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A Musical & Modern Wedding: Katie & Adam

“Without wanting to sound too sucky I’ve read Rock n Roll Bride for years, even before I was engaged”, wrote newly-wed Katie, who married Adam in Leicestershire in September. “I loved looking at the photography and the different styles & ideas out there. So as soon as Adam popped the question I had a great starting point!”

The entire wedding had a music theme – from the vinyl motifs, the homemade posters, the guitar pick favours and the concert venue table names, “Music was a really big inspiration for us, from the background music to the first dance & church music”, the bride continued. “Everything was carefully planned and picked to fit our theme. The vinyl theme continued all the way from the invites to decorations around the venue.”

This wedding wasn’t without elements of tradition though, with a church ceremony being really important to both he bride & groom.”We really wanted a church wedding and so the service started very traditionally with ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ hymns and a bible reading. Then as the service went on, more of our personality started to shine through. Our second reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and we left the church to ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar while everyone clapped along. The reception was where we could run wild and the venue was great with letting us do anything and everything we wanted!”

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The Rainbow Wedding to End all Rainbow Weddings: Jen & Ben

I think most of you will be aware by now that I love love love a rainbow wedding…why pick one or two colours when you can pick twenty seven!? So as you can imagine I squealed like a small child on Christmas morning when Jen & Ben’s wedding landed in my inbox. If I was less of a chatterbox I’d say that ‘I had no words’ when I saw these images…but in actual fact I had all the words in the world flying around my head as I made my selections for this blog post…

The wedding took place on 29th February this year. “We chose the date because we were so excited that there would be a 29th Feb this year!” Jen told me. “It was a Wednesday in late winter, but it didn’t put us off one bit. Our guests were a little surprised when we announced to them that the ceremony would be outside, but the weather was very kind to us and the ceremony was beautiful. Everyone also commented on how we won’t get an anniversary for four years, but (as my dad rightly pointed out in his speech) we get to have a two day celebration every year, on the 28th and the 1st!”

The outdoor ceremony and rainbow-covered reception were both held at The Matara Centre in the Cotswolds. The venue decor and rainbow touches were a real labour of love as the bride explains, “Working in the wedding industry (I make bridal headpieces and my company is called Head Full of Feathers), I knew I wanted to make things very personal to us. There are so many weddings that all look so very, very similar. We concentrated on having only the aspects of a wedding we liked the idea of, and got rid of the rest. We just wanted a huge colourful party with all our friends, and that’s what we got. We wanted the day to be as jam packed with things to do as possible, and the venue has such beautiful grounds that we wanted everyone to see them. So we got everyone to bring wellies and we went out to plant a cherry tree (Blossom flowers are my most favourite flower) It was a wonderful sight to see everyone playing about in the sunshine (in Feb!) all dressed in their best, and their wellies.”

“We wanted our wedding to be bright and colourful, so I suppose the theme multi-coloured fun-fest,” Jen continued. “So many people advised against it, saying we should stick to just 3 or 4 colours, but we knew it was going to work. Bright colours are just us. The invitations (drawn by me) were a magical wonderland inside a toadstool (the swing in the middle is in the grounds of The Matara Centre), so halfway through planning we decided to have as many toadstools at the wedding as we could. We printed off mini versions of the toadstool drawing on coloured card for our guests to write us messages on and peg them to our ‘guest book’ washing line and framed a large copy of it in the venue with our names and the date on. We also had a magic toadstool drawing tea-towel printed for favours for all our guests too. We even made 20 paper mache red and white toadstools which we put around the venue. The ushers had the job of secretly moving them around throughout the day, so it was like they were just popping up out of nowhere. Guests got to take these home at the end of the day too, which was lovely.”

“I had a dream during the planning process which featured a tree covered in cupcakes that looked just like blossom flowers. I just knew I had to recreate it somehow. I got in touch with my wonderful cake making friend, Sam, and she helped me bring the vision to reality, only better! She coloured all chocolate in all the colours of the wedding, and added them to the tops of all the little cupcakes. A true blossom tree. They were delicious too.”

“I bought a huge number of loose wooden flowers from Accents and Petals (their flowers are made of woodshavings from old pallets – amazing recycling!) and made all the table centres too. We concreted branches into pots and glued the wooden flowers onto them, to make a mini blossom tree for each table. Each table was a different colour, and thats how our guests found their seats.”

“We made so much of the decor ourselves – it made it so personal. We made so many different coloured pom poms – 200 pompoms in total, which took a whole lot of ‘froofing’ by very kind friends and family that had arrived the night before.”

Jen wore a 50s style dress which she had made by Honeypie Boutique. She really wanted a firey petticoats (oranges, reds etc) and Ann of Swank Underpinnings was up for the challenge! “When I first started looking for a dress I was do disillusioned by the whole process. I knew I wanted to have a short dress, because we would be dancing (a lot) and going to plant a tree, and I am a bit clumsy – I would have definitely got tangled up in it at some point. The first bridal shop assistant quite plainly told me that it was a ridiculous idea, and I wouldn’t feel like a bride in a dress that didn’t come to the floor – I was stunned (she has obviously never read Rock n Roll Bride!) Then I got in touch with a wonderful dressmaker who, it seemed, would answer all my prayers. Then she started ignoring my emails/tweets/phone messages. In the end I ordered a dress from Honeypie Boutique (lovely people that will do anything for you) and ordered a custom petticoat from Ann Swank. I customised the dress by taking the back out, and adding tulle to the bust, and I love it.”

The DIY didn’t stop with the wedding decor though as Jen painstakingly added 8000 Swarovski crystals to her Irregular Choice shoes. “I really didn’t think it would take too long to add the crystals to my shoes, I was wrong, it takes A LONG time. I even did my research wrong, thinking it would be 4000 crystals, but that turned out to be per shoe, oops. When I finally finished them I really wanted to show them off, but knowing I’m not allowed (and wanting to keep them a surprise for everyone for the day) I made a video and emailed it to Kat! I couldn’t help myself, I had to show someone! Luckily she loved them like I do!”

Being a headpiece designer of course Jen made her own headpiece as well as the ones her bridesmaids wore. “I made so many fascinators for the guests at our wedding and we had taken on so much in the way of DIY decoration, that I hadn’t even started to think about my hairpiece for the day three days before. I just kept getting on with other things that needed doing. Finally I got to it, and am really pleased with how it turned out. I made a mix of the wooden flowers that we used in all our decorations, and a version of my bleached peacock feather flowers, and finished them off with crystals and pearls. I wore a tangled pearl necklace and bracelet made by my good friend Helen (Fruitloop Designs) so this tied everything together”

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An ‘Old Soul’ Bridal Shoot: Bella Angelina

There are few things I love more than a beautiful pink haired bride. So when Bella Angelina’s (yes, I know, best name ever!) bridal shoot sent over by Veronica Lane Photography I was thrilled.

“Angelina is a locally known artist who also teaches art classes to children at the one of the galleries in Chatham-Kent, Ontario (Canada),” Veronica told me. “Angelina has been ‘pink’ for 6 years and has no intention of letting the look fade away any time soon. She did her own hair and makeup for the session and made the white wedding dress shown in the photos herself!”

“I met Angelina at a social event after returning from an inspiring trip to Versailles.  I was immediately inspired by her creative and whimsical style which reminded me of Marie Antoinette’s image. We come from a small conservative community (aka a lot of retirees!), so she is pretty unforgettable! Shortly after the social event I approached her to do a styled shoot. We literally had a 10×7 bit of space to work in! The weather wasn’t cooperating with us so we were very limited to the natural light of the studio. I adore that Angelina’s style is quite authentic as she gets ‘made up’ everyday! She is a true old soul!”

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A Magical & Ethereal Midsummer Night’s Dream: Daisy & Adam

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the inspiration for Daisy & Adam’s September wedding. The wedding was held at Mountains Country House, Hildenborough, with the ceremony in the gazebo in the gardens.

“As a child I remember being taken to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Daisy wrote to me. “It was being performed in a London park, and with each scene the audience picked up their chairs and walked with the actors through the woods to get to the next setting. I remember being struck by the romance of it, the mystery of the faerie woodland was so magical, it was always how I’d imagined by wedding. Luckily, Adam loved the ideas too!”

“It was important to Adam and I not to spend money on things which wouldn’t enhance the guests experience/our wedding day. I’d so recommend this to other couples; it’s so easy to get caught up in having ‘essentials’ for your wedding which are really only essential because they make companies lots of money! We didn’t want to spend vast amounts of money on frilly bows for the chairs, or little favours on the table (particularly when guests were about to eat and drink really well anyway!), or anything else which wasn’t personal to us. I am amazed looking at wedding options when the only real option the bride and groom has is over the colour of the chair sashes and table plan. It seems sad when every couple has its own personality that this doesn’t always come through in the wedding – a wedding is about you two – make it that way!”

“Our wedding was a magical, ethereal, Shakespearean, muddy, messy, beautiful and romantic day,” she continued. “I tend to spell faerie in this situation the Shakespearean way – I tend to think of fluffy pink girly ‘fairies’ when it’s spelled the other way!”

Daisy wore a dress whcih she found in Perfection Bridal, Bromley with Irregular Choice Floral Cortesan shoes. “My shoes were the first thing I bought when we got engaged. I’ve known ever since I first saw these shoes that they had to be my bridal shoes! I initially wanted them in a deep green colour, but these were no where to be found, the cream and gold worked beautifully with the dress and veil though. Their messy, pretty and unusual appearance was a little touch of the faerie world!”

Daisy had two bridesmaid’s and she gave them both a different dress. “I knew I didn’t want them to be wearing the same dress, I didn’t want matching, when the girl’s personalities, looks and styles don’t match, it doesn’t feel right. I wanted them to be comfortable and happy in their outfits. The only real requirement was that they weren’t too ‘un-foresty’ in their colour – I was happy with blues, greens, purples, golds. My sister and her boyfriend Rob were travelling across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, Australia, NZ and India for seven months. Whilst there, she emailed me a photo of a dress she’d had made for her in Cambodia. A full length, deep green silk gown – it was $40. It was perfect! We found the second dress in the sale in Coast – it turned out to be similar to the first in style, and was equally vibrant in its colour, but was a beautiful sapphire blue.”

With a Midsummer Night’s theme, the flowers were of course a big part of the day. The couple worked really closely with their florist, Helen Tinworth, to make them just perfect. “I knew I didn’t want a formal, too arranged looking bouquet, I wanted a freely tied, messy assortment of leaves, foliage and a few wild looking flowers thrown in,” Daisy explained. “I wanted it to look as though it could have been picked when walking through the woods. The bridesmaids bouquets had to be similar, but we chose to have them without coloured flowers, just green and white, they were beautiful. The florists suggested incorporating herbs into the bouquets – this was such a wonderful idea as I’d wanted all senses to be ‘hit’ in our wedding.”

“I met with Helen countless times before the wedding to discuss ideas and work out how the theme would all come together. I’d bought an entire room full of Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘props’, Helen’s job was to take them from a great big pile of ideas and turn our venue into a magical enchanted forest! No small feat. I know this was the biggest project she’s had and I’m sure had as many sleepless nights as me, thinking about logs, and sourcing birds-nests, and other equally important things!”

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A Patriotic Red, White & Blue Wedding: Julia & James

Julia & James had a handmade and patriotic Great British theme for their September wedding – red, white & blue. “I knew from the moment we started to plan the wedding that I wanted it to be DIY,” the bride told me, “and to be able to keep all the aspects to decorate our home. We had so many great comments on the day from the registrar and venue that they had never seen a wedding like ours before. I am a avid follower of Rock n Roll Bride, Ruffled blog & Green Wedding Shoes so I scrapbooked a lot of ideas from them all over the past 2 years!”

Julia wore two dresses, the first was made by her Mother which she wore with Union Jack Irregular Choice shoes. In the evening she changed into a dress which she bought from eBay. “I saw it one evening when looking for a joke dress to wear to a friend’s hen party and my heart stopped,” Julia continued. “It was the one! I bid as far as my purse would let me, and I didn’t win. I was tweeting away and some of my followers suggested I contact the seller directly.”

“So I did, and asked her how much she wanted for it. I was devastated when she told me the amount as it was more than I could pay at that time. Anyway, I kept tweeting my dismay and had resigned to the fact that the dress wouldn’t be mine. I had a DM from one of my friends saying that I could start a group on facebook asking all our mates to donate some money and that it would be a wedding present from them all. I didn’t think anything would come of it but not long after the same friend DM’d me saying ‘check your email’ and there was a PayPal amount awaiting me – to cover the WHOLE amount for the dress. As you can imagine I cried and laughed and jumped for joy!”

The reception decor was all DIY including the bunting, 400 pinwheels (which they had instead of flowers on the tables as well as instead of traditional bouttonierres for the boys), the string ball decorations and all the table decorations. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had a cake competition where they asked their guests to bring a homemade cake. They had all kinds of entries including a barbie doll cake, apple and cinnamon muffins and sparkly cake pops.

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Nic & Mike’s Incredible Homemade Backyard Wedding

OK so I am one lucky wedding blogger. My friend and photographer Assassynation sends me the very best weddings to feature! It helps that so many of her brides are readers of Rock n Roll Bride anyway (yeey!) but I just have to say that her work and new video project (with cinematographer Frank) is on FIRE right now. Today’s little gem comes in the form of the adorable backyard wedding of Nic & Mike.

After getting ready at the home they shared, Nic & Mike were wed at Exeter register office – which they travelled to together in their own car. After the ceremony and some portraits in and around the town, the couple and their guests headed back to their house for a casual and gorgeous reception in their back garden.

“Being true to ourselves was really important,” the bride told me. “The main thing was always that we did things our way, with the people we love (for who we are) around us to share the celebration. If that’s Rock n Roll then ace but truly that’s just us being ourselves. We’re both pretty creative people and I’m not especially good at delegating so it made sense to do it ourselves, that way we made sure we got what we wanted but we tried not to be too precious about anything.”

“In our humble opinion being Rock n Roll isn’t something to aspire to, or something to try to create-it’s about being true to yourselves-whatever that may be. Don’t try to do things for your wedding to please others or because it’s what you think you ought to-do what you want and enjoy being yourselves.”

The bride wore a dress which he bought online at Unique Vintage. “It was a scary optic white when it arrived but I soon sorted that by first tea staining it and later coffee staining to get the vintage finish.” With this she wore a bolero House of Fraser (which she again tea stained herself) an old scarf as a belt and Irregular Choice shoes.

“You’ll recognise my shoes Kat, as it was on Rock n Roll Bride that I saw them first, on that shoot you did on Whistable beach” Nic explained. “They were my first wedding outfit purchase, I kinda worked upwards from the shoes!  I knew from the outset that I wanted a fifties inspired dress and for it to be tea length. Our budget was tight plus there was no way even if we had the money that I wanted to spend over £150/£200 on my outfit, so I searched online for something.”

“I saw some gorgeous Candy Anthony dresses so used those as a reference point. I saw Kat feature this dress by Unique Vintage on another bride in America so I checked them out and when I saw this one there on the screen again I knew it was right. I was a bit shocked at the whiteness of it when it arrived but I soon sorted that out. My eleven year old daughter thought I was mad dunking my brand new wedding dress in the sink full of Earl Grey but it didn’t really surprise her!”

As you can imagine, the majority of this wedding was homemade. The bride made all the cupcakes, and she bought all the flowers beforehand and put them together, in jam jars, herself.

“We collected all of the vintage china in the months before the wedding, from our local recycling centre,” Nic continued. “I made the cake stands myself and the tablecloth were bits of fabric from eBay. We colour-coded the ribbons on the frames with the table plans in them to the tablecloths. The old suitcase cost £14 from a local junk shop which we then used for our cards to be put into. We had said on our invites that we’d rather not have gifts as we have all we need in our home, but if people wanted to contribute to our honeymoon then that would be lovely.”

Don’t forget the video! How could you really when it’s as stunning as this?

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