Retro & Pin Up Inspired Beach Wedding in Mexico: KO & Bre

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They were married on the beach at El Pez Tulum, a boutique ocean-front hotel, in Mexico. KO and Bre wanted their wedding to be a beachy pin up fairytale wedding and I think they achieved that wonderfully! The bride wore a vintage dress from the 1950s which she customised and had the skirt redesigned by Georgannette Chatterley. Her birdcage veil was also homemade.

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“KO and I met 7 years ago at a hardcore music show”, she wrote. “I caught his eye from across the room while headbanging with a cast up to my knee and crutches. I had recently broken my ankle while jumping on a bed! A mutual friend then introduced us after the show and we chatted the night away. Bre is my nickname and when I was leaving KO (also a nickname) asked what my real name was. I told him that if he wanted to find out he would have to call me. KO called the next day and we were inseparable from then on. KO finally proposed at our house one night completely surprising me. It was sweet and simple like I had always imagined it.”

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Old Skool Punk Rock Wedding: Kat & Gary

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Kat and Gary’s Northampton wedding was pure punk rock! From the bride in a denim jacket with a custom patchwork back and Dr Marten boots, the skinhead groom in a 3-piece tartan suit, and their kids rocking mohawks, it really doesn’t get more authentic than this! Oh and Kat found her dress on eBay – in her exact size – for £100!

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“To us our wedding was completely normal!”, began the bride “But we can see why to others it wasn’t! A groom in a three piece red tartan suit and Dr Martens and a bride in a wedding dress that is short at the front with Dr Martens and a denim jacket isn’t your usual I guess! Our reception venue wasn’t your run of the mill romantic kind of venue either, its an old bus station now used by a charity called Make A Difference (MAD) and has a very industrial feel to the outside, and a thrift shop with comic strip ‘wallpaper’ inside. We also had to have a DIY tattoo stall for our guests which just added to making it more us!! Oh and I doubt many brides travel by train drinking cans of bloody mary’s on the way to their wedding!!”

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Community Driven Colourful Festival Wedding: Jo & Tony

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Jo and Tony were married  by a small lake on a friend’s property in Denmark, on the south coast of Western Australia. The bride wore a dress from an op shop (she actually only decided the morning of the wedding what she would be wearing, after several changes of clothes!) and clear wellington boots! Tony wore an outfit also put together that morning from things he already owned or could borrow from friends. As you can probably tell this was the lowest of low key weddings!

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“Originally there wasn’t really a set theme”, began Jo. “On the invites we asked people to be colourful and flamboyant if they wanted. A week out from the wedding we emailed everyone and strongly recommended gumboots as the weather forecast was looking grim and the ceremony site was outdoors around a small lake. If anything the theme was one of merging ritual and theatre. A marrying together of our different aspects, one of quiet sensitivity to ritual and acknowledging presence of spirit, and the other a desire to engage with the theatre of life and laugh loudly.”

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Pretty Vintage Wedding in Cracow: Kasia & Kuba

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Whitesmoke Studios in Poland are the photographers behind one of my all-time favourite weddings, so when they sent me another submission I was super excited to see what they had in store. Needless to say they didn’t disappoint. I love how pretty everything about this wedding is, but I also totally love their unique photographic spin on the day. So clever!

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“We planned our wedding in just few months”, explained the bride. “We are wedding photographers, so we already knew what we wanted, and we were sure it would be an easy ride! In fact it was a really crazy time! In terms of décor we wanted a nod to our love of photography. We had specially place for smokers with photos of pre-war actors with cigarettes. Another part of decoration was an old cameras and guests had disposable cameras to show us how they see our wedding.”

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Fun-Filled Mexican Fiesta Wedding: Ellen & Rory

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Ellen and Rory were married at Cottiers, a bar, restaurant and theatre venue in the West End of Glasgow. Their day had a bit of a Mexican fiesta feel with the oilcloths and paper banners from Viva la Frida. They also had hand stitched bunting and dried chillis hanging from the ceiling! Most of all though they just wanted a fun day to celebrate with their friends and family.

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“We basically planned the wedding before we let anyone know we were engaged!” began Ellen. “We wanted to know we could do what we wanted before deciding on a big wedding. We had looked around a lot for a good venue, with no joy until we found Cottiers. We wanted somewhere laid back and relaxed, where we could choose how to do things, not have things follow a proscribed pattern. Cottiers had only just started doing weddings and were very open to our ideas. Obviously the setting is absolutely stunning, but it was the relaxed vibe that was most important.”

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Heaven in a Bath Tub: WIN a Year’s Worth of Blissful Bathing with The Bathory!

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Full disclaimer: I am writing this article in a towel. I just had the most amazing bath of my life, and I didn’t want to ruin that post-soak-glow by stopping to get dressed before telling you all about it!

I am a big fan of a bath. I really started having them because the shower in our house is completely rubbish, but now I really look forward to my daily splash. Working from home, it’s way too easy to go for days without properly getting clean (gross but true). In fact I usually start working in the morning without so much as brushing my teeth (again, gross but true) so come around 3 or 4pm I am in desperate need of cleansing!

It took me approximately 2.5 seconds to place an order with The Bathory when I discovered them online. Why? Because you get to create your very own customised bath soak! That is the kind of thing I love

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The idea is simple, yet completely genius. First you select what kind of bath you’d like from one of three bases – bask, soothe or detox. Then you add your own blend of up to three essential oils. You can choose them so they evoke a certain feeling (relaxed, revived, happy, sexy, confident, focused, inspired) or just go wild and pick your favourites. The scents aren’t too overpowering on their own either so there’s no need to worry about choosing a weird combination and it not working.

I chose the detox base which is made from pure Espom salts and Rhassoul clay and is designed to draw out toxins. I decided I wanted something reviving for my mid-afternoon pick me up so I selected eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary as my oils.

And ooh la la, it was glorious. So glorious in fact that as soon as I’m finished writing this I’m off to order another. I think I might go for the way to delicious sounding soothe (with hydrating oatmeal, honey and buttermilk!) base next.

The Bathory claim to deliver the best bath of your life, and you know what, I actually think they just might.

WIN 12 Bathory Bath Soaks!

Have I got you desperately wanting to indulge in a little bath time action? Well I spoke to Laura, the genius behind all this amazingness, and she’s offered the fantastic prize of TWELVE bath soaks which one of you beauties will win. Each soak retails at $30/£18 (this is not budget bathing by any means!) so this is a really awesome – and generous – prize!

You could order them all at once (cheeky!) or eke them out with one a month for the next year. Now how damn wonderful does that sound?

To enter, simply comment below by Sunday 11th May telling us what your favourite way to relax is. This contest is open to ALL readers of Rock n Roll Bride, wherever you are on the planet!

This contest is now closed

Now excuse me, I’m off to fall into a post-Bathory coma. Over and out.

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