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A Fuss-Free Sydney Elopement: Heather & Yeo

Oh I do love to feature the odd fuss-free elopement on Rock n Roll Bride. Planning a wedding can be so damn stressful that it’s just so nice to see people who say ‘screw that!’ and go and do their own thing.

Heather & Yeo met on Facebook while they were both living 100 miles apart in the UK. After finally meeting in ‘real life’, and then after just a couple of months, Yeo told Heather he’d been offered a job in Sydney and asked would she go with him. She didn’t think twice and bought a one-way ticket right away!

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After just 5 months of planning the couple were wed at the New South Wales Registry Office, Sydney. “The aim was to have a simple and easy wedding,” Heather told me. “It was a great day and I don’t think I would of changed anything about it. Our ceremony was to start at 11:30am and it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day – just what I wanted! We had invited witnesses only as both sides of our immediate family couldn’t attend. So in the end we had 3 other adults, three kids and the photographers in the room. The actual ceremony went very fast and I had the giggles when it came to saying my vows – I think it must of been the only nervous bit throughout the whole day.”

After the ceremony, the couple and their photographer Rachael Muller went off for a portrait session at some of their favourite locations around the city. “At one point someone drove past playing Glee’s version of Bruno Mars – ‘Marry You’,” Heather continued. “Now, every time I hear that now makes me think of the day. Another memorable moment would be going catching the train from Central and walking up Market Street all dressed up. We kept getting glances from everyone and getting well wishes from total strangers on their lunch break.”

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A Lithuanian Theme Park Wedding: Alma & Aleksandras

I don’t think I’ve ever featured a wedding from Lithuania on the blog before, but I’m pleased to say that’s all about to change…and if there are more Lithuanian weddings as awesome as this one I want to share them as well please!

Alma & Aleksandras’ wedding was sent to me by their planner Laura Vagonė. “I met these two six months ago, both of them are photographers so wanted to have wedding in some special and at an interesting place. I‘ve offered them an old carousel park and they loved the idea.”

“The ceremony was held at 8am and officiated by the the father of the groom. We had amazing party and the guests were invited to try carousel. They were happy as kids, trust me. We also had a live band playing the whole time. Everything was so great that I‘d like to share that colourful joy with you!”

Well I’m very pleased you did Laura!

The wedding had a blue colour scheme which was reflected in both the bride and groom’s outfits. Alma wore a second hand dress which she found on eBay with cute flats and a headpiece, both by Agne Giedriene (she also changed into Nike trainers later in the day) and the most amazing twitter-inspired tights by Tattoo Socks on Etsy. Aleksandras wore a second hand suit with a blue bow tie he was given one Christmas.

Their were also handmade touches throughout the wedding including the cake, the ceremony décor and the flowers, which were all put together by the groom’s Mother.

The wedding day finished with a boat ride and the couple jumping into a nearby lake! Rock n Rooooll!

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A Californian Bohemian Bridal Shoot

This beautiful bohemian bridal shoot was sent over to me by Paris based photographer Juliane Berry. “I’ve been living in Paris for a while now and mostly shooting in the city,” she told me. “Wanting to tap into my earthy California roots, I set up this bohemian bridal inspiration shoot while I was in California in June.”

The shoot took place at William Marie Vineyard and they used props such as porcupine quills, owl feathers, peacock feathers, vintage goblets, hippie tapestry and a VW Beetle to create he scene. The model, Kelly of KM Photography wore a vintage dress accessorised with feathers and quills in her hair, a Native American buffalo tooth necklace and a wooden beaded hemp bracelet.

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An Origami Wedding: Roxy & Tanner

“Our theme was nature and DIY, paper and origami,” newlywed Roxy wrote. “Being a designer, it was important to me that we personalize our wedding and that we showcase our creativity. It was an opportunity to get crafty with friends and to add a more personal touch to our wedding décor.”

Roxy & Tanner went with the bride’s  favourite colour combo for their wedding theme – purple and green. They also handcrafted most of the decorations including making all the paper flowers, pomanders, origami cranes, manzanita and willow branch centre pieces, stained glass mason jars and the guestbook. “I’ve always loved origami as an art form since I was a child and it holds sentimental value as it was my Father who first taught me how to fold a paper crane,” Roxy continued. “Origami cranes are also perfect for weddings asthey symbolize love, peace, longevity and patience.”

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A Simple Southern Wedding: Stephanie & Michael

Stephanie & Michael’s beautiful barn wedding was held at The Lily Barn in Townsend, TN. The stunning surroundings really set the tone for their simple, intimate and classically Southern day.

“My favorite thing about planning our wedding was how simple it was”, Stephanie wrote. “We really didn’t fret about little details that wouldn’t matter in the end. I was just really looking forward to having all of our friends and family in the same place at the same time!”

“I was also really looking forward to seeing Stephanie in her wedding dress,” added Michael.

“The best thing about the whole day was walking away from the ceremony to the Beatles song The Two of Us with everyone throwing flowers at us!” the couple agreed.

Although the wedding was a self-professed simple affair, the couple did add a few personal and alternative touches to their day. They used giant crocheted chandeliers that their friend Bethany had made as centrepieces during the ceremony and DIYed pretty much all the reception décor.

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Acceptable in the 80’s: Shelby & Stephen’s 80’s Wedding

The 1980’s isn’t as theme you see often in weddings…but after seeing these images of Shelby & Stephen’s wedding I think that that is quite frankly a crime. As a child of the 80’s I’m instantly taken back to my youth with the ammmazing 80’s memorabilia boutonnieres, the cassette tape escort cards, the ghetto blaster flowergirl’s basket, the computer game accessories and even the food!  All in all this is one damn cool wedding. Hell, they even got thriller-inspired zombies in there!

The wedding was held at The Austin Vineyard. “Right from the start, we knew that we wanted it to be a fun and creative event. We wanted something that was a little out of the box so we could enjoy the process rather than get caught up in all the wedding should do’s” Shelby told me. “What’s more Rock n Roll than live music, zombies and a graffiti photobooth pimped out with a Wayne’s World blow-up guitar, wigs and aqua-net?”

“I’d describe out theme as ‘Modern 80’s’ and so-much-fun! Our photographer and co-ordinator were great and made a lot of the props for our wedding because during the whole planning process I was living in Beijing! One of my favorite décor items was the ceremony arch/photobooth backdrop.  It was tricked out in vibrant graffiti with lanterns, records and flowers dangling from chains.  For the reception we had a box of props that included wigs, blowup guitar and fingerless gloves too.”

The cake and flowers the couple chose also really added to the theme. “The cake was alternating strawberry champagne cake filled with a light strawberry mousse and chocolate lovers filled with rich chocolate chunk chocolate mousse. The cake design was inspired by a mural in China at the gallery Stephen & I work at.  The bottom tier was based directly off that mural and was decorated with hand piped flowers and edible pearls. The middle tier had an airbrushed LOVE in purple that was based on other graffiti artwork used for decor in the reception. The top tier was decorated with purple and green hearts which brought the 80’s pop. Then the final touch was a sugar flower that sat on the side of the cake to match the mural and gave a 3D effect to the cake. To add some additional 80s style to the sweets table, we hung Laser Disks on the wall in an abstract manner & had apothecary jars full of colorful candies.  Scattered on the table were individual pieces of Bazooka Bubble Gum! It was a table full of yummies!”

“We used popular flowers from the 80’s such as carnations, mums and leather leaf with a modern look. Our centrepieces were in hand painted black vases with colorful paint splatter accents.  The bridal bouquet had green and white kale, ivory carnations, green trick dianthus, paper whites, leather leaf, deflexis. Wrapped ivory satin & purple beaded accents draped over a section to add a touch of color.  The bridesmaids bouquets were designed with a side pony tail shape with the bouquet stems placed through a 45 record as an awesome embellishment.”

“Our grand exit was also so much fun!” Shelby concluded. “Our guests were lined up outside, we started to walk through saying goodbye when a friends truck pulled up & was blaring “Thriller” by MJ.  Zombies crawled out of the back & danced to it in front of the truck, we joined & then they pulled us into the truck and sped off.  Guests were totally thrown off guard & it was hysterical!”

Shelby wore a dress by Savannah Red Design, found at Cypress Vanguard in Austin. “Honestly I didnt know exactly what I wanted but I knew it needed to 80’s inspired but not too pretty in pink – still wanted to look good in it!” the bride explained. “Anslee, the designer, worked with me to custom design the dress of my dreams. The detailed layers of the wedding gown were a large factor as a lot of 80’s fashion plays with something sheer or see through over something solid. The sweetheart neckline underlay dress was made of crisp, white taffeta, a big nod to the decade’s prominent fabric choice, and paired with a fun, white, Swiss dot netting overlay with puffy sleeves and lots of texture. A vintage petticoat underneath helped keep the fullness of the slightly exaggerated A-line skirt, and a big, bright, white taffeta sash pulled the dress together to define a rockin’, curvaceous waistline.”

Just wow. I’m totally in love with all of this! What about you guys?

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