Beachy, Relaxed Mexican Fiesta with a Helicopter Arrival: Matt & Lauren

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If there’s one kind of wedding I can’t get enough of it’s ones with lots of COLOUR! I don’t know about you, but seeing it all there together makes me so damn joyful. Even with the dark and moody British skies, Matt and Lauren’s May wedding looks super fun, bright and sunny!

The wedding was held in Cornwall, with the reception at Porthilly Farm. “I didn’t want to create an average wedding. I wanted the guests to be wowed and surprised throughout the day”, wrote the bride. “It helped keeping as much as we could a secret from as many guests as possible. I was not a bride who delegated; instead, I worked hard on DIY projects, and hid anything that would give people clues about the day!!”

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“I wanted to make sure the first impressions of our wedding would set the feel for the day”, she continued. “So I designed the Order of Service and ensured it was fun, casual and didn’t have fancy words or writing. That wasn’t what our wedding was about! I hand-sewed and made each guest a felt flag saying fun words on them to wave during the ceremony. I was determined I wanted a lively upbeat ceremony and figured flags were the best way to do it. That combined with an incredible soul band singing our upbeat choice of songs and hymns resulted in the whole congregation and the vicar enjoying the fun filled but still special ceremony.”

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WIN Some Ombrè, Glitter Magic from Rock n Roll Bride & Crown and Glory!

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Picking a favourite collection from my collaboration with Crown and Glory is flat out impossible, but ombrè and glitter are pretty hard to beat right? So when Sophie asked me if I wanted to run a contest for someone to win a one of the complete sets, the ‘Gala’ designs were my first choice.

This amazing prize includes a belt, a huge bow, a medium bow, a headband and a cuff. That’s one item for every day of the week, OR, if you’re feeling extra lovely, one item for each of your bridesmaids! We designed them to be worn as a mismatched but co-ordinating set, so I’d personally love if you did the latter (and then sent me photos afterwards!)

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Each piece is available in either pink, purple, blue or black, and the winner can pick whichever colours they’d prefer (all the same or mix and match).

To enter, simply like both Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory Accessories on Facebook and come back and comment on this blog post telling us why you want to win. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Sock Puppet Wedding at Brooklyn Winery: Lindsay & Jesse

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Married at Brooklyn Winery in New York, Lindsay and Jesse’s wedding was fun, colourful and a perfect reflection of them. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but you’d never know that to look at these beautiful pictures. The bride wore a striped dress by Hayley Paige and many pairs of custom glasses! They had paper flowers instead of real ones and a Rice Krispy cake in lieu of anything traditional.

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“We decided to just do what we wanted”, began the bride. “We planned the wedding by ourselves with minimal input from friends and family. Any time we began to question our choices, we had to remind ourselves that we were doing it our way, regardless of expectations. We were largely inspired by one of our favorite artists out of Brooklyn, Marty Allen. Marty specializes in large format sock-puppet photography; his work has been a staple of our relationship, as each year we buy a new print from him at the Union Square holiday market. Our apartment is furnished with his colorful-imagination-turned-beautiful-art. We commissioned sock puppets of ourselves for the wedding, which were integral to the décor, featured prominently in our invitations, and proved to be a hit at the photo booth.”

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12 Ways To Play with Fire On Your Wedding Day

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It’s just a few days until Bonfire night in Britain. On 5th November we ‘celebrate’ Guy Fawkes almost blowing up the Houses of Parliament with fireworks, bonfires and, unusually, by eating piping hot jacket potatoes. I know, it’s weird, but it also pretty fun! It’s perfect time to bundle up warm and go “oooh!” and “aaah!” at pretty lights in the sky.

No doubt about it, companies that organise Fireworks for weddings charge a LOT, but there are plenty of other ways to start your marriage with a whoosh and a bang!

1. Carry a smoking-hot bouquet (don’t forget the fire extinguisher!)

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Source: A Baa Baa Bad Bridal Shoot

2. Prepare a pretty floral fire

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Source: A Shamanic Wedding Ceremony In Guatemala

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Lego and Harry Potter Wedding on Summer Solstice: Zak & Emma

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Both big lovers of Lego, Harry Potter and tattoos, Zak and Emma wanted to incorporate them all into their wedding. They were married in June in Bray. near Maidenhead.

“The inspiration for our wedding was basically a weird amalgamation of all the things we wanted, with all of the awesome stuff we love!” wrote the bride. “We wanted to have bright colours, swinging dresses and sharp suits. We both love all things Lego and Harry Potter, so we wanted to include little nods to these things in as many ways as possible. Our priority was to have a relaxed and fun day and not to take it all too seriously. We decided that we wanted to get married on the Summer Solstice and our ‘must have’ was the handfasting ceremony, as we love the symbolism and meaning and history behind it.”

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“We’d wanted to get married this way, but as it is not legally binding in the UK so we decided to get married in the church around the corner from our house first”, she continued. “It is the oldest church in our borough and as I am a history nerd, I loved the idea of getting married in a place with medieval walls, Elizabethan beams and a Victorian roof.”

“One of my wedding day highlights was that the bar staff at our reception venue heard that there would be wedding with Harry Potter table names and being big fans themselves, created different Harry Potter themed cocktails to surprise us with!” she continued. “We had no idea until one of our guests handed me a Goblet of Fire! I also really loved receiving our final photos after the wedding.”

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Genuinely Terrifying Halloween Wedding Shoot

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OK, so I told you my second Halloween inspired shoot of the day was worth the wait… now do you believe me!? Shot by the EPIC Sassy of Assassynation at a workshop she put on recently, this is a Halloween shoot like no other! Some of these shots are genuinely terrifying.

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“I put together a styled shoot as part of my workshop, the Sassterclass. My styled shoots always tend to be out of the ordinary… something a bit different to your standard wedding stuff. Mainly I love doing them just for fun, and to push people out of their comfort zone a bit. Each attendee gets time to direct and shoot the couple so that they can then introduce their own creativity and style.”

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