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Darren & Naomi’s Vintage Circus Wedding

The theme for Darren & Naomi’s romantic wedding was Vintage Circus. “We wanted a day packed full of fun, totally relaxed and whenever anyone thought back on it they would smile,” the groom told me. “The theme was a total surprise for all 200+ that were invited, with the first clue being as we walked down the aisle together as man and wife, and Entry of the Gladiators (the traditional circus theme tune!) was played by the organist.”

The ceremony was held at Clifton Cathedral, which with it’s dramatic architecture had been described by many as “a monstrosity of a building” in the past. However in recent times this building style has come right back in vogue and the building has  even just been used used for British design store Habitat’s most recent photo shoot.

“Following the Catholic ceremony (where we snuck in some Fatboy Slim by the organist), we travelled in a vintage Hillman Imp to the reception to be welcomed by a 11ft tall ringmaster,” Darren continued. “On arrival, guests were greeted with pomegranate Mojitos, English afternoon tea sandwiches and home made scones with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Each guest also had a welcome bag containing a red nose, home made moustache-on-a-stick, kazoo, fortune fish, popping candy, an invite to an after party and a CD with the soundtrack of the day.”

“Next to the main hall we created a ringside retreat with old black and white circus movies played on a projector, hay bails, typewriters to write us a message, cupcakes, home made lemonade, Original Viewmasters with circus 3D images and a suitcase full of circus props and toys. In the main hall, we made our own popcorn and candy floss stand, which was next to our own Face Cut out stand for people to poke their head through and have their photo taken. We also projected on to the wall the table plans, which included a picture of every guest which we had a red nose superimposed on their face.”

“As the evening went on, an old photobooth arrived for every guest to have their photo taken as our guest book, retro cocktails were made with glowsticks and slices of pizza and cake pops were served. Our first dance ended with all 220 guests joining in a mass conga round the room and finishing on the dance floor where people danced the night away, and then a magician did close up magic while our entertainer juggled knives.”

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Uri & Evelyn’s Intimate Islington Wedding

Uri & Evelyn’s intimate wedding was held at Islington Town Hall with their reception at The Union Tavern and party afterwards at The Distillers Smithfield. The couple won their wedding photography with My Love Story though a feature they saw on Rock n Roll Bride which makes me totally biased to say I think I love them! Although I love detail-heavy weddings as much as the next wedding blogger, I’m also a huge fan of simplicity and genuine love in the weddings I feature…after all it’s the people that matter and the fact that the bride and groom are committing their lives to each other that’s the most important, not that the wedding is ‘pretty.’ Although that’s not to say that Uri & Evelyn’s wedding isn’t pretty, I’m swooning over the bride’s simple dress from Coast and the cute as hell wedding cake from Bea’s of Bloomsbury!

“We really didn’t want the stress or pomp of a traditional big day,” the bride told me. “Uri is from Israel and I am from Australia so both of our families live far away; and we only flew in each of our parents and my little brother for the wedding – one of my aunts happened to be in Europe & the rest of the guests were London friends/cousins. We really wanted to keep everything simple and relaxed, so that we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest and truly celebrate, without being bogged down by stress.  We got married in Islington which is where we first lived together as a couple, and then went & had lunch with our family in one of our favourite local pubs.”

“The weather was so unseasonably beautiful that day that afterwards, we all walked to a local park and sat on the grass, drank some beer & kicked a ball around for a few hours. The following night we hired out a private room in a funky little bar, put down a tab & invited all our mates to come have a drink and celebrate with us. It was the most lovely, fun,whirlwind two days of my life. We just laughed raucously the entire time and I think our plans to do something a little different really held up. We weren’t even going to hire a photographer – my dad was going to take pictures – but then one day as I was trawling the Rock n Roll bride site, as is my wont to do on a lazy afternoon, I saw a link in the Thursday Treats for ‘Win Your Wedding Photography’. I’m a pretty big believer in entering competitions so I clicked through to My Love Story‘s site & entered. Some weeks later I got a call from Alex saying we’d won – I couldn’t have been more thrilled! It was like a beautiful twist of good fortune. I think the pictures justify my happiness!”

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Peace & Love – Allie & Bo’s 1970’s Bohemian Wedding

There are some weddings I see that are just so adorably gorgeous that I squeal a little bit with delight when I’m allowed to share them with you…and this baby needs to be shared! I just know you’re going to adore it as much as I do.

Allie & Bo’s wedding had a distinctive 1970’s hippy vibe – an era that they live and love in their everyday lives. The bohemian, DIY details make this day simply perfect for them.

As bride Allie explains, “I like to consider myself a modern day hippie with a bohemian bent. I wanted something sort of whimsical and vintage for my wedding. I grew up with stories from my grandmother of the passions of the hippie movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. She encouraged me to be original and taught me an appreciation of nature and an independent sense of style. Bo and I love to hike and camp and we eat locally grown food, so it was important for us to plan an environmentally friendly wedding.”

“For the perfect vintage-boho infusion, (and to honor my grandmother) I chose to wear her wedding dress, a 1970’s Gunny Sax Prairie style cotton dress. Bo wore jeans and a natural fiber vintage hippie shirt and love beads. We enjoy drum circles and our friends are musicians, so we thought it would be fun to have a reception reminiscent of folk festivals, laid back and personal. Our guests were invited to wear casual clothes (tee-shirts, jeans and bare feet were encourage) and bring their musical instruments. Even our pet Cavapoo, Jack, came along! Our wedding celebration was all about love, sharing and authentic people!”

“Our organic lifestyle guided our wedding choices, including: natural outdoor venue with “green” practices suitable for both the ceremony and reception; retro and vintage elements (the venue is a historic farm preserved from 1835, has a 1972 airstream; a 1950 Chevy truck and vintage barn) and simple, picnic style reception food from community farms and entertainment provided by guests in the style of a jam session.”

“Also freshly picked field flowers incorporated in my bridal bouquet and unique floral designs (we literally helped pick our flowers right off the property grounds!) and a fun and whimsical icons with a timeless message – like peace signs, vintage posters and ‘love rocks’ favors.”

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Mark & Maryanne’s Summer Fete, Tea Party Wedding

Mark & Maryanne had their garden tea party wedding in Maryanne’s parents house in West Chiltington.The vintage vibe of the day with carried throughout with DIY, classic vintage and country garden ideas. The bride’s dress which was original vintage from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. “I found a beautiful 1950’s dress that I had customised” the bride explained. “It originally came with a lace cape, but my fab seamstress turned the cape into sleeves and added a bit of sparkle with some old glass buttons that I found from a little junk shop in Sussex.” With this she wore Emmy Shoes, a customised vintage veil (made from a 1940’s hat) jewellery made from original vintage piece and bag from the 1950’s.

“Mark and I met in a little Indie club in London when we were 20,” Maryanne continued. “It actually took us nearly ten years and three children later to make the big decision TO DO IT. It really was my worst nightmare. I was so scared of all the white fluff and general fuss that came with a wedding. Our little family were ever so happy just as we were. To be frank we are all a bunch of geeks really and the whole wedding thing was just not us. We were a little gang that loved Indie music, books, cake, car boots and Crosswords. Definitely not weddings.”

“But then something happened and we totally changed our minds. We discovered that we could actually get away with doing a wedding OUR way… Other people were doing it so why not us? Planning the wedding then became a complete obsession and took over all of our lives. We had always had a passion for anything old, pre-owned and loved. Anything that had a history to it and that could tell a hundred tales, so involving this in our wedding just seemed natural. There was never a ‘theme’ or a ‘colour’ or anything really that shaped our day – it all just kind of happened, but it all seemed to work. Our only rule was to not try to turn ourselves into little manikins of something we were not.”

“Our first and most important decision was who we chose to make our lasting memories of the day – the photographer. Having studied photography at University, I knew that we really had to get it right. I found Viva Wedding Photography, on Facebook. I was nosing at a beautiful wedding they had shot and their images just looked so beautiful and unique. The shots were totally amazing and once we had met Adam from Viva we made our decision instantly. What a lovely guy! He was exactly what we were hoping for and proved to be so much more. Viva made our day special and unique and I will cherish my wedding photos till my very last breath. Another important decision was the car – we love Cadillac’s and I found a pink one which matched my Ray-ban’s so job done!”

“The Reception was held at my parents garden which suited our laid back summer fete/tea party feel. The guests arrived to Martinis, blinis and champagne from tea pots served by gorgeous girls in fabulous 1950’s aprons. We placed a selection of retro games around and laid out little tea sets for the toddlers to play with. I made a ‘Tattoo Parlour’ for the children and before long we had lots of mini Amy Winehouse’s looking super adorable. There were lots secret parts to the garden which were lit with old lace decorated jam jars and fairy lights. I made a ‘canoodling’ corner which had a love bench and lots of hanging hearts and wire birds made by Mark.”

“We chose a tent style marquee which I dressed myself with lots and lots of bunting, fairy lights and old birdcages,” Maryanne continued. “I stamped out all the guests names and bound them to the cutlery with odd bits of vintage lace. I made all the ladies lavender hearts decorated with lace and old buttons. The gentlemen received old comics from the 70’s and 80’s which were actually a little saucy – very amusing when the older generation of guests dared to have a peek. The children had little wooden dolls as favours which I found on eBay and I gave gifts of vintage brooches for friends that helped and retro toys for the Ushers. The tables were laid with my vast collection of vintage China – tea cups and saucers and cake plates all mis matched and all beautiful.”

“After a posh picnic style lunch we all enjoyed a pot of tea and lots of homemade cakes and French macaroons. After the speeches we had homemade bon bon’s and more tea, tea, tea, tea… We set up a ‘Photo booth’ area which I dressed with a floral throw and some wooden moustaches and speech bubbles. I love these photo booth shots, everyone’s personality really shines through. Ladies in all their finery and cheeky children with tache’s make great photo’s and memories!”

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Tory & Joel’s Two-Day Vintage & Rock n Roll Wedding

Tory & Joel’s two-day wedding makes my heart sing. These two totally different days worked so brilliantly for the couple. Both had a vintage and Rock n Roll vibe and I’m utterly thrilled to share them both with you today.

The couple were married at Marylebone Town Hall, London in an intimate ceremony on Friday 27th May. Tory wore a vintage dress by Armstrong Vintage and Joel wore a suit from Next . The couple chose not to have their reception directly after as they were dreaming of eloping, and having the ceremony separate to the reception party gave them this feeling without upsetting their family and friends!

“Part of us wanted to run away together and have a romantic eloping story to re-tell but in reality we both wanted our parents and siblings there at the ceremony,” the bride told me. “It turned out to be exactly what we wanted: incredibly romantic, very intimate and with our nearest and dearest there to squeeze our hands when things got a bit emotional.”

The reception was held on the 29th at West End Farm, Bedfordshire and certainly had the Rock n Roll vibe. The bride wore a second vintage dress from Love Miss Daisy and the event was a detail-perfect party for all their friends and family.

“Sunday was a flipping blast!” she continued. “We were very clear on this day: Get a barn. Fill it with fun. Have a party. We’d seen some beautiful wedding ideas (some of which we borrowed from Rock n Roll Bride in fact!) so took inspiration from them and added our own Very English twist. Highlights for me were the pony rides, watching our dear friend Miss. Jayne Hardy sing the Joel + Victoria mini musical and feeding our dog Glory a Mr+Mrs ice cream sundae. Woah fun!”

“Our theme for the reception was vintage village fete, so we really put our families to task in order to get that community feel about our day! My aunty made all the bunting, napkins and jam jar toppers. The whole family spent 6 months prior collecting jam jars, sourcing vintage lace to wrap around them and finishing with twine to give it a farmyard look. The card basket is actually my grandparent’s picnic basket found in their loft 2 months prior. And all the old couples pictures were gathered together to celebrate couples we’ve known in the past and present who represent marriage success stories. We wanted something to aspire to!”

“The drinks dispensers and Pimms beermat were great finds on eBay and Amazon had some irresitable red and white paper straws that we fell in love with. The cake was all about positivity and saying yes to each other, yes to the good and bad times and yes to the life ahead. Just say yes!”

Wow. I have serious wedding admiration right now. How about you? Check out the beautiful video from Sassy ‘n’ Frank too!

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Lori & Tom’s Casual n Cool Vegas Wedding

Lori & Tom were married in Las Vegas in a casual and laid back wedding. They kept their day simple and significant to them, as Lori explains, “We live in London and met at Coachella music festival in 2007. We wanted intimate (we were thinking 35 people, we ended up with 54!) and casual, a bit different and more of a party than a wedding. No ice sculptures, receiving lines, or head tables. We just wanted to have a big party with our family and close friends. My family live in Vancouver and Tom’s family in England, so we decided that if guests were going to travel, then why not make it a big holiday in Vegas? And to top it all off, in meant we could go to Coachella with our closest friends before the wedding — bringing everything full circle.”

“There wasn’t colour theme, just bright and fun,” she continued. “The boys all had different coloured ties with vintage tie clips and buttonholes which I made out of bright ribbon. The girls wanted comfy casual chic, so they picked the dresses and I didn’t stipulate a thing. I wanted it to be about what they wanted not what I wanted as they were the ones wearing it after all. We had fun trying stuff on a Bicester Village (just outside Oxford). It’s a great place to snag a bargain!”

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