An Elephant, Vegan & Love Themed Celebration

This elephant themed, vegan love-fest wedding makes me so happy! Abigail & Zak actually got married last October so this wedding was really a celebration of their love and partnership involving all their friends & family.

“We wanted it to have a theme of elephants, loyalty, and compassion” they told me. !That’s why we had the paintings of our parents there and also why our “favors” were gifts bought from heifer international (bees and trees) in our guests’ honor. The most important part of our vision was that we were already married last October, so we didn’t want to pretend this was something it wasn’t. We wanted it to be a celebration of our partnership, and our friend who introduced us was our celebrant at the party. We did our vows in the past tense, and most importantly, we wrote and read our marriage manifesto about what partnership and marriage means to us.”

“We had an all vegan snacks and dessert buffet (we wanted to be able to eat everything at our own wedding!) we used as many local products (flowers, beer, etc) as possible. Our cake was homemade by a good friend. We had no strangers there, which was important. Friends catered, photographed and bartended.”

“Since between us we’ve lost three parents, rather than have photographs and candles (which seemed a little funeral-y) we had a good friend who is a local artist do portraits of our parents so that they would be recognized there, but in a more lighthearted way. We also incorporated heirlooms and special items from our grandparents and parents in the decorations.”

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Classic Rock, Tattoos & 40/50’s Rockabilly Lovin’

Music, tattoos and 40’s/50’s rockabilly provided the inspiration for Laura & Scott’s gorgeous wedding. Laura looked every bit the rockabilly queen in her Avalon from Dolly Couture skirt and top, teamed with lace gloves from ASOS and leopard print shoes from Mary Jane Shoes which were a bargain at just £15!

The tables were named after all their favourite rock bands – Kiss, Whitesnake, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Van Halen and the top table was The Ronnie James Dio table. For a really personal and fun touch their favours were mini cupcake lip glosses for the girls and polystyrene gliders for the boys. They also had dishes of haribo rings and hearts on each table (yum!)

The couple diy’ed all their stationary – in a vintage tattoo style. The boy’s place names had flaming dice and the girl’s had pink nautical stars. They made the table planner with a big piece of MDF covered in a tattoo print fabric from Etsy. They had friend make the cake in the same tattoo theme.

“I walked down the aisle to Tom Petty – Here Comes My Girl. We signed register to Kiss – I Want You and Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered and we both walked out to Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. First dance was Pulp – Something Changed, closely followed by Kiss – Lovegun” Laura concluded. “We’re both huge classic rock fans and I’ve always been a fan of 40’s/50’s style. We’re both geeks at heart. I’m not against any traditional weddings but we knew it wasn’t for us. We both thought our wedding day should be about our love for each other and that love includes all the things that make us who we are.”

Finally, Laura and her bridesmaids performed “Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You” – a dance routine that they had perfectedon the hen do (bachelorette party) Be sure to check out the video after the ‘jump’

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Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup – A Video Game Proposal

I saw Steffany & Anders engagement photographs and amazing (like, seriously amazing) proposal video on their photographer Emily’s blog and instantly knew I had to feature them. These two are the actual cutest! Steffany told me the whole story…

“My story is something like, “OHMYGOD he proposed and it was SO CUTE!” And then I cried.
I still can’t believe he went to so much trouble. I always assumed that when/if he proposed it would be at a restaurant (which makes sense because we both LOVE to eat!) but instead he enlisted the help of five of his friends and made me the most amazing and thoughtful game ever. The game actually has a name – Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup! It’s named for my food blog, dinnerlove.com, and also for my love of SOUP! You can’t really tell in the video, but he put so many pieces of us in that game.”

“The maze is San Francisco, where we both live. The object of the game is for me to collect food and level up. The foods that I collect differ at each different level-there are cheeseburgers, cupcakes, margaritas and finally soup (all things that I enjoy immensely!) At the beginning of the game Anders is asleep in his bed in the middle of the maze, but after the first level I wake him up and he and I wander around the city maze and collect the foods together. As we progress, Anders professes his love for me and these little hearts start to follow us around. After the last level a ring pops up on screen. As I played through the game, it honestly didn’t occur to me that he was about to propose. I was a bit drunk and he designs video games for a living so I sort of just thought he’d just made me an awesome game!”

“When the ring screen popped up and I turned to see him on one knee I LOST IT. I started crying like a child. I couldn’t hear very much because I was just so overwhelmed but I do remember him asking me if I would continue to “level up with him”. Yes yes yes! He has more art from the game up here: http://stinkyanders.com/relatedwork.html

OMG their wedding is going to be adorableness personified. I can’t wait.

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2010 Readers Survey Results

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I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, thank you SO MUCH to everyone that took the time to fill in the 2010 Rock n Roll Bride readers survey. As always, I was blown away by your responses and even though some of the things brought up were ideas I’d already thought of and changes I already wanted to make, a lot of new thoughts and criticisms where also expressed. Hard to read sometimes, but necessary! I certainly have a lot of work to be getting on with (well, my poor web-designing husband does!) but rest assured that I will be making some really positive changes to the site as soon as physically possible.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share the overall results with you all as well as share our overall winner of that amazing bootie of prizes with you. The gorgeous ‘Pie’ won over £900 worth of wonderfulness and I have to say, I was totally sad to post it all away! Check her out:

And her 10 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the Manic Panic hair dye – so much so that she now wants pink her for her Mum’s wedding! Starting them off young, I like that!

Anyway…on with the results. Huge thanks to Alexis of OMG I’m Getting Married who created these wonderful graphics for me.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest group of readers are brides to be, however I really wanted to know the ratio between you brides and other wedding professionals/bloggers who read the site. I was pleasantly surprised at exactly how many of you were brides planning weddings, a whopping 63% of you.

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A Vintage Shoot with Lucy Ledger Designs

If you’re a regular reader of Rock n Roll Bride I’m sure you’ll already be aware of the amazing Emma Case (she shot the image that I’m currently using as my blog header/my ‘Punk Rock n Roll Bride’ shoot) and Lucy Ledger Designs. Lucy makes gorgeously creative vintage-inspired stationary (I’ve also been lucky enough to feature her before as well as meet her in actual real life!) After Lucy saw Emma’s work on Rock n Roll Bride she got in touch asking if they could get together to do a promotional shoot for her vintage stationary company. Hello!? Match made in vintage Rock n Roll heaven or what!?

“A few months ago I was reading your blog and I stumbled across Emma Case and I fell immediately in love with her style of photography” Lucy told me. “It was about that time when I was looking for a unique way to showcase my wedding collection at exhibitions because I felt that Stationery stands were a little samey and unimaginative. I really wanted my brandto stand out and wow people and that’s when I got the idea of asking Emma to do some publicity shots for me. As we exchanged emails we thought it would be fun to incorporate a ‘rock the dress’ style shoot in with it – any excuse to wear my wedding dress (Maggie Sottero ‘Ireland’) again! I got married in the Winter so I thought it would be fab to try the dress in a totally different season and accessorize it differently to create a fresh new ‘look’ that reflected my brand – Rustic and a little bit Boho! So I thought it would be fun to pair it with my fave pair of cowboy style boots! Now I needed accessories. I have met so many amazing suppliers over the last 6 months I thought it might be nice to bring some together for the product shots and to help with my accessories. I approached various different vendors that I admired and was overwhelmed with the response – the generosity of everyone donating products to the shoot was amazing.”

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