This is it, the last Thursday Treats of 2013! I’ll be trying my hardest to take some time away from the internet between Christmas and New Year (who am I kidding?!) so I won’t be posting a Treats post next week. Let’s make this final one a complete blinder!
Who’s getting excited? I’ll tell you who is in our house – Gareth! We went to buy our tree last weekend and despite living in a very modest (read: tiny) two bedroom house, he insisted on buying the biggest tree in the shop, a 7 foot monster! It is practically bursting out of our living room but whatever makes him happy makes me happy. The cats are also enjoying their new playground..!
I’ve got most of my gift buying done now too (woohoo!) and I’m now taking on the role of expert Pinterest-scourer for canapé ideas. I’ve been tasked with making them (from scratch!) for Christmas day with my family. It may not be the most important role, but I’m throwing myself into it wholeheartedly. I am so making these and doing this!
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Hip New York farm wedding
♥ Sparkly urban garden wedding
♥ Mountaintop wedding
♥ Obsessed with this bride’s princess dress
♥ This green haired bride is so adorbs!
♥ Florida based wedding photographers, Rocker in Love, have just starting offering cinemagraphs in their wedding packages! How damn cool are these?!
Photography: Rocker in Love
I’m not sure there is a wedding backdrop more beautiful than the plains of South Africa. And when Ulrike and Dirk started to plan their September wedding they knew that a farm backdrop was perfect for them. “We decided to have a farm theme seeing as our wedding was held at a farm”. began the bride. “I was infatuated with the idea of a barn wedding.”
“We decided to make everything ourselves, and that nothing should be matching. We wanted our wedding to be very informal and mainly just see it as a fun party. People sat where they wanted and while some people ate, others were watching the band or playing Foosball. We just included whatever we thought was pretty. It didn’t matter if it matched or not.”
What could be more Rock n Roll than a concert wedding at a dive bar? Nothing! And that’s why I’m thrilled to be sharing Tom & Lindsey’s wedding at The Shakedown in Bellingham, Washington with you today.
“Our inspiration for our wedding was our relationship itself”, began the bride. “We have always had a ton of friends, gone to shows together, and eaten amazing, bad-for-you food. I’d say probably the first thing we decided to do differently was have our wedding at a bar. We met in college, on what’s known as Thirsty Thursday in the university world which is why we chose to get married at a bar on a Thursday. When we approached The Shakedown, I think they were surprised that we wanted to have our wedding there, but they were very cool and very excited to make it happen.”
“Next, rather than send out a formal invitation, I built an entire website (QR code included) and then designed show posters in Photoshop that would become our wedding invitations. I attached the QR code at the bottom for our tech-savvy friends and then designed concert tickets to go with the flyers that would include details about the ceremony itself, which took place two and a half hours before the Big Party. To keep with the theme, I made backstage passes and event wristbands as well.”
“Other things that we thought were pretty different is that my husband is a very popular, charismatic guy, so he played MC for most of our wedding and party himself, getting the crowd laughing and joking around. He also performed that night. His band played a 45-minute set during the latter half of the Big Party.”
I’m in a celebratory mood today because we just cracked 50,000 likes on the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook page. You guys are awesome! To celebrate I’ve partnered up with the fabulous Etsy to give one lucky blog reader a £50 voucher to spend on their amazing website. Happy Christmas to YOU!
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It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with Made U Look‘s photography. I know I’m not supposed to have favourites and all, but if I was forced… well, they’d be way up there. They just kill it every time. Which is why, when Vicki and Lee sent me the photos of their elopement at a church in the Californian desert, shot by Made U Look, I didn’t hesitate for one second when I replied saying “Yes, yes, yes I want to feature you!”
Quite apart from the stunning photographs, this is the kind of wedding that I truly adore. I’ve written before how much I love low key, simple and intimate weddings and this one completely encompasses that – no stress, no stuff, just the two of them, their son and their witnesses. The ceremony was followed by a jam session on guitars with beer and cake by the roadside – I mean, what could be more perfect than that?
When a bride is a wedding dress designer you just know she’s going to rock something truly incredible on her own wedding day. Getting married to John at the spectacular Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire, Vikki wore two stunning gowns, both of which she made herself. She also handmade her bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories.
The day had two ceremonies, the first, a humanist handfasting blessing outside followed by the legal one right afterwards. The couple opted to do this as they really wanted to get married outside to fit in with their nature theme, but it is unfortunately still not legal in England. ”We had two ceremonies rolled into one, a personal and intimate hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland clearing in the grounds and then immediately afterwards a short legal ceremony in the library”, Vikki explained.