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Intimate Artists’ Wedding in the Sydney Blue Mountains

Sarah and Simon, both artists, wanted their wedding to be completely and utterly them. They chose to elope, with just three witnesses in attendance in a private cabin in the beautiful blue mountains outside Sydney. After the ceremony theyĀ made vegan lasagne for everyone. There were dried flowers, handmade map invitations and the bride wore a black (completely non-bridal) dress!

“We first met when Simon was travelling through Europe and spent some weeks in Berlin where I was living”, began Sarah. “We’re both artists and we met by chance at a life drawing evening run by some mutual friends.”

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Win a Luxury Honeymoon Experience at Dar Jaguar in Marrakech!

If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll probably already know that Marrakech is one of my favourite cities. The colour, the people, culture, the shopping… it’s just heaven. The medina is crazy busy and, at times, a little overwhelming, but there is also much more to do here than just shop. There are beautiful, colourful gardens all over the city, rooftop terraces with spectacular views and hammams to get the scrub down of your life in! You will come home with a suitcase full of spices and colourful homewares, hands covered in henna and hearts full with all the joy of Morocco!

Yes, the culture is very different to the UK and it can be slightly unnerving on your first visit, but if you throw yourself into it wholeheartedly, I know you’ll fall in love with it too. And with flights from the UK costing as little as Ā£100 and the flight time less than 3 hours, it’s the perfect honeymoon spot for Rock n Roll brides.

In fact, I love Marrakech so much I’ve been four times in as many years, and yes, I do plan to go back later this year too. You can’t keep me away!

On two of my four trips I’ve stayed at DarĀ Jaguar, owned by British designer Lucia Silver, and it’s fast become one of my highlights of each visit. The riad is decorated in Lucia’s eclectic style and includes a leopard print entrance-way, four poster beds and enormous locally-made chandeliers. Each room has its own theme and the honeymoon suite, The State of Grace, features ebony walls, hand-carved details, a romantic balcony overlooking the courtyard, an open fireplace and a golden bathtub!

There’s a bubbling fountain in the middle of the courtyard which has multi-coloured rose petals floating in it 24/7. And the plunge pool, complete with yet another chandelier hanging above it, is the perfect spot for cooling down after a long day wandering in the medina or riding camels!

The staff, Fatiha, Khalid and Fatima, are also some of the kindest, loveliest people I’ve ever met. Nothing is too much trouble (Khalid actually once helped us try to order a pizza when it was all we wanted to eat andĀ Fatiha helped me RUSH through the medina when I was late for my flight home!!) Plus the food they make is some of the most delicious I’ve ever eaten.

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Autumnal Wedding with a Hint of Halloween

Leanne and Dave were married on Friday 13th at The Wellbeing Farm in Lancashire. TheirĀ inspiration started with the wedding date, Friday 13th.

“We just wanted to make the wedding about us, not snobby but meaningful and fun”, said the bride. “We didnā€™t try to make our wedding alternative or different we just knew we didnā€™t want the posh do, its not true to who we are as people. I guess people would think the Halloween dĆ©cor is alternative for a wedding, but I think the most non-alternative guest would agree that everything was beautiful and ā€˜usā€™.”

Leanne wore the most stunning red dress from Amanda Wakeley‘ (her non-bridal collection). She paired it with a leather jacket she’d owned forever, Kurt Geiger shoes and a Vivienne Westwood bag. Her simple hair slides came fromĀ Sara’s Boutique on Etsy.

They disregarded a lot of wedding traditions including not having a bridal party (“instead I choose to include my close family members and they dressed themselves”), opted to serve aĀ collection of their favourites cakes instead of one big, traditional one, and they didn’t have any flowers at all.

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Bohemian Forest Wedding Inspired by the South American Sunset (with the Bride in a Hand-Painted Dress!)

I don’t usually like to make assumptions about which weddings might be the most popular ones that we publish, but I’m pretty confident to state that I think you are all going to lose your collective shit when you see Lisa and Tom’s wedding. Why? Well would you get a load of her DRESS!!! Before we move onto discussing anything else about this one, we need to talk about that immediately!

Unbelievably, the dress was actually upcycled from an inexpensive secondhand gown by one of the bridesmaids! Lisa explained, “My dress, shoes, decorations were all down to my most incredible bridesmaids and mum, with a huge shout out to the most bad ass bridesmaid, Katy. She doubled up as my dressmaker/ graphic designer/ sign maker/ temporary tattooist! Iā€™d been spamming the bessies from half way across the world with colour schemes and dress ideas. Katy then surprised me on my birthday by sending me a photo of the most incredible ‘prototype dress’ that she had lovingly adopted from a charity shop and painstakingly painted and sewn back together.”

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Dare to Dream: A Sequin Inspired Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

I visited Dreamland, in all its kitsch, rainbow glory, for the first time on Sophie’s hen do last summer.Ā  As soon as we walked in Lisa (our photographer) and I both said weā€™d LOVE to shoot there one day. When coming up with the concept for our editorial shoot for issue 18, I remembered Dreamland and decided to contact them to ask if they’d be up for having us there – not only did they agree but they gave us total run of the place, allowing us to shoot when it was closed to the public!

The amusement park was popular in the 60s and 70s but entered into decline and closed in the early 2000s. After a public campaign to restore the park, it re-opened in June 2015 – they now even host weddings in their glamorous ballroom. Imagine getting married, then going on the UKs oldest rollercoaster (which first operated in 1920) to celebrate!

While the fun fair thing has kinda “been doneā€ a lot in bridal, we really thought Dreamland would provide a brilliantly unique spin on the idea, especially with the addition of the heavily sequined outfits.

This shoot, as you can see, is all about the sparkle.Ā You can cleverly use sequins as the main attraction or as a stylish accent in your wedding day look. So, whether you choose a glittering wedding dress, a statement jacket or just some sparkly jewellery, you can easily and effortlessly step outside what is expected and shine like the star that you are!

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Cabaret & Vintage Circus Inspired Wedding with a Dash of Moulin Rouge and a Hint of Wonderland!

When a bride describes her wedding as “cabaret and vintage circus with a dash of Moulin Rouge and a hint of Wonderland!” you just know you are in for something truly special. Verity and Simon’s summer wedding doesn’t disappoint. They were married atĀ Chalkney Water Meadows inĀ Colchester.

“We both love wild camping and being outdoors, so an outdoor camping wedding just made sense”, the bride began. “But we didnā€™t want to go for the usual ā€˜festivalā€™ theme. We wanted it to reflect us, be colourful and our little piece of madness. We decided to bring together the glamour but also the weirdness of the Moulin Rouge and Victorian/ Vaudeville circuses and create our own world that our guests could step into. One of my friends said to me ‘If I could take a peek inside your brain, this is what I imagine it would look like’ and they were probably right!”

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