Down the Rabbit Hole

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Alice in Wonderland weddings seem to be more popular than ever at the moment, but that’s fine with me because I really can’t stop featuring them! Matt and Tanaya were married in June.

“The inspiration for our wedding was obviously Alice in Wonderland”, began the bride. “The theme was pretty bonkers and we did go to town with it. We built the marquee around the entrance to a huge hedge so you could walk from the marquee in to what we aptly signed ‘Rabbit Hole’ – a beautifully lit area inside the hedge in which you would find some slightly odd looking stone rabbits.”

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“My brother, who is a genius with all things DIY, also created ‘fairylight spirals’ by fashioning lengths of wire in to concentric circles and attaching fairlylights to them. They were very effective. We also worked with the idea of scale, bringing in giant wooden mushrooms for the marquee and using tiny scale vases and flowers plus dolls house books for table decoration.”

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Romantic Forest Wedding in South Africa

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Nikyla and Jonathan’s nature reserve wedding was themed around a romantic forest with lots of lush greens and flowers everywhere.

“Our venue, Grin Court Nature Reserve, was the perfect venue for our day”, said the bride. “Jonathan and I really wanted nature incorporated into our wedding. There were so many great places for photographs and being within nature was exactly what we were looking for. I have also always been obsessed with Britain so the English countryside was a huge inspiration too.”

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“We kept our wedding completely true to us”, she continued. “Jonathan and I are both huge introverts so having all eyes on us was so nerve-wrecking. The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception had to be the best part because then we could just relax.”

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Skin Deep: A Bridal Shoot for Everyone

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If you’ve picked up a copy of issue 7, you will have seen the Skin Deep photo editorial that I partnered with Nova of the Nu Bride on. Today I wanted to share a few extra shots with you all that didn’t make the magazine spread (it turns out 8 pages just isn’t enough ha!)

The idea behind this shoot was simple, and it was sparked from an email that Nova received after an article she wrote for issue 4 about cultural representation in the wedding industry.

“As a woman of colour who loves weddings and all things pretty, the cover of [and your article inside] Rock n Roll Bride is just heart warming to see and it is encouraging. Of course, I want to see people that look like me in wedding magazines, and it is nice to see a blog and person I respect featured in the magazine. Kudos to Nova and Rock n Roll Bride. Keep up the good work!” – Heather

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I’ve always wanted to showcase different wedding inspiration to the mainstream on Rock n Roll Bride. Whether that be with the style of weddings or the people getting married. Rock n Roll Bride magazine was the first nationally available UK print magazine to feature a same sex wedding inside, and I’m pretty sure no other wedding magazine would ever publish a photo session with a bride rocking a beard!

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£10k East End Wedding in November

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Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.

“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”

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“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”

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Urban Garden Party Wedding in Isreal

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Noa and Revi really just wanted to feel at home for their wedding. Although their marriage isn’t legal in Israel, that didn’t stop them wanting to commit their lives to each other.

“We wanted out wedding to represent us”, they said. “The wedding was on a Friday afternoon/ night so people could come after work. We wanted to find a venue that would be special, beautiful and not pretentious. We also wanted somewhere with some outdoor space and an indoor place where we could dance all night! We chose Taylor Made, a restaurant that we both love.”

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“The music was very important to us”, they continued. “Noa is a wedding DJ and has an alternative music radio show so we knew exactly what we wanted (funk, soul, world music/oriental and upper electronic beats).”

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Kitschy Byron Bay Wedding

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Shannon and Mark’s Byron Bay wedding had a 60s influence with just a touch of kitsch. The bride wore a custom made dress with a full blue skirt and a polka dot veil.

“The night Mark and I met we danced, drank a lot, ran amok and had thumb war battles”, she said. “We wanted the wedding to feel the same! We had giant lawn games and hired a double decker hippy bus to take the guests on a Byron Bay adventure on the way to the wedding. We chose a band that were so fantastic it felt like we were at a live venue, and everything from the ceremony to the pool at the end of the night were all about having fun.”

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“The styling was all done by me with a kitschy, sixties and pin up twist. There was astroturf table runners on the one long table and bright red perspex scroll signs. I made the favours which were pink vending machine capsules that I filled with salted caramels, a magnet, a toy animal figurine and an illustration of Mark and I drawn by my very talented sister. By the end of the night people were trading and stealing them like kids in a playground.”

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