I found Aurora & Ben’s wedding when a blog reader sent me the link to the couple’s blog. I was in instant love and sent them an email right away demanding to know more details! I am muchly exited to share those details with you all. I’ve been reading all your comments that are coming through on the readers survey and judging by your responses methinks you will like this wedding a lot – diy budget and locally-sourced loveliness!
The couple, who paid for the entire wedding themselves were determined to create a wedding that was not only undeniable ‘them’ but didn’t cost them the earth – therefore diy a-plenty was the name of the game! Everything from the bride and bridesmaid’s accessories to the cake and the flowers were all locally sourced ‘bits’ that the wedding party put together themselves. “We were paying for this wedding ourselves, so DIY was our general M.O” the couple told me. “We are very lucky to have talented, helpful friends and family and put their skills to the test! We had people assigned to random tasks in order to pull the day off: my friend from art school and her man executed a paper-plane lined path to the ceremony site; our mutual friend/ My Shero performed the ceremony, our groomsmen set out chairs and later gathered them up, one of our bridesmaids did double duty as our photographer. We even had friends in attendance who helped out without our prompting. Our friend Courtney brought her own pages from an atlas and had guests who got their early enough to help fold tiny paper airplanes, which were left on everyone’s chair before the ceremony. As we recessed down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, we were surprised by everyone throwing tiny paper airplanes at us.”
Kate & Mike’s London punk wedding took place a few weeks before the couple moved to LA (Jealous!) so it had a distinctly punk rock vs Americana theme. The couple booked Celine Chaplin to take some portraits and to document their fun-filled reception.
Kate told me all about their day – including a very funny story about Mike’s wedding day hair cut! “Since we were moving to Los Angeles a couple of weeks after the wedding, Mike & I were totally hectic so we really needed some help with the wedding. My sister and my Mum were amazing at putting the wedding together. My Dad even chipped in and sorted the meal out! i’m a total control freak but on this occasion, I’m glad i let someone else take over because they did such an awesome job.”
“Mike has always been known for his long hair, and ahead of the move to LA, he decided to cut it off for a change. He raised £700 for charity by doing it and everyone at the party chipped in and contributed to cut. Pre-emptive song to the big chop was ‘The Final Countdown!” Lucky he did it after the wedding and not before, as a haircut by about 25 people was pretty much all over the place- he had a small tufty ponytail on top of his head from where someone had missed a bit. great look!”
“Since Rock n Roll is really what brought us together in the first place, and neither of us are particularly conventional, it was important that the day reflected that. We had The Wildhearts and The Replacements playing as we took our vows. The day was totally perfect and couldn’t have been better.
After the party the pair hopped onto a rickshaw (“28 years in London and I’ve never taken one” said Kate) to a penthouse suite at The Soho Hotel. “Rolling up at the hotel in our wedding stuff and clutching a cardboard cutout of mickey mouse, about to check into the penthouse was brilliant!” Kate laughed.
Oh. My. Gaaaawd! You are going to go utterly c-c-craaaazy for Ant & Clare’s way-beyond-anything-I-have-ever-seen-awesome wedding. The pair went down to Brighton to have a personal ceremony with just the two of them. They didn’t have a reception, instead opting for a fabulous photo shoot around the town with their photographer Jacqui McSweeney. This is yet another wedding to back my theory that ‘blog-worthy’ details are not ‘all that’. Just grab yourself an wicked dress, customise yourself some shoes and get hitched in perfect Rock n Roll style! Prepare to be inspired…
Clare took it upon herself to find and customise her perfect outfit when she couldn’t find what she was after anywhere in the mainstream wedding market.
“My dress was a £35 vintage buy from Beyond Retro in London” she told me. “It was a beautiful colour and fit on top but quite an unflattering length so I customised it by layering it over a fab multi-layered white underskirt (also from Beyond Retro) and using my handy little microstitch gun ( a brilliant gadget if your rubbish at sewing but like to tinker with clothes) I pinned it up quite high keeping lots of fab underskirt on show. I wanted it to have a bit of a young victorian girl at the seaside feel, toffee apple in one hand, balloon in the other, hitching up her skirts to paddle in the waves. Thought this seemed fitting to a wedding in Brighton.”
Christine & Ara met in August 2009. Ara proposed in October 2009 and they married in April of this year. The couple, both Armenian, may be proud of their heritage but neither of them wanted anything to do with the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ Armenian wedding and so went all out to make sure their wedding was different. “They all consist of the same cookie cutter agenda: hour long church ceremony/reception at a tacky banquet hall/an entourage of bridesmaids/groomsman/endless supply of cheap appetizers and shish kabab…..and a horrible wedding dj who plays generic music” the bride told me.
Instead the couple got married at Inn of the Seventh Ray restaurant by Ara’s Father who is a minister. They hired a jazz band to play their reception and they had their first dance to “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Christina wore a gorgeous polka dot lace dress from Aire Barcelona with Tarina Tarantino acessories and put her maid of honour in Betsey Johnson…and what did they have on their feet? Oh yes those fabulous Vivienne Westwood shoes!
Is it possible to ever get tired of all this wedding gorgeousness? I don’t think so!
Julie & Eric got married at Glen Cove Mansion in NYC, a former 1920’s Gold Coast estate. They emulated the Great Gatsby stylee history of the place in their wedding with the bride, who is a graphic designer, designing all the stationary herself to fit in with this theme. The couple also baked all the cookie favours themselves!
The bride wore an adorable short dress to which she added her own gold belt, gold watch and shoes by Nina. The groom looked suitably suited and booted in his retro style ensemble and looked quite the part, even down to his slightly askew tie pin.
Contain yourselves people, I have an pretty damn awesome wedding to share today! Rachel & Brandon, a Mormon couple, are definitely Rock n Roll – just check out that bride’s style! Rachel’s Mum made her dress (OMG!) inspired by Alexander McQueen and Project Runway!
“I got the idea from a dress by the late Alexander McQueen (loved him) and Project Runway” Rachel told me. “I think it was season 5…Kenley was the contestant’s name and she totally ripped of McQueen, but her rip off gave me the idea for MY rip off and the idea for my dress was born. When I got engaged (like a year after that season aired), I emailed my mom some pictures of the dresses and asked if she could make one like that for me. She, being the amazing mom that she is, told me she would try. So we spent the next few months finding fabric and combining patterns. My dad helped with the skirt-he is a mechanical engineer-so he helped us figure out how to tier the fabric so it wouldn’t collapse on itself due to the weight of the feathers. And we ordered the feathers, which were ostrich I believe, from some craft place in the south, I think they were from Louisiana or something. The dress is actually 3 pieces-there’s the bodice with a tulle skirt attached, then an underskirt that is more or less a hoop skirt, and then the feather skirt that goes over the top and attaches with some buttons and a hook & eye.”
Rachel teamed her amazing dress with shoes from ebay and a hairpiece that her husband made for her (seriously OMG how adorable are these two!?) He glued a brooch Rachel had found in a bridal store to a feather, then added some ribbon and pearls and put it all onto a clear comb. Ta da!