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A Dusky Pink Wedding with a Touch of Vintage: Louise & Paul

Louise & Paul were married in London on 11th February, just a few days after their 12 year anniversary. “Our 12 year anniversary was the Thursday before our wedding!” Louise told me. “This is the reason why we chose this date. We got engaged two year’s previously on our 10 year anniversary! We were lucky enough to find our photographer Annamarie Stepney through a wedding blog and we just fell in love with her pictures. They are so romantic and unconventional. Her photos just tell a story of the day – people who were there can re-live every fab moment and fill in the gaps on the moments they couldn’t remember or missed. And those who weren’t there, get transported to the day. I’ve been blown away by all the amazing comments on them!”

The ceremony took place at The Old Marylebone Town Hall with the reception at The Union Club in Soho. “We just fell in love with The Union Club the moment we walked through the door” the bride continued. “Quirky, cosy, relaxed and friendly – which pretty much summed up what we wanted from our day! Then we ate there and the food was amazing. All their food is homemade – they don’t even have a microwave on site. We are proper foodies, so the grub was really important to us. We also loved how we didn’t have to choose a menu six months before – our guests got to pick their meal on the day.”

Louise wore a bespoke dress by Conchita Couture with Kurt Geiger shoes and a headpiece from Glitzy Secrets. “From the moment we got engaged I knew I was going to struggle to find a dress ‘off the peg’. I didn’t want a traditional strapless full length gown,” she explained. “They just aren’t my style – plus I’m only just over 5ft and a size 8, so didn’t want to be swamped! I just liked the idea of having sleeves and a high neck – I wanted that real Grace Kelly feel! My Mum actually married in a long sleeved dress too. I also wasn’t sure about marrying in white or ivory, so opted for a dusky pink number which was uniquely made by layering up different coloured fabrics. This kind of set the colour scheme for the wedding too.”

“We wanted to make sure our wedding day stood out from the rest!” Louise concluded. “We wanted it to be romantic but fun-filled at the same time! We didn’t follow the crowds, we chose not to have bridesmaids and ushers and favours on the tables and we also made sure our DJ pumped house tunes all night long. House music is what brought us together so was such an important part of our day!”

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A ‘US Meets UK’ Rock n Roll Wedding: Aaron & Melanie

Aaron & Melanie’s rocking 50s wedding does exactly what it says on the tin.  This is unadulterated Rock n Roll Bride gold and I’m thrilled to share it with you today. The couple, who met in San Francisco while Melanie was there on holiday, were married at the end of January at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London. “We met whilst out dancing at a rockabilly club called the Jay n Bee, and whilst there was instant attraction, I was only on a two week holiday so nothing really happened,” Melanie told me. “However, I returned to the USA a few months later for Las Vegas and a three month stay in San Francisco, and that’s when we started dating.  We continued travelling between San Francisco and London, and got engaged on our 8 month anniversary (which was also Christmas Eve) whilst out dancing at the Southbank Centre in London.  We had originally planned to get married in SF, but one sunny day last October, we were laying in the garden here in London, and I said to Aaron ‘We should get married in London…in January!’ and so we planned our wedding in just over three and a half months!”

In order to keep the wedding personal, to save money and to enable them to organise everything so quickly, the couple did as much as they could themselves, with the help of friends & family. “We are really fortunate to have a lot of talented friends who were kind enough to help us make our day exactly as we wanted it to be,” Melanie continued. “My niece’s friend Claudia made our cake for the cost of the ingredients, numerous DJ friends took to the decks on the night and my sister’s friend Leena Teperi made my dress for me (exactly how I envisioned it!) My friend Natasha from Pretty Me Vintage did my hair and make up for me and an old school friend of mine, Mike Massaro, was our photographer.”

“We knew that we wanted our wedding to be very personal, and Aaron and I spent many evenings crafting until 2am in the weeks running up to the wedding! We made bunting, table decorations, cookies for favours, the table plan, signs, labels for the sweetie jars, mini-bunting for the table names, and my personal favourite – Aaron made Mr & Mrs 3D letters from scratch, using card, glue and tube maps (to keep with the UK part of our UK meets USA theme!)”

The most important thing to these two though? Well it’s all about the love baby! “Without trying to sound too cheesy, we were inspired by our love,” smiled the bride. “We planned our wedding around all the things that are special and meaningful to us, and did the best we could, with our budget, to make the most fun, memorable, romantic and personal party possible. We wanted rockin’ music, delicious food, attention to detail, and a fun atmosphere. We started out with a very non-traditional approach, and ended up with the perfect mix of traditional and non-traditional elements. We honestly feel that even if we were not on a tight budget, and had access to double or triple the money to spend, we still  wouldn’t change a thing.”

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An Alice Wedding in Australia: Stew & Ali

The Australian wedding of Stew & Ali was held at Leaning Church Vineyard in Tasmania. “We knew even before we were engaged that we wanted to be married in a vineyard,” Ali told me. “We love to visit the amazing vineyards in our area of Tasmania, which is famous for its Pinot Noir. We’re known for our somewhat overzealous love of said Pinot Noir….So a vineyard screamed Stew and Ali. We chose Leaning Church because of its rustic charm, hills full of vines, a quaint little lake, long yellow grass and absolutely fabulous wedding coordinator!”

The bride wore a bespoke dress and Lady Dragon shoes by Vivienne Westwood/Melissa. “I wanted my dress to be whimsical and flirty and Alice inspired,” she continued. “My princess style dress had a blue petticoat and underskirt and a layer of blue tulle over the ivory skirt, so it shimmered blue in the sunlight. The bow around my waist was pure Alice. The shoes were the very first thing I bought, before we’d looked at any venues or decided on any sort of theme! It was so hard not to wear them before the wedding!!”

Ali’s headpiece was a mini top hat by Two Back Flats. “Well how could you have an Alice wedding without a top hat?” I contacted Jasika at Two Back Flats to see if she could customise her bridal top hat for me. I bought the vintage style mad hatter brooch from etsy and then sent that to Jas, who then put it all together with a gorgeous blue ribbon. I used a blue French net in birdcage style.”

Her bridesmaids wore blue, but were asked to pick any blue dress they liked. They also each carried a polaroid photo with a ‘glimpse’ of Ali down the aisle, which they handed to Stew when they got to the end. “It was a fun way to tease Stew (who didn’t know what I was wearing) and for the girls to have a chance to hug him and say something to him before the ceremony.”

Their reception was decorated to reflect the Alice in Wonderland theme. “I actually contacted Kat of Rock n Roll Bride late in 2011 to ask about lighting ideas. The result was glass jar ‘chandeliers’ with LED tealights inside, created by my Ma, as well as a wall of hanging glass jar lanterns in between teacups and doily flowers. We used books, teacups and silver jugs, sheet music and tiny white rabbits were gathered from op-shops and markets. All the flowers were handmade by Ma, and extra little details were purchased from etsy. My favourite stores were Black Baroque who did the Wonderland prints for the table ‘numbers’ (each table was a different character), and Windrosie who made the paper clocks and photobooth props. My Best Girl Sarah gave me the White Rabbit lamp as our wedding gift, which was a perfect addition.”

“Instead of a seating chart or escort cards, each guest received their own copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I covered each book with blue fabric, glued brown paper to the spine and then wrote the guests’ names on them and our wedding date. Inside was a handmade bookmark that told the guest which table they were seated at. At the ceremony were handkerchiefs tied with ribbon and a card that read ‘You ought to be ashamed, a great girl like you, to go on crying this way… Stop it at once!’. We also had personalised water bottles with our logo from Brewtopia.”

Hearing about a couple’s inspiration is often my favourite part of the wedding stories I’m sent – especially when they say Rock n Roll Bride helped them (brownie points all round!) “Our inspiration was clearly the Alice story,” Ali concluded. “I re-read the book about 10 times during the planning…And of course, Rock n Roll Bride was the first web page I opened every morning to get my fix of wedding prettiness. I got a lot of inspiration from the real weddings that Kat features.”

“We saw our wedding as a huge party, and the best chance I’d get to create my own whimsical wonderland. We had our own touches in our vows (Stew’s were made entirely of lyrics from cheesy love songs…) and we included a bit in our ceremony acknowledging our support for equality of marriage. We also asked our guests to write three words they would use to describe us in their RSVPs, which I put together into a coherent story that made up part of our ceremony as well.”

“I think we’re Rock n Roll simply because we did what we wanted, not what we were ‘supposed’ to do. My aunt and uncle brought a mad hatter costume along with them – he’s the crazy looking guy with the tiny teacup in the photos. My cousin rolled her eyes and said ‘it’s a wedding, not a party’. But I disagree; it was a party, at which we happened to get married. And to us, it was the best party ever.”

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Katie & Eoin Got Married

Something a little different for you this afternoon because these photos were taken by yours truly! Wedding photographers, fret not, I’m not considering a career change(!) but how could I not take photos of two of my best friends getting married?!

So on Saturday I headed down to St Peter’s Church in Reading with my trusty Canon 550d and 50mm 1.4 lens in tow and took a few snaps. For a non pro I think I did pretty good…hell, I even shot in Manual!

The confetti shots I nabbed are probably my faves…

The wedding was beautiful, simple and emotional. Katie looked utterly gorgeous and Eoin and his groomsmen looked seriously cool in their military style jackets. A good time was had by all!

I didn’t manage to grab any portraits of the two of them which was a bit gutting. Being the Uncle Bob of the wedding I’m sure their pro photographer was annoyed enough my me though!

Check out the Katie & Eoin badge I’m wearing in the photo below. Such a cool favour idea, everyone at the wedding had them on!

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A Leap Day Wedding Planned in Just 10 Days: Jennifer & Michael

Jennifer & Michael were married in The Candy Factory, a warehouse in Lancaster PA, on February 29th this year. They picked the venue as Jennifer loves the space (she’s a model and has shot there a few times). They also planned their wedding in…wait for it…TEN DAYS! Jennifer told me all about it,

“Our wedding was planned in under 10 days. I went to my seamstress with a 7 day window, and the desire for a 50s style, tea length wedding dress and she pulled through. The venue is one of my favorite shooting spots as I am very fond of putting pretty things in old, ugly places. This spot just matched us so well. Even though there was no lighting or heat, my husband fixed all that with his all-knowing sensibility. We picked a very rainy day, so the roof leaked horribly and we had buckets everywhere, but I guarantee no one will forget this wedding!”

The day was beautiful and exactly how the couple wanted it to be. However the quick planning of this wedding was brought on by some very sad circumstances. “I was given just 6 months to live back in August of 2011 due to stage 4 cervical cancer,” Jennifer continued. “The spontaneity of this wedding was brought on by various health struggles, and turned it into something beautiful. We spent very little on the wedding due to the burden of medical bills. We then, with the gracious help of others, took our two young daughters to a short visit to Disneyworld for our honeymoon.”

“Almost this entire wedding was DIY and incredibly cheap with the exception of our photographers but they were donated to us anonymously. I doubt we spent $500 total and it was unforgettable for everyone involved. We made this wedding ours without breaking our wallets!”

“We took an old building, falling apart, and made it home,” Jennifer concluded when I asked her about their theme. “Our tattoos and rockabilly style, paired with the beauty of marriage inside that building… it all perfectly meshed into something so unique and unforgettable. Even if we had enough money, I wouldn’t spend it on a fancy venue because we are down to earth and like getting our hands dirty. Our wedding was entirely ‘us’. Simple as that. It fit our personalities, lifestyle and flair. And all you really need is love, right? Our wedding proved that you don’t need a ton of money or a ton of guests or months of planning to have a perfectly-fitting wedding.”

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DIY Tutorial: Cameo Necklace

I may be biased but this cameo necklace DIY Tutorial from Cat Morley of crafty community Cut Out + Keep  may be my favourite ever! If you’re of a crafty persuasion and fancy making some personalised wedding jewellery or gifts (how cute would these be for bridemaids?) then you’re going to get very excited indeed about this one…

Of course you don’t have to make your necklace of me (!) or with my logo but I’m sure this tutorial will inspire you to come up with your own designs. You could maybe put each bridesmaid’s name in place of the Rock n Roll Bride logo?

This tutorial looks like it might be complicated when you see how polished the final result is, but honestly I was shocked at how simple (and genius!) it is. All you need is a little shrink plastic (remember that!?)

Supplies Needed:

♥ Shrink plastic in a variety of colours
♥ Glitter glue
♥ Jewellery chain (can be bought from craft stores like hobbycraft or fabric shops)
♥ A clasp (again should be easy to find in craft or fabric stores)
♥ 1 large and 2 small jump rings
♥ 2 eye pins
♥ 2 small black beads
♥ Beaded Trim
♥ Small crystals
♥ Strong adhesive
♥ Wire cutters
♥ Jewellery pliers
♥ Tweezers
♥ Scissors
♥ Xacto knife
♥ Paper (for template)

Method:

Step One: Start with a portrait photo and trace around the silhouette on to paper. Make separate templates for the head, hair and the jewellery. Remember you’re template should be 7x bigger than you want your finished template to be.

Step Two: Cut out your templates and layer on top of each other. Create an oval template for your silhouette to sit on and then make a second slightly larger and third even larger oval template. Line up the two largest ovals and punch a hole through the top of both.

Step Three: Draw around the templates on to various colours of shrink plastic. When working with clear shrink plastic, use blue-tack to stick the template to the plastic and cut around it.

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