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A Beer-Swilling, Handfasting, Freak Show Wedding: Heather & Tyler

Whoa Whoa Whoa…old onto your knickers as they are about to be blown off! Heather & Tyler’s wedding is quite simply and all out freak-fest (and I mean that entirely as a compliment!) “Yeah I would describe our wedding as a Red, Black, Moustaches, Beer, Victorian, Wild West, Freak Show” Heather told me.

“We wanted to get married in place with a lot of history (and liberal liquor laws) so we chose Virginia City, NV becasue it still has the Victorian beauty, but has decayed a bit to make it spooky and they welcome rowdiness. The ceremony venue was The Mackay Mansion and it is thought to be haunted. For the Ceremony, the wedding party (bride included) walked out to ‘Hysteric’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. We had a gender-blind wedding party with both guys and gals on both sides.”

Instead of flowers each member of the wedding party carried a beer decorated with ribbon – that is all kinds of awesome no?

“Our officiant is a friend of ours who got ordained online,” Heather continued. “We had a hand fasting as well as a ring warming and and during the ceremony, my son (who is afflicted with severe autism) ran up and tried to join in the handfasting. That was pretty cute. The cord for the handfasting was made from *gasp!* the bed sheet where we first got lucky!”

“We wrote our own vows which included ‘always bringing paper when you are stranded in the bathroom’ and Tyler promised to ‘always see Alkaline Trio with me even though he doesn’t like them very much’. At the end, we all had a celebratory beer toast.”

“After our recessional of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe, we went for a pub crawl/scavenger hunt back to the reception. We had tons of free booze, a billion pizzas, and live music by a local country band. In between sets, we had Swingshift Sideshow perform for our guests. Our first dance was to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and we cut our cake with a sword. We are both ex-squatters, so in his speech, the best man commented on our lack of personal hygiene! Ha! the reception got shut down early because everyone was waaaay too drunk and someone even went to jail! All in all, it was loads of rowdy fun and we have soo many great memories.”

The bride’s outfit inspiration was Lydia from Beetlejuice, “In the scene where Beetlejuice is trying to force her to marry him. She looked so amazing in that red lace puffy dress. I have always wanted to look like that since I was a wee one.” She wore a custom corset from Battie Clothing on Etsy and a custom tutu skirt from Sisters of the Moon, also on Etsy. She accessorised with fingerless gloves from Yaso Knitting and Betsey Johnson shoes.

Mental! What’s not to love?!

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An Intimate Wedding at Voodoo Doughnut: Cassie & Eric

Cassie & Eric’s sweet n simple ceremony took place at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. The day was small and intimate and after their ceremony the couple and their guests took a limo ride to a friend’s house for the reception.

The bride wore a dress from Brooklyn Industries, shoes from Macy’s and a headpiece from Forever 21. The groom’s outfit was from J Crew and Nordstrom.

Their were no bridesmaids or groomsmen and a friend performed the ceremony. The flowers the bride carried were picked that morning from a friend’s garden. The cakes were of course provided by Voodoo Doughnut.

Sooo many more beautiful photos after the jump…clicky clicky.

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Candy Coloured Cuteness: Lucy & Michael

Lucy & Michael’s candy coloured cute-as-hell wedding stole my heart! The pastel colour palate is so fresh and totally perfect for their DIY wedding. Lucy & Michael actually found their photographer, the fabulous Shell De Mar, through an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride too so it’s really cool that I’m allowed to feature their gorgeous wedding too.

“We knew that it was important to have a wedding photographer who understood the style and inspiration for our big day and would capture all of the details we had so painstakingly created,” Lucy told me. “We wanted a fun and creative record of our day rather than a set of stuffy portraits. We discovered Shell De Mar when we saw a seaside engagement shoot that was featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We immediately fell in love with her use of light and colour, and the way she captured her couples.”

As readers of Rock n Roll Bride, the couple knew that wanted to create a wedding that reflected their personalities (yey!) Lucy explained, “When we started planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure our personalities were reflected in every last detail, that we incorporated the wedding traditions people would expect without being ruled by them, but most of all that we threw an amazing party with something for everyone that all of our friends and family would enjoy. I scoured the internet and took inspiration from wedding blogs (I am a daily Rock n Roll Bride reader!) and magazines, pulling out all of the elements we loved and adding a few extra ideas of our own.”

“The theme for the day was vintage village fete. When we first went to see our reception venue, a traditional village hall out in the countryside, we knew it was perfect for our theme and it even had beams to string our bunting from! We loved the idea of having a sweet table and a cheese table as these were one of our favourite ‘wedding trends’, and Michael suggested that we could set them up as market stalls to tie in with our village fete theme. After numerous prototypes Michael and my Dad constructed amazing market stall backdrops for our cheese, sweet and cake shops.”

“Another wedding trend we were excited about was having a photo booth at the reception. I mentioned the idea to my brother and he not only created a photo booth computer programme using a camera linked up to a laptop, but also made us a ‘booth’ and created a website to showcase all the photos after the day. We topped it off with a dressing up box, including of course moustaches on sticks as no indie wedding would be complete without these!”

“Music was also a really important part of our day as it is a huge passion for Michael! We had a vintage record player set up for our arrival drinks, and created a background playlist for during the wedding breakfast using soundtracks from our favourite films. Instead of hiring a wedding DJ, we decided to ask Michael’s friends to each do a DJ set for us, and Michael even played a few tunes on the night! We ended up with a really great variety of music which was all carefully chosen and meant something to us.”

As you can see, DIY was also something the couple wanted to tackle for their wedding. They made a number of things themselves including the save the dates, the photo booth and the candy buffet. “We love making things and are always working on DIY projects, so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we possibly could!” Lucy continued. “We really enjoyed coming up with an idea for the wedding, then trying to think up a way to make it into a reality. We started off with handmade save the dates styled like vintage postcards (complete with vintage stamps). When it came to the invitations we decided to use a professional designer we found on etsy to design the suite which we then printed and assembled. We also added bus tickets for all our guests coming on the route master bus!”

“My Mum and I created most of the decorative elements – from placecards, table plans and sweet shop labels to tissue paper pom poms, cushions and napkin rings. Mum also created the beautiful Mr & Mrs letters we displayed on our top table. Mum now has her own website (spottydaisy.com) and creates a whole range of handmade and bespoke wedding decorations and occasion cards to order. I think the biggest DIY project I took on was the wedding favours. I loved the idea of having little thank you gifts, but couldn’t find anything that would appeal to all of our guests, so I decided to make favours tailored to each person. I sewed corsages for the ladies, monogrammed handkerchiefs for the men and then handmade all of the favour boxes.”

Oh this is so cute and a wedding I wish I could have been at!

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A Carnival Destination Wedding in Trinidad and Tobago: Erin & John

“The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not your usual destination wedding location…  Then again, we’re not your typical bride and groom,” wrote Erin & John. “First of all, we wanted to base our wedding and honeymoon around Carnival that happens every year in Trinidad.  It’s one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations – and we wanted to be dressed in sequins, feathers, and not much else for our honeymoon celebration.  We invited our friends to come to Tobago the week before Carnival for our wedding.  We rented out all the villas at The Palms Villa Resort – and partied for a solid week leading up to our big day.  The following week, our friends followed us on our honeymoon…and danced with us in the streets of Trinidad!  How nice of Trinidad to throw us such a lovely wedding reception!”

The wedding day started with portraits on the beach, “Our photographer Angela Hubbard spent the morning following us around the small island of Tobago taking our photos on the beach, next to the colorful and whimsical architecture of Tobago, with goats, carrying chickens – you name it!  She captured such whimsical, beautiful, and silly moments… The photos are priceless.”

Erin wore an amazing Vera Wang gown and John designed his outfit himself.  “He wanted something just as unique and special,” continued Erin. “He succeeded, with custom made boots, hat, suit, and a vintage Louis Vuitton silk shirt.  John’s best friend and best man, his chocolate lab, Loki, couldn’t be there – but his life-sized cut-out was!  As for the rest of the bridal party, we gave loose guidelines – but really, it was all about us. With a few accessories like parasols for the bridesmaids and matching hats for the groomsmen – everything came together beautifully.”

“To end our special day, we lit Chinese wishing lanterns and sent them off into the night sky.  It was so beautiful (despite our worry that our wedding might forever be known as “the night we burned down Tobago”) and magical – that thinking back on it now, it hardly seems real…”

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A CMYK Themed Wedding: Rebekah & David

When Rebekah & David’s wedding landed in my inbox a couple of weeks ago I just about let out a ‘whoop’ of joy! Colour colour everywhere, what’s not to love? Their CMYK theme is just perfect….perfect!

“Shortly after our engagement, David suggested that we have a CMYK wedding” Rebekah told me. “Graphic design is a massive part of our lives and to base our wedding on the colours that make up a lot of printed design work (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black) made so much sense to us. It was so much fun applying CMYK theme to our day, from table numbers, to my wedding dress to our bridesmaids.”

The wedding took place at the church they attend regularly, followed by a reception at The Roundhouse in Derby. They clearly put a lot of work and thought into the décor, including their fabulous and unique guest book idea, “We produced our own guest book by using a series of postcards that Dave designed and then we had guests write on them and peg them to a washing line, it was a great visual effect,” they said.

I know you’re all thinking ‘The dress Kat, what about her dress?!?’ Well Rebekah’s dress was made by True Bride which bought from Lori G Bridal. The team at the store also custom-made her fabulous multi coloured petticoat which she wore underneath the gown. “The colours in my petticoat were a solution to my desire to have CMYK on the dress,” she told me. “It wasn’t actually full petticoat, but individual square pieces of netting pinched up, like a handkerchief, and sewn on to one of the layers of my dress. I bought metres and metres of the netting from my local market and it worked a treat. The wonderful seamstress at the bridal shop dd any amazing job of realising my vision!”

Her bridesmaids all adopted one CMYK colour and bought their dresses from various high street stores. They wore their own shoes and each girl even found a pair of Converse trainers in their colour to wear in the evening! The girl’s also each had a different colour bouquet to match and the bride had a bunch of white blooms. The result is certainly dramatic and modern. I love it!

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A Magical New Year’s Eve Wedding: Danyelle & Daniel

Danyelle & Daniel were married on New Year’s Eve in Islington Town Hall, North London. They picked this day for their wedding because the bride’s great grandparents were married on Christmas Eve before her great grandfather has to go off to fight in World War II and they felt it would be nice to have their special day around the same time of year, in memory of them.

“There is something a bit magical about that time of year, and since they had the best innings I can imagine for a married couple I was also hoping some of their luck might be rubbed off onto us,” Dannyelle told me. “Also, Christmas time is a lot easier for those travelling from Australia (where Dannyelle is from) in terms of holiday so it worked well for my parents and grandmother.”

The bride wanted a vintage dress but thought it was a lost cause as she is a curvy girl and vintage dresses are usually teeny tiny. That was of course until she discovered Fur Coat No Knickers. “I was really starting to fret about the whole vintage wedding dress issue, especially as I am quite curvy, until I stumbled across Laura and Emma at Fur Coat No Knickers. As soon as I walked in to the shop I knew that if I couldn’t find my dress there, it wasn’t too be found. Thankfully we found a beautiful, floor length, almost grecian looking number from America, which the girls shortened, added a petticoat to with navy blue detailing, added a velvet sash and some floaty shoulder wraps and we were on out way,”

“My friend Gaby made my headpiece, my shoes were from Office which I had dyed to match the exact navy of Dan’s blazer and my sash, and my bouquet was made from foam roses, small pearls and crystals and peacock feathers. I found my 1950’s jewellery online through Chic and Unique (thank god for the internet!). I also found a vintage fur stole in a boutique in Angel and added a peacock feather brooch to it to tie it into my outfit.”

The reception was held on the top floor of a beautiful old pub called the Queens Head in Angel. The bride’s friends & Mum decorated it on the day of the wedding, “I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked when we walked in,” she said. “As we had somehow randomly ended up a with a navy blue and white colour scheme, Daniel and I had gone trekking round the markets in east London for crockery, glass ware and containers to fulfil our ‘kitschy afternoon tea’ feel.”

“We also bought in loads of old fashioned sweets that we had found in Selfridges including sugared mice and bought giant blue and white whirlypops as wedding favours for the guests. I found some sweet love bunting, and photo prop moustaches online which went down a storm. As we like to bake cupcakes for our friends and family we decided that was the way to go  – we used Crumbs and Doilies and speared these with custom flags we had made up by a seller on etsy. Although we didn’t go all out on some of the details like loads of couples do, we knew we were going to have the issue of lugging all the stuff across London on NYE so planned smart!”

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