Love Me Do

This beautiful, almost peaceful New York wedding was send to me by the photographer Amanda of Love Me Do Photography.  The wedding took place in Central Park and the reception was held at a hip French Bistro in Midtown. What’s great about this wedding (quite apart from how stunning it is) is that the couple, Jen & Hooper pretty much DIY’ed the whole thing themselves. I think the only thing they didn’t make themselves was the cake and the dress!

The Bride, Jen is a fabulous blogger, painter and photographer herself, so she definitely started off of the right foot wedding planning wise! (Amanda even took some of Jen’s art as payment for photographing the wedding – how awesome is that!?)
Jen and Hooper designed the invitations/save the date (which you can see on Jen’s blog), the centerpieces and flowers (including the bouquets and those wicked masks), the guest book and the cute little Jen and Hooper paper dolls at each place setting. 
Jen’s dress was a silk chiffon evening gown from Bergdorf, her bolero was by Kate Towers and her gloves were by Carolina Amato

Enjoy these..and I’m pretty sure I don’t even have to mention how much I adore Jen’s bird tattoos…<swoooon!>

Credit: Amanda @ Love Me Do Photography

Her Balloon Happiness

Does anybody love balloons in engagements as much as I do? I don’t actually think it is possible!
I am hopefully going to be doing a new photo shoot soon and omg there will be balloons (the photographer doesn’t know this yet hehe!)

I have recently discovered this flickr group, her balloon happiness..join it and bring some balloony smiles into your life.

Credit: LunaPhoto

A Visual Feast

Right, brace yourselves guys…I have some particularly amazing videos to share with you. You know what, amazing doesn’t even cover it – I’m thinking more like, these are so fan-bloody-tastically wonderfully, scrumptiously awesome that words can not even describe.

This first one if by far my favourite.  The mix of the amazing photography from Amina with Patrick’s ridiculously brilliant cinematography make for a mini-film that I could watch over and over. Still Motion really do give you the full experience! It really is a complete visual feast… Have I used enough adjectives so far? I think there is always room for more…

Griffen + Curtis’ Trash the Dress Shoot in CA from StillMotion on Vimeo.

I adore this second video and this cute couple, watch it all the way through – the ending is so cute (and messy!) I came home from work today a little bit grumpy and I swear, these have cheered be up no end. Wooooooow Still Motion I am forever in your blogging debt.

Frances + James TTD – Times Square + Coney Island from StillMotion on Vimeo.

Snoozy Tuesday Smile

Some cute North Carolina engagements for a Snoozy Tuesday morning…hope these bring a smile to your face.
Thanky uber muchly Alexa!

Credit: Alexa’s Phototgraphy

Temple Ready

Jenna aka That Bride/That Wife/Jenna Cole Photography coined that phrase when I posted some beautiful long-sleeve wedding dress inspiration a while ago, so now every time I see a long sleeve dress lovely I always feel the need to share them!
I have been lucky enough to chat with the genius behind the lens of these images Evelyn Eslava who in turn chatted to the Bride to get you all the info you could want – Ta Daaaaa…

Where did the wedding took place? Manti Utah LDS temple
Where the dress was from? My Grandma wore it when she got married over 50 years ago, when she passed away I really wanted it and she knew it and knew that I would wear it so it was passed on to me. It fit like a glove we didn’t even have to resize  it. It made me feel like she was there with me
How did you make your wedding special/unique/rock n roll?!  It poured rain. This made it special because during our summer engagement my husband was working long hours at a landscaping job and the only way he would get out of it was when it was raining every night we would say pray for rain so we could spend time together. Then when he proposed he wrote a song and one line said “pray for one more day of rain.” and it says it on the inside of his wedding band, well needless to say we got what we asked for on our wedding day, rain.
Would they have done anything differently? Not a thing. We didn’t had a reception and it really took a lot of stress off of not only me but our parents as well
Did you have a favorite wedding day moment? The actual ceremony was so special how could it not be when were finally married for time and all eternity?

Cute…Thanks Evelyn!

Credit: Evelyn Eslava Photography

A Punk Rockin’, Diy-in’ Extravaganza!

The emails I received from Alexzandra have got to be some of my all time favourites.  Not only because she flippin’ l.o.v.e. loves Rock n Roll Bride (why thanky <mini blush>) but she clearly has the same attitude to weddings as me!
Not only did the couple DIY pretty much everything…but they even considered a flash mob style of wedding i.e. just turning up at their designated venue on they day (they did actually decide against this idea but omg that is something I would love to see!)
Anything they couldn’t DIY, the couple cut costs by using local or independent suppliers. Alexzandra’s dress came secondhand from
Brides Against Breast Cancer, which she then customised herself, their cake came from Bleeding Heart Bakery and Kevin’s tux came from Ebay for $20! Woohoo!

Alexzandra described their wedding ethos to me perfectly…
Our vision was to have a punk rock wedding that was fun and reflected us without being tacky. We love the DIY lifestyle and knew we were going to be doing a lot for our wedding considering we didn’t have much of a budget and the end result turned out better than expected. Well when we said we did everything ourselves, I mean it. Our wedding was completely DIY. We made all of the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, we grew the ivy and canna for our centerpieces, made all of the decor, the entire snack bar, candy bar, the invitations, the cutlery, made favor boxes, I even made part of my dress ( I redid the skirt and took out a panel of the corset). we set up all the tables, chairs and all necessary rentals and at the end of the night we even disassembled our dance floor in my wedding dress and in his tux. When we couldn’t do stuff ourselves or opted to hire people we used like minded vendors.Our cake was made by Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago which is just about as punk rock and DIY as you can get, locally owned and made. We created our own bar, it was a lot of work, but our friends and family did help and we couldn’t have done it without them. Doing everything ourselves saved a TON of money, we estimate at least $35,000 if not more. Our wedding was pretty rock n roll, we all love music and made sure that we had plenty of it throughout the evening. Lots of tattoos, lots of drinking and lots of fun.

I could have posted every single one of Alexzandra & Kevin’s wedding photographs…ermmm how amazing are her bridesmaids! Gorgeous girls! Clicky here for more.
Their wedding as also featured in Chicago Time Out online…clicky!

Thanks so much for sharing your wedding pictures & story with me Alexzandra..you rock!

Credit: Jon Hamblin & Patrick Sablan