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Extreme Zombie and Horror Wedding: Rachel & Pete

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It might be Valentine’s Day, not Halloween, that’s just around the corner but that couldn’t stop me wanting to share Rachel and Pete’s amazing zombie horror wedding with you today! This baby blows the lid of anything you’ve seen before, I’m sure of it. Bride and groom in full make up and costume? Check! Guests all dressed their scariest best? Check! Cake the shape of a zombie, bride being brought down the aisle in a coffin, trick or treat themed sweet buffet? Check, check check!

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“I had seen Pete at punk shows for years, all through high school to be exact”, began the bride. “I would always try to go to see his bands play but would have to leave early because I was too young to drive myself. We finally ended up talking and meeting through mutual friends years later and things just clicked.”

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Rock Music, Halloween & New Orleans: Tyson & Allie

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Tyson and Allie’s Florida wedding had a music themed wedding with touches of Halloween, New Orleans and vintage. They didn’t want a stuffy and regimented wedding, they wanted a wedding that was a massive celebration of all the things they love. “Halloween is my favorite holiday however I didn’t want to make that the main theme”, explained the bride. “I wanted to add a touch of elegance. My first inspiration was our favorite place, New Orleans. We went on our honeymoon there and instead of making the wedding really obviously Halloween themed, we added the vintage New Orleans spin. It turned out to be the perfect mix!”

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“We spared no detail in designing our theme. We were Rock n Roll because almost the whole bridal party was (ourselves included) or is either in a band, plays music or is affiliated with it. Tyson and I even got a coordinating tattoo on our first tour with the band to honor our love and commitment to each other.”

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Scare-Fest Wedding & Searching for ‘The One’: Sarah & Colin

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For their October wedding at Whittington Castle and Wattlesborough Village Hall, Sarah & Colin wanted a scare-fest. Halloween, pumpkins, zombies & vintage circus horror were their inspirations.

“When you first start to plan a wedding you are given strict instructions by every bride you know to research research research. You read magazines, you trawl through websites, you create a scrapbook of what you think your wedding should be”, wrote newlywed Sarah. “I had 2 ½ years to plan my big day, and no matter what I saw I just didn’t feel like it could be part of our day! Everything was so beautiful, classic, elegant… and so not us! I am mad about vintage but after heading to a vintage wedding fair I had started to lose hope. It was all too twee, too perfect. I am a rummage in the hay bales listing to The Coasters kinda vintage and it just wasn’t there for me. Then after seeing a lady flying round the fair with pink hair, I was informed of Rock n Roll Bride by my friend Ffion and my world was changed! I saw couples who broke convention, who played their wedding their way and weren’t afraid to let the world see their personalities through their big day!”

“Almost everything decor-wise in our reception hall was made by ourselves. We made tin can lanterns with tea lights in, we also built our own crates in different sizes out of old pallets from builder’s yards. We even renovated an old valve radio so that it would play MP3s. We collected jam jars of all shapes and sizes to use for our floral centrepieces and to hold candles that hung from the ceiling. We created a pathway of leaves from the porch to the hall to give an outside/inside feel and we asked every guest to bring a carved pumpkin. We gave out prizes to the best/worst/most unique one. People get so competitive which was hilarious and they looked fab all lined up in the hall.”

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“In the end we loved EVERYTHING about our day”, she continued. “From the crazy haunted castle we got married in to the amazing giant Texas BBQ smoker – they did the best ribs I have ever tasted in my life! Our circus inspired photo booth room was also hilarious. Our amazing seating plan trees were blagged from the lovely people at ASDA. It was their window display for Autumn two years ago and I managed to nag them into submission to give them to us for free! Our tables were named after our favourite movie psychos, which was great for getting the tables mingling and trying to figure the films that each one was from.”

But, as these things can often go, the wedding planning wasn’t totally smooth sailing for Sarah & Colin, and over the Summer I received a fraught email from Sarah asking for my help regarding her dress.

“There were many ups, but also some downs during our wedding planning”, Sarah wrote. “For us – and by ‘us’ I mean ‘me’ – it was my wedding dress! Initially I planned to buy a cheap dress online and be done with it but I first wanted to visit some shops and try some on so I knew what styles suited me. I am not oblivious to my shape and size. I am fuller figured, with a long body, little legs and no boobs, but whilst talking to many of the shop owners you would have thought I had three arms, was 2ft tall and 70 stone! Of course I understand that dress shops stock smaller sizes for very valid reasons, but when somebody tells you that you will need to lose a considerable amount of weight to look half decent in most of the dresses, you start to question their ability to make a woman feel special…”

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A Fancy Dress Halloween Wedding: Oddd & Elle

So we’re in to October already so you know what that means… Halloween! And for Oddd & Elle, despite being married in August, their favourite holiday was the obvious choice of theme for their epic wedding.

“Anyone who knows us knew that our wedding was going to be a little different, as we’ve always done things our own way”, began the groom. “After a chance meeting when we were both invited last minute to a day out, we have been inseparable, We got engaged on our first Christmas day in our first home and we set our wedding date for our 9 year anniversary on Friday 17th August 2012.”

“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and reflected our personalities by being fun, relaxed and quirky”, he continued. “We designed our own outfits, wrote our own vows and worked closely with our suppliers. Amy of The Wedding House made our custom designed cake and I designed, carved and painted the cake toppers to compliment it. We were lucky to have close friends and family who were able to help out with hair, make up, nails, invitations, Elle’s dress & my outfit, as well as the additional ceremony and reception decorations.”

“I loved our ceremony”, Oddd remembered.”Elle looked incredible in her custom dress, truly my angel, as she entered the ceremony room to Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Last Beat Of My Heart’. The ceremony had a very relaxed vibe with plenty of smiles and laughs (and happy tears once we began exchanging our personal vows) and suited us perfectly especially with having the Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ played as we signed the register. We lead the guests outside as husband and wife to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’.”

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Butterflies, Pumpkins & Candy Corn – An Autumnal Wedding: Nicole & Ben

It may be Summer in the UK right now but it’s sure feeling a lot more like autumn at the moment. Where on Earth is the sunshine?! Well at least that means that some autumnal wedding inspiration won’t feel totally out of place on the blog today - because I love this wedding and couldn’t wait that long to share it!

“I can literally remember the first time I saw my husband Ben,” Nicole told me. “It was in the 8th grade and we hadn’t even met yet. We were both at a local high school for a math/science magnet school entrance exam, and we were both wearing oversized Bush t-shirts. So much romantic potential, I know. I took the test and crossed my fingers that we would both be accepted and that I would get the chance to meet him. Lo and behold, come that Fall, there he was in my 9th grade geometry class. Still, shy and anxious as we both were, it wasn’t until ten years later that we would fess-up to our decade-long crushes and start dating. I went to college in NYC and Ben traveled between Michigan and Ohio for an engineering program, but we never lost touch. We instant messaged and sent real paper mail. Once he even collected all the J.D. Salinger short stories he could find (I was big Holden Caulfield fan), compiled them in a binder, and mailed it to me. I know most brides would describe their wedding day as a ‘dream come true’, but I’m not sure they all mean it so literally. I have a stack of high school journals chronicling my crush to prove it.”

“Though we were living at Chicago at the time of our engagement, we knew we wanted to have a Michigan wedding, she continued, “it’s where we met and where most of our family lives. After a lot of frustrated searching (and many hideous chair covers), we found Wellers. Located near downtown Ann Arbor in the city of Saline, Wellers is Henry Ford’s old soy bean plantation. It’s a historical landmark with beautiful grounds and simple, rustic interiors, and best of all, owner Wendy Weller is first and foremost a chef. Charm and really excellent food.”

So they had their perfect venue, but the personalisation of the decor was also really important to this couple. “In my more relaxed moments of planning I had faith that following my instincts would lead to a look that was ‘us’, without needing a set ‘theme’ or a ton of paper goods in the same shade or blue. Though I’m sure it isn’t obvious, I took inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland Little Golden Book: tea length dresses, bows, nature as it is, colorful and random. I wanted whimsy and sophistication, but I need simplicity.”

“Handmade, personal details were also really important. I’m a freelance illustrator, and knew I wanted to handle the making of all the invitations and whatever design elements I could myself. I designed our save-the-dates, shower invites, and wedding invitations and had them printed locally. One of the biggest projects I undertook was making a zine-style cookbook that served as both wedding favors and escort cards. I compiled, edited, and illustrated it and it’s filled with some of our most-made, best-loved, and fondest memory-inducing recipes, including Ben’s (who is a top notch baker) tried and true recipe for scones with lemon curd, our most memorable Christmas dinner, and a friend’s pumpkin bread recipe I used to nibble on in the library during cram-week in college. The silly hungry ghost illustrations inside match the ghouls featured on our invitations. I also cut out some speech bubbles from foam core for silly photos, and the ‘I do/Me too’ photos have turned out to be unanimous favorites. My friend and bridesmaid helped make a ‘just married’ banner and my mom was my patient ally in selecting perfectly shaped pumpkins and lugging them around in a heat wave.”

The butterfly centrepieces were also a handmade effort and had significance to Nicole and her family. She explained, “My sister Michelle has an insect display business she started about two years ago called Alfred & Alma’s Insect Shoppe. Before a date, location, or dress were decided on, I knew I wanted Michelle to create butterfly (and some beetles, though I had a strict no moth policy) filled domes for our centerpieces. She spent months selecting butterflies and beetles, collecting flora and bell jars, and created a total of 17 displays for our reception in various sizes. Not only were they beautiful and unique decor, they were lovingly created. Plus they seriously cut down on our flower budget and made great gifts for friends and family that had helped with the wedding.”

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Stripes, Pumpkins & Mean Looking Cars: Emma & Ross

Emma & Ross’ black & white, vintage themed wedding was, above all, a day to celebrate their love with their friends and family. The couple wanted a relaxed atmosphere and one where their guests would really enjoy themselves.

“We wanted our wedding to be personal to us, we didn’t want guests to walk in and think they could be at just anybody’s wedding,” Emma told me. “We have been to a lot of weddings, which were lovely but we knew that traditional just wasn’t for us. We just had our day, our way and it was brilliant! It was the best day of our lives so far, I just wish I could do it all again as it went so quickly!”

Emma wore a black & white 1950s dress from Fur Coat No Knickers. “The wedding dress I chose was the first one I’d tried on, ever. I went to Fur Coat No Knickers because I knew I wanted a short 50s dress and I love vintage! I didn’t really have any colours in mind I was open to trying on anything but I did want something I could wear again, so it was a bit of a shock that I chose the first dress I tried on, I was expecting a big epic search! Obviously I tried on lots of others after that one too, they are all so nice that it would be silly not to! I really enjoyed going back for fittings, especially to nose at all the other dresses. Their shop and they are lovely, they make you feel so comfortable, I want to live there!”

“I ended up having three pairs of shoes to wear on the day (I’m a little bit of a shoe addict!)” the bride continued. “They were always going to be red, I have a thing for red shoes. I saw the Stuart Weitzman‘s when I went to Selfridges shoe land (I want to live there too!) I went to buy a completly different pair but fell in love with those ones, luckly I got last pair left in the country and they were my size, so it must have been fate! As they are quite high I was also forced to buy the Melissa/Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon’s too. Finally, as I was planning on doing a lot of dancing I bought a pair of Converse that I designed myself on their website, they had skulls on and I got our wedding date embriodered down the back.”

The wedding didn’t have an obvious ‘theme’ but the couple made sure they included the things they really loved and wanted in their day. “One thing I always knew I wanted was a cool car, not a wedding car, I wanted something mean,” Emma explained. We both like American cars, especially muscle cars so it was a no brainer when I saw the Dodge Charger and the owner lived in Watford! We used to own a big yellow American truck but we had to sell it to fund the wedding, so having the Charger went some way to ease our loss. Ross wasn’t happy that I got to have the car and he didn’t as he stayed at the venue but the owner took us both out after the ceremony and went rather fast down the country lanes which was excellent!!! Its quite noisy, Ross said he knew that I was on my way to the venue because he could hear the car coming from about a mile away!”

“Most of our wedding was handmade by us or by family and friends, anything I or somebody we knew couldn’t make we mainly bought from Etsy which I’m VERY addicted to, I’m on there about 10 times a day, its like my drug! A lot of the stuff I did myself was made with about two months to go because we didn’t really get our colour scheme down until we decided to make our table flowers out of tissue paper, this was slightly stressful as we had only a small amount of time to make a lot of things! It kind of added to the stress when I decided three days before the wedding to not give the bridesmaids real flowers as they were too expensive and to make them myself from felt and buttons!”

“I made my own bouquet out of vintage brooches which I really enjoyed as it involved shopping for the brooches too! Ross and his Mum made all of the tissue paper flowers, pom poms and painted the inside of the jars aqua. My Mum made the younger bridesmaid’s dresses (the adults wore vintage and one from Coast) and the table runners and my Sister made our lovely wedding cake, cupcakes and all the wreaths.”

“The day before the wedding, with the help from the best man Dan and his girlfriend, we scooped, carved and drilled about 40 pumpkins! I’m still finding bits of pumpkin in my kitchen now! I’m also still finding black glitter everywhere from where we covered the table letters, it didn’t help that one of our cats kept rolling in it!”

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