Adrienne & Christian’s Budget-Friendly, Central Park Wedding

Adrienne & Christian were married in Central Park in a simple but perfect ceremony, “Central Park allows the rental of any place (except for the Conservatory Gardens) for just $25,” explained the bride. “The challenge is that they do not allow you to bring in anything, including chairs, so we all had to stand. It worked out perfectly, though, since we were in a beautiful location that did not need decoration, and we had two friends organize everyone upon their arrival into neat rows with an aisle. Another friend handed out whistles and ribbon wands on the path leading to the ceremony location, so everyone could arrive while making their own music with a smile. Our assortment of slide whistles, kazoos, and siren whistles were from Century Novelty.”

Adrienne wore a 1950’s style dress made for her by her Mum. Originally she had wanted a vintage dress, however after much research she discovered that most vintage dresses were teeny tiny! “I wanted a 1950’s tea-length dress, and scoured the web for weeks only to learn that girls in the 1950’s were TINY!” Adrienne continued. “My budget was under $200, and I found that all of the “XL” dresses were going for closer to $500 on eBay. Knowing that my mom is an amazing sewer, I changed my plans to find a vintage pattern, and found the perfect one for $20. We picked out most of the fabric at a JoAnne’s Fabric upstate, then I picked out some nicer lace at B&J Fabrics in NYC. My mom spent many hours sewing and did a beautiful job, including hand sewn beading across the neckline and subtle hand sewn lace and sequin accents on the skirt. The final touch came from a costumer designer friend in New York, Jess Trejos, who tailored everything to a perfect fit.” The bride also made her own veil.

Can we just stop one moment and share some love for Adrienne’s shoes?! They were the Mono Jane design by United Nude. “I had bought them the previous summer just to wear with everything-they are made from rubber and come in a rainbow of colors. When deciding what to wear for the wedding, I wanted something from my closet so I wouldn’t have to spend any additional money; the United Nude store in NYC seems to be closed now, so I was lucky to have them already! In talks before the wedding, my dad said, “you can’t wear blue shoes with a wedding dress!” and I said, “Sure I can!”

The reception was held at NYC Terrace in the Sky, NYC. The couple kept the decor simple but added personal touches here and there. The cupcakes (coloured to match Adrienne’s shoes) were made by a friend and their awesome personalised cake topper was made by the bride’s brother’s partner who runs a business ususally making creepy dolls called Strange Dolls.

With all of this, we wanted to avoid as much wedding commercialism as possible, and have friends and family contribute wherever they could as their gifts to us (luckily, we have some pretty talented friends)” concluded the bride. “It was cheaper, and much nicer, since everyone felt a part of the day. I was very inspired by the book One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding early on, and did not want to have a lot of wedding “stuff” just because that’s how weddings are done. Even with very hip parents and friends, throughout the process I heard a lot of “you can’t do that at a wedding!” types of comments. I’d like to tell anyone who is dealing with pressure from outside that we had a successful day after making a pre-nup, wearing glasses and blue shoes, not having paper invitations, not having bridesmaids or groomsmen, not having any chairs at the ceremony, and not serving food at the reception. None of that stuff matters, and it’s all about just having everyone you love together for the best party ever. They’ll get over it; it’s all up to what the two of you want.”

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Michelle & Sterling’s DIY Aussie Bush Wedding

Michelle & Sterling were married at St Barnabas church, in the middle of the Aussie bush. Their reception that followed took place at Upper Landowne Community Hall. Michelle’s parents had been married at the same church and hall 35 years ago so it was really special to them to also be married here. The importance of involving their families was continued throughout the planning process. “My mum and Grandmother did so much work ,” said Michelle. “Mum organised all the catering which was done by the local church that my Grandmother belongs to and all of the table cloths, linen napkins were hand crocheted by my Grandma. My sister made the guest book sign and we all decorated the hall and set the tables and did the flower arranging in 30 silver tea pots that I bought over time from eBay ! They looked awesome and totally fitted with the romantic, quirky theme. We even found a home for the 80 massive paper tissue pom poms we made.”

Michelle wore a dress by Pallas Bride, Sydney, “I choose this dress as I wanted something kinda “bridey” but with a twist – I loved the lace and the plunging neckline as well as the sequence details.” To give her bridal look a Rock n Roll twist, Michelle added purple shoes by Paul Dane and a handmade bespoke headpiece by Suzy O’Rourke. She asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dress. Their looks were tied together with their headpieces which she made herself with fabric and her trusty hot glue gun!

“I guess we did things differently to other weddings by making the whole preparation also part of the wedding,” concluded the bride. “Everyone was involved in it. We always say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s also true of a wedding I think . We just had fun with it. Our Bridal waltz was just us dancing together crazy like the way we met …  just fun, energy and love.”

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Thursday Treats – 2nd December 2010

Photography Credit: Kirsty Mitchell Photography – I heart you.

This week’s edition of Thursday Treats is somewhat shorter then usual. I have had a crazy busy week and haven’t actually spent that much time in front of my computer! However good things do come in small packages, so enjoy…

Don’t forget, that if you’re still looking for a unique Christmas gift for a loved one (or yourself!) that’s the Limited Edition Rock n Roll Bride Wall Planner‘s are still available for order in time for Christmas. They are available on a first come first served basis until Monday 6th December…Wooo!

♥ Maisie + Brian’s Whimsical Woodland Wedding
♥ Marion – European Chic
Whimsical South African Wedding
Rebecca & Kreg’s Autumn Alabama wedding
Kittys, Glitter & Dolls, Oh My – Rainbow hair, oh yes!
Rainbow Locks – more awesome rainbow hair inspiration…do I spy a new trend?!

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Jess & Rob’s Hip-Nouveau-Country-Handle-Bar-Moustache-Rayban-Sunglasses-with-a-Dash-of-Vintage-Perfection Wedding!

Jess & Rob got married “under a lone tree in a field” in a cermony that was perfectly related to the things that they adore. “They really do live a dreamy life,” their photographer’s Emmy & Aaron told me. “Jess is a lover of horses and what better life than to run Foxstone Stables at Glenora Farm and also to live right above the stable with 300 acres of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley paradise. They even have their own natural spring swimming pond, meadows with lone trees, and gorgeousness everywhere you look!” Needless to say, their home provided the perfect location for the wedding.

Emmy continued, “The whole day we felt like kids in a candy store with not quite enough time to fill our pockets. This dreamy day was a hip-nouveau-country-handle-bar-moustache-rayban-sunglasses-with-a-dash-of-vintage perfection! There were so many personal touches and such wonderful details that the result is that I have a lot of images to share!”

Jess wore a stunning Priscilla of Boston dress which was perfect for their vintage country style wedding.  Her rings, carried in little leather pouches, were originally Rob’s Grandmother’s and her vintage bracelet had previously been worn by the other women in Rob’s family on their wedding day, so it held a lot of sentimental significance.  Throughout their home were old family photos and antique treasures that really set the scene for the wedding day. 

The ceremony seats were bales of hay with Jess’ baby quilts made by her Mother laid over them. The bridal party entered through the field with Jess’ old pup Jackson, looking so so proud in his bow-tie. The flowers were daisies and sunflowers and were set alonside gorgeous red gingham table clothes – perfect for the hot and sunny weather.  Many of the guests set up camp in a nearby field with vans and tents to make a weekend of the event.

In honour of Rob’s moustache many of his friends grew their own and the groomsmen bought stick ons that you could shape in different styles. Instead of a wedding cake these two ordered a table full of pies, which went down very well with the guests, “It was really hard to photograph them and not sneak a taste,” laughed the photographers. After the ceremony the party headed up the hill to the old red barn for some shelter from the heat and to take some portraits. “You have heard the famous saying don’t work with kids or animals – well we usually love working with both and the kids were fantastic it was the darn goats that couldn’t take the hint that it wasn’t their day!” continued Emmy & Aaron. “One really wanted his picture taken, after he tasted a bridesmaid’s bouquet of course.  At first it was funny until I had to push him out of the way by his bottom, goats are stubborn.”

“We left the barn via tractor and at dusk the music started, the lanterns came on and man could these folks dance! I have never seen grannies with such moves, so so much fun.  Jess and Rob are so in love and their wedding day was perfect from beginning to end.  We know we will see them and Jackson, and probably the goat many more times in the future. At the end of the day we were still hot, a little sweaty, and so so grateful to our new friends Jess and Rob for sharing their sweet day with us!”

No, thanks for sharing it with us! How gorgeous is this?! 

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Emil & Tarryn’s Red, Black & White, Alice Inspired Trash the Dress

Emil & Tarryn threw the styling for their South African trash the dress shoot together themselves. They wore their wedding outfits but wanted to funk them up a bit for this laid back session.

“My husband and I are both students and so we had to wing our outfits for the trash the dress session.” the bride told me. “It was actually very fun to walk around gathering ideas from costume shops and low budget chain stores. Our main venue for the shoot was red, black  and white, so these become our colours of choice. We wanted to bring in more way-out colours and used the apple red and apple green sunglasses which were repeated in the two different apples found on some of the photos. My wedding dress is your typical fairy princess dress – and our wedding photos move along that theme. Emil and I like diversity, so we decided to do something a little bit different for the photo session.”

“I found the little red hat in a evening dress shop and it struck a chord: it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland whose style is the perfect alter ego to my dress. Love the fact that Alice is not your average heroine: she’s nosy and a bit imperious (in the original story), but brave and confused (in the Johnny Depp version). In both versions, she’s just different: that’s all :). Again, just perfect for our ‘diverse’ shoot concept. A friend of mine, who dabbles in fashion design, helped with further embellishments to the hat (like the veil).  Both Emil and my TTD shoes are super ugly, but  in the same breath, funny. They also brought the red colour down the length of the body to balance the overall picture.”

“My husband’s wedding suit was a similar case to my wedding dress. It was a lovely suit, but we thought it a bit too formal for our trash the dress session. So, we chose a basic ‘background’ (white billowy shirt and black pants) and started searching for our different elements. We were clothes shopping one day when we came across the hat he wore; thought it was very debonair and that was that. The suspenders, like the shoes, brought in the red and a bit of funkiness.”

“Finally, Emil is very fond of his Vespa and insisted (from before we were married) that it be part of the TTD shoot. It has now become a future family relic!”

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Jeanie & Mike’s Dorky & Eclectic South African Wedding

Jeanie & Mike got hitched at the end of October at Old Oak Manor & Cafe Felix in Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa. The wedding had a thrown together, eclectic vibe inspired by the couple themselves. “I don’t know if I can classify myself as Rock n Roll, but definitely different and also somewhat dorky”, explained the bride. “I think we usually do most things different than the norm and we also have a lot of fun doing it. God is always my inspiration, in fact, he gave me the idea to create a coat of arms for my new family and I used it on the invitation and all the other stationary.” Jeanie has even since decided to go into business creating wedding stationary!

Jeanie wore a custom Ilse Roux dress, inspired by Vera Wang and on her feet she had the now infamous Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! “The story of the shoes is actually quite amazing. The particular style that I was looking for was no longer available anywhere in the world. My mom in law phoned every Vivienne Westwood stockist in the The States, we tried on the web, but no luck. Until my step-mom from Australia phoned and asked me if I had found my shoes. I told her that it was impossible to find them. I was nearly defeated, but her determined voice on the other side of the phone gave me hope. A day later she found them from a stylist in Melbourne who was happy to lend them to me for the day. When we met up with them in Singapore a month before the wedding, My step-mom handed me the precious Vivienne Westwood Lady dragon hearts. Happiness. A couple of days later, I found the blue ones on the web from a greek fashionista that lives in Pretoria. She bought an extra pair “just in case” and were happy to sell them to me. Thanks Dad!”

Jeanie’s super stylish and super lucky bridesmaids all wore different dresses, “This was a miracle co-ordinated by God himself,” Jeanie explained. “One of them were made by a dressmaker in PTA, two from YDE and one from MEMEME in Long Street Cape Town by Doreen Southwood. Special mention to this designer – she is gold.” Their looks were all tied together with those gorgeous rosettes by Mikado, Jeanie and the maid of honour. I adore this unusual idea, it’s so much cooler than boring bridesmaid bouquets!

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