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Jonathan & Zoe’s Wedding Festival

For their ‘Wedstival’ (wedding festival!), Jonathan & Zoe threw traditions completely out of the window and planned the wedding that they wanted.

As the bride told me, “Having been together for a (very!) long time we really wanted to steer away from a traditional wedding and do something that completely reflected us as a couple – we love the outdoor life, our Airedale terriers, our family and music festivals. Thus we came up with the idea of our “Wedstival” – a weekend that saw pretty much all 150 guests camping at the farm (in a mix of tents, VW campers, caravans and even a 36 foot luxury RV!!).”

“We took massive inspiration from our amazing venue, York Maze. It meant we could literally have everyone and their dog there! The kids enjoyed two adventure playgrounds, an animal farm, a jumping pillow and go kart track. All eleven dogs had their own special dog park and to top it all off we had a three table casino and the most amazing live band!”

“Guests were welcome to wear whatever they wanted, so long as they brought a pair of wellies to enter the Best Wellie competition!” Zoe continued. “We lavished attention on the guests to make sure they were more than suitably fed and watered and entertained – we provided a drinks reception with barrels of West Country cider (few early casualties – would perhaps recommend other brides rethink serving free 8% cider at 2 in the afternoon!!) and jugs of Pimms, lashings of canapés including fish and chips on a stick, a posh BBQ dinner, sweet station, cheese tower (complete with imported heart shaped brie) followed by a traditional pie and pie evening and topped off with a full Yorkshire breakfast on Sunday morning.”

The festival theme was pulled together with a lot of hard work and a DIY details. They included, “The vinyl Save the Dates; invitations of gig style poster and tickets; guest passes issued to all attendees detailing the running order, site map etc; my customised wedding wellies; seating plan of vinyl records, table centrepieces of vinyl records and kids wellies filled with flowers, place name of customised beer mat with menu choice reminder to reverse; individual gift bags based on age of child (30 in total!). We even published our own “Wedstival Times” newspaper complete with personalised crossword to keep guests occupied while waiting for the bride to turn up!” Zoe explained. “We even made banners and lawn signs for things like the Beer Barn and the Dog Park, and set up portable showers for the guests complete with hospitality baskets and a toiletry gift set for each camper.”

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Laura & Rob’s Bowling Alley Wedding

Laura & Rob were married at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London and had their reception in The Kingpin Suite at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London. The wedding was unintentionally a day of two halves, and the bride even wore two dresses for each event.

She explains, “As soon as we started planning the wedding, I had already set an agenda – no white, no normal wedding dress. It just so happened that the dress that made me cry like a baby was in Berketex Brides and was ivory! Even though I didn’t want to wear a ‘normal’ dress, I still bought wedding magazines and hoped that I would find something super in there. Out of about 15 magazines, I had dogeared the page of only one dress, but forgot about it. After trying on about 6 dresses, the lady said what about this one – I put it on and couldn’t stop crying – it was the one from the magazine.”

“I still think it was a different dress; it’s got a vintage feel and I loved the lacy train as I had never seen it on any other dresses that didn’t cost a fortune. But with the reception in a bowling alley I was worried that it was really impractical. So I trotted off to Vivien of Holloway, found a fabulous white lace 50’s style number and bought a pink poof to go underneath.”

After their ceremony the couple were transported to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes in a pink taxi. “Rob had bought the girls tickets to a show (which was awful) the day before the wedding, but it did mean that when we left the hotel to go to Soho we found our ideal wedding transport right outside the door; a pink cab!” Laura continued. “There are only 2 in the world and it was it was a complete surprise. Gee (the taxi driver) didn’t normally work on Sundays but she was an absolute star and came and ferried us and all of our guests to the Kingpin Suite.”

The guests were treated to a laid back reception complete with bowling, dancing and transfer tattoos. “Rob and I always said that we didn’t want a conventional reception, we wanted people to be able to do what they wanted and not feel like their only options were sitting down or dancing. The Kingpin Suite at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes was the only reception venue we saw, we knew we loved it straight away. We didn’t need to add any decor, so we made sure we had personal touches around the space. Our favourites were the ‘Pimp Your Drink’ stand, where people could add umbrellas, mermaids, giraffes and spangly straws to their drinks, and our Tattoo Parlour, a book of tattoo transfers so people could get inked for the night with The Cattoo (that’s right – a cat tattoo), The Hello Sailor and others. And Rob was inspired to get the Hello Sailor (anchor) tattoo as a permanent reminder of the day 2 days after the wedding.”

“For our favours we decided to give our guests little jars of sweets, and rather than buying them we decided to make them ourselves. A successful trip to Ikea (not Rob’s idea!) meant we bought the jars at 6 for £2, meaning our favours turned out to be a total bargain. To give the jars our own special twist we decorated the lids with Japanese scrap booking tape. Our place cards doubled as part of the favour too; we chose some of our favourite books, Twilight, Microserfs and P.S. I love you, and cut out passages to make into name tags.”

“The amazing thing about the reception is that we are still finding out what people got up to – tales of man-love duets in the karaoke room, serious table football tournaments and harassing the servers for slices of the 26″ pizzas! Everyone had their own experience of the night and that makes us happy.”

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Tina & Scott’s Travel Themed Crafty Wedding

Tina & Scott’s travel and craft themed wedding took place at The Greenbranch, Texas. It was predominately a DIY wedding influenced by the couple’s travels. “It was  mostly a do-it-your self peacock inspired wedding with a splash of anything vintage was a blast,” the couple told me. “Our invitations were an image of a vintage suitcase with travel stickers of places we have visited. This connected with our first date; a “geocaching date”. We not only wanted to share our journey as a couple with our guests but also encourage them to have an adventure of their own. The wedding favors for the evening were uniquely trackable geocaching coins designed by us.”

“Our bouquets and centerpieces were entirely do-it-yourself too,” continued Tina. “We wanted to create the bouquets and centerpieces ahead of time meant no fresh flowers, instead the my bridesmaid’s and I gathered for a craft day to create fabric flower bouquets. We used multiple mediums ranging from an old pair of the Scott’s jeans, small wooden flowers and to French silk ribbon. The bouquets took all day to make five, with one backup, and it was a lot of fun!”

“The reception centerpieces focused on peacock-based arrangements with an eclectic assortment of vintage pieces. One that the we especially liked were several copies of “When you Marry”, a home economics book from the 1950’s and 1960’s with many “antiquated” attitudes about marriage.”

Tina’s wedding dress was from Whirling Turban (who I’ve featured on Rock n Roll Bride before). Tina was pretty much able to design her dream dress from scratch and so chose a custom peacock pattern on the front of the dress and a dramatic green colour.

You can see further info on all their DIY projects on Tina & Scott’s wedsite.

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Peter & Alisha’s Whimsical Woodland Wedding

Peter & Alisha’s Sydney wedding had a whimsical woodland vibe (complete with animal masks no less!)…with both modern and vintage twists. The bride explained, “I wanted to do something bright and whimsical with some traditional and vintage twists. I love colour so the blue of the bridesmaid’s dresses knocked me over when I saw it … its also one of my maids favourite colours. I wanted to surprise my friends and family with some little surprises , I hope we did. I love autumn colours and bright blue skies in May. Green goes well with these two palletes too and thats my favouite colour.”

The wedding was held at The Garrison Church, Sydney, with the reception taking place at The Ivy Sunroom, Sydney. Alisha’s unusual dress was handmade by her Mum and their friend Toni Quin. “My mum lovingly embroidered the detail on the bodice and the train with moths. My yellow canary rose was in there as well with some feathers and leaves…”

As you can tell from the stunning images by Jonas Peterson, the floral décor was also a big part of this wedding and really enhanced the theme of the day. The bride used to work with florist George Low at The David Jones Flower Show, and so flowers really were important to her. From the bride’s bouquet to the table centre pieces and the dessert table display, nothing about their choices of flowers was usual or traditional. They used mini birdcages, eggs, vine and branches to decorate. “We made up the 100 birds nest with fresh dolta vine, even the boys helped with this one!” Alisha told me. “I think the eggs were used to hit people instead of eating, ha! Pete twisted the wire onto all the skeleton leaves in the trees for me while I was at a friends house. There were 1000’s!”

As a final personal touch, one of Alisha’s bridesmaid’s created a montage of her favourite Disney films to show the love story of the happy couple. “Cassie made a movie all all my favourite Disney films and edited out all the traumatic scenes, looped it together into a story about me and Pete,” she explained. “It was beautiful and included Fantasia, Bambi, Robin Hood and Snow White.”

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Barbara & Mark’s MC Motors Wedding

Barbara & Mark were married in one of the coolest venues I’ve seen in a long time – MC Motors in Castle Gibson, East London. The couple were keen to make their wedding all about them and what they love, and so they spent money on the things they valued (namely the awesome venue, The Wedding Smashers (DJ’s) and Barbara’s Candy Anthony dress) and ignored the things they didn’t.

“A friend bought me a wedding magazine when I got engaged in December. I opened it up one night and never looked at it again – or any other mag for that matter,” Barbara told me. “I just wanted it to be a proper knees up with lots of music, booze and all our favourite people. Some things we spent money on – like the venue – other things, we just didn’t feel as strongly about – like having the perfect cake or millions of flowers. We just didn’t want to have to follow any rules – and did things exactly as we wanted.”

Barbara’s bridesmaid’s wore beautiful yellow dresses which the bride made herself. With each girl having very different looks (and one being pregnant!) it was important that the style suited them all. The 60’s inspired pattern of the dresses worked beautifully and the polka dot & yellow fabric was both playful and flattering.

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“Une Mariée Tsigane” (A Gypsy Wedding) Styled Shoot

Burlesque performer Roxy Rose was the model for this wonderful gypsy bride (and no we’re not talking a ‘big fat gypsy wedding’ style gypsy bride, think more traditional!) for a styled shoot, the concept of which was dreamt up by Italian photographer Cinzia Bruschini. I am particularly loving the incredibly unique fan shaped bouquet – and yes that is made of real flowers!

Cinzia explains, “This shoot is colourful and playful, in particular we wanted to redefine traditional wedding elements like the flower bouquet and the decorations; the flower bouquet is so daring, made by italian flower designer Roberto Monaldi using a Gregor Lesch technique. It is based on a radial weaved plot finished off inserting flowers (in this case: delphinum blu, dendrobium lilla, gypsophila paniculata).”

“We created other decorations using an old hand design tool: a spirograph! Spirals pattern is on the coloured garland and also on the handmade paper accordion; the result is a very gypsy fancy. The garland is really simple to do and I made it myself. First of all I cut coloured cardboard with round punches in different dimensions and then had a play about with multiple design combinations of spirograph. Then using a needle and sewing thread, I joirned the circles together as a garland.”

Super cute! Be sure to check out the adorable video too.

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