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A Music Themed Wedding : Lucy & Allan

Lucy & Allan met in their teens (Lucy was 15 and Allan was 16) and although it took them 10 whole years to finally admit that they liked each other, they had no doubts when it came to getting married. “Al was so nervous on the wedding day that the venue opened the bar early and gave him a shot of vodka!” Lucy laughed. “I was the total opposite. I had no doubts, jitters or cold feet, I just wanted to be Mrs King.”

“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had a good time and everyone danced until the wee small hours. It was the best day of our lives. We decided early on that our day would be music orientated with a great band, music themed table names and a DJ who would play our kind of music and not the usual cheese you get at a lot of weddings”, Lucy told me. “We chose our band for one reason, they can play every Beatles song ever written and to absolute perfection. Plus we gave them a pretty huge list of other songs to learn which they did without complaining! They were so good we had guests approaching them for their own weddings and parties. In the evening our DJ had everyone up on the dancefloor and didn’t bat an eyelid at requests for Wolfmother and the Specials.”

The wedding was held at¬†Nurstead Court, Meopham. To add to the musical theme, the couple named their tables after songs that reminded them of different points though out their relationship. “It was nice explaining the table names to the guests”, Lucy continued. “It was great to share the stories behind the songs with our family and friends.”

“Our wedding really was the most amazing day of our lives”, she said in closing. “It sounds so cliche but it was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had an amazing time and we all danced into the wee small hours. We wouldn’t change a single thing.”

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Tattoos, Skulls & Baroque n Roll!: Rachael & Aaron

I’ve been looking forward to seeing and blogging Rachael & Aaron’s wedding for so long! So we first met when they came to a party I hosted for my blog readers. We were all nervous (especially me who had 200 people to talk to!) but I loved sharing paint pot cocktails with them and hearing about their wedding plans. Our paths crossed a number of times after that; at wedding fairs, at my blogging workshop and of course on Twitter! Rachael is¬†probably¬†one of my most loyal and awesome twitter followers! We spoke online so much they I really felt like I was a part of their wedding. That’s one of the most rewarding things for a wedding blogger like me!

So needless to say I was literally dying with anticipation as their wedding drew closer. Luckily, they booked the amazing¬†Lisa Jane¬†to photograph their day, so I knew their wedding photographs would tell their story amazingly… even though I wasn’t there, I get a huge sense of who these two are as a couple from Lisa’s images.

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A Zombie Apocalypse Engagement Shoot: Nicola & Simon

Hold on one second… Now I know I always say that I have the coolest readers but OMG I SERIOUSLY HAVE THE COOLEST READERS! I have four words that will prove it to you too… Zombie. Apocalypse. Engagement. Shoot.

God, yes…

So back in January, wedding photographer Rebecca L¬†used this little wedding blog of mine to host an amazing photography contest. She wanted to give away 10 free engagement shoots, with the most epic of them all winning their wedding photography as well! While I couldn’t share all 10¬†engagement¬†shoots I knew I had to post this one… and in case you were in any doubt, yes these guys won the grand prize. Hello, ZOMBIES. Zombies trump everything.

“The idea of a zombie engagement shoot was exciting enough, but I cant even tell you how much effort Nicola and Simon put into pulling it off”, Rebecca told me. “Because zombie engagement shoots have been done before they wanted to stage a full zombie apocalypse.¬†We hired a zombie army of 13, an abandoned building on Syon Lane and the wonderfullly talented hair and make up artist Elbie van Eeden who transformed everyone into epically amazingly looking zombies.”

“We also had a huge array of props to play with. Three pints of fake blood, an axe, a hedge trimmer, replica guns, a Zombie Survival Guide, a real lamb heart, a ‘the end is nigh’ sign. I also had the help of amazingly¬†talented¬†Odin Raven who is the master of photographing abandoned buildings and processing HDR photos.”

“The day was great”, Nicola took over. “Lovely Elbie helped us with the make up and Rebecca¬†mobilized¬†a few of her friends to be our undead army. I can’t believe how many people took the day of work just to help us. We had the best fun ever running around the huge factory, jumping over dead pigeons and swinging axes about. We couldn’t wait to see the pictures and when we did we were stunned. Rebecca had done an awesome job! I love the fact that in years to come we can show our kids pictures of us being kick-ass.”

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A Hackney Vintage Mash Up: Aimee & Lee

Aimee & Lee were married in April at the Hackney Council Chambers. The wedding had an effortlessly cool, East London vibe with vintage elements throughout. “We both really love Hackney and wanted to get married in the borough as we brought our first home here and its where we first met”, the bride told me. “We picked the council chamber because of its art deco features and also it is a circular room so it felt really intimate and we loved the idea of being surrounded in a circle by all our family and friends.”

The Peasant Pub in Clerkenwell proved to be the perfect reception venue for this laid back couple. They were able to hire the entire pub for a fraction of the cost of a¬†traditional¬†wedding venue, as well as really go to town putting their own stamp on the decor. “Myself and Lee wanted a relaxed wedding venue and somewhere where we felt at home, this happened to be a pub in Clerkenwell”, the bride continued. “It has some lovely original Victorian features in the pub and being a lover of anything old it was the perfect spot. I also had specfic ideas of how I wanted to decorate it and Nick the owner was open and let us decorate it how we felt. He was fantastic at planning and helped us with any queries, his staff where also incredibly helpful on the day.”

“We tried to do a lot of decoration at the pub ourselves so customised our own bunting with our initials¬†entwined. Lee is a massive lover of Scrabble so everyone had a Scrabble name as there name place. I also brought loads of vintage table cloths on eBay to give the pub a vintage feel. Our favours where a tape we recorded together of one of our favourite songs, Johnny Cash – Jackson. I can’t sing so I’m hoping no one has actually played it.”

The bride wore a 1940s vintage wedding dress which she found in¬†Hope and Harlequin, Brighton. “As a massive lover of anything old I always knew my dress would be vintage”, she explained. “I went to Hope and Harlequin in Brighton as its a relaxed atmosphere and you can browse through the rails of dresses from all eras. Louise the owner is a jem and encouraged me to try on all styles. I ended up choosing a 1940s dress with pearl embellishment, which they took in for me and ended up fitting me like a glove, it was perfect and reduced me to tears.”

With her perfect dress she added customised Kurt Geiger shoes and and a homemade 1920s inspired cap veil. “I love Kurt Geiger shoes and wanted something classic but with a modern twist, so I brought the shoes and a talented friend of mine customised the soles so they where neon pink. I made my veil myself and was influenced by the 1920/30s caplets. I found a old pearl necklace and brought some silk mesh from Berwick St in London. The floral brooches on the ear pieces where from Hammersmith vintage market.”

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WIN Free Wedding Photography with Lisa Jane Photography

I am a huge fan of Lisa Jane Photography. She has such a unique eye and her attention to detail really comes through in her images. I love the way she captures emotion in a genuine and intimate way, and that she’s not¬†afraid¬†to show real,¬†unapologetic¬†love. She is also bloomin’ fantastic at capturing all the little details of a wedding – the stationery, the flowers, your¬†quirky¬†centrepiece¬†ideas. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when she asked if I’d host a contest for her, and I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to give away a full wedding package! If you are getting married before the end of 2013 and you haven’t got your photographer sorted yet, then today is your lucky day!

Based in London but willing to travel anywhere for a good wedding, Lisa says, “When I was planning my own wedding, I found Rock n Roll Bride and fell in love. Every wedding featured showed couples hopelessly in love and getting married in style. These were couples not afraid to be themselves or to throw some traditions out the window and do it their way. When I started photographing weddings myself, I soon realised these were the kinds of couples I wanted to photograph.”

The Prize

So what is Lisa offering? Well…

“No matter what you have planned I want to know about it!” she says. “Whether its black dress, you’re are covered in tattoos, or your just planning a kick ass rock n roll party and making everything yourself… as long as you are injecting your personality into your day I want to shoot your wedding. No idea is too small, no location too far, as long as you are doing it your way, I want to hear from you!”

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A Stylish East London Wedding: Charlotte & Jonathan

When the bride is an in-demand fashion stylist you just know the wedding is going to be incredible right? Well Charlotte & Jonathan certainly put their own stamp on their day, with Charlotte’s expert¬†knowledge¬†and uber cool credentials coming in pretty darn handy for all the pretty bits.

The wedding was held at Town Hall Hotel in London’s vibrant East End. The deco decor suited the theme of the day perfectly, which was also echoed by the bride’s gorgeous genuine 1960s vintage wedding dress from¬†Elizabeth¬†Avey.

“I’m a¬†fashion stylist I wanted our wedding¬†to be a bit personal to us both and for it not to be too¬†stiff and formal”, Charlotte told me. “It was important for everyone just to have fun! Jonathan is Jewish¬†and I’m not so we had a civil ceremony in the amazing Courtroom at The¬†Town Hall Hotel and then Jonathan’s Dad did a little Jewish blessing¬†afterwards so Jonathan could smash the glass! We also played the ‘Hava¬†Nagila’ song later and were lifted up on the chairs for the Jewish¬†dancing. Before the service started the music playing was¬†acoustic¬†versions of Rihanna and Beyonce songs! The Town Hall Hotel has loads¬†of cool features too as a venue, lots of work is featured from East¬†London artists which is a really nice touch. We live in East London¬†too so wanted it to be local! I love that the venue was really amazing¬†and beautiful but then there’s a council estate opposite and it’s¬†still the original town hall building.”

Being a creative couple DIY was an¬†inevitable¬†part of their day, as Charlotte continued, “We (my Mum and I) made the cards and stationery.¬†We made the¬†table plan using an old rococo mirror and Liberty print wrapping paper¬†and we are going to hang the mirror in our house afterwards.”

“I think the main drive for our wedding theme was that¬†we didn’t want our wedding to be boring!!” Charlotte¬†laughed. “I wanted it to be¬†pretty, cool and fun – loads of flowers, candles, hearts and nice¬†touches, not to traditional but not try hard/flashy. I didn’t want a¬†long dress either as I wanted to be able to dance and for it to set the tone of¬†the day. ¬†The music in the evening was just like a big party – no normal cheesy wedding songs!! I¬†think we wanted to keep it real.”

“I also hate traditional wedding¬†cakes but love big old proper cakes! We liked the idea of it being a¬†bit of an English, springtime, fun version of Marie Antoinette ‘Let¬†Them Eat Cake’!”

“I think words I’d use to describe our wedding would be fun,¬†modern vintage romance and pretty”, she concluded. “The¬†dress code was black tie and pretty dresses… I also didn’t want a¬†proper colour scheme – everyone kept asking us about colour schemes¬†and we just wanted all lovely Spring, pastel, sherbet colours, nothing¬†set in stone. And we had colourful ribbons tied in bows on¬†the backs of chairs instead of chair covers (I hate chair covers!)”

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