Kathryn & Tim were married in the small historic village of Puhoi, New Zealand. Their ceremony was held in the tiny local church and their reception at Puhoi Centennial Hall. The day had quintessential Rock n Roll elements including the bride’s 50s/ 60s inspired wedding dress, her rockabilly hair do and the dancing late into the night. “We practiced Rock n Roll dancing for a few months before the wedding and had heaps of fun performing our routine to Big Hunk O’ Love”, Kathryn explained. “Afterwards our dance instructors Clint and Christine took to the floor to show everyone how it’s really done before doing a ‘snow-ball’ and bringing the guests up onto the dance floor. It was great seeing our crazy families dancing like lunatics with all our friends. I swapped my killer heels for some white bowling shoes and lace-topped bobby socks for the dance.”
The reception space was decorated by the couple themselves. “We’re known for hosting games nights so we made sure the wedding reception had the same sense of fun”, the bride continued. “Neither of us had been to many weddings but we figured that with a diverse bunch of guests we’d need some ice-breakers. I used to put on music shows and promote them with hand-drawn zines, so I brushed up my skills to make an activity book with a word search, maze, ‘dress the bride’, dingbats and other activities. We also turned the tables into quiz teams to give the guests something to do as they waited for their tables to be called up to the delicious Cajun buffet. Other activities included a raffle and ‘guess the lollies in the milk bottles’.”
I am always so incredibly inspired when I see weddings where the budget was small. Far from it seeming like the couple had to make compromises, the ones I get to share always seem to prove that a small budget doesn’t have to mean a budget-looking wedding. In my opinion it is actually often the weddings with the smaller budgets that seem to have the most heart, the most personal details and the most inspiring ideas.
Jon and Alex had a budget of £2000 for their wedding but wait for it… only spent £800! A big reason for this was that the wedding was held on the bride’s parent’s farm and they helped out with the cost of the marquee. Their professional photographer was a friend (always handy!) which also clearly saved them a big chunk of change. They decided not to have any flowers, Alex’s sister in law made some cupcakes and her mother did all the catering. Instead of hiring an expensive wedding car Alex drove herself to the wedding in her own Ford Fiesta!
After a glorious bank holiday weekend (22 degrees, who would have thunk it?!), it’s been properly rotten weather-wise in the UK this week. Come on Summer, what gives?! I do realise that it’s a terribly dull past time to talk about the weather but it’s almost like a national compulsion – us Brits just can’t bloomin’ help it! This misery that has been the drizzle of the past few days hasn’t stopped me trying my darnedest to get ready for Summer though. I treated myself to the biggest and most awesome floppy hat this week, Thank you Ms Spade. I hope it’s warm while I’m in New York next month, this baby needs a proper debut!
So how has your week been?
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Beautiful loft wedding
♥ French destination wedding
♥ Aqua and sunflower wedding
♥ Love this ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ box idea
♥ 50 free fonts – great for DIY wedding stationery
♥ I can’t wait to see more of this shoot, can you?!
Photography: I Got You Babe Photography
Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewed by three major media outlets about the rise of low key weddings (Grazia, The Daily Mail and the BBC). A number of celebrities have recently tied the knot in uncharacteristically understated ways (Keira being the latest) which has prompted the mainstream media interest, but as any Rock n Roll bride will know this is really nothing new. Planning your wedding in your own way has been something I’ve championed ever since this blog began waaaay back in 2007 and I’m honoured to have featured so many beautiful, small and honest weddings over the years. Of course I am thrilled that the mainstream are finally starting to sit up and take notice though – catch up guys!
Finnish Satu and John’s gorgeous Spanish wedding was held up in the Marbella hills.”We are a nature and animal loving couple so we wanted to celebrate our vows in a beautiful surroundings on the hills”, began the bride. “It totally reflects our lifestyle. The wedding was in April and that time of the year is so beautiful in Southern Spain. The nature is at it’s best, still fresh and green with pleasant temperatures and soft sunlight. Our photographer, David de Biasí, really beautifully captured that in the photos. We loved that our location was so secluded and that our dog, who is most definitely a member of our family, could take part in the ceremony.”
The creativity of the weddings I get to feature never fails to astound me. I know I say this a lot but my readers are, without a doubt, the coolest people on the planet. Today’s wedding does nothing to dissuade me from this fact. There is not one thing that I don’t think is perfect about this, and weirdly, even the post-ceremony rain storm adds an extra layer of cool. The fact that all the guests worked together to move everything inside while Ben and Ang were off having their portraits done just shows how much love surrounds these two.
“The weather was perfect for the ceremony – if anything, hot!” explained Ang. “But then suddenly a freak rainstorm came and torrential rain ruined our outside wedding dream. Prior to the rain, the outdoor tables looked amazing and it was so sad to see everybody’s hard work setting up go to waste so quickly but it was also amazing to see our family and friends pull together and bring everything inside and set it up again. Our MC and Ben’s best woman (he didn’t have a best man) coordinated everything. From getting plates dried, table and chairs moved – they got it all done! At one point my Dad said to everyone ‘I need you all to grab your plates and cutlery and bring it inside’… and everyone just did. We were blissfully unaware as we were elsewhere having our photos taken at this point!”
Sometimes I read wedding blogs and wonder if there are even grooms involved in some of the weddings. I’m all for the girly stuff but I also really love to see a wedding where the couple have clearly worked together to plan the day. I mean, there’s really nothing manly about pink peonies or soft tulle or teeny tiny little cupcakes…
I know that I can be just as bad as the rest (I am a girl after all!) but I am also totally thrilled when I get the chance to talk about stuff for the dudes. So don’t go forgetting your man when it comes to planning all things wedding, he’s a big part of this day too remember and definitely needs to also look his super stylish best.
Introducing the awesomeness that is Mama Wolf and their bad ass ethical accessories for men.
Created by Sandeep Pawar, each item is handmade in the UK and created from ethically sourced fabric (either fair trade, upcycled, second hand or organic). So no longer will your man have to shudder at the thought of wearing some shiny Moss Bros monstrosity on the biggest day of his life. These pieces totally ooze cool.
“This little venture of mine was borne out of a love for sewing and the thrill of creating something beautiful by hand”, writes Sandeep. “It was also partly down to the frustration of the limited selection of fashion accessories that are out there for men. When tie shopping for my brother, I was astounded by the number of shiny and clown size ties that were on offer. Where was the pure cotton range? Where were the subtle and warm prints….where was the class and style? And another thing, who actually made this tie in South Korea? My trip to the high street left me enraged and saddened. So I made one for him. Then I made another… and then another. Before I knew it I had so many that I didn’t know what to do with them and quickly ran out of men to send them to…”