Autumn Elopement in Oklahoma: Aimee & Adam

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Aimee and Adam couldn’t have the wedding they originally planned, but not wanting to wait to get married they decided to keep things small and as simple as possible. It was just the two them and only really close family and friends in attendance at their Oklahoma Supreme Court ceremony.

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“We were married in the courthouse with family and close friends and then left them all behind to spend the day with each other and our dear friend and photographer, Cary Holton“, Aimee began. “We ate lunch at one of our favorite spots, took pictures in our vintage/oddities shop, The Salvage Room, and shared a shot of Jameson instead of champagne. We spent most of the day in an overgrown field taking pictures, and laughing. It was intimate, non-traditional and so special.”

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Colourful Vintage Wedding: Dean & Jen

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With a surname like Wildblood, Dean and Jen’s wedding was never going to be boring. In fact they wanted their wedding to be just like them –  quirky, stylish, fun and with a hint of vintage. Jen wore a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress and jewellery, and Dean looked dashing in his Reiss suit, Thomas Pink tie and Kurt Geiger shoes.

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“It was really important to us that our wedding represented us and our tastes”, Jen wrote. “While we’ve been to a few modern weddings and they’ve been beautiful and elegant, we personally wanted something with an older, less polished feel. All my thoughts became cohesive when myself, my maid of honour Han and my mum went to I Do Vintage Wedding Fayre. I found everything there – the photographers, the cake makers, the lady who made my veil and garter and our music trio. I didn’t go to another fayre. This helped me focus my ideas and inspired me to use vintage crockery for the wedding breakfast, which was the major jumping off point for the whole feel of the wedding.”

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Thursday Treats: Having a Jolly Good Clear Out

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I don’t know if it’s because Spring is finally in the air or because Gareth took it upon himself to do all my dirty washing this week, thus highlighting how completely impossible it is for me to fit all the clothes I own in my wardrobe at the same time… But yesterday I went through all my cupboards and had a good old clear out.

Not only did I realise that I own ELEVEN black cotton maxi dresses but there were way too many tee-shirts with cats on, most of which I’ve probably worn only once. My wardrobe was also heaving with things I’ve collected from photo shoots and promotions over the years. That giant pink fluffy tutu might have been fabulous but a) when the hell am I really going to wear it again? and b) it doesn’t half take up a lot of space.

There is something so immensely satisfying about throwing things away. In actual fact I think I find it somehow more gratifying than actually getting the stuff to begin with. Now, not only can actually close my wardrobe and chest of draws, but I probably have space for a few new things. BONUS!

Oh, and if you happen to be in Reading any time soon and are on the look out for a giant fluffy tutu or a bunch of tee-shirts with a kitties on it you might want to to stop by Oxfam… Just sayin’.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Natural, coastal wedding ideas
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Handmade Canadian barn wedding
Comic book ‘pow!’ bouquet
Austin botanical shoot
Vera Wang’s Spring 2015 wedding dress collection is unexpectedly gorgeous and quite alternative!

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How I Rescued My Bleach Ravaged Hair

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I’ve been bleaching my hair on and off since I was 16. I started doing it myself at home, and then progressed to getting it done at a salon every six to eight weeks. Not really knowing any better, I was going to a well known chain (one that rhymes with ‘phoney and pie’… ahem) for around three years, and unwittingly allowing them to ravage my fuchsia tresses more and more with each visit!

I’m not really sure if it was just inexperience with unnatural colouring or what, but when I became friends with Elbie and decided to go to her for my hair preening instead, she informed me that my hair was… to put it bluntly… completely fucked.

Obviously we can’t know for sure, but she suggested that it looked like the bleach had been applied really carelessly. My hair is naturally very dark so perhaps it was just left on for too long, under too much heat. She said it also looked like the bleached areas had overlapped each time, again, most likely in an attempt to get it as light as possible.

When I started to see Elbie, my hair resembled chewing gum when it was wet (stretchy and thin!) and was like crunchy straw when it was dry. It was also THIN AS HELL. What a cacophony of delights!

You can see how awful it used to be in these photos. Look at the ends especially – frazzled! My hair also wouldn’t grow any longer than this, it would just snap off. Sad times…

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Still don’t believe how bad it was? How about an extreeeeeme close-up?!

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I’m not gonna lie, when I first had this realisation I cried. A lot. I was actually very near just chopping the whole lot off and starting again, or at least going back to my natural colour. Luckily my fairy hairmother pulled me back from the brink and promised that we could fix it. That was probably about two years ago, and now my hair has never looked better!

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Picnic and Garden Party Wedding: Marissa & Lauren

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Marissa and Lauren were married in the gardens of St. Anne’s Academy in Victoria, British Columbia. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and frugal, except when it came to their photographs. They knew those had to be incredible so they booked the AMAZING Nordica Photography who flew over from Stockholm to shoot the day.

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They made the picnic baskets themselves, including almond stuffed figs which were grown, dried and made by Marissa’s grandmother in Portugal. The flowers were bought from a local market – Marissa’s bouquet cost just $3.99! They also made all the décor themselves.

“The generosity and enthusiasm of our friends and family are absolutely worth mentioning”, Marissa began. “Without them, this whole ‘show’ couldn’t have happened. Talk about team effort! We would have eloped, but my mom would have cried deep salty rivers. So on that note we wanted to keep it light and ‘us’.”

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Attention Aussie Brides: Linzie Russo is Offering You Free Wedding Photography!

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It’s a sad day when such a talented photographer ups sticks from the UK and moves over to sunnier shores… well it is for us anyway, you guys down under are in for a treat! Wedding photographer Linzie Russo is a half Aussie, half Scot babe who was born in Iran and has spent most of her life travelling the world! For the past three years she’s called Glasgow home, but has recently made the decision to move back to Sydney in dire need of some nicer weather!

To celebrate, she wants to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader in Australia completely free wedding photography. Oh my goodness!

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“My photography has been described as creative, natural, fresh and romantic”, she told me. “I have also been described as a ninja because I work alone, manage to get everywhere yet no one knows I am about! I am a lover of natural light and sunshine, which is often hard working in Scotland that doesn’t have much! I love the details of a wedding that has been created over many months to make their wedding personal to the couple.”

“My favourite part of the day is the morning watching the bride get ready. I love being creative in photographing the dresses, shoes, flowers and rings. After that the next best part of the day is the moment I have when the couple are alone and we get to play around with the portraits. I love a bride who isn’t afraid of getting a bit a sand on her dress or climbing fences to get into a field in order to get the ‘winning’ shot!”

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WIN Your Wedding Photography!

Linzie is moving back to Sydney in December. If you are getting married in Australia between December 20th 2014 and December 31st 2015, and are yet to have your photographer booked, this one’s for you!

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