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Laura & Andy’s Classy, Rockabilly, Back to the Future Inspired, DIY Wedding

Laura & Andy’s rockabilly wedding is pure class. Shot by the wonderful Chloe Browne of Caught the Light, the day exudes 1950’s elegance and styling…with a big fat Rock n Roll twist!

“We did things differently by really letting our personalities and our interests shine through our wedding preparations,” began the bride. “Both ourselves and our friends are immersed in the music dancing and lifestyle of the 40s and 50s Swing and Rockabilly scene.  It was inherent that I would wear a 50s style dress rather than a traditional wedding dress, that the details of our wedding would be centered around our love of vintage music, pin-up fashion, jive and jitterbug dancing, traditional tattoos, classic Chevy pickups!”

“Everything to do with the day reflected our day-to-day interests as well as some personal obsessions (particularly a certain Michael J Fox film from the 80’s!) Rather than having a ‘theme’ our wedding day reflected us -eclectic, unconventional and fun-loving and we wanted it to go with a swing!”

“We wanted an on-budget, hand-crafted rock’n’roll wedding where everyone we love best in the world could come and share the fun of seeing us get hitched followed by an awesome party. In the evening we truly ‘Rocked Around The Clock’ with my Great Aunt and Uncle showing us kids how they danced it the first time round which was awesome!”

“I knew from the get go that I would be wearing a 1950’s style wedding dress but still enjoyed the rites of passage of trying on some meringues beforehand. My Bridesmaid Hollie had nicknamed me ‘The Anti-Bride’ after every white dress I saw myself in left me in peals of laughter. I just felt like I was in fancy dress which I didn’t want. I just wanted to feel like me. I had my heart set on a coloured dress – and the inspiration for the peach colour came from the dress that Marty McFly’s ‘mother’ wears to the prom in ‘Back To The Future’.  ‘BTTF’ is our favourite film and not only was my dress an homage to it, but also our first dance was ‘Earth Angel and then straight into Johnny B Goode’ as an in-joke between us.”
 
I just have to interrupt right about here and say that the Back to the Future references make me love this wedding even more! It’s also my favourite film of all time and Gareth & I walked back up the aisle to ‘The Power of Love’ from the film. Anyway, sorry about that brief interlude…back to the task at hand…

“My dress was custom made by Caroline Arthur and my petticoat was custom made to match the colour of my dress by a Annabella Designs on folksy. Hollie had also had a lady on etsy make me a custom garter in leopard print and silver skull detail that I unwrapped on the day. It was so very ‘me’ and I was really touched.  I was originally planning to have the Heart Vivienne Westwood shoes but when I saw the cherry version I actually let out a small scream and hugged the sales assistant in Liberty! They cherry shoes then inspired the design of the bridesmaid’s hats which I made from millinery items bought from MacCulloch and Wallis.”

“I was insanely happy to find the ‘My Pretty’ Jewellery collection from Tarina Tarantino when I was planning my outfit as I have a life long obsession with The Wizard Of Oz. I was really torn between The Wicked Witch Of The West version but saw sense and went with Glinda The Good Fairy pearls and matching bracelet.”

“The Bridesmaids and I each wore over sized heart rings, custom for the wedding by Clutterfly Jewellery who make Rockabilly inspired jewellery. It was the perfect answer to my ‘Something Blue’ – but with added glitter. The bridesmaids had matching red glitter heart rings declaring their love of ‘TEA’! This matched our vintage teapots and teacups dotted around the mansion and reminded me of the brilliant vintage tea–hen-party they had thrown for me!” 

The couple decided to buck tradition and had the groom arrive in style at the ceremony in a Chevy. “As myself and my bridesmaids had a beautiful large Bridal suite to get ready in at the Mansion, we decided to turn tradition on its head and have the groom turn up in a vintage car – a mint green 1950s Chevy pickup,” Laura explained. “I will always remember hearing the engine revving as it pulled up outside and feeling insanely excited that the ceremony was about to begin!”

Both the Laura & Andy are designers and met during their Design Degree at University. Therefore, in order to make everything super personal, the couple decided to hand make most of the wedding decor and details with help from their friends and our family. The group worked hard and created the tissue paper pomanders. the cake and crocheted cake toppers, the cd favours, the guest book and the family photo board. “Other goodies at the guest table included 40s style hand-held fans to help guests cool down after a jive on the dance floor and vintage pressed glass bowls filled with marshmallows, bon bons and other sugary treats.”

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Helen & Dan’s Good Old-Fashioned Coronation Street, 1940’s Tea Party Wedding

Cute, quirky, British weddings are my utter favourites to feature. There’s so much originality and such fabulous ideas floating around this industry of ours, and it really really excites me! I was lucky enough to meet Heather, the photographer who captured this beautiful wedding, at the Unveiled Photography Conference that I spoke at in July so I’m so excited to see that she’s put what she learnt in to practice with this killer wedding.

Helen & Dan were married in September in Rye. Their theme was “a good old-fashioned Coronation Street party/1940s tea party feel”. Originally the couple had planned to have an Alice in Wonderland theme, however after the film came out, and the whole world went Alice mad, they decided to do something different and more unique. “My mum is a magpie for nice bits and set about scouring the length and breadth of Lancashire’s charity shops for table decorations, the cups and saucers, the teapots and the candelabras” began the bride. “Dan’s nan volunteers in a charity shop, so she managed to pick up some lovely pieces too.”

“The outfits were the thing that I was most concerned about and probably spent the most time ruminating over. I KNEW it had to be a retro/1940s feel but the shops were all a bit full of conventional, uninspiring things. I scoured the internet and, thankfully, found Claire Pettibone, an American bridal designer. Her stunning gowns are stocked at Blackburn Bridal in London. Once I had the dress, it felt like everything else fitted into place.” With her dream dress, Helen wore Irregular Choice shoes and a hairpiece by Orelia.

Helen continued, “Neither Dan or I are religious, and we were both paying for the wedding ourselves, so we knew we wouldn’t be going down the traditional route! No older family members to please. Our readings at the ceremony reflected our desire to do things differently, and we had ‘To Love is Not to Possess’ by James Kavanaugh and the Doctor Seuss ‘Wedding Vows’.  My older sister and her son read the Doctor Seuss piece, to much laughter from the congregation, and Dan’s mum read the To Love… piece.”

“We’re both really big Blur fans, so it seemed appropriate to walk up the aisle to ‘Tender’. Dan came to the doors of the wedding chamber and met me so we could walk down together. I was so happy to see him when the door opened! My friend said he knew I was nervous when he saw my dress hem “trembling”! Our exit tune was ‘Celebrate’ by Kool & the Gang, and our first dance was ‘To The End’, again by Blur.”

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How To…Make Your Own 1960’s Inspired Mod Floral Hair Wreath (Tutorial by Elsie Flannigan)

I heart Elsie.

I’ve been following her awesome crafty blog, A Beautiful Mess, for the past year or so am not afraid to admit that I’m a bit of an super fan. Elsie got engaged to Jeremy in August and so secretly I was hoping she’d share all her wedding planning and DIY ideas on her blog. Last week I received an email from Elise and her sister Emma telling me that not only have they started their own wedding blog, Le Wedding Party, but that Elsie would like to share some of her amazing DIY tutorials on Rock n Roll Bride! Eeek…I am so excited that she even knows my little blog exists, let alone that she wants to share her stuff with us!

I hope you enjoy Elsie’s awesome 1960’s headband tutorial, and if you do be sure to let us know because there are many more where this came from if you want them!

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I adore mod 1960s styling! One of my favorite collections from this era is enamel flower brooches. I love the colors, shapes and seemingly endless variety that exists in the vintage universe.

Supplies needed: 7 to 12 Vintage Enamel Brooches (I purchase these anytime I am vintage shopping as well as on Etsy and eBay), elastic, scissors.

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Casey & Richard’s Sunny, Seaside, Sailor Wedding

My original plan today was to head out into my garden and take some snowy snaps for Photography Friday…however as I stared blankly through my kitchen window I had second thoughts and realised that it’s flippin’ COLD out there and you know what!? I’d rather stay here, wrapped in my slanket (blanket with sleeves – oh yes that is Rock n Roll!) For some further justification, I’ve got an amazingly SUNNY wedding from South Africa to share instead. This should warm your cockles…

Casey & Richard tied the knot on the 15th May 2010 (sunny!) They had the fabulous We Love Pictures there to capture their stripey seaside shindig. “We chose an old sugar baron’s estate cottage as our wedded haven – our family and friends descended from near and far to prep for the day and celebrate the occasion,” explained the couple. Dressed in a tea-length 50s Audrey Hepburn style frock with simple pumps to match, Casey traipsed to her husband-to-be thorough a thicket of coastal lushness. “Our crew were seated and standing in a clearing, aptly named  ‘The Glades’ – shielded by sunhats and paper parasols”, they continued. “The scene was decked out with paper daisies, white ottomans, picnic blankets, deck chairs and a tree draped in white with ribbons hanging down.”

“The pre-drinks consisted of wicked refreshers with names like ‘ pink polka dot bikini’ and ‘blue lagoon’. After ‘tying-the-knot’ in true sailor fashion – signifying our union – we paraded to the beach through a cacophony of streamers and screams. Guests enjoyed yoghurt lollies as we gathered round our sandcastle for the obligatory group snap. Table settings with flags, each grouped around a sandcastle, indicated basket-sharing teams for the picnic which followed. We took our wedding snaps on the beach, guided by a giant bunch of red and white balloons. Those were my favorite moments – mad wind and beach swept happiness.”

“Our guests engaged in a stripey seaside themed photo booth before we set down to our alfresco feast – a picnic and then fish braai under cloud-breaks of swing tunes and jazzy electro melodies. A tower of giant meringues were sparkled alight before we cut our stripey red and white wedding cake. The sweet table was ravaged, only two petit fours remained from a sizey spread of sweet offerings. The party set off with a bang in our transparent bunting flagged tent – and we entered the wee hours with a shebang and shoo-wop. It was certain, we were better together.”

See, how much better is reading that than seeing more snow photos?!

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Adrienne & Christian’s Budget-Friendly, Central Park Wedding

Adrienne & Christian were married in Central Park in a simple but perfect ceremony, “Central Park allows the rental of any place (except for the Conservatory Gardens) for just $25,” explained the bride. “The challenge is that they do not allow you to bring in anything, including chairs, so we all had to stand. It worked out perfectly, though, since we were in a beautiful location that did not need decoration, and we had two friends organize everyone upon their arrival into neat rows with an aisle. Another friend handed out whistles and ribbon wands on the path leading to the ceremony location, so everyone could arrive while making their own music with a smile. Our assortment of slide whistles, kazoos, and siren whistles were from Century Novelty.”

Adrienne wore a 1950’s style dress made for her by her Mum. Originally she had wanted a vintage dress, however after much research she discovered that most vintage dresses were teeny tiny! “I wanted a 1950’s tea-length dress, and scoured the web for weeks only to learn that girls in the 1950’s were TINY!” Adrienne continued. “My budget was under $200, and I found that all of the “XL” dresses were going for closer to $500 on eBay. Knowing that my mom is an amazing sewer, I changed my plans to find a vintage pattern, and found the perfect one for $20. We picked out most of the fabric at a JoAnne’s Fabric upstate, then I picked out some nicer lace at B&J Fabrics in NYC. My mom spent many hours sewing and did a beautiful job, including hand sewn beading across the neckline and subtle hand sewn lace and sequin accents on the skirt. The final touch came from a costumer designer friend in New York, Jess Trejos, who tailored everything to a perfect fit.” The bride also made her own veil.

Can we just stop one moment and share some love for Adrienne’s shoes?! They were the Mono Jane design by United Nude. “I had bought them the previous summer just to wear with everything-they are made from rubber and come in a rainbow of colors. When deciding what to wear for the wedding, I wanted something from my closet so I wouldn’t have to spend any additional money; the United Nude store in NYC seems to be closed now, so I was lucky to have them already! In talks before the wedding, my dad said, “you can’t wear blue shoes with a wedding dress!” and I said, “Sure I can!”

The reception was held at NYC Terrace in the Sky, NYC. The couple kept the decor simple but added personal touches here and there. The cupcakes (coloured to match Adrienne’s shoes) were made by a friend and their awesome personalised cake topper was made by the bride’s brother’s partner who runs a business ususally making creepy dolls called Strange Dolls.

With all of this, we wanted to avoid as much wedding commercialism as possible, and have friends and family contribute wherever they could as their gifts to us (luckily, we have some pretty talented friends)” concluded the bride. “It was cheaper, and much nicer, since everyone felt a part of the day. I was very inspired by the book One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding early on, and did not want to have a lot of wedding “stuff” just because that’s how weddings are done. Even with very hip parents and friends, throughout the process I heard a lot of “you can’t do that at a wedding!” types of comments. I’d like to tell anyone who is dealing with pressure from outside that we had a successful day after making a pre-nup, wearing glasses and blue shoes, not having paper invitations, not having bridesmaids or groomsmen, not having any chairs at the ceremony, and not serving food at the reception. None of that stuff matters, and it’s all about just having everyone you love together for the best party ever. They’ll get over it; it’s all up to what the two of you want.”

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Michelle & Sterling’s DIY Aussie Bush Wedding

Michelle & Sterling were married at St Barnabas church, in the middle of the Aussie bush. Their reception that followed took place at Upper Landowne Community Hall. Michelle’s parents had been married at the same church and hall 35 years ago so it was really special to them to also be married here. The importance of involving their families was continued throughout the planning process. “My mum and Grandmother did so much work ,” said Michelle. “Mum organised all the catering which was done by the local church that my Grandmother belongs to and all of the table cloths, linen napkins were hand crocheted by my Grandma. My sister made the guest book sign and we all decorated the hall and set the tables and did the flower arranging in 30 silver tea pots that I bought over time from eBay ! They looked awesome and totally fitted with the romantic, quirky theme. We even found a home for the 80 massive paper tissue pom poms we made.”

Michelle wore a dress by Pallas Bride, Sydney, “I choose this dress as I wanted something kinda “bridey” but with a twist – I loved the lace and the plunging neckline as well as the sequence details.” To give her bridal look a Rock n Roll twist, Michelle added purple shoes by Paul Dane and a handmade bespoke headpiece by Suzy O’Rourke. She asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dress. Their looks were tied together with their headpieces which she made herself with fabric and her trusty hot glue gun!

“I guess we did things differently to other weddings by making the whole preparation also part of the wedding,” concluded the bride. “Everyone was involved in it. We always say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s also true of a wedding I think . We just had fun with it. Our Bridal waltz was just us dancing together crazy like the way we met …  just fun, energy and love.”

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