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Laid Back and Natural Wedding

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Hannah and Paul’s laid back wedding took place in October. “The inspiration for the wedding was for it to be laid back and natural,” explained the bride. “We wanted a relaxed day with no stresses and as few formalities as possible. We just wanted to enjoy the day with our friends and family and to not feel that we were forced to do certain things at certain times of the day. I also wanted natural décor with hessian, lace and flowers.”

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“We also wanted to be ourselves. We both wore shoes that stood out and had all our tattoos on show because they are a part of us. I feel privileged to walk around with amazing artwork on my skin and wanted to show them off.”

Hannah’s dress was from Vivien of Holloway. “I wore a below knee length dress because a big fluffy princess dress just isn’t me”, she continued. “It was only £120 and it’s exactly what I wanted. I completed the look with a taxidermy skull fascinator and a vintage fox fur stole. Paul and his groomsmen had suits from ASOS. I bought them during the sale and they were only £40 each!”

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A Magical Day at Vivien of Holloway (Plus You Could Win £200!)

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Although I spend most of my working week in sweatpants with only my cats for company, sometimes I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit people in much more glamorous locations. OK so the Holloway Road in London isn’t technically a very glam spot, but nestled in amongst the tattoo shops and greasy spoon cafés is a retro-lover’s oasis – Vivien of Holloway!

No doubt you’ve heard of them before. Their dresses are known far and wide as some of the best around. They have 12 main styles, and each of them comes in a huge range of different colours and prints, meaning they’re basically perfect for alternative bridesmaid outfits!

But did you know they also sell tops, cardigans, jeans and the dreamiest, fluffiest rainbow petticoats on the planet? They even have a wedding dress collection which starts from a mind-boggling £89! Best of all, everything is made right here in London.

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I was in heaven… and overwhelmed with the choice. I wanted to try on EVERYTHING. Luckily I had shop assistants, Laura and Sandy, to help me narrow things down.

My go-to style is usually a maxi skirt and tee-shirt, but I also love the classic 50s shape. So that’s where we started. As soon as I slipped the halterneck wedding dress on I felt like a retro princess. We teamed it with a pink sash to match my shoes and a teal petticoat to match my hair.

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I did NOT want to take this outfit off. If it was socially acceptable to rock a wedding dress every day of my life, this is the one I’d wear. Comfortable, classic and it gives you a killer shape. I literally could not believe it when they told me it cost £99. I was sure there had to be a zero missing off the end.

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After I’d finished swishing and twirling away for a good 20 minutes, I was reluctantly ready to take it off and try something else. “Let’s do something fun!” I said, and to me, fun means SKULLS!

I went for the exact same shape dress but this time in the ‘pirate’, 100% cotton, fabric. Seriously, how amazing would your bridesmaids look in this? Maybe all wearing different coloured petticoats? Cuuuuute! The fabric also comes in tops, skirts and other shaped dresses too, all of which probably need to get in my wardrobe immediately.

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I was ready to switch it up with a circle skirt and top for my next try on, and how could I resist this pink cat print? Did they design this with me in mind or what?

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Colourful 8-Bit Themed Afternoon Tea Wedding

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Katy and Kerr wanted a bright and colourful wedding that would be fun for their guests. They chose to serve afternoon tea, followed by take away pizza in the evening! This not only saved them a lot of cash, but went down a storm with their guests!

“Our wedding theme was bright and colourful”, exclaimed Katy. “We wanted it to be full of fun and sunshine. The rainbow-ness and stars were sort of influenced by our shared love of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series and the Edgar Wright directed movie of the books. These take their inspiration from 8-bit and old-school computer games and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

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“We are really pleased that people have commented what FUN it was”, she continued. “When we were planning, that was our absolute number one priority! There was nothing worth doing if it didn’t have love or fun at its heart! That took some people by surprise – it’s funny having a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand that ‘rainbow’ is a totally legitimate wedding colour theme!”

The couple decorated the space completely themselves from paper bunting from FunkyFrillsUK on Etsy, rainbow ribbons and plenty of bits from Hobbycraft! For their ‘cake’ they simply arranged pork pies from the supermarket on a cupcake stand! They decorated them with a customised cake topper made by one of the bridesmaids.

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Lego and Harry Potter Wedding on Summer Solstice: Zak & Emma

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Both big lovers of Lego, Harry Potter and tattoos, Zak and Emma wanted to incorporate them all into their wedding. They were married in June in Bray. near Maidenhead.

“The inspiration for our wedding was basically a weird amalgamation of all the things we wanted, with all of the awesome stuff we love!” wrote the bride. “We wanted to have bright colours, swinging dresses and sharp suits. We both love all things Lego and Harry Potter, so we wanted to include little nods to these things in as many ways as possible. Our priority was to have a relaxed and fun day and not to take it all too seriously. We decided that we wanted to get married on the Summer Solstice and our ‘must have’ was the handfasting ceremony, as we love the symbolism and meaning and history behind it.”

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“We’d wanted to get married this way, but as it is not legally binding in the UK so we decided to get married in the church around the corner from our house first”, she continued. “It is the oldest church in our borough and as I am a history nerd, I loved the idea of getting married in a place with medieval walls, Elizabethan beams and a Victorian roof.”

“One of my wedding day highlights was that the bar staff at our reception venue heard that there would be wedding with Harry Potter table names and being big fans themselves, created different Harry Potter themed cocktails to surprise us with!” she continued. “We had no idea until one of our guests handed me a Goblet of Fire! I also really loved receiving our final photos after the wedding.”

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A Musical & Modern Wedding: Katie & Adam

“Without wanting to sound too sucky I’ve read Rock n Roll Bride for years, even before I was engaged”, wrote newly-wed Katie, who married Adam in Leicestershire in September. “I loved looking at the photography and the different styles & ideas out there. So as soon as Adam popped the question I had a great starting point!”

The entire wedding had a music theme – from the vinyl motifs, the homemade posters, the guitar pick favours and the concert venue table names, “Music was a really big inspiration for us, from the background music to the first dance & church music”, the bride continued. “Everything was carefully planned and picked to fit our theme. The vinyl theme continued all the way from the invites to decorations around the venue.”

This wedding wasn’t without elements of tradition though, with a church ceremony being really important to both he bride & groom.”We really wanted a church wedding and so the service started very traditionally with ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ hymns and a bible reading. Then as the service went on, more of our personality started to shine through. Our second reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and we left the church to ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar while everyone clapped along. The reception was where we could run wild and the venue was great with letting us do anything and everything we wanted!”

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A Rainbow Wedding inspired by their Living Room: Ruth & Alex

I think green is a totally underrated bridal colour. We see brides in white, red, even black, quite often, but rarely in green – and doesn’t Ruth show us how wrong this is? She looks incredible! “I remember looking at photos of my Gran in her wedding dress from 1960 which was blue with a pink petticoat and telling myself that I was going to wear my favourite colour when I got married too”, Ruth began, “and so the green dress was born. My something old was my Gran’s actual pink underskirt from her wedding dress.”

“Finding a green dress was hard work though. At first I tried on bridesmaid dresses but I never really felt myself or special enough. I was also being pushed into trying on white dresses by everyone but I didn’t recognise myself. I’m a total tomboy at heart and the concept of being feminine for the day felt alien to me. I still don’t understand the concept of feeling like a princess on your wedding day. The most important thing was to feel like me. I found Vivien of Holloway online after looking at the adverts on Rock n Roll Bride. After three trips trying on various Vivien of Holloway dresses, I ended up ordering from a limited run of only 4 (!) plain green circle dresses. I love the fact that I can and will be able to wear my dress again and that I’m only one of 4 people to have bought it!”

Oh but the colour doesn’t stop there, even the boys got in on the action – I’m totally dying over those rainbow ties from Me and Matilda on etsy. I guess you can see where this is going… Ruth & Alex had a rainbow wedding – woohoo my favourite!

The wedding was held at Keele University, where the couple both studied and met. “We met each other whilst at Uni,” Ruth explained. “It turned out that we were at the same socials as freshers without meeting each other but we had a mutual friend. The year after we both applied for private halls (back in the day everyone lived on campus in their 1st and 3rd years) and were put together in the same flat as we shared an interest Guiding and Scouting. It seemed only right that we would start our married life back at Keele just as we had started our adult lives back there too.”

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