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Jen & Andrew’s South African Rockabilly, Psychobilly & Musical Wedding

The South African weddings are ruling Rock n Roll Bride right now (did you see this incredible wedding I blogged earlier in the week?) and I get very over-excited when I receive submissions for weddings as cool as Jen & Andrew’s. Their rockabilly-inspired wedding took place at Olympus Stream, Pretoria, South Africa.

“Andy is the upright bass player and vocalist for one of the few Rockabilly bands in South Africa called Reverend Wright and the Mystery Train Gamblers,” Jen explained. “We pretty much live, breathe and eat rockabilly even though it is still so small in this country. We just wanted to be ourselves without having a boring and stiff wedding day. Andy designed all the menu/name tags/invites etc, we stuck to an old school tattoo theme for that, and everything else we just stuck to what I liked, and what shouted Andy & Jen.”

Martin Rocka played, who are actually a Psychobilly band from Johannesburg, SA, they are my fave band, so it really helped with the vibe. We also had a jukebox, and Dj Ipod, which we loaded with all our favourite songs. We also had the ever so popular Candy Bar, which was such a great hit, we had to chase people away from it so that we could do our first dance.”

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Veronika & Bryan’s Thrifty & DIY, Philly Wedding

You guys seem to never get sick of a fabulously creative DIY wedding and neither do I. That’s why I can’t help but keep featuring them! You know what though? Veronika & Bryan’s Philadelphia wedding may be one of my favourites yet. SO MUCH thought and ideas went into this day, and doesn’t it show?

“Almost everything for the wedding was DIY,” the bride began. “All of the paper goods (menus, favor tags, drink dispenser tags, program fans, guest book table instructions, sparkler wrappers) were all designed and printed in my home. Bryan made all of the drink concentrates (grapefruit-mint and blackberry) and peach iced tea. With the help of two friends, I cut, ironed, sewed and Goccoed 100 napkins. The 250 cocktail napkins were also Goccoed with the same heart that we used on the dinner napkins. I collected vintage frames to use for the table numbers, and using chalkboard paint, made the backs into chalkboards. The bridesmaids hair flowers were made by a friend, as was my garter. Bryan constructed the entire bar (and I sewed the bunting!) and arch that we stood under during the ceremony.”

“We also made the photo booth backdrop, and used our own cameras, lighting equipment, and computers. We made the cake-stands out of milk glass plates and candle holders, as well as wood plaques and branches. With the help of my mother and grandmother and friend, I collected over 300 doilies and sewed them together to make the runners. They were starched and ironed a couple of days before the wedding. All of the jars for the flowers, the typewriter, milk glass and birdcages, were found by me through Craigslist, flea-markets, and countless hours of searching thrift stores. I also found the various tables that we used for cupcakes and the ceremony at thrift stores and flea markets, antiquing them to better fit the feel of the wedding.”

“The lights for the reception were hung by my stepfather, Bryan, and the groomsmen. Another groomsmen, a recording engineer, did all of the sound and djing for the wedding. Another friend made us our wedding website. One of my best friends is an extremely talented graphic designer, and helped us out a ton – with the programs, the menus, and the design for the pint-glass favors, especially. We were very, very lucky to have such a supportive (and talented!) group of friends and family to help us execute so many projects. It would not have happened without them. It was a crazy year (and particularly crazy 2 weeks leading up to the wedding), but it felt very special to see all of the hard work that everyone had put into the wedding”

Told you! Don’t you just love it! Full list of everyone involved after the ‘jump’

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An Enchanted, Vintage & Musical Barn Wedding

Rae & Dylan’s wedding took place at The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI which worked out perfect for their rustic and enchanted vintage theme. Rae looked every bit the vintage princess in her pink Sarah Seven dress, Whichgoose headpiece and vintage gloves.

“We envision our wedding to be simple, but well planned and organized,” they explained. “Our theme was definitely very vintage inspired, with the right amount of whimsy and humor. The decor and look of the wedding was almost a summertime tea party, with beautiful flowers in mason jars (dahlias, snapdragons, tuberoses), antique plates as centerpieces and cupcakes with sweet handmade flags on each. We are not super formal people, so we wanted our wedding to feel comfortable, approachable and fun. We hoped our guests could be themselves and have a great time laughing and dancing.”

“Our wedding was special because it was all about getting together the people we love to celebrate us tying the knot after seven awesome years of courtship. We both come from musical families (our dad’s collaborated to play some songs at our wedding) and we also made a home recorded CD-R for our favors.  Picking our playlist for the wedding was our number one priority.  We curated a playlist over many evenings of dancing stupidly in our living room.”

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A Lewis Carroll Gothic Wonderland Wedding

Amanda & Steph’s wedding is one of those that as soon as I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog I immediately emailed asking (well…demanding!) that I be allowed to blog it! If this isn’t a perfect Rock n Roll wedding, well I don’t know what is! The couple loosely based their wedding around Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland – i.e. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. They loved the almost dark and sinister twist this theme gave their wedding.

“We took the mad-hatter’s tea party idea and the magic of the ‘eat me’ cakes and ‘drink me’ potions, and linked it to Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky,” the couple explained. “This nonsensical but menacing poem appeared on our order of the day, and provided the inspiration for our table names. We wanted the wedding to have a fun party atmosphere and not be too ‘themed’, so we combined a ‘bring a hat’ dress code with teapot centre-pieces and little bottles of alcoholic shots on the tables labeled ‘drink me’. We wanted it to feel darkly comic, fun and quirky, whilst still being an emotional and special day for us.”

The colour theme that ran throughout the day was a dark purple and the bride wore a stunning Ian Stuart sample dress which was a pale blue/grey silk with a dramatic deep purple bolero which she bought from Bonzie on. To this she added a fabulous hat that she made herself by stitching together various bits and pieces which she had collected – including feathers, fabric, pearl beads and netting. Finally she added purple ‘Mini Magic Floral’ Irregular Choice shoes which she bought from Schuh. “I bought my dress at a wedding fair in London for £1,400, which was half price . It was far too big, so I had a dress-maker take off about 3 inches either side until it fitted. It was made in a pale blue/grey silk. I was quite pleased to think that because it was a sample it was completely unique and no one else would ever have one like it. The dress wasn’t what I thought I’d ever go for at all – quite traditional really with a huge train, but the colour made it unusual, and I accessorized it in quite an unusual way. I love Victoriana, which it reminded me of, and in the end I thought ‘when am I going to get the chance to wear something like this again’ so I went for it. My accessories were chosen to be in keeping with the Victoriana feel of the dress, and the idea was to make the outfit appear less bridal and more edgy.”

Steph wore a custom made suit that actually ended up costing more than the bride’s dress! “He wanted to keep it casual (he’s hardly worn a suit in his life being an advertising designer, and usually goes to work in his shorts and a t-shirt), so he decided to go without a tie and just wear a simple white shirt,” Amanda explained. “However, having made my own hat, I decided he ought to have some exciting DIY head-gear as well (to fit in with our mad-hatter’s tea party, Lewis Carrol theme). I therefore bought a cheap black top hat on ebay (I think it was about £25) and then trimmed it with some purple fabric to match my outfit. As we are big fans of Tim Burton and Steph likes all things dark and scary, I decided to go a stage further and I made a small purple fabric skeleton in the style of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ with odd buttons for eyes and attached it to the hat with a glue gun. I then used spray paint to make the hat seem a bit more old and battered, and flicked it with purple and blue paint on a tooth brush to give it a more punky look. He was very pleased luckily!”

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Alisha & Casey Bowling Alley Wedding

As a kid, bowling was one of the ultimate treat nights out wasn’t it? So what better way to keep the fun in your wedding day than having it at a bowing alley?! After a ceremony at The Woods on Ninth, Alisha & Casey and their entire wedding party headed to Bonwood Bowl for a right royal knees up of a party! “We did the bowling alley because we wanted something different,” the bride told me. “We are not traditional people, and most of all we wanted to have fun, as well as everyone else. Its something we enjoy together!” 

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Lisa & Tyrone’s Windy Wedding

Lisa & Tyrone got married on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. Their bridesmaid and photographer, Jacki Bruniquel, told me the whole story. “Their wedding was a day of such love and celebration. Lis not just my sister she is one of my best friends and Ty is not just my brother in law he has been in the best friend category for long time now. Tyrone happens to be a really good photographer as well! I love them both to absolute bits and pieces and really wish i could just do their whole day all over again.”

Lisa had her little velvet red pump shoes made especially for her as she is a strict vegetarian. Her cute fifties inspired dress and gorgeous orchid bird cage veil were made by Katherine Kidger, a very funky designer based in Durban.

The ceremony tool place on the beach but as Jacki was a bridesmaid she didn’t photograph this part of the day. “Ty & Lis had very specific ideas for the reception,” Jacki continued. “We collected tins and slipped plants forever to make the succulent pot plants which were given away to guests as gifts! Ty’s Mom made what seemed like a gazillion origami birds. Ty is a great graphic designer as well as a photographer and he designed all the menus, seating plans, invites etc. My Mom needs a huge pat on the back for all her hard work as she made all the table runners and so on.”

Finally, the couple and Jacki headed out for some funky wedding day portraits (these are my favourite shots of the day!) “For their creative shoot we had originally planned to do a vintage beach shoot with funky beach umbrella, beach ball and deckchairs but with the wind Lis wanted to get straight off the beach because it was so windy. I convinced them to do a few shots with the umbrella as i just knew it would get absolutely bashed by the wind. These pics really do capture the reality of the day! From the beach we went back to the reception venue and i found this green wall at the back of the establishment which was wind free and really made Lisa’s shoes and red lippy!”

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