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A Breathtaking Australian Wedding & A Bride Who Wore Black: Amber & Gary

You know when an image just stops you dead in your tracks? An image that you can’t help but pause for a few seconds and go ‘wow’. Well that pretty much happened to me with every single photograph of Amber & Gary’s wedding. Wedding photographer Samm Blake is quite simply phenomenal.

See? I bet you whispered ‘wow’ too didn’t you?

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“Our other inspirations came from our love of France, and we linked many french elements in to the day to reflect on the trip where we got engaged,” she continued. “The stationery, which we designed and made ourselves, used french design elements, the tables were named after locations we visited in Paris and the bonbonniere were Calissons (a french sweet made predominantly of almond meal) that we enjoyed on our trip – acquiring these was a little tricky as the French suppliers weren’t so good at communicating in English, and our French isn’t fantastic but it was worth it!”

“The wedding was elegant and romantic,” concluded the bride, “with lots of soft pinks and whites, flowers, and candles (lots of tealights on the tables and hung from the ceiling of the restaurant). It was very intimate, with only 50 of our closest friends and family. As we’re both into good food and wine, our venue was of huge importance! Vasse Felix was a beautiful setting that didn’t need a lot of decoration, and the slightly rustic look only enhanced the theme”

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Roo’s Favourite Finds: Fabulous Favours

Photography Credit: Caroline Tran via Ruffled Blog

As the rest of you Rock n Roll Brides will be aware, there are certain age-old wedding traditions that we love and want to uphold, whereas others leave us looking a bit glassy-eyed. The beauty of the contemporary wedding is that we’re free to do away with the stuff that doesn’t make sense to us pretty much without question – for us, I naturally just assumed that we’d be forsaking the wedding favour.

Now, I’ve only been to three weddings in my time and I received a wedding favour at just one of them – so you’ll forgive me for thinking that there was no real “meaning” or general substance to the idea. In fact, the tradition apparently dates back to as early as the 16th century, when wedding guests were given what is known as a bonbonniere – a small trinket box that held sugar cubes/confectionary. Sugar was then somewhat of a luxury, and to give it as a gift was indicatory of the bride and groom’s wealthy standing. As time went on and sugar became more of an affordable commodity, the tradition became popular with lower classes of bridal parties – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Although I am a traditionalist in lots of ways, there’s something about this that doesn’t really appeal to me. In my defence, for any hard-core favour enthusiasts, it’s only because I’ve seen some truly tacky examples. Moreover, I felt like a lot of the ones I saw were highly impersonal, and I don’t know why. That was until I saw Alix’s handmade stuffed animal favours:

Photography Credit: Photo Pink, full wedding on Rock n Roll Bride here

These incredibly thoughtful, endlessly original gifts got my brain into gear and we figured that favours could be something we’d get on board with. Now, having quite hectic work/university schedules, I was pretty certain that we wouldn’t be able to create something as bespoke as Alix’s stuffed animals – so what could we come up with that had the perfect balance of creativity, personality (as in, personal to us), and manageability?

When I first moved to Brighton, my parents bought me a set of mini cactus plants. They’ve come with me everywhere, from home to home, and before we decided to get a kitten, I think they were pretty much our adopted children. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing and comforting about cacti – not to mention that the cactus flower symbolizes a heart burning with love (or so the world wide web tells me). All in all, you could say we’re pretty attached to our mini cacti family, so when our pesky kitten kept knocking them out of their simple plastic pots, I decided to take action and find them some new housing. As ever, I was able to rely on my friendly neighbourhood charity shops:

Pair of eggcups, £1.50 from PDSA

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DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Bouquet

When I first saw today’s DIY tutorial I thought it would be a really tricky one, but I’m pleased to report that I was wrong! Emma of Two Little Birds Boutique has made it look so simple and quick – let’s all have a go!

Over to you Emma…

My name is Emma and I’m very excited to be writing a guest post for Rock n Roll Bride, as even before I was engaged I trawled through the posts, loving all the fabulous inspiration and ideas. So now I hope I can repay something back and inspire some brides with my handmade ribbon bouquets.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Ribbon in  your choice of colours and sizes
♥ Scissors
♥ Wire Cutters
♥ Pliers
♥ Flower wire (green in colour)
♥ Flower Tape (also green)
♥ Glue Gun
♥ Embellishing materials such as felt, fabric, lace, buttons or old pieces of jewellery


Step One: Start with making your ribbon flowers. This is done crossing over the ribbon approximately 8-10 times (depending on how full you want your flower to look), each time use your glue gun to secure the ribbon in place after you have created a loop.

Step Two: Now you have created your base, you can now start to get creative! Raid your jewellery and craft boxes and dig out all those old bits of jewellery and pretty buttons. You can also use bits of fabric, felt or lace to layer on top of the ribbon base. Use your trusty glue gun to secure every layer in place.

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A Family-Central, DIY Backyard Wedding: Adam & Kim

Adam & Kim were married at home in their back garden in front of a retro caravan that they’d bought especially for the occasion! The entire day was DIY as they wanted their wedding to be about all the things, and the people, that they love.

“Our love and what we love is what inspired our wedding day. We wanted to create something that was very personal and a signature of our relationship,” the bride explained. “Each part of the day was special and unique to us; even the format was flipped to the traditional idea of many. I found the traditional wedding magazine’s a bore and wondered if there was something wrong to not admire these staged, stuffy epic weddings. It wasn’t until I delved more on the internet that I found that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and that others were creating some fabulous and unique days of their own. Rock n Roll Bride was a site that made me feel at home.”

“The 1973 Viscount, Retro Caravan was the first thing we bought with the wedding in mind, ” Kim continued. “It became such a pinnacle part of the day, becoming both our meeting point for our nuptials and also our honeymoon accommodation. Our guests even used it on the day to store all the gifts they bought along. Adam spent many hours transforming and restoring it into our retro delight, we named her Lola.”

“We decided to have both the ceremony and reception at our home. It was the first home we had purchased together and this made it all the more special hosting such a special event. It felt like a large house warming and celebration of love all in one. Constructing the day had to be unique to make it flow and be enjoyable, given everything was at the same location. We met at the house in the morning, with both of Adam’s children (Milena & Ziggy) and all spent some time with our photographer Renee to get some photos before everyone arrived.”

“We decided to put a lot of ourselves into both the ceremony and the reception. We wanted it to reflect us both as individuals and also as a beautiful blend of two. Every detail was a personal signature of us and what we loved. All the decorations we made or personalised ourselves and our backyard was transformed into our own collection of vintage and retro delights. I spent months scouring Etsy and eBay to collect the vast amount of vintage brooches which I used to create my bouquet. It was so much fun getting different brooches every day in the mail and seeing the colours and designs starting to come together. It makes me smile each time I see it now remembering all those nights I spent hunting for brooches.”

“We didn’t want to use fresh flowers so I decided to make pom pom flowers for the tables. These were easily made with a pom pom maker and some felted wool. The bottles were vintage ones collected at thrift shops, with doilies tied around some of the flutes. I also made the cake toppers, fabric garland, cushions and drew the VW design for the guests to finger stamp and sign for the day. The VW beetle was the perfect choice, as we owned one and also used it on the day as our getaway car. It is another lovely reminder of who shared our beautiful day.”

“The back veranda was transformed with a collection of different lampshades we found and Adam painted. The streamers were torn, vintage sheets and the felt garlands were made by myself in yellow felt. We wanted the colours to pop and create a fun atmosphere.”

As well as the DIY elements, keeping their wedding small, intimate and all about family was just as important to Kim & Adam. “We only had 6o guests,” Kim continued. “We didn’t want to miss getting to speak to each and every person on the day. We didn’t want to have a large, fussy, bridal party and instead decided, it was much more important to include Adam’s children in the ceremony. It was very important to us both that they were part of it as we were becoming a new family. They were wonderful and had such fun helping to plan small details. Both children even help me cut out the vintage book hearts for the confetti.”

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#BrunaDigaSim – A Twitter Proposal & A Geeky Wedding: Bruna & Alexandre

After a Twitter proposal (#BrunaDigaSim – there are a number of videos of them on TV on You Tube after it happened, unfortunately they are all in Portuguese!) Bruna & Alexandre went to work planning their ‘vintage geek’ themed wedding.

“The wedding industry in Brazil is so unfashionable, people concentrate on traditional things and it’s almost impossible find a service provider available to do what you really want,” Bruna told me. “We decided to have a personal wedding. To see this happening we asked most of our friends to help us. We love tattoos, rock/indie music, film photography and technology, and we tried to put everything together into our wedding. The results were above what we thought they could be. We were featured on almost every single wedding blog and site in Brazil as an inspirational wedding which was amazing!”

Be sure to check out their super-sweet video too.

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A Christmas Meets Halloween Wedding: Holly & Gareth

Holly & Gareth were married in late November and so had a kind of Christmas meets Halloween themed wedding. “Originally I quite liked the idea of a festival-y vibe wedding but Gareth’s not very outdoorsy and I’m not keen on hot weather so a winter wedding it was!” Holly explained. “We were also on a budget so an out of season wedding also worked in our favour! My sister described our theme as, ‘What do you get if you cross Christmas and Halloween?!'”

“Mainly though we wanted things to be very personal, the tables were named after couples from our families and we used their wedding photos as table settings. We collected lots of vintage glases for the tealights from family members as well as car boot sales. My brooch bouqet included all 4 of ‘something old, something new…’ with brooches donated by family and friends, who were all really pleased to be included in something so integral to the wedding.”

The couple were married at Cave Castle Hotel. “I knew absolutely nothing about weddings and when Gareth proposed to me (in the kitchen, me with a plastic buzz lightyear plate in my hand!) so I imediately started to google venues in the area,” Holly continued. “I found Cave Castle and just thought it would be a no go, and way out of our league. However my sister worked near it and one day when we were randomly visiting her we decided to just pop in. We then didn’t look anywhere else! I’d always had my heart set on the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face, and I nearly had a copy drawn up to be made. However in the end I didn’t want to risk ending up with a dress that I’d not tried on. I found dress shopping probably the hardest part of organising the wedding, finding one with sleeves was impossible, but again after months of searching I found it – it was actually then first one I tried on and I went back to it”

“Both of us were very set on what and how we wanted things to be for our wedding. Unfortunately we came across many ‘local’ wedding suppliers who verged on downright rude about some of our choices. However we stuck to our guns and ended up with a day we were extremely happy with.”

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