Race Track Elopement That Was a Surprise For The Groom!

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Claire and Joe always wanted to have a fun and stress-free wedding. So when Claire found out that Joe was going to visit one of his favourite ever places, she decided this was the perfect time for them to elope. The real twist is that Joe had absolutely no idea!

“When I knew Joe would be in California on business and he’d be working at his favourite race track, I decided it would be fun to just do something totally unique and fun”,  explained Claire. “We had no parents, friends or family members trying to tell us what to do because they don’t even know we were getting married!”

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“Although Joe knew we’d be getting married at some point soon (because we needed to get a marriage license) he had no idea he was actually going to get married at the racetrack and on THAT day. I’d secretly been planning the pop-up wedding for three months!”

The day was a bit chaotic and overall just a really great time”, she continued. ” Watching Joe walk towards me super happy and in complete disbelief was the most amazing moment. He totally did not see it coming.”

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Four Reasons Why You Should Have a Wedding Video

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When planning your wedding, you’ll be told over and over again that you should book a great wedding photographer. I wholeheartedly agree with this, but have you also considered booking a videographer? Unlike photography, videography seems to be right down the bottom of most couple’s ‘must have’ lists and I think that’s a real shame.

Obviously budget has a lot to do with it, but as someone who didn’t have a wedding film and regrets it, here are four reasons why I really think you should book one! You are never going to be sorry that you had a wedding video made, but you might regret not having one.

1. You’ll get all of the feels

There is nothing quite like the emotions you’ll feel on your wedding day. The anticipation just before you walk down the aisle, the nerves as you listen to your other half read their vows, the lump in your throat as you hear your father say how proud he is of you during his speech…

A video lets you to relive those precious moments over and over again. We have one shaky, 20 second clip from our wedding of me walking down the aisle that a friend filmed on her phone, and whenever I watch it and hear the music, I GET ALL THE FEELS. I’m brought right back to what I was feeling at that very second. Its something you can’t quite understand until you’ve experienced it for yourself and I would do anything to be able to relive some of the other special moments from our wedding again.

2. You’ll see the bits you missed

Unlike photos, video will capture some really subtle parts of the day, things that you otherwise might forget. The nervous shuffle your groom did as he first saw you at the top of the aisle, the way your dad’s voice cracked as did his speech, your mum’s eyes welling up just the tiniest bit as she first saw you in your dress. There’s so many special moments that photography alone can’t always capture.

It’s very common for brides and grooms to say that their wedding was “such a blur” or “went by so fast”. Wouldn’t it be amazing to replay the whole day again and catch the things that you missed?

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Laid Back London Wedding at Asylum

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Keir and Donna were married in London. “Keir proposed on a night bus from Elephant and Castle”, the bride began, “and it was perfect for us. We didn’t have any particular inspiration or theme for the wedding, we just wanted to do something in London that was simple and involved all our friends.”

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“We stayed together the night before the wedding in Church St Hotel in Camberwell with some of our closest friends. We ended up drinking far too many cocktails and crashing around 3am!”

Donna wore a Charlie Brear dress and jewellery that she had designed by a friend, Roberto Costa. “I was very laid back about the whole thing. I bought the flowers for me and my bridesmaid the morning of the wedding from a local florist.”

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Colourful DIY Day of the Dead Wedding

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Lauren and Ben both love Mexican art, Frida Khalo and yummy Mexican food, so a Day of the Dead theme was perfect for their January wedding.

“We chose a Day of the Dead theme because I love the celebration”, began the bride. “We had Piñata fun while eating Mexican fruity sticks – a little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter. We also have a thing for rockabilly, 50s and traditional tattoos, so we thought we would add that into the mix with swallows hearts and swing dresses.”

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“Ben and I actually got swallow wedding tattoos to mark our love for each other, soppy I know! We got so many ideas from Rock n Roll Bride, it was a big inspiration for me. I found so many ideas and vendors from the blog and it made me realise what we really wanted from a wedding not what the mainstream wedding magazines tell us is on trend.”

The wedding was held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. “They have some amazing gigs in there and also have fantastic community projects”, she explained. “It felt good to have our wedding where we also go see some of our favourite bands.”

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Fairy Tale Engagement Shoot

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Do you believe in fairies? Then you’re going to utterly adore Kirsty and George’s engagement shoot. Who says fairy tales can’t be Rock n Roll?!

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“The shoot was based on the idea of stories opening a whole new world and that being in love is a fairy tale”, said photographer Andreea of VeVi Photography. “Since Kirsty absolutely loves fairy tales and their wedding is going to be Disney themed, we wanted to create a dreamy fantasy environment for their engagement shoot too, just like they were in their own fairy story!”

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Outdoor Brazilian Wedding with the Bride in a Corset

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Lais and Ale met when she was just 14 and he was 17. Even though they were young, they became boyfriend and girlfriend quickly and moved in together three years later! They were married in Brazil in October.

“I had tons of ideas for our wedding, but only one was right for us: a morning outdoor wedding”, Lais began. “Most of my references came from foreign weddings though because weddings in Brazil tend to be very traditional. We were focused on having personal details and avoided 90% of what the wedding market in Brazil has to offer. The Atelier Raviere, who made our stationery, was an amazing company to work with. They helped us choose our colour palette and developing all the visual identity of the wedding.

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The bride’s mother made her wedding dress and she wore a corset from Madame Sher over it. “Since high school I have always been a corset fanatic”, she explained, “I always like to wear them so they’ve kind of become my trademark. I wanted to feel like myself on our wedding day so I knew I had to wear one. My mom made me a classical shaped dress and I wore a black leather corset on top. It combined sexiness and elegance and I felt like Cinderella with a twist!”

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