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Jon & Evey’s Lakeside Tipi Wedding

Jon & Evey’s wedding certainly verges on the pretty, cute n quirky side of what makes a great Rock n Roll wedding. As I’ve said so many times before, I love seeing how my kind of couples let their personalities shine through their big day and this pair have certainly done that in spades!

This September wedding was held at Cornish Tipi Holidays, a unique venue choice (and a brave one I might add – UK outdoor weddings always make me fret – what if it rained?!) The choice was perfect for them and their English country garden style affair though…and the weather was perfect. “We tried to do most of the organising ourselves,” explained Evey. “We had a blank canvas at the Tipi village so could decorate it in our own way. We used mostly natural items or reused bits and pieces – e.g. corks, old material, children’s books. We spent a lot of time making sure there was enough activities for the children to play with therefore parents = happy.”

The guests were all able to stay on site after the wedding which also worked out great as people could catch up the next day too. The couple organised a BBQ by the lake for everyone. “We all had the same experience staying under canvas, a short walk home and a beautiful lake to swim in the next morning. We organsied a BBQ brunch the next day so we had the opportunity to chat and catch up with people properly,” the bride said.

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Rita & Peter’s Short n Sweet Ocean View Wedding

Rita & Peter (hello cute couple name alert!) got ready in their own apartment, but in separate rooms so Peter would see his beautiful bride (and her two dresses!) before the ceremony.  They were married up on the Northern cliffs of Maroubra over looking the Pacific Ocean, which just so happened to be literally across the street from their apartment.

“It was a perfect spring day, not a cloud it the sky!” photographer Rachael told me. “The ceremony was short but sweet, they did a rose ceremony which was something I hadn’t seen before, apparently its got something to do with the first gifts for each other and husband and wife. Then we had around 20-30 minutes for photos,  we stayed close by, using the garage doors of their building and the amazing cliffs and then we headed off to the reception where we were treated to some AMAZING Indonesian food (Rita is Indonesian and Peter is English), and they had a photo scavenger hunt and Polaroid photo-booth for the guests. Rita also changed into her second shorter wedding dress for the reception… and I was surprised when i was told Rita also made all the decorations herself!”

Gorgeous gorgeous. Be sure to check out their equally lovely engagement shoot too.

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Charly & Kelly’s Pink, Red & Valentine’s Backyard Wedding

I’ve got another couple that you might recognise adoring these pages this afternoon. Do you remember this incredibly gorgeous vintage, floral and tattooed bridal shoot? Well the wedding to go along with the stunning shoot is just as visually gorgeous.

Charly & Kelly has a beautiful back garden wedding in June at the bride’s parent’s home. The couple were married at 7pm by Lisa Torti, a mutual friend who had introduced them. They filled the garden with twinkly lights, giant pink bows and candles. The bride started collecting candy, cupcake and valentine themed items early on in the planning to use as decorations. The awesome spider candle holders used as centrepieces were purchased during Halloween, to which she added pink and red bows. The invitations were made by the groom’s aunt and included a vintage valentine that was used as the reply card.

Guests were encouraged to dress or accessorize in red or pink to complement the wedding colours – the over all impact was a visually stunning one! As favours the guests were given sugar skulls wrapped in clear bags, and tied with a candy necklace. The skulls were hand-delivered from Mexico by the groom’s cousin.

Kelly wore the same Betsey Johnson dress and shoes that she looked so beautiful in on her bridal shoot with Tarina Tarantino jewellery. She carried a vintage handkerchief from Pasadena flea market.

“We both love music and know how important it is to set the mood of the wedding, so we selected our music carefully”, Kelly explained. “We made several wedding mixes that played during different phases. As guests entered, swing and big band tunes played, mixed with a little Dusty Springfield and Burt Bacharach.”

“I walked down the isle to an acoustic version of “Wonder wall,“ by Ryan Adams and the couple exited to “God Only Knows,” and “Wouldn’t it be Nice.” by the Beach Boys. Just after the ceremony and into the dinner hour, the mixed featured love songs from the likes of Psychedelic Furs, Beatles, and Smashing Pumpkins. As the guests hit the dance floor, out DJ took over, and played tunes from Michael Jackson and Prince.”

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Paula & Teddy’s Chic Black, White & Stripy DIY Wedding

I’ve featured the gorgeous Paula & Teddy before. Their pre-wedding shoot made my heart sing but their actual wedding blows everything out of the water! Blue Point Bay Chapel played host to their intimate ceremony and the reception that followed was held at the pool side of the same venue. Paula wore a Jessica McClintock gown with stunning Balenciaga shoes and a handmade veil.

The personal touches came in spades at this wedding which the bride worked tirelessly on. Their super cute lego cake topper came from etsy, and Teddy’s boutonniere and the moustache and bow tie favours were handmade by the Bride (she made over 80 of them!) The guest book and stationery were designed by the groom. The guests even took home vintage popcorn wrappers (filled with Indonesian snacks that the couple had both enjoyed since childhood) and Polaroid pictures. The chic black and white theme was seen throughout their day.

“We didn’t want our wedding to be normal,” the couple told me. “We love detailed diy stuff. Rock n Roll Bride gave us so many ideas. We love Rock n Roll Bride! It really gave us the confidence and inspiration to plan our retro black and white stripy diy wedding in Bali.

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Monique & Lee’s 1920’s Powerhouse Wedding

Jonas Peterson weddings are like gold dust and I’m so honoured that he lets me feature so many of them (for those of you that don’t know the inner workings of blog-land, a wedding will generally go to one blog or magazine only, so being allowed to be the lucky one is really something when a wedding is as stunning as this one.)

Monique & Lee were married at Brisbane Powerhouse - a wonderfully urban and industrial converted powerhouse. It is now home to a theatre and a couple of restaurants and is right on the river. Stunning! Monique wore a gorgeous reproduction vintage dress from Le Luxe Clothing. “I never even set foot into a bridal store, let alone tried on a ”proper” bridal dress – I always wanted a vintage, flapper inspired dress but found it incredibly difficult to find one in my size – I’m an AU 14, and I’m pretty sure chicks in the 1920s had waists the size of my thigh! I spent months searching for one and really hit the jackpot when I found Le Luxe Clothing. Because it’s not enough for me to just have beads and sequins, I added a feather capelet by Ksubi, that I bought on ebay.” She chose not to carry real flowers, and instead created her own vintage brooch bouquet.

“The bouquet took a lot of work but it was worth it! It’s just a Styrofoam ball, which Lee covered in chicken wire for support. We gathered lots of vintage brooches, and he wired them onto the chicken wire. He looped the wire through the back of the brooch, and attached it by sticking the ends of the wire stick into the Styrofoam ball. He also glued some of them down with hot glue. We used some fabric to mask the messy bottom of the sphere, and the handle is just a thick bit of wood wrapped in the fabric. It was time consuming but easy (says me, who watched him work while I sat back with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other) thanks to hot glue guns and a bit of patience (why he made it and not me!)”

To keep their wedding personal, the couple decorated the venue themselves and asked friends and relatives to help out where they could. “We didn’t have any fresh flowers. Again, for some reason I never really considered it. We had a cocktail-style reception, so we didn’t need centrepieces or anything, which let me have a bit more fun with the ”flowers”. I decorated using a combination of button flowers, newspaper roses, fabric flowers and paper flowers, stuck in old jars and glass milk bottles. I sourced all the flower decorations from some super talented people on Etsy.”

“There’s nothing more Rock n Roll, in my opinion, than being exactly who you are and standing by that. Which is why I think there is still something super Rock n Roll in uber traditional weddings,” Monique told me. “I’d never been to a wedding until my own, so I didn’t approach it with any preconceived notions about what a wedding should be. So I just made it about the things that we like. And while I know it was different, and unique, I very rarely felt we were planning a wedding that was really out there. We did (mostly) all the traditional stuff, but just tweaked it to suit our style. For example, I wear 20’s inspired clothing anyway, so I glammed it up several notches for the wedding.”

“Lee loves zombies and Transformers and explosions, so I vowed to ”fight and die by your side in the event of a zombie invasion or robot attack”. We approached the wedding as a big fat celebration of our love, not just for each other but for the people around us. And being a celebration, our main goal was to have a lot of fun. There was tequila, and dancing, and big rock god slides across the floor. I got so drunk I could barely cut the cake and sang until my throat hurt. And we had so so so much fun.”

“I’m 24, and there were quite a few people who felt I shouldnt be getting married at all, let alone in the ”alternative” way I did it. (Funny how some words take on such negative connotations at times!) I don’t know what it is about weddings, but I found that people aren’t shy in telling you that what you’re doing isn’t the norm, or that you’ll look back and regret not being more traditional. But I’m exceptionally lucky to have family and friends that stood by me and my ideas even when they thought I was crazy.”

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Rosa & Doug’s 1960′s Hawaiian Holiday Wedding

Although vintage inspired weddings are exceptionally popular, the 1960’s is an era I  don’t see replicated as often as I’d like. However this all changed when Rosa & Doug’s incredibe wedding landed on my desk. I swooned, I let out a little squeal and I emailed them back right away saying “yeah baby!”

The wedding took place at Don the Beachcomber, a bar on Huntington Beach, CA. Rosa wore a custom dress by Dolly Couture, made especially for her and inspired by a genuine vintage dress pattern she’d seen in a 1963 copy of Modern Bride. The bride’s accessories and jewellery were all vintage and mostly found on eBay.

To match his bride, Doug wanted a powder blue vintage tux (you don’t get more 60’s than that do you!?) however he searched high and low with no luck. “We even looked into having one custom made for him because at this point we had our hearts set on this and nothing else would do!” Rosa told me. “Then one day, alas! On Etsy! The. Perfect. Blue. Tuxedo. Jacket. Purchased it on a whim and it was PERFECT. Perfect condition, perfect fit, perfect, perfect, perfect! It was meant to be his!”

The bridesmaid’s dresses might just been some of my favourites I’ve seen in a long while. The yellow colour and the cute collars are perfectly 1960’s! They came from Michelle Tan on etsy (custom made) and were put together with shoes and accessories of the girl’s choosing.

“Doug and I both love late 50s/early 60s Americana, Mid-Century design, mod culture & all that goes with it: 60s music, Italian scooters, fashion,” Rosa concluded. “Our home & wardrobe reflects this & well, we felt our wedding should incorporate it into our wedding too. And when looking for a venue, the more outdoors-y venues or over-the-top Art Deco or big Victorian mansion-type of venues were soooo not us. Don the Beachcomber is, by no means, a venue that screams wedding. But.. my God! It worked perfectly. It had an awesome vintage Polynesian-vibe that felt like you had just stepped foot inside Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Plus, where else could our guests be sipping on mai tais & jungle jetsetters while we exchanged vows?!”

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