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Regula & Bruno’s Afternoon Tea Party Reception (Part Two)

Remember Regula & Bruno’s spooky Rye wedding? Well they’re back, not once but twice today! I’m kicking of this Wednesday morn’ with the Belgian leg of their wedding and this afternoon I’ll be sharing their creepy wedding portraits taken at an abandoned fairground! Originally from Belgium the couple were keen to have a tea party reception in their home city for all their friends & family that didn’t come over to the UK for their ceremony.

Writer Regula told me all about their tea party. “We knew what we wanted to do for our wedding reception immediately. Because we were getting married in England we wanted our friends from Belgium to feel like they were in the UK. We decided we were going to do a wedding afternoon tea.”

“The biggest task of all was making our wedding tea invitations, both of us being graphic designers we had an image in our heads of how we wanted it to look. We combined these visions and worked on the designs for over 6 months only to get them ready just in time. Our invitation was actually a folder filled with a number of cards people could discover as they opened it, in each invitation we sowed a customised teabag. We also made a wedding blog with our digital invitation so people could check the blog for details if they didn’t have the actual invitation with them. We put some homemade video’s on it of us assembling the wedding invitation packs, together with some 1940’s video’s of how to prepare the perfect tea. We had information on it explaining people what afternoon tea is all about as most Belgians don’t know a lot about the custom.”

“For our venue we chose a bar/gallery in Antwerp owned by friends, Bruno designed their logo website and front of the building and was given full creative liberty so we knew the place was perfect to be our venue. Bruno’s illustrations were still up on the walls from his exhibition so the wall’s were all ready decorated with our things. Since it was our friends bar we were allowed to do what we wanted with the place. We unscrewed things and took them out and cleared everything we didn’t need. The furniture in the bar was all vintage or DIY, perfect for our vintage theme.”

“For the decoration, we collected vintage crockery and bell jars for a year, and by the end of may our  house was full of boxes. We made bunting, posters, cards, labels… from making decorations to hanging them up, also the catering we did ourselves. Most of the food we brought home with us from the UK the rest was made by us. Then we had to do all the things that you have to do for getting a bar that has never seen a wedding into wedding-land.”

“We decorated the tables with vintage teapots, sugarbowls and milk jugs. We attached a red balloon to every teapot like it showed in the design of our menus. We put bell jars on tables, each containing things from our house including the little doll’s dress I’ve treasured whole my life and inspired my wedding dress. We had little pots of jam with a cotton cover we stamped our wedding logo on. We scattered around pictures of me and Bruno which me made to look vintage and we had rock candy made with our names and logo as wedding favours. On the tables we put paper spoons with table conversations and we customized bubble blowers with our design. It was so much fun seeing people blowing bubbles and enjoying themselves with looking at our photograps. Mind you after the party all the bubbleblowers, decorations and most of our pictures were taken home by our friends.”

“We had paper cups with our logo to drink from, for the toast outside, as we only found out last minute that there weren’t enough glasses. For the reception we wanted everyone to drink their wine and beer out of the old teacups. Mind you, we were very surprised everyone did so. For our buffet we had all the English classics like scones, sandwiches, cakes, cookies and even real clotted cream which our lovely photographer brought with her from the UK. We had a British cheese selection and cupcakes, sweet and evil but mostly loads of them. Our beautiful wedding cake was made by the lovely Becky from Consumed by Cake. Being a food blogger my cake was a big thing! It featured two swallows flying to a heart. A classic 1950’s sailer tattoo image.”

“We had a British candy buffet for people to fill bags to take with them and a glass dispenser with the homemade lemonade I made in the morning and one with Pimms. Instead of a DJ we had an Antwerp street musician playing his old piano in the most melancholic way.”

“This guy composes his own songs and plays them from the heart. He plays in the streets of Antwerp and pushes his piano around the city by hand. I had him in mind to play at our tea party but sadly didn’t see him the months before the wedding. The day before we left for the UK for our ceremony I heard his music and tracked him down through the sound. I was so excited I found him and asked him to come and play.”

Don’t you just love it?! Be sure to come back later today for part three of the Regula & Bruno saga – their wedding photo shoot in an abandoned fairground!

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Regula & Bruno’s Creative, Spooky & Wonderful Wedding (Part One)

Regula & Bruno rock my world”…that’s how photographer Assassynation introduced me to this bad ass couple when she sent me their wedding. The pair are from Belgium but wanted to be married in England. Their ceremony day was followed by a tea party reception and spooky photo shoot in an abandoned fairground (!) in their home country a few weeks later. Luckily for us all, this second part took place just last weekend and believe me, I’m going to be featuring it just as soon as the photos are ready!

But for now, it’s all about the ceremony…

“Bruno and I met in the most romantic way… he drew me a portrait and left it for me to find,” Regula wrote, introducing their story to me. “I still don’t know what it was but the drawing just captured me, it moved me deeply. A few months later we met for the first time and the rest is history.”

“We always said if we got married it would be for us and not for something or someone else. We wanted it to be totally us and real, not something you pick out of a catalogue. Eloping was always our dream. We were together for 5 years when Bruno popped the question on a dramatic cliff in Cornwall June 2010. It was perfect.”

“We chose to get married in England and not Belgium,” the bride continued. “I’ve been on countless family holidays to England when I was a child and absolutely loved it. In fact, when I was a toddler I had one wish ‘to go to England’. We have a nursery rhyme in Belgium that tells the story of black and white swans protecting England, England being a small Island surrounded by a great wall with a door with a big padlock. But no one could enter because the key of the padlock was broken …Years later I found out that the song was about heaven and not England! But nevertheless I was captivated by it for many, many years!”

“When Bruno and I first went to visit the UK together I was excited to say the least to find out he actually loved it too! We found our home away from home in Rye, East Sussex. So when Bruno mentioned us marrying in Rye I was completely over the moon! It felt so right, so us. We tailored the ceremony completely to our needs and were allowed to bring in as much personal touches as we wanted. This would have been impossible in Belgium. Our wedding rings were held by a silver apple Bruno gave to me when we were together for a month, apples have special meaning to us, apart from being my favourite fruit. When we were together for a week I got a real red apple, after a month I got a silver one. Mind you, I’m still waiting for the gold one! The ceremony was intimate and emotional. We only had a few people there that day.”

“Many people have found us strange, always wearing black, collecting strange antiques, comics and constantly working on stuff together. We both are creative people, being graphic designers by profession and Bruno being an illustrator in the evenings. I’m a food blogger in the evening, that is when I’m not being Bruno’s muse. Being creative is the most important thing in our lives, we both enjoy creating things. Every year for Christmas we make a special Christmas card, this takes weeks of brainstorming and hours to make and we love it. Designing our wedding invitation therefore was the biggest challenge of all time. We had fun with it, putting all that we are in it. Some things were clear to most and some things were hidden and for us to know.  We’ve spent months making and designing everything, constantly challenging each other with new ideas.”

“We wanted to customize all of our wedding, Bruno’s suit was bespoke and I secretly had them add the red stitching on his buttonhole to match my red dress. I had two dresses in the end. I had a lace off-white vintage 50’s dress because I had a doll’s dress just like it when was a child and always wanted a dress just like it to get married in. So I searched all over the internet and the vintage shops of London for it.  I found it but it didn’t get altered in time so I had to have a back up. If I had to choose a new dress I didn’t want it to be white and I chose red, being my favourite colour. I made a drawing of how I wanted the dress to look and decided to go with Candy Anthony. I added the tulle overlay and had them alter it to match the drawing I made. The quality of their work and finish is outstanding. Being a perfectionist this was very important to me! But in the end I had two dresses, so I wore the vintage one for our wedding dinner that night.  Our wedding rings were made by Edward Williams, a real pirate and the most friendly guy in Cornwall. I can’t believe how many lovely people we met in the UK, organizing our wedding.”

“After the wedding ceremony we went to the pub for a pint, just what we wanted after our wedding. The town crier made sure we got there in one piece although I’m sure we knew the way better than he did after we saw him secretly drinking his pocket flask. He was such a nice fellow, when we past the old church he stopped and told us that he and his wife got married there over 60 years ago and are still happily so. You could see he loved weddings!”

“When we finished our pint, we went off to do some pictures with my lovely friend Sassy from Assassynation and Frank from Sassy ‘n’ Frank was doing our video. We had such good fun, the weather wasn’t very pleasant at times but they made us forget all about that. It started to rain heavily when it was time for a cream tea, a perfect way to end the day. With a scone in your piehole and a tea in your hand.The next day we left for our Honeymoon to lovely Cornwall.”

Don’t Regula’s words just transport you there with them? Just you wait until you see the rest of the photos and of course the AAAAMAZING video from Sassy ‘n’ Frank. Spooky and wonderful – the perfect way to showcase this epic wedding. Have you ever seen anything so cool?

…Oh and hello? can we all just die a little bit over the fact that Regula carried red balloons instead of a floral bouquet!? Love this!
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Kirenia & Matt’s Rockin’ South Beach Wedding

After attending many formal and traditional weddings, Kirenia & Matt decided that they wanted something different for their own. They wanted be themselves – to have fun and dance all night long rather than having a fancy sit-down wedding. They both love rock music and dancing and so wanted to reflect this in their day.

Kirenia found her perfect dress 3 years before the wedding at Belinda’s Designs Couture in South Beach. They had to postpone the wedding when Kirenia fell pregnant with their daughter but even after all that time, she knew that was only one dress for her.

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The Editor of WEDDING Magazine’s Very Own Rock n Roll Wedding

I am totally thrilled, excited, over the moon, honoured that my editor at WEDDING Magazine asked if I wanted to feature her Rock n Roll wedding. As the editor of a national wedding magazine, you might expect her wedding to be the super traditional kind but not this chick! By working in the industry for so long, Catherine knew exactly what she did (and didn’t!) want for her big day and the result was a fabulous and eclectic one.

She spoke to me this week about her Rock n Roll wedding ideas, “I was never going to be a traditional tiara and train bride. I needed something that screamed ‘look at me’ for all the right reasons and Candy Anthony realised this dream for me. My scarlet prom dress with matching headpiece was the exact statement I wanted to make, and drew crowds outside Chelsea register office when we stood at the top of those infamous steps. I didn’t want my wedding to be too colour co-ordinated, and chose an OTT venue complete with Jimi Hendrix posters, stuffed crocodiles and a view of Battersea Power Station to add to the mix. I clashed funky Ikea prints with recycled tins and bottles, chose non-bridal vibrant dahlias and had my tattooist brother design my wedding cake. I also wanted to ditch formality, so there was no table plan, guests just grabbed a seat in either the decked garden or in the bar to enjoy their surf n turf barbecue while being entertained by deceptionist Sav and pianist Danny Mills doing his own versions of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs. Rock music was vitally important to me on my big day, no cheesy Take That love songs here! And as my ace DJs Wedding Smashers played Guns n Roses (my favourite group)  and I danced with my friends and family, I knew I’d created my ideal Rock n Roll wedding.”

Catherine married Sergio in the suitably Rock n Roll environment of The Duchess Pub, Battersea. “I wanted my big day to be relaxed and without any of the formality of a traditional English wedding,” explained the bride, who looked radiant in her bright red Candy Anthony gown. “I wanted the day to have an urban party feel, so I chosen my pub venue for it’s laidback, eclectic vibe and décor as well as the stunning view of Battersea Power Station.”

The styling of the reception was also anything but traditional. Catherine had florist Rebel Rebel fill the room with flowers, “I had my heart set on Rebel Rebel’s signature flower-filled retro handbags, and also loved its original cake stands packed with roses. The eclectic mix of bottles, tins and jars used to display the vibrant table displays of dahlias, roses and stocks completed the colourful look to absolute perfection.”

The bride’s Mum and Dad hand decorated the photo frames which the couple gave out as favours and Fancy Nancy created a completely show stopping cake for the occasion. The rest of the reception décor – the bunting, the cushions etc were also all DIY’ed by Catherine and her Mum.

What a seriously fabulous wedding – I wouldn’t expect anything less than the editor of the wedding magazine that lets me and MY bonkers ideas on to it’s pages every issue!

Catherine & Sergio’s wedding can be seen in this month’s WEDDING Magazine (alongside my latest ‘trends’ article) out in shops NOW!

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Steve & Sharon’s Red, Black & Yellow Wedding with a Laid Back Vibe

“Steve & I have always been that little bit different and really wanted to buck the system for our wedding,” bride Sharon wrote to me. “I have always loved the idea of getting married in red, not just to stand out but also to make the photos much more exciting. Steve started wearing hats over the last couple of years and decided that he wanted to wear one on the day.”

Inspired by some of their favourite hang outs (The Opera Bar in Sydney and the Otis Bar in Wollongong) the couple wanted to create a laid back wedding that their friends and family would enjoy, “We had a real drive for our friends to have a fabulous time and wanted them to walk away feeling like they had just been to an awesome party” they explained.

Sharon wore a red dress which was designed by Nat Felvus at Designer Fit in Wollongong. She originally saw the dress in the shop window in black & white, but being set on wearing red, asked the owner if she could have it made in her chosen colour. The best bit? It was a bargain at just $480. She teamed her perfect dress with red and black accessories from Diva.

In order to keep the atmosphere relaxed and to make sure everyone was comfortable, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to choose their own black outfits. The girls were given yellow fascinators (which the bride found at a $2 shop!) and belts made from strips of fabric to tie them all together. The groomsmen were given yellow braces to tie their outfits together and the groom wore a red set to match his bride!

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Cassie & Loc’s Multicultural, DIY Wedding

I actually featured a link to Cassie & Loc’s gorgeous wedding in Thursday Treats two weeks ago as I’ll be honest, with most of photographer Jonas Peterson’s weddings, I figured one of the big daddy American blogs would have snapped it up to feature instantly (this dude’s work is in high demand!) So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I received an email from the bride to not only tell me I’d made her day by linking to her wedding, but that she was a huge Rock n Roll Bride fan and that she’d love for me to feature them. Score!

I’m sure Cassie won’t mind me sharing her initial email with you all. It made my heart melt!

“I got married to my wonderful, lovely, insanely sweet husband Loc about a month ago.  While the sunshine that cames from that is still hanging around my brain, I was SUPER excited to see a link to our little wedding on your blog post for Nov 11.  When we got engaged in 2008, I started stalking a couple of blogs.  Seriously stalking.  One was Jonas Peterson, who when we first contacted him, hadn’t shot a wedding ‘formally’.  And the second was yours!”
 
“What resonated so strongly with me about your blog is the idea that being yourself, not your family, not your friends, and certainly not the bridal industry, is worth more than can ever be expressed when it comes to your own wedding day.  Because Loc’s family is Vietnamese, and my Dad Italian, needless to say our 40 people, out in the country wedding was not at all what either of our families wanted for us.  And I say ‘for us’ because through all of the bickering and heated discussions, I learnt that all of these ‘wants’ that came from our family, came from their love.  And we are lucky that in the end they accepted what we wanted for the day and had an amazing time.  And more than that, that day, that beautiful, sun-smiling, psychotically windy day, was filled with our love for each other.  And you’re totally right.  Jonas is a freak. An amazing artistic, life-capturing freak, whose photos are a gift to us every time we look at them.  Noone else can make us physically feel as though we are there again, looking into each other’s eyes, feeling insanely in love, and all that other mushy mushy stuff, that hallmark card stuff that was our day.

Anyway enough gushing, onto the awesome wedding details! The couple got married at Loc’s family’s house in Sunnybank, Brisbane, and their western ceremony and reception took place at Branell Homestead in Laidley, Queensland. For the Vietnamese tea ceremony, Cassie wore a red Vietnamese dress called an áo dài. “It wasn’t a full-on traditional bridal one, but was equally as beautiful with little embroidered flowers and beading,” she told me. “It was purchased for me by Loc’s best friend’s Mother as a wedding present. Mum made a little hair-slide of red paper flowers, and I wore a pair of my late Nonna’s favorite gold earrings.”

Cassie’s second wedding dress was made by her Mother from an original 1960’s paper pattern, bought from tiddleywink VINTAGE on etsy. “Mum and I made heaps of changes as we went, adding a lace bodice, waistband and pockets,” explained Cassie. “Making the dress with my Mum was a wonderful, though slightly stressful experience, scalloping the lace using water glasses, googling how to sew pockets beside inseam zips, messing around with neckline and armhole bias’ and a plethora of other tricky things for us ‘un-couture’ sewers!  It was really trial and error… one picked to pieces toile, and about four not quite right bodices, lots of swearing and unpicking!  But it is a beautiful, beautiful dress that means more to me (and my Mum) than any store-bought, dressmaker-made dress could ever be.  Mum stitched a little ribbon into the pocket of my dress where I tied Loc’s wedding band, along side my vows (hand scribbled because our printer broke the night before the wedding), a hankie from Mum, and a quick-unpick (I realise as I was unpicking the stitches on the back of my Dad’s jacket just before the ceremony that I forgot to unpick the same stitches on Loc’s jacket, so I brought it with me to unpick after the ceremony!)  Mum also made her own beautiful red vintage-inspired two piece suit for the wedding, and while she is quick to downplay her cleverness, EVERYONE loved everything she did.”

The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen, favouring it just being the two of them up there. “All of our family and friends are so important to us, and our wedding so intimate that we felt we didn’t need to single people out in that way.  It was a really beautiful and special thing for the two of us to be standing up there, just with each other, in front of the people that mean everything to us.  The whole bridal party thing is a tradition that just wasn’t something we wanted!  My best friends pictured in some of Jonas’ photos were my unofficial bridesmaids, they picked their outfits the night before the wedding from their own favourite things.  Loc’s two brother’s and his best friends wore their own suits.  They all looked so handsome and beautiful, so themselves, that if we had tried to plan it or ‘style’ it, it absolutely would have felt forced, and not just all of us together, celebrating this awesome time.  My girls wore gumboots most of the day, it had been raining solid for almost two weeks before the wedding and we all had kick ass gumboots.  I’m so glad that even though the sun came out the girls were themselves and comfortable in their wellies!!!”

“From the moment we began planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be about us and our love,”concluded Cassie. “Neither of us wanted a cookie cutter wedding, where you could replace the head of the bride and groom and it would look like anyone’s wedding from any one of a million wedding magazines.  And while a lot of the ‘weddingy’ elements have remained, every little part of this journey has been for, by and about Loc and I, and the family and friends that we love.  And really, the ‘traditional’ parts that remained happened because they suited us and our love, and our family.”

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