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Candy Coloured Cuteness: Lucy & Michael

Lucy & Michael’s candy coloured cute-as-hell wedding stole my heart! The pastel colour palate is so fresh and totally perfect for their DIY wedding. Lucy & Michael actually found their photographer, the fabulous Shell De Mar, through an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride too so it’s really cool that I’m allowed to feature their gorgeous wedding too.

“We knew that it was important to have a wedding photographer who understood the style and inspiration for our big day and would capture all of the details we had so painstakingly created,” Lucy told me. “We wanted a fun and creative record of our day rather than a set of stuffy portraits. We discovered Shell De Mar when we saw a seaside engagement shoot that was featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We immediately fell in love with her use of light and colour, and the way she captured her couples.”

As readers of Rock n Roll Bride, the couple knew that wanted to create a wedding that reflected their personalities (yey!) Lucy explained, “When we started planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure our personalities were reflected in every last detail, that we incorporated the wedding traditions people would expect without being ruled by them, but most of all that we threw an amazing party with something for everyone that all of our friends and family would enjoy. I scoured the internet and took inspiration from wedding blogs (I am a daily Rock n Roll Bride reader!) and magazines, pulling out all of the elements we loved and adding a few extra ideas of our own.”

“The theme for the day was vintage village fete. When we first went to see our reception venue, a traditional village hall out in the countryside, we knew it was perfect for our theme and it even had beams to string our bunting from! We loved the idea of having a sweet table and a cheese table as these were one of our favourite ‘wedding trends’, and Michael suggested that we could set them up as market stalls to tie in with our village fete theme. After numerous prototypes Michael and my Dad constructed amazing market stall backdrops for our cheese, sweet and cake shops.”

“Another wedding trend we were excited about was having a photo booth at the reception. I mentioned the idea to my brother and he not only created a photo booth computer programme using a camera linked up to a laptop, but also made us a ‘booth’ and created a website to showcase all the photos after the day. We topped it off with a dressing up box, including of course moustaches on sticks as no indie wedding would be complete without these!”

“Music was also a really important part of our day as it is a huge passion for Michael! We had a vintage record player set up for our arrival drinks, and created a background playlist for during the wedding breakfast using soundtracks from our favourite films. Instead of hiring a wedding DJ, we decided to ask Michael’s friends to each do a DJ set for us, and Michael even played a few tunes on the night! We ended up with a really great variety of music which was all carefully chosen and meant something to us.”

As you can see, DIY was also something the couple wanted to tackle for their wedding. They made a number of things themselves including the save the dates, the photo booth and the candy buffet. “We love making things and are always working on DIY projects, so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we possibly could!” Lucy continued. “We really enjoyed coming up with an idea for the wedding, then trying to think up a way to make it into a reality. We started off with handmade save the dates styled like vintage postcards (complete with vintage stamps). When it came to the invitations we decided to use a professional designer we found on etsy to design the suite which we then printed and assembled. We also added bus tickets for all our guests coming on the route master bus!”

“My Mum and I created most of the decorative elements – from placecards, table plans and sweet shop labels to tissue paper pom poms, cushions and napkin rings. Mum also created the beautiful Mr & Mrs letters we displayed on our top table. Mum now has her own website (spottydaisy.com) and creates a whole range of handmade and bespoke wedding decorations and occasion cards to order. I think the biggest DIY project I took on was the wedding favours. I loved the idea of having little thank you gifts, but couldn’t find anything that would appeal to all of our guests, so I decided to make favours tailored to each person. I sewed corsages for the ladies, monogrammed handkerchiefs for the men and then handmade all of the favour boxes.”

Oh this is so cute and a wedding I wish I could have been at!

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Rock n Roll Bride Party Report – 14th April 2011, London

So now I’ve got a party report to write…Wow. Erm wow. Where do I begin with this baby huh?! SO much happened…and it’s going to be hard to sum it all up in a few paragraphs but here goes…

Last Thursday I hosted a party and invited anyone who reads this blog to come along. Over 500 of you applied for tickets and 200 lucky brides & grooms-to-be and wedding industry professionals were asked to come along. The idea being that everybody I know works so hard, whether that be with their businesses or planning their weddings, so I wanted to give everyone an excuse to take a night off, dress up, eat cupcakes and sweeties, drink cocktails and generally get a little bit silly. And we did. Oh we did.

Lucy enjoying a large cocktails (for ahem 6-8 people) early on…

Looks like she wasn’t the only one…

The day started with Gareth & I hopping on the train to London to meet the awesome Elbie Van Eeden (she got married in March – you saw her fabulous wedding on my blog right?) who did our hair and my make up. When we arrived, Elbie said she’d been up all night thinking of ideas for my tresses and did I want the rainbow back? Erm yes pleeease! This time she did a kind of ‘dipped’ effect, where she just added the extra colours to the bottom half of sections of my hair. We kept the styling relatively simple with a few curls to really show off the colours. I adore it.

After a few hours of beautification there was a mad rush to dump our stuff in the hotel and I whizzed round to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to get dressed. I am such a lucky girl that they bought in and customised this gorgeous vintage dress for me. It was originally below the knee and had a higher neckline but Emma & Laura suggested a puffball re-styling and adding pink edged petticoat. Hell yes! I wore it with my Vivienne Westwood pink pumps (flat shoes were a necessity!) my Tarina Tarantino ‘pink head’ necklace, my Butler and Wilson skull ring and some black and white diamond drop earrings lent to me by the incredibly generous Jon Keith Diamonds.

I arrived at the venue at 5.30 and was greeted by Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Hannah of Sweet Dream Events, Sara of Wedding Sparrow, Jayne of Sacco & Sacco Photography and Lisa of Lisa Jane Photography – my dream team for the night! I was blown away by a) how excited everyone was to be involved and b) how much effort and hard work they all put in. Charlotte’s cupcakes were divine as ever (how cute are the button cakes – made to match the invitations I sent!?) and Hannah’s sweetie display was nothing short of awe-inspiring. She even hand drew the skull labels and the take away bags. Genius.

Charlotte made the cute cupcakes to match the button design on the invitations I’d sent out!

Lucy Ledger then arrived with the menus that she’s designed for the custom cocktail (and yes they were delicious) and some caption boards for the photo booth. The “I want pink hair” board was particularly popular! (you’ll see more of this in the photo booth photos which I’ll be posting later today…)

Then it was show time! People started arriving at 6.30 and didn’t stop arriving until about 10pm. At one point I looked outside and there was actually a queue to get in! People squealed and hugged as they met for the first time (often after talking for months on twitter!) The vibe was joyful, electric and exciting…I couldn’t have hoped for anything more.

At about 8.30 I took to the mic and did a mini thank you speech. It was too dark to read my notes so I hope I didn’t forget to thank anyone. People whooped and cheered and I got a little teary saying an extra special big thank you to my wonderful and supportive husband Gareth.

The rest of the night pretty much consisted of me running around, trying to say hello to as many people as possible and hopping in and out of the photo booth to have pictures taken with everyone that wanted one. I was blown away by the turn out and I’m so so thrilled that everyone seemed to have such a fabulous time.

Check out these reports written up by some of the attendees…(if you’ve done one that’s not listed here, let me know add I’ll add yours!)

Segerius Bruce Photography
Ruby Weddings
Love Illustrated
Miss KTP
Fifties Wedding
Wedding Sparrow
Ali Lovegrove (with some exclusive quotes from me)
Emily Jayne
Tattybojangles
Mark Osborne Photography
A Postscript Bride
The Creative Factory
Mark Niemierko

Here’s to the next one huh!?  But for now, I’ll leave you with a huge selection of photos by the awesome Jayne Sacco who worked her butt off all night. She was bloody brilliant.

The Rock n Roll Bride & Groom! More photo booth photos to come later today…

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Leah & Peter’s Red + Black Rockabilly Wedding

Leah & Peter had a red & black themed rockabilly wedding. They kept the fact that they had got married earlier in the day a surprise from a lot of their guests but made sure all the most important people were in attendance…including their two (very well dressed!) pugs.

“We were never officially engaged (Peter bought my my black pug Ziggy instead of an engagement ring!) we just always knew we would get married and with both of us turning 30 in June 2010 was as good a reason as any,” Leah told me. !We never wanted to be the kind of people who let the real reason for getting married to be overshadowed by stressing about table placings etc so we focused on what would make us have a good time at the party and turned the tables so people were leaving with things that we had bought!”

“We spent a lot of our budget on the sweet buffet/ice cream sundae bar and also put 125 little bottles of shots on the tables (Peter hand painted them with different designs) and had free champagne and cardboard cadillacs on the tables filled with all kinds of things like bubbles, lipglosses, toys, games, sunglasses, badges, mirrors, mexican jumping beans. We also made 100 cd’s of songs that we liked and we called it “Cats, Pugs and Rock n Roll!” We also had a lot of 1950’s pictures and we let everyone take them away with them. Someone even got the cardboard Marilyn Monroe cut-out, we just wanted everyone to have a good time.”

“When we made the announcement that we got married, most people were very happy for us and some asked us what we wanted for a wedding present and our response was (the same to the people) who knew about the wedding “nothing”, we’ve been together a long time, we have our own house, we don’t need anything, we just wanted to have a really good party and celebrate our way plus people will always remember it. We didn’t want people to get hung up on the wedding details or pay a lot of money out. All we wanted to do was get married our way and luckily we had my family who were slightly bemused but very accepting and some good friends who were sworn to secrecy about the day time but really helped! It was a real team effort and we got out of it what we put in! Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be hard and there are no rules that you “must” follow! My best advice is to go for what you both love!”

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Amber & Jeff’s Candy Land Wedding

Amber & Jeff were married in Crest Theatre and so their wedding had a pretty theatrical theme! “It has always been a dream of mine to get married at the Crest Theatre and have been going there since I was a kid and my comedy troupe used to perform there so it’s always been close to my heart!” Amber told me. ” I also have been part of a horror film summer festival for about 10 years and had some of my creative friends from there get involved; such as making the candy shop, the MC is a stand up comedienne friend, I really wanted to get all my creative friends involved!”

A lot of the wedding was DIY and the Mother of the bride in particular really got stuck in –  she made all the decorations, the decopauged suitcase, the vintage wedding cake toppers and the candy displays. Amber also had a friend who made her candy flower bouquet by melting down different sweets  into the shapes of flowers – something she had always dreamed about having.

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Rock n Roll Gold

Dan & Danielle are definitely rock n roll gold! Unfortunately I don’t have much info on this wedding but with the OK from the bride I just had to share these right away. I’m pretty sure it was worth a post just for the gorgeous wedding images and all the wicked details right?

Edit: The dress was from Carmela Sutera Couture

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Second Time Lucky

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Both beautiful and fun, this wedding was zipped over to me by newbie photographer Emma Case. I am struggling to believe this is only the second wedding she has ever shot! The Southampton based photographer told me all about Ruth & Dan’s wedding:

Ruth and Dan were married on the 3rd October 2009 at Hartington Hall Youth Hostel in Derbyshire.  They hired the whole hostel for the weekend and guests shared traditional style youth hostel rooms with single beds, bunk beds and shared showers!

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