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Elizabeth & Simon’s Homemade Vintage Tea Party Wedding

Elizabeth & Simon’s crafty vintage tea party wedding was a DIY effort and the beautiful touches and attention to detail really shows. The couple put a lot of themselves into their day and the bride especially homemade a lot of their wedding details. “Over several months I purchased vintage china and glass wear from various charity shops and Pannier Markets,” she told me. “This was used as the crockery for the tea party and because we’ve managed to collect some really nice pieces and a substantial amount, we’re keen to start a small vintage crockery hire service after our wedding.”

Elizabeth continued, “We made our own wedding favours (traditional sweets in jam jars which we collected). Simon and I made our own colourful sugar heart cubes to go with the tea. My mum made some of the bunting. We had a lot of friends and family with different skills who were able to provide various things for the wedding.”

To plan their day, the couple scoured various wedding magazines and cut out pictures of things they liked to stick in a wedding scrap book. This is a really great idea for collecting all your ideas and keeping your theme on track. “I’m also a fan of all things vintage and often visit lots of little antique/craft/home shops – particularly in Devon,” the bride explained. “From there, the theme of the vintage tea party grew. It’s not necessarily Rock n Roll, but it reflects us and is how we wanted our day to be. It was also made personal to us by friends and family being involved in the day and being able to run the day as we wanted and not being restricted to a hotel regime.”

To keep their theme unique, the couple bought mismatched items from various different sources such as the signage from Cox & Cox, reception décor from notonthehighstreet.com and silver lanterns from a local boutique store. They even had a bicycle ice cream cart to serve guests ice creams as they arrived at the marquee after the ceremony.”

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Sarah & Aaron’s Rustic Vintage Wedding

Sarah & Aaron were married at the bride’s Grandparent’s farm in Lake Ariel, PA. “Our wedding could not have been done as well as it was without the selfless help of our family and friends,” the bride told me. “People were always volunteering their time to help us out in any way they could. And in that way our wedding day was not just about me and Aaron, but a celebration of our friends and family as well. Our community not only came around us in support of our marriage the day of the wedding, but were also a big part in making it the beautiful day that it was!”

Their rustic vintage theme was set by the venue, but continued with the DIY elements the couple put into their day like the fabric garlands and tin can lanterns. “We didn’t want one of those cookie cutter weddings that you go to a store to pick out and purchase every little thing. No printed napkins, no machined decorations–we wanted a hand and a heart to create our wedding instead, ” Sarah continued.

“So naturally, as an artist, I decided to design our wedding! From the invitations to the fabric banners, there was love infused into every piece. I kept the decorations simple to compliment the natural beauty around us. The barn on the property has been there since my Grandmother can remember (this is where she grew up), and is beautiful with age. Once it was cleaned out by some willing friends and family, it’s beauty spoke for itself. All I did was add a few simple fabric banners and tin can lanterns (with led candles of course!).”

“The tent was adorned with more fabric banners, fabric flower garlands and beautiful flower arrangements that filled the antique bottles I found in my Grandparent’s attic.  I also found antique root beer and milk boxes, wheelbarrows, and other things to add to the rustic feel. So as you can see, our wedding was filled with things from the past that stood the test of time–mini testaments to the way things can last when they are cared for. Just like a marriage.”

The ceremony was a very special one, and during the reception the couple planted a tree on their Grandparent’s land. “I really loved the tree planting ceremony during the reception. Aaron gave a wonderful speech explaining its purpose (how like a tree a marriage needs nurturing and love to grow…) It also gave us a few moments “away” from everyone and I got to whisper to him how handsome I thought he looked.”

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Claire & Joe’s Beautiful & Funky New Forest Wedding

A Temperley dress, a skull handbag and a groom in Vivienne Westwood? Oh yeah, this is my kind of wedding! Claire & Joe’s wedding was held at Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest and was beautifully captured by photographer Lisa Devlin. Quite frankly this wedding is made for these pages, and so I’m more than a little bit thrilled to share it with you today.

“We knew we didn’t want to look like every other bride and groom and wanted to be ourselves,” the bride told me. “We took our inspiration from the 1930’s and although it wasn’t a theme it had a definite feel. One of the most important things for me as a make up artist was how to wear my make up which I did myself on the day. I love a strong rock n roll lip so I went for a dark 30s look using MAC Current lip liner all over with MAC Ruby Woo lipstick on top.”

“I saw the skull bag 6 months prior to the wedding and desperately wanted it but it sold before I could get it and so I spent the next few months trawling the internet to find it. In the end due to desperation I emailed the sales department on the website to find out if they knew how I could get hold of one. Although they don’t sell through the website they ended up sending one to my house from Paris for the wedding. Brilliant service!”

“Our wedding had  1930’s vintage feel,” she continued. “We used champagne coupe glasses that were popular in the 30’s. My dress had a bit of an Art Deco feel to it along with the cut glass perfume bottles that we used as favours for the ladies. We filled them with Jo Malone perfume to make them extra special.”

“My Mum, sister and I made and sourced quite a few of the objects at the wedding. My mum found the perfume bottles at a little shop near where she lives. We filled them, hand wrote the labels and tied with lace ribbon. The table planner was made from an antique frame that we added legs to to make it stand. We printed the names for the tables on card and as a weight hung crystals from an antique chandelier. Instead of a guest book we wanted something different and I little more magical so we had a wish tree. We put Corkscrew Hazel into on old bottle and asked people to write their wishes on labels and tie them to the tree. It looked so pretty by the end and everyone really enjoyed doing it.”

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Katherine & Marc’s ‘Non-Weddingy’ Brisbane Celebration

“Your blog inspired me to reach for the stars,” wrote newlywed Katherine. “We began our seven month wedding planning journey with no theme and no colours…I did not want to be restricted.  We choose wedding elements that we loved…not because they matched or fit a certain criteria and let it come together organically. I love everything whimsical…so it was a natural progression for our wedding to have whimsical elements.”

The ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and the couple rocked up in a blue Cadillac belonging to their friends. “Afterwards, 40 of our family and friends boarded a boat for a twilight cruise on the Brisbane river…it was magical!  We chartered a 2 level boat; with an open top deck and enclosed area downstairs where we had a buffet dinner & desert. We walked around with no shoes on, mingled, ate, drank and had a good time!  It was so nice & relaxing with just our family and closest friends.”

The bride even wore Rock n Roll Bride favourites Vivien of Holloway (dress) and Irregular Choice (shoes). “I didn’t want a big, puffy, long wedding dress. I had no specific look in mind. however, knew I did not want a traditional wedding dress. I first choose my shoes which were bright blue with polka dots & bunny rabbits…all things I heart so much!!  Marc then chose my beautiful dress which I then took to my dressmaker to have a bright blue sash and big bow added! I also added a whimsical giant butterfly ring. I never felt the need to wear two rings…the engagement ring and the wedding ring.  I told Marc I did not want the traditional diamond…I wanted something pretty and something different.  I have always had a love of dark blue (almost black) sapphires, so when Marc got down on one knee and presented the most beautiful sapphire ring to me, it literally took my breath away.”

“I didn’t want a function room.  I didn’t want to do a seating plan! I didn’t want speeches.  I didn’t want favors! I didn’t want all the formalities…because it’s just not us! I didn’t want what anyone else had.  I wanted our day to reflect us and not some idea of what a wedding ‘should’ or ‘has to’ look like.  Our big day came to be known as ‘the non-wedding wedding’!”

“I think back to our day and it makes me smile!”

…and isn’t that what it’s all about people?

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Darren & Naomi’s Vintage Circus Wedding

The theme for Darren & Naomi’s romantic wedding was Vintage Circus. “We wanted a day packed full of fun, totally relaxed and whenever anyone thought back on it they would smile,” the groom told me. “The theme was a total surprise for all 200+ that were invited, with the first clue being as we walked down the aisle together as man and wife, and Entry of the Gladiators (the traditional circus theme tune!) was played by the organist.”

The ceremony was held at Clifton Cathedral, which with it’s dramatic architecture had been described by many as “a monstrosity of a building” in the past. However in recent times this building style has come right back in vogue and the building has  even just been used used for British design store Habitat’s most recent photo shoot.

“Following the Catholic ceremony (where we snuck in some Fatboy Slim by the organist), we travelled in a vintage Hillman Imp to the reception to be welcomed by a 11ft tall ringmaster,” Darren continued. “On arrival, guests were greeted with pomegranate Mojitos, English afternoon tea sandwiches and home made scones with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Each guest also had a welcome bag containing a red nose, home made moustache-on-a-stick, kazoo, fortune fish, popping candy, an invite to an after party and a CD with the soundtrack of the day.”

“Next to the main hall we created a ringside retreat with old black and white circus movies played on a projector, hay bails, typewriters to write us a message, cupcakes, home made lemonade, Original Viewmasters with circus 3D images and a suitcase full of circus props and toys. In the main hall, we made our own popcorn and candy floss stand, which was next to our own Face Cut out stand for people to poke their head through and have their photo taken. We also projected on to the wall the table plans, which included a picture of every guest which we had a red nose superimposed on their face.”

“As the evening went on, an old photobooth arrived for every guest to have their photo taken as our guest book, retro cocktails were made with glowsticks and slices of pizza and cake pops were served. Our first dance ended with all 220 guests joining in a mass conga round the room and finishing on the dance floor where people danced the night away, and then a magician did close up magic while our entertainer juggled knives.”

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Uri & Evelyn’s Intimate Islington Wedding

Uri & Evelyn’s intimate wedding was held at Islington Town Hall with their reception at The Union Tavern and party afterwards at The Distillers Smithfield. The couple won their wedding photography with My Love Story though a feature they saw on Rock n Roll Bride which makes me totally biased to say I think I love them! Although I love detail-heavy weddings as much as the next wedding blogger, I’m also a huge fan of simplicity and genuine love in the weddings I feature…after all it’s the people that matter and the fact that the bride and groom are committing their lives to each other that’s the most important, not that the wedding is ‘pretty.’ Although that’s not to say that Uri & Evelyn’s wedding isn’t pretty, I’m swooning over the bride’s simple dress from Coast and the cute as hell wedding cake from Bea’s of Bloomsbury!

“We really didn’t want the stress or pomp of a traditional big day,” the bride told me. “Uri is from Israel and I am from Australia so both of our families live far away; and we only flew in each of our parents and my little brother for the wedding – one of my aunts happened to be in Europe & the rest of the guests were London friends/cousins. We really wanted to keep everything simple and relaxed, so that we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest and truly celebrate, without being bogged down by stress.  We got married in Islington which is where we first lived together as a couple, and then went & had lunch with our family in one of our favourite local pubs.”

“The weather was so unseasonably beautiful that day that afterwards, we all walked to a local park and sat on the grass, drank some beer & kicked a ball around for a few hours. The following night we hired out a private room in a funky little bar, put down a tab & invited all our mates to come have a drink and celebrate with us. It was the most lovely, fun,whirlwind two days of my life. We just laughed raucously the entire time and I think our plans to do something a little different really held up. We weren’t even going to hire a photographer – my dad was going to take pictures – but then one day as I was trawling the Rock n Roll bride site, as is my wont to do on a lazy afternoon, I saw a link in the Thursday Treats for ‘Win Your Wedding Photography’. I’m a pretty big believer in entering competitions so I clicked through to My Love Story‘s site & entered. Some weeks later I got a call from Alex saying we’d won – I couldn’t have been more thrilled! It was like a beautiful twist of good fortune. I think the pictures justify my happiness!”

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