Should You Elope?

Elopement. This is a word that I’m certain has gone through every bride and groom’s mind at least one during the somewhat gruelling process of planning a wedding. So what happens when you actually decide to act upon it? Lisa Valentine did just that.

When Adam and I got engaged last year, we began to organise our big day shortly afterwards. We flitted between venue ideas, numbers, how long it’d take to save etc. We even picked a date, however a key family member couldn’t make that weekend. So we re-arranged. And yes, another one of our nearest and dearest already had plans on that date. Frustration began to creep in.

The other key factor is that we are both shy. Being painfully introverted meant that the idea of walking down an aisle lined with people filled me with genuine fear. We’d joked about eloping in the past but assumed that, well, we just couldn’t. Our parents would surely be heartbroken and weddings are supposed to be about family after all.

The more we delved into wedding planning, the less fun it became. I was fed up of spending our precious weekends looking at budget venues and finding a wedding dress was proving to be a pretty traumatic experience for me!

After coming home from yet another bridal shop empty handed and deflated, I suggested the idea of elopement again to Adam. I’m still not sure if I truly meant it at the time but the more we talked, the more it began to make sense.

Breaking the news to our family was nerve-racking but you know what? It was actually OK. No drama or fall outs. I’m sure our folks would have loved to see us marry but deep down, they just wanted us to be happy. I am forever grateful to have such understanding and selfless people around us.

In October 2016, we boarded a plane to New York City and tied the knot at the City Clerk’s office, just the two of us.

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Rock n Renovation: The Instagram Obsessions

Laurie Lee via The Pink House

This week I was going to write about drains. Yes, drains. And then I realised how fucking boring that would be so I checked myself and went on an Instagram binge instead.

If anyone is interest in said drain problems the (very short) version is that the drains at the front of the house are blocked (we’re not sure with what yet but Gareth suspects its roots from some of our trees) meaning the garage and driveway flooded pretty badly a few weeks ago. FUN!

Anyway, instead of making you switch off faster than when an episode of Songs of Praise comes on TV, I thought instead I’d share some of the interior bloggers/ instagramers that I’ve become obsessed with since we started this project. Interiors blogging is a whole new world for me. It’s exciting to be discovering new people to follow!

Pink House Living

Emily was one of the first interiors people I started following on Instagram and I love her colourful feed and reading her weekly blog. She and her family have just moved to London from Edinburgh so it’ll be great to follow along as she renovates a new house at the same time as us!

Lisa Dawson

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A Collaborative & Very Musical Wedding in Ireland

Linda and Derek were married in the west of Ireland, the day before their ten year anniversary. They wanted their wedding to be informal, collaborative and very musical. They had friends helping them with decor and flowers as well as performing throughout the day.

They were married in the garden of Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant on the grounds of Westport House. They had a non-religious handfasting ceremony. “Our venue is not normally a wedding venue, ours was the only wedding there in 2016, but we thought it would be the perfect place for the informal relaxed wedding we wanted”, began the bride. “We found there is a real shortage of alternative venues in the west of Ireland so it was hard to find something different.”

“We decided to risk the Irish weather and have the ceremony outside on the lawn. We are both Atheists so it was important there wasn’t a religious element to our ceremony, but we really wanted it to be relaxed and personal to us. Our celebrant was absolutely brilliant, so warm, laid back and entertaining!”

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Glamorous Old Hollywood Elopement with the Bride in Black

Stephanie and Raul met when they were only 16 and 18 when they worked together at their local K-Mart store. They started dating two years later after Stephanie asked him to be her date for her senior Winter Formal at her high school. After deciding to elope they were lucky enough to win an Instagram elopement contest run by Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events and Photographer Evangeline Lane! They received complimentary photography, planning, florals, and hair and make up…How amazing!

They wanted their day to be a glamour-filled rockabilly elopement with lots of old Hollywood elements. They got ready separately at the Culver City hotel, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, and housed the munchkins while they filmed Wizard of Oz!

The bride wore a gorgeous black dress while Raul donned a red velvet jacket, both looking the epitome of old Hollywood glam. “We both love the rockabilly and pin-up lifestyle so it’s safe to say we stayed pretty true to that!” began Stephanie, “We were heavily inspired by our love for old Hollywood and history. Our love for the rockabilly subculture had a huge influence on our style, and we were also inspired by Miss Rockabilly Ruby‘s gorgeous vintage wedding. Another inspiration was make up artist Lora Arellano from Melt Cosmetics! Her wedding was out of this world!”

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Camper Van Road Trip with a Vow Renewal in Iceland

You are just going to die with excitement over Lyndi and Rob’s amazing vow renewal in Iceland! Their theme was literally ‘let’s runaway to Iceland in a camper van and get re-married on an iceberg.’ And the photographs are epic!

“We love to see the world together, we love to adventure, and this was the perfect destination for our next chapter to begin”, explained Lyndi. “It was literally four people in a camper van in the winter in ICELAND! It was freezing and magical and we got to snuggle under the Northern Lights and soak in the tiny-ness of being humans in this big, beautiful world.”

They’d had their big gorgeous wedding six years ago and now work as wedding photographers themselves. “Now that we photograph weddings together, we always talk about wanting to renew our vows and do it all alone somewhere beautiful in the world. Having just the two of us there let us TREASURE every second, and having Sean there to photograph how we are with each other in SUCH a gorgeous place was incredible. Seriously the most treasured possession is having professional, INCREDIBLE photographs of ourselves in such a perfect moment in such a perfect place.”

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Art Bride: A Doodle Bomb Bridal Shoot for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Dress: Jesus Peiro via Morgan Davies Bridal
Headband: Rene Walrus

If you picked up a copy of issue 14, you will have already seen our “Art Bride” editorial shoot that my fashion team and I put together. Doing the editorial shoots for the magazine is one of the the highlights my job. I feel very much like a character in a rom com from 2005, where the heroine works at a fancy magazine in New York when I do this kind of stuff (ha!)

Dress: Whistles Wedding

The concept of this shoot was dreamt up by our stylists Erica and Alex. I immediately loved the idea! We decided to shoot in black and white to really make the illustrations, done by our FABULOUS design team, We Are Branch, pop. Its super handy when two of your designers used to be fine artists!

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