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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Is The Blogcademy Coming to a Town Near You?

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I can hardly believe it, but in less than three short weeks I’ll be hopping back on a plane and heading over to the US to kick off the next leg of The Blogcademy‘s 2014 world tour!

I really can not wait to get back on the road and to be teaching again. It’s such a thrill to meet so many new people and to be doing it with two of my very best friends.

Our last class was almost six months ago (!!) which in retrospect was definitely too long of a break. I’ve missed it all so much. Here’s a little reminder about where and when The Blogcademy jet will be landing this year.

San Francisco
May 10th & 11th
Makeshift Society
SOLD OUT!

Chicago
May 17th & 18th
Enerspace Chicago

Vancouver
June 7th & 8th
Soundhouse Studios

Calgary
June 14th & 15th
The Commons Event Space

London
July 19th & 20rd
Curtain Road Studios
Almost sold out! 

London
July 22nd & 23rd
Curtain Road Studios
SOLD OUT!

Berlin
July 26th & 27th
Agora Collective

Amsterdam
August 2nd & 3rd
The Thinking Hut

New York
September 27th & 28th
RePopRoom

Washington DC
October 4th & 5th
Studio 52

Sydney
November 29th & 30th
Studio 2204
Almost sold out!  

Melbourne
December 3rd & 4th
The Establishment Studios
Almost sold out!  

Auckland
December 6th & 7th
BizDojo

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My Neighbour Totoro and Star Wars Wedding: Sarah & Adam

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Sarah and Adam’s wedding was a true reflection of them. They love anime and Star Wars, so that was their starting point! The day was held at Priston Mill, Bath, in December. They wanted their day to be quirky (like them!) but also fun for their guests. They had retro games set up on the balcony of the barn and devised various drinking games, matching their theme, for their guests.

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“We could label our wedding theme, but really it was just ‘us'”, began Sarah. “We are big kids deep down! Everything on the day was what we enjoy and what is important to us. One of our fave films is ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and Adam is a Star Wars freak. We knew Star Wars needed to be combined with the anime theme and the ideas went on from there – often fuelled by good friends. gin and Prosecco. Obviously, Star Wars Planets as the table names went down well with our geeky friends – at least we didn’t put the family on Alderaan…”

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & A Truly Inspirational Love Story: Nicola & Nick

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Nicola and Nick were married on 29th December at Larnach’s Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is the only castle in the country and is owned by Nick’s family. Angela Haig-McAuliffe of AHM Photography was there to capture this special day. The wedding had a mad hatter’s tea party theme!

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“Our story is pretty unique”, began Nicola. “My husband had an accident 14 years ago and was given 6 months to live. He had a series of strokes and has locked in syndrome, he cannot walk or talk and needs 24 hour care (he was featured on a TVNewZealand show which you can watch here). We met online. I was in the UK and he in New Zealand. We fell in love and I gave up everything to be with him in New Zealand. Four years later we got married! AND he walked, assisted by his physio and a good friend, down the aisle!!!!!”

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DIY Tutorial: Ombre Glitter Champagne Glasses

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When it came to planning how to style my recent champagne party, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to flex my creative muscles. Now I’m no expert, in fact I’m darn right rubbish at DIY projects, and I’m certainly not a professional stylist either. But I knew if I just kept things simple and threw glitter at it, it would probably work out in the end.

Luckily Sophie was on hand to help me and look at what we made! Pretty huh!?

Supplies Needed

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♥ Champagne glasses (I got mine from Morrisons for 60p each!)
Mod Podge glue
♥ Your choice of glitter in at least two colours
♥ Brush

Method

Step one: Use the brush to cover the stem and base of the champagne glass in Mod Podge. This is the best glue to use because it’s a glue, sealer and varnish in one, although I’m sure any old PVA would work.

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