Non-Traditional Peacock Themed Wedding: Steph & Jo

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Peacocks were the inspiration for Steph and Jo’s army barracks wedding. Their favourite colours are green and purple so it worked out perfectly! They used peacock feathers throughout their wedding – on the cupcakes, as the centrepieces and as motifs on the stationery.

“We cut out quite a lot of traditions that we didn’t feel were necessary, and we wanted to keep it all as informal as possible”, Steph began. “There were no big speeches, no seating plan, no first dance, no bridesmaids and no real formalities other than the ceremony itself.  Our reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and we walked down the aisle together to ‘Zelda’s Theme’ from the Nintendo game ‘Skyward Sword’.  Instead of having one big cake, we had some GORGEOUS cupcakes that a friend of Jo’s baked for us as our wedding present.”

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“Our DIY efforts included me trimming my top hat with feathers, making my own veil, all the buttonholes and the card box. I wired up and assembled all of the jewellery to make my bouquet too. The centrepieces for the evening venue were homemade, and the ‘prototype’ was made by me, but the credit for that goes to Jo’s sister, brother-in-law and best friend as they put them all together.  Jo’s brother-in-law also made the backdrop for the dance floor out of fabric and fairylights on a wooden frame, and decorated the entrance with balloons, ribbon and more twinkly lights as an amazing surprise.  I cried when I saw it all, it was so beautiful.”

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Small Town DIY High School Wedding: Ben & Irene

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Ben and Irene were married at Pietersburg High School, in Polokwane, South Africa. The ceremony was held on the front lawn and the reception in the gym. “Our wedding was described to me by one of my friends as one of the most ‘sharing’ he has ever seen. Meaning that the theme was us, as well as our friends and family”, began the groom. “Everything there was something we loved, or something that meant something to ourselves or our guests, and in most cases both.”

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“The venue was very unique in the fact that it was a school. I’ve personally never seen or heard of a wedding held at a school before, but Irene came up with the idea.  he school was full of awesome spots to take photos and we had a lot of space to use (a whole school). Better still it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.  The other important thing about our wedding was how laid back it was. There where beers available on ice for guests to have whenever they liked, even during the ceremony, which made the whole vibe very comfortable from the start.”

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Fairies, Magic and Nature-Inspired Wedding: Keith & Celeste

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Keith and Celeste had a whimsical and nature themed wedding and so their venue, River Legacy Science Center in Arlington, Texas, was the perfect place for them. “Keith and I both find our time in nature to be healing and spiritual”, explained the bride. “I love fairies and magical mystery and Keith wanted minimalist elegance so we combined the two for our theme. We truly bring balance to each other and our wedding reflects how our powers combine to create awesome beauty. ”

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“We didn’t actually intend to create the fairytale wedding, but we got one anyway!” she laughed. “The ceremony was held under the canopy of tall green trees and our close friend Matt Chapman became ordained just so he could be our officiant. I have a very active christian background but I embrace all faiths as equal paths to the same divine end. Keith also has a christian background but he finds his spirituality in nature and the Tao. So we designed our own ceremony to reflect our multifaceted beliefs.”

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Thursday Treats: Getting Honest with Myself

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I had to give myself a bit of a talking to this week. I’ve been ignoring how I’ve been treating my body for months now. In fact I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with it. I love making a stand against the media bullshit about weight loss, body image, body shaming (whatever size you are) and all those disgusting advertisements for unhealthy weight loss methods. But at the same time I’ve been lying… to myself.

I’ve shouted that I don’t care about losing weight but it’s something I’ve battled with since I was 14. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 10 years and when you’re that obsessed with something I don’t think it ever completely leaves you, even if you’re certified as ‘better’.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t ever want to get back there but I do need to make some changes. I need to make better choices. I know I’ve been abusing my body with too much alcohol and food that isn’t good for me. I know I’ve been crashing on the sofa most nights, sinking a bottle of wine and eating whatever processed crap is readily available in the cupboard.

So this week Gareth and I both started to pay more attention to what we’re putting into our bodies. We’ve been eating more lean protein and veg than anything else. If I lose some weight, than great, but that’s not really what it’s about. More importantly, I want to nourish my body. I want to feel good, not groggy, in the mornings and I don’t want to automatically reach for the Pinot Grigio at 6 pm.

Let’s do this!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ Seattle Pike Place market wedding
Happy rainbow wedding
Bohemian southern California wedding
Florida Autumn wedding
Modern Mexican themed wedding

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Golden Gate Park Picnic Wedding with a Homemade Pink Ombre Wedding Gown: Adriene & Shannon

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Adriene and Shannon wanted an informal wedding so they held their ceremony at Aids Memorial Grove in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It was followed by a picnic reception in the park. One of the most unique and awesome parts of their wedding was the bride’s ombre wedding dress, which she made herself by upcycling two second-hand dresses and making them into one!

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“I put two dresses together and then pinned the ‘petals’ of silk to the base dress in a gradient of colors from light pink to burgundy”, she explained. “I added a right pocket with a ring holding ribbon to keep my future husband’s new piece of jewelry secure and a left pocket for my iPhone! I knew I wanted to make my own dress because making costume-like clothing is my favorite way to express myself.”

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Win Free Wedding Photography from Assassynation & £1000 off a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Wendy Benstead!

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Oh goodness, have I got the ultimate prize for a Rock n Roll bride today. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna squeal with excitement when you read about this one. What if I could get two of the big wedding expenses slashed for you and have it done by one of my all time favourite suppliers?

Rock n Roll Bride favourite (and frequently featured!) Sassy of Assassynation Photography has teamed up with one of her past brides, dress designer Wendy Benstead to offer one lucky reader free wedding photography and £1000 towards the cost of the custom designed wedding dress of their dreams!

Those amongst you with eagle-eyes will probably recognise Wendy, I featured her incredible wedding at a crumbling London chapel back in October.

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To Enter

Entry couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is email Sassy and tell her all about your wedding plans and what your dream wedding dress would look like.

Extra props for any creative entries… so instead of just telling them all about it, why not draw a picture of you guys at your wedding (with you wearing the rainbow sparkle dress of your dreams obvs!), start a Pinterest inspiration board or make a video of you explaining your vision?

Please also include a cute photo of you and your partner, your wedding date (must be between 01/06/2014 and 31/05/2015) and location, if known.

Sassy and Wendy will review the entries and their favourite couple and wedding will win. Simple! You have until midnight on 28th February 2014 to enter.

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