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A DIY 1940’s Carnival Wedding: Marcie & Rich

Marcie & Rich’s Nerdy DIY wedding was inspired by the things they love. The couple love to hang out at home with cat and dog playing video or board games and reading so the wedding theme kind of stemmed from these ideas.

“I think our inspiration for doing things the way we did was that we didn’t want the same old same old”, Marcie told me. “We’ve both been to tons of weddings where the details were essentially the same but for a few differences. People tend to do the long church ceremony with the long gown that you would never want to wear again and make a bunch of stuff for the guests that they will never use or even want just because you saw that tiny beer stein in a craft store and thought it was perfect cause you like beer. We wanted people to have fun all the way through, including ourselves! We would much rather have a swinging party and get married in the middle of it than the other way around.”

“Our ‘theme’ was loosely based on a 1940’s style Carnival. I love the time period and we both wanted a theme that would allow us to have games for our guests and fun retro style clothing and accessories.”

The wedding took place at Heritage Hall, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. “The Hall is this great building that used to be many things in the past and is now a rentable hall,” the bride continued. “Loads of crafty-type fairs happen here and that is how I came to hear of it in the first place. It has a huge clock tower and is located in Mount Pleasant which is a funky area filled with small locally owned shops. The look of the building and the area made a perfect place to rent. Didn’t hurt that it was far more reasonably priced than any ‘wedding hall rental’ places in Vancouver and we were allowed to do things our own way.”

Marie wore a dress by Peppermint Pretty, shoes by Fluevog and a headpiece that she made herself. Both she and her bridesmaids also wore jewellery by Wicked Minky. “I wanted a tea length dress because I have never understood why people buy these amazing shoes only to cover them up with a huge long dress. I was also very keen to get something that was a bit retro. I have been in love with 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s styles since I was little and a dress without a crinoline was not an option! I also wanted something that I could cut a rug in and not trip and fall on my face. When I dance, I go all out so the fewer restrictions the better! I fell in love with this dress straight off the bat. Erin Coleman was amazing and made something that fit me perfectly and all I did was send in my measurements. I did not want to go into a bridal shop at all and I didn’t. Most have a posh vibe that I don’t appreciate and they never seem to have anything that isn’t all along the same line of design. I find it both intimidating and boring.”

Many of the other wedding details were DIY including the bride and her bridesmaid’s bouquets, the ‘popcorn’ cupcakes (made by Marcie’s cousin Allison who owns a bakery), all the stationery and the majority of the reception decor and props.

“We made all the bunting hanging around the reception out of old thrift store sheets cut up and strung together, as well as the centrepieces. These were thrift store vases filled with tons of gum balls to hold up the Whirly Pops, handmade pin wheels, felt moustaches on sticks made by Maro Designs, and flags to name the table. We went with song names and made a game out of people winning a drink token if they were the first one to come up to the DJ when their table song was played.”

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An Undead Steampunk Wedding: Renee & Ian

So where do I begin trying to explain the awesomeness of Renee & Ian’s undead steampunk wedding? I think maybe the title gives away just how amazing this wedding is going to be doesn’t it?

The couple were married at Catalyst, a private live/work artist community in Chicago. “We actually had to ‘audition’ for the space,” Renee told me. “The members have a delicate relationship with the community and can’t risk any trouble. We had to prove to them over several months that we talented and responsible enough to be able to use their space. We had to foster a personal relationship with them before they would even consider us. It was tedious, but worth it in the end.”

“We gained some more wonderful friends for our already stellar collection, and the space allowed us freedom that traditional venues could not (like staying until 6am and coming back later in the week to help clean up).”

The bride made her dress herself from a 1880’s corset pattern. She tea stained dupioni silk and lace and designed the skirt and blouse herself. Her headpiece was a pair of vintage goggles that she bought from a flea market which Ian ‘steampunked’ by using random pieces including a magnifying glass that belonged to his Grandmother.

“We love Halloween and costumes!” the bride continued. “It’s truly the only time of year that we have any pictures together. We plan all year for it! We’re not really big on the institution of marriage. We partly decided to ‘make it official’ (though our love and commitment was official enough for us) because Ian’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, and the outlook was grim. We knew he would love to see us married. On a lighter note, Greg is doing very well these days in remission.”

“Our choice of theme started a bit of an uproar in our families. We were made fun of, called sacrilegious, and many of our family from WI didn’t show up (some for financial reasons, but I assume many of our very catholic family members just didn’t approve). We were asked to have a separate ‘family wedding’ in WI, but refused. Our wedding was going to be a celebration of our love, our way and a way for us to show our families that we are proud of who we are. We didn’t WANT to dis-include or hurt them, but we didn’t want to compromise ourselves on our day! In the end, the family that did show up really seemed to enjoy themselves.”

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Elbie’s Bridal Shoot in Regent’s Park

Many of you will know who Elbie van Eeden is. She’s my hair & make up artist of choice, I utterly love her and use her for pretty much all my shoots now! Elbie was married earlier this year in South Africa (I featured the wedding here) and when she returned to the UK, photographer Natalie J Watts asked her if she’d like to do a bridal shoot with her.

“I know Natalie through her amazing fashion work, and when she asked me to do a shoot with her, I jumped at the chance,” Elbie explained. “Little did I know that I would end up being a subject!”

“Natalie was looking for brides who recently got married, and after a while I realised that she intended on using me as a model, and not the make up artist that I thought I’d be! I quickly rushed to Beyond Retro to get a skirt for me to wear with the corset top of my dress, as my full wedding dress would have been way too big to get to the UK!”

“Off we went to Regents Park, and although it was quite an experience running around in a massive dress on a hot day, surrounded by shocked onlookers, I had such a great time, she made me feel right at ease.”

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A New England Fall Wedding: Joe & Carrie

Beautiful Autumn touches were the theme for Joe & Carrie’s New England wedding. Although it rained on the day, there were no damp spirits, with the couple embracing the location in every way they could.

“Originally the ceremony was supposed to be outside on a hill but in true New England style it was one of the rainiest weekends in months,” photographer Zac Wolf  told me, “but when their back up plan was to have the ceremony in an beautiful rustic barn rain wasn’t the end of the world. Toward the end of the wedding they even braved the rain to get some photos of them feeding the goats!”

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A Ceremony With Elvis at The Rhinestone Wedding Chapel: Colin & Sage

Colin & Sage were married by Elvis. But this wasn’t a shotgun or tacky Vegas wedding, oh no, these two are pure Rock n Roll!

“We take our anniversaries very seriously,” Colin wrote. “When I proposed on our 9 year anniversary, I already had every intention of getting married the day of our 10 year anniversary. Unfortunately, the calendar had other plans as October 3rd, 2011 fell on a Monday. Speaking with our bridal party, we were coming to find out we were going to be fairly inconvenient to keep that date. Finally, we agreed to move the wedding to another date, but only if we still got legally married on October 3rd.”

“We originally planned on just marching down to the courthouse but where’s the fun in that? We decided to look for a cheap little chapel and hit the jackpot when we stumbled across Rhinestone Wedding Chapel on Music Row. It was exactly what we were looking for and – What!? An Elvis impersonator at no additional charge? Sign me up! Once we knew we were being married by Elvis, every other decision was obvious. We needed to match the decor with some 50’s inspired duds.”

Sage wore a yellow dress by Steppin’ Out at Marshalls. “The whole day was just so much fun,” concluded the bride. “I spent the entire day laughing and feeling lucky. I have been through a few weddings and watch a lot of bridal shows and all I can say is I wish every bride had it as easy as I did that day.”

“Having a personal wedding without the big crowd was extremely liberating. Since we knew we were going to have a more traditional wedding a week later for the rest of our friends and family, we knew we could do whatever we wanted without worrying about accommodating anyone but ourselves.”

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‘Lola the Bird’: An Art Deco Photo Shoot

This beautiful shoot was set up by headpiece designer Natasha Jane to promote her amazing ‘Lola the Bird’ headpiece (I’ve seen it in real life and it is an amazing piece, I’d love to see a real Rock n Roll Bride wearing it!)

The shoot took place at the UK’s oldest cinema, Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, which has been open for over 100 years. The art deco cinema is even available to hire for weddings so it really was the perfect venue to show off this new wedding collection.

Model Anna wore two stunning dresses, the first cream ruffled skirt and dress from The Wedding Club; and the second black dress by Justin Alexander.

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