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Alice in Weddingland Got Married! – A Little Teaser

Alice & Graham were married on Tuesday in sunny Brighton. The imtimate wedding had only 30 guests and I was one of the lucky few to be invited to join in the celebrations. We ate ice creams, drank champagne and Pimms and wore silly glasses on the beach…

Alice will be writing up her full wedding report when she returns from her honeymoon to Florida in a couple of weeks, but for now…here’s a little teaser for you. How cute?!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Clark!

You can see the rest of Alice’s adventures in weddingland here.

Photography Credit: Assassynation

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Loretta & Andy’s Backyard BBQ Wedding

“I would describe our wedding as a bit country barn ho-down, a bit backyard BBQ and a sprinkling of vintage,” newlywed Loretta. “We’ve always been a bit Rock n Roll. We met over a shared love of music and spent the first three years of our relationship going to gigs together. Our first date after our son was born was going to see Midlake at the Prince of Wales. Andy’s other true love is his Martin guitar. Our inspiration came from drives through the country, we always stop when we find a great old ramshackle barn and take photos. Some of our favourite gigs have been in places like Meeniyan at the old Town Hall. It’s in places like these that bucket loads of inspiration can be found. You mix pretty fabrics and detailing with rusty old sheds and and fields of grass and hay and it’s a match made in heaven.”

The whole wedding was a DIY effort from the couple, “Gosh, what didn’t we DIY?” Loretta continued. The best DIY bit for me was the beautiful hand dyed doily pom poms we made to hang from the tree. Our decorations we ordered from Etsy got lost in the mail. So at the last minute we spent days hand dying hundreds of paper doilies with coffee ad purple food colouring. We dried them all in front of the heater and then delicately scrunched them into a cone shape and attached them to each other at the base until they formed a big gorgeous ball. They looked incredible and were soooooo much nicer then the ones that went missing!”

Loretta wore a dress which she found in a little boutique that she just ‘popped into’ on the way to buy bread one morning! She explained, “One day I left Andy at home and went to get some bread and popped into a little boutique called Mars and Venus in Eltham where we live, just to have a squiz. And there was my perfect dress, on the sale rack, the only one. Simple and one shouldered, just like I wanted. Fit like a glove! And was marked down by about a squillion dollars. Forgot to buy bread but went home with a dress!”

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Nick & Nikki’s Sweet Philadelphia Wedding

I don’t have much information on Nick & Nikki’s sweet Philadelphia wedding, but I felt the gorgeous images by Love Me Do Photography spoke a thousand words.

“They beautifully lit the space with purples, blues, and yellows, creating a vibrant and fun atmosphere,” wrote photographer Carina & Amanda. “Details of their wedding reception included Star Wars figurines in the terrariums and cat bride and groom on top of the wedding cake.”

“Nick and Nikki even had their own logo – a cute design of their faces that was projected onto the dance floor. Despite a little rain, Nick and Nikki had a beautiful and fun wedding day and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it.”

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A Creative & Colourful Vintage Explosion

I teased you with this shoot on the blog last Friday, and since then I’ve been getting daily tweets and facebook messages asking when I’m blogging the full thing…so needless to say I think you’re going to like this baby just as much as I do!

This styled shoot was set up by photographer Andrea Ellison who wanted to get together with some of her favourite wedding industry companions and create something great. She told me all about it last week, “I had been speaking with Mandy from Saddleworth Shindigs for a while about arranging a shoot “just for the pure hell of it ”  The time was never right and we couldn’t find anyone suitable….and then Amelia Rose Wheeler walked past me in a pub dressed to the nines like she had just walked off a 1940’s film set…I set off in hot persuit  leaving  my hubby chewing his own leg off with embarrassment as I picked up our model…she is a burlesque dancer called  be_bop_ a_lulu who also owns a vintage clothes store and she is just aceness itself.”

“I am like you. I totally agree that just because you have someone nearby who has the same business as you do that doesn’t mean you have to hate each others guts,” Andrea continued. “I have two other photographers, Claire Penn PhotographyJo Rutherford Photography, both hugely talented and both on my doorstep, and the best work we do is when the three of us get together and share ideas and shoots. We support each other, we pass bookings to each other and we never see each other as competition. There is a photographer for every bride and if your true to your style they will find you if they like what you do”

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Oysters, Beach Huts & Paddling in the Sea – Abby & Julian’s Beautiful Whitstable Beach Wedding

Ahh the great British seaside! While we can’t rival (what seems like) the rest of the world in the sunshine stakes, our beach resorts certainly do have some beautiful British charm don’t they? I’ve visited Whitstable a number of times (it’s where we shot the mad hatter bride shoot!), and I have to say, photographer Joanna Brown‘s capture of this wonderful town is pretty much perfect. What a lucky couple Abby & Julian are to have had her as their wedding photographer!

After Julian proposed on Whitstable beach in September, the seaside town seemed like the perfect place to get married too. The couple were wed at The Beacon House on the seafront. “We both really wanted to get married, but to be honest neither of us were particularly fussed about a fancy wedding, and once I’d had a look at a couple of wedding magazines I started having mini-palpitations at the horror and the cost of it all,” Abby told me. ” I do love a wedding, but I hate being centre of attention myself and the whole coordinated, packaged nightmare of it was enough to bring me out in a sweat. We did visit a few beautiful venues, but knew they were just not us, and the final straw was visiting a perfectly manicured courtyard garden venue which had installed a permanent marquee ‘facility’ complete with carpet tiles AND bow back seat covers (my two pet hates), glowing colour change pillars ‘to fit your colour scheme’ and multi-function twinkling ‘star canopy’. They were so proud of it and it just epitomised everything I hate and DID NOT WANT at our wedding.  Finding the world of wedding blogs was a revelation and really just gave me the confidence to do what we wanted all along.”

“I already knew about The Beacon House from researching accommodation in Whitstable but we’d initially ruled it out as being too small,” Abby continued. “We went back to have a proper look just before Christmas, and while we were there popped into some nearby venues to see if they might work as a spill-over reception venue.  As soon as we went into East Quay we knew it was perfect.  I had my heart set on getting married at The Beacon House , so we decided to keep the ceremony small (on the veranda over-looking the sea) and just invite everyone along for a big party afterwards at East Quay.”

The theme really fell into place after the venue’s were sorted, and a vintage seaside theme was settled on. “The obvious theme to go with was vintage seaside which is great in itself but I was really conscious that I didn’t want it to be twee or pretty-pretty,” the bride continued. ” I also really wanted the wedding to have a personal, intimate feel about it, so decided early on that I wanted the whole thing to be as homemade as we could.  I think some people initially thought this was a cost cutting exercise but actually, tho our budget was quite tight, I would have done it this way regardless.  I don’t get the opportunity to be particularly creative in my job but I’m always cutting, sticking and sewing things together at home so this was really a dream project for me.”

“Because we didn’t want anything to be too fussy, manicured, pretty or perfect, I decided early on to keep the decoration simple, fill the room with homemade white pom poms and make the flowers the main source of colour. In the end we ran out of white tissue and the pom poms ended up being various shades of white pink and purple but I think it worked just as well. I looked into hiring table linen but I ended up finding some red and white tea towels in Ikea for 19p each (approx a third of what I’d been quoted for napkin hire) and decided to go with them instead.”

“We tied everything up with the same red and white striped ribbon and instead of name cards and table plans we just dug out funny pictures of all our guests, printed them out polaroid stylee and just left the guests to wander around and find their places, which was a great ice-breaker.”

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Alexandra & Kevin’s Homespun, Canadian Wedding

After a ceremony at Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, Alexandra & Kevin headed back to the bride’s family home for their reception. Alexandra and her sister were actually married within a week of each other (!) and so they both decorated the property to suit both their weddings.

Their photographers treated the couple to a ride on their pink cruiser bike for their portraits as it perfectly complimented the bride’s 50’s inspired Dolly Couture dress.

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