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Peace & Love – Allie & Bo’s 1970’s Bohemian Wedding

There are some weddings I see that are just so adorably gorgeous that I squeal a little bit with delight when I’m allowed to share them with you…and this baby needs to be shared! I just know you’re going to adore it as much as I do.

Allie & Bo’s wedding had a distinctive 1970’s hippy vibe – an era that they live and love in their everyday lives. The bohemian, DIY details make this day simply perfect for them.

As bride Allie explains, “I like to consider myself a modern day hippie with a bohemian bent. I wanted something sort of whimsical and vintage for my wedding. I grew up with stories from my grandmother of the passions of the hippie movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. She encouraged me to be original and taught me an appreciation of nature and an independent sense of style. Bo and I love to hike and camp and we eat locally grown food, so it was important for us to plan an environmentally friendly wedding.”

“For the perfect vintage-boho infusion, (and to honor my grandmother) I chose to wear her wedding dress, a 1970’s Gunny Sax Prairie style cotton dress. Bo wore jeans and a natural fiber vintage hippie shirt and love beads. We enjoy drum circles and our friends are musicians, so we thought it would be fun to have a reception reminiscent of folk festivals, laid back and personal. Our guests were invited to wear casual clothes (tee-shirts, jeans and bare feet were encourage) and bring their musical instruments. Even our pet Cavapoo, Jack, came along! Our wedding celebration was all about love, sharing and authentic people!”

“Our organic lifestyle guided our wedding choices, including: natural outdoor venue with “green” practices suitable for both the ceremony and reception; retro and vintage elements (the venue is a historic farm preserved from 1835, has a 1972 airstream; a 1950 Chevy truck and vintage barn) and simple, picnic style reception food from community farms and entertainment provided by guests in the style of a jam session.”

“Also freshly picked field flowers incorporated in my bridal bouquet and unique floral designs (we literally helped pick our flowers right off the property grounds!) and a fun and whimsical icons with a timeless message – like peace signs, vintage posters and ‘love rocks’ favors.”

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Mark & Maryanne’s Summer Fete, Tea Party Wedding

Mark & Maryanne had their garden tea party wedding in Maryanne’s parents house in West Chiltington.The vintage vibe of the day with carried throughout with DIY, classic vintage and country garden ideas. The bride’s dress which was original vintage from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. “I found a beautiful 1950’s dress that I had customised” the bride explained. “It originally came with a lace cape, but my fab seamstress turned the cape into sleeves and added a bit of sparkle with some old glass buttons that I found from a little junk shop in Sussex.” With this she wore Emmy Shoes, a customised vintage veil (made from a 1940’s hat) jewellery made from original vintage piece and bag from the 1950’s.

“Mark and I met in a little Indie club in London when we were 20,” Maryanne continued. “It actually took us nearly ten years and three children later to make the big decision TO DO IT. It really was my worst nightmare. I was so scared of all the white fluff and general fuss that came with a wedding. Our little family were ever so happy just as we were. To be frank we are all a bunch of geeks really and the whole wedding thing was just not us. We were a little gang that loved Indie music, books, cake, car boots and Crosswords. Definitely not weddings.”

“But then something happened and we totally changed our minds. We discovered that we could actually get away with doing a wedding OUR way… Other people were doing it so why not us? Planning the wedding then became a complete obsession and took over all of our lives. We had always had a passion for anything old, pre-owned and loved. Anything that had a history to it and that could tell a hundred tales, so involving this in our wedding just seemed natural. There was never a ‘theme’ or a ‘colour’ or anything really that shaped our day – it all just kind of happened, but it all seemed to work. Our only rule was to not try to turn ourselves into little manikins of something we were not.”

“Our first and most important decision was who we chose to make our lasting memories of the day – the photographer. Having studied photography at University, I knew that we really had to get it right. I found Viva Wedding Photography, on Facebook. I was nosing at a beautiful wedding they had shot and their images just looked so beautiful and unique. The shots were totally amazing and once we had met Adam from Viva we made our decision instantly. What a lovely guy! He was exactly what we were hoping for and proved to be so much more. Viva made our day special and unique and I will cherish my wedding photos till my very last breath. Another important decision was the car – we love Cadillac’s and I found a pink one which matched my Ray-ban’s so job done!”

“The Reception was held at my parents garden which suited our laid back summer fete/tea party feel. The guests arrived to Martinis, blinis and champagne from tea pots served by gorgeous girls in fabulous 1950’s aprons. We placed a selection of retro games around and laid out little tea sets for the toddlers to play with. I made a ‘Tattoo Parlour’ for the children and before long we had lots of mini Amy Winehouse’s looking super adorable. There were lots secret parts to the garden which were lit with old lace decorated jam jars and fairy lights. I made a ‘canoodling’ corner which had a love bench and lots of hanging hearts and wire birds made by Mark.”

“We chose a tent style marquee which I dressed myself with lots and lots of bunting, fairy lights and old birdcages,” Maryanne continued. “I stamped out all the guests names and bound them to the cutlery with odd bits of vintage lace. I made all the ladies lavender hearts decorated with lace and old buttons. The gentlemen received old comics from the 70’s and 80’s which were actually a little saucy – very amusing when the older generation of guests dared to have a peek. The children had little wooden dolls as favours which I found on eBay and I gave gifts of vintage brooches for friends that helped and retro toys for the Ushers. The tables were laid with my vast collection of vintage China – tea cups and saucers and cake plates all mis matched and all beautiful.”

“After a posh picnic style lunch we all enjoyed a pot of tea and lots of homemade cakes and French macaroons. After the speeches we had homemade bon bon’s and more tea, tea, tea, tea… We set up a ‘Photo booth’ area which I dressed with a floral throw and some wooden moustaches and speech bubbles. I love these photo booth shots, everyone’s personality really shines through. Ladies in all their finery and cheeky children with tache’s make great photo’s and memories!”

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Tory & Joel’s Two-Day Vintage & Rock n Roll Wedding

Tory & Joel’s two-day wedding makes my heart sing. These two totally different days worked so brilliantly for the couple. Both had a vintage and Rock n Roll vibe and I’m utterly thrilled to share them both with you today.

The couple were married at Marylebone Town Hall, London in an intimate ceremony on Friday 27th May. Tory wore a vintage dress by Armstrong Vintage and Joel wore a suit from Next . The couple chose not to have their reception directly after as they were dreaming of eloping, and having the ceremony separate to the reception party gave them this feeling without upsetting their family and friends!

“Part of us wanted to run away together and have a romantic eloping story to re-tell but in reality we both wanted our parents and siblings there at the ceremony,” the bride told me. “It turned out to be exactly what we wanted: incredibly romantic, very intimate and with our nearest and dearest there to squeeze our hands when things got a bit emotional.”

The reception was held on the 29th at West End Farm, Bedfordshire and certainly had the Rock n Roll vibe. The bride wore a second vintage dress from Love Miss Daisy and the event was a detail-perfect party for all their friends and family.

“Sunday was a flipping blast!” she continued. “We were very clear on this day: Get a barn. Fill it with fun. Have a party. We’d seen some beautiful wedding ideas (some of which we borrowed from Rock n Roll Bride in fact!) so took inspiration from them and added our own Very English twist. Highlights for me were the pony rides, watching our dear friend Miss. Jayne Hardy sing the Joel + Victoria mini musical and feeding our dog Glory a Mr+Mrs ice cream sundae. Woah fun!”

“Our theme for the reception was vintage village fete, so we really put our families to task in order to get that community feel about our day! My aunty made all the bunting, napkins and jam jar toppers. The whole family spent 6 months prior collecting jam jars, sourcing vintage lace to wrap around them and finishing with twine to give it a farmyard look. The card basket is actually my grandparent’s picnic basket found in their loft 2 months prior. And all the old couples pictures were gathered together to celebrate couples we’ve known in the past and present who represent marriage success stories. We wanted something to aspire to!”

“The drinks dispensers and Pimms beermat were great finds on eBay and Amazon had some irresitable red and white paper straws that we fell in love with. The cake was all about positivity and saying yes to each other, yes to the good and bad times and yes to the life ahead. Just say yes!”

Wow. I have serious wedding admiration right now. How about you? Check out the beautiful video from Sassy ‘n’ Frank too!

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Lori & Tom’s Casual n Cool Vegas Wedding

Lori & Tom were married in Las Vegas in a casual and laid back wedding. They kept their day simple and significant to them, as Lori explains, “We live in London and met at Coachella music festival in 2007. We wanted intimate (we were thinking 35 people, we ended up with 54!) and casual, a bit different and more of a party than a wedding. No ice sculptures, receiving lines, or head tables. We just wanted to have a big party with our family and close friends. My family live in Vancouver and Tom’s family in England, so we decided that if guests were going to travel, then why not make it a big holiday in Vegas? And to top it all off, in meant we could go to Coachella with our closest friends before the wedding — bringing everything full circle.”

“There wasn’t colour theme, just bright and fun,” she continued. “The boys all had different coloured ties with vintage tie clips and buttonholes which I made out of bright ribbon. The girls wanted comfy casual chic, so they picked the dresses and I didn’t stipulate a thing. I wanted it to be about what they wanted not what I wanted as they were the ones wearing it after all. We had fun trying stuff on a Bicester Village (just outside Oxford). It’s a great place to snag a bargain!”

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Ronnie & Craig’s Cooler than Cool, Multi-Coloured DIY Wedding

Did you ever look at someone’s wedding pictures and know instantly that you would be friends if you met in real life? Well that’s kinda how I felt when photographer Emma Case sent me Ronnie & Craig’s wedding last week. I know it sound superficial and a bit weird but these guys have got style…and there ain’t nothing cooler than a couple that bring that unique style into their wedding. See what I mean….?

Let me lay a few things out for you to try and explain my obsession with these guys. So Ronnie & Craig were married at Trunkwell Mansion House, in Reading (READING!? You know that’s where I live right?!..And Reading isn’t a huge town or anything. This excites me.) They pretty much DIY’ed anything and everything they could including the reception décor, the cake, the flowers, the car (yes, really – Craig restored it for the wedding) the stationery (Be sure to check out Ronnie’s website to see more of her work) and the bride and bridesmaid’s dresses! Ronnie’s Mum who made the dresses from Ronnie’s design also just so happens to have trained Ian Stuart, who is arguably one of the biggest bridal designers in the country right now.

Ronnie even wore a plastic and sparkly “Mrs Dearsley” necklace. You get the picture right…?

“I am an artist and wanted to hand paint what I could,” Ronnie told me when I asked her about all these DIY projects. “I started with the invites and slowly developed a retro tattoo theme which continued throughout the wedding with the escort cards, table numbers and welcome sign. Now the wedding is over I intend to paint our vows into where there were numbers etc and display the work in our home. I really enjoyed working on everything and would love to work with other couples who might want custom artwork for their invites or any other aspect of their day.”

“We had a huge wedding DIY project with a difference. When we got engaged Craig said basically I could do what I wanted with the wedding as long as we could use his 1971 camper van. Unfortunately, after being screwed over by a restorer, the camper van was a (beautiful) shell and needed basically a new everything putting in. Our engagement was around 18 months long and I think Craig spent every weekend working on the van to get it going, it finally made its first journey 3 days before the wedding, but was AMAZING and gorgeous and I’m so proud of Craig for getting it together.”

“Our wedding was by no means wildly controversial but it was a true reflection of us,” she continued. “When we first got engaged I spent hours browsing wedding venue sites and freaking out about food as us and about 99% of our family are mad fussy eaters. To be honest, I had only attended one wedding as an adult so I was totally out of my comfort zone and was totally taken in by the prescribed way of doing things that seems to fill most of the wedding magazines.”

“It wasn’t until I snapped out of this and thought, “Hang the hell on – what do WE like to eat?” that I realised the wedding should be about US instead of set menus. When we got engaged we’d celebrated with a cream tea, and we are hard-core BBQ fans, and I know now both of these things might be pretty standard in the wedding industry, but they are totally what I’d eat everyday if I could and we shaped our day around them.”

“So we found a venue that would accommodate our wishes for less than a billion pounds (seriously what is that all about?) and went from there. Eventually (way too late!) I discovered blogs like Rock n Roll Bride and the endless sources of inspiration out there for alternative weddings and our wedding started taking shape. The one thing we did get from bridal magazines was our colour scheme. We were pretty uninspired by the limited colour palettes we saw in most wedding pictures, until we saw an Indian themed wedding full of rich, vivid colours and we knew that was something we’d like. It evolved during the planning to pink, purple, yellow and turquoise, I had to spray paint the bridesmaids shoes to coordinate!”

“Also I mentioned that we’d like mismatched china and my mum immediately went on a madcap mission around every boot sale in the country until basically her whole house was full of old crockery. A few days before the wedding we glued together some homemade cake stands after I’d see a tutorial on GMTV. Our ceremony was very us, our vows were from some of our favourite songs, our readings were daft and we walked out each of us carrying one of our kids, they were wriggling all the way but it was lovely to have them with us.”

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James & Charlie’s Intimate Registry Office Ceremony

You may have seen Andrew’s own wedding around blog-land as it was photographed by the awesome Emma Case. Inspired by his own wedding experience, Andrew wanted to try his hand at wedding photography himself…and can I be so bold as to say, for a first attempt he pretty much nailed it!

One to watch? I think so!

He explained, “Meeting Emma had a huge impact on me. I’ve always felt quite a creative person and used to be able to channel that through music and film making. That just seemed to fizzle out through my mid twenties and left a massive void in my life. I never took time to fill it. When I met Emma she inspired me to pick up my camera and find a totally new passion. I’ve not looked back. I am so grateful to her and we still keep in regular contact. I find weddings and couples the most amazing thing to photograph as there is nothing but love and positivity in every frame. I am completely engulfed now and have taken the leap of faith to see if I can follow my own photography path.”

James & Charlie had a small registry office wedding with just Andrew and his wife Emily in attendance. “Although James and I were having another, larger ceremony on the Saturday, we wanted to make sure that the day we actually ‘did the deed’ would be just as memorable,” explained newlywed Charlie. “We decided not to have family and friends with us, to make sure the Saturday felt like our actual wedding day. But this intimate ceremony was incredibly emotional and special, just for different reasons.”

“Keeping with tradition, James spent the night before with his best friend Andy, and Emily, Andy’s wife, spent the night with me. In the morning, both the bride and groom enjoyed a champagne breakfast….. the girls enjoyed a bowl of Branflakes, washed down with sparkles, and the boys treated themselves to a bacon sarnie! We decided to meet at Brighton train station, and to add to the romance and suspence… neither of us knew what the other would be wearing. It was really lovely, as James came up to me while I was queuing for coffee and it was like the first time we’d ever clapped eyes on each other – a very beautiful and special moment. We picked up another bottle of sparkles for the 15 minute journey to Lewes (we must have looked like lushes at 10 am in the morning!)”

“When we arrived in Lewes, the rain which had started the day, began to clear. We were lucky enough to have Andy as our personal photographer along with us. He took a few photos of us before we went in. I was still wearing my big coat, so James had no idea what I was wearing. But after we spoke to the registrar I took it off and revealed my dress, and James said how beautiful I looked. We walked in to the ceremony together holding hands, and nerves started to set in!I didn’t realise how choked both James and I would get – even though we opted for the shortest ceremony and didn’t exchange rings, have readings or music, just saying those words to each other was truely amazing – we both blubbed!”

“After signing the all important documents, Andy took us both outside to have some photos in the glorious sunshine. The grounds of the register office are absolutely stunning, and there was a wealth of photo opportunities. Then it was off to Bill’s for a champagne lunch. Sitting outside, watching the world go by was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and the staff at Bill’s were so welcoming and made the whole experience extra special. We were given a bunch of flowers, a free bottle of sparkles and a selection of special treats from Bill’s grocery store as a gift!”

“After lunch we took a wander and stumbled across a really cool shop called Union Music Store – we were drawn in by the quirky interior and Andy took some wicked shots inside. Andy and Em also bought us a lovely little wedding momento – a picture which says ‘I love you like biscuits and gravy!’ Then it was back to Brighton for a final drink (we had to pack for our honeymoon!). A perfect end to a perfect day.We decided on a low key start to married life with two of our best friends and, while it wasn’t the big day that many people might dream of, it was more than perfect for us. It gave us the chance to really take it all in and spend some intimate moments together without the worry of trying to get around all the rellies in one day!  If you get a chance – why not have two weddings – we’d thoroughly recommend it!”

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