Alternative and Vintage Inspired Wedding

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Lorenzo and Jodie met on a dating website. Their first date lasted 48 hours and they’ve been inseparable ever since! For their September wedding they wanted something to reflect their own style, so that meant something was relaxed, alternative and vintage inspired.

“We both wanted the wedding to be about our guests in a relaxed atmosphere but with a vintage theme (there was lots of browsing on Pinterest!)”, said the bride. “We wanted to express our personality throughout the day, which included little quirky props and all tattoos on show!”

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“Our ceremony was very relaxed with a fantastic, friendly registrar. We didn’t have any personal vows but even without them, it was very emotional.”

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Lively Rainbow Wedding

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Hector and Clarisse had a rainbow wedding in Huston, Texas. “Our rainbow wedding theme was vibrant and lively, like the fun, colourful journey we have had over the years”, said the bride. “I have loved rainbows and colour for a very long time. The weather was dreary the week of our big day, but that Saturday morning, the sun came through for us!”

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Her dress was vintage and she added the rainbow train and made her own veil. She carried a rainbow rose bouquet and even had rainbow-inspired eye make up! “We loved the vintage feel and intimacy of St. Joseph, where we had our ceremony. It has gorgeous stained glass. Getting a traditional Catholic church on board with our rainbow wedding was tricky, since there are wardrobe requirements, decor restrictions, etc. We asked all our guests to come in bright colours for their attire and opted not to do any decor aside from the flowers we offered. Our bridal party was dressed in one colour each to create the rainbow effect when standing together at the altar and for photos.”

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40% off Tickets for The National Wedding Show!

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I am so proud to be partnering with the National Wedding Show for the second season running. The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is going to be bigger and better than ever with more alternative exhibitors, better workshops and the addition of the Rock n Roll Gallery to introduce you to some brand new suppliers!

Today I wanted to pop by and let you know just a small selection of the suppliers being showcased. There will be more added in the coming weeks too (if you have an alternative wedding business and you’d like to get in involved, it’s not to late. Get in touch!) so watch this space.

London: 23-25th September

At Olympia we’ll be joined by Bloody Mary Metal, Hannah Martin, The Whimsical Cake Company, Choccywoccydoodah, Boho Vintage, Clare Tam-in Photography, Nichola Ruby, Gin Fizz Photography, Patchwork, Craig and Kate Photography, Black Diamond Weddings, Caroline Arthur, Kitty & Dulcie and Crown and Glory – phew!

Birmingham: 30th September-2nd October

The brummy show takes place at the NEC and we’ll be there alongside Madame B’s Boutique, Miss Lola’s Bakehouse, Swizzle’s Matlow, Frock & Frill, Imagine Invites, Boutique Chic Unique, Green Button, Funkin Cocktails, Wish Upon A Sparkle, Flowers Forever, Amanda Cordine, Event in a Tent, Simply Flowers By Catherine, Daisy Dresses and again, Crown and Glory!

Manchester: 22nd & 23rd October

Finally the slightly smaller (but still mighty) show at Manchester Central will play host to Jane Bowler Studio, Mademoiselle, Event in a Tent, Jade Doherty, Magno Franco, Paper-Rose… oh yeah and Crown and Glory!

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of wedding fairs to choose from but the National Wedding Show is undoubtedly the biggest (there are over 300 exhibitors at each show!) and er, I’m going to be there so that has to count for something right? Ha!

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This is England ’86 Inspired Wedding Shoot

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If you loved This is England as much as I did, then you’re definitely going to adore this wedding shoot inspired by the ’86 series. Gotta love something with a bit of GRIT! The show is all about subcultures in the 1980s, as well as friendship and love, so it’s the perfect starting off point for a wedding themed shoot.

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“These photos show that you can have the wedding of your dreams, something that truly reflects your personality without being thrown into debt for years to come!”, said Lauren, who worked on the shoot. “So as well as being cool and pretty, I wanted this shoot to be honest, real and raw. This is why it features real mods, original skinheads and goths. They are all real life friends and real couples! They all understand what the alternative way of life is about.”

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Spooktacular Halloween Wedding

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Linda and Decky’s October 31st wedding was themed around – you guessed it – Halloween! But they also wanted to make it personal too.

“Our wedding theme was very much us, It was fun, eclectic and very, very personal!” said the bride. “We both take Halloween very seriously and dress up every year together. Our whole relationship is based on fun and we wanted to make sure that was the biggest part of our day. We wanted to let our imaginations run wild and always had thought a Halloween wedding would be a perfect celebration, even if our friends and family and random strangers had their doubts! In the end I think everyone was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.”

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“One of the most fun parts was that we had fancy dress and we both destroyed our outfits with fake blood!”, she laughed. “In terms of decorations we dressed the entire function room and church on our own. We collected jam jars for two years that were then dressed in lace and ribbon and scattered around.”

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Timeless Retro Inspired Wedding

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Annarose and Benji met when they were both dating other people (she was with his housemate!) However when those relationships ended they remained friends and got together soon after, one New Year’s Eve.

They wanted their wedding to have a slight punk vibe, but also to feel retro. “I have always been a fan of vintage fashion and style”, the bride said. “We really wanted to mix that with Benji’s deep musical roots. It really was a mixture of both of our personalities. We also wanted the wedding to feel timeless.”

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“The wedding was pure happiness. There was nothing solemn or serious, it was all lighthearted and fun. It was just like a giant party with all our friends! One of the things that made it special was that we did a lot ourselves including my dress, the flowers, the music, the decor and the invitations.

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