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Brandi & Chris’ Rustic Western Wedding

Brandi & Chris’ DIY wedding has a rustic western theme. The day took place at Temecula Farmhouse in California, a venue that really reflected their theme idea perfectly.

The couple and their families worked hard on their DIY elements to create a day that was perfect for them. Chris’ Father did all the flowers and centrepieces. I love how they used cowboy boots as vases, what a unique idea to tie the theme together! Brandi’s Mother made the cake and her Godfather got ordained so he could officiate the emotional ceremony which took place outside the farmhouse.

“Upon entering the reception, there was a large cart of candy apples and pies, country music played, and Barbeque 81 were smokin’ it up on their large barrel grills, cookin’ up brisket, tr-tip, and chicken,” explained photographer Yasmine. “While guests were finishing up dinner (licking the delicious BBQ sauce of their fingers I’m sure) we stole the bride away from the reception for a few minutes to get what might be some of my favorite shots from their wedding.  There was this huge rock overlooking the reception (and the city), the wind was blowing, the clouds were perfect – wow!”

The bride looked stunning in her Pronovias wedding dress which she wore with cowboy boots. All the layers made for some really beautiful and dramatic photographs. “The farmhouse has so many great settings for photographs, but some of the locations that the couple felt was a must have was in the pen with the animals, the porch in front of the house, and the view overlooking the city,” concluded Yasmine.

You can also see the couple’s fab western/rockabilly themed engagement session right here.

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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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Sharon & Mike’s Massachusetts Woodland Wedding

Sharon & Mike woodland wedding was held at Owl Moon Farm in The Berkshires, MA in September. Both the bride and groom wore vintage clothes and even Sharon’s engagement ring was made from the cast of a vintage ring.

Sharon told me all about their day, starting with why they decided to get married in Massachusetts, “We live in California, and when our state revoked the right for homosexuals to marry, it really angered and upset me. I believe that any two people who are in love should be able to legally (and socially) commit themselves to each other. I’m bothered by the fact that my husband and I could get married while so many other people don’t have that right. I know that many straight couples say they won’t marry until everyone has that right — but I wanted to get married! So I decided that the next best thing would be to get married in one of the states that allows gay marriage. I figured, if I am going to give my money to a state for a marriage license and a wedding and everything that goes with that, I want it to be a state whose marriage laws I at least agree with. I think if more straight couples chose to hold their weddings (i.e. spend their money) in states that allow homosexuals to marry, it would send a pretty powerful message. And every time I look at my marriage license, I can feel like I at least tried to do something.”

“I refused to walk down an aisle. I know there are some women who want their wedding to be all eyes on them all day. Not me. I am not comfortable with all that attention. But how do you get to the front of a room without walking there? We got married by a small bridge over a creek, so instead of us walking to the front, we waited on one side and had our guests walk across to us.”

“We wrote our own vows, which we read to one another. Then my Father, who was our officiant, asked us a series of questions that were based on the vows that he and my Mother wrote together and exchanged at their wedding. Growing up, we learn so much about love from our parents — it was touching and beautiful to have that as part of our wedding, too.”

“I asked every guest to bring a cupcake as homage to the tradition of wedding cakes, a story I have loved since first hearing it years ago. The evolution of wedding cakes can be traced back to a time when all guests would bring a small cake or biscuit to a wedding as an offering. The couple would pile the cakes on top of each other and if they could kiss over the cakes it was considered good luck. Couples started using icing to glue the cakes together in an effort to keep them from toppling over and the wedding cake was born!”

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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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Karen & Will’s Edgy & Organic Day

How awesome are Karen & Will?! As soon as I saw Karen’s dress, by Seattle designer Chrissy Wai-Ching, I was utterly smitten. The edgy and organic style of the dress really reflects the laid back vibe of the whole day. A simple wedding in terms if details and ‘fluff’ but one that shows the couple at their coolest. I love!

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Melinda & Stu’s Rock n Roll Princess, Castle Wedding

I have a certain affinity with this bride…can anyone work out why?! Cryptic huh? In fact you lot know me so well that I was sent links to this wedding by no less than five readers telling me I had to feature it as they all wanted to know more about this gorgeous wedding. Well, you asked…and I delivered. I’m so chuffed!

Melinda & Stu were married in September at Thornewood Castle, Tacoma, WA. “My husband had always envisioned getting married in a European Castle,” began the bride. “Unfortunately, I knew if we did that we’d have a very lonely wedding with just us and our parents, so we had to set our sights closer to… well, this continent. I didn’t think it would be possible to find what Stu was envisioning in the Pacific Northwest, until I stumbled across Thornewood Castle. The Tudor manor house was originally build in England in the 1500’s, but in 1910 it was moved brick by brick and reassembled on it’s current site on American Lake in Tacoma, WA. We had the ceremony in the sunken rose garden, and the reception in the great hall, dining room, and loggia.”

Melinda wore a stunning Justin Alexander dress (number 8465) which looks incredible on her. A total Rock n Roll princess dress! She continued, “When I was growing up, my Mother used to have a business designing and tailoring custom wedding gowns. I think because I’d grown up around them and the Bridezilla customers she worked for, I shied away from ever envisioning myself as an eventual bride. So when Stu popped the question, I had a lot of catching up to do in terms of even just nailing down what a wedding is actually made of, and what felt right for Stu and I as a couple.”

“My Mom actually was the one to find my dress for me. I had tried on numerous dresses at 4 or 5 different shops and was starting to feel like the right dress for me just didn’t exist.  Every dress I tried on seemed to either try to make me look like a sex-bomb, woodland nymph, or a girly-girl princess – not to say those are bad things to be, but they weren’t me. I wanted something fun, classic, informal, and retro. I was almost to the point of attempting to sew something myself, when my Mom sent me an email full of dress links for me. Right at the bottom was a link to Justin Alexander 8465 and from the moment I saw the dress I knew that it was the one for me, no doubts in my mind.”

With her perfect dress Melinda wore sparkly red, custom made ‘Ruby Slippers’ replicas from Cybertosh on etsy. “I loved the look of wedding dresses with bright shoes, and ruby slippers just seemed right for me. The Wizard of Oz was the first movie I think I ever saw and I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I think these are probably at least the 10th pair of ruby slippers I’ve owned over my lifetime (although these are certainly the most accurate!)” She made her own veil and head piece and wore heirloom jewellery. To match his bride, who actually dyed her hair pink especially for the wedding (and she’s kept it pink since!) Stu wore a white dinner jacket and pink bow tie which Melinda made herself.

Their wedding party consisted of 4 bridesmaids and a groomsmaid (instead of a groomsman!) They were all asked to choose their own black dress so they would be happy with what they wore, and the groomsmaid surprised them on the day bu wearing a black bow tie!

The reception was a Rock n Rollin’ party with cupcakes and dancing. The couple booked a Jazz band to play them into the night. “The first two things we booked for our wedding that set the tone for everything else were the castle itself, and the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. I was amazed that they were local, available on our date, and within our price range. They were one of my favorite things about the wedding. Loved it.”

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