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A British Wartime Wedding: Lisa & Ric

After a church ceremony at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Hampshire, Lisa & Ric had a very British wartime themed wedding at Broad Half Penny Down Cricket Club, Hampshire  – the world’s oldest cricket club.

“Life never goes the way you plan it,” the bride wrote. “I always dreamt of finishing uni, finding love, getting married and starting a family. The conventional family – we are not! I am 12 years younger than Ric, and also about 12 inches taller! Ric is frequently away with work and moved me to the south of the country, away from all my friends and family. Oh and how could I forget our 2 year old son – Bear. This was definitely not what I had planned.”

“When Ric finally proposed, I was on cloud 9 and I knew that our wedding day wasn’t going to be a ‘normal’ one. For example – I couldn’t decide what engagement ring I liked, so I have three! We also had a best woman instead of a best man, we ‘high fived’ at the altar instead of the kiss, and our son screamed through most of the ceremony then was racing his toy cars down the aisle with chocolate down his nice white shirt.”

The couple wanted a home made/DIY feel to their wedding. “Ric always jokes about me being a ‘stay at home’ wifey or being a ‘Yummy Mummy’,” the bride continued. “With Ric being in the military, it sometimes feels like we should have belonged to the 1940’s era…and I wanted to become a ‘pin-up’ for the day!”

Lisa wore a Candy Anthony dress, a hat from Jane Taylor Millinery and shoes from Aruna Seth. “I absolutley loved sourcing every part of my outfit and Rock n Roll Bride played a huge part in this. My 1950’s dress was so flattering and gave me loads of confidence with my post baby body! Walking into Candy Anthony was felt like being a kid in a sweet shop. Vicky Trainor‘s Vintage drawer stationery was also a huge inspiration, it’s so so so pretty! Our inspiration for the catering came from our son, his favourite foods include cakes, ice cream and fish n chips. Being from Yorkshire, we of course had to have a grand cup of Yorkshire Tea and I insisted on having Pimm’s on arrival. We made it a bit more glamorous by using The Tea Party‘s gorgeous vintage crockery and cut glass bowls.”

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A DIY Village Fete Wedding: Charlie & Jo

“Our inspiration came from our wish to have a wedding that was different to any we had been to and our main focus for the day was to try and make it as fun as possible for all the guests,” newlywed Jo wrote. “We wanted to have an informal day that just felt like a party. We both like antique decorations and I have always wanted a vintage dress because I wanted something different and not something that you might see someone else wearing at another wedding.  I also loved the idea of my dress having a history and making someone else day special before mine. In the same way as I love the fact that the diamond in my engagement ring belonged to Charlie’s Great-Grandmother.”

“We didn’t want a ‘theme’ as I don’t like things that match but the village fete idea with the games, sweetie table and the hay bales etc grew as we started to put everything together.  We did almost everything we could ourselves which was great but did mean late nights making orders of services, invitations place cards, menus etc.  The night before the wedding Charlie and his best men were at the marquee until 10pm and I was up with my bridesmaid) finishing the Pimms flags (of us and our two dogs) until gone midnight!”

Jo wore a vintage wedding dress from 1954 which she bought from Elizabeth Avey in London. She also added vintage jewellery from Lovely & Vintage and Ted Baker shoes.

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A DIY Wedding at a Youth Hostel: Antonia & Stuart

Antonia & Stuart what can I say? You two are clearly waaaay to awesome for me!

The couple were married in Canterbury at Wellington House, followed by a reception at a youth hostel (OK genius idea…) The bride even made her own dress (see didn’t I tell you? Too cool for me!)

Antonia told me all about their wedding ethos, “We went to a friends wedding that was super-relaxed and very low budget and decided to go down that road as we did not want a commercial wedding that would leave us in debt, and wanted everything on our terms. We were on a tight budget but collected everything we wanted/needed over a long period of time to spread out the cost, managed to get a lot of things for free or very cheap, and made loads of things ourselves. We ended up with no debt or loan.”

“Everything was decided on by us (long meetings with loads of lists in the pub!). The youth hostel gave us complete freedom, we could do everything how we wanted it (instead of having to use a venues catering/bar etc. like at a hotel).”

“For our table decorations we got lanterns from ikea and glasses with name-stickers made by us. Also we made badges with our faces on, a wedding dress fabric bow for each guest, and decorated the car with ivy (property of the groom – that promptly broke down after the ceremony!)”

“I would describe our wedding theme as natural – natural colours, recylable decoration. We just wanted to have a massive PARTY with all our friends, and disguise it as a wedding!”

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48 Couples Marry at Bestival in the Big Love Inflatable Church

Taking place on the Isle of Wight for the past 7 years, Bestival music festival has fast become sinimomous with crazy antics, fancy dress…oh and a big dollop of awesome music thrown in for good measure! Each year it also plays host to the Big Love Inflatable Church, where couples can go to tie the knot. This year wedding photographer Chris Cowley was there to catch all the action!

He explains, “A grand total of 48 weddings took place over the 3 day festival, Reverend’s ‘Nickerless’ and ‘Randy Johnson’ preformed ceremonies with the help of dishevelled bridesmaids, a mother in-law and a maid of dishonour.”

“Those wanting to get married booked up early on Friday to prepare themselves and their partner or partners, for a wedding they would never forget! Before the ceremony the bridesmaids dressed the groom and groomsmen in a variety of wedding dresses and suits of their choice. They then dressed the brides, who got to fulfil their fantasy of a semi traditional white wedding. When the groom, best man and any wedding crashers not in the bridal party were ready – they were taken to meet the Vicar who would be performing the ceremony.”

“In the meantime the “Pamper Posse” looked after hair, makeup, face painting and offered calming massages to the bridal party. Each bride was pampered and made to look stunning for their special moment as they were given away down the aisle of the Big Love Inflatable Church.”

“At this point, this is where the similarity to a traditional white English wedding ends and the uniqueness of a Big Love Inflatable Church begin! The ceremonies themselves were far from conventional! The Reverend’s took it in turns to conduct each service where anyone and everyone was welcome. The congregation packed tightly into the church with the bridesmaids kneeling below the Vicar. At the end of each very risqué service music played and the congregation danced in celebration whilst the bridesmaids encouraged everyone to create an archway for the couple to exit through under their arms.The wedding certificate was then signed outside the church, whilst the bridesmaids gathered the congregation together for one big wedding photo as the group shouted ‘BIG LOVE!’.”

“A wide variety of ceremonies took place over the weekend including numerous blessings, vow renewals (one only a week after the couple were legally married), civil partnerships and a stand-in wedding for a couple who couldn’t afford the one they initially planned.”

“Whilst every wedding was memorable for its own unique reason, a few in particular services stood out for me, including an Island group who have gotten married every year at the Big Love Inflatable Church for the last 7 years. A pirate wedding who were getting married for their 3rd time in a row (this time in the presence of their new-born daughter), another wedding who were led down the aisle by Edinburgh brass band ‘Horndog’ and the grand finale which was a special wedding for the Inflatable Church company director Tristram (a former Inflatable Church vicar) and his partner Sophie.”

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Win Free Wedding Photography with Laura Babb

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London based photographer Laura Babb wants to shoot Rock n Roll Bride – so what better way to get what she wants than to host a competition where one of you lucky lot can win her services for your wedding.

Living in Camden, Laura loves all things quirky and alternative and she wants this to extend to her wedding photography too. She says, “I started my wedding photography journey after studying fine art photography.  A friend asked me to photograph their wedding and I loved it so much that I decided then and there that a wedding photographer was what I want to be when (if?!) I grow up.”

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“I love photographing anything but I’m drawn to the weird, wonderful and quirky.  When I’m not photographing weddings I like street photography and photographing urban landscapes. I also love art, architecture, Bikram yoga, cups of tea, cake, wine, cake and wine, backcombing my hair, fascinators, indie and folk music, power ballads, purple, gerberas, Star Trek (yes, really!), people watching and shiny things.”

“I’m lucky enough to have several weddings booked for next year that will be really original, fun and unique.  I want more though!  The weddings on Rock n Roll Bride often have me squealing with delight and I’d really like to work with a couple who have really thought about the detail of their big day. I’m not looking for the most off the wall couple (although off the wall is always, always good) but the couple with plans for a wedding day that reflects them and their uniqueness.”

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The Prize

This amazing prize of free wedding and engagement photography is open for one couple between now and the end of 2012 (excluding Sept 2012 as Laura is getting married herself!)

It will include:

♥ A pre-wedding or civil partnership photo shoot and a USB stick of approximately (minimum of) 50 fully edited print resolution images
♥ Eight hours wedding day coverage by two photographers (Laura & an assistant)
♥ A USB stick with print resolution wedding images (approximately 350 fully edited images)

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A Quintessentially English Country Garden Wedding: Liz & Blake

Liz moved to America from the UK where she met Blake while he was singing in a bar. After dating for a while he proposed while on holiday in Rome.

Although well-traveled, Liz wanted to have her wedding in her hometown of Brize Norton, in her parent’s back garden. She had to rely on her parents, sister and bridesmaids a lot for help during the planning,

“I arrived in the UK 3 days before the wedding and immediately had to go and meet our vicar, after that we had to fight the jet lag to start decorating the marquee,” Liz told me. “I didn’t realise how much stuff I  had collected over the year and when I saw it all piled up in my parent’s dining room I felt really overwhelmed by it all. Luckily my sister and bridesmaid were on hand to keep everything on track we knuckled down and started hanging and arranging.”

The wedding had a quintessential English feel. “I have always wanted to get married in Mum and Dad’s garden, Blake and I wanted our wedding to be casual, colourful and fun,” the bride continued. “I knew I wanted a vintage garden party feel to the wedding and I started collecting stuff. Mum and Dad were travelling around the UK picking up my eBay purchases. Dad would talk to me on the phone and say that his shed had been over taken with all my ‘junk’….”

“My mum has really green fingers so she started planting flowers to bloom in August. When my Mum and sister came over to NY for my hen party they went home with 2 huge suitcases full of stuff I had collected for the wedding – mason jars, oil lamps, vintage table cloths, vintage napkins, homemade bunting and of course my bird cages…”

“I love everything vintage, especially vintage jewelry, I started collecting vintage brooches initially to use as the escort cards. I found so many amazing enamel flower brooches that they inspired me to use them as my bouquet. It took quite a few attempts to get it to look good, but eventually what worked the best was treating each brooch as an individual flower. I attached florist wire to each brooch by simply twisting it around the pin. I didn’t want to ruin any of the brooches, all of them can be taken off the wire and worn as a brooch.”

“Once I had my bouquet together in a vase I arranged it and gathered them all up and selotaped them together. I then trimmed all the ends of wire so they were straight and bent the brooch flowers until I had an attractive bouquet with no holes. I then folded about a yard of 1” ribbon in a concertina pattern about 3” long and sewed it together at one end. I then attached this to the top of the wire stems, just below the flower heads and fluffed it out. I then took the rest of my ribbon and wound it around the rest of the wire stem attaching it with pearl dress pins. My Dad then put some mastic over the sharp ends of wire.”

Liz wore a vintage dress which she found in a shop in Cornwall. “I found it when I was out with Mum. Had no intention of buying a dress but I fell in love with it. My Mother in  law (Kim) then made me the bolero out of the fabric she cut off the bottom of the dress and shortened it. I turned out perfect, exactly what I wanted.”

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