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A Free Wedding Event at the Town Hall Hotel, London

Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel is a real hidden gem. From the original art deco interiors, the dramatic marble staircases, original wooden panelled rooms and their very own ceremony chambers, its the perfect spot for the wedding of East London-loving urban dwellers. The entire place has been sympathetically restored in its original art deco finery so stepping through those grand front doors really is a little bit like stepping back in time.

On Sunday 10th March they are hosting a wedding open day where you can go along, chat to their team, have a guided tour and meet some of their recommended suppliers. They include  Grace & Thorn, Indecco (florists), Holly Clarke Cake Design, the Wedding Smashers (DJs), Photo Bot (photo booth), A Piece of the Party (videographer) Nicole Reynolds (pianist) and Blow Ltd (hair & make up).

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A Story of Flowers: The 2019 Collection from Javier Quintela Atelier

GET READY because you are able to be presented with an almost unhealthy level of serious bridal gorgeousness by way of Spanish designer Javier Quintela Atelier and photographer Boquerón á Feira.

This shoot, organised to launch Javier Quintela’s 2019 collection, was inspired by flowers – the scent, the emotion and the beauty of them. The editorial is surprisingly simple yet incredibly striking, letting the clothing take centre stage.

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Sack The Cheesy Wedding DJ & Hire Disco Wed Instead!

It’s no massive surprise that the right music and entertainment at a wedding is CRUCIAL to have a party that goes off with a bang. However if you’re not the kind of people that go to a lot of gigs and you don’t happen to have a DJ BFF, it can be difficult to know how to find people to perform at your wedding. We had a terrible band at our wedding over a decade ago because we simply didn’t give the choosing of them enough time and attention (I actually think my parents went to a wedding where they played and said they were ‘alright’ so we we’re like “Sure, lets just book them and get it ticked off our list”. Big mistake, huge!)

However one party where the music absolutely did not suck was my book launch last month. We had my friend Paddy of Disco Wed play and he’s SO GREAT that I wanted to share him with you so bad wedding entertainment doesn’t have to happen to you too!

Paddy is only genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve met in this industry and he is super passionate about music so he’s just the kind of guy you’ll want to leave this important part of the to. Never intending to become a ‘wedding DJ’, he started his career playing festivals and nightclubs, bringing his trusty Disco Shed along for the party (and yes, it’s a real shed that he plays out of!) It was only a matter of time until someone asked him if he did weddings and so, Disco WED was born.

“My aim has always been to provide the perfect service for cool couples wanting something more credible and contemporary than the typically naff wedding DJ”, Paddy says. “We concentrate on:

– Playing great, accessible, non-cheesy or cliched wedding party music
– Mixing seamlessly as you would hear in a club and no cheesy mic chat
– Using great-looking and sounding kit, and no tacky looking set-ups
– Providing a friendly, relaxed, and straightforward service from beginning to end

We love working with couples on their music choices, and are happy to have as much or as little input as they want on their playlist. The aim is to help them know they can relax in the knowledge they’re in safe hands, and can trust us to give them a brilliant party to end the biggest day of their lives.

All our DJs are friends, so completely understand the level of service expected of them when playing for Disco Wed. Everyone has a background in the music business – in bands, running record labels, or as DJs and promoters – so we’re ‘proper’ DJs first and foremost, not just doing it as a hobby for some extra cash.”

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Low Profile & Authentically Them Rock n Roll Las Vegas Vow Renewal

What’s better than a Vegas wedding? TWO Vegas weddings that’s what! Marcela and Padro were married in Vegas in 2015 (we featured the wedding here!) in the most bad ass, American Hustle inspired day. They returned to Sin City and decided to renew they vows in the same chapel. They also hired the same photographer, the amazing Kristen Marie Parker, to document their second jaunt down the aisle.

The pair, who live in Brazil, met when they were in school. “He is younger than me and I was friends with his brother”, explained Marcela. “We had had friends in common all of our lives, but never hung out together. I married young (at 22) to someone else and had kids but we split some years later. After I was divorced we saw each other at a bar and started messaging each other however I was dating someone else at the time so nothing happened.”

“Six months later he called me and we started seeing each other. I had a holiday booked in Morocco with my kids a few weeks after we got together. He booked a ticket and flew there to be with us. We started going out and have lived together practically since day one, almost seven years ago now.”

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Wildflowers & Records: A Rock n Roll Preston Court Wedding with a Vintage Carousel!

Holly and Simon go to a lot of gigs and festivals together, so they wanted to incorporate this into their September wedding. Making things as colourful and fun as possible was their main priority – they wanted a festival-esque party with a carousel, cassettes, live music and fresh flowers. They were married at the incredible Preston Court in Kent which ticked all their boxes – it even had its own vintage carousel!

“Our ideas came from a hash of boho and festival related Pinterest boards and our experiences at festivals”, began Holly. “We wanted the barn to be completely filled with greenery, which was a challenge to do on a budget as it’s such a large space, so we briefed the florist to hang strings of flowers between the beams, based on pictures we’d seen. We were lucky to have found an inventive company (Rebel Rebel) who were able to bring our ideas to life so perfectly. Walking into the barn and seeing hundreds of wildflowers hanging from the ceiling was an unbelievable moment.”

“The bridesmaids and I made all the centrepieces and cassette tape placeholders. The girls were absolute lifesavers – I can’t stress how much nicer wedding planning is when you get your friends involved. Everyone fully threw themselves into it and made all those little time-sucking tasks a fun experience instead of a stressful one. We made the table numbers from cardboard numbers from Hobbycraft, which we covered in PVA glue and gold glitter and then stuck to records, and we used an old-school Dymo label maker to add names to blank cassettes. We also used cheap fairylights and artificial ivy strings to finish off the tables. One of my bridesmaids dried petals at home to save on confetti and made the cones out of old music sheets, and I designed and printed the table plan and all of the invitations.”

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Rainbows & Daydreams: The Brand-New Veil & Cape (!) Collection from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

Attention brides-to-be with a flair for colour, drama and sparkle! The brand-new veil (and cape!) collection from Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory is here and YOU. ARE. NOT. READY for what your eyeballs are about to witness.

My longest running brand collaboration, this is our SIXTH annual collection and I think it may just be our best one yet. Inspired by Sophie and my mutual appreciation for rainbows, pastels, and being just a little bit extra, we wanted to create a collection that would make other colour-loving, sparkle-obsessive, OTT life-living babes squeal with glee. And, you know what, I think we may have just achieved it.

Just like all of our past collections, each piece has been designed to be customised, meaning you can alter many of the colours and embellishments to suit your own, distinctive style as well. After all, being a Rock n Roll bride isn’t about being a bridal clone, it’s about having a wedding that suits YOU and rocking whatever makes you feel like your most bad ass self down the aisle.

Oh and BIG NEWS, this is our first collection that includes CAPES! They’re not just for superheroes anymore baby, bridal capes are the way of the future and I for one am here for it! So, even if you didn’t think you’d wear a veil, read on, maybe one them will persuade you otherwise.

Before we move on to swooning over each piece and giving them the love they deserve, here’s what went down on our look book shoot day, courtesy of the ever fabulous Lara Elliott.

Over the Rainbow

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