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Jen & Andrew’s South African Rockabilly, Psychobilly & Musical Wedding

The South African weddings are ruling Rock n Roll Bride right now (did you see this incredible wedding I blogged earlier in the week?) and I get very over-excited when I receive submissions for weddings as cool as Jen & Andrew’s. Their rockabilly-inspired wedding took place at Olympus Stream, Pretoria, South Africa.

“Andy is the upright bass player and vocalist for one of the few Rockabilly bands in South Africa called Reverend Wright and the Mystery Train Gamblers,” Jen explained. “We pretty much live, breathe and eat rockabilly even though it is still so small in this country. We just wanted to be ourselves without having a boring and stiff wedding day. Andy designed all the menu/name tags/invites etc, we stuck to an old school tattoo theme for that, and everything else we just stuck to what I liked, and what shouted Andy & Jen.”

Martin Rocka played, who are actually a Psychobilly band from Johannesburg, SA, they are my fave band, so it really helped with the vibe. We also had a jukebox, and Dj Ipod, which we loaded with all our favourite songs. We also had the ever so popular Candy Bar, which was such a great hit, we had to chase people away from it so that we could do our first dance.”

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Sophie & Jonny’s Burlesque Themed Rock n Roll Wedding

This is one of those posts that’s going to have a lot of photographs (hello, burlesque Rock n Roll wedding – there’s no way I could leave any out!) When photographer Marianne Taylor showed me a sneak peek of Sophie & Jonny’s wedding a few weeks ago, I knew straight away that they were right up my street…you’ll see why!

The couple got engaged in Paris on Sophie’s Birthday. “It was a dream come true,” the bride told me “Jonny had booked us into a plush Moulin Rouge themed hotel.  We sat on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and drank pink champagne and then he surprised me some more with tickets to the Moulin Rouge that night! I had no idea that he had not only secretly booked the trip but also tickets to The Moulin Rouge. My favourite film and as a burlesque fanatic, this was perfect. At the end of the show, on the red carpet, I was surprised with a box which I unwrapped to find a smaller box. Upon opening the small box and finding my Princess cut platinum ring (perfect!) he got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked me to marry him, to which I screamed and replied yes!”

The Paris proposal and Sophie’s love of all things 1940s and 50’s (she is a burlesque dancer herself) inspired the entire wedding which was a real DIY effort. She sourced the white ostrich feathers for a burlesque theme and the ‘Eiffel tower’ vases herself and set everything up for the reception. She also designed and made all the stationary and paper goods as well as helping out to make the cake. Instead of a guest book they dressed a vintage looking birdcage (found in a boutique shop) with feathers and pearls and had little black and white cards for people to write messages on and post them in the birdcage.

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Sophie & Jonny’s Burlesque Themed Rock n Roll Wedding

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This is one of those posts that's going to have a lot of photographs (hello, burlesque Rock n Roll wedding - there's no way I could leave any out!) When photographer Marianne Taylor showed me a sneak peek of Sophie & Jonny's wedding a few weeks ago, I knew straight away that they were right up my street...you'll see why! The couple got engaged in Paris on Sophie's Birthday. "It was a dream come true," the bride told me "Jonny had booked us into a plush Moulin Rouge themed hotel. We sat on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and drank pink champagne and then he surprised me some more with tickets to the Moulin Rouge that night! I had no idea that he had not only secretly booked the trip but also tickets to The Moulin Rouge. My favourite film and as a burlesque fanatic, this was perfect. At the end of the show, on the red carpet, I was surprised with a box which I unwrapped to find a smaller box. Upon opening the small box and finding my Princess cut platinum ring (perfect!) he got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked me to marry him, to which I screamed and replied yes!" The Paris proposal and Sophie's love of all things 1940s and 50's (she is a burlesque dancer herself) inspired the entire wedding which was a real DIY effort. She sourced the white ostrich feathers for a burlesque theme and the ‘Eiffel tower’ vases herself and set everything up for the reception. She also designed and made all the stationary and paper goods as well as helping out to make the cake. Instead of a guest book they dressed a vintage looking birdcage (found in a boutique shop) with feathers and pearls and had little black and white cards for people to write messages on and post them in the birdcage.

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Candy Anthony, Cupcake Tattoos & Pink Converse Trainers

Some eagle-eyed and long-term readers may recognise Nicola, who’s ‘Do It Yourself’ wedding I featured way back in May 2009. Nicola decided that she wanted to rock her gorgeous Candy Anthony wedding dress just one more time, so got in touch with photographer Caroline to see what she thought. Luckily, when Caroline heard ‘Candy Anthony, cupcake tattoos and pink Converse trainers’ she was totally up for it and they planned this fun and fashionable shoot.

Caroline also persuaded Nicola to bring a few more outfit changes (does this girl just live in gorgeous 1950’s style dresses or what!?) and they were good to Rock n Roll!

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Photography Friday – Behind the Scenes at a Tattoo Magazine Shoot (+ EXCLUSIVE Photos from Al Overdrive)

I am so excited about today’s Photography Friday post because I am revealing some behind the scenes shots from what I got up to this week. As always, I was a mean old tease on Twitter & Facebook and I was pretty coy about what I was doing, but I think most of you probably twigged that it was another photo shoot.

However, what was kept top top secret was that the shoot was for a brand new super sleek tattoo magazine! The article on me, Rock n Roll Bride and tattooed weddings (hello, how awesome?!) but it isn’t out until November, so unfortunately I can’t share the favourite/final shots that are going to be used in the mag until then. However photographer Al Overdrive was kind enough to take and edit some especially for the blog so I hope they and these sneaky sneak peeks will keep you entertained until then.

My dress (oh that dress!) was from vintage wedding dress shop Fur Coat No Knickers. Laura & Emma customised the dress just how I wanted it (it was originally long) and added the graduated petticoat to match the ‘slanty’ hem I liked, as well as the gorgeous peach bow!

(At the time of writing this, the dress is actually still available to buy. Boohooo I so wanted to keep it. It was utterly stunning so I am sure it will get snapped up fast!)

Laura, Me & Elbie (& Al ruining/adding to the photo hehe!)

I had the mad idea of actually shooting in their shop too (it’s so gorgeous and I just love hanging out there!) and I had my favourite hair & make up gal Elbie Van Eeden on hand to primp and preen me, and to make my hair look like a c-c-c-razy possessed Barbie doll (by the way, I’ve had loads of people ask me recently what hair dye I use – it’s “Pinkissimo” by Crazy Colour.) 

Finally, I have to give a huge and extra special shout out to my new intern (/assistant/slave/diet coke getter…) Alice. She is adorable and awesome and so damn Rock n Roll. I loved hanging out with her all day and I hope I can find her lots more jobs around the place to busy herself with (she’s also getting married next year so I’m already totally excited about seeing her photos!)

And just because Al is super nice (or just as much of a tease as me more likely!) here’s a couple of his images that he’s edited especially for the blog. How excited am I to see what’s in store when the magazine hits the shops in November?! VERY! Can I get a collective “EEEEEEEEK” !?!? Seriously, how bad ass are these?

For more behind the scenes goodness, be sure to check out what’s going on after the ‘jump’…

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Dianne & Andrew’s Intimate, Backyard Shotgun Wedding

When Dianne & Andrew’s wedding landed smack bang in my inbox, alongside the email from their awesome photographer Jonathan Canlas which read “I think this wedding is RIGHT up your alley, 7 month’s pregnant bride and SUPER Rock n Roll” I was a little bit excited. Was I right to be? Hell YES baby!

I have to say, I’m actually a little bit honoured to feature this wedding. Not just because clearly the photographs and the wedding are gorgeous, but because the family appear to have gone through so much, yet come out happier and healthier on the other side. The bride explained;

“Wow, this turned into a huge undertaking answering all the questions.  I am glad that you asked them, because while you only will take the links from the answers, it forced me to write about my wedding which I had been putting off due to taking care of my baby and frankly, being so damn tired, this was the last thing I wanted to write about.  Which is sad, because the fact that my husband and I made it to a wedding day is no small feat.”

“In the last year, we have dealt with drug addiction, rehab, an accidental pregnancy, sobriety, a wedding, and a few weeks later, our son.  I loved answering all these questions because it reminded me that just because our situation is far from what is typically considered ideal, it is ideal for us, and I would not have changed a thing about it.  I will be sure to mention you on my blog, your site is a righteous reminder that where love and beauty can be found is not always on a magazine stand in the check out line.”

Humbling. So humbling.

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Dave & Kirsten’s Tattooed & Quirky Chicago Wedding

Dave & Kirsten’s kooky and personal wedding was created as a perfect reflection of them as a couple. Their love of tattoos, fashion and all things vintage was their inspiration and what really shone through on their day.

The bride knew she wanted a flattering tea-length dress but after a fruitless search in dress shops and even online, she decided the best way to get her perfect gown was to create it herself. She went to the drawing board and drew out her ideal dress which she then brought to a seamstress who worked with her to make it. She accessories with a blue birdcage veil which she picked up from a vintage shop in Chicago. She picked the colour to match her bridesmaid’s dresses. Finally, to complete her look she wore one of a kind jewellery all made for her by friends.

As wedding gifts to each other, the tattoo-loving couple both got matching bird tattoos and as an extra special gift to his bride, Dave restored a 1968 Lincoln Continental which he surprised Kirsten with on the day! How amazing is that?!

As a final, super personal touch, instead of favours, the couple made a donation in their honour to Mia’s Children – an orphanage that educates and houses homeless children in Bucharest, Romania. Kirsten used to work for this foundation and so this was something very close to her heart too.

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