You’ll know when I’m really excited about blogging a wedding because I’ll sneak peek a photo on facebook and twitter as soon as it hits my inbox. It’s almost unfair for me to keep it to myself! That’s exactly what I did when Rob & Justine send me over their beeeautiful wedding…and actually, beeeautiful is literally the only way I can describe what I saw accurately. Love love love…
The couple were married at Hillhouse – a quirky converted Barn that is used as an art retreat, which has the look and feel of a dolls house – in South Africa. “Rob and I met a photography gallery and almost instantly clicked,” Justine told me when I asked about the proposal. “I liked that he loved animals and the environment and he loved that I was edgy and confident (his words). We were engaged six months later. Rob proposed in a beautiful vintage Victorian Era locket, I opened it and he had written ‘Will you marry me?’ in it.”
“In South Africa and especially Durban, there isn’t a market for quirky, different weddings,” the bride continued. “People seem to stick to the basics. We were adamant that we wouldn’t do that. It was hard to convince certain family members of our vision especially the ‘vegetarian’ bit. We knew that the only way we were going to get the wedding we wanted, was to physically source and make everything ourselves. Every Saturday morning we went to the local charity shop and cleared them out of teacups, plates and vases. Rob and I even co-designed our gorgeous wedding invites even though neither of us are graphic designers. Rob was as much a part of the design of the wedding as I was, so it wasn’t a completely feminine wedding like some tend to be. Our venue wasn’t a wedding venue but an art retreat, our caterers wernt wedding caterers but an Eco friendly restaurant and our photographer wasn’t a wedding photographer. I think these elements brought such diversity and made our wedding, the absolute perfect day that it was. ”
“Our wedding was our art piece. Rob, being a designer and myself, loving design, we managed to create such a wonderful wedding day, something we are so proud of. Rob and I collected everything used at our wedding from charity stores. We chose every teacup, every plate, every vase, every book, every piece of cutlery. We chose each piece of material for our napkins, Robs mom sewed each one. Rob designed all the signage and I sewed and designed all the decor and we completely poured over every detail. Both being vegetarian, we decided to go that way and after the wedding, so many people commented saying it was ‘the best food, (not just wedding food) they have ever had.’ Rob hand made the portico that we got married under and the badminton net that provided hours of fun for our guests.”
“We wanted our wedding to be eco-friendly, to go with the theme of recycling, helping others, being kind to animals and the environment. When designing the wedding, we were going for the look of almost ‘a vintage attic with a modern edge.’ Our entire wedding was DIY as its always the little touches that make a wedding great. Rob made 12 signs for the road on the way up to wedding. It gets peoples attention straight away. I sewed about 50 felt hearts, stuffed them and put them on sticks. This brought little dashes of colour on the grass and people loved using them for photos. The hearts also matched my Vivienne Westwood shoes. Rob made the badminton net structure and then I hung ribbons with little hearts on for the net. We put old vintage racquets in a trunk which added another great element. We hung the left over ribbons with hearts in the surrounding trees.”
Don’t you just adore it? Justine concluded with a great piece of advice for you guys too. Read and absorb it people! “A personal wedding is a good wedding, despite your budget, you can make your wedding beautiful as long as it true to yourselves.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!
(Be sure to check out their gorgeous video…and prepare to cry – it’s beautiful… after the ‘jump’) You can also see their engagement video here)
I’ve got something a little random for you this morning…and why not? Random is good! The fabulous Anna and the Ring shared this gif making webite on her blog yesertday and I spent about an hour on there last night experimenting. It’s surprisingly addictive!
I’m hoping to go to NYC this year. I love the city but I’ve only been once, when I was 21, and I think it’s high time I did it again. So when I was sent this gorgeous video by Jonny Draper this week it got me very excited indeed.
Just sit back, relax and soak up the gorgeousness that is NYC…plus the LOVE of Karey & Kate. Huge congrats to the happy couple!
It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about how we will make the next 365 better than the last. I don’t like new year’s resolutions myself. Resolutions are things like giving up chocolate or going to the gym three times a week and are easy to break…in fact do you know anyone who is still following theirs by the time Christmas rolls around? Nope. Me neither. That’s why I don’t do them.
However the start of a new year is a good time to re-group, to re-asses your situation and to set yourself some tangible goals. So here’s one of mine, It’s pretty self explanatory really…
Now I’m not exactly sure how this brilliant new idea of mine will progress but I literally just wanted to get over the hurdle of actually being on, and talking to camera today. I’ve been surrounded by TV presenters for 5 years in my (soon to be ex) job as a producer but actually being on camera is a whole different ball game. It’s weird and awkward and I’m well nervous about posting it but it’s something I want/need to get better at in 2011.
I’m super self concious about how I look, how I kept fidgeting (You don’t want to know how many takes I had to do before I forced myself to stop playing with my hair as much!) and that fact that it’s very raw…and well, the real me. There’s no photo shop action to save me on this one and literally what you see if what you get. You can’t hide anything about yourself when you’re on video and that’s why I’m so terrified…eek!
My ‘performance’ certainly isn’t perfect (hell, I’m not a TV presenter!) and I keep cringing at new things every time I watch it back. However I’m biting the bullet and posting it, with the realisation in my mind that this is only the first video in the series so I can hopefully only get better (woohoo!) I do hope you’ll stick with me to see how that goes!
Finally HUGE love, thanks and credit has to go to the wonderful Richard of FX Films who came to rescue me in my hour of need. My mini freak out(s) over how I looked on camera/what my voice sounded like/getting the words out (and in the right order)/what you would all think of this idea were all alleviated when he came to help me film this. So yeah, big love and adoration for this man for putting up with my diva demands and for making me feel (slightly more) comfortable in front of the lens.
ps tickets for the Designer Wedding Show are available to buy online here and tickets for the Designer Vintage Bridal Show (which are actually only £8 if you buy them in advance – my bad) are available to buy here.
Merry Christmas to one and all. I’m going to take a few days off blogging over the festive season, but rest assured I’ll be back with more Rock n Roll Wedding goodness next week…I can’t stay away too long!
Dottie is dottie (!?!) about…erm…dots so that’s exactly the theme she wanted to go for in her wedding! She and JP were married at Christ the King Church in CA followed by a polka dot themed wedding at Elements Venue at the Ice House.
The bride (real name Amanda) wore a gorgeous Mori Lee dress, customised with a polka dot sash (and a polka dot garter!) which matched JP’s tie, made by Elmmies. The polka dot theme continued into the cake, the linens and even the groom’s socks!
“So Dottie loves polka dots to death & that’s how she picked up the nickname Dottie,” Christina, their photographer, told me. “They are a super fun & totally madly in love couple that know how to live life to the fullest! We LOVE all of their fun faces & big smiles! Not to mention they’re epic style. They are the happiest, nicest couple around. They’re the type of people that can make you laugh until your belly hurts & horchata comes out your nose & ohmygosh, the reception was filled with tons of the best goodies that life has to offer. They spent their honeymoon at the happiest place on earth…but of course, DISNEYLAND!”