Debs & Richie’s Budget Friendly, Crafty & Vintage Wedding

When photographer Emma Case emails me with “eeek’s!” and “wooohoo’s!” when talking about her latest wedding I stand by and prepare myself for greatness. I am SO EXCITED to share Debs & Richie’s wedding on my blog as not only did I blog their fabulous engagement session just before Christmas, but they used Rock n Roll Bride as inspiration for their awesome vintage wedding.

“When Richie & I got engaged we did not have a clue what we wanted our wedding to be like, all we knew was that we wanted it quite small, with only close family and friends, good food, good music, and wanted it to reflect on us as a couple as much as possible.  Our budget was small and we began to panic! How are we going to manage to create a wedding on such a small budget, that’s when I turned to the Internet and found a number of wedding blogs (Rock n Roll Bride was one of the first) that gave me loads of inspiration on how different weddings can be, and how much of your own personality you can add to your special day!  I became obsessed with the blogging world, I had bookmarked hundreds of images made folders upon folders and my inspiration began to expand.”

The couple’s budget was small but they totally rocked it! By being creative, by DIYing everything, thrifting and visiting charity shops, they were able to craft the vintage wedding of their dreams!”Having a small budget I knew that alot of the work would have to be done by myself and with a little help from friends and family,” continued the bride. “So I began my journey of crafting everyday, I would craft on the underground, in work on lunch breaks, as soon as I came home from work, my weekends off, visits to friends and family, my whole world became the wedding.  Being in a creative job there are loads of talented people, and I had people in my work making my wedding cake, the invites and arranging my wedding bouquet.  I also used my work colleagues contacts to get the flowers cheaply at the market for then me and my sister to arrange them late into the night before the wedding.”

Crystal & Chip’s Pink & Black, Asian Themed Wedding

Crystal & Chip’s pink and white themed wedding gave me actual goosebumps as I looked at the photos. Seriously.

The couple were married in October at The Rusty Pelican in Miami and had one of my all time favourite Rock n Roll photographers, Matt Miller for  Our Labor Of Love, shooting the wedding. “Being half Filipino I have always loved Asian art and culture, so I wanted it to be part of the wedding” Crystal told me when I asked about their wedding day inspiration. “So it was a pink and black Asian themed wedding. When I was younger, I had a hard time being half Filipino. I grew up in a very small town where kids weren’t always nice about people being different. So over time I learned to embrace and be proud of my culture, and who I am.”

“The decorations and flowers were all in tune with the Asian inspiration. We used large garden roses and orchids. We wanted to used peonies but they were not in season at the time. Garden roses were the closest that we could find. The wedding favors were take-out boxes with cherry blossom chopsticks, and of course inside there was Japanese candies called Hi-chews and chocolate dipped fortune cookies. The wedding aisle had pink and black paper lanterns on Shepard hooks all leading to large planters that had bamboo and flowers where the ceremony took place. Also our cake toppers were unique. I have a great love for the brand Tokidoki. So we used 2 of their vinyl figures named Adios and Ciao Ciao as the toppers.”

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Chris & Jenn’s Rockabilly Car-Inspired Wedding

“The style and ambiance of our wedding had more to do with who we are as people than outside inspiration,” newlywed’s Chris & Jenn explained. “We find culture and appeal in a simpler moment in history. The 1950’s are, after all, the birth of subculture; car culture was at the heart of this movement. We live, breathe, and bleed this car culture so it followed suit to incorporate our life into our wedding.”

So it was themselves and their own personal style and outlook on life that inspired their rockabilly wedding. The Californian couple made the wedding their own and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Jenn’s dress by Allure Bridals wasn’t perfect for her until she cut it short herself to show off her awesome saddle shoes. Aren’t those gorgeous?

Chris wore a custom suit and he was in charge of the centrepieces, made from carburetors, and yes he made them himself! Finally, the couple belong to a car club called Koffin’s Car Club in Santa Cruz California and they had a whole host of retro cars at the wedding parked outside the venue.

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Episode One ~ New Year, New Goals

It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about how we will make the next 365 better than the last. I don’t like new year’s resolutions myself. Resolutions are things like giving up chocolate or going to the gym three times a week and are easy to break…in fact do you know anyone who is still following theirs by the time Christmas rolls around? Nope. Me neither. That’s why I don’t do them.

However the start of a new year is a good time to re-group, to re-asses your situation and to set yourself some tangible goals. So here’s one of mine, It’s pretty self explanatory really…

Now I’m not exactly sure how this brilliant new idea of mine will progress but I literally just wanted to get over the hurdle of actually being on, and talking to camera today. I’ve been surrounded by TV presenters for 5 years in my (soon to be ex) job as a producer but actually being on camera is a whole different ball game. It’s weird and awkward and I’m well nervous about posting it but it’s something I want/need to get better at in 2011.

I’m super self concious about how I look, how I kept fidgeting (You don’t want to know how many takes I had to do before I forced myself to stop playing with my hair as much!) and that fact that it’s very raw…and well, the real me. There’s no photo shop action to save me on this one and literally what you see if what you get. You can’t hide anything about yourself when you’re on video and that’s why I’m so terrified…eek!

My ‘performance’ certainly isn’t perfect  (hell, I’m not a TV presenter!) and I keep cringing at new things every time I watch it back. However I’m biting the bullet and posting it, with the realisation in my mind that this is only the first video in the series so I can hopefully only get better (woohoo!) I do hope you’ll stick with me to see how that goes!

(Having trouble viewing? Watch on You Tube here)

Finally HUGE love, thanks and credit has to go to the wonderful Richard of FX Films who came to rescue me in my hour of need. My mini freak out(s) over how I looked on camera/what my voice sounded like/getting the words out (and in the right order)/what you would all think of this idea were all alleviated when he came to help me film this. So yeah, big love and adoration for this man for putting up with my diva demands and for making me feel (slightly more) comfortable in front of the lens.

So, thoughts please (and please do send me some questions so I’ve got something to talk about in the next vid)

ps tickets for the Designer Wedding Show are available to buy online here and tickets for the Designer Vintage Bridal Show (which are actually only £8 if you buy them in advance – my bad) are available to buy here.

Mark & Fiona’s Snowy Steampunk Kinda Day

Mark & Fiona’s Steampunk inspired wedding took place at the Signet Library in Edinburgh in November. “We chose a Steampunk theme after Mark told Fiona her general day to day style was slightly Steampunk when he bought her a watch for Christmas in New York,” the couple explained. “Fiona had not heard of it, but looked it up and realised it was exactly what she was in her choice of films, clothes and even her writing (she’s an aspiring novelist).”

Fiona didn’t want to be a traditional bride, so chose a mini top hat instead by House of Nines Design instead of a veil. She explained, “Before I even chose my dress I’d decided I wanted a hat and it had to be a  House of Nines Design Hat.  I had it made specifically to my colours and my specification.  Trisha was a real pleasure to work with and a great help, sending me various samples to chose from.  Trisha is based in San Francisco and has previously made hats for Dita Von Teese, amongst others.” The bride’s dress was by Ian Stuart. She also wore handmade shoes from Beretrun Design and gloves byMetamorphDK on Etsy.

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