Laura & Paul’s Vintage, Mismatched, Rock n Roll Bride-Inspired Wedding

I first laid eyes on Laura & Paul’s fabulous wedding when I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog. Over the next few weeks I pretty much pestered their photographer Eliza Claire until she agreed to let me feature it – this is my favourite of all Eliza Claire‘s weddings to date!

Laura, a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader throughout their planning, was keen to add personal and alternative wedding touches throughout their day…and they certainly did that. It was also a lot down to Paul too, who really got stuck into the planning and the desire to create something unique.  

“Paul was adamant from the start that he wanted our wedding to be personal to us,” Laura told me. “Your blog and Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine gave us the confidence that was hidden away to keep our wedding individual to us. There became a time when it spiralled and started to become ‘everyone else’s wedding’ but after the two of us sat down we got back on track and carried on with what we wanted. We didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and were SO pleased with our choice. The girls looked stunning and so different to other bridesmaids we had seen at previous weddings.”

Laura had actually emailed me a few month’s back when she was having a bridesmaids dress crisis. I told her to not feel like she had to get a specific ‘bridesmaid dress’ for them and to go to the high street and buy them something beautiful. I’m ecstatic to say that she followed my advice and found these little beauties in New Look!

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A Locally Sourced Pool Party Wedding

Carmen & Gary had a laid back pool party wedding at Commons Ford Ranch, Austin. The couple actually had their first dance in the pool too!

“The reception was supposed to be a dance party on the patio, with possible swimming as an afterthought, as there is a really nice pool at the ranch,” the bride told me.  “However as soon as dinner ended, guests were taking over the pool.  We decided to move the DJ over to the pool deck since that was where the party was happening, and it became a full-blown pool party.  We even had our first dance in the pool, after the official marital cannonball.”

The bride wore a gorgeous short and ruffled dress which she found at Bianca Luce Boutique in Pasadena, CA. Carmen explains “I didn’t buy it at first, thinking I should try on more dresses, but when I walked into an actual bridal boutique across the street, I practically ran out the door and across the street to get it before anyone else had the chance.  The traditional princess wedding dress was not for me.  I also bought my poofy veil here.”

The couple also chose to use local businesses instead of playing a fortune to ship things in. Their flowers were sourced from the Arnosky Family Farm and their invitations were by local designer Lucky Onion who they found through Paper Place in Austin. Their vegan cupcakes were made by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop.

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Emily & Daniel’s Classic and Caring Wedding

I’ve known (as in online-known) photographer Katie Malone for about 3 years. We got married about the same time and were both members of the same forum during our planning. I love when she emails me weddings she’s now shooting. It’s incredible how we’re both still surrounded by this wedding-world after all this time…and doing it in a bad ass way of course!

I’ve loved her photographs ever since she first started experimenting. She uses a variety of cameras to give her photographs a totally different look to anyone else’s. Infrared, Vivitar ultra wide & slim, Holga & Polaroid are all used alongside her digital SLR to get her unusual and intoxicating techniques.

Emily & Daniel’s wedding was a classic mix of the things they loved and the people they really cared about. They decided early on that it was their family & friends that mattered to them and not making sure they had the ‘coolest’ wedding going.

“Early on we made some big compromises with my parents (who paid for much of the wedding) and had to learn how to live with it,” thet explained. “So from that point on, the goal was to hire people we would genuinely want to be friends with, to stick to our guns when necessary (like having the rehearsal dinner at our very favorite burrito shack) and only take on the projects we really cared about. There is pressure on all sides–be traditional, be super indie-diy everything–and at some point I realized that I really just didn’t care. So I didn’t take on any further projects and either dropped the idea or hired someone to do it. And we surrounded ourselves with friends. Our officiant was one of my oldest friends, our dj was a friend of a friend who is now a friend, we got cakes from our favorite bakery. We spent our money with local or small businesses where we could, and didn’t fuss about going to the mall when we needed to. Planning a wedding definitely helped me get rid of some of my art school hipper-than-thou pretensions. And in the end, it didn’t matter if it was the most unique, cool, wedding our friends and family had ever been to. It was ours. And they were all dancing their asses off and sneaking onto the golf course to play a hole and drinking and eating and being a big convivial mess of our family. Which is exactly the point.”

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Vintage, London Chic

When photographer Marianne Taylor sends you a wedding, it’s pretty much a given that it’s going to be awesome. Not only does Marianne have a fantastic eye for detail and gets the coolest clients, but she always knows which weddings will suit the style of my blog. While Emily & Owen’s wedding may seem more traditional than some of the weddings I feature, the thought and personalisation is what makes it totally Rock n Roll!

The couple were wed at Marylebone Town Hall, London which was followed by a cool reception at 6 Fitzroy Square. The couple chose this space as they had previously been to a party there and loved it’s vibe. Emily wore a gorgeous 1950’s short dress which she found on Ebay. She had a friend alter the dress slightly to make it perfect for her – by shortening it and moving the bow to a diagonal. Her engagement ring was also a 1950’s antique which was from Greys Antiques Market, Bond Street, London. Her shoes were from Topshop and her pearls were also vintage, which she also found on Etsy.

The couple saved money where they could. The cake was from Waitrose to which their caterers decorated with flowers to fit their theme. The couple also collected mis-matched vases from charity shops, markets and car boot sales to give each centrepiece and individual look.

Owen designed and created all the stationary and paper goods, including the save the date postcards (printed on vintage floral postcards), the invites, the place name settings, the menus and the table plan.

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Best of Blogs – Issue 12 ~ Mad Hatter Rock n Roll Bride & The Power of Blog Networking

When I realised this month’s issue of Photo Pro Magazine would be the twelfth featuring little old me I got all contemplative. Wow, I’ve been writing for this awesome photography magazine for over a year – not only where has the time gone, but seriously how much has changed in that time!? Lots I tell you!

I wanted to make this article sort of a ’round up’ style feature – i.e. what have I learnt over this past 12 months and how have I put it into practice. One of the things I’ve totally loved (and I think most of you have enjoyed seeing) are my photo shoots. I also wanted to give an almighty shout out to the girls involved in this epic shoot with the article too.

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Dinosaurs, Silhouettes, Black Cats & Fairytales

I featured Christy & Daryl’s ‘Modern Film Noir’ engagement session at the beginning of June so it’s an absolute pleasure to come full circle and feature their awesome wedding as well, which also had a bit of the ‘noir’ about it don’t you think?

The couple got married on Friday 13th and had a silhouette and dark theme. “Daryl and I are both artists and musicians, and met through a mutual friend/bandmate” the bride told me. “From the get go, our relationship was anything but normal. Our first date was to a funeral and we officially became a couple on Halloween. It was only natural to celebrate our wedding on Friday the 13th. We stuck with the theme of silhouettes, and added black cats and crows to our forest ceremony decor. We wanted to give the evening a moody, magical atmosphere.”

Although it looks anything but, the couple DIY-ed their enchanting wedding on a tight budget. Christy is an illustrator so designed and created all of the paper goods and visual details herself. “We came up with the concept and I took off making our invites, programs, black cat magnet favors and table labels. We worked long into the night for weeks to complete all that we had envisioned” she explained. “We also found lots of goodness from Etsy.com (like my gorgeous cast hummingbird skull earrings) and the decor from a local wholesale store. I’m not really into flowers, so we used feathers for our boutiques, boutonnieres and tables decorations.”

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