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#BrunaDigaSim – A Twitter Proposal & A Geeky Wedding: Bruna & Alexandre

After a Twitter proposal (#BrunaDigaSim – there are a number of videos of them on TV on You Tube after it happened, unfortunately they are all in Portuguese!) Bruna & Alexandre went to work planning their ‘vintage geek’ themed wedding.

“The wedding industry in Brazil is so unfashionable, people concentrate on traditional things and it’s almost impossible find a service provider available to do what you really want,” Bruna told me. “We decided to have a personal wedding. To see this happening we asked most of our friends to help us. We love tattoos, rock/indie music, film photography and technology, and we tried to put everything together into our wedding. The results were above what we thought they could be. We were featured on almost every single wedding blog and site in Brazil as an inspirational wedding which was amazing!”

Be sure to check out their super-sweet video too.

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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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Mexican Art Wedding: Kirsta & Alec

Kirsta & Alec’s Arizona wedding had a Mexican art theme. Being married in an arts centre and with a mutual love of travel and other cultures (they met while working in an orphanage in Kenya) the idea of having this vibe for their wedding just felt right.

“We met working at an orphanage in rural Kenya,” Kirsta told me. “Luck would have it that both our loves of travel and adventure lead us to being in the same remote place at the same time. We just happened to be placed as roommates and the rest is history! We fell in love over working with kids, farming projects, and other development work. After moving back to the States to live in Seattle for a year, we got the itch to live abroad again and moved to South Korea so that I could teach. We had a series of serious discussions (neither of us really ‘proposed’) and decided that we wanted to make it official. In April, we had an awesome little Embassy wedding in Seoul totally by ourselves. We knew we’d be going back to the US for the holidays, so it felt like a natural time to have a bigger ceremony with our families and friends. The whole idea behind having a second wedding was simply to have a big party to celebrate with those people that we love and miss so much while we are off adventuring.”

“We were totally inspired by my hometown, Phoenix: the Southwest, Mexican art, big skies and bold colors” Kirsta explained when I asked about their inspiration. “Our wedding was different because we really chucked most of the traditional pieces of a wedding out the window. We meant for the day to be emotional and meaningful for us without being overly mushy. It was much easier as a couple to have the pressure and anxiety of ‘The Big Day’ out of the way because we’d already been married for six months. In hindsight I think we just didn’t have time to do the stuff we didn’t feel strongly about.”

“We actually tried to avoid having a theme as much as possible, but if we gave it a title it might be ‘good times, bright colors with Mexican/Southwest vibes'” she continued. “There was family attending from all ages, so we tried to incorporate a level of silliness and fun that would appeal to the kids. Although it was a wedding, we didn’t want it to feel too stiff. I bought a bunch of pinatas and filled them with Mexican toys, they turned out to be a huge hit. The cascarónes (confetti filled colored eggs) were also a special treat, we found them online and used them after the ceremony as we entered the reception area. Guests (mostly the young kids) were throwing them at people all night. Confetti was everywhere.”

The bride wore a grey gown from lovejune on etsy and Alec wore…well… a crotchless neon green mesh bodysuit under his suit! It was a bachelorette party joke gift that Krista got from a friend. “He surprised everyone the morning of the wedding. Those pictures will be so amazing when we are old and grey!” she laughed.

“We were both also really excited about getting to dress up really fancy for a day! I was so excited about my wedding dress, it was the first thing that we did after setting a date. I found the amazing lovejune etsy shop while I was in Korea; I knew I wanted a dress that wasn’t white and wasn’t traditionally ‘bridal’ and the owner did such an awesome job of working with me to get something amazing. I couldn’t see the dress until 2 weeks before the wedding because it was too expensive to import to Korea, but I was SO pleased when I did.”

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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 Classic Retro Wedding: Adrienne & Nic

Adrienne & Nic’s retro wedding was held at Greystone Hall, Ohio “My Mom and I wanted to have the wedding and reception all in one place for convenience’s sake,” the bride told me. “I wanted to have the wedding in downtown Akron for nostalgia’s sake. The building is historic and very important to the city, plus they have great food! Nic and I loved the subtle eerie goth vibe from the preserved masonic imagery.”

Adrienne wore a antique dress which she’d owned even before she met Nic, and a vintage hat which her grandmother wore at her own wedding in 1946. “I saw the dress in an antique store in NYC years ago, way before I met Nic. My Mom came to visit and I took her to the store to show her how great this dress was. They were trying to sell it to me for more than 50% off, but still too expensive for me, especially since I had no where to wear it. So we left the store satisfied knowing that we had seen the most beautiful dress in the world. A few months later it was Christmas. I opened a gift from my Mom and there was the dress! She called the antique store and bought it over the phone. One of my friends, and later bridesmaid, Kim smuggled it home over Thanksgiving. When I opened it on Christmas I announced that I would get married in it. I still hadn’t met Nic.”

As their venue was so beautiful on it’s own, the couple only had to do a few things to dress it up. They spray painted various figurines which they’d picked up at thrift stores and gathered from friend’s homes to use on the tables.  Adrienne’s Father designed and made the metal flower stands to hold the larger balls of green flowers. For their guest book they asked people to write them notes on various pieces of paper which they now plan to bind within the pages of their wedding photo album.

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