Category Archives: British Brides

Sally & Vyv’s Stylish London Wedding

Sally & Vyv’s stylish London wedding took place in November. The ceremony at Islington Town Hall was followed by a party at 06 St Chad’s, Kings Cross.

Sally told me all about their day, “My dress was from a vintage fair at Chelsea Town Hall, I don’t know the designer/era but I was talking to a fab lady who runs a vintage shop in Camden Passage and she thought it might be late 50s.  I didn’t plan yellow but wanted a bright colour and when I saw it I knew it was what I was looking for.  I got it altered by The Lady That Does who is as much fun as she is talented, I spent a good few evenings laughing over cups of tea at her house with her partner – they are both very into their vintage and run swing nights in Walthamstow, but that’s another story… oh yes and he runs dance classes!  I almost forgot that I was there to get the dress pinned they were so much fun!  Shoes were unimaginatively from Topshop.”

“We chose Islington Town Hall as it’s our local registry office and we have been to both official meetings in the council chamber as well as another wedding!  6 St Chad’s came well recommended from 3 friends,  for food, cost and sound system. The first DJ was Paolo Zerbini, Vyv’s brother in law who flew over from Parma, Italy to play a selection of northern soul from his impeccable collection.  Vyv’s friend Stu followed with his characteristic floor fillers and the last couple of hours were covered by Vyv’s friend Ed who made sure no-one stopped dancing until the every end.”

“Our table decorations were crafted by my Mum and brother the day before and tables were named after hills/mountains Vyv and I have climbed together.  The bunting I sent out by post to guests and they decorated them and posted them back in time for me to staple them together.”

“The most important consideration was to make sure it was a relaxed day, so we didn’t want it to be too big and we tried not to over plan.  We dispensed with tradition of just the men doing speeches and let Mums, Dad’s and close friends all say a few words as well as both the groom and the bride! I think what really made it great was having our backpacks behind the bar and changing at the end of the night, to be driven off to the airport with all the guests waving us off!”

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Victor & Tori’s Dramatic Deep Purple Wedding

Victor & Tori’s dramatic, slightly gothic – totally fabulous British wedding totally hits the nail on the Rock n Roll head. As soon as these landed on my desk I was instantly smitten with Tori’s wicked deep purple, handmade gown by Janice Whitehorn of Uptight Clothing, “My bridesmaid sent me the link to Janice’s website and I loved her styles,” explained Tori. “I went for a consultation and I told Janice what I liked and didn’t like, and she came up with the most amazing dress/corset that made me feel like a princess, along with the headpiece which was modified from her original design and all the jewellery.”

The couple were married in October at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and the deep purple theme was carried throughout the day and the details. Victor and his groomsmen wore a tailed morning suits with brocade waistcoats hired from Moss Bros, but their cravats were also handmade by Janice from the same material as the dress to match.

“We always knew our wedding was going to be different – neither of us have worn white since our teens so we knew there’d never be a white dress” concluded the bride. “We wanted a romantic and private setting, and we felt a castle would really fit this idea.  We always knew we’d end up having a friend DJ so there was music at a wedding we actually liked, and we wanted a visual treat to remember, so we asked everyone to wear purple and black to fit in – and it really worked! It wasn’t stressful at all, we had so much help along the way, especially from my mum.  We also couldn’t have found better suppliers, all were amazing.”

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The Editor of WEDDING Magazine’s Very Own Rock n Roll Wedding

I am totally thrilled, excited, over the moon, honoured that my editor at WEDDING Magazine asked if I wanted to feature her Rock n Roll wedding. As the editor of a national wedding magazine, you might expect her wedding to be the super traditional kind but not this chick! By working in the industry for so long, Catherine knew exactly what she did (and didn’t!) want for her big day and the result was a fabulous and eclectic one.

She spoke to me this week about her Rock n Roll wedding ideas, “I was never going to be a traditional tiara and train bride. I needed something that screamed ‘look at me’ for all the right reasons and Candy Anthony realised this dream for me. My scarlet prom dress with matching headpiece was the exact statement I wanted to make, and drew crowds outside Chelsea register office when we stood at the top of those infamous steps. I didn’t want my wedding to be too colour co-ordinated, and chose an OTT venue complete with Jimi Hendrix posters, stuffed crocodiles and a view of Battersea Power Station to add to the mix. I clashed funky Ikea prints with recycled tins and bottles, chose non-bridal vibrant dahlias and had my tattooist brother design my wedding cake. I also wanted to ditch formality, so there was no table plan, guests just grabbed a seat in either the decked garden or in the bar to enjoy their surf n turf barbecue while being entertained by deceptionist Sav and pianist Danny Mills doing his own versions of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs. Rock music was vitally important to me on my big day, no cheesy Take That love songs here! And as my ace DJs Wedding Smashers played Guns n Roses (my favourite group)  and I danced with my friends and family, I knew I’d created my ideal Rock n Roll wedding.”

Catherine married Sergio in the suitably Rock n Roll environment of The Duchess Pub, Battersea. “I wanted my big day to be relaxed and without any of the formality of a traditional English wedding,” explained the bride, who looked radiant in her bright red Candy Anthony gown. “I wanted the day to have an urban party feel, so I chosen my pub venue for it’s laidback, eclectic vibe and décor as well as the stunning view of Battersea Power Station.”

The styling of the reception was also anything but traditional. Catherine had florist Rebel Rebel fill the room with flowers, “I had my heart set on Rebel Rebel’s signature flower-filled retro handbags, and also loved its original cake stands packed with roses. The eclectic mix of bottles, tins and jars used to display the vibrant table displays of dahlias, roses and stocks completed the colourful look to absolute perfection.”

The bride’s Mum and Dad hand decorated the photo frames which the couple gave out as favours and Fancy Nancy created a completely show stopping cake for the occasion. The rest of the reception décor – the bunting, the cushions etc were also all DIY’ed by Catherine and her Mum.

What a seriously fabulous wedding – I wouldn’t expect anything less than the editor of the wedding magazine that lets me and MY bonkers ideas on to it’s pages every issue!

Catherine & Sergio’s wedding can be seen in this month’s WEDDING Magazine (alongside my latest ‘trends’ article) out in shops NOW!

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Abbie & Steven’s Snow-Capped, Twitter Inspired Wedding

Abbie & Steven found a lot of their wedding day inspiration online, including Rock n Roll Bride, which makes their wedding a very special one indeed. I’ve followed the bride on Twitter for the last few months in fact so I do feel a little bit like I’ve been along for the ride of their wedding planning!

“I don’t think we ever set out to be different just be ourselves. We never liked the ideas of themes as it can often just become gimmicky and lose sight that it’s actually a wedding and not some theme party,” Abbie told me. ” Ensuring it felt like a wedding was really important to us but we didn’t believe that meant keeping it traditional. This is not an easy balance to strike, it’s not about rebelling for the sake of it but picking and choosing the things that mean something to you.”

“Making decisions about the day was a pretty organic process; we either saw things we liked or bounced ideas around, although Steven lived in fear of my wedding mantra ‘I’ve had an idea’. So the day ended up being a bit of a hotchpotch, which kind of defies definition which suited us fine. Being a bit of a twitter geek that was probably my main planning and ideas tool. We found our photographer, hair and make-up, jewellery and shoes using Twitter. Using Twitter was great as we were able to build up some really good relationships with our suppliers before the wedding, especially with Chris and Dani the photographers and Elbie Van Eeden the hair and make-up artist. We got so much more out of the experience because by they knew us and knew what we liked, our style and the kind of day we wanted to have.”

“I feel like I have to tell people about how amazing Elbie is, she worked so hard on the day and she is immensely talented. I didn’t want the traditional bridal look, I wanted something a bit more dramatic and Elbie just ran with this and came up with something amazing. I’m sure she’s a little bit magic. The photographers Chris and Dani were absolute stars they not only produced the most fantastic photos but managed to put everyone at ease. We wanted them to feel part of the wedding so they sat with some of my relatives during the wedding breakfast and when I was speaking to the relatives later they said that Chris and Dani felt like part of the family.”

Abbie wore a dress from Tom Flowers and amazing glittery shoes from Schuh. I am also a HUGE fan of her faux fur leopard print coat which was a last minute addition for the portraits in the snow! The couple did a few DIY projects including the groom making the giant cupcake and the couple using horse shoes from Abbie’s Dad’s horses as part of their décor.

“You can try and plan every minute to be perfect but there will always be those things that come out of left field that you can’t control”, concluded Abbie. “At our wedding, one of my best friends waters broke at the start of the ceremony, snow prevented a table of guests from actually getting there and within 5 minutes of exiting the ceremony a guest spilt mulled wine all down my dress.  You just have to take these things in your stride, it’s the stuff you don’t plan that you will remember later (in a good way, honest).”

I just love them don’t you? And seriously…don’t get me started on the faux fur leopard coat…I totally ADORE this bridal look!

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Debs & Richie’s Budget Friendly, Crafty & Vintage Wedding

When photographer Emma Case emails me with “eeek’s!” and “wooohoo’s!” when talking about her latest wedding I stand by and prepare myself for greatness. I am SO EXCITED to share Debs & Richie’s wedding on my blog as not only did I blog their fabulous engagement session just before Christmas, but they used Rock n Roll Bride as inspiration for their awesome vintage wedding.

“When Richie & I got engaged we did not have a clue what we wanted our wedding to be like, all we knew was that we wanted it quite small, with only close family and friends, good food, good music, and wanted it to reflect on us as a couple as much as possible.  Our budget was small and we began to panic! How are we going to manage to create a wedding on such a small budget, that’s when I turned to the Internet and found a number of wedding blogs (Rock n Roll Bride was one of the first) that gave me loads of inspiration on how different weddings can be, and how much of your own personality you can add to your special day!  I became obsessed with the blogging world, I had bookmarked hundreds of images made folders upon folders and my inspiration began to expand.”

The couple’s budget was small but they totally rocked it! By being creative, by DIYing everything, thrifting and visiting charity shops, they were able to craft the vintage wedding of their dreams!”Having a small budget I knew that alot of the work would have to be done by myself and with a little help from friends and family,” continued the bride. “So I began my journey of crafting everyday, I would craft on the underground, in work on lunch breaks, as soon as I came home from work, my weekends off, visits to friends and family, my whole world became the wedding.  Being in a creative job there are loads of talented people, and I had people in my work making my wedding cake, the invites and arranging my wedding bouquet.  I also used my work colleagues contacts to get the flowers cheaply at the market for then me and my sister to arrange them late into the night before the wedding.”

“We wanted our day to be as relaxed as possible (this isn’t always easy and does not happen when you have a small adorable son though!!)” she continued. “We wanted the decorations and small touches to reflect our love for vintage, we love vintage clothes, vintage furniture, vintage accessories.  I love the beauty and history behind old items, I love that they have a story behind them.  That someone has loved these objects and that they are getting passed along to make new memories, in this case our memories for our wedding day.”

“For my degree show I studied photography for my last part of my final and photographed tea cups, I had a small collection started and I love the beauty of the china tea cup and how they were all different!  So I was on a mission to collect as many as I could, as these would be my favours by melting wax into them and making them into sweet candles for guests to take away.  Everything was hand crafted by myself from the favours, to the felt love heart badges guest wore, to the pom poms and flower garlands that hung in the hall.”

Debs loved collecting all the little bits and pieces in the run up to their wedding. Her vision was an eclectic mis-matched one, with the reception tables full of items they had collected themselves.

Debs wore a vintage dress which she found in a charity shop for just £15! She even got to meet the original owner of the gown and she her wedding photographs! What a magical moment that must have been!

She explained, “Having 6 months left before the big day I had still no clue what I wanted my dress to be like, all I knew was that I wanted it to be different and my favourite word again Vintage!!! Someone had told me about a small charity shop in Govan (Glasgow), which is not renowned for being lets say…. stylish, but I knew with an older generation, there would be a few treasures in the shop.  The shop was called Magpie’s Nest which was a prefect name for me! I was amazed by the selection and quickly filled my bags with teacups, I got talking to the lady behind the counter and asked if she specialises in wedding dresses or knew any places as there were a few wedding dresses hanging up! We got talking and she went into the back and came out shortly holding a beautiful dress, I knew that this was the one that I was getting married in!  It was tiny and asked to try it on, in a small bathroom I squeezed it on and to my disappointment I could not get the back up, but I knew that I wanted it and thought there must be a way to get this dress to fit.  It was elegant, long shelves for the winter and was simple so I could accessorise.  My beautiful dress came to the grand total of £15 and as she packed it away in a Farmfoods bag, I skipped down the road with the biggest smile on my face, greeted by Richie saying what’s in the Farmfoods bag? and I said “my wedding dress!!!”

“I really would like to give a big thanks to Sarah from Magpie’s Nest in Glasgow without her help, I would not have been able to get as much as what I got for the wedding. I went nearly every week to her shop and there were times when I got to go into the back of the Charity shop to the ‘unseen’ and rummage until my heart was content.  Sarah does a brilliant job for her charity and believes in pricing the goods that come into the shop fairly (not west-end prices), so locals can afford to buy and therefore helping to regenerate the local community.  She also knew the woman who handed in the wedding dress and arranged for me to meet up with her. She told me the story behind the dress, that she bought the dress in Watt Brothers in town for 9 Shillings!”

The dress was altered by Dragonfly Dress Design. She added a petticoat (for showing off the Vivienne Westwood shoes of course!) “She specialises in vintage dresses,” Debs told me, “and through her whole  time in the dress business has only ever once came across a dress like mine!  It is a very rare dress from the late 1940’s but with a 1950’s style, as it was very simple and classic.  I also came across dragonfly through Rock n Roll Bride, again a big thank you for helping me source what is so close to home that I would never have known about.”

The ceremony took place at Park Circus in the West End of Glasgow, with the reception being held at Cail Bruich Restaurant in Bridge of Weir. The restaurant not only had a gorgeous scenic view, but vintage and retro touches throughout which perfectly matched their theme.

Finally, Debs & Richie found the fabulous Emma Case through her first ever feature on Rock n Roll Bride. Long time readers of the blog will remember this gorgeous ‘Second Time Lucky’ wedding that I posted back in October 2009 – the first time I was introduced to her work. Who could have known back then that we would become such good friends!? Aww I love blogland!

“I saw this wedding on Rock n Roll Bride whilst researching the wedding and I bookmarked it. I thought that’s the style I want my wedding photographer to have relaxed, capturing a beautiful moment and everyone looking so happy and comfortable.  I bookmarked the photograph that I loved and was in awe with it, but thought nothing of it! (the one with the bride running) I went into work and my friend knew I was looking for an alternative photographer and gave me the name Emma Case to check out.  I went home and I was amazed that the photograph which I loved, was taken by the talented Emma Case, I knew I had to have her and contacted her straight away.  Emma got back and said that the date we were originally planned getting married on, was booked! Arrragh, so without speaking to Richie I took a risk and I asked what dates were available, and the 4th of December was what Emma came back with…That was the date I was going for, so I could get my prefect photographer, and can I just say she is prefect.  Richie and myself are in love with Emma and Pete, they made us feel so comfortable and relaxed…Our budget was so small, but the one thing we were willing to spend the most money on, was a photographer.  It’s so important to have magical photographs that capture your special day, and capture all your hard work.  I cannot say enough nice things about Emma and her talent and how much more special she has made our wedding day and memories.”

Serious love for Debs & Richie over here!

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Mark & Fiona’s Snowy Steampunk Kinda Day

Mark & Fiona’s Steampunk inspired wedding took place at the Signet Library in Edinburgh in November. “We chose a Steampunk theme after Mark told Fiona her general day to day style was slightly Steampunk when he bought her a watch for Christmas in New York,” the couple explained. “Fiona had not heard of it, but looked it up and realised it was exactly what she was in her choice of films, clothes and even her writing (she’s an aspiring novelist).”

Fiona didn’t want to be a traditional bride, so chose a mini top hat instead by House of Nines Design instead of a veil. She explained, “Before I even chose my dress I’d decided I wanted a hat and it had to be a  House of Nines Design Hat.  I had it made specifically to my colours and my specification.  Trisha was a real pleasure to work with and a great help, sending me various samples to chose from.  Trisha is based in San Francisco and has previously made hats for Dita Von Teese, amongst others.” The bride’s dress was by Ian Stuart. She also wore handmade shoes from Beretrun Design and gloves byMetamorphDK on Etsy.

The couple also didn’t use any traditional wedding music and instead chose some of their favourite songs for the  ceremony. Music from Spirited Away and Stardust accompanied the couple’s recessional and processional and Led Zepplin’s Stairway To Heaven played on harp during the signing of the register. 

Finally, Fiona made all the women’s favours which were flavoured lip balms.  She had lots of fun the months before experimenting making different flavours, colours and styles and she said they were actually very easy to make.  Mark chose Lego key rings for the men’s favours.

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