Colourful Spanish Orchard Wedding

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It’s no great secret that I adore colourful weddings. Eli and Miquel clearly feel the same because their Spanish wedding was filled will glorious colour! “We wanted our wedding to have an air of festivity and a colourful but casual tone”, said the bride, “It was a magical night. The venue, L’Avellana Mas d’en Cabre, really helped to make everything a success.”

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The wedding fell on June 23rd, St. John’s Eve, the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. “Because it was St. John’s Eve, everyone was even more in the party spirit”, she continued. “Our inspiration was this night, the first night of the summer, and was full of magic and colour.”

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Start Your Own ‘Wed-Site’ with Squarespace

Start Your Own 'Wed-Site' with Squarespace

When you get engaged the inevitable barrage of questions will soon follow: “Where’s the wedding taking place?” “Where’s the best place to stay nearby?” “What should we get you as a gift?” “What’s the dress code?” Setting up your own website (or ‘wed-site’ as you might have heard them referred to) is a quick and easy way to put all the information your guests might need in one place.

Just like so many brides-to-be, I started Rock n Roll Bride to document my wedding planning journey. I wanted an online space to share my ideas, talk about my plans and to connect with like-minded brides and grooms. While I didn’t use my blog as a ‘wed-site’ so to speak, I loved the freedom that a blog format gave me when it came to writing about my wedding online.

I used a platform called Blogger, which worked fine, but in all honestly it was pretty ugly, heavily branded with their own logos and, as a complete novice, not that easy to use… So much so that I accidentally deleted the whole thing in 2009, and had to start all over again!

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If you’d like to start your own wedding blog or ‘wed-site’ and you’re as un-technically minded as I was (ahem, still am!) then you might want to check out Squarespace. The real beauty of this system is just how easy it is to use, and how even a complete beginner can get started and make their site look gorgeous, without needing to learn a single line of HTML!

Their beautiful and modern templates (of which there are six specifically for weddings) can be changed quickly and easily with their amazing drag and drop system, and every template is responsive meaning that your site will look just as great on a phone or tablet as it does on a 50 inch computer monitor.

Squarespace also include some pretty nifty features specifically with brides and grooms in mind. Not only can you post photos and information about your wedding and bridal party, but you can connect your gift list from anywhere else on the internet, or even add a cash gift list with ease.

However, one of the best additions has to be the ability to collect mailing addresses and RSVPs via your site. You can add a simple form that your friends and family can fill out and then their info will be automatically dropped into a Google spreadsheet! Talk about taking all of the pain out of the dreaded RSVP process!

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A Day of the Dead, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Taxidermy-Filled Wedding

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Aynhoe Park might be one of the weirdest and most wonderful wedding venues in the UK… because it’s stuffed (boom boom!) full of taxidermy! Everywhere you look the walls are adorned with animals. They even have a full sized giraffe being held up by balloons! Rosie and James wanted somewhere unusual to host their alternative wedding and Aynhoe Park was just perfect.

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“We really just wanted our wedding to totally reflect our personalities and us as a couple”, explained the bride. “We didn’t want to be restricted by following traditions. Instead, we wanted everybody to be involved and for it to be a celebration of all our family and friends coming together as well as our love for each other. We chose two long banquet-style tables for this reason, forgoing the tradition of a top table, and included our family and friends in the ceremony with readings. James and I also wrote our own vows, something that was very important to us, as we could include some personal, silly and soppy touches.”

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Camp Site Wedding in British Columbia

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Natasha and Justin are one of those couples that you see and instantly want to know their story. Luckily for you, Rock n Roll Bride is here to share their incredible wedding pictures and tell you all about it.

The couple met through mutual friends. “We started seeing each other the second Natasha became available and that was that”, explained Justin. “We got married on September 6th and the inspiration for our wedding was 60s handmade décor. Also bright colours mixed with an outdoor cabin getaway. All the decorations were DIY.”

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The day was held at Camp Howdy in Belcarra, British Columbia. “The biggest expense was our photographers, Nordica, because we know our photos would be the one thing to jog our memories of our wedding day when we are too old to remember”, he said. “We knew Nordica would document the day they way we saw it, and that was well worth the money. However we saved money because we were able to supply our own alcohol at the venue.”

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Incredible Queer Wedding at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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The incredible wedding of Robin and Jeannine took place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in August. “As a queer couple (gay, female identified Jeannine and gender/queer, trans identified Robin) we found it important to craft our wedding and the many details on our own so that it didn’t fall into a too traditional event that we ourselves didn’t fit into”, they told me.

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“We used and encouraged gender-neutral language, used as many recycled materials as possible, and put our hearts and energy into all the aspects of what turned out to be an incredible day. Jeannine literally took the summer off from teaching for the first time ever and approached wedding planning in the same manner that she might develop curricula for her students. We also asked for support and inspiration in myriad areas of planning and production from our community of talented friends and loved ones.”

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I Hate The Way I Look in My Wedding Photos

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I‘m aware that you like to help people with the planning of their wedding, however mine has now passed. It was a beautiful day and I’m so in love, but I hate my dress. Everytime I look at my photos, I feel sad. I’m a large girl and unfortunately my chest seems to have taken over my photos. When buying my dress I specifically stated that I didn’t want my chest to be very obvious in my dress and it was just a nightmare. I was just wondering if you had any advice on how to love my dress and feel happy when I look at my photos? 

I receive emails from women worried about their wedding every single day. “Will it be cool enough?” “How do I deal with my meddling mother-in-law?” “Why are my bridesmaids being such arseholes?”

But sometimes I get an email like this one, and more than with any of the others, I want to drop everything, find the person in real life and give them a massive hug.

I know just how you feel. I spent years loathing the way I looked, critiquing my appearance in every minute detail, hiding behind big, baggy clothes and turning and running if I saw anyone holding a camera. Even though I still struggle with my appearance on a daily basis, I’ve come a long bloody way. And you can too.

While you might not like the way you looked on your wedding day and every single photograph makes you cringe, that’s not the big problem here. The real obstacle is the way you’re thinking about yourself.

Yes, your wedding is a special moment in your life, but it is just one day. The relationship you have with yourself lasts a life time and so that’s the thing you should be focusing on. So I want you to put away that wedding album and start focusing on all the blessing you have in your life.

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