Homemade Book-Lovers Vintage Wedding: Tom & Emma

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Tom and Emma were married in Florida. Their wedding was nerdy, with a touch of vintage, just like them! They had loads of lovely handmade and especially sourced details such as paper flower bouquets and Ski Soda brought in from Illinois.

“Pretty much all of our décor was made by us”, began the bride. “We wanted our tables to look like home. We wanted our guests to look around and feel like they were at their grandma’s house. We had stacks of old books, doilies, jars and lace. Actually, the jars used in our centerpieces were Tom’s grandmas from the 50s!”

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“Tom taught himself how to make bow ties for his groomsmen’s presents and enjoyed it so much he has started a bow-tie business. We had DIY book page garlands, book page roses, and opted for hand painted signs to keep our guests informed. We fell in love with a lace a burlap aisle runner on Etsy, and the length we needed would have cost us about $180 dollars, so I ordered some burlap lace and made it myself for about $30.”

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Surf and Floral Wedding in South Africa: Nick & Kelli

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Wanting to combine two of their biggest passions for their big day, Nick and Kelli had a surf and flower inspired wedding. All the guys wore colourful Hawaiian shirts and the girls were in brightly patterned summer dresses! Kelli’s dress was vintage, from the 1940s and cost her $8! The day was held outdoors, at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.

“Our wedding was surf inspired”, wrote Kelli, “as we both surf and after watching the 80s classic North Shore together, we knew the theme we wanted straight away! Light, fun, floral, colourful and full of love!”

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“We have both been to enough weddings to know what we didn’t want. We didn’t want anything too contrived, we didn’t want round tables with candle sticks and chandeliers. We didn’t want the stiffness and perfection that some weddings become. We were in such a beautiful and natural setting out in the orchard that we didn’t want to take anything away from that, so we added to it with flowers, bunting and beautiful lighting. Our guests were all asked to wear floral so when we looked out during the ceremony we only saw a lawn full of colour. Our nieces and nephews were running around whilst we were getting married, we could hear them laughing and shouting. It made the day, for us at least, honest.”

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Thursday Treats: Va-Va-Vancouver!

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Greetings from Vancouver! Although this trip has been reasonably laid back in comparison to some (we’ve actually had a couple of day’s off which has been a rare treat!) we’ve still managed to really pack it in.

On Friday we had dinner with the amazing Danielle LaPorte, who I’ve admired for years. It really was one of those evenings that you never want to end! We taught our workshop all weekend and on Monday we were pampered within an inch of our lives by My Sugarbox. We all had microdermabrasion treatments, eyebrow waxes and gel nails done. As a pre-wedding pamper, you need to consider getting a microdermabrasion facial. My skin has felt AMAZING and looked like brand spanking new ever since! In fact I’m pretty sure I’m going to add monthly sessions to my skincare routine when I get home.

On Tuesday we did our livestream and had some serious fun that evening at the rainbow crosswalk (!!) and jumping on the bed while throwing silver star confetti all around the apartment. Can you believe we were stone cold sober for all this too!? It’s just how we roll..!

Today we hop on a plane for a short flight to Calgary where we’re teaching another workshop this weekend. Diane + Mike (wedding photographers of epicness – check them out Canadians!) have also promised to take us to karaoke tonight – yessss! Then, on Monday we all shed a tear and head back to our respective corners of the globe. But we won’t have time to be glum for long, we’re going to be reunited in London in just a month’s time – wah!

So how has your week been?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ Wow! Unsurprisingly these wedding photos with a wildfire as a backdrop went viral this week
♥ Colourful campsite wedding
Dreamy mermaid wedding ideas
Bohemian Macrame wedding inspiration
This gold sequinned dress! What an amazing wedding…

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Neon Tropics Wedding Inspiration

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If there’s one thing I love it’s COLOUR – and lots of it – so when photographer Rebecca Douglas sent over this wedding inspiration shoot, I couldn’t really turn down the opportunity to feature it. Styled by Jenny Sinclair of Bellaboo and Beau, this shoot was inspired by a neon colour palette and the tropics.

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“I first had the idea for this shoot about five months ago”, explained Jenny. “I woke from a tropical neon dream, literally, and rang Rebecca Douglas straight away. Our combined passions for neon and birds led me to set the style. I am a lover of the bright, the bold and the ballsy and as the last five months have gone by I have been increasingly inspired by the tropical and tribal patterns, trends and colours that have come about in the fashion world.”

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Free Wedding Photos For Alternative Couples with A Muse Photography!

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Washington DC based wedding photographer Rachel Couch of A Muse Photography loves nothing more than working with couples on their wedding day. “I also do a fair amount of fashion and lifestyle work”, she writes, “and I really value my ability to shoot within several different genres since it makes me look at everything with fresh eyes. ‘Magical realism’ is the name of the game — I try to create photographs that are both epic and cinematic, but also honest and intimate.”

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“Ever since I stumbled upon Rock n Roll Bride I’ve loved it! I’m a nerd at heart and love most things that have even the least bit of quirk. The weddings featured here not only celebrate love, they do it fearlessly and with panache. Here’s what I’m most excited about: getting to know two amazing people and being a part of the world they’ve created for their wedding day. I’m ready for anything!”

Think she sounds like your kinda wedding photographer? Well, you’re in LUCK because she would like to give one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader FREE wedding photography!! Prize includes 8 hours of wedding day coverage, 500+ fully edited images on USB and a 50 page wedding album!

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Celtic and Creole Fusion Wedding: Sarah & Devon

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A bar brawl at a wedding isn’t usually something I’d encourage, but that’s exactly how Sarah started to tell me about her Irish pub wedding! The event took place in The Fly’s Tie Pub in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

“Devon is of Irish descent”, she began, “and I am from New Orleans. Since we couldn’t afford a destination wedding in either location, we decided to keep the wedding local but have a Celtic and Creole ‘fusion’ inspired day. We chose March 15th because it was a weekend between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day!”

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“Instead of a tiered white cake, we had a tower of beignets (creole doughnuts) and instead of cutting the cake, we poured an Irish whiskey caramel sauce on top. Some of the other items on our menu were corned beef and cabbage po-boy sandwiches, low country boil including Louisiana crawfish and local Mayport shrimp, and Irish soda bread pudding. We didn’t really get too bogged down by details, but the details we did pick meant a lot to us. The main color accents were black and gold, which are New Orleans Saints’ colors as well as the colors of Devon’s college fraternity. Our handfasting cords reflected the colors in Ireland’s flag as well as the Hash House tartan.”

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