You may have seen me talk about Bitchless Bride before, especially on twitter. She is my new wedding industry hero! The alter ego of a wedding planner (and no, even I don’t know her true identity!) who was sick to death of crazy bridezillas and mental wedding vendors, she set up her blog to give it to us STRAIGHT. I loooove her. She’s a hoot. And hell, she rocks a pink wig. We’re definitely destined to be BFFs.
I just about wet my pants with excitement when her video guest blog landed in my inbox. Some exclusive Bitchless Bride on Rock n Roll Bride?! Hell. Yes. We are a match made in wedding heaven. Listen up brideys, listen up wedding suppliers, cos Bitchless is about to give it to you. No holds barred.
(FYI there are a few swears in here, if you’re at work… or you’re of a delicate disposition then you might wanna save this for later…)
Some of you may recognise Julian & Carolyn as I featured their ‘registration of marriage ceremony’, a Malaysian tradition, way back in December 2010! Well since then, the couple have been planning the rest of their wedding celebration – an outdoor party held at Kiara Jungle Park in Kuala Lumpur.
“For the ceremony itself, we wanted a really cute/funny entrance,” Carolyn began. “Our first ideas was to have a few of our friends ride in with their Harley’s and then my Dad & I would zip right in with a Vespa and cute ‘beep, beep’! Unfortunately (well, fortunately on hindsight) the Vespa we borrowed was giving us some problems, so we didn’t go on with the plan… but my friends still came with 4 white Harley’s and so I hopped onto to the back and that was my grand entrance!”
“We tried to DIY and upcycle as much as we could for our wedding. For example the napkin holders were made out of toilet roll cores, cut-up and then covered with vintage curtain material that my late grandmother used. We collected hundreds of tin cans & placed tea lights inside them to light up the walk way. My Mom also helped decorate an arch for us to use during our exchange of vows. In fact, my Mom did too many things to mention!! Last but not least, are the bouquets. All the bouquets were made by my very talented husband, Julian!”
“Our wedding favours were items from our childhood with an 80s theme,” she continued. “There was gum, wafer slices, jelly cones, little bubble blowing thingys… Everyone loved them! We also brought in our collection (and a friends) of vintage furniture to create a mini living room in the park for people to have their photo in as well as relax in! We got our friends to help take photos with instant cameras and got them to pin it up around the area.”
“The last and biggest surprise for the wedding is our wedding video,” the bride concluded. “You see in Malaysia, it seems to be a trend to compile pictures of the wedding couple from childhood, through to meeting each other and so forth. Julian and I have always felt that it was cheesy and we wanted to do something different. We finally decided on a thank you video instead, to be shared during the reception. I remember saying to Julian that I want the people in the video to be really touched, and so we shot the video ourselves and did make a few people tear. Mission accomplished!
Aww and look how cute it is…! I can see why people cried can’t you? Absolutely LOVE this idea.
♥ this ♥ spending a day with Shell ♥ spending a day with Charlotte ♥ vintage bargains ♥ sparkly glitter brogues! ♥ Mexican food ♥ new beauty treats ♥ MoroccanOil ♥ being able to wear tights and jumpers again ♥ furry slippers ♥ mocktails ♥ drinks with cucumber ♥ chai spiced lattes ♥ Gareth making me laugh uncontrollably ♥ clearing out old clothes and buying lots of new ones ♥ knitted mid-length skirts – cute and practical ♥ making exciting plans for a trip to Paris with my best girls next spring! ♥ early morning tweetathons with Megan & making plans to meet up in NYC next May! ♥
If you’re anything like me, on a Friday you’re tired and ready for the weekend so I thought I’d ease you into your last working day of the week with a bit of fairytale magic…
I know how much you all loved the ‘baby bunny’ photo shoot that I blogged last week, but are you all ready for part two…shot in PARIS!? This is fairytale escapism on a whole other level. If the bunny shoot made you squeal, I think you’re just about gonna die when you see this…
“I believe in fairytales,” writes photographer/videographer genuis David of Axioo. “Not like the ones we used to hear when we were kids. Disney has its share of planting the seeds of fairytale, but as we grow older, we know those only exist in storybooks and Disneyland. As we meet couples who share with us how their love began, what sparks their relationship, we believe there’s a magical power that brought them together.”
Jeff & Cecil flew to Paris from Indonesia for their pre-wedding shoot and brought Axioo with them. Wow.
As most of you will know, I’m currently on my first American tour (OK it’s not really a ‘tour’ per-say as I’m only going to two places but that sounds fancy right!?) This past week I’ve been in Omaha for their annual fashion week. I was invited by the way-too-cool Megan Hunt better known as Princess Lasertron to model a limited edition Rock n Roll Bride dress (that she would design and make especially for me and the readers of Rock n Roll Bride) in her runway show to debut her Fall 2011 collection. She quite frankly didn’t have to ask me twice. I grabbed Gareth and we hot-footed our way to the US of A.
(fyi the dress will be available to purchase soon – don’t worry I’ll be blogging all about her newest dress designs – all of which I adore – and how you can get your mitts on one of your very own when I return to the UK)
I love Omaha. When I told people I was coming here most of them said ‘Huh? Why are you going to Nebraska?!’… and similarly many people I’ve met here asked me the same question (!) but seriously I love it!
I love the crazy-wide roads, the cobbled streets of the Old Market, the vintage, thrift and antique stores and the tattoo shops that are open past midnight. Plus Omahanians have to be some of the friendliest and coolest people…and seriously, if it’s good enough for Gaga…
♥ aeroplane movies ♥ ‘Kat & Gareth Welcome to Omaha’ sign ♥ best. sushi. ever (sorry Yo Sushi) ♥ sake & cucumber cocktails ♥ farmer’s markets ♥ cookie & milk buffets ♥ being star struck ♥ Gucci Gucci ♥ Going on the telly (and being able to give sneaky shout outs to my friends ♥ wearing a pink tutu at 8am ♥ hugging Elvis ♥ peanut butter milkshakes (fit!) ♥ silver air-streams ♥ cocktail overflow ♥ new bff’s ♥ gyros ♥ expressing my not-so-inner rock chick by smashing and setting fire to a guitar (for a photo shoot…I don’t just have issues!) ♥ getting my make up done by a drag queen (the eye make up was incredible!) ♥ late night Mexican food (and being reminded of ‘that scene’ in Bridesmaids as we walked in “no the food is really good here, honest!”) ♥ trading America vs English expressions (new favourite “Totes Cray Cray” – translation – “Oh my, that’s totally crazy!” ♥ Mondo Guerra ♥ VIP areas ♥ customer service (the British need to learn a thing or two for realz!) ♥ glitter hairspray ♥ free wifi (step it up London!) ♥ being recognised wherever I go…weird at first but totally cool (or should I say totes cray cray…) ♥
Best of The Rest (Californian Edition)
Gareth & I leave Nebraska for California today.I’m going to meet some of my blogging ICONS while I’m there and I literally can’t wait. See you in the city of angels!!
It was really hard to pick which video to share (there are too many awesome songs about California!) but I know you’ll be dancing around your living room to this one…and if you’re not then you should be. Go on…you know you want to. I won’t tell anyone…
“California…knows how to party
California…knows how to party
In the citaaay of L.A.
In the citaaay of good ol’ Watts
In the citaaay, the city of Compton
We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!”