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Carolyn & Julian’s Multi-Coloured, RayBan Registration of Marriage

“My husband and I met on New Year’s day in 2007 after a persistent friend-turned-matchmaker insisted that we meet,” began Carolyn, the bride, when I asked her to tell me the story of how she met Julian. “It wasn’t love at first sight at all, in fact I thought he looked like an obnoxious guy! It wasn’t until we started chatting online and finally meeting up a couple more times, and when he asked “Have you heard of Explosions In The Sky?” (our space-out-heart-tugging fave musicians). It was a done deal. We became inseparable ever since.”

“We had so much in common, it felt somewhat surreal at times. Music aside, we were also big tattoo enthusiasts but I reckon the core of our relationship is really our nonsensical side. We do so many silly things and laugh at ourselves so much that well, it still is funny! I love that the most about us as a couple. Julian works as a tattoo artist and I am a photographer, I think we both compliment each other so well not only in terms of personality but also on a creative level.”

“I’m not a fan of bling at all, so Julian proposed to me with a vintage film camera that you will see me holding in one of the photos. It was to me, the most perfect engagement gift!”

From this perfect beginning, came a wedding that was perfect for them. This event was actually their ‘registration of marriage’ – ie the legal bit. The bride told me that in Malaysia, it is quite common for this to happen a few months before the actual wedding. Instead of a traditional registration ceremony, they wanted to make a big deal of it and so asked their registrar to come to their venue, a funky bar & restaurant called Palate Palette in Kuala Lumpur, where they signed their papers and promised to marry in front of all their friends and family. “Instead of inviting only a few people for our registration, we invited close friends and relatives, it was pretty much like a wedding-on-the-go. It was really special and so much fun!! We even did a mini-walk in where we walked up spiral steps to ‘Today’ by the Smashing Pumpkin’s.”

“What makes our registration Rock n Roll I think pretty much stems from our (nonsensical) personalities and interests. We both love film photography and got our photographer friends to help shoot the event. We got a whole bunch of different coloured Ray Bans for our guests for our photo session, which turned out really awesome! We had several portraits taken of us around the premise which I felt really gave out happy, kiddy feel, simply cause it was colourful. Oh and the surprise for the day (for me), was The Simpsons themed placards!! Obviously, its my favourite cartoon.”

“Another surprise was from my Godmother who prepared a huge board of some of our photos and guestbook, she also went at length to do the flower pieces for each table with recycled bottles. So much love from her I can’t describe!”

The lucky pair get to do it all again next Summer in their actual wedding, I can’t wait to see the photos then.

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Laura & Andy’s Classy, Rockabilly, Back to the Future Inspired, DIY Wedding

Laura & Andy’s rockabilly wedding is pure class. Shot by the wonderful Chloe Browne of Caught the Light, the day exudes 1950’s elegance and styling…with a big fat Rock n Roll twist!

“We did things differently by really letting our personalities and our interests shine through our wedding preparations,” began the bride. “Both ourselves and our friends are immersed in the music dancing and lifestyle of the 40s and 50s Swing and Rockabilly scene.  It was inherent that I would wear a 50s style dress rather than a traditional wedding dress, that the details of our wedding would be centered around our love of vintage music, pin-up fashion, jive and jitterbug dancing, traditional tattoos, classic Chevy pickups!”

“Everything to do with the day reflected our day-to-day interests as well as some personal obsessions (particularly a certain Michael J Fox film from the 80’s!) Rather than having a ‘theme’ our wedding day reflected us -eclectic, unconventional and fun-loving and we wanted it to go with a swing!”

“We wanted an on-budget, hand-crafted rock’n’roll wedding where everyone we love best in the world could come and share the fun of seeing us get hitched followed by an awesome party. In the evening we truly ‘Rocked Around The Clock’ with my Great Aunt and Uncle showing us kids how they danced it the first time round which was awesome!”

“I knew from the get go that I would be wearing a 1950’s style wedding dress but still enjoyed the rites of passage of trying on some meringues beforehand. My Bridesmaid Hollie had nicknamed me ‘The Anti-Bride’ after every white dress I saw myself in left me in peals of laughter. I just felt like I was in fancy dress which I didn’t want. I just wanted to feel like me. I had my heart set on a coloured dress – and the inspiration for the peach colour came from the dress that Marty McFly’s ‘mother’ wears to the prom in ‘Back To The Future’.  ‘BTTF’ is our favourite film and not only was my dress an homage to it, but also our first dance was ‘Earth Angel and then straight into Johnny B Goode’ as an in-joke between us.”
 
I just have to interrupt right about here and say that the Back to the Future references make me love this wedding even more! It’s also my favourite film of all time and Gareth & I walked back up the aisle to ‘The Power of Love’ from the film. Anyway, sorry about that brief interlude…back to the task at hand…

“My dress was custom made by Caroline Arthur and my petticoat was custom made to match the colour of my dress by a Annabella Designs on folksy. Hollie had also had a lady on etsy make me a custom garter in leopard print and silver skull detail that I unwrapped on the day. It was so very ‘me’ and I was really touched.  I was originally planning to have the Heart Vivienne Westwood shoes but when I saw the cherry version I actually let out a small scream and hugged the sales assistant in Liberty! They cherry shoes then inspired the design of the bridesmaid’s hats which I made from millinery items bought from MacCulloch and Wallis.”

“I was insanely happy to find the ‘My Pretty’ Jewellery collection from Tarina Tarantino when I was planning my outfit as I have a life long obsession with The Wizard Of Oz. I was really torn between The Wicked Witch Of The West version but saw sense and went with Glinda The Good Fairy pearls and matching bracelet.”

“The Bridesmaids and I each wore over sized heart rings, custom for the wedding by Clutterfly Jewellery who make Rockabilly inspired jewellery. It was the perfect answer to my ‘Something Blue’ – but with added glitter. The bridesmaids had matching red glitter heart rings declaring their love of ‘TEA’! This matched our vintage teapots and teacups dotted around the mansion and reminded me of the brilliant vintage tea–hen-party they had thrown for me!” 

The couple decided to buck tradition and had the groom arrive in style at the ceremony in a Chevy. “As myself and my bridesmaids had a beautiful large Bridal suite to get ready in at the Mansion, we decided to turn tradition on its head and have the groom turn up in a vintage car – a mint green 1950s Chevy pickup,” Laura explained. “I will always remember hearing the engine revving as it pulled up outside and feeling insanely excited that the ceremony was about to begin!”

Both the Laura & Andy are designers and met during their Design Degree at University. Therefore, in order to make everything super personal, the couple decided to hand make most of the wedding decor and details with help from their friends and our family. The group worked hard and created the tissue paper pomanders. the cake and crocheted cake toppers, the cd favours, the guest book and the family photo board. “Other goodies at the guest table included 40s style hand-held fans to help guests cool down after a jive on the dance floor and vintage pressed glass bowls filled with marshmallows, bon bons and other sugary treats.”

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Cassie & John’s Family-Central, DIY Wedding

“I guess we’re Rock n Roll in our attitude about life,” began the bride. “We are both vegan and our whole wedding was as well.  We never let anyone get in the way of that despite some people trying to persuade us otherwise.  We both grew up going to punk shows (he more than me..) and there’s a whole entire community of kids who just want to live a positive lifestyle.  We both thrive off of that. One of the greatest things I love about my husband is his love of his family and his friends.  He would do anything for someone, and does, when they ask.  There is no hesitation.  It’s an amazing virtue about him.”

“John and I both have tattoos for all of our immediate family members.  All of his are on his arm, while mine are spread out.   I have this weird blank spot on my left arm that when completed will finish out my half sleeve so to speak.  I always told John I’d be “bona fide” when I got married and thus, my future tattoo will be Bona Fide in pretty script with the date of our wedding done by the lovely wife of our photographer, Only You Tattoo.”

Cassie & John’s entirely DIY wedding makes my heart sing. Not only because of their totally authentic Rock n Roll attitude, but because it really was all about the lurrrrrve! “Our entire wedding  was DIY.  None of it would be possible without John’s mom.  She made all of my ideas into reality.  She sewed the burlap table runners (with ruffles!), made the bowtie and bandana for the dogs, and taught myself and my bridesmaids how to make and can apple butter which served as our wedding favors.”

“Our invitations were one of my favorite things about this whole wedding.  While my idea wasn’t original in the wedding world, but to most of my friends and family it was.  We used vintage handkerchiefs  and had a friend with a screen printing business help us. My oldest brother designed the invitation and helped us with the paper aspect of it all. I sourced all the handkerchiefs from eBay and antique markets.”  They also decided to have five cakes instead of the traditional giant wedding cake so that their guests could have a choice – all vegan, of course. 

 Cassie wore a Priscilla of Boston dress (which is is actually selling, so be sure to get in touch if you are interested in it and I will pass your details on) which she rocked up with Steve Madden flats and Betsey Johnson and vintage jewels. 

The wedding took place at private 10 bedroom house on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA which they hired for the day. It worked as a complete blank canvas so they were able to incorporate all the elements that really meant a lot to them. The bride works in a vegetarian restaurant so naturally they were their caterers, a friend organised the flowers and they chose their DJ especially because they loved what they stood for (and of course because they were awesome, but that goes without saying!) “When researching how best to entertain our guests on the dance floor, we looked at DJ’s around Atlanta and came across To The Rescue Entertainment.  They are a husband and wife team who not only DJ events, but their main objective is to rescue dogs, specifically bully breeds.  Every event they do sponsors one of their rescued dogs to help them with medical bills and to get them adopted.  John and I ourselves have two rescued bullies and after meeting with Whitney and Eric, we knew we wanted to work with them.  Whitney assists Eric with every wedding and helped myself and John all throughout the day.  I would recommend anyone in the Atlanta area to hire them.”  

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Hannah & Jack’s Rockabilly Party Wedding

“When I was little, I dreamed of having my very own big, white wedding,” began Hannah. “However, when Jack and I decided to get married and started to make plans, it became apparent that even if we’d been able to afford it, we’d both feel out of place at a huge, formal gathering. What we really wanted was to have a great party with our families and mates, a party that just happened to include a wedding ceremony. So we threw ourselves into the planning and tried to make it ours.” And that’s exactly what this Rock n Roll couple did! The entire day reflected them and the things they love.

“I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, not like something that had been churned out of the ‘bridal industrial complex’. My dress was white but printed with black polka dots and strawberries which I bought from Vivien of Holloway when I visited my sister in London. I found my vintage white gloves on eBay. I fell in love with my shoes when I saw them on line and bought them to wear to work as an alternative to basic black but I ended up wearing them to the ceremony as well. My beloved hairdresser of two years, Kat, created spectacular, vintage inspired hairstyles for me and my two attendants. One of my best friends did our make up.”

Hannah & Jack walked down the aisle together to the Star Trek theme which ended up being one of her favourite moments of the day. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to an abandoned warehouse for anything but traditional wedding formals and the day concluded with a reception at The Famous Blue Raincoat, a lounge style café/bar/restaurant in South Kingsville, Australia. “The Raincoat’s style is wonderfully eclectic and funky and my Mother and sister had decorated it with flowers that Jack and I had bought from a market the day before. The ceremony was out the back, in the beer garden. The owner, Kaz, did virtually everything for us for us. She and her fabulous staff were relaxed, friendly, funny and welcoming. Their presence created a really wonderful vibe.”

“Despite our tight budget, the one expense we weren’t prepared to compromise on was the photographer. James was magnificent and Jack and I are so, so happy that we picked him to share our day. Our photos are beautiful. Best of all, when I look at them, I feel as though I’ve been transported back to the wedding. I can remember exactly how I felt when I arrived at the venue and saw all our friends and family, when my dress blew up in the middle of the street and when Jack and I said our vows.”

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Rebecca & John’s Elegant Vintage Garden Party

Rebecca & John’s beautiful Tennessee wedding took place at Almost Heavens Wedding Resort. With quirky details and elegant 50’s styling, this really was a wedding worthy of Rock n Roll credentials.

The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with awesome Irregular Choice shoes and a vintage veil that she found at a friend’s yard sale. A friend of the bride who is a costume designer re-worked it for her to suit the style she was going for. She carried and vintage lace parasol.

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“I really wanted to have a fun and inviting event for people to enjoy,” the bride explained. “I told every single wedding vendor we worked with that I did not want the wedding to feel fussy at all. I wanted our guests to feel like they had come to an extension of our backyard. I asked the florist to make the bouquets and table arrangements look as if they were picked that morning from Grandma’s garden. I borrowed jars from my mother and my maid-of-honor and also went flea market hunting.”

“I was so perplexed with cake toppers. I knew I would never find a good bride & groom figurine that was true to how we looked. I was finding wedding inspiration on a wedding blog and saw a cake topped with “kissing” salt & pepper shakers. I knew immediately I wanted to find kissing Indians so I could in some way show our appreciation for our native American ancestry. When the director of the venue couldn’t get my exact details on the cake I told her,”Tell the bakers to be inspired by the photo I gave them and have fun with it, and truthfully, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it tastes AMAZING!!!” She knew at that point that I was a laid-back bride. The best part about the cake was that it really did taste amazing and it was beautiful.”

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“I wanted there to be a lot of things for people to do as well. We had a huge toy table laid out for the more than thirty children in attendance. Who knew kids could be so creative with just pipe cleaners and jingle bells? I had little girls coming up to me all night with jingle bell bracelets. You could hear me coming from yards away. I think the parents enjoyed the kids being tied up with stuff to do as well like the dark thirty movie showing of Little Rascals under the stars on top of a mountain. I thought the kids would enjoy the huge candy table but I heard stories afterwards of old ladies shoving hand fulls of candy into their purses and pockets.”

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Dolly Parton Plays Fairy Godmother

This session is way to awesome! When I opened the initial email from photographer Stephanie, I gasped. “Is that the real Dolly Parton?!”

“It sure is,” came the response, “My lovely friend Rebecca was married last month in Gatlinburg, TN. Before her wedding, we did a very special photoshoot with her Aunt Dolly at a family home in Sevierville. Since Dolly is not only Rebecca’s aunt, but also her godmother, Rebecca had the idea to do a shoot where Dolly acts as her fairy godmother, who has come to get her ready for her big day. Here is the story for you to enjoy!”