Manchester Steampunk Wedding

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An almost completely DIY wedding is impressive enough, but when you have such a theme as steampunk then I think it’s doubly so! Alys and Stu were hitched last October in Manchester. The reception was held at the Museum of Science and Industry.

“We both love the steampunk and neither of us was particularly keen on a traditional white wedding”, said Alys. “We are also not religious we fancied doing something a bit different. We both love the Museum of Science and Industry and have been going since we were kids so it was quite a poignant place to get married. I can’t quite remember which came first, the theme or the venue, but either way they complimented each other really well!”

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They shunned tradition in plenty of ways, not just with their inedible outfits! “We did a joint speech ​as we were not keen on a lot of the gender specific obligations. Likewise, I had both my parents walk me down the aisle. ​We let the cake bakers have first ‘cut’ of their own cakes rather than just us being up there doing it. My sister also did a speech as well as the best man and I had ‘bridesmates’ instead of bridesmaids (don’t really like the word ‘maid’).”

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An Intimate Ceremony in the Smallest Church in Ireland

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Helen and Jamie are also planning a big, elaborate wedding with all their friends and family in Spain, but organising the legal bit over there was a huge headache. So they decided to have their official ceremony in a teeny tiny church called St Gobbans in Port Braddan, Northern Ireland.

“We live and work in Thailand and therefore getting back and forth to Spain and organising everything from far away wasn’t straightforward”, explained the bride. “As we are UK citizens and all our families live there, the least complicated way to officiate our marriage was in the UK. My mum’s cousin, Connel Auld, is a minister and has the most incredible cottage with tiny church up in the North Coast of Northern Ireland and we thought it would be really personal to get married there. Connel really only officiates for friends and family so when he offered to conduct our ceremony, we felt very privileged. He is such a great character and really made the day for us.”

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“His house is like a museum with relics from WW2″, she continued, “Pieces of furniture, including the porthole windows that feature in some of the photos, were made for but didn’t make it onto the Titanic! The church is the smallest in Ireland and one of the smallest in the world and we just about managed to squeeze the 11 people in! This made it all the more intimate and special.”

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The National Vintage Wedding Fair Celebrates the 1980s

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The eighties gets a bad rep: The big shoulder pads, the garish make up, the even bigger hair… But that didn’t stop the National Vintage Wedding Fair embracing it! To celebrate their upcoming wedding shows, they wanted to play homage to the decade of excess and create these promotional images in all their over-the-top glory!

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“Over the last year we have styled a series of vintage shoots covering different decades to help promote our National Vintage Wedding Fair“, organiser Kate told me. “We started with the 1950s, which many feel is the most popular decade for vintage wedding styling, then shot the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s. I was fully intending on featuring the 1930s next but last minute did a massive U turn, choosing to shoot the 1980s. This was quite risky as many don’t feel that the 1980s is vintage, especially for weddings, but I really wanted to show that this era of decadence can look fab. The looks are all very glam, as was the 80s!”

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A Marvel Superhero & Lego Wedding

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I’ve featured my fair share of superhero and generally geeky themed weddings on Rock n Roll Bride, but I think today’s might have just become my new favourite. Becky and Kris wanted a Marvel comic theme!

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“We both love comic books and all things geeky, so we decided to have Marvel’s Avengers and Lego themed wedding”, said the bride. “We had a the Lego Avengers table plan, superhero masks as favours and handmade Avengers shoes! We made comic book signs and giant letters. We made most of it ourselves so we could go as crazy as we liked!”

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Retro Diner Wedding in the South of France

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Laure and Cyril were inspired by their love of food and Rock n Roll so they had a retro American diner themed wedding! Harking back to their childhood’s, they had souvenirs of the film Grease and a 1950s atmosphere throughout.

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“We had black and white chequerboard with pink and blue as our colours”, the bride said. “In the diner we had lots of authentic details right down to the hamburgers, hot dogs and donuts that we served. Other details we loved were our guest book, the homemade goodie bags for the children and my balloon bouquet.”

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Thursday Treats: Going in for Surgery

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Don’t worry I haven’t booked in for a nose job… I’m talking about giving Rock n Roll Bride a facelift!

The blog has had the same logo and branding for over five years now, and with the magazine taking off like it is I felt it was high time for for a spot of TLC. Shauna and I have been going back and forth on some ideas and believe me when I say it is looking utterly incredible! Watch out wedding magazine world, Rock n Roll Bride is coming for ya!

Things are also chugging on excellently with the next issue of the magazine by the way. Remember, its’s on sale September 3rd and you can pre-order a copy right now. Over half of the stock we have allocated for online orders have already sold so if you’d like to snap one up and have it shipped directly to you, order it today!

Okey doke, here’s a round up of all the internetty things that I’ve been loving this week:

Weddingy Things

A confession – I hate Pinterest!
♥ Retro inspired bridal inspiration
The advice I wish I was given when I cancelled my wedding
Dreamy bohemian wedding ideas
♥ Relaxed forest wedding
Hobbit-mad couple transform their garden into Middle Earth to say ‘I do’
This bride is totally owning her lace jumpsuit!
♥ Why everyone is talking about this very special ring bearer
♥ Vera Wang’s spring 2016 bridal campaign is all kinds of epic! Black wedding dress anybody!?

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