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Rachael & Rafe’s Pagan Handfasting Festival Wedding

Rachael & Rafe were uninterested in a traditional religious or civil ceremony so decided to get married on their own terms. They were wed by one of their closest friends, Tara, in a pagan hand-fasting service which took place outside, in a small copsed wood locally known as “The Spinney”. They knew very early on in their planning that this was where they wanted to get married as the couple had spent some time living on a narrow-boat on the river, and for that period The Spinney was their garden, “It was where we hung out, relaxed, partied and where our children played.  It is full of trees and love and so naturally the first place we both thought of for our ceremony” the couple told me.

The couple also chose a very special place to them for their festival themed reception, ” During the winter months The Spinney mooring would become too muddy to get our children to school without being caked in mud so we would moor as often as possible at Solomons Bridge.  Across from which another dear friend of ours has a pasture for their cows.  It’s such a fabulous place!! So beautiful and when the canal froze over we would have lots of fun pinging crab apples across the ice, or watching the ducks slide across it on landing.  It seemed like a fantastic place to hold a festival!!  So that is what we did.”

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Kamela & Brian’s Organic, Vintage, Back Garden wedding

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Oh yes! I am so excited by Kamela & Brian’s vintage/eco/organic/outdoor wedding. The couple made wedding choices that were totally perfect for them and ignored a lot of the usual wedding industry rubbish. They got married at their Grandparent’s house in Vancouver and had the super personal reception in their back garden.

The bride wore a stunning 1930’s vintage dress that was actually the first and only one she tried on. It literally seemed like it was made for her as she didn’t even need to get it altered. The groom and groomsmen also wore vintage clothes (except their bow tie which were made by the bride and her Mum) but one of my favourite parts of both their outfits has got to be their shoes – no uncomfortable heels for the bride or ugly ‘dress shoes’ for the groom! They both wore their favourite trainers – Toms.

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Laura & Paul’s Vintage, Mismatched, Rock n Roll Bride-Inspired Wedding

I first laid eyes on Laura & Paul’s fabulous wedding when I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog. Over the next few weeks I pretty much pestered their photographer Eliza Claire until she agreed to let me feature it – this is my favourite of all Eliza Claire‘s weddings to date!

Laura, a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader throughout their planning, was keen to add personal and alternative wedding touches throughout their day…and they certainly did that. It was also a lot down to Paul too, who really got stuck into the planning and the desire to create something unique.  

“Paul was adamant from the start that he wanted our wedding to be personal to us,” Laura told me. “Your blog and Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine gave us the confidence that was hidden away to keep our wedding individual to us. There became a time when it spiralled and started to become ‘everyone else’s wedding’ but after the two of us sat down we got back on track and carried on with what we wanted. We didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and were SO pleased with our choice. The girls looked stunning and so different to other bridesmaids we had seen at previous weddings.”

Laura had actually emailed me a few month’s back when she was having a bridesmaids dress crisis. I told her to not feel like she had to get a specific ‘bridesmaid dress’ for them and to go to the high street and buy them something beautiful. I’m ecstatic to say that she followed my advice and found these little beauties in New Look!

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A Locally Sourced Pool Party Wedding

Carmen & Gary had a laid back pool party wedding at Commons Ford Ranch, Austin. The couple actually had their first dance in the pool too!

“The reception was supposed to be a dance party on the patio, with possible swimming as an afterthought, as there is a really nice pool at the ranch,” the bride told me.  “However as soon as dinner ended, guests were taking over the pool.  We decided to move the DJ over to the pool deck since that was where the party was happening, and it became a full-blown pool party.  We even had our first dance in the pool, after the official marital cannonball.”

The bride wore a gorgeous short and ruffled dress which she found at Bianca Luce Boutique in Pasadena, CA. Carmen explains “I didn’t buy it at first, thinking I should try on more dresses, but when I walked into an actual bridal boutique across the street, I practically ran out the door and across the street to get it before anyone else had the chance.  The traditional princess wedding dress was not for me.  I also bought my poofy veil here.”

The couple also chose to use local businesses instead of playing a fortune to ship things in. Their flowers were sourced from the Arnosky Family Farm and their invitations were by local designer Lucky Onion who they found through Paper Place in Austin. Their vegan cupcakes were made by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop.

“It was very important to Gary and I to have our fingerprint on every aspect of our wedding,” concluded the bride. “Corporate wedding establishment vendors didn’t interest us at all, so we asked around and found vendors through recommendations from our friends.  We were able to design every aspect of our wedding just as we wanted, and everything turned out perfectly!  We involved family, friends, and friends-of-friends for almost everything: officiant, dj, rings, bartender, party bus rental, and the list goes on.  Those we didn’t know before-hand, like the floral designer and flower farmers, were small and personal enough that they sort of became friends.  Carefully choosing all the details really made every aspect of the wedding meaningful for us.”

“I took advantage of the opportunity to delve into some fun creative projects and learn some new crafty skills.  Like I mentioned, I appointed my friend Candace chairwoman of the craft committee and we undertook projects like making decorations (brightly colored tissue paper puffs) and creating and stuffing goody bags for out-of-town guests.  Our most successful and labor intensive project was screen-printing wedding programs with an image and a poem.  They turned our beautifully, and I learned a new skill/art.”

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Vintage, London Chic

When photographer Marianne Taylor sends you a wedding, it’s pretty much a given that it’s going to be awesome. Not only does Marianne have a fantastic eye for detail and gets the coolest clients, but she always knows which weddings will suit the style of my blog. While Emily & Owen’s wedding may seem more traditional than some of the weddings I feature, the thought and personalisation is what makes it totally Rock n Roll!

The couple were wed at Marylebone Town Hall, London which was followed by a cool reception at 6 Fitzroy Square. The couple chose this space as they had previously been to a party there and loved it’s vibe. Emily wore a gorgeous 1950’s short dress which she found on Ebay. She had a friend alter the dress slightly to make it perfect for her – by shortening it and moving the bow to a diagonal. Her engagement ring was also a 1950’s antique which was from Greys Antiques Market, Bond Street, London. Her shoes were from Topshop and her pearls were also vintage, which she also found on Etsy.

The couple saved money where they could. The cake was from Waitrose to which their caterers decorated with flowers to fit their theme. The couple also collected mis-matched vases from charity shops, markets and car boot sales to give each centrepiece and individual look.

Owen designed and created all the stationary and paper goods, including the save the date postcards (printed on vintage floral postcards), the invites, the place name settings, the menus and the table plan.

“We didn’t want a ‘wedding by numbers’, the usual run of the mill type wedding,” the couple told me. “We wanted to create a really relaxed day, we wanted it to be chilled for everyone involved. We especially didn’t want the best men/best women to be running around all day and not be able to enjoy it.”

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Dinosaurs, Silhouettes, Black Cats & Fairytales

I featured Christy & Daryl’s ‘Modern Film Noir’ engagement session at the beginning of June so it’s an absolute pleasure to come full circle and feature their awesome wedding as well, which also had a bit of the ‘noir’ about it don’t you think?

The couple got married on Friday 13th and had a silhouette and dark theme. “Daryl and I are both artists and musicians, and met through a mutual friend/bandmate” the bride told me. “From the get go, our relationship was anything but normal. Our first date was to a funeral and we officially became a couple on Halloween. It was only natural to celebrate our wedding on Friday the 13th. We stuck with the theme of silhouettes, and added black cats and crows to our forest ceremony decor. We wanted to give the evening a moody, magical atmosphere.”

Although it looks anything but, the couple DIY-ed their enchanting wedding on a tight budget. Christy is an illustrator so designed and created all of the paper goods and visual details herself. “We came up with the concept and I took off making our invites, programs, black cat magnet favors and table labels. We worked long into the night for weeks to complete all that we had envisioned” she explained. “We also found lots of goodness from Etsy.com (like my gorgeous cast hummingbird skull earrings) and the decor from a local wholesale store. I’m not really into flowers, so we used feathers for our boutiques, boutonnieres and tables decorations.”

The day started with some pre-ceremony photos at Balboa Park. “I’ve been a huge fan of dinosaurs ever since I was a little girl, so I couldn’t wait to get to the Natural History Museum and pose with some prehistoric friends!” the bride continued.

Their ceremony really was something special and really showed the couple’s creative and unique side. Before the ceremony began, they projected animated black & white fairly tale films by artist Lotte Reiniger onto a wall and played mellow music from some of their favorite bands over the top. For the bride’s entrance, the backdrop changed to a night scene that she herself had illustrated, and she walked down the aisle to The Cure’s “Plainsong” in a glamorous silk 1920s-inspired dress. They also had forest night sounds (crickets, frogs, etc) playing during their short but sweet ceremony.

Sounds totally incredible doesn’t it?!

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