Neo-Victorian Steampunk Wedding: Jojo & Andy

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Jojo and Andy were married in August at Nettlestead Place, Kent. While the groom wasn’t too bothered about having a big wedding, the bride wanted something special and so a steampunk theme it was! She wore a corset from Baba Studio with an AMAZING purple and turquoise skirt, made for her by Sisters of the Moon on Etsy. Her biker boots were from eBay.

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“While I’d like to say we just planned the wedding that we wanted, Andy would have preferred to just go to the registry office in a t-shirt and jeans!” Jojo began. “But I’m a bit more flamboyant than that, and he wanted me to have the day I wanted. So I pulled out all the stops and did something much more ‘me’. I’ve always been alternative and I love to dress up so this was the only way forward. We also thought that if everyone had to dress up, that they would feel much more like part of our day, rather than just being onlookers and well wishers.”

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Thursday Treats: Is Time Speeding Up or What?!

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I’ve been out of the office ALL WEEK, which is pretty nuts considering I have approximately 30 blog posts and a whole damn magazine to write before I go to New York for the next round of Blogcademy workshops NEXT WEDNESDAY. Good god Father Time, would you just slow down already?!

So I haven’t spent a LOT of time online this week, but here are a few little tidbits I found and loved recently. Have you read anything amazing? Feel free to post links in the comments!

Thanks for all the love about my new collection with Crown and Glory too. It’s my favourite range yet so I’m so pleased you all seemed to love it as much as I do!

By the way, isn’t my hoodie, like, the best. thing. ever? Sophie made it for me as a congrats on your big magazine deal gift and I am obsessed. I might never take it off.

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Wedding wear for pets. Just yes.

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Cats, Anchors and a Sprinkling of Harry Potter: Claire-Josephine & Nick

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A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend  Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.

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“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme!  I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”

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Win Your Wedding Photography with We Heart Pictures

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, hopefully you’ll realise just how passionate I am about investing in really great wedding photographs. The beautiful imagery on this site doesn’t just appear out of thin air after all! However I am also acutely aware that the expense of it can be too much for some of you. Which is why I’m thrilled when I get to host contests like this one!

Today’s contest is in collaboration with the amazing We Heart Pictures, who’s work you may have seen gracing the pages of this blog many times before. Husband and wife team Hector and Charlie, are based in London but love to document weddings all around the UK and even abroad.

“We could say we are the antithesis to traditional wedding photography”, they write. “We are more about capturing the vibe from the day than posed photographs.”

“We get to witness the good times, the happiness of couples, families and friends. That feeling is infectious and that is a super plus to what we do. We make honest and creative photography of the best time in people’s life.”

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Estonian Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Meeli & Wout

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Ahh Alice in Wonderland weddings, what’s not to love? A childhood favourite of so many of us, it’s unsurprising that we see so many weddings themed around it. Meeli and Wout’s Wonderland wedding might just be one of the best I’ve seen though. Everyone looks spectacular in their costumes, and they’ve put so much effort into the décor.

The bride explains, “We were mostly inspired by Lewis Carroll books, both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, I also loved looking at the other Wonderland-themed weddings featured on Rock n Roll Bride. Prior to the wedding we watched many different Alice films but when it came to designing our wedding, we were strictly true to the books.”

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“One thing that we did very differently was the wedding ceremony”, she continued. “We had no officiant because, in our opinion, getting married is not about getting the approval of the state or god (we are not religious). It’s about making a promise to each other. So we wrote our own vows and read them out loud in front of our guests. As we had an international wedding, we did it in each other’s languages: I read my vows in Dutch and Wout read his in Estonian. We also had our guests bless the rings (every guest got to hold the rings and make a wish, but they had to say it out loud in front of everyone). The rings were handed to the guests by the best man wearing rabbit ears and the rings themselves were carried on the ears of a small bunny statue.”

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Party Time, Excellent! The Blogcademy Mixer in London

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I’ve been in love with The Roost for years. I’ve featured many super cool weddings that have been held there, but I was yet to have the pleasure to actually visit it myself. Every time I’d get submitted an event in the former Victorian pub in Dalston, I’d pore over the photos, eagerly eyeing up the gorgeous furniture, the quirky décor and the eclectic mix of art work and props that are littered around the space,

I was desperate to find an excuse to go there, so when my Blogcademy babes and I came up with the idea of hosting a party in London, The Roost was first on my list of places to contact.

I mean, look at this place…

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My dress was from Warehouse by the way, Shauna’s is ASOS and Gala got hers on sale in Miss Selfridge!

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As you can see from the video by Costa Sister Productions the venue certainly didn’t disappoint. It was just as beautiful in real life as it looked online.

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When you put sixty bloggers in a room, magical things start to happen. Everyone is super nervous at first, but once the cocktails start flowing, and the sparkly ears come out (they are one hell of an ice breaker!) people begin to chit chat and you can see brand new friendships being formed before your very eyes!

Sooner or later everyone’s fighting to get in the photo booth together! Our hella sparkly booth was provided by the babing Emily of Fishee Designs. Emily came to one of our very first classes in London and it’s been amazing to see how far her business has come since then.

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