Rowena and Cain were married in Dingle, Ireland. They only had €7000 to spend but still managed to create a gorgeous and meaningful day with a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease!
“Our theme was Dia de Los Muertos meets the Owl and the Pussycat”, explained the bride. “Bright, vintage, musical, quirky and memorable. This theme ran throughout from the vintage style Save the Date cards complete with his ‘n hers skulls, the wedding invitations which were made from real 7inch records, the Sailor Jerry style wedding programme which had old style tattoos on it, the wedding cake and bridesmaids’ dresses. The reception tables had painted sugar skulls on with ladybird books, filled tea cups, birdcages and flowers in jars.”
Rowena bought her dress second-hand from eBay and had it customised into a 1930 style. She fell in love with the dresses of that time period after watching one too many movies set in that era!
“In Ireland, weddings still tend to be quite traditional and never really deviate from each other”, she continued. “We wanted to have something different and therefore memorable, one of those weddings that stands out and looks like something from a film or from a magazine. I decided early on that I would not follow any of the ‘rules’ that brides and grooms feel compelled to adhere to. I never went to any wedding shops, I didn’t have fresh flowers, we didn’t have a DJ or a first dance, there was no set seating and nobody gave me away. The whole day was very off the cuff yet totally relaxed.”
Kelsey and Sean’s beautiful Autumn wedding was held at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They wanted their day to be simple and a reflection of who they are.
“We wanted our wedding to be simple and to be fun time for all of our family and friends,” wrote the bride. “Though a lot of time was spent on the planning and logistics, the most important part to us was that we would get to spend a great night with everyone we love and share with them the love we have for each other.”
“We did pretty much all of the planning and implementation ourselves. Even though it was stressful at times, I think it ended up making the whole day even more meaningful. We also worked with the most amazing vendors EVER. When you have a wedding you end up spending quite a bit of money, so it was important to us that the majority of our business went to local, independent businesses. Not only did they all do a great job, but they were such wonderful people to work with!”
The beautiful wedding of Anna and Luke took place at Victorian Marriage Registry, Melbourne followed by a casual lunch at Golden Orchids Malaysian Restaurant (where they had their first date!) and an evening reception at North Fitzroy Star. Nothing about this wedding was traditional. The bride wore a non-wedding dress from theoutnet.com, the cakes and desserts were made by their loved ones instead of a wedding cake and instead of an expensive wedding car they either walked or caught taxi’s from place to place.
“Our theme was ‘do whatever we want’,” explained Anna. “We based all our decisions around doing things we loved, in places we loved, with people we loved. We never really get it when people say they want a wedding that is ‘very us’. Of course it’s going to be very you – you’re the one making all the decisions!”
“When we got engaged our married friends had a lot of advice for us”, she continued. “Over and over again we heard them say ‘the day goes so quickly’, ‘you’ll hardly remember it’, and ‘it was hard to spend time with everyone’. Those words really stuck with us when we were planning our day.”
I don’t know about you but I sure am ready for spring. This freezing cold weather can quite frankly do one. In fact I’ve pretty much been hibernating this
week month and not leaving the centrally heated cocoon that is our house unless absolutely necessary…
However, it was necessary to venture in to town on Tuesday because I’m in dire need of some new clobber for my trip to Palm Springs next month. I lucked out with two beauties from Ted Baker, the vernal pattern on this dress and skirt instantly makes me feel better.
The main reason for my trip to the Californian desert is to hang out with Gala and Shauna (it’s been too long) and work on some projects and plans for Blogcademy 2014. We’ve also decided to do a FREE live broadcast while we’re there, on Sunday 9th February at 11am PST/ 2pm EST/ 7pm GMT!
During the livestream we’ll be answering all your burning blogging and business questions. You can either submit them beforehand by emailing us, or simply ask them live as we go along. Sign up here to join us.
Bring on the sunshine, I can’t bloody wait!
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Colourful modern wedding
♥ Predator proposal!
♥ Eclectic Barr Mansion wedding
♥ Ethical wedding
♥ Gorgeous garden wedding
Well this is something I didn’t ever think I’d post – a shark themed wedding! I love nothing more than being surprised by the weddings that land in my inbox and Kelly and Jack’s was certainly one that did that. The celebration was held at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.
“Our wedding theme was sharks with an explosion of everything we love!” began the bride. “We had bold bright colors with accents from things like mermaids, tattoo imagery, and of course, more sharks!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was easy. It came from things that we both love. We have an intense love for the beach, and all the creatures in the ocean. We both have extremely bright, colorful tattoos and we wanted to represent that in our decorations and souvenirs. It was really important for there to be lots of red highlights since Jack is a firefighter and paramedic. Many of our decorations were shark themed. I have my entire right leg tattooed with different sharks. Our florist even wired shark teeth into my bouquet!”
When I was engaged and started looking for wedding shoes I was quite frankly horrified at what was passing as acceptable footwear for brides. Gross, cream, satin monstrosities that cost £500? No thank you very much.
I’ve honestly never been much of a ‘shoe girl’. I’m rubbish in heels and spend most of my life in comfortable flats and boots. However, when bridal designer Benjamin Adams contacted me to tell me all about their new line I was pleasantly surprised, nay suitably impressed with what they had to offer.
Yes, there are still the classically designed numbers in the collection, but it’s the crystal encrusted babies that caught my eye! With a focus on embellishments and created from only the finest silks and leathers, these are shoes that you’ll want to put up on display when they’re not on your feet!
If white, silver or cream shoes aren’t your bag (and let’s be honest I think most Rock n Roll brides favour a pair of killer, coloured shoes!) then be sure to check out their evening line too. I actually own two pairs from the collection myself. The pink pair I wore in Vegas are called Sofia and the silver pair above, Lulu (which are also available in royal blue and shocking pink). I guess it comes as no surprise that I’m always drawn to the sparkiest ones!
Can we also please stop for one moment and give some love to these incredible Hollywood wedges? I mean goodness, they actually made my eyes pop out of my head. The Rio pumps are just too gorgeous for words, the Las Vegas boots are just begging to be debuted at a Vegas elopement and these cute Memphis ballet flats would be perfect for a girl who loves to sparkle but still wants to dance the night away in comfort!