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A Vintage Great British Seaside Shoot

This beautiful and creative photo shoot was put together by the ladies behind Dottie Creations and Dottie Photography. It was inspired by their love of the great British seaside.

Mandy & Zoe, the ladies behind both companies, styled, crafted and photographed the whole shoot themselves. They made all the awesome signage, the beautiful table decorations and the even the biscuits.

These are sure to get you in the mood for Summer huh?

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Jaclyn & Joseph’s Rock Star Wedding

Jaclyn & Joseph’s Californian wedding was certainly one with rock star credentials. With colours like bright pink, lime green, gold & cream all mashed together, the result was sure to be a spectacular one.

“My inspiration was to create a fairy tale wedding with and Alice in Wonderland twist”, explained Jaclyn. I” wanted both elements of shabby chic and edgy to blend together.  It came together beautifully.  Our wedding was breathtaking.  All of the details like the cake, flowers, craft tables and accessories made this wedding become extra stylish.  The food was a priority for me too and I think it had a rock star element as well.  We served a late night snack bar for our guests as well as a candy bar for take home favors.  Each of these elements made our wedding unique and memorable.”

“We had funky furniture for our reception that we rented from Blue Print Studios. This furniture was bold and bright and created a rock star feel for the reception.  A one of the best ideas that our guests loved was our photo booth.  It was the highlight of the late evening.  Our photo booth company had so many awesome accessories for people who wanted to get funky. From boas to beer glasses it was awesome.  I wish we could do it all over again!”

Jaclyn used her love of fashion to create her own, very unique, wedding day look, ” I LOVE fashion and design so much! I am a hair stylist and get to be creative everyday. When I was thinking of my dress I really wanted something special and cool.  My Mom and I went to Trudy’s in Campbell and found a beautiful dress that had lots of potential for me to get funky with. I bought this dress and with the help of a seamstress named Genine, we made magic.”

“My favorite color is pink and I wanted pink in my dress.  We decided to tear the bottom of the dress out and add lots of pink tulle. It was so much fun. My idea was to have 3 shaded of pink fading from light to dark and we made it happen. I felt like a rock star on my wedding day because of my dress!”

With her perfect dress she wore Christian Louboutin shoes and vintage jewellery.

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Alejandro & Aurelie’s Frida-Inspired Ceremony

Alejandro & Aurelie’s wedding was a small one – tiny in fact. They were wed at Hammersmith & Fulham Registry Office with just a few close friends in attendance. They didn’t have a reception but instead will be having a big family party back home in Switzerland later this year.

Aurelie’s wedding day look was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. She wore a vintage dress from Paper Dress Vintage and flowers in her hair from H & M. Aurelie is an artist (check out her exploding jewellery!) and so made her tourquise earrings herself from a pair of turquoise stones that Alejandro had bought her from Porobello Road Market.

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How to…Make Your Own Fabric Bouquet

Photography Credit: Kristin Rogers Photography

The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise the above image from Nicole & Aaron’s ‘Just Married’ Session that I blogged back in February. As I was blogging it, I fell a little bit in love with Nicole’s handmade fabric flower bouquet so I thought I’d try my luck and ask her if she’d be willing to share how to made it with my readers. Luckily for me (and you!) Nicole was more than happy and excited to share her tutorial with us. Enjoy this guys and as always, if you make this yourself I want to see pictures!

Nicole has her own blog, Knitcole, so if you are interested in seeing more of her work then be sure to go check it out. The bouquet she made especially for this tutorial is even for sale through her blog (along with others) for the less crafty among you (ahem…like me!)

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I am so excited to share this sweet little bouquet tutorial with all of you! When my husband and I decided to have our wedding photos taken I knew I wanted to have a special element in the photos and my handmade bouquet turned out to be just what I was looking for! I was so happy that I spent the extra time and effort to make something so special that I can look at every day and remember our special moment.

First, get all of your supplies ready. You may not need everything here, but I’ve found that there are all nice to have. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Fabric
2. Tools: Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Self-Healing Mat, Ruler, Compass, Glue gun with lots of glue.
3. Notions: Felt, Embroidery Thread or Regular Thread, Green Cloth Floral Wire, Buttons, Embellishments.

For this tutorial I decided to make my bouquet nautical themed so I choose a lot of red, blue, white and yellow fabrics and found buttons and some gold rope that made perfect embellishments.

First thing you need to do is create your flowers. I like to use two types of flowers, (Yo Yo Flowers and Ruffle Flowers,) but you can also add any other kinds of flowers; crocheted or knitted flowers, felt flowers, etc.

1. To make Yo Yo Flowers you will need to cut out circles in varying sizes. I like to use a compass so I can make many different sized circles without having to cut out different templates. I recommend circles that are no smaller than 3” in diameter.
2. Using a needle and thread sew around the edge of the circle. You don’t have to be too careful here, just try to stay close to the edge.
3. Continue sewing around the circle, the fabric will gather as you go.
4. Once you get all the way around knot your thread and you’re finished!

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Michelle & Deborah’s Romantic Parisian Themed Wedding

Michelle & Deborah’s touching ceremony was one of the main reasons I wanted to share their wedding with you all today. Quite apart from all the beautiful and individual details the couple put into their day, the readings and poems that they selected for their ceremony made this wedding really special and signified their relationship perfectly.

They chose Shakespear’s Sonnet 116, a section from the children’s book  “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard and “I carry your heart with me” by E.E Cummings for their vows. Finally, in order to include the fight for equality, they read the Massachusetts ruling on marriage. They thought it was so simple and basic and spelled out what marriage meant to them in a perfect way.

“FROM GOODRIDGE V DEPT OF HEALTH (Mass. 2003): Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition….It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right’.”

“We just really liked the definitions of marriage,” Michelle explained. “Again, we chose our readings because they all held a significance in what marriage should be regardless of legal status (strong and steadfast, childlike at times, a basic human right, always honest, the beauty of partnership).”

The couple had been lucky enough to spend some time in Paris so chose a Romantic Parisian theme for their wedding. The croquembouche (cake) was a nod to their love of French culture and flamboyant presentation. They even cut it with the traditional sword.

“They choose the perfect location – the elegant Astin Mansion – they also did the table flowers and catering,” photographer Katherine O’Brien continued. “Michelle said that Deborah thought that spending money on bouquets was silly when they just die a few days after so she told her she could make her a bouquet that would never wilt and thus her fabric/book flower project began. She got the newspaper flowers Etsy and mixed with her own. They also used Etsy for their bridal party gifts – each attendant got a cool vintage pinup flask and the cute cloth love birds were from The Girl in Yellow. The main wedding cake looked like a stack of books from Shakespeare to the Merry Wives of Windsor.

“Instead of favors for their guests the couple made a donation to the Pride Community Center. It  is their area’s first LGBT community gathering place and is providing a much needed resource to youth and adults in our area. At first they thought they we were going to donate to the Human Rights Campaign, but realized it was more important to give locally, and see their donation help within their own community.”

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Lucy & Andy’s Budget-Friendly, “Let’s Do It Our Way” Wedding

This beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding came about after Lucy proposed to Andy on a trip to London. “I took Andy away to Tower Bridge London, to stay in a 5 star hotel on Valentines Day 2010,” the bride told me. “He kept saying,’You’re not going to propose are you?’. I said ‘No of course not, don’t be silly’. Then as we were walking back to the hotel under the bridge by the dolphin statue, I placed a ring box shaped like an orange in his hand. He looked at it and said ‘What’s this?’ with a scared look on his face. And I said ‘Open it’, then ‘Will you marry me?’. The colour drained from his face, I cried, he said ‘Oh, I was planning to propose to you, and I started saving for a ring, and what is everyone going to say?’ I just said, ‘Look, I have saved you the bother of saving your money for months and months. Let do this our way’.”

“I mainly wanted to show him that it wasn’t about the expensive ring, and massive gesture, and the big hype. It was about having something nice on my finger that suited me and that reminded me of our lovely weekend, that didn’t cost us the earth, and took years to pay back, and that we loved each other and wanted to get married, rather than all the focus being about the finger furniture and the ‘Oh, how did he propose?’ Everyone is different, and, we did it our way.”

This tone of ‘let’s do it our way’ really did continue into their wedding. They wanted to create something themselves that was laid back but detail heavy.

“We wanted to use our creative skills to decorate the venue and ourselves,” continued Lucy. “We didn’t have much money, so we utilised our friends and families offers of help, and had a very laid back and love filled wedding. Everyone lent a hand when we needed it, on the run up and on the day.”

“I am very much in to vintage styles, and we wanted that to shine through. I wore an original 1930’s handmade vintage dress which I bought from eBay for just £60. We had a slight nautical theme, which was shown more in the colours, red white and blue, with a splash of yellow to brighten it up. We had found objects, like shells and driftwood to decorate our wedding breakfast tables mixed with fairy lights & candles which created a lovely cosy winter atmosphere.”

“We were adament that we needed to stick to our budget of just a few thousand pounds, we had no option but to stick to it. We used lots of hand-me-down objects, second hand things, freebies, we used eBay a hell of a lot for supplies like linen, tissue paper and the lanterns and the balloon lights etc. We certainly wanted to put our own stamp on our wedding. We didn’t want our day to be like everyone elses, we wanted people to come away going ‘Well, that wedding was different’.”

“I am very laid back, and I wanted to banish that stuffy and posh feeling of weddings. I was very adament that I wanted everyone to relax, feel the love, lend a hand, and have a great weekend away. There were no rules, if you wanted to bring your own booze, then do so. If you want to take the mike and rap to Dizzy Rascal (which my crazy friends did) then go ahead. If you want to go to the beach and run naked in to the sea (which someone else did!) then go ahead.”

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