Minimal Modern with Vintage Touches

I really love featuring weddings that I feel like I was in anyway a little part of shaping. Not only did the bride Carolynne read Rock n Roll Bride throughout her planning (yey!) but she even won one of my contests for a cute Lissita Treasure Ring by TokyoMade which she gave to her Maid of Honour to wear on the day!

This fabulous diy wedding was held at Prairie Production in downtown Chicago. Carolynne looks fabulous in her $75 dress which she found on Ebay (wow!) and her Joan & David shoes. She teamed these with a hat/veil combo which she found by Cyndef Designs on Etsy and vintage gloves and jewellery. Her groom, Andy looked pretty damn dapper in his Michael Kors suit too!

“We wanted to have a chic, urban wedding that we would want to go to if we were the guests” the bride explained.  “Since I had only been to one other wedding in my life before this, I had little to go on, but as long as it had awesome music & food, and no boring speeches or dumb traditions (like throwing a garter) then really anything was possible!” The couple really wanted to have a mix of modern and vintage styling and found the minimal loft space of Prairie Production to be perfect for this. They were able to add classy touches with the simple flower designs and vintage touches with their outfits and that cool car!

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Fresh & Fun with Vivienne Westwood Shoes

Anyone that knows me at all will be well aware than I have a bit of an obsession with these Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoes. So, when photographer Kellie send me Carol’s bridals which had her wearing the very shoes I am totally smitten with (and own – I have the yellow and black ones too) well I couldn’t wait to feature! I am also crazy in love with her cute short birdcage veil and her Modern Trousseau gown.

Carol & Wilson’s wedding has been blogged in full today over at Ruffled Blog. Go check it out in all it’s fresh ‘n sunny goodness!

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Thursday Treats – 1st July 2010

Credit: Georgia Frost by Miles Aldridge via Fashion Gone Rogue

I usually hate blog posts that start of with an apology but I’m going to have to do this myself today. I’m sorry that this week’s Thursday Treats is a bit slimmer on the ground than usual but I have had such a busy week this week! Not only did I have a full day out doing a photo shoot by the beach this week (sneak peek here) but today I’m off giving a talk at the Unveiled Photography Conference (holy EEEK!) today…plus of course keeping on top of email, tweeting like a mad thing and scheduling all this week’s posts in advance has left me kind of pooped.

So I’ve had to sacrifice today’s treats an ickle ickle bit because as I write this I really should be finishing my notes for my speech! I promise next week’s edition will be even bigger and better than before!

♥ Firstly, thanks to Kate Aspen for the lovely blog interview that went up today 
♥ A whimsical and very lovely engagement session
♥ Funky bridal headwear
♥ Super duper creative and colourful wedding
Dancing on the Rooftop
♥ Another fabulousvintage/retro Holga engagement
♥ {We’re Loving} Custom budget wedding rings + gifts!
♥ Super sweet engagement in a bar
Shoulder chains & silver booties
Blogging, Steel-Toes, And Kicking Perfections A$$
Fairytale-inspired love
♥ Bored of the unobtainable ‘perfect’ inspiration boards? Just be yourself!

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Scottish, Vintage Loveliness

I’m not one to go back on my promises, so here’s the gorgeous Scottish wedding to follow on from Sean & Nicola’s ‘Great Outdoors’ engagement session that I posted last week. The pair wanted a really laid back, family-orientated day and they chose Mugdock Park for their ceremony and The Local Town Hall for their reception. “We only really considered one option for a ceremony venue, which was Mugdock Park” they began. “It is an amazing place at the beginning of the west highland way, and we loved going there for mountain-biking, having barbecues or just strolling around. We met up with the park manager and we had to prove ourselves as fans of the park before they let us go ahead with it, as they have only 2 weddings a year there.  Our wedding was set around the old castle ruins, and my younger cousins provided the uplifting music by playing the violin and clarinet.”
“The reception venue was a local town hall, which had typical town hall features, but also a unique charm. Most importantly, it had a cheap bar! The hall was bare to begin with, but a troupe of family and friends worked hard the day of the wedding to decorate it beautifully with fairy lights and bedside lamps from their houses! I hired vintage mismatched china from Tatty Mac for a shabby-chic feel, and the cutlery and remaining crockery was hired from Cairns and Scott. We used old jam jars on the tables for tea candles, and randomly popped flower stems into old-style water bottles. Sean’s mum, being a keen gardener, used flowers from her garden, with some rustic-looking pots as table-centres.”

The couple skipped a lot of the traditional fare in favour of really personal touches including the flowers, which Nicola’s Mum collected and put together and the cake, which instead of a traditional one was replaced with cakes made my their friends and family members. “Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we asked a bunch of close friends and family if they would be willing to make their signature cake to lay out on a dessert table. The result was a wonderful variety of people’s tried and trusted recipes, which was mouth-watering” the couple said.

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