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Laidback Sixties Meets Rock n Roll Wedding in Margate

If you read Rock n Roll Bride magazine, you may recognise today’s bride, Emma, because she writes the home décor column in every issue. She’s also an interiors blogger and if you’re looking for retro/ 60s/ 70s/ rock n roll inspo for your own home you need to check her website and Instagram out!. When she told us she was getting married to her beau, Josh, last November, and doing so in true Rock n Roll, laidback fashion, we just KNEW it would be a super stylish day that screamed them.

Inspired by weddings from the sixties, they planned a intimate celebration in their hometown of Margate influenced by George Harrison and Pattie Boyd. The day was planned in under six weeks and they spent less than £5,000! They did exactly what they wanted without conforming to anything traditional.

“We’re proof that a wedding doesn’t have to be normal or expensive”, Emma wrote. “It doesn’t take anything away from the day and I still feel like it was such a special time. I literally woke up the next day and said ‘That was the best day of my life and I’m SO glad I didn’t spend £20k on it’!”.

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Sustainability in The Seychelles with Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

I was lucky enough to have a flying visit to the adults-only, sister property to Labriz Resort & Spa on my trip to the Seychelles late last year. Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa is vastly different to Labriz (which is located on an island off the mainland) as it is found on Mahé, just a 30 minute drive from the airport and a stone’s throw from the famous Beau-Vallon Beach.

The capital, Victoria, is a short drive away where you will find local markets, a Natural History Museum, a Hindu temple and a cathedral. You could also pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens where you can see the famous coco de mer, a rare species of palm tree native to the Seychelles. If you want to get more of a feel of ‘real life’ in the Seychelles, Hilton Northolme would be a great place to stay – and fun fact, it’s also where Ian Fleming was staying when he was inspired to write For Your Eyes Only – and when you see the incredible panoramic views, I’m sure you’ll understand why!

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A Lesbian Batman & Snow White Got Married

Clare and Amy had humanist ceremony followed by a big reception with all their family and friends at the start of December, but they didn’t get the legal bit sorted out at the same time. Just before Christmas, the couple needed to attend Warwick Registry office to sign the papers. However, they didn’t just want to go down in their wedding outfits or jeans, they wanted to make it fun and so opted to hire their photographer again and dress as Batman and Snow White, because why the hell not, right? A few of their theatre friends and besties came along, also dressed as their favourite Marvel or Disney characters and they got some truly memorable photos of the day.

“We are two lesbians dressed as Snow White an Batman getting married… I’m not sure you can get more alternative than that!” the couple laughed. “Although we had our more formal day, neither of us wanted to wear our wedding clothes for the second one. We didn’t conform, and just did what made us laugh.”

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Rainbow, Lego & National Parks Themed Wedding on a Farm

For TJ and Andy, having a wedding which made them happy and featured all the things they love was the main priority. That meant they included all the colours of the rainbow, national parks, Lego and their favourite food and snacks. For dessert they had homemade peanut butter and jelly pop tarts, Sidecar and Mojito cocktail cupcakes, brownies and cookies!

“We wanted to make the wedding the most fun possible for everyone involved”, TJ told us. “That meant low stress for our vendors, attendees and us! We wanted to make sure that the focus was on having a good time, not making things perfect.”

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Being a Bare-Faced Bride: You Don’t Have to Wear Make-Up On Your Wedding Day!

For the majority of brides, the hair and make-up process is a really integral and exciting part of the wedding prep. But what if you don’t at all feel comfortable in foundation and mascara? Do you still have to wear it on your wedding day? Of course not! As we always say, you need to have a wedding that feels right for YOU, but we also know that sometimes, standing against the expected and status quo is easier said than done. Recently married reader Sarah Blake is here today to share her experience of being a bare-faced bride.

Everything was going well until the lipstick went on. I’d been OK with the foundation, even a little contouring, and the concealer to hide my spots made a lot of sense. Then came the dark mascara around my eyes. It felt a little clunky, coating my lashes in heavy goop which I wasn’t accustomed to, but as I looked in the mirror I still felt alright. After the lipstick was applied though, it all came crashing down and I completely freaked out.

All of a sudden my entire face felt clown-like. Every aspect of the make-up trial (which had always been an experimental process) abruptly became an issue and I put the mirror down in disgust. This wasn’t who I was. In an attempt to rectify the situation, we tried other lipstick shades aiming to match as close to my natural colour as possible, but I still felt unnerved by the dark-eyed stranger in front of me.

My make-up artist (who is also my oldest friend) had been brilliant, introducing me to the very subtle look slowly and gradually to make sure it wasn’t a shock. She expertly talked me through everything she was doing, telling me we were just trying to re-create me, but on a really good day, and giving me full control to veto anything I wasn’t happy with, including the whole idea of wearing make-up at all. As we assessed her work, we realised that without the lipstick, the “look” didn’t quite seem right, and with it, I squirmed uncomfortably at my own reflection.

Having decided to let things sit for a while, we took some photos for me to refer back to but however much I looked at them, I couldn’t quite fathom the alien staring back at me. At our second meeting I tried again to adjust my mindset as my friend struggled to reassure me, but questions kept flashing through my head:

I’d never worn make-up a day in my life so why would my wedding day be any different?

Why was the world telling me I should change this fundamental thing about myself just because I’m a bride?

How come there wasn’t anywhere near that much pressure for the groom to look perfect? No one told him he would look washed out in the photos without make-up on so why was that comment constantly being directed at me? Was it my pale skin or was it just people’s expectations?

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Enchanted Forest Wolf Themed Wedding

Ookami and Tyler had a big budget, $100,000, and they went ALL OUT on their enchanted forest theme, even so far as constructing their own enchanted forest inside their venue with the help of the incredible GreenSinner team. The bride grew up working with exotic animals and in conservation, one of which were wolves. Her first name means wolf and is an animal trainer with focus in wolf/wolf-dog/dog and general canine education… So the wolf inspired addition to their theme was just perfect for them.

The bride helped custom designed her own outfit with Arlette’s Custom Bridal for the dress, and Amy Bakenkoya for her one-of-a-kind mask. “Everything about our wedding was custom designed, unique and brought to life by all parties involved”, Ookami told us. “It really brought you into a different world.”

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