At Home with the Rock n Roll Bride (and Groom!)

Over the summer I was contacted by Wedding Ideas Magazine who featured our wedding last year. They asked if we would like to take part in a ‘Where Are They Now?’ style feature, which we jumped at the chance to be involved with. One problem, they asked for some recent photographs of Me & Gareth…

Eeek. You see, when you work 8 days a week including doing lots of photo shoots, having nice photographs taken with your loved one isn’t something that regularly comes to mind – in fact believe me, without all that make up and styling I can often take a very bad photo! However luckily for us, my awesome friend Emma Case just happened to be visiting so I asked her if she’d be so kind as to take some shots of us. What lucky ducks we are.

When Emma and I discussed ideas for the shoot, I said how I didn’t want to do anything too styled or fancy. I just wanted some simple and sexy (well Gareth is pretty sexy if I do say so myself) photographs of the two of us. Doing them at home made sense as we could get the kittens involved too (although when it came to it, it was only Henry, the huge poser, who wanted to play model) and Emma’s laid back, fun style lent itself perfectly to what we had in mind.

So, we threw on some regular clothes, hung out in our slightly damp and overgrown autumnal garden and in our ‘lived in’ bedroom (Emma’s tactful way of saying ‘messy’ I think!) and snuggled and posed together. Gareth made out he was all nervous and didn’t really want to do it, but the sneaky boy totally got into it too (don’t believe him if he says otherwise!)

I hope you like these photos. These are without a doubt the photographs that show the ‘real me.’ No fancy make up artist or designer wedding dresses this time…oh and my hairband cost me £3 from Primark, loads of you have asked on Twitter where it was from! I only got it a few weeks ago, so if you hurry it may still be in there.

Our wedding will be re-visited in the January issue of  Wedding Ideas Magazine, and yes of course I’ll be posting it!

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How to…Make Your Own Fabric Flower Bouquet (Tutorial by Josephine Sicad)

After featuring Josephine & Radney’s incredibly gorgeous and eclectic DIY wedding last week I was inundated with emails from you lot about the bride’s gorgeous DIY fabric flower bouquet. So I asked the lovely Josephine very nicely if she’d be so kind as to write a little tutorial for you. She was more than thrilled to oblige!

I’d love to see some more Rock n Roll Brides rocking down the aisle with one of these babies! Huge thanks to Josephine for working on this feature with me.

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The moment I started planning what to have for my wedding bouquet, I had already envisioned that it would be a little bit quirky. I was inspired by the vintage brooch bouquets I had seen a lot on Rock n Roll Bride. However, I didn’t have much budget to buy lots of new brooches. Luckily for me I came across a store that sold everything “3 for $10” and they sold lots of vintage style necklaces! I grew goosebumps when I saw the vintagey necklaces with beads and fabric flowers on them. so I then thought “why not detach the fabric flowers to form my very own wedding bouquet?!”

It was really quick and easy to make.

Materials:

Fabric flowers & assorted flower hair-clips (I would have loved fresh flowers but I wanted to have something I could keep forever)
Cotton twine
A few scraps of wool
Scissors
An egg beater/whisk (as you can imagine, it was such a ‘light-bulb’ moment when I thought of using it for the stem!)

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Lowina & Philsy’s Incredible Double Wedding Celebration

When I laid eyes on Lowina & Philsy’s wedding the only thing I could said was “OMG so cute!” Seriously, you get that right? How adorable are they? Adorable in a kick ass Rock n Roll way though you understand…

The couple, who met in 2006 at a fashion trade show in Hong Kong, got married in Philsy’s parent’s back garden in Victoria, Australia. It was important to the pair to not only plan a gorgeous wedding but to make sure it truly reflected them as individuals as well as their Chinese heritage. They also were certain it had to be unique and fun!

In order to do this, DIY was very important to them. The couple made all their stationary, the guest book, decor and favours. The bride even made pearl earrings as gifts for every female guest and the t-shirts for her and her bridesmaids to wear in the morning! They asked friends and family to help where they could and they made the cupcakes and arranged all the flowers.

The wedding took place over two occasions and so the bride wore two dresses. The first, the white western dress was designed by the bride herself. She flew back to Hong Kong to have it made. She told me that doing it this was (including the flights!) was still cheaper than most custom dresses in Australia as it only ended up costing her $450! She also made pearl necklaces (she has her own etsy shop) for herself and her bridesmaids. Her fun accessories including the long gloves, the scarf and the long necklaces were from Diva. Her headpiece was also from etsy and her amazing shoes were from a Halloween costume shop!

After the wedding in Australia the couple flew to Hong Kong for the (slightly) more traditional Chinese part of the wedding. They had a massive party for all their family in Hong Kong who were unable to fly to Australia for the actual wedding. Chinese tradition says that the bride should wear a red and gold dress in a Chinese style for the main dress plus another 5 or 6 (!) colourful dresses for the evening party. Lowina didn’t want to do this so she hired a more modern style red and gold dress to wear which only ended up costing her $120! Plus she wore it with 4″ platform black shoe boots with metal stubs and sparkly black tights!

Rock n Roll!

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Becci & Chris’ Funky, Retro, London Wedding

The slinky, sparkly vintage-inspired Topshop (yes really!) dress was what grabbed my attention when I first laid eyes on Becci & Chris’ retro styled London wedding. However when I saw the rest of their day I was utterly smitten. The pair, who never wanted a traditional wedding, were set on creating something within budget and to suit their funky London lifestyle.

I spoke to Becci about their wedding and I’m so thrilled to share their amazing wedding and all their quirky details with you today.

“Chris and I live and love London, so it was always going to be our number one location for getting hitched,” she began. “Budget constraints – and the fact that a meringue dress, tiara and dainty white kitten heels were my idea of hell – meant that we had to be inventive while planning our big do. We wanted something that represented us as a couple, and our personalities, and felt strongly that we wouldn’t follow wedding procedure just because.”

“We decided on Islington Town Hall for our ceremony and quickly fell in love with The Vine as our reception venue. It’s cool retro interior, gorgeous Italian grub, intimate conservatory and super-calm landlord, James, meant it won over Chris and I as soon as we walked in. We work in the magazine publishing industry, so we strongly agreed that our photographer needed to be super talented and super creative. Enter Ian Johnson. After meeting up for a few pints and a briefing, we both knew that we’d got the right man. Ian did not let us down. Despite the time constraints of us marrying fairly late at 4pm, he achieved all the money shots.”

“For the dress I wanted a slinky evening number. Never did I think that, while browsing Topshop’s website, would I stumble across my dream dress – antique silver, sequinned, slight fishtail, deep V front, backless… I was in love. Yes, it was high street but I couldn’t afford anything designer and I received so many compliments from guests thinking it was vintage… I just kept my mouth shut! A veil was never going to suit my style but I still wanted a wow-factor headpiece. I turned to milliner extraordinaire Louis Mariette who understood completely my vision and created something truly special. As for Chris, he wanted a fitted suit with a Mod influence so he took a trip to Jump the Gun in Brighton. For my bridesmaids, I wanted them to look drop-dead gorgeous (no peach taffeta, ta very much). To complement my dress and Chris’s suit, I was after a navy, corseted, strapless style – the All Saints Freja dress came up with the goods.”

“We all stayed at Hoxton Hotel the night before and, on the big day, our wedding cars consisted of a duck egg VW camper van– the bouncy suspension and a bottle of fizz nearly ruined mine and the bridesmaids dresses on the drive to the Town Hall! – and the obligatory cheesy Routemaster. For my flowers, I wanted simple and elegant so I went for a cala lily bouquet and a pared-back white and green theme. Personal touches included haggling over a massive shabby chic mirror at Portobello Road then writing the seating plan on this; and my mum kindly baking glitter-sprinkled heart biscuits as favours for everyone to dip in the yummy dark chocolate mousse dessert (we vetoed a traditional wedding cake as it just wasn’t what we wanted). What else went down well with our guests? Well, our party photo booth from Snappabox had a queue all night, while our ‘Love story’ booklet, complete with cartoon Chris & Bex, brought everyone up to speed on our relationship history.”

“And the final Rock n Roll moments? How about the groom not getting to bed until 6am on the morning of the big day (still a sensitive topic around the Hodgson kitchen table) or us newlyweds heading to East Village in Hoxton for a post-wedding clubbing session. Well, I was wearing Topshop after all…”

Incredible! I am so chuffed to have these guys rocking all over the blog today.

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Photography Friday – Rachel Goes 3D

Rachel had been feeling a little miffed that Henry was getting more blog/twitter love than her. The quieter and more reserved kitten, she was often pushed to the side in the fame stakes due to Henry’s ridiculous and hilarious daily antics. “I know,” she thought “I’ll slip on these 3D glasses Mummy got in the post last week from her friend Amma…that will get me some air time.”

She was right you know.