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A Locally Sourced Pool Party Wedding

Carmen & Gary had a laid back pool party wedding at Commons Ford Ranch, Austin. The couple actually had their first dance in the pool too!

“The reception was supposed to be a dance party on the patio, with possible swimming as an afterthought, as there is a really nice pool at the ranch,” the bride told me.  “However as soon as dinner ended, guests were taking over the pool.  We decided to move the DJ over to the pool deck since that was where the party was happening, and it became a full-blown pool party.  We even had our first dance in the pool, after the official marital cannonball.”

The bride wore a gorgeous short and ruffled dress which she found at Bianca Luce Boutique in Pasadena, CA. Carmen explains “I didn’t buy it at first, thinking I should try on more dresses, but when I walked into an actual bridal boutique across the street, I practically ran out the door and across the street to get it before anyone else had the chance.  The traditional princess wedding dress was not for me.  I also bought my poofy veil here.”

The couple also chose to use local businesses instead of playing a fortune to ship things in. Their flowers were sourced from the Arnosky Family Farm and their invitations were by local designer Lucky Onion who they found through Paper Place in Austin. Their vegan cupcakes were made by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop.

“It was very important to Gary and I to have our fingerprint on every aspect of our wedding,” concluded the bride. ”Corporate wedding establishment vendors didn’t interest us at all, so we asked around and found vendors through recommendations from our friends.  We were able to design every aspect of our wedding just as we wanted, and everything turned out perfectly!  We involved family, friends, and friends-of-friends for almost everything: officiant, dj, rings, bartender, party bus rental, and the list goes on.  Those we didn’t know before-hand, like the floral designer and flower farmers, were small and personal enough that they sort of became friends.  Carefully choosing all the details really made every aspect of the wedding meaningful for us.”

“I took advantage of the opportunity to delve into some fun creative projects and learn some new crafty skills.  Like I mentioned, I appointed my friend Candace chairwoman of the craft committee and we undertook projects like making decorations (brightly colored tissue paper puffs) and creating and stuffing goody bags for out-of-town guests.  Our most successful and labor intensive project was screen-printing wedding programs with an image and a poem.  They turned our beautifully, and I learned a new skill/art.”

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Vintage, London Chic

When photographer Marianne Taylor sends you a wedding, it’s pretty much a given that it’s going to be awesome. Not only does Marianne have a fantastic eye for detail and gets the coolest clients, but she always knows which weddings will suit the style of my blog. While Emily & Owen’s wedding may seem more traditional than some of the weddings I feature, the thought and personalisation is what makes it totally Rock n Roll!

The couple were wed at Marylebone Town Hall, London which was followed by a cool reception at 6 Fitzroy Square. The couple chose this space as they had previously been to a party there and loved it’s vibe. Emily wore a gorgeous 1950′s short dress which she found on Ebay. She had a friend alter the dress slightly to make it perfect for her – by shortening it and moving the bow to a diagonal. Her engagement ring was also a 1950′s antique which was from Greys Antiques Market, Bond Street, London. Her shoes were from Topshop and her pearls were also vintage, which she also found on Etsy.

The couple saved money where they could. The cake was from Waitrose to which their caterers decorated with flowers to fit their theme. The couple also collected mis-matched vases from charity shops, markets and car boot sales to give each centrepiece and individual look.

Owen designed and created all the stationary and paper goods, including the save the date postcards (printed on vintage floral postcards), the invites, the place name settings, the menus and the table plan.

“We didn’t want a ‘wedding by numbers’, the usual run of the mill type wedding,” the couple told me. “We wanted to create a really relaxed day, we wanted it to be chilled for everyone involved. We especially didn’t want the best men/best women to be running around all day and not be able to enjoy it.”

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Dinosaurs, Silhouettes, Black Cats & Fairytales

I featured Christy & Daryl’s ‘Modern Film Noir’ engagement session at the beginning of June so it’s an absolute pleasure to come full circle and feature their awesome wedding as well, which also had a bit of the ‘noir’ about it don’t you think?

The couple got married on Friday 13th and had a silhouette and dark theme. “Daryl and I are both artists and musicians, and met through a mutual friend/bandmate” the bride told me. ”From the get go, our relationship was anything but normal. Our first date was to a funeral and we officially became a couple on Halloween. It was only natural to celebrate our wedding on Friday the 13th. We stuck with the theme of silhouettes, and added black cats and crows to our forest ceremony decor. We wanted to give the evening a moody, magical atmosphere.”

Although it looks anything but, the couple DIY-ed their enchanting wedding on a tight budget. Christy is an illustrator so designed and created all of the paper goods and visual details herself. “We came up with the concept and I took off making our invites, programs, black cat magnet favors and table labels. We worked long into the night for weeks to complete all that we had envisioned” she explained. “We also found lots of goodness from Etsy.com (like my gorgeous cast hummingbird skull earrings) and the decor from a local wholesale store. I’m not really into flowers, so we used feathers for our boutiques, boutonnieres and tables decorations.”

The day started with some pre-ceremony photos at Balboa Park. ”I’ve been a huge fan of dinosaurs ever since I was a little girl, so I couldn’t wait to get to the Natural History Museum and pose with some prehistoric friends!” the bride continued.

Their ceremony really was something special and really showed the couple’s creative and unique side. Before the ceremony began, they projected animated black & white fairly tale films by artist Lotte Reiniger onto a wall and played mellow music from some of their favorite bands over the top. For the bride’s entrance, the backdrop changed to a night scene that she herself had illustrated, and she walked down the aisle to The Cure’s “Plainsong” in a glamorous silk 1920s-inspired dress. They also had forest night sounds (crickets, frogs, etc) playing during their short but sweet ceremony.

Sounds totally incredible doesn’t it?!

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(Pink) Caravan of Love

Kate & Charles had a vintage, punky and pink (caravan!) wedding on the Isle of Wight. As soon as I saw Kate in her incredible 1950′s cotton lace Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown I knew I wanted to feature them “They made the bow birdcage veil out of a back panel of the dress and sourced the most beautiful velvet ribbon sash to finish off the dress” the bride told me.

The ceremony took place at Newchurch All Saints Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight with a reception following at a friend Nick James’ house - Redway Manor Farm. They hired an Indian tent complete with low bench seating, floor cushions and gorgeous lamps from their friend’s Ed & Ana at Ed’s Tents and borrowed the pink ‘Honeymoon Caravan’ from their friend Mel, which the couple slept in that night. 

They chose not to ignore a lot of the traditional wedding formalities and just went with the things that mattered to them. They didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen and made sure that all the important people in their lives were a big part of their day.

Charles’ Mum made the cupcakes. “She went cupcake crazy and baked up a dizzying array of cupcakes for the afternoon tea party from cherry cheesecake and spiced apple through to jam doughnut cupcakes, along with a couple of bouquet of cupcakes made by his sister Roz. However, the star of the show was a 3 tier pork pie cake complete with a Lego bride and groom which looked just like us!”

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Kaori & Alex’s Multi-Cultural, DIY-Fabulous, Vintage Bohemian Wedding

Do you remember Kaori & Alex’s killer engagement session? It was all tattoos, awesome outfits and L.O.V.E. I have been dying to see the outcome of their wedding ever since and I ain’t half excited to share it with you today.

The couple were married at Old Zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles with a reception to follow at Señor Fish in Little Tokyo Area, Downtown LA. Both of them are designers so obviously their outfits were nothing short of unique and utterly fabulous.

Kaori wore a J Crew dress which she teamed with shoes from Charles David and a gorgeous hair piece from Prim and Posies and a flower pin (on the dress) from Sweetpea & Fawn - both on Etsy.

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A Super Glam, Corpse Bride, Spanish Wedding

Anna & Andrew had a small wedding with only about 35 guests who came from all over the world. The Spanish bride and her South African groom, who actually both now live in London, had their wedding in Spain at the gorgeous venue Deluz.

“They were very unconcerned with conventions and just wanted to do things their way” their photographer Kyle told me, “hence the Nightmare Before Christmas/Corpse Bride cake (made by the groom’s Mother) the Batman garter, their crazy photographers from Chile, Andrew’s brother walked Anna down the aisle, because he’s the one who introduced them, their wedding planner was the one who conducted the ceremony, Anna wrote her vows five minutes before the ceremony started. It rained the day of so hard I thought the city would flood, but Anna’s mother who grew up in Santander near the water said she could read the sea and that the rain would stop before the wedding. It did. Just in time for a beautiful sunset ceremony. All in all, it was beautiful.”

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