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A Vintage Rockabilly Wedding: Molly & Sam

Molly & Sam’s beautiful vintage rockabilly wedding was held at The Promethean in Adelaide.

Before the ceremony, the couple met at Cafe Salsa – a 50′s themed beach cafe – for photographs. They also has some shots taken at the skateboard park as Sam and his friends can often by found hanging out there.

“Sam and his mates did some brief skate manoeuvres and everybody prayed nobody took a spill and injured themselves,” photographer Helen told me. “Then it was on to The Promethean for the ceremony and a cool party with groovy music. They walked down the aisle to ‘Rose of my Heart’ by Jonny Cash. The party went on until 5am!”

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A Simple & Fun London Wedding: Danny & Dylan

Sometimes the simple and fun weddings are the ones that steal my heart…especially when the first photo I’m sent is this one. Amaze…

“We didn’t want a big formal wedding and we didn’t want the sort of off-the-peg wedding we saw on offer in all the hotels,”  the bride, Danny, told me. “We kept everything simple and relaxed and organised it all in about three or four months.  We were so happy with how laid back and informal it was on the day.  Everyone told us organising a wedding is the most stressful thing you can do, but if that’s the case they’re doing it wrong! We enjoyed every minute of it and had a fantastic day.  We knew that all we had to do was get all our friends and family together in one place and we’d have a brilliant time.”

The wedding was held at The Star and Garter pub in Putney. “The venue made such a difference to the vibe of the day, having a wedding in a pub was brilliant and suited us both so much, Danny continued. “We decided before we’d even picked a venue that we’d really like to have pie n mash and the Star and Garter did a great job of arranging that for us. The food was fab, we were even craving it when we were on our honeymoon in Iceland!”

The bride had a male ‘bridesmaid’ and the groom has a female ‘best man’. “We didn’t set out to be deliberately different by having a male bridesmaid and female best man, it’s just how it worked out,” Danny explained. “Paul wore a suit from Topman and Jess wore a red dress by Stop Staring.”

Danny’s dress came from Vivien of Holloway. “I altered the halter-neck strap making the dress strapless and added some simple brooches from Accessorize. I didn’t do the whole big dress shop with anyone.  I had tried one other dress on previously but as soon as I tried the Vivien of Holloway dress I knew it was the one and it was a perfect fit.”

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A Gothic Inspired Beach Wedding in Sweden: Alan & Chrissie

Alan & Chrissie were married in September on the Swedish island of Gotland. The couple were the first from Hong Kong to be married there and their nuptials even made the from page of a Swedish newspaper! They flew British photographer Ian Johnson to shoot it for them.

“I proposed that we should go travelling in Europe and maybe get married while we were there,”Alan explained, “There was no kneeling down and all that fluff but she said yes!”

Neither of the pair had ever been to Sweden, and they discovered the location after Chrissie saw a wedding there featured on a wedding blog.

“I’d never forget the wedding for the rest of my life,” Alan continued. “The reason why we wanted to do it was because we believe marriage is about just the two of us. We wanted to make it as special as possible.”

Chrissie wore a short gown made by Jeff Dark Art and a headpiece handmade by her groom.

“We love gothic rock music,” they concluded, “that’s why we choose the church ruins as our ceremony venue and slightly gothic style outfits. Gotland is a lovely place. We will come back for our anniversaries in a few years.”

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A Simple, Farm Wedding: Taylor & Jeremy

I seem to be featuring a lot of beautifully simple weddings at the moment, which is fine by me because I love them! Just to clarify, by ‘simple’ I mean weddings that authentic and personal to the couple and their families, and weddings that don’t ‘over fuss’ with fads or trends. Its all about the love right?

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They wore each other’s wedding rings around their wrists before they exchanged them…I LOVE this idea the MOST!

I love DIY weddings (well really who doesn’t?!) and weddings like Taylor & Jeremy’s, where their whole family pitched into help, just make me melt. The wedding was held at Sunnyslope Farm in New Hampshire. The couple had an intimate outdoor ceremony which meant a lot to both of them. “Seeing Taylor walk down the aisle was my favorite part of the day,” Jeremy wrote. “…and my favorite part was also walking down the aisle!” Taylor agreed. “Walking up with my Dad and him telling me how proud he is and how much he loves Jeremy and I….and then watching Jeremy break down when he saw me!”

I said Taylor, Jeremy and their families DIYed nearly the whole wedding and I wasn’t kidding! Taylor’s Dad built the cupcake stand and her sister’s boyfriend built the photo booth. Her sister also found the piano for FREE on craigslist which was played as the bride walked down the aisle.

Taylor and her grandmother picked wildflowers for the bouquets, centrepieces and ceremony and the bride’s brother and sister built the arch that they were married beneath.

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The bride’s Mum made all the cupcakes and the bride put together the ‘s’mores’ jars. They even had bottled water with their faces on! “The lady who owns the barn has a spring and bottles her own water, ‘NH2O’ she calls it, so she made those labels for a small price!”

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A Fun-Filled London Wedding: Sarah & Rueben

Quite apart from the fact that Sarah & Rueben are utterly gorgeous and achingly cool, their wedding is definitely one of those that I wish I was at. The day was simple and perfectly reflected them – they even had Sarah’s lips and Rueben’s mustache as a recurring theme throughout the details. From the stationary to the jam jars, and from the photo booth props to their wedsite….the mustache ‘trend’ is always ultimately cooler when the groom rocks a real one too isn’t it?!

After a Buddhist ceremony at Taplow Court near Maidenhead and a portrait session around London, the reception was held at The Brentham Club in Ealing, West London. The bride wore a dress by Phase 8 and the groom looked dapper in his Topman suit, top hat and velvet bowtie from eBay.

I really love the wedding details, especially the ‘naked’ cake and the suitcase tableplan…

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A Quirky Afternoon Tea & Library Themed Wedding: Ney & Phil

Ney & Phil’s DIY wedding was loosely based around the theme of a books and libraries.

“We wanted a literary theme and thought using vintage books as invites would be a lovely idea,” Ney told me. “We met at University studying English Literature and just love books, in particular old Penguin classics. We found some companies that can make them for you, but they’re expensive so we decided to do them ourselves.”

“We spent weeks to-ing and fro-ing all the vintage bookstores on Charing Cross Road (they do great bargain deals like hardback books for a pound).  I sourced a template for library card sleeves online, used an embossed gold paper to make them and then slotted our wedding invites inside to complete the book.  As much as possible, we tied our book choices to our guests’ interests, e.g. a Portuguese travel guide for my Mum, classic English poems for friends who studied literature with us, and a Guide to British Birds for Phil’s old-charmer Dad.  I love the idea that the invites had a life after the wedding, and it’s great knowing that they’re sitting on our friends’ bookshelves as part of their collection.”

“I used websites like Rock n Roll Bride and many, many (OK, hundreds of) wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration.  We have quite a taste for old vintage things and are constantly rummaging around in markets so used these trips for inspiration on how to display things or what to buy.  Things like the idea of covering books with vintage-style wrapping paper for the centrepieces we got from passing an antique shop in Chelsea, for example.”

It was also really important to the couple to incorporate their different heritages and cultures and so the second part of their wedding theme was based around this. “Throughout the day, we tried to make sure that the wedding was representative of our families’ cultures,” the bride continued.

“Phil’s got an English/Australian background – hence we started the day with afternoon tea, but made sure there were little ethnic touches (like Portuguese custard tarts on the cake stands).  As for my side, the Angolan culture is very celebratory – we make lots of noise, eat lots of food and dance like crazy, so we ended the night with a great big knees-up.”

“One of our favourite moments on the day was after the first song (Jamie Lidell’s Another Day).  As soon as it finished, my Mum made the DJ play an old Brazilian love song we’d never heard before.  Our bemusement turned to wonder as she led my entire family – almost 50 of them! – in a serenade en masse as we danced the, er, second first dance.  What a wonderful memory!  Also memorable was my lovely husband taking secret Portuguese lessons for his wedding speech.  The family went wild!”

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