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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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Lowina & Philsy’s Incredible Double Wedding Celebration

When I laid eyes on Lowina & Philsy’s wedding the only thing I could said was “OMG so cute!” Seriously, you get that right? How adorable are they? Adorable in a kick ass Rock n Roll way though you understand…

The couple, who met in 2006 at a fashion trade show in Hong Kong, got married in Philsy’s parent’s back garden in Victoria, Australia. It was important to the pair to not only plan a gorgeous wedding but to make sure it truly reflected them as individuals as well as their Chinese heritage. They also were certain it had to be unique and fun!

In order to do this, DIY was very important to them. The couple made all their stationary, the guest book, decor and favours. The bride even made pearl earrings as gifts for every female guest and the t-shirts for her and her bridesmaids to wear in the morning! They asked friends and family to help where they could and they made the cupcakes and arranged all the flowers.

The wedding took place over two occasions and so the bride wore two dresses. The first, the white western dress was designed by the bride herself. She flew back to Hong Kong to have it made. She told me that doing it this was (including the flights!) was still cheaper than most custom dresses in Australia as it only ended up costing her $450! She also made pearl necklaces (she has her own etsy shop) for herself and her bridesmaids. Her fun accessories including the long gloves, the scarf and the long necklaces were from Diva. Her headpiece was also from etsy and her amazing shoes were from a Halloween costume shop!

After the wedding in Australia the couple flew to Hong Kong for the (slightly) more traditional Chinese part of the wedding. They had a massive party for all their family in Hong Kong who were unable to fly to Australia for the actual wedding. Chinese tradition says that the bride should wear a red and gold dress in a Chinese style for the main dress plus another 5 or 6 (!) colourful dresses for the evening party. Lowina didn’t want to do this so she hired a more modern style red and gold dress to wear which only ended up costing her $120! Plus she wore it with 4″ platform black shoe boots with metal stubs and sparkly black tights!

Rock n Roll!

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Sarah & Matt’s Red & Black, Gothic Wedding

Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day - and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!

The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”

The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”

The couple made each other’s rings with Larsen Jewellery who specialise in ‘wedding ring experinces’. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnieres, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”

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Rachel & Dale’s Fabulously Theatrical Goth Wedding

Rachel & Dale may have got married in Vegas first, but having a goth perfect UK wedding was also very important to them. The couple, who’s outrageous punk rock engagement session I featured back in July, told me all about their awesome wedding, both here and in Viva Las Vegas! Rock music, choreographed lights, smoke machines  and dry icewere what was required for this fabulously theatrical wedding!

“We knew we didn’t want a conventional wedding, not being exactly a conventional couple so we eloped to Las Vegas in August and had Elvis do the deed for us,” Rachel told me. “We only told a few people we were going. We had a fantastic few days in Vegas then hired a convertible Mustang and drove through Death Valley and across Yosemite National Park – including having to sleep in the car one night, not easy for a 6 foot tall groom! Although my wedding dress made a surprisingly comfy pillow.”

“We drove through to San Francisco and stayed for a week. While we were there we popped into the PictureMachine (a very fine tattoo establishment) and Dale got an appointment set up for some new ink. The card in his top hat was the business card from his tattoo man (on the back it says $40 deposit paid – Dale and Wife!!) He got an awesome tat, complete with Highway 101 sign and a desert scene, surrounded by an old wild west border and a couple of wedding rings to finish it off. Love it!”

“The UK wedding was totally unofficial, not even a civil ceremony. It was for our friends and family to see us “married” in our ideal perfect way. So, we took a stroll around Kirkstall Abbey last year and joked about how cool it would be to get married there…and then it started! We got prices from the Abbey (ludicrously cheap to hire) and the whole thing grew arms and legs all by itself! The lights, fog, music, shrubbery…we had an insanely theatrical wedding with a rock music soundtrack to boot.”

“Dale swaggered down the aisle to the Ecstasy of Gold by Metallica, I came in to Yellowcard’s You and Me and One Spotlight. Both songs complete with dry ice and choreographed lighting. My friend Belinda was our officiant (the funniest girl I know, she dressed up as a geeky priest for the occasion and even sang Nana Mouskouri halfway through the ceremony!) Dale’s daughter was his Best Woman and my oldest friend Louise was my bridesmaid, dressed in black with fab red shoes and not a hint of a puffy sleeve in sight.”

“We had about 45 guests for the whole thing, everyone said it was the coolest wedding they’d ever been to and had never seen anything quite like it! We all hopped on an old red route-master double decker bus to take us to the reception where we got royally pissed and danced like idiots all night. No cheesy tunes were played and we rocked out to NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Jam, Queen, ACDC, Green Day (and a bit of Bon Jovi for the laydees! Much to Dale’s displeasure!) It was freaking awesome!!”

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