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The Editor of WEDDING Magazine’s Very Own Rock n Roll Wedding

I am totally thrilled, excited, over the moon, honoured that my editor at WEDDING Magazine asked if I wanted to feature her Rock n Roll wedding. As the editor of a national wedding magazine, you might expect her wedding to be the super traditional kind but not this chick! By working in the industry for so long, Catherine knew exactly what she did (and didn’t!) want for her big day and the result was a fabulous and eclectic one.

She spoke to me this week about her Rock n Roll wedding ideas, “I was never going to be a traditional tiara and train bride. I needed something that screamed ‘look at me’ for all the right reasons and Candy Anthony realised this dream for me. My scarlet prom dress with matching headpiece was the exact statement I wanted to make, and drew crowds outside Chelsea register office when we stood at the top of those infamous steps. I didn’t want my wedding to be too colour co-ordinated, and chose an OTT venue complete with Jimi Hendrix posters, stuffed crocodiles and a view of Battersea Power Station to add to the mix. I clashed funky Ikea prints with recycled tins and bottles, chose non-bridal vibrant dahlias and had my tattooist brother design my wedding cake. I also wanted to ditch formality, so there was no table plan, guests just grabbed a seat in either the decked garden or in the bar to enjoy their surf n turf barbecue while being entertained by deceptionist Sav and pianist Danny Mills doing his own versions of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs. Rock music was vitally important to me on my big day, no cheesy Take That love songs here! And as my ace DJs Wedding Smashers played Guns n Roses (my favourite group)  and I danced with my friends and family, I knew I’d created my ideal Rock n Roll wedding.”

Catherine married Sergio in the suitably Rock n Roll environment of The Duchess Pub, Battersea. “I wanted my big day to be relaxed and without any of the formality of a traditional English wedding,” explained the bride, who looked radiant in her bright red Candy Anthony gown. “I wanted the day to have an urban party feel, so I chosen my pub venue for it’s laidback, eclectic vibe and décor as well as the stunning view of Battersea Power Station.”

The styling of the reception was also anything but traditional. Catherine had florist Rebel Rebel fill the room with flowers, “I had my heart set on Rebel Rebel’s signature flower-filled retro handbags, and also loved its original cake stands packed with roses. The eclectic mix of bottles, tins and jars used to display the vibrant table displays of dahlias, roses and stocks completed the colourful look to absolute perfection.”

The bride’s Mum and Dad hand decorated the photo frames which the couple gave out as favours and Fancy Nancy created a completely show stopping cake for the occasion. The rest of the reception décor - the bunting, the cushions etc were also all DIY’ed by Catherine and her Mum.

What a seriously fabulous wedding – I wouldn’t expect anything less than the editor of the wedding magazine that lets me and MY bonkers ideas on to it’s pages every issue!

Catherine & Sergio’s wedding can be seen in this month’s WEDDING Magazine (alongside my latest ‘trends’ article) out in shops NOW!

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Abbie & Steven’s Snow-Capped, Twitter Inspired Wedding

Abbie & Steven found a lot of their wedding day inspiration online, including Rock n Roll Bride, which makes their wedding a very special one indeed. I’ve followed the bride on Twitter for the last few months in fact so I do feel a little bit like I’ve been along for the ride of their wedding planning!

“I don’t think we ever set out to be different just be ourselves. We never liked the ideas of themes as it can often just become gimmicky and lose sight that it’s actually a wedding and not some theme party,” Abbie told me. ” Ensuring it felt like a wedding was really important to us but we didn’t believe that meant keeping it traditional. This is not an easy balance to strike, it’s not about rebelling for the sake of it but picking and choosing the things that mean something to you.”

“Making decisions about the day was a pretty organic process; we either saw things we liked or bounced ideas around, although Steven lived in fear of my wedding mantra ‘I’ve had an idea’. So the day ended up being a bit of a hotchpotch, which kind of defies definition which suited us fine. Being a bit of a twitter geek that was probably my main planning and ideas tool. We found our photographer, hair and make-up, jewellery and shoes using Twitter. Using Twitter was great as we were able to build up some really good relationships with our suppliers before the wedding, especially with Chris and Dani the photographers and Elbie Van Eeden the hair and make-up artist. We got so much more out of the experience because by they knew us and knew what we liked, our style and the kind of day we wanted to have.”

“I feel like I have to tell people about how amazing Elbie is, she worked so hard on the day and she is immensely talented. I didn’t want the traditional bridal look, I wanted something a bit more dramatic and Elbie just ran with this and came up with something amazing. I’m sure she’s a little bit magic. The photographers Chris and Dani were absolute stars they not only produced the most fantastic photos but managed to put everyone at ease. We wanted them to feel part of the wedding so they sat with some of my relatives during the wedding breakfast and when I was speaking to the relatives later they said that Chris and Dani felt like part of the family.”

Abbie wore a dress from Tom Flowers and amazing glittery shoes from Schuh. I am also a HUGE fan of her faux fur leopard print coat which was a last minute addition for the portraits in the snow! The couple did a few DIY projects including the groom making the giant cupcake and the couple using horse shoes from Abbie’s Dad’s horses as part of their décor.

“You can try and plan every minute to be perfect but there will always be those things that come out of left field that you can’t control”, concluded Abbie. “At our wedding, one of my best friends waters broke at the start of the ceremony, snow prevented a table of guests from actually getting there and within 5 minutes of exiting the ceremony a guest spilt mulled wine all down my dress.  You just have to take these things in your stride, it’s the stuff you don’t plan that you will remember later (in a good way, honest).”

I just love them don’t you? And seriously…don’t get me started on the faux fur leopard coat…I totally ADORE this bridal look!

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Athena & Branden’s Super Stylish, Whimsical & Vintage Wedding Day

Athena & Branden are like old friends of the Rock n Roll Bride wedding blog. I featured their gorgeous whimsical engagement session back in the Summer so I’m really pleased to share their stunning wedding today too.

The Bride wore a Nicole Miller dress with a dramatic vintage-inspired necklace that she made herself from lace. She kept her look unique with a beautiful puffball veil from Toni Federici and a bow from Forever 21. Her earrings were also DIY – made by a friend for her.

Branden kept his look contemporary with a twist, with his suit and bow tie combo from Brooks Brothers and Nike trainers.

Their reception décor was mostly a DIY effort. The couple used vintage suitcases as a cake stand, a typewriter as  a guest book and lots of personal touches like the cute custom cake topper (complete with Antena’s tattoos!) to make their reception perfect for them.

What a fabulously stylish couple!

Be sure to also check out their fabulous (seriously fabulous!!) wedding film after the ‘jump’ too. I LOVE IT!

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Tasha & Noah’s Americana Backyard BBQ Wedding

Tasha & Noah’s beautiful backyard wedding is pure inspirational gold! I am super excited to share it with you today on this little wedding blog. I just know you’re all going to love it just as much as I do.

The ceremony & reception took place in the couple’s back garden and they asked all their friends & family to help out where they could to make the day a really personal one. “Noah and I wanted to have a small, chilled wedding that involved our families and close friends,” Tasha told me. “Choosing red, white and blue for our Americana backyard BBQ wedding theme made finding coordinating fabric and accessories super easy.”

“Nearly everything was DIY- Noah made our Save the Date”s and invitations, Noah’s mom made all the desserts, Noah’s mom, grandma and aunt made the bouquets and bouts from a few bouquets from Pike Place Market.  My mom’s friend made 200 feet of pennant flags from fabric I picked out at the fabric store down the street from my house.   My sister and her boyfriend cut up all the fruit for our drinks.  My aunt stamped all the BBQ bibs with a custom stamp that Noah designed.  My aunts put together the centerpices the day before.  On the day of the wedding, my mom and I set up all the tables, chairs, tablecloths, and centerpieces in an half an hour.”

The couple didn’t want to spend a lot of money to have their perfect day and knew they wouldn’t have to with the help of their nearest and dearest. By having the wedding at home as well as DIYing pretty much everything, the wedding ended up costing less than $10,000 – that included their fabulous professional wedding photographer Ben Blood AND their honeymoon!

The bride wore a Calvin Klein dress that cost her just $60. Noah’s Mum altered it for her and changed the neckline to a sweetheart style. Tasha’s veil was from etsy, her AMAZING cork shoes were from Nine West, and her jewellery was borrowed or things she already owned.

The couple walked down the ‘aisle’ to music played through Noah’s phone! He set up large outdoor speakers with a transmitter to play the music through. Their ‘mobile/cell phone disco’ also continued into their reception as the couple used it to play all their party songs instead of hiring a DJ or band. “Oh and the story behind the boombox?” asked Tasha, “well when it was my turn to walk down the aisle, Noah paused the music on his phone and my dad played the Vitamin String Quartet version of Weezer’s Buddy Holly on the boombox.  When the ceremony was over, Noah played the original version of the song that was queued up to the chorus.  It was perfect.”

Perfect indeed. I am in total awe of this super creative wedding.

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Kelly & Dani’s Same-Sex, DIY, Fire Dancing Wedding

I am friend’s with a lesbian couple who hope to get married one day (you should check out their cool video blog Niche Girls by the way!) so whenever I get sent beautiful same-sex weddings I always send them over to them to inspire them…and to make them cry! Kelly & Dani’s beautiful Californian wedding certainly hit the spot on the tears stakes by the way…there were floods I’m telling ya! Anyway I digress.

Kelly & Dani were married at Highland Ranch in Philo in a beautiful and intimate ceremony followed by a DIY reception at the same venue. Both brides wore Siri dresses and Fluevog shoes. The venue provided all the food but the cake was made by friends. For décor the couple chose wild flowers. “What makes Kelly & Dani Rock n Roll is that they’re both very beautiful ladies who are not afraid to profess their love to each other,” explained photographer Caroline. “They included their closest family and their dog, Trout in their celebration. They also had fire lanterns and Kelly’s sister fire danced as well as officiated the ceremony! They had a hand fasting ceremony and I personally love their coordinating dresses!”

Much love indeed. Hold back the tears everyone…

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Hope & Brian’s Hip, Tattooed, NYC Wedding

I am literally dying of excitement over Hope & Brian’s GORGEOUS wedding. These guys certainly blow the lid off boring or traditional weddings. This is the kind of shindig I wish I’d be at. Uber stylish, painfully hip and Rock n Rollin’ til the early hours at the after party!

The wedding took place on 10/10/10 at The Hyde Park, NYC. Here, the couple were married and the first part of the reception took place. They wanted an intimate wedding and so only invited 85 people. They also wanted a day that reflected heir love for one another as well as their adoration for New York. They did this by employing mostly local vendors – in fact almost every vendor was within a 10 minute walk from their apartment.

Hope is a hairdresser and Brian is a recording engineer so aesthetic and music were important to them. Music was used to great effect prominently in their ceremony (they are both avid music lovers and their first interaction 10 years ago was actually a heated argument over who was more influential, Elvis or John Lennon!) The bride walked down the aisle to “comptine d’un autre ete” by Yann Tiersen (from the movie Amelie) which was significant not only because it is the bride’s favourite film but also because they were engaged in Paris at the Sacré-Cœur. The couple exited the ceremony to ‘Oh Yoko’ by John Lennon.

The wedding was full of gorgeous and personal DIY elements. Hope and her mother put together all the hanging tissue pom poms (which they found on etsy) the night before and strung them from the trees.  The centerpieces were a mix of bowls, vases, crystal and candle holders which were gathered by the bride from numerous sources such as Anthopologie, flea markets and vintage stores.

The couple chose Royal Steamline for their invitations, “As a side note, I must tell you that the invitations were incredible,” photographer Angie told me. “They were like nothing I’ve ever seen and were the topic of conversation for weeks. Royal Steamline does a magnificent job and was so helpful from beginning to end.”

After the main reception came the after party which took place at The Living Room, NYC. Here, the hardcore party-heads danced the night away to the band Rawles Balls, friends of the couple. The bride changed into a cute, short, pink and ruffled number so she could really dance her socks off!

Finally, I couldn’t blog this wedding without drawing extra attention to this utter cuteness that happened at the beginning of the day. Goodness me that is one cute doggie – he looks like a little teddy bear!!

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