Rebecca & John’s Elegant Vintage Garden Party

Rebecca & John’s beautiful Tennessee wedding took place at Almost Heavens Wedding Resort. With quirky details and elegant 50’s styling, this really was a wedding worthy of Rock n Roll credentials.

The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with awesome Irregular Choice shoes and a vintage veil that she found at a friend’s yard sale. A friend of the bride who is a costume designer re-worked it for her to suit the style she was going for. She carried and vintage lace parasol.

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“I really wanted to have a fun and inviting event for people to enjoy,” the bride explained. “I told every single wedding vendor we worked with that I did not want the wedding to feel fussy at all. I wanted our guests to feel like they had come to an extension of our backyard. I asked the florist to make the bouquets and table arrangements look as if they were picked that morning from Grandma’s garden. I borrowed jars from my mother and my maid-of-honor and also went flea market hunting.”

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Dolly Parton Plays Fairy Godmother

This session is way to awesome! When I opened the initial email from photographer Stephanie, I gasped. “Is that the real Dolly Parton?!”

“It sure is,” came the response, “My lovely friend Rebecca was married last month in Gatlinburg, TN. Before her wedding, we did a very special photoshoot with her Aunt Dolly at a family home in Sevierville. Since Dolly is not only Rebecca’s aunt, but also her godmother, Rebecca had the idea to do a shoot where Dolly acts as her fairy godmother, who has come to get her ready for her big day. Here is the story for you to enjoy!”

The List – The Rock n Royal Wedding

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you won’t have failed to notice that a certain Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married next April. Now, whist I have to admit, the whole thing doesn’t excite me as much as a lot of wedding -obsessives (will their wedding be Rock n Roll? I think not!) I do love a good royal theme. I love crowns so much I have one tattooed on my arm and I actually own a number of things on this list already! I love ostentatious tiaras and I actually wore the Butler & Wilson skull tiara to my Rock n Roll party. The Evans Litchfield cushions adorn my sofa  and the crown ring can regularly be spotted on my finger! I even wore a version of the Irregular Choice shoes for the Mad Hatter photo shoot.

This week, the lovely blogger and wedding stylish Charley of London Bride fame tackled the tricky task of sharing some royalty inspired loveliness…not forgetting the ever-so-important punk rock edge. Now this is one royal wedding I can get excited about!

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Now we certainly aren’t all princesses and can’t exactly feast like a King but these touches of rock n royal will add a bit of class to any wedding.

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Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice – New Wedding Trends for 2011

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding blogger’s heart go a-flutter, it’s lots of lovely details – gorgeous ideas that you, dear reader, can sneakily steal for your own weddings. So, when I was sent this utterly gorgeous rustic/Rock n Roll (who says the two can’t merge!?) it took me all of about 30 seconds to say yes to featuring it.

Moustache cookies (and shoes!), cute typography, mis-matched bunting, multi coloured florals a-plenty and a cake covered in different coloured bow ties (seriously dying over here.) Oh yes, this blogger certainly approves!

Eager to share some new trends for 2011, the team behind this shoot wanted to add a new dimension to some of the ever-popular wedding details that don’t seem to be going anywhere just yet (moustaches anyone?!) “We made sure to incorporate all of this year’s trends including bow ties, paper garlands, barn weddings, and moustaches,” Sugar & Fluff, the stylists behind the shoot explained. “We even exhausted the balloon idea with a dress made of them! Each balloon was blown up and then popped to give an effect that the dress was popped by a fork!  Let me tell you it was not easy making.”

“Our colors were very vibrant and based off of a beautiful bow necklace found at Anthropologie. We also used bow ties as a major theme in the shoot…as you can tell our cake had hand-made bow-ties tapering down! To complete the look, we found some amazing bow tie rings at a flea market. We were even able to scrounge up a moustache ring! Our bouquet was filled with all kinds of amazingness of color and pretty including some doorknobs and birds. Finally, we managed to find a chandelier with ice cream cones! They were perfect because they matched our color palette to the tee.”

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Charlie & Jo’s Unconventional Music Gig Wedding

Charlie & Jo’s reception took place the day before their ceremony and that’s not the only thing about this awesome wedding that was unconventional. “We decided to get married and the Registry Office had a date free in two months time so we had a short amount of time in which to plan and make everything happen,” the couple explained. “We already had many things that we wanted to have at our wedding, incorporating lots of themes that we love. Many of these themes were not obviously related and not directly relevant to a wedding but we were more interested in these than having a traditional wedding. It all came together perfectly in the end. The less we worried about what we ‘should’ be doing, the more time we had to be creative and make our ideas possible in the time we had.”

“Our local community centre was the perfect venue but we could only get it for the night before the ceremony so everything happened a bit backwards! The hall dates back to 1909 and has a remarkable amount of original features (including the chairs!) and fitted in with the old time theme we wanted for our wedding. All our friends are very talented and generous so we knew that things would turn out perfectly if they helped arrange everything, rather than hire professional wedding companies – they designed the DJ booth posters, the stage banner, the collages, table decorations and more.”

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Kevin & Shawna’s Budget Balimore Elopement

“We had two requirements for our wedding day: that it be in our favourite season of autumn and that it be just the two of us,” explained newlyweds Kevin & Shawna. “We’re both a little uncomfortable with a ton of people showering us with attention, and we knew we would not be happy with a traditional wedding. It was important that we be able to focus on us and only us…to have that intimacy. Our families were not initially thrilled, and we considered many possibilities of changing our plans because honestly, we were feeling guilty of depriving them of witnessing our wedding day. Yet every time we thought about planning a traditional ceremony and a reception, we quickly lost sight of what we were doing and why. It became more about making everyone else happy, and we were becoming more and more miserable and stressed out, and that’s NOT how we wanted to start our lives as husband and wife. So, we stuck to our guns and did what we wanted! We’re also so freakin’ Rock n Roll that we shot down an after-honeymoon reception idea. We admit we’re being selfish, but we have a lot of stuff going on in our lives, and we want to focus on us and building a solid foundation to our marriage. In lieu of a reception, we’re thinking of throwing a one year anniversary party because what better way to celebrate a marriage than by actually getting through that first year together!?”

The ceremony took place at the top of Federal Hill Park which overlooks the Inner Harbour, “It was very fitting for two history nerds” the bride laughed. “It turned out to be a beautiful day, although quite windy! We had a simple, quiet ceremony under a tree while there were children playing at the playground and high school kids from a nearby school watching and cheering as we kissed! Luke then drove us to a more urban, gritty setting in Baltimore for a short photo shoot.”

Shawna wore a dress she was lucky enough to find on sale at the last minute at a local department store, “I love clothes and more importantly SHOES, but I loathe shopping. I couldn’t find a dress I liked online that didn’t cost a fortune or that I could get in time (I waited until the last minute!), so I grudgingly went to the mall a few days before we were to leave and found the cutest, short white dress I could find off the rack in a department store. Bonus of my procrastination: my dress was on sale and cost $35 AND it was super comfortable.” With this she wore super cute red pumps and a gorgeous yellow fabric flower headband in her hair.

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