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‘No Rules, Just Right’ – Amanda & Tyson’s Party Hard Weekend Wedding

Ut oh…new wedding obsession heading your way. Seriously, Amanda & Tyson’s wedding is what dreams are made of and I’m so excited to share the full thing, in all it’s colourful glory on these pages.

Some of you might know Tyson. He is the genius behind this site, and a pin up artist (I actually found his site myself when I was searching for tattoo inspiration.) So needless to say, with such a creative groom, this wedding was always going to be bad ass. The wedding was held at Highland Falls in Blairsville, GA.

Amanda’s stunning green dress was by Teri Jon and she wore it with Jessica Simpson shoes which she added peacock clips from The Headband Shoppe on Etsy to tie in with the theme. She also used the decorative shoulder strap of the dress as her headpiece which gave her a really unique look.

“We wanted a weekend wedding because our families and friends get along smashingly,” the couple told me. “Plus, we wanted to have the time to enjoy everyone rather than spend the wedding only saying a quick hello. We love the mountains and we wanted an outdoor wedding so it seemed only fitting to find property that had a series of cabins to hold all our family and friends as well as have an on-site ceremony location and a large enough area to set up a tent for a reception… easy enough right? We found Highland Falls Cabins which is 15 cabins on beautiful property (check), large flat area for a tent (check), horse pasture that leads to two beautiful ponds = ceremony site (check).”

“Thanks to an exceptionally easy going and helpful property manager the site was exactly what we hoped for. Because of not choosing a venue there were some obstacles. We had to spend a bit more renting everything the catering required and running electricity, plus we had to be prepared for bad weather (thankfully there was NONE). By not choosing a wedding venue you definitely take on more stress, but thanks to a team of wonderful family and friends (big shout out to my mother in law Fonda Mcadoo) it was all possible. The ceremony and reception we had envisioned just wouldn’t have been achievable in a venue. With 40 acres all to ourselves we knew we could throw the party of a lifetime… and that’s exactly what it was.”

Sounds so perfect! But there was a bit of pre-wedding drama as Amanda explains, “Our wedding story is more like a series of ridiculous bloopers leading up to the day… starting the day before the wedding: the day starts with my nephew accidentally kicking me in the face and busting open my lip. By the evening I had somehow gotten pink eye and it looked as though someone had shoved a golf ball under my eyelid and then covered it with yellow pudding (YUCK!). So though my soon to be husband and I had planned on not spending the night before the wedding together, he stayed by my side, waking every two hours to put more eye drops in my eyes and to change the ice packs on my face… just a gentle reminder of how lucky I was. Thank God the morning of the wedding my eye is back to normal thanks to hubby nurse. But still more to come… (after all, these things always come in threes) I am dolled up by an array of magical hands… my dress is on, the makeup is perfect, the hair is flawless… then the stairs.. many, many, many stairs. I get caught on my dress, I fall and I crash down a flight of stairs. There is now blood & champagne  on my dress while I hold back tears and simply freeze up. Before I even realize it I am swept into a chair, my wounds nursed, my dress (yet another reason I’m glad it’s not white) is de-stained by some club soda and besides the band aids and lumpy shins under my dress you would never know I had ate it…. the wedding is perfection, the reception a non stop party and my series of unfortunate events seen as sign of good fortune to come.”

Any final pieces of advice? I asked the couple. “If your having a weekend wedding get people involved,” they told me. “Your friends and family want to be apart of the event and giving them ownership of something that contributes to your special day will make them feel awesome. For example: designating the photo booth backdrop to a friend. We bought the materials, showed her an example of what we wanted and she made it awesome.  Also don’t follow any ‘wedding rules’ because you feel your supposed to… follow the outback slogan ‘No Rules, Just Right’ and you’ll end up with wedding that feels like perfection.”

Edit: Check out the bad ass video!

Amanda + Tyson Wedding from Mai+Bri on Vimeo.

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Isobel & Dave’s Vintage-Inspired Budget Wedding

Isobel & Dave’s incredible vintage-inspired budget wedding gives me butterflies! I am so excited  about sharing all the beautiful personal touches that they put into their day. The whole wedding is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have your perfect wedding.

“The two things we had in our heads from the start were; that we didn’t have a very big budget and that we wanted our wedding to reflect us,” Isobel told me. “We started by approaching it as a really big party where we’d just happen to get married. The important things for us were that our favourite people were there, our favourite music was playing, and everyone would have fun! We aren’t particularly conventional and there was never any question of following rules or doing things because we ‘should’. I didn’t buy a single bridal magazine or visit any bridal shops during the whole process!”

“Rock n Roll Bride and DIY Bride were my only ‘go to’ blogs for inspiration and ideas! We just did things because we wanted to (if we could afford it)! With the little touches – the badges, the teapots as vases, teacups full of sweets, the birdcage for cards and messages, the photo booth (definitely a Rock n Roll Bride idea-steal!), and the bunting – I think we  created a wedding that was fun, unique, and best of all, exactly what we’d imagined.”

The bride wore a dress that she had made from a vintage Vogue pattern. She was keen to wear something that was ‘her’ and something that she felt comfortable and beautiful in. “My dress was ade by a friend of a friend from an old Vogue pattern I found on the Internet,” she continued. “I wanted long-sleeves as I assumed (wrongly) it would be cold in April and I wanted to cover my arms! I also wanted a dress that was ballerina length to show off my gorgeous shoes! The cream lace and nude lining it was made from were from Victoria Market in Nottingham. I chose lace because I wanted it to look like a wedding dress (you only get to do this once, right?!) but mostly because I love it. The woman who made the dress added the bow and the buttons on the sleeves, which I think were really good calls and one of the many reasons why I’m glad I didn’t attempt to make the dress myself.”

The DIY theme continued through out the wedding. The bride’s Mum made her birdcage veil and her bouquet from faux flowers (from Hobbycraft.) They also bought the majority of their decor ‘things’ that they weren’t able to make themselves from Etsy and eBay, including the invitations, the birdcages, the lanterns, the napkins and the Lego cake topper.

My favourite detail has got to be the bunting. When they sent out the invitations they included a template for a piece of bunting and asked their guests to send them one made from any material they wanted. “Lots of people did and we got some lovely and very creative pieces (metres of it in some cases!) which we put together and used to decorate the reception venue.  I think this really added to cosy, handmade feel of the reception and reflected what we wanted the wedding to be – a celebration with our friends and family.”

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Caleb & Eliza’s Beautiful Handmade, Vintage Wedding

I have been loving the photography and videos of photographic team For You Love Me for a while now, so I’m super excited to finally share one of their weddings on Rock n Roll Bride…and believe me, it’s a beaut.

Caleb & Eliza beautiful handmade, vintage wedding is what wedding dreams are made of. The ceremony took place at Wheatland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster PA, followed by a reception at The Iris Club. Eliza wore a genuine vintage wedding dress that had belonged to her Grandmother. She had worn it for her own wedding in 1952. Eliza even hand-made her headpiece from the fabric of the matching jacket that came with it. She added a brooch from Designed by Jane to complete he bridal look.

Her bridesmaids also wore brooches from Designed by Jane. The bridesmaids were asked to choose their own dresses and shoes, and were just given the task of getting something that was ‘greyish and knee length.’

The hand-made touches continued into the reception with the cake, flowers and décor all being made by family and friends.

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Jenni & Neil’s Eclectic DIY Wedding

“I read something on a wedding blog during my planning, which I clinged onto for my own sanity,” bride Jenni wrote, “It said not to worry about decorations etc matching, if you like what you have, in the end it will all go together. This was my mantra for our wedding and it worked. We didn’t have a theme and I didn’t really have a plan or a colour scheme. I operated like a magpie, picking up inspiration where I found it and with the help of my husband and our friends it worked for us!”

Jenni & Neil’s wedding reception was held at Surrey Docks City Farm, London. This venue also really helped to set the style of their day. “The venue had never been used for weddings before and provided an empty shell, so the tables, chairs and all decorations needed to be sourced and made by us,” Jenni continued. “I spent months reading wedding blogs and started liking, starring and sharing posts I liked on google reader. I also found inspiration on craft blogs and DIY websites which indulged my love of interior decoration.”

The bride made all the bunting, table runners, napkins on a vintage (i.e. non-electric) Singer sewing machine. She also made and decorated the cakes, seating plan, bouquets & pinholes herself. The groom, best man and best woman decorated the farm venue the morning of the wedding. The bride and groom are originally from East Anglia & Birmingham (respectively) so they sourced beers and wines which were local to where they grew up and served them in pink tub-trugs full of ice.

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Arnold & Melissa’s Festive Old World Carnival Wedding

Hold onto your knickers ladies (and gents!) because Arnold & Melissa’s South African wedding is gonna make you squeal with delight.

“We wanted to keep the wedding personal, real and down to earth,” the bride told me. “I am a wedding photographer myself, so I’ve been to so many weddings that the last thing I wanted was a traditional wedding. We love the outdoors and being out in nature, so we wanted the wedding to be outside, but also in a natural setting. We went to look at Beloftebos and immediately knew it was the right venue.”

“We both liked the idea of a festive old world carnival with lots of fun and playful elements, oh and with a Karoo (a bit like the outback in Australia, just more pretty and more magical) farmyard feel to top it off! We thought about the things we loved most and incorporated it into our wedding. We had stalls with gingerbeer, candyfloss, popcorn and ice cream. There was lots of picnic blankets and places in the forest for our guests to sit and relax, and even play with games like “kettie skiet” (catapult) – the guys made a stand with some old cooldrink cans that can be shot, this made for excellent fun and great photographs. The dancefloor was outdoors, under the stars with lots of bonfires and the whole forest was lit up by fairy lights. Our guests all dressed in “festive” clothes which also made the wedding much more relaxed.”

Melissa’s dress (complete with detachable bottom half for dancing at the reception) was by Gelieft. I’ve just been on their website and fallen in actual love with all their designs, be sure to check them out. Her bridesmaids wore dresses hand made by her Uncle. The couple really stamped their personalities onto their reception. They chose a cake made of cheese (which they put together themselves) instead of a traditional wedding cake, and the bride’s mother, aunt and a friend put together all the flowers and décor.

“Our wedding was special because everything was personal and reflected our personalities,” Melissa continued. “We did not do anything by the book but rather tried to be as creative as possible. We made the menu’s, tableplans, sighposts, games, tablenumbers etc. My mother, aunt and her friend Maurice did all the flowers. I ordered the ostrich feathers from Outshoorn for a bit of extra drama.”

“My dress was very special and I could not have asked for better designers than Theresa and Stephen from Gelieft. I told them that I wanted something amazing, different and dramatic and I don’t want to look like a bride. They made my dream dress and I felt like a princess in it. It was two dresses in one. For the ceremony I had a long dress and then I took the skirt off for the reception and had a whole different look.”

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Sarina & Wayne’s “Spectacular! Spectacular!” Rock n Roll meets Moulin Rouge Wedding

Sarina & Wayne were married on their own estate in Denmark, West Australia, where they farm large crayfish (lobster!) Their gardens made the perfect setting for their ceremony and Moulin Rouge inspired after party.

Sarina wore a dress by Collensione which she rocked up herself by adding a vest by Dada & Co. The bride also designed and made the junior bridesmaid’s dress from black satin. She also gave it a black bustle of tulle at the back to really give it a Rock n Roll edge. Her adult bridesmaid wore a dress by Wheels & Doll Baby.

Sarina told me all about their day. “Wayne proposed to me after we’d been together for almost 18 years (“I had to be sure!” he said). I wanted a Spectacular Spectacular – Rock n Roll meets Moulin Rouge wedding. During the 7 months between Wayne’s proposal and the wedding, we landscaped our garden, renovated and extended our house and created almost everything for the wedding ourselves.”

“To create the Rock n Roll / Moulin Rouge theme we used black and red velvet and red roses throughout,” the bride continued. “We created a stage area on the deck and surrounded it with red velvet curtains which I made. I also made throws and cushions in red and black velvet for the kids to sit on for the ceremony and to put around the lawn area for people to sit on. Instead of spending a fortune on chairs for the ceremony we collected vintage chairs from our friends (it is so cool we all have the same taste) and we saved a heap.”

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