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A Fashion Forward London Wedding: Courtney & Charles

Courtney & Charles were married at Marylebone Town Hall followed by a reception at The Union Club in Soho, London. The fashion forward bride wore a short wedding dress by David Fielden and incredible gold shoes by Charlotte Olympia. Not only do I love that she had a bridesman as well as bridesmaids, but I’m going gaga over his shirt and bow tie combo, made in the same Laura Ashley fabric as the girls. Doesn’t it look fabulously chic?

“Being in London, the whole day felt really informal and fun,” Courtney explained. “We didn’t want a load of wedding protocol getting in the way of a good party. A few days after the wedding we had a post-wedding shoot in our wedding attire, at some of our favourite spots around the city.”

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A Casual Wedding At Home: Ann & Tim

Ann & Tim had just the kind of wedding I’d love to have had if a) the UK marriage laws weren’t so damn strict and b) if I lived in a blue house. With the ceremony being held on their driveway and the reception in their back garden, this is the perfect casual backyard wedding. The couple actually met at their house, at the house party of a mutual friend who owned it before them. Having the wedding here really brought their story full circle. The matchmaker, even spoke at the wedding.

“They wanted the whole thing to feel like people were at home,” wedding photographers Sarah & Adam of InTandem explained. “The home was built in 1940 and the original owners of the house who sold it to them also had their wedding reception there. Back then it was just a big white farm house, but Ann & Tim repainted, re-leveled, re-landscaped, and even built the flower boxes themselves. It was DIY to the extreme, and their love for authentic vintage came through in their decor.”

Other DIY elements included the chalkboard signs and the jars and bottles for flowers were bought throughout the year. “We went to every thrift store in Austin and more, with a $2 or less rule,” Ann explained. “We splurged on the cake toppers (which cost us a whole $5!) which we found at an antique mall. I also strung about 6 miles of doily garland, but most of it couldn’t be used because of the rain.”

“We really wanted everyone to feel at home during the whole thing. Next to the gift table was a pot of hot coffee, and the the football game was playing in the living room. The ceremony was very casual, with many of the guests standing with drinks in their hands. We wanted it to feel like a picnic.”

Even the unexpected rain fall didn’t stop these two having the perfect day, “This summer Texas saw a terrible drought, with literally NO rain for the whole hot summer,” Sarah & Adam concluded. “Their wedding ended up on the first rainy weekend to break it. They said they never took the rain seriously until the day before their wedding when they had a worried moment, and worked together with friends and family to rain-plan their wedding. It was too late for a tent, so they set up the blue tarp over the tables in desperation. They set big concrete blocks in the super muddy areas and filled the gaps with hay at the last minute.”

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A DIY Wedding with a Mountaintop View: Larry & Chelsea

Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as Larry & Chelsea’s mountaintop wedding? Just look at that view! The lucky couple we’re married at the bride’s parents home (OK I’m now officially jealous) and although it doesn’t look like it, they had a small budget to work with.

“Although we had financial limits, hand making everything not only saved us money, but it made everything much more personal and special,” Chelsea told me. “I will cherish every hilarious moment I spent crafting and to finally see all our hard work come together was awesome. I never thought I could pull it off and I got it all done in time and I am damn proud of myself!! The essential item to a DIY wedding? Get a dang glue gun girl…Oh and start early!!!”

The bride wore two dresses, the first, from David’s Bridal for the ceremony, and the second, a one of a kind custom made dress by Deborah Lindquist.

“I don’t think we had a specific theme in mind, we definitely wanted to incorporate Larry’s love for skating but we just wanted everything to have a romantic old school vibe to it,” Chelsea continued. “My husband and I are old souls and our love of things with throwback flair came out a little bit. We still wanted it to look like a wedding though so I think that it made all the fun things pop. So we kept that in mind when picking everything out. We got lucky last minute on our cake table. My stepdad had planned to make a distressed and rustic table but didnt have the time with all the last minute stuff. He ended up working a job where the property owner was getting rid of a 1922 Wedgewood Oven. The thing weighs a ton but we got it moved in time. My husband then spent several hours grinding rust off of it and we realized that it was manufactured on our wedding day 90 years ago!”

“Skateboarding has been my husbands first love for the last 20 years, and if it hadn’t been for a taste of the good weather and skatespots in southern Cali, I never would’ve met him. In fact he used to give skateboarding lessons to little kids at one of our big local parks and he conned me into a date by having a 6 year old ask me out! What a cheat. I ended up taking a ton of his old skateboarding magazines and used a scalloped puncher to create all the paper flowers in the wedding. His boutonniere was a flower that I made out of an old photo of a Rob Roskopp Santa Cruz board that I found. It took forever to make everything but it turned out awesome. We also used a board deck as our guestbook which is now mounted up on our living room wall. Who really ever looks at the guestbook every again?”

“I think the most Rock n Roll thing is being true to yourself despite the norms or cliches,” Chelsea concluded “Never compromising your day for what others think it should be. So many people give into the hype and structure of what a wedding should be like. Between the stacks of magazines and where to seat your crazy Uncle its really easy to lose yourself in the process. Truth of the matter is that you found the one amazing person to commit to you through every crazy moment of forever. Who cares if the dress isnt white or if your first dance song was “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. Your day should scream ‘you!’ and no Mom I will not be covering my tattoos!”

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A Movie, CMYK & Zombie Themed Wedding: Elizabeth & Steve

As keen movie fans, the theme for Elizabeth & Steve’s wedding was easy to choose, especially when they realised they could have their ceremony at the amazing Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida.

“When we got engaged, we knew we wanted the whole day to be a big fun celebration, and our first thought for a venue was Tropic Cinema,” Elizabeth explained. “It’s an amazing volunteer run theater in Old Town Key West, and we are huge movie buffs. We even had our 2nd date there. When we contacted them, they were ecstatic to be a part of our big day as they had never hosted a wedding there before.”

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Their brightly coloured scheme also suited the venue perfectly. “Instead of fighting the existing color scheme, I ran with it and used the CMYK theme in all our stationery and decor,” the bride continued. “Lori, the event manager at the Tropic was floored when she saw that we used their colors. Plus, you can’t really have a better setting for a colorful wedding than Key West!”

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“Our wedding had a definite movie theme with an island twist, but overall, we just wanted it really fun and playful. We had to throw some zombies in there somewhere of course too, as we’re huge zombie dorks. Also everybody kept asking us about the Domo cake toppers. Steve won me a Domo plush at Universal’s Islands of Adventure right after we got engaged, and he quickly became our mascot…. I bought the figurines from an online comic store and made all the little accesories out of polymer clay. Who knew they would be such a hit!?”

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The couple put their own stamp on their day by DIYing as much as they could. Elizabeth found the tutorial for the paper roses on youtube and spent 10 months in the run up to the wedding hand making them all. That’s dedication for you!

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An Eclectic & Colourful DIY Wedding: Amy & Andy

As a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader, Amy booked some of my ultimate favourite wedding suppliers for her October wedding to Andy. Annamarie Stepney photographed the day and the bride wore a Candy Anthony wedding dress with the gorgeous ‘cherry’ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoes. She also dressed her lucky bridesmaids in Vivien of Holloway dresses.

“We looked at lots of wedding blogs to find a photographer and saw lots of examples of some beautiful and really cool photos but when I saw some of Annamarie’s work on Rock n Roll Bride we just loved them,” Amy explained. “After meeting her knew she’d be great. She made the day go really smoothly too so it was a good choice!”

“I also knew I wanted a Candy Anthony dress from the start, they’re such beautiful dresses and I knew would be best to compliment my curves. The thought of trying on or wearing a traditional full length dress was scary, it’s just not me and I don’t think it would have been very flattering for my shape, and I wanted something fun! I knew I didn’t want a plain white or ivory dress and I love pink so I chose the polka dots and sash and the MASSIVE raspberry petticoat which was amazing, it made me feel like a princess! People couldn’t stop touching it and making me twirl!”

The wedding was held at Gate Street Barn, Surrey “We wanted a relaxed, pretty venue with space to drink and dance so this was perfect,” the bride continued. “I looked at lots of wedding blogs and magazines whilst planning but my favourite was always Rock n Roll Bride which I looked at every day. I picked up lots of tips and inspirations from it, but mostly the idea that we could have our wedding, our way, whilst keeping a few nice traditions in there too.”

The couple decorated their colourful reception space themselves. Many items were found on eBay or Amazon and Amy painted all the jam jars herself. Her Mum also handmade the napkin rings and the embroidered hearts that hung on the back of the chairs.

“The jam jars were really easy to decorate, I made them all different because I wanted a riot of colour and didn’t want anything to ‘match’,” Amy explained. “I painted flowers, polka dots, stripes etc in lots of different colours. I used acrylic paint and a varnish so they’re waterproof. Quite a few friends took them home at the end of the night, otherwise I would be overrun with them now! Making the favours was really easy too (if time consuming), we put some chocolates in some pink and purple netting (from John Lewis haberdashery) and tied it up with a ribbon.. it saved such a lot of money as favours can be really expensive!”

“We wanted to add our own twist onto everything including the invites, decorations, readings and clothes.. it was just everything we wanted rather than trying to be refined and classic like a lot of (admittedly beautiful) weddings. Everyone said the wedding was very ‘us’ which was lovely as we did want it to feel personal. There was lots of laughter during the ceremony and then the speeches and the dancing. We had the best day, to me, being Rock n Roll is all about having fun and doing things your own way, so what could be more Rock n Roll than that?”

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A Autumnal Vintage Cinema Wedding: Holly & Robert

Holly & Robert were married at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham. After walking down the aisle to Billie Holiday ‘It had to be you’, the bride with her groom, headed to Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath for a casual and DIY reception.

“Rob asked me to marry him in NYC in October last year he got down on one knee in Central Park and gave me a beautiful 1920’s pearl engagement ring,” Holly wrote to me. “It was the happiest day of my life everywhere was just bursting with Autumn colour, strolling through the park was so romantic I wanted to capture the feeling of that day at our wedding.”

“I collected some leaves from the park that day and kept them to use on our wedding day, they became part of our buttonholes. We go to The Electric Cinema every Valentine’s Day, it’s a truly old style kinda romantic place, we didn’t want to get married in a hotel or registry office we wanted it to be memorable. We both have a shared love of classic films and we chose to play a segment from Casablanca whilst we signed the register, it really is romance at its best! I decorated the cinema with simple candle light and rose petals from our garden, as it was such a unique venue it didn’t need much to create an intimate atmosphere.”

“Our reception was at a small cafe which we eat breakfast at all the time,” Holly continued. “We only had around 80 people at the wedding so I wanted somewhere which would feel cosy and intimate. Its a real eclectic place full of art work and furniture for sale we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and we love the informal nature of the venue. We had an open fire for toasting marshmallows, sparklers, fire lanterns, toffee apples, spiced apple pie and frosted carrot cake, I wanted to really embrace the feeling of Autumn.”

“I styled the venue myself with help from my friends I had over 100 pumpkins which sat on tree stumps, I used antique bottles, tins, an old typewriter for our guestbook. Many of the Autumn decorations came from our garden and woodland so they didn’t cost us anything. It took a long time to collect everything and carrying logs out of the woods was pretty intense but so worth it! I am lucky that I have a styling business (Cabinets of Curiosity – cabinetsofcuriosity@hotmail.co.uk or call Holly on: 07712101446) and I have a huge collection of vintage china, antiques and so on, but you would be surprised at what you can find down the local park for free!”

“I made all the labels, table runners, bunting, banners even sliced the logs up with a chainsaw myself! We went back to NYC this October for our honeymoon as husband and wife and it was just as beautiful as I remember, I felt really proud of what we achieved with our big day.”

“I think our wedding was Rock n Roll because it was creative, unique and honest it was a true representation of us as a couple and not just a generic template for what a wedding should be like. Your wedding should be about you as people and not how much cash you can flash.”

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