Lizzie and Rob, wedding photographers from Australia, were married in a field, on a friend’s property in Upper Brookfield, Queensland. Their wedding had a colourful, festival theme, and even though it rained – a lot – it didn’t damped spirits one little bit!
There was oodles of amazing DIY action in this wedding. Lizzie’s mum made her dress from a vintage pattern, the bouquet was home made and the bride designed and made that amazing cake herself! All the invitations were sent out digitally, which saved a lot of money. They also designed these themselves.
Eric and Kat met in college. They now both work in the video games industry and have a mutual appreciation of all things Japanese – anime and robots in particular! “We share a love of Japanese culture”, explained Kat. “We even went to Japan for our honeymoon. We wanted to somehow incorporate our interests and playful personalities into our wedding, but not alienate our guests, as we had a lot of family members attending.”
“I’m sort of a brute force craftsman so I really wanted us to create a wedding that felt like us”, she continued. “Eric created and designed our wedding website which included a photo gallery of our puppy as well as an online RSVP (which was neat to watch update in real time). We collaborated, designed, and created our wedding invitations, too! Between the two of us, we folded a billion paper cranes, paper stars, constructed wooden block robots, created signs with hand-drawn images of Katamari characters and Sanrio folk, and ate a lot of our wedding favors in the process… Oh. And we had a Dreamcast for a groom’s cake!”
Katie and Dan had a teeny tiny wedding (just them and their parents!) at The Summerhouse on the Millbrook Estate in Devon in December. Because they kept their guest list so small, they were able to do exactly what they wanted and to pull it all off for under £8000!
Their smaller than average budget certainly didn’t mean they had to compromise on the things that really wanted. Katie had a custom wedding dress made by Jo at The Couture Company and they booked the amazing Shell de Mar to shoot the day.
“We met Christmas 2007 through a mutual friend”, began Katie. “We had our first date in November 2008 at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and a year later Dan proposed at the Christmas Market, we celebrated our engagement with Glühwein and tiny pancakes covered in melted Nutella. With Christmas being such a defining time in our relationship already, we decided to get married on 14th December 2013 and to have a rustic, vintage and Christmas themed wedding! We just wanted cosy and laid back, we like to think we achieved that.”
Jackie always knew she wanted a pirate themed wedding, even before she met Y’ves. So when it came to this couple saying “I do” there really was only one way they were going to do it! The wedding was held on The Kajama Tall Ship, docked at The Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay West in Toronto. They had their ceremony on the deck at 12.30, they set sail at 1 ‘o clock and everyone de-boarded at 5.30.
Guests were then invited to join them for post-wedding cocktails in the Watermark Lounge at the Radisson Admiral Hotel. The evening ended with a bit of a pirate pub crawl, hitting up the Amsterdam Brew Pub and then the Foggy Dew Irish Pub (where the couple met while they were both working there).
After a city hall ceremony, Elisabeth and Benjamin’s beautiful French wedding was held at Bizz’Art Club in Paris, They wanted a cosy day that was comfortable and enjoyable for all their guests.
“We tried to do something cosy and friendly with a bit of retro decorations and a lot of good music.” wrote Benjamin. “We started the reception with the concert of our friends and family! During an hour they played together our favourites rock and pop songs. They created a band just for the occasion! It was awesome and was probably what most defined our wedding – both side of friends and family had a great time together like one unique family!”
This is the final DIY hair tutorial from my collaboration with Your Cloud Parade and 10.11 Make Up (you can see the previous three here). This one actually might be my favourite yet as it’s so simple… I think even I could do it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tutorials as much as I have sharing them. If you’ve tried any of them out, I’d love to see. Post a photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag @RocknRollBride in it!
♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)
♥ Elastic hair band (we used Goody Ouchless Elastic Hair Bands)
Step one: Gather all of your hair into a ponytail. You will want to position the ponytail based on where you would like the bun to rest on your head. The ponytail will be the center of where the bun will sit.
Once you have secured the hair, back comb it by taking sections of the ponytail and pushing the hair from the ends towards the scalp with your comb. Spray lightly with hairspray.
Step two: Separate the hair into four sections. Twist a section of hair, form a circle, and bring the ends of the hair through the center as though you were tying a knot.
Do not bring the hair all the way through, and pin the knot, securing with bobby pins. Repeat these steps with the other three sections.