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Emma & James’ Wedding of Love & Laughter

Emma & James had a wedding filled with love and laughter. With help from their family & friends, the couple pretty much handmade everything for their special day. The cake was made by James’ brother who has a family bakery, The Cherrytree Bakery, the bridesmaid dresses were made by a family friend and Emma, her Mum and her sisters made all the bouquets and buttonholes.

The couple designed their own invitations and their RSVP cards were drawn by their daughter Lily (aww.) “We wanted to be able to have something to hand out to our guests as they came in to the civil ceremony so made these little fans which listed the members of the bridal party, the names of the people doing readings and what they were reading, ” Emma explained. “These proved very useful on the dance floor later in the evening!”

The majority of the reception details and décor were also handmade. The bunting was crafted from paper doilies which Emma bought from a local £1 shop, cut into triangles and sprayed gold. They were then stapled onto red and white polka dot and gingham ribbons and were used to decorate the entrance marquee where the afternoon tea party took place. The seating plans were mad from Ikea frames, the table cloths and napkins were cut from fabric purchased very cheaply and the centrepieces were recycled tin cans that Emma knitted little jackets for (omg seriously dying over how cute these are!) Lily then made lots of little button and beaded hearts which they decorated the woolly jackets with.

Also on the table was vintage mismatched crockery and table numbers made from bottles that Emma and her Mum collected in the run up to the wedding. They were filled with homemade schnapps! Finally, Emma and Lily made moustaches and lips from Fimo and put them on sticks, “It was a lot of fun and much easier than I thought!” Emma said. “For favours each of our guests got a novelty gift on their chair we had stick on moustaches, masks, false teeth, funny glasses and lots of glow in the dark accessories as we wanted our room filled with laughter and ridiculous behaviour. These were picked up from pound and novelty shops and online.

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Briana & George’s Antique Wedding

“I like to question everything, so if something at a wedding doesn’t have a specific purpose it was out,” began the bride Briana. “We didn’t have a guestbook, or a garter toss, or a bouquet, or a cake, or a chicken dance…My husband and I both love vintage stuff.  We’re both silly, dumpster-diving artist types.  We would have just eloped, because the idea of a wedding seemed both superfluous and expensive, but we both love a good party!  It was a compromise.  If I had more than 4 months to plan it and lived in town, I would have handmade everything myself and incorporated tons of quirky details…but it was perfect just the way it was.”

The ceremony took place in San Diego, at California State Capital Rose Garden, and the reception that followed was on a boat – The Delta King Ship on the Sacramento River. The bride wore an antique style dress from Unique Vintage and a veil that she made herself. She also made her own earrings from some junk store items which she found in Honolulu’s in Chinatown. Her bracelet has previously belonged to her Great-Grandmother. Not wanting to be upstaged by his bride, George wore a custom that he hired from a fancy dress shop! The top hat and tails were a total surprise to everyone at the wedding.

“I tried to do everything myself,” concluded the bride. “I got a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs. I handmade the “YAY!” flags,  the flower girls’ basket from a basket someone had trashed in my building, etc.  We did pretty much everything ourselves that we could.  The paper flowers almost made it, but I ran out of time! Personal touches (and my awesome bridesmaids and Mother) are what made my wedding special and separate from some generic store bought wedding.”

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Anna Lee & Jeremy’s Vintage-Inspired DIY Wedding

Anna Lee & Jeremy were engaged and married within 3 1/2 months. After Anna Lee moved away to teach in Rwanda, the couple realised they couldn’t live without each other and set a wedding date before she’d even come back. Even though they we’re technically already engaged, when Anna Lee returned after 10 months, Jeremy proposed properly and did so in the car park of their favourite restaurant because he couldn’t wait one second longer!

Anna Lee told me all about their vintage-inspired DIY wedding. “I think I would describe our wedding as DIY vintage and it wouldn’t have been possible to put together a wedding on a budget in 3 months without the help of my awesome family and friends. The only “vendors” we hired were the DJ and photographer. I hit up every craft store, thrift shop, and dollar store in the area.  My Mom, sister, and I made everything: the invitations and programs, bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonnieres, and decorations. I created the mothers wrist corsages out of fabric hair pieces from Forever21. The only flowers used were babies breath, purchased from a local grocery store. Instead of large floral arrangements at the reception, I bought manzanita branches online, spray painted them black, and attached tissue paper flowers and moss. A local landscaping nursery let us borrow two small trees we set up inside to soften the reception hall area. We saved a ton of money on flowers this way!”

“Each of our centerpieces featured old wedding photos of our family members and it was very special to be able to include them in this way. My Dad built a wall covering to go over an ugly door at the entrance of the reception and we attached old mirrors and white cabinet doors to it for a unique backdrop. I painted several old chairs from my great-grandparents house and placed them around the reception hall to add to the “vintage” feel. My Dad also built the ceremony arch and enlisted the help of several family friends to help us set up everything on the wedding day. Our beautiful event lighting was a gift from family friends that have a business in landscape lighting and it completely transformed the reception area!”

With time not on their side, getting a dress custom-made was out of the question for Anna Lee. Instead she found one on sale and customised it herself. ” I wanted a dress that was different from any dress I’d ever seen, but since we were engaged and married within only 3 1/2 months, ordering something specially made for me was out of the question. After searching a million bridal shops, I found a last season 2BeBride dress that was half price! I made the black sash out of ribbon and netting that had actually been tied around one of my shower gifts – it was exactly what I was looking for and it was FREE!”

Anna Lee & Jeremy planned the perfect wedding for them and they wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Just goes to show that a little bit of imagination and a whole lotta love and you can create the wedding of your dreams in no time at all! “During the wedding planning, it was easy to feel stressed out about completing all the DIY projects and stay within the budget,” Anna Lee concluded. “Wedding blogs like Rock n Roll Bride were such a inspiration in trying to pull everything together! We didn’t want “the norm” for weddings in our area and several people who heard some of our ideas before the wedding seemed a little shocked because it wasn’t what they were used to. But I’m so glad we didn’t change anything because it was perfect for us, and after the wedding many of our guests couldn’t stop talking about how unique and special the ceremony was.”

“A DIY wedding is a whole lot of work, but completely worth it! Our wedding really felt like a personal event, not put together by random vendors but truly a time of celebration with family and sweet friends.”

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Alison & Aaron’s Riverside Retreat Wedding

Alison & Aaron’s beautiful June wedding was held at Rancho Cicada Retreat in Plymouth, CA. The bride wore a gorgeous blue number by Jessica Hinel Designs and shoes by Seychelles.

The Groom arrived to the ceremony by in style – by boat – although the bride only heard about this afterwards. The ceremony took place under a chupah that was originally a bedspread that 13 other couples in Aaron’s family have gotten married under which made the whole thing even more special. The service was officiated by Alison’s brother and Aaron’s cousin and they had their closest family and friends create their own blessings in place of the traditional 7 blessings.

“Our friends and family did so much,” Alison told me. “We provided 4 uncatered meals – our friends and family cooked/prepared them all. They did all the decoration, put the chupah up, made our cake, organized the Friday night talent show, bought and arranged all the gorgeous flowers, made my dress, did my hair, tied Aaron’s tie, drove shuttles and so much more. Our wedding could not have happened without them!”

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Millet & Hendrick’s Hand Picked, DIY Wedding

Millet & Hendrick’s wedding was held at Sonya’s Garden Country Bed & Breakfast, Tagaytay City, Philippines. With a sister who’s a wedding planner and events stylist, the bride (who is a fashion stylist herself!) was certainly in good hands when it came to creating the perfect day for her and her fiancé.

“I followed my instincts and searched all the details,” the bride told me when I asked for her main inspiration. “We didn’t spend much, but the overall effect was satisfactory to me and my husband. The guests went wild when they were advised that they can take home the centrepieces!”

Millet hand picked and put together all the flowers – from the bouquets to the centrepieces, “I like how unconventional the Parrot Tulips looked, so I had them on my bouquet. The Mom’s wore Paper Roses bib neckpieces, the Principal Sponsors wore Alstroemeria neck pieces and the Female Sponsors had fresh Carnation belt accents” she explained.

“Sourcing everywhere is key – from Flea Markets, to big and small stores, to Google!” continued Millet. “I am fond of Desserts so I wanted a table full of Desserts galore. I shared what I enjoy seeing and eating with this event. It was a fun feast where my husband and I showcased our talents.”

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Offbeat & Alternative Floral Inspiration

“We had the idea for a Rock n Roll themed stylized wedding shoot and one of our former client was perfect for it!” explained photographer Jessica. “MJ is a local tattoo artist and amazing painter. We set up in an apple orchard on a fall day and had a mix of vintage glass, flowers, instruments and an old radio from the 1930’s. The shoot was styled by our assistant and partner-in-crime Brooke Biette and flowers were provided by the amazing Judy Bourgeois of Flora Fauna. The bottom of the bouquet even had a record that was melted down to go around it.”

“The couple began the shoot in a vintage wedding dress and suit in the orchard and as it got darker their craziness came out and they changed into a long black dress and black tux with chain belt and red sneakers.  They were rocking the poses too!”

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