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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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Tasha & Noah’s Americana Backyard BBQ Wedding

Tasha & Noah’s beautiful backyard wedding is pure inspirational gold! I am super excited to share it with you today on this little wedding blog. I just know you’re all going to love it just as much as I do.

The ceremony & reception took place in the couple’s back garden and they asked all their friends & family to help out where they could to make the day a really personal one. “Noah and I wanted to have a small, chilled wedding that involved our families and close friends,” Tasha told me. “Choosing red, white and blue for our Americana backyard BBQ wedding theme made finding coordinating fabric and accessories super easy.”

“Nearly everything was DIY- Noah made our Save the Date”s and invitations, Noah’s mom made all the desserts, Noah’s mom, grandma and aunt made the bouquets and bouts from a few bouquets from Pike Place Market.  My mom’s friend made 200 feet of pennant flags from fabric I picked out at the fabric store down the street from my house.   My sister and her boyfriend cut up all the fruit for our drinks.  My aunt stamped all the BBQ bibs with a custom stamp that Noah designed.  My aunts put together the centerpices the day before.  On the day of the wedding, my mom and I set up all the tables, chairs, tablecloths, and centerpieces in an half an hour.”

The couple didn’t want to spend a lot of money to have their perfect day and knew they wouldn’t have to with the help of their nearest and dearest. By having the wedding at home as well as DIYing pretty much everything, the wedding ended up costing less than $10,000 – that included their fabulous professional wedding photographer Ben Blood AND their honeymoon!

The bride wore a Calvin Klein dress that cost her just $60. Noah’s Mum altered it for her and changed the neckline to a sweetheart style. Tasha’s veil was from etsy, her AMAZING cork shoes were from Nine West, and her jewellery was borrowed or things she already owned.

The couple walked down the ‘aisle’ to music played through Noah’s phone! He set up large outdoor speakers with a transmitter to play the music through. Their ‘mobile/cell phone disco’ also continued into their reception as the couple used it to play all their party songs instead of hiring a DJ or band. “Oh and the story behind the boombox?” asked Tasha, “well when it was my turn to walk down the aisle, Noah paused the music on his phone and my dad played the Vitamin String Quartet version of Weezer’s Buddy Holly on the boombox.  When the ceremony was over, Noah played the original version of the song that was queued up to the chorus.  It was perfect.”

Perfect indeed. I am in total awe of this super creative wedding.

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Chris & Jenn’s Rockabilly Car-Inspired Wedding

“The style and ambiance of our wedding had more to do with who we are as people than outside inspiration,” newlywed’s Chris & Jenn explained. “We find culture and appeal in a simpler moment in history. The 1950’s are, after all, the birth of subculture; car culture was at the heart of this movement. We live, breathe, and bleed this car culture so it followed suit to incorporate our life into our wedding.”

So it was themselves and their own personal style and outlook on life that inspired their rockabilly wedding. The Californian couple made the wedding their own and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Jenn’s dress by Allure Bridals wasn’t perfect for her until she cut it short herself to show off her awesome saddle shoes. Aren’t those gorgeous?

Chris wore a custom suit and he was in charge of the centrepieces, made from carburetors, and yes he made them himself! Finally, the couple belong to a car club called Koffin’s Car Club in Santa Cruz California and they had a whole host of retro cars at the wedding parked outside the venue.

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Nicola & Steve’s Intimate New York City Wedding

Happy New Year!

I’m starting 2011 with a bang, and the wedding of loyal Rock n Roll Bride reader Nicola to Steve. The couple, from Northern Ireland, were married in New York and Nicola spent a lot of her planning time on Rock n Roll Bride – in fact when she emailed me her wedding submission, I actually recognised her name from all the comments she’d left along the way. It was almost like we were old friends, so of course I I said yes to featuring her gorgeous Rock n Roll New York wedding on these pages.

The ceremony took place in Central Park. The couple didn’t have a reception as such as only Nicola’s sister attended the wedding, however they did have a wedding dinner at The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge. “The idea of being centre of attention brings me out in a cold sweat and as both of us are from different parts of the UK we just thought it would be a logistical nightmare trying to bring everyone together,” the bride told me. “We also selfishly wanted it to be about pleasing ourselves on our day and not about what other people would want or expect.  I think because we had both been married before we knew what we didn’t want and our families gave us their blessing to do it our own way.”

“The night before our wedding we went to a show on Broadway which was amazing. It was a last minute decision and a great one (even though I had planned an early night of pampering I’m so glad we went to the show instead!)  On our big day we walked from the hotel to Central Park with Brian (our photographer) snapping away the whole time!  It was the most beautiful Autumn day with just a hint of winter chill – no clouds, no wind, no rain which was really lucky as the Ladies Pavilion where we had planned to have the ceremony was occupied – a homeless man was sleeping there and so, rather than disturb him, we went round the corner to Hearnshead and got married on a rocky outcrop by the lake – Brian said he had never photographed a wedding there before so that made it all the more unique! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook a girl I worked as a holiday rep with years before and who I hadn’t seen since 1998 had seen my status update about getting married, happened to be in New York on a city break herself and turned up to watch us getting married – it was brilliant to see her after all that time and in New York of all places!”

“After the ceremony we flagged a yellow cab and went to Times Square – even though I hadn’t wanted to be centre of attention in a traditional church wedding I have to admit, it was pretty fabulous strolling round Manhattan in our wedding finery with Brian taking our photos!  So many people stopped to congratulate us or call out (nice) comments and we even got asked if we were shooting a commercial or was it a real wedding! We finished up at Grand Central Station and shared a bottle of Champagne with Brian before deciding we were hungry and had hours to go until our wedding dinner booked at The River Cafe.  So, Brian took us to Planet Hollywood in Times Square and it was really funny seeing the looks on peoples’ faces as we tucked into burgers in our glad rags!! We had only booked Brian for a couple of hours and really wished then we had him for the whole day as he was the most genuinely nice guy and an amazing photographer who, being a native New Yorker knew exactly where to take us for the best shots of the city. We then visited an Irish bar called the Playwright’s Tavern on Brian’s recommendation and had a couple of drinks perched on bar stools there with all the regulars! We then went to the River Cafe for dinner. It was the most amazing restaurant with views of the Manhattan skyline. It was honestly the most fun, relaxing, surreal day and New York is THE most amazing place on earth.  The fact that we got married there will always be so special and will of course be a reason to return for our anniversary at some point in the future!”

Nicola designed her dress herself and had it made by Alex Gillespie of The Wardrobe, a local dressmaker in Helen’s Bay, Co. Down. It was made using dupioni silk and lace in champagne and had hidden pockets. With this she wore shoes from Marks & Spencer and a faux fur jacket and retro handbag on from eBay.

“I love the glamour of the 50’s – when women looked like women,” Nicola told me when I asked about their wedding inspiration.” However in real life I am very much a jeans and jumpers girl andmost weekends will find us hillwalking or along the beach with our dogs so dressing up isn’t a frequent occurrence.  I knew that as we were having a city wedding I wanted to wear a 50’s style shorter dress andI wanted sleeves (which are strangely hard to find on the internet!)  As I couldn’t find what I wanted and unfortunately don’t have the 22 inch waist necessary to wear most original vintage dresses I came up with my own design.  I also love Sex and the City which was a big part of why we decided on New York as the location – we knew it would be cold as we were getting married in November and we liked the idea of a colder city break as opposed to a beach wedding.”

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Marzaan & Joe’s Beautiful South African Wedding

I was sent Marzaan & Joe’s wedding quite a while ago now by their fabulous photographer’s We Love Pictures and I couldn’t hold off posting any longer! Joe is a South African rugby player, so understandably the couple are quite busy so I unfortunately don’t have much info on this wedding for you. However I’m sure you’ll agree that seeing the photos on their own, even without all the wedding info, is totally worth it.

How stunning is this bride?

Hey! Bonus photos above the fold. These are too beautiful not to flaunt! As always, more pretties in the gallery after the jump.

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Peppermint Pretty’s Retro & Quirky Wedding Dresses

These images were sent in by Rock n Roll Bride sponsor, Peppermint Pretty, to show off some of her latest designs. I love the quirky nature of these dresses, like nothing you would have seen before.

The first 18 images in the gallery below are Katlyn’s bridal shoot, she is wearing her wedding and reception dress. Aren’t they both fab? I totally love that bow design. The photographs were taken by Kristin Allen of Bold & Kreative Photography, friend of dress designer Erin.

The rest of the images show my favourites from the Peppermint Pretty collection. Each retro inspired dress is custom made to suit the individual bride. J’adore!

Kristen & Erin would like to offer any bride who buys their dress from Peppermint Pretty, and books Bold & Kreative Photography to do their wedding photography, a free bridal shoot in their Peppermint Pretty dress! How cool is that? Simply mention this offer to the girls when you contact them.

Be sure to check out the full Peppermint Pretty collection right here

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