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Emma & Pete’s “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” & A Big Fat Surprise Wedding

I honestly don’t know where to begin describing Emma & Pete’s wedding to you all. From the reaction to just the sneak peek post (epic) that I put up last week, I know pretty much the whole of blog-land has been eagerly awaiting to see this wedding too and so I’m pretty flipping honoured that not only was I invited (and let into the secret that it was a surprise wedding!) but that Emma & Pete have allowed me to share it with you all. I have the best job in the world.

So, in January I got a call from my friend Emma Case. Emma & Pete have been engaged for like…forever…since before we even met in fact, but still hadn’t made any plans for actually getting married. I guess that with Emma being a ridiculously busy and successful wedding photographer, all their weekends were always booked up with other people’s weddings! Also, the fact that Emma has quickly become so well known for shooting the raddest Rock n Roll weddings out there, the couple said they almost felt a bit of pressure to make sure their wedding was as ‘cool’ as the weddings they shot…as well as being different. No pressure then!

Anyway as I was saying, Emma called me at the beginning of the year to discuss her 30th birthday plans. She was having a big party on the 19th March and I had had had to be there. “Of course I’m there, I wouldn’t miss it for anything!” I replied. “Good,” Emma said, “cos me and Pete are gonna get MARRIED…and it’s gonna be a SURPRISE!”

Oh. my. God…

“Me and Pete had been happily engaged for about 3 years…” Emma told me this week, “but any time we talked about getting married we ended up arguing… we knew that we wanted something that reflected us but we’d start talking about who to invite, table plans etc and we were quickly getting fed up… the question ‘Why are we doing it if it’s such hard work?’ usually stopped any further discussion. Also we were shooting amazing and creative weddings pretty much every week so all of our concentration was on other people’s days… which was great but it meant that it was quite hard deciding on how ‘we’ wanted to do it… and without copying all of my couples who have flippin’ fantastic weddings!”

“In January a good friend of ours Anthony came round and we chatted about my 30th birthday party… Anthony joked that we could get married in the afternoon and have a party on the night… we all joked about it even mentioning a 50’s prom theme based on the ‘Enchantment Under the Sea Dance’ from Back to the Future and then when Anthony left we started to talk about it seriously and we weren’t arguing! But we wanted it to be a surprise. We get asked when we’re getting married a lot and people would then say how amazing it’s gonna be (because of all the gorgeous weddings we luckily get to shoot) so I started to feel a bit of pressure. I also didn’t want to be going on about ‘our’ wedding all the time… I kind of just wanted to get on with it without the fuss… a little bit like being behind the camera I suppose…”

Emma & Pete are one of those enviably and naturally awesome couples and I have to say I wouldn’t have expected anything less from them. Emma’s ‘birthday party’ was a 50’s ‘enchantment under the sea dance’ prom theme and guests were ask to come in their vintage finest…which we all did of course. Both Emma & I wore dresses from our favourite vintage dress shop, Fur Coat No Knickers (Em also wore a blue prom dress to keep the fact that it was a wedding secret, which she found at The Wedding Club in Birmingham.)

Halfway through the evening Emma disappeared and went to get changed into her wedding dress. Their friend Joe stood on the stage and asked us all to split onto either side of the room (making an ‘aisle.’) He then informed the confused crowd that we had all been brought to the party under false pretences. ‘Hide & Seek’ by Imogen Heap kicked in. Pete stepped on stage and 3 girls carrying bouquets walked down the aisle followed by a very nervous but excited looking Emma with her dad.

It was an incredible moment.

People were whooping and cheering and in front of me I could hear a gaggle of girls screaming “NO WAAAAY!” Our friend Chris turned to me and mouthed “OI! Did you know?!” and finally I was allowed to share that I’d been in on the secret the whole time!

Once the cheering had died down Joe informed us all that Emma & Pete had gone to the registry office earlier in the day and got hitched, followed by a canal boat lunch/reception with their family. They now wanted to say their vows, which they wrote themselves, in front of all of us. The short ceremony was beautiful.

Emma cried.

Pete cried.

I cried.

All my friends around me cried.

The couple danced to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magic Zeros and we all joined in. I ran to hug the couple as soon as I could (and Pete squeezed me so hard that one of my straps broke on my dress…he was THAT excited!) We danced like loons and I spent waaay too much time in the photo booth.

At 11pm taxis came to pick us up and the hardcore partiers headed to a nightclub in the city centre where we drank until 3am and sang karaoke (badly…) The night was rounded off by 6 off us in a curry house at 4am…I’m not sure who’s brilliant idea that was but it was kind of the perfect way to end a totally Rock n Roll night.

(More photo booth photos after the ‘jump’ – in the gallery. If you have the opportunity to do a photo booth at your own wedding that do it! It was HILARIOUS!)

Emma & Pete wanted to do their wedding their way. They didn’t want the ‘industry pressure’ of having the coolest or most out there wedding (yes there can be pressure even if you don’t want a traditional wedding!) Yet in getting married in the way they did, they inadvertently organised the coolest wedding of them all.

To Emma & Pete – seriously guys, words can’t express how happy I am for you. You are perfect for each other and I love you so bloody much.

Be sure to watch this short 16mm film by Cine8 too (with sound). I’ve already watched it about 5 times. I love our happy dance at the end!

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Paula & Teddy’s Chic Black, White & Stripy DIY Wedding

I’ve featured the gorgeous Paula & Teddy before. Their pre-wedding shoot made my heart sing but their actual wedding blows everything out of the water! Blue Point Bay Chapel played host to their intimate ceremony and the reception that followed was held at the pool side of the same venue. Paula wore a Jessica McClintock gown with stunning Balenciaga shoes and a handmade veil.

The personal touches came in spades at this wedding which the bride worked tirelessly on. Their super cute lego cake topper came from etsy, and Teddy’s boutonniere and the moustache and bow tie favours were handmade by the Bride (she made over 80 of them!) The guest book and stationery were designed by the groom. The guests even took home vintage popcorn wrappers (filled with Indonesian snacks that the couple had both enjoyed since childhood) and Polaroid pictures. The chic black and white theme was seen throughout their day.

“We didn’t want our wedding to be normal,” the couple told me. “We love detailed diy stuff. Rock n Roll Bride gave us so many ideas. We love Rock n Roll Bride! It really gave us the confidence and inspiration to plan our retro black and white stripy diy wedding in Bali.

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Carl & Emilia’s Modern Art, Hipster Wedding

Carl & Emilia’s hipster wedding was held at The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, which they chose for it’s breathtaking view and because it is one of their most favourite places in the city. “We planned to have the ceremony outdoors in an adjacent garden,” explained the couple. “Instead of sunshine however (which really is not asking to much even in Sweden that time of year) we got rain. Then we got even more rain and after that thunderstorms. Thus, we had to make some last minute changes i.e. move the ceremony indoors, but it all worked out perfectly thanks to our wonderful family and friends who gladly moved around all furniture. In the end the ceremony turned out even better than originally planned!”

The bride’s dress was made in Thailand by a designer called Senada. They saw it in a shop window when on holiday in Bangkok and bought it then and there! While on holiday Emila also found her perfect dancing shoes, Lanvin Ballerinas flats, “They are sill the prettiest pair of shoes in my closet!” she laughed. Her actual wedding shoes were from Swedish designer Carin Rodebjer.

A lot of the reception details were DIY or from non-wedding suppliers which kept costs down and gave the wedding totally unique touches. They also fell in love with etsy and loved how they were able to find things out of the ordinary as inspiration, “The pure joy of carrying a little something that some sweet person living on the other side of the planet has made especially for you – need we say more?!” they said. The bride and bridesmaid put together the bouquets from dahlias that they’d picked the day before and the cupcakes came from a local bakery. The DJ’s were friends of the couple (they out together a playlist of songs so they cold enjoy the dancing too!) The stationery was also made by a friend, “Our super talented and very dear friend Lisa Bengtsson incorporated our love for Polaroid pictures (as well as Emilia’s admiration for bows) and created the most fantastic STD, all of our invitations (there were four different ones with pictures of us two), the menus and the individual seating cards for all our guests (which they got to take home with them as a memory). It all looked fabulous! We have saved copies of it all in a little “memory box” that Emilia’s little sister gave us.”

“Neither of us really had any ideas on how we wanted our wedding to be except that we knew we wanted to throw our family and friends the funniest and most amazing party ever,” concluded the couple. “As is could all feel a bit overwhelming (the choices are endless to say the least) we decided to stick to our original idea of a great party and tried not to focus on whether or not our way of doing things were “wedding appropriate”. In the end we got the party of our dreams! During the course of planning we did read a lot about other people’s weddings (wedding blogs are the best inspiration) and there are two things that really can’t be said too many times: 1) everything may not go according to plan but no one but you will notice since they will be too busy having fun as will you and 2) money spent on a photographer is money well spent. Our photographer Alicia is not only a remarkable photographer but the sweetest and funniest person to be around. Our pictures make us smile no matter what and the slide-show Alicia made out of them is now our new favourite bedtime story. Also, brunch together with your loved ones the day after the wedding is a great way of prolonging the festivities. You never want it all to end, it is that much fun!”

The night ended by everyone going swimming! “Go a little crazy!” they said when I asked if they had any words of advice. “We ended our day with a late night swim. We had a blog were our guests could get hold of all the practicalities. A couple of days before the wedding we told everyone to bring their bathing suits (the Museum of Modern Art lies right next to the water in central Stockholm) and people did! It was the perfect ending! Then  we had a brunch a couple of hours later so we didn’t actually have to end things until the next day!”

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Emily & Daniel’s Classic and Caring Wedding

I’ve known (as in online-known) photographer Katie Malone for about 3 years. We got married about the same time and were both members of the same forum during our planning. I love when she emails me weddings she’s now shooting. It’s incredible how we’re both still surrounded by this wedding-world after all this time…and doing it in a bad ass way of course!

I’ve loved her photographs ever since she first started experimenting. She uses a variety of cameras to give her photographs a totally different look to anyone else’s. Infrared, Vivitar ultra wide & slim, Holga & Polaroid are all used alongside her digital SLR to get her unusual and intoxicating techniques.

Emily & Daniel’s wedding was a classic mix of the things they loved and the people they really cared about. They decided early on that it was their family & friends that mattered to them and not making sure they had the ‘coolest’ wedding going.

“Early on we made some big compromises with my parents (who paid for much of the wedding) and had to learn how to live with it,” thet explained. “So from that point on, the goal was to hire people we would genuinely want to be friends with, to stick to our guns when necessary (like having the rehearsal dinner at our very favorite burrito shack) and only take on the projects we really cared about. There is pressure on all sides–be traditional, be super indie-diy everything–and at some point I realized that I really just didn’t care. So I didn’t take on any further projects and either dropped the idea or hired someone to do it. And we surrounded ourselves with friends. Our officiant was one of my oldest friends, our dj was a friend of a friend who is now a friend, we got cakes from our favorite bakery. We spent our money with local or small businesses where we could, and didn’t fuss about going to the mall when we needed to. Planning a wedding definitely helped me get rid of some of my art school hipper-than-thou pretensions. And in the end, it didn’t matter if it was the most unique, cool, wedding our friends and family had ever been to. It was ours. And they were all dancing their asses off and sneaking onto the golf course to play a hole and drinking and eating and being a big convivial mess of our family. Which is exactly the point.”

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Ribbons, Pom Poms & Papel Picado – Roxana & John’s Amazing Fiesta Wedding

Roxana & John’s incredible Mexican fiesta wedding was shot by the amazing Katherine O’Brien with a Holga, a Hasselblad and a Polaroid camera. The results are not only magical, but give a really unique and different perspective when looking back. In fact looking at these awesome images is almost like a crazy, exciting acid trip…in a good way of course!

The bride, a costume designer, custom-modified her dress with dress with ribbons, rhinestones and a favorite brooch that was her Great Aunt’s. Her groom wore a gold western belt buckle with the initial S for a bit of extra personality.

The couple added lots of fantastic details to suit their papel picado theme (a natural fit given their Texan roots) including tissue paper flowers lining the railings and tables, a custom card box in festive colours that looked like a wedding cake and grosgrain ribbons tied to the cedar arbor with fleur de lis topped markers. They also used Mexican loteria cards as escort cards which they clipped to a red ribbon hanging on an old wooden door. They then put matching cards on each table with a cowboy boot filled with wildflowers as the centrepieces. The wedding cake was topped with a Day of the Dead Bride and Groom.

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It’s Our Wedding, Let’s P.A.R.T.Y Hard!

Wow wow wow. Kelly & Sean sure knew how to rock a wedding! From an emotional ceremony, to a family-orientated reception to a crazy-fun party, the whole day looks like an utter blast! “The one thing that we dislike about weddings is how they are all alike” they told me. “We understand its tradition and that’s how its supposed to be done, but why? why is there a set pattern?  We wanted our wedding to be personal to us. We wanted to start our own traditions and do things unique to our style. The theme of our wedding was basically “Things We Love” and  it ended up being the perfect reflection of us. We did whatever we wanted and nixed things we disliked. we strived to make it intimate and personal. Our wedding was hands down the best day of our lives, we had everything we loved, surrounded by everyone we love and made sure to marry the heck outta the one we loved!”

The wedding too place at The Allan House. They had a short and sweet ceremony outside which was full of touching moments. The groom’s grandfather was a groomsman! He really relieved the tension during the ceremony when he whistled at the bride as she walked down the aisle…what a lovely idea to involve such a special member of the family in the wedding in this way.

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