Three Year Marriversary Love

Photography Credit: English Rose Weddings

Today is Gareth’s & my ‘marriversary.’ We were married 3 years ago on our 6 year anniversary (yeah, we kept the date the same…so much easier to only have to remember one date!)

Happy 3 year marriversay/9 year anniversary baby. I love you all of it and I couldn’t do this without you.

Best friend

Soul-mate

Lover

‘Drives-me-mad-on-a-daily-basis-but-I-love-you-more-than-life-itself-er’

♥  ♥  ♥

When we first started dating, 2002

A ski holiday, 2006

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Alena & Geoff’s Circus-Themed Costume Party Wedding

Alena & Geoff were married at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Their fancy dress, circus themed day was certainly a show-stopper, especially as the majority of their guests really got into the swing of it and made a real effort with their outfits. “We invited our guests to dress up, and that made them fully participate in all aspects of the circus/carnival wedding,” they told me. “We had 2 guests as ‘door clowns’ who checked people in, gave them clown noses and flags. We had a popcorn man in the lobby of the ceremony giving out popcorn bags. We borrowed huge circus banners from other friends and used them to decorate for the reception.”

The couple made a number of DIY items to go with their theme, but were keen to pass on to the readers of Rock n Roll Bride that there is no need to stress about the ‘little’ things on the run up to your big day. “We made flags for our guests, our own centerpieces, and other decorative touches. Don’t waste time on gifts or things you and others won’t care about though.” they explained. “We filled large vintage popcorn boxes with bottles of water, snacks, local things to do in town and directions to the event and had them given to our guests when they checked in at their hotels.”

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Rachael & Jake’s Maui Beach Engagement Session

When it came to shooting Rachael (from Maui) and Jake’s (from Florida) engagement shoot, where else could be as perfect as on the beach? “These guys are all about the beach and rock the surf style,” said photographer Wendy Laurel. “I mean who else wears their bikini on their engagement shoot?  The shoot was at one of their favorite beaches on Maui, Ironwoods, and in the Honolua Valley (next to the famed Honolua Bay).  Both places are on the upper west side of Maui where lots of good surf and a large surf community can be found.”

These shots are certainly a perfect reflection of the couple and their everyday style. They will be getting married at a private residence overlooking the ocean later this year.

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A Lil’ Bit of Monday Morning Happiness – Win Two Tickets to the (Rock n Roll) Party of the Year!

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Photography Credit: Wildfox Couture

Monday’s suck right? Well not this one! Oh what a sneaky little scamp I am… I only went and held back two tickets to the Rock n Roll Bride party didn’t I?! The party of the year (fact!) will be taking place this Thursday (14th April) at a top secret London location.

As most of you know the venue I booked only holds 200 and over 500 of you applied for tickets (wow) but one of you lucky sausages (and a friend) is about to get some Monday happiness thrown right at ya! The party is open to all readers of the blog – brides, grooms, newlyweds, bloggers, photographers, stationers, cake-makers, dress designers…any other wedding suppliers, wedding obsessives…(more info here)

To enter, simply comment below by midnight tonight (GMT) saying why you’d like to come and party with me! Extra bonus points awarded if you tweet and/or facebook about the party and link to this contest post. Follow me on twitter and ‘like’ me on facebook then send a message out to let everyone know about the party!

Make sure you use the hastag #rocknrollbrideparty on twitter so I can see all your tweets and @rocknrollbride on facebook to link your extra entries to my facebook fanpage.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – The Niemierko Wedding Academy at The Dorchester

Wedding planner du jour, Mark Niemierko is a genius. In May, at The Dorchester no less, he will be sharing his trade secrets on how to plan a wedding in his own enviable style. Are you a budding wedding planner and want to learn from the best? Well my darlings, this is the event for you…

“Following overwhelming demand, Mark Niemierko, the UK’s foremost luxury wedding planner,will share his trade and style secrets at the very first Niemierko Wedding Academy. Consisting of a high-end inspirational experience, the Niemierko Wedding Academy will help equip its students with the tools and contacts to become wedding planners of quality in the future.”

“In order to reveal his best secrets, Mark will be joined by a host of industry leading experts, including renowned florist Rob Van Helden and celebrity make-up artist Maggie Hunt, with more names to be revealed in the lead up to the first course.”

“Each day over the course of one week, students will be offered a real insight into the ‘Niemierko world’. Mark and his team have planned a meticulous schedule ensuring pupils cover all aspects of how he organises, creates and oversees a couples wedding. This will cover the process of planning, wedding etiquette, budgeting, bridal fashion and beauty, Q&A sessions and a typical food and drinks tasting within The Krug Room at the Dorchester. In addition, the course also covers how best to create a wedding day around a couple through a flower class and visit to Covent Garden flower market, mood boards, production design, selecting tableware, furniture, lighting and entertainment. The days are broken down into concise classes, between which breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and the odd glass of champagne will be served.”

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A Proud to be British, Camden Bridal Shoot

A little bit of retro and punk glamour was in order when blogger Adelle Frejus of Peonies and Pearls got together with photographer Anneli Marinovich for a photo shoot in Camden, London.

“My inspiration for the shoot was a 1950’s retro glamour – big hair, red lips and vintage wedding dresses,l” explained Anneli. “I had been wanting to do a bridal shoot ‘with a twist’ in Camden since the start of the year and the 1950’s theme seemed perfect for the setting.”

“I was very excited to get Elizabeth Avey involved – her original 1950s vintage wedding dresses are exquisite and literally “made” the shoot. Proud Camden & Stables Market were the perfect settings to give the shoot a sense of fun and the staff at Proud Camden were amazing for letting us use the stables as our “catwalk” before heading out onto the streets of Camden Town. Each stable at Proud has a different theme as well, which ended up fitting in perfectly with our 3 different looks – vintage, leopard and punk.”

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