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Jeanie & Mike’s Dorky & Eclectic South African Wedding

Jeanie & Mike got hitched at the end of October at Old Oak Manor & Cafe Felix in Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa. The wedding had a thrown together, eclectic vibe inspired by the couple themselves. “I don’t know if I can classify myself as Rock n Roll, but definitely different and also somewhat dorky”, explained the bride. “I think we usually do most things different than the norm and we also have a lot of fun doing it. God is always my inspiration, in fact, he gave me the idea to create a coat of arms for my new family and I used it on the invitation and all the other stationary.” Jeanie has even since decided to go into business creating wedding stationary!

Jeanie wore a custom Ilse Roux dress, inspired by Vera Wang and on her feet she had the now infamous Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! “The story of the shoes is actually quite amazing. The particular style that I was looking for was no longer available anywhere in the world. My mom in law phoned every Vivienne Westwood stockist in the The States, we tried on the web, but no luck. Until my step-mom from Australia phoned and asked me if I had found my shoes. I told her that it was impossible to find them. I was nearly defeated, but her determined voice on the other side of the phone gave me hope. A day later she found them from a stylist in Melbourne who was happy to lend them to me for the day. When we met up with them in Singapore a month before the wedding, My step-mom handed me the precious Vivienne Westwood Lady dragon hearts. Happiness. A couple of days later, I found the blue ones on the web from a greek fashionista that lives in Pretoria. She bought an extra pair “just in case” and were happy to sell them to me. Thanks Dad!”

Jeanie’s super stylish and super lucky bridesmaids all wore different dresses, “This was a miracle co-ordinated by God himself,” Jeanie explained. “One of them were made by a dressmaker in PTA, two from YDE and one from MEMEME in Long Street Cape Town by Doreen Southwood. Special mention to this designer – she is gold.” Their looks were all tied together with those gorgeous rosettes by Mikado, Jeanie and the maid of honour. I adore this unusual idea, it’s so much cooler than boring bridesmaid bouquets!

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Cassie & John’s Family-Central, DIY Wedding

“I guess we’re Rock n Roll in our attitude about life,” began the bride. “We are both vegan and our whole wedding was as well.  We never let anyone get in the way of that despite some people trying to persuade us otherwise.  We both grew up going to punk shows (he more than me..) and there’s a whole entire community of kids who just want to live a positive lifestyle.  We both thrive off of that. One of the greatest things I love about my husband is his love of his family and his friends.  He would do anything for someone, and does, when they ask.  There is no hesitation.  It’s an amazing virtue about him.”

“John and I both have tattoos for all of our immediate family members.  All of his are on his arm, while mine are spread out.   I have this weird blank spot on my left arm that when completed will finish out my half sleeve so to speak.  I always told John I’d be “bona fide” when I got married and thus, my future tattoo will be Bona Fide in pretty script with the date of our wedding done by the lovely wife of our photographer, Only You Tattoo.”

Cassie & John’s entirely DIY wedding makes my heart sing. Not only because of their totally authentic Rock n Roll attitude, but because it really was all about the lurrrrrve! “Our entire wedding  was DIY.  None of it would be possible without John’s mom.  She made all of my ideas into reality.  She sewed the burlap table runners (with ruffles!), made the bowtie and bandana for the dogs, and taught myself and my bridesmaids how to make and can apple butter which served as our wedding favors.”

“Our invitations were one of my favorite things about this whole wedding.  While my idea wasn’t original in the wedding world, but to most of my friends and family it was.  We used vintage handkerchiefs  and had a friend with a screen printing business help us. My oldest brother designed the invitation and helped us with the paper aspect of it all. I sourced all the handkerchiefs from eBay and antique markets.”  They also decided to have five cakes instead of the traditional giant wedding cake so that their guests could have a choice – all vegan, of course. 

 Cassie wore a Priscilla of Boston dress (which is is actually selling, so be sure to get in touch if you are interested in it and I will pass your details on) which she rocked up with Steve Madden flats and Betsey Johnson and vintage jewels. 

The wedding took place at private 10 bedroom house on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA which they hired for the day. It worked as a complete blank canvas so they were able to incorporate all the elements that really meant a lot to them. The bride works in a vegetarian restaurant so naturally they were their caterers, a friend organised the flowers and they chose their DJ especially because they loved what they stood for (and of course because they were awesome, but that goes without saying!) “When researching how best to entertain our guests on the dance floor, we looked at DJ’s around Atlanta and came across To The Rescue Entertainment.  They are a husband and wife team who not only DJ events, but their main objective is to rescue dogs, specifically bully breeds.  Every event they do sponsors one of their rescued dogs to help them with medical bills and to get them adopted.  John and I ourselves have two rescued bullies and after meeting with Whitney and Eric, we knew we wanted to work with them.  Whitney assists Eric with every wedding and helped myself and John all throughout the day.  I would recommend anyone in the Atlanta area to hire them.”  

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Daisy Chain – Eliesha & Joel’s Geek Chic, DIY Wedding

Like pretty much the whole of blog-land, I am uber smitten with anything Jonas Peterson produces, so when he sent me a super secret sneak peek of Eliesha & Joel’s wedding a few weeks ago I was literally jumping up and down with anticipation of featuring it. A gorgeous couple (hello geek chic fabulous – how much does Eliesha rock her glasses?!) a stunning location and awesome photography – how can you go wrong?! Oh and don’t even get me started on Eliesha’s floral head band…I literally die!

The ceremony took place at Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. “My Dad built me a double doorway to walk through when I arrived at the gardens,” explained the bride. “I think the logistics of getting it there and set up almost killed him, there was bizarre deals being made with the council and nearby hotels, a couple of our bigger, stronger (more manly) guests had to have dust coats handy to assemble and un-assemble, but it looked so gorgeous, and actually getting to step through the doors, and seeing Joel waiting for me at the end of the aisle **big girly sigh** it was totally worth the hassle.”

“Joel’s mum sewed the flags posing as our “altar” – we like flags.  The best bit about the flags was Joel choosing the fabric – I’m pretty sure he secretly likes doing “girly” things – and it’s not as big a secret as he might like to think!”

Following the intimate ceremony (in which they included some really special readings; Litany – by Billy Collins, Us Two – by A.A. Milne and Oh! The Places You’ll Go – by Dr. Seuss) the wedding party headed to The Italian in Melbourne (an Italian restaurant surprisingly!) for the reception. The restaurant served an amazing selection of scrumptious Italian food as well as providing a unique but gorgeous venue for the party. “The actual venue itself is stunning- three levels and an outdoor courtyard, the decor is beautiful, simple and classic,” Eliesha continued. “We also kept the venue set up as a restaurant (ie. no super long tables, or all round 10s) – we wanted to try and keep the feeling that we’d all kind of just spontaneously decided to go out to dinner together – so the tables were a mix of 4s, 6s, 8s & 10s, just as they would usually be for a dinner service.” 

“I had fun doing the seating plan too – we both have big families (actually, not true, Joel has a big family, I have a huuuuuuge family), so most of our extended family members had never meet, as well as friends from work – and the last thing we wanted was segregation – so I mixed it all up in a massive way. This was a huge success.  I had people claiming they’d made new best friends, there’s some fairly risque photo booth photos of people who had never even spoken before and watching facebook over the next couple of days was awesome – all of our friends and family were suddenly adding each other as friends and sharing photos (and some fairly suss “in-jokes”) – I’m totally taking credit for the lot of it!”

Eliesha, who is a fashion designer, wore silk and linen dress with french embroidery by Akira. “Due to my job, I found out the other day that there was a pool going over what my dress was going to look like!” laughed the bride. On her feet she she wore clogs (oh yes, how amazing?!) by Gorman, which are something she actually wears and loves every day! ” I interned at Gorman when I was at fashion school and my first job “in the industry” was as at Gorman, as a temp, sketching, all day, every day and I’ve been wearing Gorman clogs ever since (my current every day pair have been on the go for about four years) – so now clogs are all of a sudden all fashionable and I’m like “hey, I’m totally on trend now” and think I’m cool - plus my clogs have been a bit of a running joke at work for awhile now – so it just would’ve been wrong to not wear clogs at my wedding  – and I was probably the only person who didn’t have deadly blisters by the end of the day – all in all – pretty damn happy about the choice of shoes.”

Her incredible flower head band was created especially for her by Flowers Vasette. Eliesha showed her florist some inspiration pictures and away she went. They chose the same flowers in the centrepieces, boutineers and bouquets to tie the whole look together. “My favourite flowers are white daisies.  I wanted our bouquets to look simple and fresh, like they’d just come of of the garden.  For the reception venue we had a vase of flowers on each rectangle table – lots of green, white highlights, same feel as the bouquets.  I don’t like things to look “arranged”. I went to Gaylene with the above – pretty vague, non?  She is magic.  The flowers were insanely beautiful.”

The couple went mad over their dessert table (in a good way!) “We didn’t really have a traditional cake. We did have an extremely cool cake topper on our dessert table though. It’s a giraffe and a squirrel and it now lives in our lounge room. We bought it from Etsy seller Melabo. We also had a giant tiered stand of  teeny weeny cakes from my most favouritest patisserie Brunetti. Lemon Meringue Pies are probably my favourite thing in the world (they were also my Grandma’s favourite thing in the world) and you can’t really beat miniature Lemon Meringue Pies, right?”  

“We also went a bit DIY on the ol’ dessert table. I hired/foraged for some jars and assorted other dessert holding devices and filled them with some of our favourite things – chocolate covered raspberries, milk bottle lollies, pretzels and my awesomely famous, top secret recipe chocolate chip cookies. Oh – and – just to make things even more interesting (or slightly odd, depending on your point of view I suppose) we both have a bit of a thing about m&ms being sorted into their respective colours.  Those little cardboard boxes = 12 kilo of m&ms – p.s. it takes approx 1 hour for 1 bride-to-be to sort 2kg of m&ms – you do the math!”

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Hannah & Jack’s Rockabilly Party Wedding

“When I was little, I dreamed of having my very own big, white wedding,” began Hannah. “However, when Jack and I decided to get married and started to make plans, it became apparent that even if we’d been able to afford it, we’d both feel out of place at a huge, formal gathering. What we really wanted was to have a great party with our families and mates, a party that just happened to include a wedding ceremony. So we threw ourselves into the planning and tried to make it ours.” And that’s exactly what this Rock n Roll couple did! The entire day reflected them and the things they love.

“I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, not like something that had been churned out of the ‘bridal industrial complex’. My dress was white but printed with black polka dots and strawberries which I bought from Vivien of Holloway when I visited my sister in London. I found my vintage white gloves on eBay. I fell in love with my shoes when I saw them on line and bought them to wear to work as an alternative to basic black but I ended up wearing them to the ceremony as well. My beloved hairdresser of two years, Kat, created spectacular, vintage inspired hairstyles for me and my two attendants. One of my best friends did our make up.”

Hannah & Jack walked down the aisle together to the Star Trek theme which ended up being one of her favourite moments of the day. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to an abandoned warehouse for anything but traditional wedding formals and the day concluded with a reception at The Famous Blue Raincoat, a lounge style café/bar/restaurant in South Kingsville, Australia. “The Raincoat’s style is wonderfully eclectic and funky and my Mother and sister had decorated it with flowers that Jack and I had bought from a market the day before. The ceremony was out the back, in the beer garden. The owner, Kaz, did virtually everything for us for us. She and her fabulous staff were relaxed, friendly, funny and welcoming. Their presence created a really wonderful vibe.”

“Despite our tight budget, the one expense we weren’t prepared to compromise on was the photographer. James was magnificent and Jack and I are so, so happy that we picked him to share our day. Our photos are beautiful. Best of all, when I look at them, I feel as though I’ve been transported back to the wedding. I can remember exactly how I felt when I arrived at the venue and saw all our friends and family, when my dress blew up in the middle of the street and when Jack and I said our vows.”

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Charlene & Rommel’s 1920′s “Great Gatsby” Wedding

“We were inspired by the ‘no care’ attitude & ‘just have fun’ vibe of the 1920s,” explained Charlene & Rommel. “We both loved the story of The Great Gatsby, and how carefree everyone seemed whenever they’d go to one of Gatsby’s parties. We wanted to create that kind of laid-back, fun atmosphere for our wedding.”

The couple were married at The Dunsmuir Historic Estate in CA.  “It was more like a park rather than a hotel banquet hall so it fit the bill perfectly and allowed us to have a more casual feel for our wedding. We encouraged people to just be comfortable; even to sit on the grass on picnic blankets. For our giveaway/dessert table, we wanted people to take home things they might actually want and use, and as far as we know, nobody minded free sodas, cookies, candies and coffee grinds!”

Charlene looked every bit the 1920′s glamour goddess in her Sue Wong dress, which she found on eBay. The groom and his groomsmen got right into the theme too with their 1920′s gangster-inspired look. Rommel explained, “My main inspiration came from Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables.” I have always adored how dressed up people in the 1920′s and 1930′s were. Even if you were poor, you still looked pretty stylish!”

“Men wore those wool pants or slacks… the vests… the button-down collared shirts… they all just looked so well put-together, and they didn’t really even have to match or anything. We both really liked one of the villain’s all-white suits, so I wanted to go that route since I was trying to dress for my wedding. After lots of looking at 1920′s and 1930′s suits online, we noticed that suit styles haven’t changed all that much since then, so we figured it’d be a safe (not to mention easy!) bet for the groomsmen and I to just get our stuff at Men’s Wearhouse. To make all the groomsmen fit the theme, we just bought them all these black newsboy hats and I wore the standard-issue black suspenders from Men’s Wearhouse as well as the fedora I bought from The Original Stetson (they had the cheapest price I could find). I also opted for the black and white Spectator Shoe, since a similar style was seen in the movie as well.”

Finally, can I just share a lot of love for their amazing paper flowers! Inspired by a post they saw on Wire & Paper, the couple asked her to create the bouquet and boutineers and then they crafted their centrepieces based on her designs, from recycled paper. Just amazing! 

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Monique & John’s Elegant Halloween Themed Etsy Wedding

When a wedding as gorgeous as this one hits blog-land, you just know the wedding blogs are going to be fighting over who gets to feature it. I’m not one to boast, but I’m pretty chuffed that photographer Galaxie Andrews  chose Rock n Roll Bride to showcase this amazingly stunning wedding. The bride is Monique, the uber talented designer and owner of Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Ouma Clothing, and her marriage to John really is a match made in Rock n Roll heaven. The details of this wedding are killing me…and don’t even get me started on her dress. Epic isn’t even the word!

I got chatting to Monique all about their elegant Halloween themed wedding inspiration. “John & I wanted everything handmade so we turned to etsy. It was important to us that our wedding felt authentic, minimally “produced” and intimate.  We also thought it was important to work with local vendors and to include some of our favorite restaurants. Pumpkin has to be my favorite flavor this time of year, so it was so fun coming up with a menu that included pumpkin cupcakes, empenadas, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin tamales (yes these are amazing!) and pumpkin beer.”

“John actually chose our Halloween theme on a whim.  Once he mentioned it, I was instantly inspired.  I saw prominent visions of pumpkins, October weather in Arizona, masks and elegant costumes.  Arizona is gorgeous in October.  We wanted the wedding to be held in downtown Phoenix (our city is awesome!). We knew we wanted a raw, brick venue and a friend mentioned the Ice House. It was an instant “YES, that’s it” moment.  The Ice House was extremely inspiring with it’s roofless cathedral – perfect for a ceremony, the column room which is set up like an art gallery, we felt this would be perfect for cocktail hour and a nice place to display our engagement photos. Basically, it was a blank canvas, so we could do whatever we wanted. It was actually used as a place where they manufactured ice in the early 1900’s.”

“Our inspiration came from the holiday itself, we wanted to create a rustic/festive type event – the exact opposite of how you might imagine a Halloween wedding to be. I think we have a pretty talented group of friends and family.  My brother and his friends played the music and instead of a traditional wedding dance we had a soul train line-up and we busted our old school James Brown moves.  Our friend Andrew designed the save-the-dates and invites (he hand stamped all 125 himself!), my assistant and great friend Xappa designed my headpiece and the women in my family hooked it up with the most delicious treats ever AND of course Galaxie the gorgeous person behind the camera was there to document it all.  We are grateful and honored to be amongst such brilliant company.!

Monique hand made her dress the night before the wedding (!) She also designed, hand dyed and made all of the bridesmaid dresses herself.

For an exclusive interview with Monique on her wedding dress inspiration and more about company, Ouma Clothing, be sure to head over to Love My Dress who are chatting to her today

Also be sure to check out Ouma Clothing’s etsy store for a tulle-fueled explosion of wedding dress awesomeness! ps I’ve been in love with this party dress for about a year. I think I may just need to go ahead and buy it for my next event!

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