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Intimate London Wedding with The Grooms in Matching Pink Suits!

James and Karol were married in London in September. They wanted to keep things simple, inexpensive and meaningful to their relationship.

When they first started dating Karol was working nights while James worked during the day. During the week they had only about a two hour overlap when they were both in Central London to spend time together. So they’d meet up every day to drink coffee (Karol, because he was going to work) and wine (James, because he’d just finished work) next to Cleopatra’s Needle, watching the lights on the river and talking. When they came to plan their wedding they wanted to bring this time back into their day so they had a register office ceremony at the City of Westminster registrars  and then went to Cleopatra’s Needle for photos and their first dance.

“Cleopatra’s Needle was the first place I told him I loved him”, James began, “and it’s also where we went to celebrate our engagement. So we knew that it had to be part of the wedding day. The rest followed on from there.”

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Pagan Wedding at a Medieval Hobbit Village

Stefanie and Loren picked 22nd to 24th September as the weekend to celebrate their wedding, chosen to coincide with the autumn equinox. The bride being an alternative wedding planner herself meant she handled everything. She also put together all the flowers (with her team of helpers!) and the groom created the invitations.

The weekend took place at Cae Mabon, and eco-friendly retreat centre in Snowdonia. “The whole site of Cae Mabon looks like a medieval hobbit village as all the dwellings are traditionally built eco-friendly designs” Stefanie began. “So in terms of décor we hardly needed to do anything at all. They don’t normally allow weddings here, just small retreats so we were very lucky and had to really honour the space by using eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner and recycling every single bit of our wedding waste. The whole site has beautiful carvings etched into the trees like the Fairy Queen who watches over the woods, medieval style thatched huts and even a wood-heated natural hot tub right next to the stream so other than adding a few flowers, signage and fairy lights, we didn’t need to do anything!”

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Alternative Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas for Girls

Joanna Bongard Photography

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and being a blog dedicated to all things L.O.V.E and all, I couldn’t just let it slide on by. If red roses and chocolates aren’t your bag then I think you’ll find something your significant other (or ahem – you!) will like from this list. Feel free to leave your laptop not-so-subtly in their eye line (Gareth are you reading this?)

You’re welcome.

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A Sequin & Glitter-Filled Wedding with a Carnival Atmosphere

So we all know a wedding day is, for the most part, all about the couple getting married. But when a bride and groom put just as much thought and effort into their guests having as much fun as they do, well you know you’re into a winner.

I also can’t go on any further without calling out probably THE most amazing bridesmaid outfits I’ve ever seen! Tulle skirts, oversized sequin playsuits, HELL YES, I am so on board!

Beth and Sam were hitched in style at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. “We wanted to create a unique carnival atmosphere with lots of glitter and sparkles so every element had a glittery and sparkly theme”, said Beth. “The guests also contributed by dressing in sequins, sparkles and glitter which meant that our carnival theme was apparent across the whole day. We have been going to lots of festivals for many years and wanted to create a playful, inclusive day where everybody could let their hair down and laugh!”

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Tropical Glam Wedding in the Cayman Islands

Lauren, originally from the Cayman Islands, married Colin, from Huddersfield, in September. They met in Leeds when the bride was studying for her masters and the groom was working in IT. After being together for two and a half years Lauren was offered a job back home in Cayman so Colin moved with her and they got engaged!

The wedding was held at Kaibo Restaurant, Beach Bar and Marina which has the most gorgeous beach backdrop. “Our wedding theme was ‘Tropical Glam’”, said Lauren. “The inspiration for our wedding was actually a piece of fabric. I saw this gorgeous turquoise fabric with monstera leaves on Google images and thought, ‘Oooh that would make a lovely table runner’, and the whole thing spun out from there. We knew that we wanted our wedding to have a tropical vibe, but as we were already having it on a beach we didn’t want to go too kitschy. Instead of seashells we decided to go for bright tropical flowers and beachy greenery with décor in shades of turquoise (reminiscent of the ocean) with metallic gold for a hint of glam.”

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Win a Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly Wedding Planner!

I am in full-on ‘totally psyched for the year ahead’ mode right now. I’ve got a bunch of new projects in the works and I’m feeling all together really positive about 2018 and what it might hold. A lot in part to all your incredibly kind comments on last week’s post about the future of Rock n Roll Bride. You really have no idea how happy reading all those replies made me.

So, to celebrate this new-found feeling of joy, I’ve decided to drop a surprise giveaway on you. It’s just my way of saying thank you for all being so wonderful. I’ve partnered with my babe Veronica Dearly to give THREE lucky readers a Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly prize package including the wedding planner, a two pins of their choice.

I am so proud of the wedding planner, and I know it’s really going to help you when organising your alternative wedding. Why? Because I wrote the damn thing (haha)! But in all seriousness, I’ve put all my insider wedding planning knowledge into it so if you’re foundering or don’t know what the hell you need to do, this is the next best thing to having me on speed dial.

Plus it’s hella cute and has STICKERS,

The planner comes in a super fancy A5 ring binder and is going to make you so damn organised you won’t know what to do with yourself. It’s broken up into four sections: Calendar and Timeline, The Nitty Gritty, Fun Stuff and Notes. The 12 month calendar is where you’ll jot down all your appointments and generally plan your life (it’s date-free meaning you can start using it right away), and the planning timeline will let you know what to do and when. There’s even a budget checklist to keep you on track.

The Nitty Gritty section is where we get down and dirty with every aspect of the planning process. I’ve shared my tips for each important bit (from choosing your dress, writing your invites, managing your guest list and RSVPs, choosing your cake/ flowers/ decor etc) and I’ve even written you some madlibs to make writing your own vows a breeze.

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