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Welsh Rugby and Rock n Roll Wedding: Ange & Glen

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Ange and Glen’s wedding day started with an intimate ceremony with just 25 guests at Cardiff City Hall. They then moved on to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a Wales vs Argentina rugby match! The day concluded with a massive party blow out in a marquee in the back garden of the pub where they had their first date.

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“We are totally and utterly the kind of couple that Rock n Roll Bride is all about”, Ange began. “We’re not traditional in the slightest, we kind of like to be a bit different, we’re both a bit silly and a bit risqué, and we are head over heels in love! We’ve both been married before and we succumbed to the traditional, hearts and flowers, big white wedding thing then. It was totally wrong for both of us too. We found each other though, and in doing so, we have also found ourselves. Neither of us knew who we were truly until we came together – we’ve allowed the other to truly grow and become the real us.”

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DIY Tutorial: Glitter Gel Manicure

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I’m slightly obsessed with gel manicures. I find nothing more annoying than nail varnish that chips the first time I wear it, so I love that gels last up to 4 weeks and without damaging your nails underneath. However getting them done professionally all the time can be really blooming expensive. After realising what a dent in my bank balance my love affair was having, I decided to see if there was a DIY option. And so I uncovered a brand new obsession.

Unfortunately I quickly found out that the gel brands used by the professionals (Gelish, Shellac etc) aren’t available for purchase by us mere mortals. Everywhere I looked you needed a trade card to be allowed to buy them. BOO to that!

Refusing to be beaten I kept on searching high and low, and I think that I’ve now not only finally uncovered my perfect formula, but I’ve figured out how to do a DIY glitter manicure too! Even the professional manicurist I went too didn’t have glitter options with as much coverage as this method gave me.

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The first thing that you’ll need is a UV LED lamp, which cures (hardens) the gel. I did a little test to see if it was possible to do it without one and it’s just not. I left some gel polish on a piece of paper and 24 hours later it was still sticky.

I bought the SensatioNAIL Starter Set from Boots. It comes with the lamp, nail primer, cleanser, base and top coat, and your choice of colour polish. While the lamp does the trick I was disappointed with the colours available. I bought ‘Rose’ which was the brightest pink they had in stock but the results were baby pink, almost nude finish nails. That simply would not do! I also found the top coat to not be very effective. The first time I did it my nails started to peel within 2 – 3 days.

The starter set costs £69.99, which may seem like a lot initially, but when consider that getting them done professionally costs upward of £30, it pays for itself after just a few uses.

In terms of the colours, Bluesky is the best non-professional brand I’ve found so far. You can buy them on Amazon, they’re only £5 a pop and there are literally hundreds of colours to choose from. There are so many in fact that it’s a little overwhelming. The one I’m using in this tutorial is Neon Cherise, a super hot neon pink. Love it!

OK, so enough gassing, on with the tutorial!

Supplies Needed

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♥ UV LED lamp
♥ Gel nail primer
♥ Gel nail cleanser
♥ Gel base coat and top coat
♥ Gel polish colour of your choice
♥ Pot of glitter, mine was from Hobbycraft
♥ Tissue/ cotton pads
♥ Orange stick
♥ Nail file

Method

Step one: Trim and file your nails to the desired length. Prep the nails by wiping with the gel cleanser and then apply a thin coat of the pre-gel primer. Leave to air dry for 30 seconds.

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Glamorous and Eclectic Lake Windermere Wedding: Wendi & James

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Wendi and James were married in The Swan, a stylish boutique hotel in The Lake District. They even took their guests on a mid-afternoon boat ride around Lake Windermere! The styling of the day was very eclectic, just like the couple, but it worked perfectly.

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“Our wedding was quite a mix, just like the weather, and it all just sort of happened”, began the bride. “There was Rock n Roll – mainly in our appearance and kind of modern vintage in the styling of the rooms. We had a Spanish jazz influence in the live music in the day time and then in the evening we had Niomi Tagg play her electric violin accompanying the DJs to some rather hard houses music, We eventually blew the speakers!”

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Rainy DIY Festival Wedding in Queensland: Lizzie & Rob

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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!

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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.

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Austin Anime Robot Wedding: Eric & Kat

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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.”

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“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!”

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Teeny Tiny Devon Wedding at The Summerhouse: Katie & Dan

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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.

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“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.”

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