Under the Spotlight – Golden Apple Designs

When I was at University I had an obsession with apples. I’d eat at least 3 a day and so when I first heard about Golden Apple Designs, I felt an instant affinity…and then when I saw the cute-as-hell designs, hand drawn by designer Leah…well I was in a whole load of apple/stationery/design heaven.

“I create cute, quirky, unique and interesting wedding invitations and stationery created using a mixture of illustration, graphic design and fonty fabulousness,” Leah explains. “The designs are inspired by all sorts of different things – nostalgia, vintage, fun, quirkiness and love, and most of all, people. For example the Mixtape design is inspired by the nostalgia of creating a mixtape for your loved one – recording your favourite songs from the radio and presenting it to them with their name scrawled on the front and listening to it together. I don’t think anybody even does this any more – mix CD doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!”

Although Leah has some pre-set designs in her collection, nothing is set in stone and all designs can ber personalised tio tweaked to suit your needs…or you can even commission a completely unique and bespoke set of stationery for your wedding. Prices from just £1.75 per invite.

“I create a lot of bespoke items, which I love,” she continues. “These tend to be illustrated with something personal to the couple and it’s great to hear their ideas and be inspired by them to create something that is completely one off and unique to them.”

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Katie & Michael’s Glamorous 1920’s Wedding

Katie & Michael glamorous 1920’s wedding was held at East Close in the New Forest. The couple knew it was the venue for them as soon as they saw it – they didn’t even look elsewhere! Katie’s beautiful vintage dress came from Fur Coat No Knickers and she wore it with a marabou feather shrug from Queens and Bowl. The groom looked just as dapper with his bespoke King and Allen suit. Michael even sourced his own vintage buttons for his outfit from Button Queen and a haberdashers in Brighton. His vintage pocket watch was a gift from Katie.

“We wanted our wedding to be very ‘us’ and for everyone to have a really great time,” Katie told me. “It was brilliant – we just had all the stuff, the people and the music we love around us all day. We love art deco, the 1920/30’s swing era, mismatched stuff, sparkle… We’ve both worked in theatre and like a bit of drama. We made all our invites, place names, table names etc. Michael is a photographer so we tried to use lots of photography throughout. We just kept everything very casual and relaxed and friendly. We ignored everything people told us we should do and stuck to what we like – I think every wedding should be personal. We also wanted to make sure that everyone looked like themselves and felt really good. Michael hadn’t seen my dress but had said to me that he wanted to be marrying me as he knew me and not me looking like somebody different!”

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Uri & Evelyn’s Intimate Islington Wedding

Uri & Evelyn’s intimate wedding was held at Islington Town Hall with their reception at The Union Tavern and party afterwards at The Distillers Smithfield. The couple won their wedding photography with My Love Story though a feature they saw on Rock n Roll Bride which makes me totally biased to say I think I love them! Although I love detail-heavy weddings as much as the next wedding blogger, I’m also a huge fan of simplicity and genuine love in the weddings I feature…after all it’s the people that matter and the fact that the bride and groom are committing their lives to each other that’s the most important, not that the wedding is ‘pretty.’ Although that’s not to say that Uri & Evelyn’s wedding isn’t pretty, I’m swooning over the bride’s simple dress from Coast and the cute as hell wedding cake from Bea’s of Bloomsbury!

“We really didn’t want the stress or pomp of a traditional big day,” the bride told me. “Uri is from Israel and I am from Australia so both of our families live far away; and we only flew in each of our parents and my little brother for the wedding – one of my aunts happened to be in Europe & the rest of the guests were London friends/cousins. We really wanted to keep everything simple and relaxed, so that we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest and truly celebrate, without being bogged down by stress.  We got married in Islington which is where we first lived together as a couple, and then went & had lunch with our family in one of our favourite local pubs.”

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Peace & Love – Allie & Bo’s 1970’s Bohemian Wedding

There are some weddings I see that are just so adorably gorgeous that I squeal a little bit with delight when I’m allowed to share them with you…and this baby needs to be shared! I just know you’re going to adore it as much as I do.

Allie & Bo’s wedding had a distinctive 1970’s hippy vibe – an era that they live and love in their everyday lives. The bohemian, DIY details make this day simply perfect for them.

As bride Allie explains, “I like to consider myself a modern day hippie with a bohemian bent. I wanted something sort of whimsical and vintage for my wedding. I grew up with stories from my grandmother of the passions of the hippie movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. She encouraged me to be original and taught me an appreciation of nature and an independent sense of style. Bo and I love to hike and camp and we eat locally grown food, so it was important for us to plan an environmentally friendly wedding.”

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Mark & Maryanne’s Summer Fete, Tea Party Wedding

Mark & Maryanne had their garden tea party wedding in Maryanne’s parents house in West Chiltington.The vintage vibe of the day with carried throughout with DIY, classic vintage and country garden ideas. The bride’s dress which was original vintage from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. “I found a beautiful 1950’s dress that I had customised” the bride explained. “It originally came with a lace cape, but my fab seamstress turned the cape into sleeves and added a bit of sparkle with some old glass buttons that I found from a little junk shop in Sussex.” With this she wore Emmy Shoes, a customised vintage veil (made from a 1940’s hat) jewellery made from original vintage piece and bag from the 1950’s.

“Mark and I met in a little Indie club in London when we were 20,” Maryanne continued. “It actually took us nearly ten years and three children later to make the big decision TO DO IT. It really was my worst nightmare. I was so scared of all the white fluff and general fuss that came with a wedding. Our little family were ever so happy just as we were. To be frank we are all a bunch of geeks really and the whole wedding thing was just not us. We were a little gang that loved Indie music, books, cake, car boots and Crosswords. Definitely not weddings.”

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Get Organised the Rock n Roll Way – The Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planning Notebooks & 2012 Wallplanners Have Landed!

Photography Credit: via Vogue Italia

This morning I have a special announcement and I’m thrilled that I can finally share my latest project with you. Over the past few months I have been working with the wonderful Abbey of Sugalily to create an exclusive (and of course awesome) piece of Rock n Roll Bride memorabilia for you guys.

Have you been stressing with your wedding planning? Getting all in a cafuddle about to what you should be organising next, when all your wedding appointments are and how much you’ve spent? Or are you a wedding industry professional and you can for the life of you keep track of all the ‘stuff’ that’s going on?

Well my dears, I’m here to help. In collaboration Sugalily and notonthehighstreet.com, I am proud to announce the launch of the Rock n Roll Bride wedding planning notebooks and the 2012 wallplanners! Some of you may remember I did a similar project last year with Sugalily, but as these things always go, this year we’ve gone bigger and better and we’re also pretty thrilled to have notonthehighstreet.com on board too.

The demand for a book for brides to keep track of their wedding planning was there when we launched last year’s planner so I hope you all like what we’ve come up with…

Preview of the wedding planning book for brides

The soft back notebook comes in a handy handbag size (a5), crammed full of gorgeous imagery and design. There is an inspiration and notes page, budget planner and a 12 month diary portion of the book, which is date-free so you all can use it no matter which stage of your planning you are at or when you’re getting married

We were blown away by the response to the 2011 wallplanners, so we hope you like the 2012 design just as much…

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