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An Indie Rock, Winter Wedding: Vicky & Martin

On December 10th, Vicky & Martin were married in a gallery space, which they made their own. They didn’t have the easiest wedding planning journey, with not one but two venue’s cancelling their bookings, but at the end of the day the wedding was perfect.

“We were not the luckiest of couples when it came to our wedding planning as we had two different venues cancel our booking!” Vicky told me. “We booked a local hotel’s wedding package a year in advance and believed that everything from the food to the centerpieces was taken care of. With six months to go they called and cancelled our booking, leaving us panicked and miserable. After considerable research we booked our local youth hostel for a weekend festival in their beautiful medieval building – they cancelled our booking with less than four months to go!”

“After a tortuous month of searching we eventually booked local gallery space ‘Fruit‘ with only three months remaining to the wedding. As a venue, this was really a blank canvas but these experiences made us realise that we really just wanted to be ‘us’ and much of the other ‘fluff’ just didn’t matter to usat all. We were free to have black and white movies playing in the background all day, art on the walls, our own band, decorate it how we wanted and serve the food and drinks that we wanted. In the end we ended up getting a wonderfully personal wedding filled with many details that just screamed ‘us’!”

Because of the cancellations, and booking an ’empty space’ of a wedding venue, the couple ended up DIYing as much of the day as possible. “Martin designed and made the AWESOME 7″ single invitations, my wonderful Mum made and decorated the cake by herself and I did the flowers and my own hair and makeup,” Vicky continued. “This wasn’t so much a money saving thing as much as we wanted the day to be really personal, and not the ‘package’ deal which we originally thought we wanted.”

“All of the decorations for the venue and the evening buffet were a combined effort by everyone attending and this meant everyone got involved. We carried this theme of involving people through the day by asking all the guests to draw us a picture on our table-mats – I was so surprised at everyone who joined in with this and we have so many touching/funny mementos from the day!”

However it certainly wasn’t all bad luck for this couple as they won free wedding photography with Hannah Millard through a contest on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Hannah Millard was the best photographer we could have hoped for! Hannah’s quirky style really suited our informal day and we have been left with photos we love as they are so full of personality. Hannah really put us at ease and you can see how relaxed we are in the photos, we just cannot thank Rock n Roll Bride enough for putting us in touch with her!”

“Our inspiration came from our resilience as a couple,” Vicky concluded. ” Our attitude towards the wedding was extremely laid back as anything that could go wrong could not possibly be as bad as a cancellation! We had more wedding stress than we could handle and so the plan for this wedding was just to have fun! Some traditions, such as the first dance, were important to us – but most of it was just a huge knees-up! The lack of conventions is what made us different, Martin did not want a traditional suit and I wanted to change into a dress I could dance in for the evening. We both wanted sweets and veggie food, vinyl records and astrong music theme. We just wanted to party and that’s what we did!”

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An Eco & Animal Friendly Wedding: Danny & Sandy

Being animal lovers, and with the bride’s Mother running an animal rescue sanctuary (where the couple actually met!) an eco and aminal friendly wedding was perfect for Danny & Sandy.

The bride explained, “We wanted everything to be eco-friendly and cozy! We stuck to bamboo plates and wooden utensils, and decorated with hay bales with burlap on top for seats, a bonfire, and mason jars with teelight candles hung in trees and lights draped throughout my backyard.”

After a ceremony at Sandhill Horticultural Center they had their reception in their own back garden. “We chose the center’s gardens for the ceremony because they are a public venue, and so the fees we paid went exclusively to supporting the horticulture and art students at the local community college. They are the people who maintain the gardens. The amazing backdrop made our photos; and it was wonderful to be married in a place that was built by the community!”

“I’m a gypsy soul from the desert that’s been transplanted into a sweet old Southern town, and I wanted everyone to step into my world for a little bit. Hay bales for our guests to get cozy on, twinkling lights that reminded me of the amazing desert sky to wish on; and soups, pies, bread (and wine!) to fill everyone’s bellies. It was our style, all the way. No Southern Belles here.”

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A Vintage Chic Jersey Wedding: Dawn & Terry

This sweet and elegant vintage-inspired wedding caught my eye when it landed in my inbox…or more specifically the gorgeous bride did. How beautiful?! Her dress is just perfection and her hair makes me want dreadlocks!

Dawn & Terry’s wedding was held in Jersey, a small island between the UK and France, where Dawn was born. 70 of the couple’s friends and family made the trip their to celebrate their big day.

“The wedding was held at the stunning Chateau Vermont for an afternoon tea party”, wedding photographer Lorna of Story Wedding Photography told me. “All the mismatched tea cups, plates, glasses and candelabras had been collected over the year at various boot sales to give a very unique and chic feel to the afternoon.”

The bride wore a stunner of a dress, a genuine 1950s gown, “Dawn was like a living doll in her 50s lace tiered vintage gown, and Terry was the epitome of a cool in his three piece by Terence Trout, any photographer’s dream! Their ceremony was held in a little chapel in the chateau grounds and as they had been together for 10 years before tying the knot, the mood was warm and relaxed. After some very playful (in)formal shots, everybody sat down to bubbly and cakes, and a brilliant rendition of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Dawn’s Dad.”

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DIY Tutorial: 1920s Style Cap Veil

After the popularity of the rainbow petticoat tutorial that Alexandra King created for Rock n Roll Bride, I was keen to get her to design us something else just as special. We came up with the idea of making your own 1920s cap style veil. Wedding veils can be sooo expensive so we thought having a DIY option would be a great idea! I really hope you like it. I LOVE it.

Over to you Alex…

This cap style veil is inspired by the gorgeous twenties flapper veils and in this DIY tutorial you’ll create something that, even if matched with a simple dress, will make a grand entrance. This is a lovely project to work on with your friends and/or family over time, you can embroider messages on the hem and use details that have been collected or personal to you. I imagine it being passed on to another bride, adding more detail with each wedding.

All of the trimmings for this veil were found in a local haberdashery with some vintage lace sourced from a charity shop and the veiling can be bought easily online. The material costs can be from as little as £40 and upwards depending on your base fabric.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Tulle (this can be found cheaply online. To create a cathedral length veil like I have, you will need 3×3 metres. You can use a nylon tulle, cotton tulle or silk tulle. The natural fibres have a better drape but need extra care.)
♥ A sewing machine
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Embellishments of your choice – you can use corsages, lace, bows, ribbon, rhinestones, studs anything you like.

Method:

Step One: Edge your veil in a lace or satin trim. You can go as fine or as wide as you like depending on the look you want. I used a 15mm guipure lace trim.

Step Two: Check the veil is hanging properly all around. You may want to curve your corners or leave them sharp depending on how you like the veil to fold.

Step Three: Measure over the top of your head from ear to ear and mark on the centre edge of the veil. This is where you will place your veil and where the decoration will be.

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A DIY Country Wedding: Jacob & Sarah

Jacob & Sarah had a DIY country wedding at Harmony Museum, PA.

“Together with our community of friends, we pretty much made everything on our own because we wanted our wedding day to represent who we are,” Sarah told me. “Having the wedding ceremony and reception take place in a non traditional atmosphere also helped to sort of describe where we were coming from, a subculture scene of punk music and tattoos. One of the most important things that we wanted to come from our wedding day was to have a celebration with the people who we love the most. We have a very close group of friends that we respect and hold close and we wanted them to feel like it wasn’t just ‘Jake and Sarah’s Day’ but rather a party for all of us. Immediately after the ceremony, which was fairly short, there was just a big party.”

“For the centerpieces we collected bottles that we found on the railroad tracks and in the woods all around Pittsburgh,” she continued. “Above one of the tracks that run through South Side there was what appeared to be the remains of an old bottling plant, and there we found probably close to 100 very neat old bottles. After many soaks in the bath tub I tied pieces of fabric and ribbons around the bottles to dress them up a little. So, our centerpieces were free!”

Sarah wore a handmade dress by I see You Brightly on etsy with vintage shoes. Her headpiece was handmade by a friend and her jewellery was made for her by Jacob.

Instead of a cake they had a dessert table filled with pie, cookies and other treats bought by their guests.

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A Breathtaking Australian Wedding & A Bride Who Wore Black: Amber & Gary

You know when an image just stops you dead in your tracks? An image that you can’t help but pause for a few seconds and go ‘wow’. Well that pretty much happened to me with every single photograph of Amber & Gary’s wedding. Wedding photographer Samm Blake is quite simply phenomenal.

See? I bet you whispered ‘wow’ too didn’t you?

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“Our other inspirations came from our love of France, and we linked many french elements in to the day to reflect on the trip where we got engaged,” she continued. “The stationery, which we designed and made ourselves, used french design elements, the tables were named after locations we visited in Paris and the bonbonniere were Calissons (a french sweet made predominantly of almond meal) that we enjoyed on our trip – acquiring these was a little tricky as the French suppliers weren’t so good at communicating in English, and our French isn’t fantastic but it was worth it!”

“The wedding was elegant and romantic,” concluded the bride, “with lots of soft pinks and whites, flowers, and candles (lots of tealights on the tables and hung from the ceiling of the restaurant). It was very intimate, with only 50 of our closest friends and family. As we’re both into good food and wine, our venue was of huge importance! Vasse Felix was a beautiful setting that didn’t need a lot of decoration, and the slightly rustic look only enhanced the theme”

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