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Alena & Geoff’s Circus-Themed Costume Party Wedding

Alena & Geoff were married at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Their fancy dress, circus themed day was certainly a show-stopper, especially as the majority of their guests really got into the swing of it and made a real effort with their outfits. “We invited our guests to dress up, and that made them fully participate in all aspects of the circus/carnival wedding,” they told me. “We had 2 guests as ‘door clowns’ who checked people in, gave them clown noses and flags. We had a popcorn man in the lobby of the ceremony giving out popcorn bags. We borrowed huge circus banners from other friends and used them to decorate for the reception.”

The couple made a number of DIY items to go with their theme, but were keen to pass on to the readers of Rock n Roll Bride that there is no need to stress about the ‘little’ things on the run up to your big day. “We made flags for our guests, our own centerpieces, and other decorative touches. Don’t waste time on gifts or things you and others won’t care about though.” they explained. “We filled large vintage popcorn boxes with bottles of water, snacks, local things to do in town and directions to the event and had them given to our guests when they checked in at their hotels.”

Alena wore a custom made dress from Skingraft, Fluvog boots and a hair piece that she made herself from feathers, copper wire, a piece of gold veil and a costume jewellery blue brooch from her great grandmother.

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Vanessa & Brian’s Bicycle Themed Wedding

Vanessa & Brian’s DIY wedding has a vintage bicycle theme because cycling was what brought them together. The day was held at Simpson House, Kansas City and started with an intimate ceremony on the gardens. Vanessa walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles, performed acoustically by a local couple. After the kiss, everyone rang bells that were placed on their chairs. They also decorated their venue in a way personal to them. Wheat was an important decorative element as Vanessa’s Dad was a wheat farmer and passed away when she was young. She even has a tattoo of wheat on her arm in memory of him.

The couple put a number of DIY elements into their wedding including the ceremony backdrop which was actually a flower and ribbon chandelier created from bicycle wheels. They even had a super cute bicycle cake topper made for them by their coordinators, Hitched Weddings + Events. “Our inspiration was the shared passion that we had for cycling & all things vintage”, they explained. “That really helped us to think out of the box and try to incorporate touches of the motif without having it be too ‘themey’.”

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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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