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A Christmas Meets Halloween Wedding: Holly & Gareth

Holly & Gareth were married in late November and so had a kind of Christmas meets Halloween themed wedding. “Originally I quite liked the idea of a festival-y vibe wedding but Gareth’s not very outdoorsy and I’m not keen on hot weather so a winter wedding it was!” Holly explained. “We were also on a budget so an out of season wedding also worked in our favour! My sister described our theme as, ‘What do you get if you cross Christmas and Halloween?!'”

“Mainly though we wanted things to be very personal, the tables were named after couples from our families and we used their wedding photos as table settings. We collected lots of vintage glases for the tealights from family members as well as car boot sales. My brooch bouqet included all 4 of ‘something old, something new…’ with brooches donated by family and friends, who were all really pleased to be included in something so integral to the wedding.”

The couple were married at Cave Castle Hotel. “I knew absolutely nothing about weddings and when Gareth proposed to me (in the kitchen, me with a plastic buzz lightyear plate in my hand!) so I imediately started to google venues in the area,” Holly continued. “I found Cave Castle and just thought it would be a no go, and way out of our league. However my sister worked near it and one day when we were randomly visiting her we decided to just pop in. We then didn’t look anywhere else! I’d always had my heart set on the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face, and I nearly had a copy drawn up to be made. However in the end I didn’t want to risk ending up with a dress that I’d not tried on. I found dress shopping probably the hardest part of organising the wedding, finding one with sleeves was impossible, but again after months of searching I found it – it was actually then first one I tried on and I went back to it”

“Both of us were very set on what and how we wanted things to be for our wedding. Unfortunately we came across many ‘local’ wedding suppliers who verged on downright rude about some of our choices. However we stuck to our guns and ended up with a day we were extremely happy with.”

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Discounts, Savings & Special Valentine’s Day Offers

Photography Credit: ban.do

Happy day of love! To celebrate, a number of my favourite people are running discounts and offers so I thought I’d pass them on to you too. Be sure to check them out!

Whatever you’re up to (even if it’s just crap TV and wine like us!) I hope you have a fabulous day.

ban.do

Check out Ban.do’s awesome Valentine’s themed items. I’m in love.

Twinkie Chan

She’s not technically running an specials on prices but I wanted to let you know that my etsy fave, Twinkie Chan has brand new cute love and candy themed items in her store. I’m seriously considering the ‘Be Mine’ crocheted bunting for myself!

Alphabet Bags

Alphabet Bags are offering 20% discount on all tote bags until midnight tonight. Use the discount code HEART at the checkout. They’ve also got a small selection of adorbs Valentine themed designs.

Natasha Jane

Head wear designer Natasha Jane is running an exclusive offer for Rock n Roll Bride readers. Until midnight on February 29th, Natasha will offer any headband in her swarovski collection with extra 20% off.

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DIY Tutorial: ‘Be Mine’ Tattoo Heart Valentine’s Cupcake Toppers by Restoration Cake

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I fancied sneaking in an extra bonus DIY tutorial for you just before the big day. Get yourself to the supermarket sharpish and make these cute Valentine’s themed cupcake toppers for your beau (and if you buy the cupcakes to put them on I promise not to tell…)

Thank you to the amazing Charlotte of Restoration Cake for the awesomeness. She would also like to offer all readers of Rock n Roll Bride 10% off any wedding cake order placed after seeing this feature. Simply email Charlotte on info@restorationcake.co.uk with the subject header ROCKNROLLBRIDEOFFER. Charlotte will also randomly pick one of you to receive a whopping 50% off your wedding cake (more info at the bottom on this post).

Happy day of LOVE!

In case you have not been outside of your house for the last couple of weeks and have missed the annual onslaught of red roses, hearts, chocolates, and cuddly toys; tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. You probably still have time to run to your nearest supermarket and panic-buy a card and a bear that says ‘I Wuv You’.

However, if DIY gifts are more in keeping with your style, I have a little treat for you in the shape of these incredibly easy cupcake toppers. When Kat asked me to put together a DIY post for Rock n Roll Bride, I wanted to do something just that little bit inspired by the pink lady herself… so here it is, ‘Be Mine’ tattoo heart cupcake toppers.

These toppers are quick and easy to make and you will not need an awful lot of equipment to make them

Supplies Needed:

♥ Fondant Icing (also known as sugarpaste) in white
♥ Paste food colouring or some pre-coloured sugarpaste
♥ Non-stick rolling pin
♥ Small heart-shaped cookie cutter
♥ Pizza wheel or a small knife
♥ Food colouring pen
♥ Paintbrush

Method:

Step One: You need to start by making your hearts. You want these to be a bright, vibrant colour like hot pink or red. White sugarpaste can be coloured using paste food colours (Sugarflair is the best brand to use) and these are available in craft shops and online. Please do not try to colour sugarpaste with liquid food colours as you will make one heck of a mess! Also, if you want to achieve a true colour like red or black, you will need to buy ready-coloured sugarpaste as you will not achieve the depth of colour that you want from adding colour. Small packs of ready-coloured sugarpaste are available in the baking sections of most supermarkets (containing red, black, green and yellow usually) or at craft shops.

I have made up a hot pink using Sugarflair’s Ruby paste colour.

Give your sugarpaste a quick knead to warm it a little, then roll out to around 3-5mm thick. Cut out your hearts using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter (believe me, these are in your supermarket today!) Set the hearts aside to dry out a little.

Step Two: To make the scrolls, you need to roll out some white sugarpaste to 2-3mm thick. Cut strips using a pizza wheel (this is a cake decorator’s trick, the wheel is the BEST way to cut fondant smoothly!) or a small knife. The width of the strip will depend upon the size of your hearts. Aim for about a third of the height of the heart as you don’t want to cover the whole heart up.

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DIY Tutorial: Heart Shaped Cookie-Pops

Who doesn’t love cookies?! Who doesn’t love cakepops? Combine the two and I’m just about ecstatic! These heart shaped cookie-pops would make perfect wedding favours, a cute addition to your dessert table or the perfect a Valentines day treat for you and your loved one!

Over to you Miss Cake… (by the way, be sure to go check out her website for some totally adorable perspex cake toppers and jewellery!)

I love a cookie (well, who doesn’t) and I wanted to create a super-cute DIY personalised cookie tutorial for those without sugarcraft knowledge or a perfectly steady hand for piping icing names. The techniques used here I have gleaned from my past life as a cake maker and my present life as a crafter.  With a little bit of practice you should be able to get a cookie factory line going in your kitchen and you can create your own cookie favours to do the double whammy of personalising your wedding and feeding your guests a little treat. I would recommend doing them in small batches and doing a few extras for breakages (or munchies) along the way.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Ingredients for cookies:
400g plain flower (plus extra for dusting)
200g unsalted soft butter
200g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
Icing sugar for dusting
Optional flavourings (pick one) – grated zest of 1 lemon or orange, seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or for chocolate replace 50g of flour with 50g cocoa powder

Note: this quantity will make between 10-20 cookies depending on the size of your cutter

♥ Rolling pin
♥ Greaseproof paper and baking sheet
♥ Cookie cutter in your choice of shape (I got mine from eBay)
♥ Lolly sticks
♥ Fondant icing (such as Regalice or supermarket own brand)
♥ Food colouring paste (try cake decorating shops/online)
♥ Letter stamper (mine is a 5mm letter sized one from eBay)
♥ Vodka
♥ Paint brush
♥ Small heart plunger cutter (try cake decorating shops/online)
♥ Cello bags for packaging
♥ Ribbon for decoration

Method

Step One: Bake the cookies! I use my trusty Kitchen Aid but this can also be done by hand, it will just take slightly longer. Cream the butter, sugar and flavouring until well mixed and just becoming creamy. Beat in the egg until well combined then add flour and mix until a dough forms. Shape into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.

Step Two: After chilling, knead the mixture briefly then roll to an even thickness using a dusting of flour to stop the mixture sticking. Use the lolly sticks to guide you to the right thickness, you need to be able to insert the stick through the cookie’s middle and make sure it doesn’t stick out at the back. Use the cutter to cut out the desired shapes, carefully insert the lolly sticks (I find a gentle wiggle helps) and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Chill again for 30 minutes.

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A Colourful DIY Wedding: Rhian & Toan

My favourite wedding photographs are those with happy smiling faces in them. The ones that when I look at them, I hazard a guess that people’s faces were aching at the end of the day from grinning so much. Now obviously most weddings are full of joy and smiles, but I think Rhian & Toan might win the ‘most smiley’ prize. Big cheesy grins all round!

“We absolutely love our wedding photos, and genuinely couldn’t be happier with them,” begin Rhian. “We had a very tight budget for everything, but photography was the one thing I wouldn’t skimp on the quality. I love it so much in my day to day life I knew the value of getting good ones done for the big day. When I saw Shell de Mar’s portfolio I could see straight away that she has a beautiful eye for detail and lots of talent. We like to think that we found an excellent photographer who happened to do weddings, rather than a ‘wedding photographer’.”

The wedding was held in a marquee in Toan’s parent’s back garden. The couple DIY’ed pretty much all of their wedding decor – and doesn’t it all look amazing?! Rhian told me all about it,

“On the tables we had plain white tablecloths, the flowers were all put together by me, after a big trip to New Covent Garden flower market on the Thursday morning before our wedding. We chose them all, mostly white with a flash of yellow from the craspedia – to offset all the colour in the marquee. My sister spray painted the bottles of champagne (or cava) that we celebrated our engagement with in the company of various friends with white paint and we used these as candle holders, the corks were used to hold up the tablenames and my bridesmaids helped make some homemade candles in teeny sherry glasses (left over from my cake stand venture, see below!) to dot around the table.”

“The table names were photos of various London streets that mean a lot to us, largely in and around Camden. The table plan was displayed on an old door we found in Toan’s dad’s woodshed. The cake table was decorated using some fabric of my Mum’s, plates and cake stands I already had and a sign saying ‘sweet nothings’ from Banter Banner. Our guest book was made by us, using brown card (with questions like ‘what should we do for our 10 year anniversary?’ and ‘do you have any advice?’ and a photo album. We popped it all in an old school desk (again found in Toan’s parents’ magical shed) and surrounded it with random bits of wood found in the woodshed which we covered in old photos of us and all the guests. We put homemade rectangular bunting round the edges of the marquee with giant multicoloured tissue paper pom poms hung from the ceiling.”

“We also had a little tent off to the side with the bar in. We decorated this to look like an old fashioned pub, using pictures I found in a charity shop (and some of Toan’s Mum’s pictures and various paraphernalia. We used my sister’s old sofa, a chair another sister found on the street, plus one donated by a friend and a £5 coffee table for the furniture. Toan stencilled a sign saying ’Ravenscroft Arms’ and the pub opened for business for its first and only rather epic night. Outside we had more bunting, hay bales, signs dotted and a menu sign for the BBQ using a stencil and a piece of aluminium I found in Toan’s garden. We also used jam jars of candles and flowers and some paper bags to hold candles in dotted around. We even had an old Triumph that Toan’s parents’ had in the garage that his Dad cleaned up for us wheeled out and set up, with a skittle alley borrowed from someone else in the village!”

“We served drinks on top of ice piled into a trough that was used when Toan’s sister had a pony! We borrowed trestle tables from the village hall too. We made confetti cones out of magazine front covers and confetti was the excess tissue from the pom pom making. On our way back to the party, instead of being formally announced or anything like that our friends formed a little corridor and we walked down into the field while they all whooped and chucked confetti at us, which was amazing!”

Phew, I feel exhausted just reading that extensive list of DIY tasks! It was worth all the effort though guys, your wedding looks amazing!

“Our inspiration just came from being on a tight budget, necessity is the mother of all invention after all – and also from just wanting to have a good old celebration with our favourite people,” Rhian concluded. “We wanted it to be bright and colourful and full of positive energy. Neither of us believe in chucking money at things without thinking about it, everything you do should be done with passion. I looked on Rock n Roll Bride on pretty much a daily basis, as I loved reading everyone’s stories (lets be honest Toan also had a good nosey) – and also on those days when people said things like ‘what do you mean you don’t have a colour scheme?’, ‘your dress is from a market?’ or ‘what are you doing for your favours?’ having a quick check on the website reminded me to stay true to what I believed in and that the best celebrations were for those who did what they loved.”

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A Help Yourself, Village Fete Wedding in Cornwall: Rosalie & Fergus

Rosalie & Fergus had a sweet homespun wedding in Cornwall. “The whole ethos was to get all our creative friends and family together for a two week holiday in Cornwall,” the bride explained. “The deal was, that they spent the first week, sewing, making, cooking, baking and generally doing anything and everything – then we had a massive great wedding/party which continued for the rest of the week. I don’t think they feel used, it was a great vibe and a really chilled way to organise a wedding.”

“The records that we used as table numbers was a very last minute decision, we found a box of singles in a charity shop in Wadebridge (nearest town) and then made them into lollipop type sticks using our favourite musicians and some red and white tape! I had always wanted a sort of help yourself village fete type affair, so we made little flags for all the food and people helped themselves. The vintage crockery was the star of the show, having just started by business, The Crockery Cupboard, it was hot topic and really brought the whole reception to life, and because of all the colour, no-one noticed the drab marquee we were sat in!”

“We lit the garden with hundreds of jam jars filled with a little sand and a tealight, so easy cheap and looks so pretty when it’s dark,” Rosalie continued. “Also, the cake table was a massive success, we had lots of different cakes to choose from, all on beautiful cake stands to cater for everyone and people could have a cuppa and a slice of cake at any point as it was there for the whole reception, which made people feel at home and looked really pretty too with all the vintage cups adorning the tables. We didn’t spend a fortune on flowers because we had a beautiful assortment of vintage vases that only needed a few stems but dotted around everywhere gave the illusion of lots of flowers.”

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