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DIY Tutorial: ‘Cocktail Time’ Clock

NB Other considered and witty titles for this feature included  ‘a clock-tail display’ and ‘gin o’clock’…although granted I came up with those on my own and Chloe, who created this tutorial, is much much classier than I. Over to you lady…

I like being thrifty. It’s my adult version of ‘doing a makeover’, only instead of lipstick and eyebrow-high green shadow it involves glue guns and gin.

Cue one creative afternoon with Butterworth Photography and Darby & Joan! We treated twelve vintage Baby Sham glasses to a project restyle, transforming them into a quirky cocktail clock. Perfect for adding some personality to a blank canvas venue or some ‘retro cool’ to your living room afterwards?!

Supplies Needed:

♥ A large piece of MDF (sanded and painted white)
♥ A clock mechanism
♥ A drill
♥ 12 cocktail glasses
♥ A glue gun
♥ Gel candle wax
♥ Red food colouring
♥ Card
♥ Glitter
♥ PVA glue

Method:

Step One: Measure and mark out the centre of your piece of wood and drill a hole to fit your clock mechanism

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A Private Residence Wedding: Ruby & Emmanuel

Ruby & Emmanuel’s sweet wedding took place on a private residence in Adelaide. The bride wore a 1930s vintage wedding gown with a vintage headpiece. Even her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses.

The couple locally sourced things where they could including the food their served and the flowers the used to decorate the marquee. The bride’s sister made all their stationery and paper goods. The wedding was a really personal and intimate affair. “Our focus was really just on our family,” the bride explained. “We  handcrafted our wedding with, of course, some true vintage touches.”

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A Royal Blue Austin Wedding: Erica & Rick

I. die.

No seriously. How beautiful is this bride? VERY! Dear Erica you make my job easy.

Erica married Rick last November in Austin, Texas. After an outdoor ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea, the newlyweds headed to the surrounding areas for a portrait session with their wedding photographer Rachel Sumner. “When we started planning our wedding we knew right away we wanted something very small and intimate,” Erica told me. “As soon as my husband scouted the location everything else fell into place. My dressmaker Anslee Connell on Savannahred was so amazing to work with she basically took all the garble out of my head and created my dream dress. She specalises is ‘curvy couture’ and what she created was perfect for me. I’m thinking about dying it hot pink and wearing it for our 1 year anniversary!”

“I think the most interesting thing about our wedding was how we came across our wonderful photographer,” the bride continued. “We had met with some local photographers, but didn’t feel a spark with anyone. Quality photos were number one on our list and so we decided to put an ad out on Craigslist. Rachel our photographer responded and as soon as I saw her photos I fell head over heels. She was our perfect match… but she lived in Seattle. Amazingly she was willing to come out to Austin and shoot our photos and I am so glad we scored her.”

The reception was held at The Treehouse Grill and was a very simple affair. The couple didn’t go mad for wedding details or ‘stuff’, they just focused on having a great meal and party with their loved ones.  “We didn’t have a ton of elements to our wedding but I knew I wanted glitter shoes and decided to give it a go myself. It was a HUGE mess and the shoes were HORRIBLY uncomfortable (as you will notice in a few in my pics) but they sparkled and that’s all that mattered! Our wedding was Rock and Roll, because it was very small and simple but a great reflection of us as a couple.”

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A Rustic Australian Vineyard Wedding: Richard & Eleanor

When Richard & Eleanor’s wedding landed in my inbox I was sure there was some sort of mistake. Photographer Lakshal Perera must have meant to send this to one of the more glamorous wedding blogs surely? But before he could realise his mistake I’d replied with a ‘oh hell yes I wanna feature this’ and he was trapped with Rock n Roll Bride.

I am of course kidding, but there is just something so incredibly beautiful about this wedding that stopped my in my tracks. The wedding was held at Henning’s Vineyard in Colbinabbin, Australia. “Making the wedding feel like our own was really important to us,” the couple explained.  “Given our time-poor life (we both work in forensics) we happily shopped for the wedding online on an evening, in our PJs with a glass of wine. Etsy provided us with lots of fine details that made the day extra special.”

“The inspiration for our wedding day was to include everything and everyone that made us happy. The entire day was spent in the small community where Richard’s family live and most of the High Tea reception was decorated with second hand items from local op shops plus handmade vases from recycled jars. We only offered food that we would ordinarily feel guilty eating. We made sure the local wine and cigars didn’t run out and we had a lolly bar large enough to feed the whole community (which is where the left-overs went!)”

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A Vintage-Inspired Walled Garden Wedding: Carina & Chris

Carina & Chris chose The Walled Garden at Cowdray, West Sussex as the venue to host their March wedding. “It was a fantastic venue where we were really able to personalise for our day,” the bride told me. “They were very relaxed and the venue’s informal spaces were perfect for us and our guests.”

“We spent the last year since getting engaged planning all of the details of the day”, she continued. “We spent our weekends rummaging in charity shops collecting china and glassware. We spent a long time making all of the bunting, menus, paper flags and lots of other items ourselves and needed someone to make it all look pretty on the day so that I could relax and enjoy getting ready! For this we worked with Lucy at Love Lane Vintage. We met her at the venue and she worked closely with our plans and our items, as well as my many sketches to style the venue! We also hired her vintage china teacups and cake stands to style the table and serve our mini afternoon tea – in place of canapés – for the drinks reception! The macaroons and mini scones looked stunning, as did the piles of teacups and teapots for guests to use!”

Spriggs Florist in Petworth also immediately understood the vintage feel of the day – really relaxed, seasonal flowers arranged in the jars and a mix of vintage glass bottles we had collected – as if freshly picked and placed on the tables and around the venue. My bouquet had the 50s wow factor – full of sweat peas and big blousy peonies. Bridesmaid’s flowers complimented these using sweat peas again. Fresh rose petal confetti was supplied for guests to throw – handed out by our bridesmaid form a pretty vintage wicker basket.”

“Everything we used on the windowsills and sweetie tables we had collected, been given by family or friends or made ourselves. It was so much fun to see it all looking so beautiful! The cups, plates and bonbon dishes we collected looked amazing full of sweeties and flowers on the cake/sweetie table. As well as the bunting and vintage china, we designed and made all of the stationery for the day, guests really embraced the fabric covered badges and name tags on the tables and wore them during the evening dancing! It was great seeing friends and family collecting ‘souvenirs’ of the day to take home at the end of the evening!”

The bride were a short vintage-inspired wedding dress which she’d had designed and made by the fantastic House of Mooshki. “They make amazing vintage-inspired wedding dresses and they were fantastic to work with. Olivia, the designer, really understood what I was after and the dress was not only beautiful but and comfortable (amazing for dancing in the evening!)”

“We wanted a very relaxed day where friends and family could come along and fully enjoy the day without feeling formal,” Carina concluded. “We knew we didn’t want it to feel too ‘wedding-y’ with the same old things you see in a lot of magazines and wedding shows!  We did exactly what we wanted to do at every step of the way and only worked with suppliers who ‘got’ this including the amazing Lisa Devlin. After we had seen her work, we knew she’d be perfect to capture all of the detail of our day.”

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An Eclectic London Wedding: Kate & Jon

Kate & Jon were married in March in London. After a ceremony in Battersea Arts Centre they headed to Balham Bowls Club for their eclectically decorated reception. “The most important thing for us when planning the wedding was that it should consist of things that we normally like to do – reception in the sort of pub we would normally drink in, the style of dresses both I and the bridesmaids would normally wear (although a bit nicer of course!), the sort of food we would normally eat,” Kate told me.

“This was also reflected in the ceremony, with a reading from Captain Corellis Mandolin (one of my favourite books) and everyone singing along to ‘Sunshine of my life’ by Stevie Wonder rather than a more traditional song.  Also, our first dance was ‘You never can tell’ from Pulp Fiction – a favourite film of Jon’s. It was important to us that it was in London, which is where we and the vast majority of our friends and family live. Like most of the couples on Rock n Roll Bride, we didn’t concern ourselves with what was expected of us traditionally and instead thought of it more like we were just planning a big party!”

The couple had help from friends & family with organising the wedding, especially April from Rhubarb & Rose (who I’ve actually featured on the blog before – I’ve eaten her cake pops too, they’re YUM) “We am very lucky that the wonderful April is a friend of ours, and she did the cakes and dessert table. The centrepiece was a six layer chocolate Guinness cake with chocolate fudge and salted caramel buttercream icing, decorated with paper flags.”

“There were also mini fruit tarts filled with custard, blackberries, raspberries and pomegranate, mini Victoria sponge cakes and mini cupcakes in rhubarb and rose, choc raspberry, salted caramel and lemon with a lemon curd filling. We also had cake pops decorated with red lips and moustaches!” (YUM I’m literally salivating, thanks for that Kate!) “The illuminated letters were made by our friend Jack as a wedding present. He is a prop designer and has since started his own company, The Little Big Letter Company, to make them for other couples.”

“I searched the internet for old fashioned typewriter style fonts and used one of these for the orders of service. I had them printed on to thin brown Kraft paper and then bound them together using red and white striped bakers twine. We didn’t have a theme really but as I was wearing red lipstick and red nail varnish, we tied things together by using splashes of red throughout – red and white stripes for the favour bags and punch straws, red lips on the cake pops, as well as the giant red illuminated K and J.”

The bride wore two dresses, a ivory number during the day and a sexy black number for the evening which were both bought from Whistles.

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