Category Archives: British Brides

A Bonus Thursday Treat – Anna and the Ring’s Snowy Wedding

Thursday treats may officially be finished for 2010, but I couldn’t let this year conclude without sharing the fact that my gorgeous friend – blogger and regular Rock n Roll Bride guest writer, Anna and the Ring got married!

Anna’s snowy wedding to David took place in November and was perfectly captured by the epic Emma Case. For the full set of glorious image and all the juicy details be sure to pop by Emma Case’s blog, and Love My Dress.

Congrats to Anna & her Bean!

Amanda & Stu’s Multi-Coloured Balloon, Sphynx Cat-Loving, South-Bank Graffiti, Charlie Chaplin Look-a-Like Engagement

Amanda & Stu’s gorgeous engagement session is special for two reasons. Not only did the couple find their photographer Shell de Mar on Rock n Roll Bride, but it’s the groom that is the big Rock n Roll Bride fan. I love that I have (a few, carefully selected and super special) male readers who can see past all the pink and glitter and enjoy the wedding fabulousness. So it was Stu who excitedly told me all about their shoot with Shell.

“We first came across Shell via an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We loved the way she managed to capture colours, fun and love (all the important things in life!). After we got in contact with her, she asked us to provide a bit of info about us and, looking back at the emails I got verbal diarrhoea and listed of a whole heap of stuff. I mentioned our love of bright colours in everything (clothes, art, movies, music  and animals. I mentioned our Sphynx cat (Uzume aka Zoomy – named after the Japanese goddess of joy and happiness) who we obviously wanted included in the photos as she’s part of the family! I mentioned that we got engaged in Venice; that Amanda makes colourful glass jewellery; that we ski… and the list carried on. Thankfully this didn’t scare Shell off and she seemed as enthusiastic as ever!”

“Inspired by all of this, Shell came up with a whole heap of suggestions including a link to eBay to an item with 100 multi-coloured balloons! Woohoo, ‘Up’ here we come! So, the day of the shoot came and so did the weather. Rain and wind. Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out!) this made it impossible to take the 100 balloons on the train with us, so we went with the 10 heart shaped purple balloons in 4 bin bags, 2 colourful umbrellas and 2 heart shaped chalkboards we had bought in Switzerland the week before and we postponed the ‘Up’ shoot until a later date. Great decision! The photos from Part 1 are awesome! The colours from the graffiti on the South bank (you can’t see the strange looks we were getting from the skaters!), The Charlie Chaplin – who asked to borrow Amanda’s mirror, so we asked to borrow him! The giant ampersand, The yellow staircase, The aquarium – all awesome!! And we had such awesome fun posing, jumping in puddles and generally larking about. Even when the wind blew a bag full of the balloons down onto the beach of the Thames, meaning that I had to clamber down and run along the beach after them (much to the amusement of the tourists), it was still fun!”

“So, Part 2! The leaves turned and the weather finally became our friend, Shell made the trip out to us to meet Zoomy – who she loved – how can you not!? We love the shots of the 3 of us. Just beautifully sums up a happy chilled day at home. And yes, Zoomy got in the bag on her own – she likes being inside stuff. So, off to the park with the balloons – with Amanda and Shell claiming not to know me as I walked down the street with 100 multi-coloured balloons!. Shell suggested a load of props to attach to the balloons – 2 pairs of my boots, my mini skateboard and a couple of bottles of our favourite tipples – St Germain and Bombay Sapphire! So after a day of bubbles, balloons, boots and rolling around in leaves the shoot was over.”

“And the photos… well, see for yourself… awesome, just awesome! Shell has a knack for capturing fun, love, personality and all round happiness – check out the colours! And the black and white romantiqueness as well. And the shoot was SO much fun as well!”

Stu warned me that he might have rambled a bit but I had to share all this info with you too. I love how excited their photos made them!

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Farley & Niko’s Hippy-tastic Rainbow Wedding

The thing I love about all you Rock n Roll Bride’s is the diversity of all your weddings. Every morning my inbox is flooded with so many different wedding visions that it my days are never dull!

Farley & Niko’s wedding was planned in only 8 weeks. They explained, “We decided to go for it when Farley’s Dad was diagnosed with pancreas and liver cancer. We therefore hadn’t saved for it and had to cut corners where ever we could. We did have some very generous donations form family members which made it possible. I think we did it all within £4000 (that’s 120 guests all fed).”

“The timing couldn’t have been better, Farley’s Dad was able to come as it worked out that he was due a break from his chemo on the date that we had set (he travelled over from Portugal where him and his wife live). Although he is still doing really well, he is no where near well enough to travel now so it was worth the mad rush. He came to see the last of his children get married and was well enough to enjoy the day. We were also obviously really happy to have him there.”

The wedding reception was held at Albury Village Hall, Hertfordshire and only cost the couple £250 to hire! By saving so much money here, it meant the couple were able to put their own stamp on the decor and styling of the wedding.

Niko’s dress was a DIY project. She bought two dresses (she didn’t know the designers) for just £100 each (reduced from £1000 each!) and used the top half from one and the skirt from the other. Her friend Daisy helped her create it and make it into a rainbow by adding multi coloured strips. She saved money on her shoes, finding them for just £5 on eBay and she made her rainbow veil herself by gluing lots of different colours of organza and ribbon to a clip.

“My bouquet was made from garden wire (bought in a garden centre), tissue paper and pva glue,” continued the bride. “I used pliers to twist and shape the wire into funky flower shapes, then using a bit of a paper mache technique covered them in different coloured tissue paper, applying layers of glue and paper. I got lots of friends to help out with this. I finished it off with loads of different coloured organza ribbons.”

This provided the inspiration for her jewellery too as she took it a long when she had a meeting with the girl who made her and her bridesmaid’s accessories. “I took my bouquet to a jewellery designer and asked for a necklace to go with it. She then created my necklace form glass beads that she made herself and silver wire. The bridesmaids/flower girls also had simplified versions of the necklace made for them.”

In further efforts to save money, the entire reception decor was created by the couple and their friends and family. The flowers were potted pansies, which the bride was then able to take home and plant in her own garden, and only cost £29 in total! The cakes came from Tesco and were chopped up to make them ‘wonky’ and were then iced.  Niko also made rainbow wands for all the children so they had something to play with. These were easily created by attaching different coloured ribbons to hazel sticks. Finally, they attached different coloured strips of fabric and ribbons to the trees for extra decoration, which looked great and swayed in the wind – beautiful!

“I have never been one for dreaming of a big white wedding,” she concluded. “The thought of a wedding dress scared me a bit – it just wasn’t me. I was trying to think of a theme and I really liked the idea of rainbows. It’s bright, cheery and fun. I really didn’t want it to be a formal serious wedding. I was looking on google and found there have been a few rainbow weddings and one in particular caught my eye, after seeing what she did, I got to work! My house was full of ribbons and all things rainbow for weeks! I was still a bit scared of the whole dress thing, but because it was rainbowy and fun I felt a bit more comfortable and ended up totally loving it! (im not a natural girlie girl who loves all things pretty and feminine). Our three daughters on the other hand totally loved it all. They spent weeks asking ‘is the wedding today, can I put my dress on yet??’ ”

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Kate & Jeff’s City Chic Circus Wedding

After attending a countless weddings over the years, Kate & Jeff knew that they wanted to do something different, something daring and something exciting for their wedding day – and different they did! I mean, how many weddings have you seen where aerialist and trapeze performers dangle over the reception!?

“We knew that we needed to do something a bit different so it felt like our day, rather than a version of someone else’s day,” began the couple. “We wanted a wedding with a chic city-feel, in the city that we both love. And we wanted to show Bristol in all its glory to our friends and family from the South-East… without reverting to cliché’s.”

“We knew the Old Council House would be a beautiful place to get married, especially on a Saturday afternoon with the hustle and bustle of the market as a backdrop. And when we found Circomedia for the reception, we both fell in love with it. Not only is it a spectacular building, but we knew we would have the freedom to put our stamp on it, which was really important because we didn’t want to have any details dictated to us by a venue – we wanted to work with local suppliers who would get our personalities and would each bring a special something to the day.”

“We wanted to celebrate the use of the venue as well as the beauty of it so we asked the Circomedia if we could have aerialist and trapeze performers and we decided that the circus would be a loose theme to base the fun around.”

The day was a very stylish and sharp affair, with all the guest turning up in their finest. The dress code was “sharp suits & flirty frocks” and the bride lead by example in a chic retro style dress, custom made for her in ‘oyster’ duchess Satin by Gilly Woo. Kate wanted a consistent palette throughout, but without things looking too regimented – so the bridesmaids all had individual outfits in the same colour scheme. The flowers were a variety of seasonal blooms in different combinations, the place names were hand printed and the vintage crockery was mismatched.

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Polly & Stuart’s Wartime Wedding

Polly & Stuart’s wartime inspired wedding was held in a marquee in Polly’s parent’s back garden. “We love vintage style from the 1930’s-1960’s. We wanted to incorporate our love of 1950’s Rock n Roll into our wedding and combine it with the aesthetic of a wartime garden party,” explained the bride. “We furnished our marquee and gentleman’s smoking room with pieces of furniture, decor and paintings from our home. I can safely say that I don’t think that anyone else has ever had a 1940’s waxworks dummy in their wedding marquee! We also wrote our own ‘hymn’ for our wedding service. We put sticks of rock on all the tables.We combined stylistic references and it worked- We backed the stage with 1950’s style working men’s club red curtains and had Victorian birdcages stuffed with ivy and pearls suspended from the ceiling. We turned my parents’ summer house into the ‘gentlemen’s smoking room’ complete with pipes, silk smoking jackets and a drinks cabinet.  We had our dog Enid Mouse as our whippet of honour. Our magnificent nautical cake complete with Marzipan octopus tentacles was by Annie at Yummy Nice. The cake was topped by a sculpture of us in a boat made by my husband Stuart. We didn’t want to be constrained with any particular rules!”

Polly wore a 1930’s vintage dress which she bought from Elizabeth Avey in London, which she then had embellished by Vikki Lafford who made a beautiful art deco shoulder piece for the dress. The bride’s reception dress was a 1950’s wedding dress which was purchased for just £70 from a dusty rail at the back of a costume shop in Manchester. Her gorgeous shoes were from Emmy and her hair piece was made by Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Flo & Percy.

For the centrepieces and reception decor, the couple hired vintage crockery from A Most Curious Party. The tea cup displayed were a DIY effort by the bride’s Mum and friends. “For our afternoon drinks reception and dinner we had the wonderful DJ 78 who played a divine selection of tunes on his gramophones and he went down an absolute storm!” continued Polly. “Our rockabilly band were the fabulous Rhythm Aces who kept the dance floor filled all night with great 50’s Rock n Roll. The music at our ceremony was performed by our musician friends Michelle and Susie. Michelle performed on our 1870’s American parlour organ which we transported (with the help of 4 very strong men) from our bedroom in London to our wedding venue in Suffolk!”

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Ted & Nina’s Purple-Themed, Internet-Sourced, Gothic Wedding

Ted & Nina’s wedding was put together by the power of the internet – that is, they saved money as best they could by buying everything online! Nina’s dress was bought from Dark Angel and really set the tone for the whole day. The striking purple & white theme was everywhere they looked, from the bride’s gorgeous coat from eBay and her fabulous hat from The Black Cat Boutique to the flowers, the groom’s outfit and even the bride’s hair!

I wanted to share the couple’s wedding day portraits primarily, as they are simply awesome! I love their style don’t you?

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