride. “On my first day I was introduced to Sudaman and was advised that he was the man to go to for a party, a wild night out or help learning guitar. I called upon him for all of the above and our relationship blossomed!”

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“This was actually our third wedding ceremony, a blessing really”, she continued. “Our first two (!) ‘real’ weddings were a year ago in Nepal, one a typically Hindu, Nepali affair and the other a simple, Christian gathering. Nepal is our home and therefore part of who we are; we wanted to share some of the country’s rich culture with family and friends in the UK whilst also embracing some quintessentially British traditions.”

“So we had a country church, a steam train, local food, speeches and the me in a white dress, but walked down the aisle to a Nepali folk band, Kutumba, and the groomsmen wore topis and dhaka material ties. We had rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, adorning the reception tables.”

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20 Sparkly Wedding Items That You Need in Your Life. Now.

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Attention all magpies! Stop what you are doing! This is not a drill! I’ve scoured the interwebs and the archives of Rock n Roll Bride in search of the sparkliest and most obnoxiously glittery wedding related items. If bedazzling everything you own in thousands of sequins and crystals is your idea of a heaven then you’re going to LOVE THIS POST.

I’ll take one of each please.

1. Balloon garlands

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Source: Glitter and Junk Wedding

2. A to die for all over sequin dress

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Source: Gibson Bespoke

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Shotgun Waterside Wedding: Rick & Catie

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Rick and Catie had a shotgun wedding. After being together for five years they decided it was time one Wednesday night… and they were married on their friend’s waterside dock that Sunday! They spent just $600 to get hitched with the photography, catering and cake all being gifts from very generous friends.

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Catie wore a dress from Anthropologie with Target shoes. Rick’s outfit came from J Crew and Banana Republic. They were determined not to spend a fortune. “After five years together we decided to get married on a Wednesday night and held the ceremony and party that Sunday,” began the bride. I had never dreamed of a big white wedding. After being a bridesmaid four times the thought of doing that to others was less than ideal. My dress was far from white and I actually picked it out sight unseen while looking for something to wear to a friend’s wedding. I called and purchased it over the phone thank goodness one of my 20 guests lived in Raleigh and snagged it on her move back to the island Friday. It fit like a glove, didn’t need a single alteration. I think it’s funny that Rick wore white! His only stipulation was the he got to roll his sleeves so we could see his tattoos.”

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Unique Vintage Inspired Wedding: Pippa & Daniel

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Pippa and Daniel were married at Barton Hall in Kettering. The inspiration for their wedding came from the bride’s engagement ring, which the groom had designed himself. It features a large amethyst stone in the centre (the bride’s birthstone) and that, alongside a bright blue which Daniel loves, became the colour scheme. Daniel knew he wanted an untraditional suit in blue and the colour amethyst was a perfect choice for the bridesmaid’s dresses.

“Daniel and I knew from the beginning that we wanted a wedding that was individual, but that our friends and family would also enjoy”, Pippa began. “We were sure that we didn’t want to get married in Kettering, where we live, due to the lack of unique venues until we visited Barton Hall. Although unfinished, we fell in love with the 16th century architectural elegance of the Grade 1 listed Orangery within the grounds.”

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“Our venue and food were where we spent the majority of our money”, she continued, “I guess this is to be expected. Second to that was my wedding dress. We saved a lot of money on our cakes though. I attended the Birmingham wedding show and was overwhelmed by the variety of cakes available but was shocked by the cost. We didn’t really care about having a traditional cake, we just wanted one that was scrummy. In the end we found Gayle’s Catering. She visited us at home and we loved her portfolio and the fact it was more substance over style and had a real home made feel. We ordered a mixture of cupcakes in toffee and red velvet with crème cheese frosting, and three round cakes in carrot cake, cookies and cream cake and a vanilla rainbow cake!”

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Tattoo Artist’s Georgia Wedding: Jayne & Kyle

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Jayne and Kyle met in the tattoo shop where Kyle works. They started dating a few months after that and they moved in together really quickly. For their May wedding at Perry’s Landing, an events space in Georgia, they wanted something low key and intimate.

“Our wedding was simple, but also kinda fancy”, began the bride. “It was country with a flare. The best bit of the day was definitely the ceremony. It’s totally cliché but that’s the only part I really cared about. The rest of the night was fun and awesome with awkward dancing and drinking, but really the part that really mattered was standing at the alter marrying my best friend.”

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“I do wish we’d spent less money”, she admitted. “We saved a lot by Kyle tattooing our photographer, hair stylist and make up artist in exchange for their services, but no matter how amazing the wedding was, and how many awesome memories we now have, we spent so much money on the venue and dress and everything else for just a few hours. Of course I loved every minute but being realising I wish we could have made it cheaper.”

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Thursday Treats: Two Blogcademy Workshops, A Mixer & A Whirlwind Week in London!

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Greetings and salutations from our AirB&B digs in North London. This week has been crazy… in the best possible way! Over the weekend Gala, Shauna and I taught our first London Blogcademy workshop, which was of course fabulous (the London babes always BRING IT!) followed by our second packed class on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a photo booth, delicious cupcakes and treats, and near tropical temperatures!

Goodness, the UK really is not set to deal with unseasonably warm temperatures (even though it is Summer, 30+°C is extra HOT for England!) We sweated as we spoke about all things blogging and business for two days straight, but I almost didn’t notice because I was having such an awesome time. On Friday we jet off to Berlin for our next class and I genuinely can not wait to do it all over again!

But that’s not all, today is our first ever Blogcademy mixer party! It’s something we’ve never done before, and I’m not going to lie, keeping the organisational wheels in motion while there’s been so much else going on has a LITTLE on the stressful side. But it will all be worth it when we’re meeting our party-goers, sipping ice cold cocktails from Pig’s Bladder and Petticoat and using and abusing our Fishee Designs photo booth.

Now excuse me, I must dash, it’s time for me to go and panic over my outfit!

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Weddings & Weddingy Things

Dreamy bohemian elopement shoot
Handmade vintage barn wedding
DIY real flower hair slide for brides
Romantic black and red wedding
Downtown LA wedding at The Ace
♥ An adult Santa’s grotto woodland wedding

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Sharon Kee Photography

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