Feline Themed Sydney Wedding: Liza & Dean

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I joked on Facebook recently that the way to get blogged on Rock n Roll Bride is clearly to have a cat theme to your wedding, because this is the forth one I’ve featured in so many weeks (the others are here, here and here)! I stand by my convictions though, cat weddings are awesome. End of discussion.

Liza and Dean were married at Porteño Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney. “Our wedding was very feline!” began the bride. “We really wanted the day to be an amazing meal for our friends that also celebrated who we are and what we love as a couple. The team at Porteno were amazing and the food was sensational so we definitely fulfilled our first objective! When it came to styling, I am THE ULTIMATE mad cat lady – covered in ‘cattoos’ and very committed to my love of all things feline. I obviously didn’t shy away from that for a second when planning the wedding – right down to my dress!”

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“Dean works in the music industry and he loves fashion and cars, so he brought his own very unique style and ideas to the day. And just like the two of us our individual styles complimented each other perfectly on the day! We LOVE our pets (4 cats and 2 dogs) and were committed to ‘bringing them into’ the wedding as much as possible using our signs, cake topper and even our vows. Everything about the day was very authentically Liza and Dean – and that authenticity was the defining characteristic of the day.”

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Thursday Treats: Back in the UK (For Now..!)

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I feel like I have a million things to tell you! After what seemed like a lifetime preparing for this trip I was so excited to board my flight to New York just over two weeks ago. I stayed with Gala and Mike at their brand new pad for a few days before heading to San Francisco to crack on with our first Blogcademy workshop of the year.

And oh and how wonderful it was. It really was the best possible way to kick off our 2014 world tour. The girls who came to class were diverse, enthusiastic, colourful and completely inspiring!

After a few days on the west coast we were off again, this time jetting towards the Midwest. We’d planned to spend the whole week eagerly exploring Chicago but even this hardened Brit was not prepared for the frigid weather we encountered!

So, instead of chilling ourselves to the bone we spent the majority of our time hauled up in our beautiful Lakeview apartment eating too much pizza and drinking lots of wine. We chatted about life, love, our careers, and everything in between! It was glorious.

The week ended with our second class at a super cool co-working space with the best view of the Chicago skyline. More on this soon!

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Our experience here was quite different to our usual adventures. Having so much time in one place was quite weird at first but it did mean that we were able to really decompress, get lots of work done and actually sleep in for once!

In other news, we’ve secretly been working on a big huge new development for The Blogcademy since January, and this week gave us ample time to put some final polish to it. Believe me when I say I can not wait to finally share it with you (the big launch date is next Tuesday, 27th May – put it in your diary!) and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are when you see it.

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Colourful Geeky Gamer Wedding: Sam & Stu

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Sam and Stu met at college and bonded over a mutual love of video games, “primarily how to get the knights of the round summon in Final Fantasy 7!” Sam laughed. So needless to say, when it came to tying the knot, the very thing that brought them together was to be the theme of the wedding. ” We’re game geeks to the core! We wanted sleek quirky bright design with our gaming interest being the centre of it. We play tabletop RPG’s, board games and regular old video games.”

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The day was held at aBode Chester, the modern setting was perfect for their day. “When you first delve into ‘wedding planning world’ its overwhelming”, she said. “All the old photos of your parents, the old traditions that have formed your opinion of weddings are shattered, especially when you find out about Pinterest (which is a blessing and curse). We didn’t want a ‘safe’ wedding. Plain white dress, veil, only roses bouquet with diamanté etc. It just wasn’t us. We had a few traditional elements to appease my new husband’s silver spoon needs (except chair covers! I won the battle on that one!) but everything else was free game to our artistic license.”

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Are you Designing Your Own Wedding Rings?

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When it comes to deciding what kind of sparkler you’d like to say “I do” with, the possibilities really are endless. Would you like diamonds or a semi-precious stone? In gold, silver, platinum, titanium or even wood..? How about some custom engraving, or even an antiqued finishThese days, the only limit is your imagination!

If you look hard enough, you can pretty much get anything your heart might desire made into finger candy. Which is awesome, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Which is why I am thrilled to introduce you to the fabulous Joseph Jewelry today. They want to help guide you through the process.

Based in the Seattle/ Bellevue area, they specialise in custom jewelry design, specifically custom engagement rings (oooh so many pretties!) If you’re not local, there’s no need to worry though, you can work with their online designers to design your dream sparkler from wherever you are on the planet!

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Urban Trash the Dress Shoot: Jane & Tommy

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Jane and Tommy were married in August 2013. They loved the wedding experience so much that they wanted to do a couple shoot with their photographer Louise Furlow afterwards too!

“Jane knew she wanted a complete contrast to their wedding which was set in Buxton, Derbyshire so we decided to go with an industrial background with graffiti and derelict furniture to add to the effect”, Louise wrote.

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“I knew of an old abandoned factory on the outskirts of Nottingham which I’d been dying to use. The randomly placed chair and various articles of rubbish strewn across the area with the large rickety building in the background seemed like the perfect place.  Wandering down there we also decided to stop along the way on a cute pebbled street and capture some images.”

“Using smoke grenades and coloured powder we set about trashing Jane’s dress. The day was bitterly cold and very overcast, which in a sense added to the affect we were trying to create. Jane and Tommy very much wanted these pictures to convey their love for one another and the fun that surrounds them and their relationship.”

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Urban and Colourful Wedding in a City Centre Alley Way: Tim & Ange

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Tim and Ange were married in Brisbane. One of the most notable things about this wedding was that they completely changed their plans, mid-way through. They went from organising a big 100+ guest wedding at a fancy venue, to a small and intimate one in an alley in the heart of the city with just 20 guests… oh and organising it all in 12 weeks!

“I think the most important thing for both Tim and I was to feel like us on our wedding day”, began the bride. “Even in the early planning stages, we had been looking for vendors who embrace thing that are a little left of centre and who were willing to embrace our ‘less than traditional’ way of doing things.”

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“Between being made redundant, struggling to find work and trying to plan ‘the big white wedding’ with Tim’s ever-changing schedule lighting theatre shows, we got pretty fed up”, Ange explained. “I think I had gotten to my breaking point, and after a very tearful afternoon with my sister and my niece, all I wanted to do is to be married to the love of my life. So we did exactly that. We went from a wedding almost a year away with 100+ guest wedding in one of Brisbane’s most beautiful venues to getting married in a city lane way with less than 20 people which we pulled together in just over 12 weeks… not to mention Tim being ‘on the road’ for 8 of those weeks (plus moving house!) It kind of threw some people to begin with, but at the end of our wedding day, as I closed my eyes next to my beautiful husband, I couldn’t think of anything that we should-would-could have done differently to make it more perfect.”

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