Jen & Bijan’s Multicultural, Diy, Totally Personal, Un-traditional Wedding

Can you imagine my excitment when Jen & Bijan amazing wedding landed in my inbox? Jen, the bride began her email “I am an American living in Berlin, and recently married. My husband, Bijan, is German-Irani, and I think our wedding was as multicultural and un-traditional as we are.” I was smitten…and their story just makes it even better.

“My background in event planning for President Obama (!) and Vice President Biden came in very handy for a diy wedding” Jen told me. “Bijan and I haven’t been to many weddings, nor have we been married before, so we kind of made a lot of stuff up as we went along. The actual ceremony was on Friday, March 26, and the reception was the following day. My best friend, Scout Tufankjian, is a photojournalist and doesn’t actually usually do weddings but as her gift to us she agreed to be our wedding photographer. Bijan is born and raised here in Berlin, and we really wanted our photos to reflect our everyday life and the things we love about Berlin. The graffiti pictures are taken along an old section of the Berlin Wall called the “East Side Gallery,” and was one of the places Bijan took me on my first day here. With his Persian background, he has always been a fan of shisha (flavored tobacco smoked out of a water pipe)- I also share his love for it, and on our way to the party, we decided to take a break for ourselves and get a smoke at our favorite shisha cafe. We were also starving, so we stopped at our favorite neighborhood schawarma place, Habibi’s, for a bite to eat.”

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Sweethearts in South Africa

This is my second South African post within so many days and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna dig this one just as much as the last. The lovely Laura actually found photographer Kat Forsyth through a post on Rock n Roll Bride so this session is even a little extra special to me. The Australian bride-to-be will be marrying her South African sweetheart Gustav (who she met in the UK – boy are these guys travelled!) back in Australia later this year and judging from the coolness of this engagement session, I just know their wedding is going to be Rock n Roll Bride worthy!

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Thursday Treats – 15th April 2010

Credit: Emma Case Photography

Hello my lovelies, it’s been a busy few weeks over here what with my birthday, our marriversary and then Gareth’s birthday on Sunday! However you know me, I’ve still found time to scour the interwebs and find all these delicious treats for you…and if anything I think this week’s edition may actually be bigger than usual! What’s that about? Enjoy…

♥ First up, I just adore this set of images by Gala Darling’s photographer friend Chloe so I had to sneak it in. Thanks Miss Gala Darling for sharing (you can see it bigger here)

Look what I just bought! The amazing Princess Lasertron made me custom headband. They cost $35 (hello, bargain!) and can be designed exactly to your specifications. I said I wanted vintage bits + black, pink & grey and I am so chuffed with how it’s turned out. How perfect would they be for your bridesmaids?
♥ Amazing ‘inspired by’ gowns from Carolina Herrera. The ballerina dress melts me.
Biker Chic
Lauren & Nick – way too hot.
♥ And oldy but a goody – Gala’s lessons in blogging
Nine beautiful years and counting
Snowy Bridal Session
♥ Stylish New York vintage
This is how to do city hall people
♥ Dress designer Carol Hannah promo shoot by the awesome Caroline Ghetes
♥ A purple fairytale wedding
Isn’t she Lovely! Stunning promo shoot for New York boutique Lovely

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Dance Like No One’s Watching

I have to say there is something about Danie & Ilene’s wonderful wedding that makes me totally and completely happy…I can see why Ilene wore ballet shoes – she must have been spinning around all day with joy! The wedding took place at the sunny South African venue of South Hill. Ilene wore a Robyn Roberts  dress with her ballet shoes and looked everybit the ballerina princess.

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Under the Spotlight – Vicky Trainor Stationery

black and silver reception number and chair names from vicky trainor all from the fauna collection

Vicky Trainor Stationery are a design led studio based in North Yorkshire who specialise in fabulous unique designs and original wedding stationery ideas. Everything they produce is done so with love and care ‘in house’ enabling them to not only give the best bespoke and personal service possible but also to keep the costs down (which are then passed onto you of course!) They also offer a fab ‘off the peg’ service in their online shop The Paper Store.

amelie rose tags from the fauna collection from vicky trainor

The designs are all floral based but vastly range  in style from the feminine ‘Rose’ range to the fabulous and funky monochrome ‘Fauna’ collection (my personal favourite!) and the contrast of the retro yet modern ‘New Broadway’ design. “All my designs have been developed from drawings produced on holidays, photographs taken on weekend walks, vintage finds from car boot sales and antique fairs from Northumbria to Sussex” Vicky told me. “My obsession with everything and anything from the 50’s and 60’s and most importantly the little quiet places in my garden always comes through into my work. I am a classic hoarder of vintage haberdashery, ribbons and cotton lace, china cups and plates, table cloths and Victorian linens to 50’s ‘Babycham’ and ‘Cherry b’ coasters, Midwinter crockery – inspiration in everything (to quote Paul Smith!)”

camelia place cards from

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Light-hearted & Personal

I love  a quirky London wedding just as much as the next person so I whooped with joy when Connie & Jonny’s was send my way. “We wanted to bring all our friends and family together for a massive party to celebrate us getting hitched” the bride began. “We kept certain traditions – getting everyone to sit down and have a big feed, and speeches etc, but we weren’t keen on all the flowery formal bits, so to keep things lighthearted and personal we had the lovely ukelele band.  We put our friends and family on a routemaster bus back to the reception (at Lena Restaurant)  Amazing food, great party space downstairs with loads of champagne.  A friend drove my dad and I to the town hall in his VW camper van, and took Jonny and I (with music booming, a healthy supply of champagne) back to the reception (we drove back via regent’s park and stopped off in the sunshine to take it all in). Not really up for flowery delicate invites, we got Hanway print centre to print us some bright orange postcards. Jonny’s dad made the wedding cake and my mom and friends organised the flowers.”

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