Michelle & Deborah’s Romantic Parisian Themed Wedding

Michelle & Deborah’s touching ceremony was one of the main reasons I wanted to share their wedding with you all today. Quite apart from all the beautiful and individual details the couple put into their day, the readings and poems that they selected for their ceremony made this wedding really special and signified their relationship perfectly.

They chose Shakespear’s Sonnet 116, a section from the children’s book  “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard and “I carry your heart with me” by E.E Cummings for their vows. Finally, in order to include the fight for equality, they read the Massachusetts ruling on marriage. They thought it was so simple and basic and spelled out what marriage meant to them in a perfect way.

“FROM GOODRIDGE V DEPT OF HEALTH (Mass. 2003): Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition….It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right’.”

“We just really liked the definitions of marriage,” Michelle explained. “Again, we chose our readings because they all held a significance in what marriage should be regardless of legal status (strong and steadfast, childlike at times, a basic human right, always honest, the beauty of partnership).”

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Michelle & Deborah’s Romantic Parisian Themed Wedding

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Michelle & Deborah's touching ceremony was one of the main reasons I wanted to share their wedding with you all today. Quite apart from all the beautiful and individual details the couple put into their day, the readings and poems that they selected for their ceremony made this wedding really special and signified their relationship perfectly. They chose Shakespears Sonnet 116, a section from the children's book "I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard and "I carry your heart with me" by E.E Cummings for their vows. Finally in order to include the fight for equality they read the Massachusetts ruling on marriage. They thought it was so simple and basic and spelled out what marriage meant to them in a perfect way. "FROM GOODRIDGE V DEPT OF HEALTH (Mass. 2003): Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition….It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a 'civil right'."

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Lucy & Andy’s Budget-Friendly, “Let’s Do It Our Way” Wedding

This beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding came about after Lucy proposed to Andy on a trip to London. “I took Andy away to Tower Bridge London, to stay in a 5 star hotel on Valentines Day 2010,” the bride told me. “He kept saying,’You’re not going to propose are you?’. I said ‘No of course not, don’t be silly’. Then as we were walking back to the hotel under the bridge by the dolphin statue, I placed a ring box shaped like an orange in his hand. He looked at it and said ‘What’s this?’ with a scared look on his face. And I said ‘Open it’, then ‘Will you marry me?’. The colour drained from his face, I cried, he said ‘Oh, I was planning to propose to you, and I started saving for a ring, and what is everyone going to say?’ I just said, ‘Look, I have saved you the bother of saving your money for months and months. Let do this our way’.”

“I mainly wanted to show him that it wasn’t about the expensive ring, and massive gesture, and the big hype. It was about having something nice on my finger that suited me and that reminded me of our lovely weekend, that didn’t cost us the earth, and took years to pay back, and that we loved each other and wanted to get married, rather than all the focus being about the finger furniture and the ‘Oh, how did he propose?’ Everyone is different, and, we did it our way.”

This tone of ‘let’s do it our way’ really did continue into their wedding. They wanted to create something themselves that was laid back but detail heavy.

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 1st April 2011

Photography Credit: Isaac Salazar | Book of Art

Happy April Fools Day everyone! Have you spotted any of the obligatory ‘April Fools’ style news reports yet?

Well something that won’t make you a fool (omg that was the most terrible pun ever but I kinda wanted to get it out of my system…) is if you check out today’s Post-It Notes tips & tricks.

I’ve also been loving the readers who have been sending me actual photos of my tips on real life Post-Its. That’s kind awesome! Feel free to link to your own photos in the comments.

Take a leaf out of Emma & Pete’s book. Have fun, don’t stress and rock it out YOUR way.

Invest time and money in your website, blog and branding. They are your number one marketing tool and your shop window – no matter what your business. Which ever way a potential client initially finds you (advert, magazine, google, word of mouth, via another blog etc) they are pretty much guaranteed to check out your website before contacting you. Make sure it gives the first impression that you want it to – especially if you are offering a ‘visual’ service (photography, stationery, clothes, flowers.)

A badly-functioning, unattractive, or out of date website will only give the impression that you and your business are badly-functioning, unattractive and out of date. Look at (and listen to!) this horrific example. What is your first impression of this business? That’s not an impression you want to give out yourself huh?!

Thursday Treats – 31st March 2011

Photography Credit: Dixie Pixel for Modern Ink Magazine (thanks for sharing your awesome images Tara!)

‘Tis that time of the week again dear reader. Kick off your shoes, grab a cup of something warm and yummy and momentarily induldge in this week’s delectable treats.

m’kay…?

Amy & Chris’ tender & bad ass Beloved session
The many wedding dresses of Elizabeth Taylor
Well Heeled dying over these Valentino creations
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Cute & Elegant Montauk wedding
Krikor Jabotian’s au gré d’une brise collection
♥ What your wedding cake choice says about youand for the record, I’m tart & sexy AND open-minded
One of a Kind Portland Weddingthat feathered headpiece. Yum.
How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Plan My Wedding
Little House on the PrairieJ’adore Anissa’s photography…
Mad men & a pink parachute (photography credit: Ausnippets– OMG to this pink and blue dress! I want it baaaaad…

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Chi Chi Revolver’s Tattooed Bridal Shoot

I was really inspired reading the winning entry to your Knot Couture dress competition recently,” photographer Bethan of Haywood Jones Photography told me. “It was hard to picture how it would feel to be made so uncomfortable in a shop who were clearly disapproving of you, thinking we live in a properly modern society (!) until it happened to me last weekend (not because I have beautiful body art sadly, but much more because I was dressed a bit scruffily and went into a very posh art shop. They actually got another member of security to stand in the shop while me and my friend walked around!!) It suddenly became clear that you really can’t judge a book by its cover and that even though the *mainstream* wedding industry is becoming more accepting of the *alternative* side of peoples wedding creativity and gorgeousness, there are still many blinkered people out there who wont look past stereotypes and make you feel less than worthy of their attention.”

“The story spurred me to organise a tattooed bridal shoot with an absolute star of a gal called Chi Chi Revolver. Chi Chi is a professional hula hooper and circus performer and as part of her large and varied CV teaches Hula-ing (is that right?) to children who have had behavioural issues at school (again talk about not judging books by their covers!)”

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Rachel’s Punk Rock Wilderness Trash the Dress Shoot

A bride willing to get her gown crazy-muddy for a trash the dress shoot probably isn’t anything new to a lot of your seasoned Rock n Roll Bride readers, but something about Rachel’s shoot really did make me go ‘wow’.

“Rachel contacted me for her trash the dress session desiring to get down & dirty, even muddy if possible,” photographer Gabrielle Foxtold me. “She said to think wilderness with a punk rock edge to it. I thought of an awesome location, a muddy lake near San Diego, and it ended up being the perfect setting! The photos definitely had a Rock n Roll feel to them, mixed with some Marilyn Monroe bombshell.”

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