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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll: Abby & Ian

Vivien of Holloway dresses are so beautiful, and many of the lucky bridesmaids in the weddings that I feature get to wear them…however when Abby got married she thought “why should they have all the fun?” and so she opted for a pink floral 50s inspired dress from their collection for her wedding dress! Pairing it with awesome cowboy boots and a faux fur jacket, she looked incredible.

The rainy wedding (it certainly didn’t dampen their spirits – like it could with the bride in a dress like this!) was held at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, and after a horse drawn carriage ride, the reception took place at East Dean Village Hall, East Dean.

“We really wanted to avoid anything too stereotypically weddingy,” Abby told me, “we just wanted the day to be a reflection of how we think about each other – just lots of fun! Neither of us feel particularly comfortable with formality and stuffiness – laughing, messing about and being childish are much more important! We wanted it to be something which could be enjoyed by everyone – from toddlers to our older relatives. We decided to give the some of the more traditional elements such as speeches, cutting of the cake and first dance a miss. However, we did do a spot of jiving to get me spinning and twirling around in my dress…it was too hard to resist!!”

The couple injected DIY elements wherever they they could, “Not only were we lucky to get a lot of helping hands setting up, but so many people helped in the run up to the wedding. My mum really is the star DIY pupil though as she made so much cool stuff – including all the cakes, the vinyl record cake stands and bowls, the bridesmaids dresses, the windmills and felt hearts! She even planted spring flowers in troughs (that she made herself nonetheless!) to stand outside the village hall. We made ribbon flowers to add to the tables as we thought these would be an interesting and unusual decoration. Ian decided that, having made some ties in a high school project many years ago, that he would hand make the ties for him, the bestman, the ushers and his dad – it turned out to be more time consuming than expected (and he wonders if any of them managed to still have them by the next morning….)”

The wedding had a really relaxed vibe and the ‘hoedown’ theme really got the party started! “I guess our theme was country and bluegrass,” the bride concluded, “from the Johnny Cash inspired ceremony music and readings, mixed with the rustic and rural charm of the US deep south – gingham, jam jars, JD bottles, banjos, barbequed meat and wild west lettering and signs. And of course, some cowboy boots thrown in there for good measure!”

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DIY Tutorial: Scratchcard Wedding Invitations

Michelle and Dan made scratchcard style invitations to send out to their guests. It was such a clever idea that I asked her – very nicely! – if she’d show us how they did it! Luckily for us she was more than happy to oblige.

” Hi Rock n Roll Bride readers! My name is Michelle and I am marrying Dan this summer in a garden in Scotland (where he proposed in fact!) and we are doing almost everything ourselves. Partly this is because we are trying to save money (more to spend on food and drinks!) and also because getting married is a great excuse to do all sorts of crafty things you wouldn’t normally have budget to do!”

“We made a stop-motion video for the save the date (so. much. fun.) but then wanted to send a physical postcard for the actual invite so people have something to keep. I came up with an idea for a scratch-off card – like a lottery ticket – with the prize being the details of our wedding!”

“Dan got totally behind the idea and did most of the fiddly tasks (including cutting out almost a hundred little plastic hearts). We sent them out last week and our guests love them. I’ve put together a little tutorial for how to make the cards – they were lots of fun to make and came out looking quite professional-looking!”

Supplies Needed:

♥ Card to print invitations on
♥ Printer & coloured ink
♥ Guillotine
♥ Sticky back plastic
♥ Pen
♥ Template (made of card) in the shape of the area to be scratched
♥ Acrylic paint in your choice of colour
♥ Paint brush
♥ Clear acetate
♥ Surgical gloves
♥ Custom stamp from Vistaprint


Step One: I designed the postcards with the end product in mind – I included a heart shape in the design with all the important information inside the heart (wedding date, venue and wedding website address). This is the bit that will be covered over with gold. I downloaded the fonts for free at Da Font. We couldn’t decide which colour scheme we liked best out of the four ‘finalists’ so we went with all four!

We printed the postcards on plush card. I spent forever looking for nice, thick card and in the end went for 300gsm ivory linen card – surprisingly cheap at www.papercard.co.uk. I looked into having the cards printed at a print shop but it was cheaper to buy a colour printer and do it ourselves. We also bought a cheap guillotine from Rymans to cut the cards out.

Step Two: Once you have your basic invite ready, you need to cover the section to be scratched off. To do this cut some sticky back plastic to exactly fit over the area. We used a template to cut the hearts out of a roll of sticky back plastic, doing a few tests to check they were the right size!

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A Tropical Paradise, Bohemian Wedding: Linda & Tyler

Linda & Tyler’s wedding makes me yearn for long lazy summer nights and scorching beaches. I could drink up this wedding and be satisfied for days…And with the event taking place at a venue called Paradise Gardens, is it any wonder?

“Our wedding day was a wonderful accumulation of memories that we will embrace forever,” Linda told me. “We’re beyond grateful for the love we have for one another and the natural way it shone through onthat day. I feel that every aspect of the wedding screamed us – from the lotus field, to the sounds of Devendra Banhart wailing, to the venue bathed in tea land gold! Our venue was amazing and we were ecstatic to have found this exotic little gem tucked away in the hills of Oceanside.”

“It took months to manifest every little detail in a way that I thought would encompass us. I envisioned the vibrant bottles, vintage books and unique demeanor of the day to emanate a bohemian vibe. I had this idea in my mind that the months and months worth of compiled details would reflect us as a couple and set our big day apart and perhaps they did, however it wasn’t the adorned venue that has nestled itself inside my mind, but rather the intimate moments that we shared as a couple. I gawked at gorgeous, DIY wedding blogs for months and had a blast delving deeper into the planning process but at the end of our day it was the happy tears that flowed as we opened one another’s sentimental gifts, as we attempted to hang onto the moment of our first look, as we spoke our vows and as we smiled the night away with dripping faces.”

“I wouldn’t change a thing about the way everything came together but it wasn’t until later that I fully realized that all of the details faded away and my thoughts clung to the emotions that were shared”, the bride continued. “I’ve relived the lingering moments in my mind many times already and as the trivial, little, pretty things disappear, the prettiest of all comes into perspective: the love we share.”

“The closer we got to the wedding, the more and more I began to let go of obsessing over the frivolous details. When it came down to it, the day flew by and there wasn’t even enough time to absorb every wonderful moment, let alone gawk at books, bottles and bouquets. My advice to future brides: make sure to revel in each moment because they sure do fly by. Now is the time for new adventures and new memories to be created!”

Oh I love Linda for writing this! Her story really came from the heart and doesn’t it show in these beautiful images too?

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A 1960s Inspired Easter Wedding: Kate & Daniel

The Yorkshire wedding of Kate & Daniel took place in April at Victoria Hall, Saltaire.  The bride’s look was undeniably 60s with a bespoke mod style wedding dress made for her by one of her bridesmaids, and genuine vintage shoes, jewellery and a veil sourced from the shop her bridesmaid owns, Glory Days Vintage.

“I would describe our wedding as eclectic – vintage 1960s and a variety of musical genres including soul, rock and indie classics,” Kate told me. “We wanted a completely unpretentious day, we had no fancy wedding cars, wedding line up or long top table. I wore a 1960s style dress and we nontraditional wedding music (Soulsavers – Revival Wedding march, Arcade Fire – Wake Up, Wedding exit). We opted for no DJ and instead played music from our collection. It was a very music based wedding including Morris Dancers, a Wurlitzer cinema organ, a Soul Band and our own play lists.”

Kate decorated the hall herself with items such as chocolate eggs and bunnies to reflect the fact that the wedding took place on Easter weekend. “The table decorations were all designed by me. I included vintage 1960s coffee pots, different styles of mint green table cloths and vintage egg cup favours with foil wrapped chocolate eggs, large eyed chocolate bunnies and Easter crackers for children. The table plan was made by a close friend Toni Giles using vintage wallpaper and typewriter font for table names and guests. It was displayed in different vintage photo frames and attached to an antique door.”

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DIY Tutorial: Paper Cut Eyelashes

If like me you’ve been swooning over those paper eyelashes but couldn’t quite bring yourself to spend £20 on what is essentially a teeny weeny piece of well…paper…behold, I have these DIY tutorial for you! Blogger and DIY expert Cat Morley of crafty community Cut Out + Keep created this easy and awesome step by step guide and I’m thrilled to share it today…even more so because she sent me some samples to pay with myself! I look forward to seeing some of your fluttering away with these soon – send me pictures?

Hi guys, Cat here! This is such a simple idea but you can create amazingly intricate lashes using Cricut Craft Room – a free online design tool that lets you experiment, explore, and design. You can download it for free via the Cricut website. Get creative and play around with all kinds of designs because the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Needed:

♥ Cricut Craft Room software
♥ Black card
♥ Cutting mat
♥ Tweezers
♥ Scissors or a stanley knife


Step One: Open up my eyelashes template, which you can download here, in Cricut Craft Room. If you would like to make your own designs instead you will need the basic round shape which is made with the  “Cricut Font and Basic Shapes” cartridge (which is free) but you have to pay for additional cartridges to make the more specialised shapes – the stars, twirls etc. My template contains three sets including star, butterfly and twirl lashes. It’s easy to make your own, so play around using shapes from the cartridges you have (these can be purchased from their online store).

Step Two: Secure some black card on to your cutting mat and set the blade depth and pressure to 4 before clicking cut.

Note: if you don’t want to use the software or you don’t have a digital cutting mat you could technically do this all by hand. Simply hand-draw a simple pattern onto card and cut it out using a very sharp staney knife…you’ll have to have a very steady hand though!)

You can download the templates in jpeg form that I used for this tutorial here. Simply print this out and use the templates as a guide to draw directly onto your card.

Step Three: Leave to cut. This can take a while if you’re using a really intricate design.

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An Australian Wedding with Pops of Colour: Asha & Greg

I love when weddings with bright pops of colour like Asha & Greg’s brighten up my inbox. They really do make me smile! However I love them even more when the people behind the wedding seem like just the kind of guys I’d like to be friends with…if only they didn’t live in Australia! “We didn’t have a theme as such because we didn’t want to confine our choices,” Asha told me. “We found things we liked, which suited our style, and I suppose a loose theme just organically grew from there. My parents collect a lot of old antique trinkets so we used those as the starting point for our reception decorations and added lots of bright fresh flowers. We also wanted to incorporate some music references because music is what really brought us together.”

The wedding reception was held at Eves on the River in Teneriffe, Brisbane. “Looking through wedding magazines I mostly discovered what I didn’t want to do,” Asha continued. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel too contrived or over-planned – we just wanted to get our friends together and eat and have fun. Since we were on a budget, we picked apsects of the wedding that we really important to us and were willing to spend more money on (like our incredible album cover invites).”

“The things we weren’t fussed about, like fancy wedding cars, were omitted. For transport we decided since both our ceremony and reception venues were on the river and right next to a ferry stop, we should take the citycat (public transport boats). It cost us a couple of dollars each and made for great pictures! Fortunately, we didn’t have to skimp on photos because our fabulous photographer and her husband are good friends of ours and offered to do the photography as a wedding present.”

“We made the pinwheel cake toppers ourselves after realising the amazing topper I ordered from etsy was too big for the cake. We made the pinwheels using double-sided origami paper in contrasting colours. I had planned to do much more DIY for the favours but the week of the wedding I got sick (embarrassingly, on a girly spa day I threw up in the nail salon!) Luckily, my Mum, sisters and bridesmaid rose to the occasion. We made the favours by dipping fortune cookies in white chocolate, then edible glitter and stars. And we all spent days folding chatterboxes!”

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