Sophie & Jonny’s Burlesque Themed Rock n Roll Wedding

This is one of those posts that’s going to have a lot of photographs (hello, burlesque Rock n Roll wedding – there’s no way I could leave any out!) When photographer Marianne Taylor showed me a sneak peek of Sophie & Jonny’s wedding a few weeks ago, I knew straight away that they were right up my street…you’ll see why!

The couple got engaged in Paris on Sophie’s Birthday. “It was a dream come true,” the bride told me “Jonny had booked us into a plush Moulin Rouge themed hotel.  We sat on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and drank pink champagne and then he surprised me some more with tickets to the Moulin Rouge that night! I had no idea that he had not only secretly booked the trip but also tickets to The Moulin Rouge. My favourite film and as a burlesque fanatic, this was perfect. At the end of the show, on the red carpet, I was surprised with a box which I unwrapped to find a smaller box. Upon opening the small box and finding my Princess cut platinum ring (perfect!) he got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked me to marry him, to which I screamed and replied yes!”

The Paris proposal and Sophie’s love of all things 1940s and 50’s (she is a burlesque dancer herself) inspired the entire wedding which was a real DIY effort. She sourced the white ostrich feathers for a burlesque theme and the ‘Eiffel tower’ vases herself and set everything up for the reception. She also designed and made all the stationary and paper goods as well as helping out to make the cake. Instead of a guest book they dressed a vintage looking birdcage (found in a boutique shop) with feathers and pearls and had little black and white cards for people to write messages on and post them in the birdcage.

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Veronika & Bryan’s Thrifty & DIY, Philly Wedding

You guys seem to never get sick of a fabulously creative DIY wedding and neither do I. That’s why I can’t help but keep featuring them! You know what though? Veronika & Bryan’s Philadelphia wedding may be one of my favourites yet. SO MUCH thought and ideas went into this day, and doesn’t it show?

“Almost everything for the wedding was DIY,” the bride began. “All of the paper goods (menus, favor tags, drink dispenser tags, program fans, guest book table instructions, sparkler wrappers) were all designed and printed in my home. Bryan made all of the drink concentrates (grapefruit-mint and blackberry) and peach iced tea. With the help of two friends, I cut, ironed, sewed and Goccoed 100 napkins. The 250 cocktail napkins were also Goccoed with the same heart that we used on the dinner napkins. I collected vintage frames to use for the table numbers, and using chalkboard paint, made the backs into chalkboards. The bridesmaids hair flowers were made by a friend, as was my garter. Bryan constructed the entire bar (and I sewed the bunting!) and arch that we stood under during the ceremony.”

“We also made the photo booth backdrop, and used our own cameras, lighting equipment, and computers. We made the cake-stands out of milk glass plates and candle holders, as well as wood plaques and branches. With the help of my mother and grandmother and friend, I collected over 300 doilies and sewed them together to make the runners. They were starched and ironed a couple of days before the wedding. All of the jars for the flowers, the typewriter, milk glass and birdcages, were found by me through Craigslist, flea-markets, and countless hours of searching thrift stores. I also found the various tables that we used for cupcakes and the ceremony at thrift stores and flea markets, antiquing them to better fit the feel of the wedding.”

“The lights for the reception were hung by my stepfather, Bryan, and the groomsmen. Another groomsmen, a recording engineer, did all of the sound and djing for the wedding. Another friend made us our wedding website. One of my best friends is an extremely talented graphic designer, and helped us out a ton – with the programs, the menus, and the design for the pint-glass favors, especially. We were very, very lucky to have such a supportive (and talented!) group of friends and family to help us execute so many projects. It would not have happened without them. It was a crazy year (and particularly crazy 2 weeks leading up to the wedding), but it felt very special to see all of the hard work that everyone had put into the wedding”

Told you! Don’t you just love it! Full list of everyone involved after the ‘jump’

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Thursday Treats – 30th September 2010

Credit: via Everything Style

This week my Mum popped over with a Welsh wedding magazine that her friend had picked up…and guess who was inside!? I did an interview for “Your Wedding Day” magazine a few months ago and actually totally forgot I was going to be featured so thanks to my Mum and her friend for keeping on top of my press for me! hehe You can check the interview out here.

♥ Balloons & train tracks – Joel and Canice
♥ A bride in a Zebra mask! – Annabelle & Chris
Strung Together Like Salt Water Pearls
♥ The Princess Lasertron dress line: how we did the shoes
Incredible confetti shots
Blushless 2011 – beeeautiful dresses!
♥ Problogger tells us: How to Make Everybody Happy
Making A Traditional Service Your Own
♥ Mike & Tana’s 80’s Theme Wedding
♥ The best photo booth ever?!

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An Enchanted, Vintage & Musical Barn Wedding

Rae & Dylan’s wedding took place at The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI which worked out perfect for their rustic and enchanted vintage theme. Rae looked every bit the vintage princess in her pink Sarah Seven dress, Whichgoose headpiece and vintage gloves.

“We envision our wedding to be simple, but well planned and organized,” they explained. “Our theme was definitely very vintage inspired, with the right amount of whimsy and humor. The decor and look of the wedding was almost a summertime tea party, with beautiful flowers in mason jars (dahlias, snapdragons, tuberoses), antique plates as centerpieces and cupcakes with sweet handmade flags on each. We are not super formal people, so we wanted our wedding to feel comfortable, approachable and fun. We hoped our guests could be themselves and have a great time laughing and dancing.”

“Our wedding was special because it was all about getting together the people we love to celebrate us tying the knot after seven awesome years of courtship. We both come from musical families (our dad’s collaborated to play some songs at our wedding) and we also made a home recorded CD-R for our favors.  Picking our playlist for the wedding was our number one priority.  We curated a playlist over many evenings of dancing stupidly in our living room.”

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Chihuahuas, Cupcakes & Cuddles

“I’m no model,” bride to be Angela’s email began, “but I just got a sneak peek of our engagement session photos and I love them so much I thought I would share.”

“No model?” I thought, “not only does that not matter in the slightest but I might actually have to disagree with her a little bit there. She is totally gorgeous!”

Angela,  her fiance Luc and their two chihuahuas Minou & Birdie (there’s no way we can ignore them!) had a beautiful session to celebrate their engagement. The couple, who will be marrying in Mexico next May, wanted a variety of shots from casual ones with the dogs to ones with ridiculous props and finally to a few on a golf course. “Because my sweetie loves golf we went to a golf course and tried to have a vintage feel to the pics… Don’t know how much of a vintage feel we got but I don’t care – I love them!” Angela told me.”I love that our photographer got pics of my purple fluevogs and Luc’s black sabbath converse. She even took pictures of a silly card Luc made for me while they waited for me to get home from work, and pictures of the dogs on the couch posing.”

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A Lewis Carroll Gothic Wonderland Wedding

Amanda & Steph’s wedding is one of those that as soon as I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog I immediately emailed asking (well…demanding!) that I be allowed to blog it! If this isn’t a perfect Rock n Roll wedding, well I don’t know what is! The couple loosely based their wedding around Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland – i.e. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. They loved the almost dark and sinister twist this theme gave their wedding.

“We took the mad-hatter’s tea party idea and the magic of the ‘eat me’ cakes and ‘drink me’ potions, and linked it to Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky,” the couple explained. “This nonsensical but menacing poem appeared on our order of the day, and provided the inspiration for our table names. We wanted the wedding to have a fun party atmosphere and not be too ‘themed’, so we combined a ‘bring a hat’ dress code with teapot centre-pieces and little bottles of alcoholic shots on the tables labeled ‘drink me’. We wanted it to feel darkly comic, fun and quirky, whilst still being an emotional and special day for us.”

The colour theme that ran throughout the day was a dark purple and the bride wore a stunning Ian Stuart sample dress which was a pale blue/grey silk with a dramatic deep purple bolero which she bought from Bonzie on. To this she added a fabulous hat that she made herself by stitching together various bits and pieces which she had collected – including feathers, fabric, pearl beads and netting. Finally she added purple ‘Mini Magic Floral’ Irregular Choice shoes which she bought from Schuh. “I bought my dress at a wedding fair in London for £1,400, which was half price . It was far too big, so I had a dress-maker take off about 3 inches either side until it fitted. It was made in a pale blue/grey silk. I was quite pleased to think that because it was a sample it was completely unique and no one else would ever have one like it. The dress wasn’t what I thought I’d ever go for at all – quite traditional really with a huge train, but the colour made it unusual, and I accessorized it in quite an unusual way. I love Victoriana, which it reminded me of, and in the end I thought ‘when am I going to get the chance to wear something like this again’ so I went for it. My accessories were chosen to be in keeping with the Victoriana feel of the dress, and the idea was to make the outfit appear less bridal and more edgy.”

Steph wore a custom made suit that actually ended up costing more than the bride’s dress! “He wanted to keep it casual (he’s hardly worn a suit in his life being an advertising designer, and usually goes to work in his shorts and a t-shirt), so he decided to go without a tie and just wear a simple white shirt,” Amanda explained. “However, having made my own hat, I decided he ought to have some exciting DIY head-gear as well (to fit in with our mad-hatter’s tea party, Lewis Carrol theme). I therefore bought a cheap black top hat on ebay (I think it was about £25) and then trimmed it with some purple fabric to match my outfit. As we are big fans of Tim Burton and Steph likes all things dark and scary, I decided to go a stage further and I made a small purple fabric skeleton in the style of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ with odd buttons for eyes and attached it to the hat with a glue gun. I then used spray paint to make the hat seem a bit more old and battered, and flicked it with purple and blue paint on a tooth brush to give it a more punky look. He was very pleased luckily!”

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