Purple, Turquoise and Button Themed Wedding

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Oh I do love a wedding with a lot of COLOUR and Anya and Karl’s purple and turquoise celebration makes me very happy indeed! They were hitched at The Church Restaurant in Northampton in March.

“We just wanted to celebrate everything we have with the people who have been there for us”, began the bride. “We took inspiration from the things we love and who we are as a family. We had about seven months to plan the wedding. Our son, Grayson, was five months old at the time and it had been a challenging couple of years. Going through IVF, finally being able to meet him and finding out he was sick was really hard (he’s made a full recovery now) and then moving house! We had a moment when we realised that we are so lucky to be here as a family and while we’ve been engaged for five years, the time finally felt right!”

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“We didn’t want a white wedding or a wedding that was too big”, she continued. “I particularly love purple, have a thing about buttons and collect ribbons to re-use in my hair or for packaging! Karl loves anything unusual and bright, and as a couple we’re generally quite quirky with our choices.”

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Intimate Local Neighbourhood Wedding

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When wedding planner Christine married Lenny, she knew exactly what she DIDN’T want. “Our goal was to create something that felt like us and didn’t try and keep up with trends”, began the bride. “I’m a wedding planner and a bridal shop owner, so I live in Pinterest-land in my profession. Our wedding was different because I learn from my clients what NOT to do and what NOT to worry about. I also didn’t try so hard to be ‘different’. We just wanted a great celebration.”

The wedding was held in their local park, followed by a reception at The Roosevelt, a favourite local restaurant. “We wanted our day to be casual, fun and timeless. It was more about our friends and family having a good time than any aesthetic guidelines. We got married at the park at the end of our neighbourhood, and I got ready at my friend’s home that is a block away. I didn’t ask permission to get married in the park, didn’t rent chairs, and didn’t plan a million timeline details during the reception.”

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“The Roosevelt staff handled the food, booze and cake beautifully and I didn’t hesitate to delegate tasks to my awesome lady friends. We did have day-of coordinators to help though. My amazing assistants decorated the venue, placed parking signs, and welcomed guests. They even made sure I had a drink in my hand and food in my belly.”

“We decided not to have a sit down dinner, instead we served heavy hors’ deouvres with beer, wine and a bourbon punch. I was so worried about my family travelling from long distances not feeling like it was a ‘real wedding’ because there wasn’t a sit down dinner, but it was quite the opposite. Everyone was well-fed, nice and drunk and I got to have lengthy, real conversations with everyone. We all got to snack all night and really move around to chat with people.”

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Wanna Be In My Gang? Join The Brand New Rock n Roll Bride Facebook Group!

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I had a brainwave while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed last night. The Rock n Roll Bride page has always been very active. There’s a great community of nearly 150,000 people on that page who subscribe to see updates about this blog. However, for me, the real draw of Facebook is not to be mindlessly bombarded with updates about the blogs or businesses we follow, it’s a place to connect with our friends… to make new friends… and to share updates about our lives and loves.

For me personally, I spend the majority of my Facebook time either chatting with my besties over private chat, or taking part in the private groups that I’m a member of. I suspect that a lot of you are the same. So I thought, in a moment of madness, wouldn’t it be fun to have a Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group for us all to get to know each other, share wedding plans, ask for and give advice!?

When I was planning my wedding in 2007/8 private forums were hugely helpful. I also made a ton of friends who were on the same journey as me and they made my wedding planning so much easier! However people don’t really use independent forums any more, but everybody uses Facebook!

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Easy Going Tel Aviv Wedding

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Ran and Adi are an easy-going couple so they wanted that reflected in their wedding. The bride wore an incredibly unique dress by Shimon Dahan, but other than that they kept things really simple.

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The wedding was held at Sabawell, a venue in Tel Aviv. “We wanted our wedding to be simple but everything to be done in really high quality”, said the bride. “The professionals we worked with really made our wedding successful. We had an amazing team to help us.”

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Relaxed Summer Picnic Wedding in Spain

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The glorious wedding of Val and Jones was held at Vinyols Camps in Spain. They wanted the day to be relaxed, fun and full of details that were personal to them. Val carried a ‘bouquet’ of broccoli instead of flowers because she is a huge advocate for sustainability and minimalism, and they drank tea as part of their ceremony because they both love it!

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“Jones loves the colour white and I am an advocate for sustainable things, so both these ideas inspired our wedding”, wrote Val. “We wanted a 3-day wedding too because we had lots of people coming in from quite a long way away.”

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How To Write Your Own Vows

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Writing your own wedding vows has got to be one of the best ways to add a personal spin to your day. Forget the DIY and quirky reception décor, the ceremony is really where it’s at!

Before you put pen to paper, sit down somewhere quiet and answer the following questions. While there are no wrong answers, the ones that you give will be the perfect jumping off point for some really personal vows and will help you if you get stuck!

Why marriage?

Why do you want to be married over just living together? What does being married mean to you? Security? Having a someone on your team? Commitment? Eternal happiness?

Why do you want to write your own vows?

Is it because you want to make it more personal? Maybe you don’t like the traditional vows? Maybe you have something specific you want to say or promise?

How do you want your partner to feel when they hear them?

Happy, excited, emotional, special?

What is something cute, funny or incessantly ‘them’ that they do?

What do they do that no one else does? What about them makes you laugh or smile? What drives you round the bend about them (but you secretly love them for it)!?

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What are your common, quirky interests?

Comic books, music, pets, kids, fashion, Japanese art?! Little references to those interests will make your vows funny, personal and special (“I promise to be the Princess Leia to your Han Solo”, “I promise to never complain about feeding the cat…”)

Do you have any in-jokes?

Your vows are the perfect chance to be 100% yourselves. Do you have any silly in-jokes, words or language that only the two of you use? Do you have pet names for each other?

For example Gareth and I call our anniversary our “marriversary” and instead of asking if the other person wants a cup of tea we say “cup of smee…” as in Captain Hook and Mr Smee… Who the hell knows where they come from but these little colloquialisms will make your vows even more personal!

Was there a defining moment in your relationship?

Have you been through tough times when they were really there for you? Did you have the holiday of a lifetime together? What about the birth of your first child or getting your first fur baby!?

When did you first realise you loved them?

Remind yourself what happened and how you felt. Did you tell them right away or did they say it first?

What five things do you love about them the most?

Pretty self explanatory! Get really specific and try not to be too general. Instead of saying “I love the way you make me laugh”, write down the exact ways that they make you laugh.

Is there something special you want to promise them?

To be their rock… to support their unusual career… to always do the washing up?!

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