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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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Mr & Mrs Tattooboy’s Heavily Tattooed, Ass Kickin’ Rockabilly Wedding

Do you remember Mr & Mrs Tattooboy? The hot tattooed couple behind one of my favourite ever engagement sessions? Well check it out – they got hitched and I’ve got the exclusive blogging rights on their killer wedding. When the couple first met, Kori was a cheerleader and Matt was a rocker and a tattooed artist. They soon fell in love and Kori starting getting just as much ink as her man!

“Kori & Matt’s aka Mr. & Mrs. Tattooboy, have this incredible rockabilly style & then some!!!” photographer Christina told me. “When I asked Kori about the details of her wedding she just told me she wanted it to be different from the normal-cheesy-blah type weddings, this made me really happy that she wasn’t giving in to what everyone else in the world was doing!  Their unusual story & love for tattoos & rockabilly style was inspiration enough for these two lovers to plan their wedding.”

“They knew they wanted their wedding to have a little of that rockabilly feel mixed with a bit of Hollywood glam, but they wanted to keep it simple. Kori told me that she loved antiques & wanted a retro/vintagey style wedding & they purely got most of their inspiration from the things that they love!”

“They took their vintage inspiration to the next level when they chose that amazing museum venue,” continued Christina. “They were married at Matt’s family church, but they did all of other festivities at the Kern County Museum which has many old antique houses/buildings from the early 1900’s. And if they already didn’t have enough color with their amazing tattoos, they held their reception among these incredible old neon signs. These two high school sweethearts & their rocker edge were screaming Rock n Roll Bride from the moment I met them.”

The bride wore a dress from Enchanted Bridal, which she accessorised herself by adding the red & black tulle. She also wore fishnet stockings and totally rad boots Hot Topic.  The groom wore his favourite hat and decided that instead of a traditional guest book they would ask guests to sign a skateboard.

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Debs & Richie’s Budget Friendly, Crafty & Vintage Wedding

When photographer Emma Case emails me with “eeek’s!” and “wooohoo’s!” when talking about her latest wedding I stand by and prepare myself for greatness. I am SO EXCITED to share Debs & Richie’s wedding on my blog as not only did I blog their fabulous engagement session just before Christmas, but they used Rock n Roll Bride as inspiration for their awesome vintage wedding.

“When Richie & I got engaged we did not have a clue what we wanted our wedding to be like, all we knew was that we wanted it quite small, with only close family and friends, good food, good music, and wanted it to reflect on us as a couple as much as possible.  Our budget was small and we began to panic! How are we going to manage to create a wedding on such a small budget, that’s when I turned to the Internet and found a number of wedding blogs (Rock n Roll Bride was one of the first) that gave me loads of inspiration on how different weddings can be, and how much of your own personality you can add to your special day!  I became obsessed with the blogging world, I had bookmarked hundreds of images made folders upon folders and my inspiration began to expand.”

The couple’s budget was small but they totally rocked it! By being creative, by DIYing everything, thrifting and visiting charity shops, they were able to craft the vintage wedding of their dreams!”Having a small budget I knew that alot of the work would have to be done by myself and with a little help from friends and family,” continued the bride. “So I began my journey of crafting everyday, I would craft on the underground, in work on lunch breaks, as soon as I came home from work, my weekends off, visits to friends and family, my whole world became the wedding.  Being in a creative job there are loads of talented people, and I had people in my work making my wedding cake, the invites and arranging my wedding bouquet.  I also used my work colleagues contacts to get the flowers cheaply at the market for then me and my sister to arrange them late into the night before the wedding.”

“We wanted our day to be as relaxed as possible (this isn’t always easy and does not happen when you have a small adorable son though!!)” she continued. “We wanted the decorations and small touches to reflect our love for vintage, we love vintage clothes, vintage furniture, vintage accessories.  I love the beauty and history behind old items, I love that they have a story behind them.  That someone has loved these objects and that they are getting passed along to make new memories, in this case our memories for our wedding day.”

“For my degree show I studied photography for my last part of my final and photographed tea cups, I had a small collection started and I love the beauty of the china tea cup and how they were all different!  So I was on a mission to collect as many as I could, as these would be my favours by melting wax into them and making them into sweet candles for guests to take away.  Everything was hand crafted by myself from the favours, to the felt love heart badges guest wore, to the pom poms and flower garlands that hung in the hall.”

Debs loved collecting all the little bits and pieces in the run up to their wedding. Her vision was an eclectic mis-matched one, with the reception tables full of items they had collected themselves.

Debs wore a vintage dress which she found in a charity shop for just £15! She even got to meet the original owner of the gown and she her wedding photographs! What a magical moment that must have been!

She explained, “Having 6 months left before the big day I had still no clue what I wanted my dress to be like, all I knew was that I wanted it to be different and my favourite word again Vintage!!! Someone had told me about a small charity shop in Govan (Glasgow), which is not renowned for being lets say…. stylish, but I knew with an older generation, there would be a few treasures in the shop.  The shop was called Magpie’s Nest which was a prefect name for me! I was amazed by the selection and quickly filled my bags with teacups, I got talking to the lady behind the counter and asked if she specialises in wedding dresses or knew any places as there were a few wedding dresses hanging up! We got talking and she went into the back and came out shortly holding a beautiful dress, I knew that this was the one that I was getting married in!  It was tiny and asked to try it on, in a small bathroom I squeezed it on and to my disappointment I could not get the back up, but I knew that I wanted it and thought there must be a way to get this dress to fit.  It was elegant, long shelves for the winter and was simple so I could accessorise.  My beautiful dress came to the grand total of £15 and as she packed it away in a Farmfoods bag, I skipped down the road with the biggest smile on my face, greeted by Richie saying what’s in the Farmfoods bag? and I said “my wedding dress!!!”

“I really would like to give a big thanks to Sarah from Magpie’s Nest in Glasgow without her help, I would not have been able to get as much as what I got for the wedding. I went nearly every week to her shop and there were times when I got to go into the back of the Charity shop to the ‘unseen’ and rummage until my heart was content.  Sarah does a brilliant job for her charity and believes in pricing the goods that come into the shop fairly (not west-end prices), so locals can afford to buy and therefore helping to regenerate the local community.  She also knew the woman who handed in the wedding dress and arranged for me to meet up with her. She told me the story behind the dress, that she bought the dress in Watt Brothers in town for 9 Shillings!”

The dress was altered by Dragonfly Dress Design. She added a petticoat (for showing off the Vivienne Westwood shoes of course!) “She specialises in vintage dresses,” Debs told me, “and through her whole  time in the dress business has only ever once came across a dress like mine!  It is a very rare dress from the late 1940′s but with a 1950′s style, as it was very simple and classic.  I also came across dragonfly through Rock n Roll Bride, again a big thank you for helping me source what is so close to home that I would never have known about.”

The ceremony took place at Park Circus in the West End of Glasgow, with the reception being held at Cail Bruich Restaurant in Bridge of Weir. The restaurant not only had a gorgeous scenic view, but vintage and retro touches throughout which perfectly matched their theme.

Finally, Debs & Richie found the fabulous Emma Case through her first ever feature on Rock n Roll Bride. Long time readers of the blog will remember this gorgeous ‘Second Time Lucky’ wedding that I posted back in October 2009 – the first time I was introduced to her work. Who could have known back then that we would become such good friends!? Aww I love blogland!

“I saw this wedding on Rock n Roll Bride whilst researching the wedding and I bookmarked it. I thought that’s the style I want my wedding photographer to have relaxed, capturing a beautiful moment and everyone looking so happy and comfortable.  I bookmarked the photograph that I loved and was in awe with it, but thought nothing of it! (the one with the bride running) I went into work and my friend knew I was looking for an alternative photographer and gave me the name Emma Case to check out.  I went home and I was amazed that the photograph which I loved, was taken by the talented Emma Case, I knew I had to have her and contacted her straight away.  Emma got back and said that the date we were originally planned getting married on, was booked! Arrragh, so without speaking to Richie I took a risk and I asked what dates were available, and the 4th of December was what Emma came back with…That was the date I was going for, so I could get my prefect photographer, and can I just say she is prefect.  Richie and myself are in love with Emma and Pete, they made us feel so comfortable and relaxed…Our budget was so small, but the one thing we were willing to spend the most money on, was a photographer.  It’s so important to have magical photographs that capture your special day, and capture all your hard work.  I cannot say enough nice things about Emma and her talent and how much more special she has made our wedding day and memories.”

Serious love for Debs & Richie over here!

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Crystal & Chip’s Pink & Black, Asian Themed Wedding

Crystal & Chip’s pink and white themed wedding gave me actual goosebumps as I looked at the photos. Seriously.

The couple were married in October at The Rusty Pelican in Miami and had one of my all time favourite Rock n Roll photographers, Matt Miller for  Our Labor Of Love, shooting the wedding. “Being half Filipino I have always loved Asian art and culture, so I wanted it to be part of the wedding” Crystal told me when I asked about their wedding day inspiration. “So it was a pink and black Asian themed wedding. When I was younger, I had a hard time being half Filipino. I grew up in a very small town where kids weren’t always nice about people being different. So over time I learned to embrace and be proud of my culture, and who I am.”

“The decorations and flowers were all in tune with the Asian inspiration. We used large garden roses and orchids. We wanted to used peonies but they were not in season at the time. Garden roses were the closest that we could find. The wedding favors were take-out boxes with cherry blossom chopsticks, and of course inside there was Japanese candies called Hi-chews and chocolate dipped fortune cookies. The wedding aisle had pink and black paper lanterns on Shepard hooks all leading to large planters that had bamboo and flowers where the ceremony took place. Also our cake toppers were unique. I have a great love for the brand Tokidoki. So we used 2 of their vinyl figures named Adios and Ciao Ciao as the toppers.”

“So all in all, my husband and I wanted friends and family who are from all walks being tattooed hooligans, lawyers, doctors, straight edge kids, band mates, conservatives, etc. to have an amazing time. I think that we were able to pull it off and everyone had a good time. Both my husband being creative in our own ways, him being music, with many bands and dj-ing, mine being more crafty and artsy, we wanted our personalities to be shown throughout the wedding. With that we feel we succeeded.”

“I had a major hand 98% of the crafty stuff from the wedding. I personally handmade my birdcage veil with kanzashi flowers, the bamboo table number signs, all the invitations, name cards, favors, card box, and many more things that are currently slipping my mind. Many of these were made from scratch. I take pride in how well things turned out.”

It turned our fabulously I say!

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Chris & Jenn’s Rockabilly Car-Inspired Wedding

“The style and ambiance of our wedding had more to do with who we are as people than outside inspiration,” newlywed’s Chris & Jenn explained. “We find culture and appeal in a simpler moment in history. The 1950′s are, after all, the birth of subculture; car culture was at the heart of this movement. We live, breathe, and bleed this car culture so it followed suit to incorporate our life into our wedding.”

So it was themselves and their own personal style and outlook on life that inspired their rockabilly wedding. The Californian couple made the wedding their own and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Jenn’s dress by Allure Bridals wasn’t perfect for her until she cut it short herself to show off her awesome saddle shoes. Aren’t those gorgeous?

Chris wore a custom suit and he was in charge of the centrepieces, made from carburetors, and yes he made them himself! Finally, the couple belong to a car club called Koffin’s Car Club in Santa Cruz California and they had a whole host of retro cars at the wedding parked outside the venue.

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