I’ve got yet another bit of retro rockabilly lovin’ for you today, in the form of Nick & Jamie’s Santa Barbara wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at The Rockwood Womens Club which proved to be the perfect backdrop to their day. Jamie looked stunning in her Maya dress by Michelle Roth, but it had a bit of a story behind it! “”Ohhhhh the dress….it was almost a nightmare! It was a Michelle Roth “Maya” that I bought used on Oncewed. I took it to a local alterations lady who cut it too short and messed up the top! Luckily I have a dear friend in the fashion industry, Denice Dir who saved the day by not only adding the black tulle underneath, sewing in a petticoat and took 45 minutes to carefully seam rip the top and fix what the other lady had messed up. She even made my dog’s collar piece out of my dress trimmings and surprised me on the day of my wedding with the special stitching she did inside!”
I loved Matt & Brandy as soon as I read their email to me last week. “We are f***ing rock n’ roll because we had the balls to call off a wedding.
We originally got engaged in April 2009 and shortly thereafter set the date for April 2010. We wanted a simple affair which of course spiraled out of control. It became about every one else. We lost sight of what the day meant to us as a couple. The guest list kept getting longer…which meant more money…and more problems. In November it hit us…wtf are we doing????
We ended up calling off the wedding…and calling off our engagement. We became a bit disenchanted by the whole wedding planning and wondered if it was something we ever wanted to do. We absolutely became victims of the wedding stress monster. We never thought it would happen to us!”
See? love them?! Lucky for them (and us!) they did decide to continue down the wedding path, but only if they could do it their way! “Months passed and we still loved one another. We still planned on spending the rest of our lives together so what now?” they continued. “We couldn’t imagine planning another wedding. Ugh. Well…Matt ended up winning free tickets to anywhere within the continental U.S. that had to be used before May 31st 2010. We decided on San Francisco and then we decided…hey…lets elope while we’re there!”
OK so this was the Australian wedding that I’d planned on posting yesterday but me being a bit pink (as apposed to blonde) I forgot about the crazy time difference between here and Oz so when I was emailing the photographers to get the info I needed, unsurprisingly they weren’t replying because it was like 3 in the morning or something. Aaaanyway it matters not because NOW my babies I am able to share this fan-bloody-tastic wedding with you…and I’m so pumped to hear what you think. I literally wet myself with excitement when I saw Madeline’s purple and green dress!
Madeline & Nic decided very early on that they didn’t want a traditional wedding – the bride’s two sisters had both done the white wedding thing and although their days were beautiful and perfect for them, it wasn’t quite right for this couple. “We are non-traditionalists (hence no white/ no flowers/ no favours/ no wedding cake/ no sit-down dinner) and we wanted a wedding that reflected our personalities and relationship. Bit crazy, lots of fun, different and unique” the pair told me.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get the Australian wedding together on time to take us over to Oz for our final wedding of the day today (I want to make sur that when I put it up it will be perfect and have all the info you might want on the event so pweease forgive me!??)…however I have managed to secure a pretty damn shaaaweeet Steampunk wedding which took place in San Francisco to round today off nicely. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with this baby…in fact I am so in love with this wedding that I appear to have titled this post will the longest, most over-excited, rambling header ever!
Violet & Eric are certainly going to being some much needed spice to Rock n Roll Bride today. I had an amazing chat with the super creative bride (who also makes her own Steampunk inspired jewellery – you can see some of her designs here) where she told me all about their wedding.
“Our inspiration for the whole thing was not only the aesthetic but also the philosophy of Steampunk. Steampunk to us honors and glorifies the balance of technology with artisan aesthetic; the need to maintain a sense of beauty, along with a more finely-honed machine. (The Steampunk computer case mods are a perfect example — making a modern PC look like a vintage Victrola or Underwood typewriter, tools which were technologically less advanced, but aesthetically far more classically pleasing to the eye.)
Stop number two on our whirlwind tour takes us to the windy city – aka Chicago. I have always been a massive fan of photographer Jeremy Lawson so when I saw this latest wedding, in the same antique/salvage shop that we all fell in love with from his last wedding that I blogged, I couldn’t wait to get him on board for another feature!
Denise & Mark are both self-confessed quirky and creative types – she is an art director for a music and diy magazine and he runs his very own ‘nerd blog’ Wolf Gnards – so of course their wedding was going to be a super special one. “When it came to the wedding we wanted to create a fun, unique experience for our friends and family” the couple told me. “Our venue was an architectural salvage / loft space which ended up being the inspiration for the whole event– everything from my dress to the centerpieces took on that unique, vintage, diy feel…Expect for the cake– that was straight from the future! But it definitely was a crowd pleaser.”
God, I love that Futurama cake!
Following on from yesterday’s Steampunk-esque wedding, I wanted to share another – and this time, an all out authentically styled Victoriana wedding fest!
Stacy & Eric got married in April and had one of the most incredible weddings fitting this theme that I have ever seen! The whole wedding was filled with circles – from old type writers, clocks and top hats to that truly incredible (and fully edible!) cake (made by Let Them Eat Cake in California – seriously go check out their website, they have cakes and designs like you’ve never seen before!) You are going to go nuts for these details – I am loving the typewriter/flower combo. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. The centrepieces consisted of flowers, old books books, typewriters, gears, light bulbs, test tubes and had a real authentic Steampunk vibe. Stacey collected all the props throughout their planning and then gave them to florist Debbie Fields who put everything together on the day. The place names, which were made of old-looking train tickets (found at a craft store) had individual keys stuck to them that with significant words on them like ‘life’ and ‘dreams’. The keys and gears on the place cards were found at a local craft store-they come from a scrapbook line by a guy named Tim Holtz (you can buy everything though his online store too – bonus!)
Eric shared their thoughts and inspiration behind their wedding with me. “Both of us love history and are fascinated with the Victorian time period. We’re also both fans of Sci-fi/fantasy fiction, so that’s how our theme came about. Steampunk has it’s roots in Victorian Sci-Fi (Jules Verne, H.G. Wells), but has taken off in the last few years into an aesthetic all it’s own. We wanted something a little irreverent while still being classy, so it fit very well. And it gave our guests a chance to have fun with their outfits! ”
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ps I just can’t get over this cake…wow. How is this even possible?!