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Backyard Banger: A Kid’s Party Meets Disco Meets Rock Show Wedding!

When the bride’s parents live in a pink house, it would be pretty much criminal not to host the wedding there. So, when Laura and Coby married in December last year, they chose the backyard as the location for their ceremony and drinks reception and decked it out with pink, red and sparkly details including iridescent streamer backdrops, disco balls and pink crates with flowers in them!

“Our wedding theme was pinks and reds galore, full of bright colours, fun and very sparkly”, explained the bride. “It was kinda like a kids party meets disco meets rock show.”

“We wanted our wedding to immediately make people feel relaxed and know they were in for a good time. We wanted the décor and styling to reflect that – it was big old melting pot of lots of ideas all pulled together through colour. Places like Rock n Roll Bride, so many amazing Instagram accounts, vendors, stylists and way too many hours on Pinterest definitely got my creative mind rolling.”

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A Sunrise Family Hike with a Mountaintop Elopement Ceremony

Nakean and Amanda, who both have a children from previous relationships, met online and bonded immediately due to their mutual love of outdoor adventuring. Many of their early dates were doing something adventurous – from hiking to snowshoeing – so, when the decided to marry in August, having an outdoor adventure elopement was the prefect choice. They decided on an early morning hike, with their kids in tow, culminating with a mountaintop elopement as the sun rose.

Amanda started getting ready at 2:30am, they began their assent at 4:30am and the ceremony kicked off just as the sun was rising above the mountains. “Since we both had a love for the mountains, we definitely knew we wanted an outdoor/mountain themed wedding”, the bride told us. “I had been married previously and already had the big church/reception wedding and that was something Nakean never wanted. We fell in love in the mountains and couldn’t think of a more perfect place to start this next adventure.”

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Rainbow-Loving NYC City Hall Elopement

When American Lara and British Kevin got married at NYC city hall last September, they essentially planned their pre-ceremony photo shoot around the incredible rainbow wall in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Lara has a popular Instagram account where she bakes, tastes and photographs rainbow food and baked goods so having a rainbow element to their day was a non-negotiable!

The couple met on OKCupid and talked for months before they ever met in person. However when they did it was love at first sight and Kevin stared the visa process to move over to the US almost immediately! He was finally able to move over to New York a month before they got married. Having a city hall wedding was the perfect option for them, it also meant they had plenty of time for photos with their photographer, Sylvie at some of Lara’s favourite spots.

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How To Use CBD To Help Reduce Pre-Wedding Anxiety & Improve Your Skincare Routine

Cannabis leaf bouquet. Photo by Girl with the Tattoos. Full wedding featured here.

I’m pretty new to the CBD craze. Earlier this year, while I was going through a particularly difficult period with my mental health, I decided to give it a go after hearing it can help with stress and anxiety. I wasn’t quite at a stage where I felt like I wanted to get professional help, and I definitely didn’t want to take any medication, but I just felt I needed a little boost and I’d been told that CBD could potentially help.

If you’re a bride-to-be during the crazy year that has been 2020, then its quite likely that you’ve also experienced your own stresses and periods of heightened anxiety, too. With a million things to organise (and re-organise!) and a pandemic to contend with, its no wonder I’ve seen more of our readers than ever talking about just how stressed out they are about the whole thing.

Cannabidiol, or as you likely know it CBD oil, comes from the hemp plant (which does not have a psychoactive effect, meaning it won’t get you high) is now legal in the UK. It is hailed as a natural way to help with stress or anxiety AND can improve your skin – win, win if you’re planning a wedding!

I’m really pleased to be partnering with Cibdol – Europe’s leading supplier of CBD oil, capsules, topical agents and crystals – to share some products which may work for you.

CBD Oil 20%

My preferred method of taking CBD was through a dropper like this. You simply put a few drops under your tongue, hold it in your mouth for 20 seconds and it gets to work. Taking it in this way is a really fast and effective method and you feel the effects quickly. For me, this was perfect for bouts of anxiety.

Meladol

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Fairytale Wedding in Belgium with Hints of Unicorn

Yoko and Koen met at the University of St Andrews in Scotland (fun fact, Yoko’s bridesmaid met her soon-to-be husband at the same time as he and Koen were friends!) which also inspired the fairytale theme of their wedding. The bride, from the US, and the groom, from Belgium, chose Castle Saint Hubert in Ronse (Koen’s hometown) as their venue.

The bride explains. “Koen and I both received our Master’s degree from the University of St Andrews which was where Prince William and Kate Middleton had also studied and met. To tease me, my friends would often ask if I had met MY Prince Charming so, it came naturally for us to have a fairytale themed wedding! We also incorporated unicorns, the national animal of Scotland, in a subtle way throughout the wedding such as in our wedding logo, Koen’s cufflinks and photobooth mask.”

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Living Art: An Art-Inspired Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Featured inside and on the cover of issue 34 of the magazine, the inspiration for this shoot was to find the art in the everyday, to remind us that life is beautiful and creativity is everywhere – we just have to know where to look for it. Whatever craziness the world throws at us next, there will still be art, love and creativity to inspire us.

I commissioned original pieces of artwork by my super talented sister Rachel Underwood (you can find her on Instagram and yes, she takes custom orders!) to create original pieces of art which we projected on the wall behind our model Jay, as well as adding them over some of the other images in Photoshop afterwards.

The incredible illustration meets painterly makeup look created by Shani Mushington was trippy in person but we loved how it turned Jay into a living piece of art.

If you’d like to see the behind the scenes action, the superbly talented Loved Up Films was there too and captured the magic on film!

As always, there was many, many beautiful images that didn’t made the final print spread, and here are some of my favourites!

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Dress & Sleeves: Katya Katya London
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