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A Quirky & Colourful Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wedding: Lucy & Kevin

A colourful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed wedding was the main inspiration for Lucy & Kevin’s Australian wedding. They wanted their wedding to be fun, quirky and playful.

The bride loves colour so instead of a traditional white wedding dress she went for a vibrant black & yellow number which she had custom made. She added even more fun to her ensemble with her brooch and button bouquet made by Lillybuds. Even the groom and his groomsmen joined in on the action with their ‘wonderland’ inspired buttonholes – each had one made with a different character from the book on it.

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An Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Wedding in Vegas: Tiffany & Ryan

After originally planning a massive wedding for nearly 300 guests, the stress all got too much for Tiffany & Ryan and they were forced to cancel the wedding. When it came to planning it for the second time, they decided to scale it all down and focus on what really mattered – them.

“Three years ago I was planning a wedding inspired by what every magazine and television show told me it should be,” Tiffany told me. “Like most couples, our guest list had exploded, tilting at nearly 300 people. The stress of pleasing everyone was becoming too much, we were way over budget and the fun was non-existent. My fiancé and I loved each other very much, but we both hated what getting married was doing to us. A few months prior to the wedding we suffered two personal tragedies back to back so we threw our hands up and called it quits. Less than three months prior to the big day we sent out cancellation notices to our guests.  We lost nearly $25,000 in the process, and most of our sanity.”

However luckily this story has a happy ending. In May last year, the couple decided to plan a simple and quirky wedding in Las Vegas. The day had a vintage and Alice in Wonderland theme and went off without a hitch.

“After investing so much, not just monetarily, but emotionally, I had a newfound hatred for all things matrimonial,” Tiffany continued. In the two years that followed, we were invited to more than two dozen weddings, and we attended five – only because I couldn’t find the words to disappoint a few. While others in the pews blotted tears, I made personal wagers with myself and reveled in my cynicism. I complained to my few remaining single friends as I endured each of my ‘ugly-dress obligations,’ which is how I lovingly referred to the honor of being asked to stand up as a bridesmaid for my closest friends.”

“However flash forward to 1-1-11 and imagine my surprise when Ryan proposed again, just after midnight on New Year’s. The word ‘yes’ came out without hesitation, but my excitement was quickly overshadowed by feelings of worry and fear. I was terrified that I’d get sucked back in, that another wedding would destroy us. This time it has to be about us.”

“After we told the families and friends, one of my girlfriends was joking and told me that we should send out save-the-dates that say ‘We’re late, we’re late, for a very important date!’ She was right, and it happened – I got excited! I want to have a tea party wedding. I wanted it to be bright, breezy, silly & fun! I want the quirkiness of a mad hatter’s tea with more class and a little less cartoon.”

“Looking back on the wedding, it could not possibly have been any more us,” the bride concluded. “Things went right, and things went wrong. The 60 mile per hour wind gusts weren’t helpful. The maid of honor forgot the ring in her car and we all had a laugh while we waited for someone to run and get it. But we were surrounded by people that we loved, we laughed, danced and played croquet. The food was wonderful, and the drinks were better. We did a lot of the work ourselves and that made it even more worthwhile, more personal, more ours. We had fun and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

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An Alice in Wonderland & Willy Wonka Themed Wedding: Aebbe and Sam

Aebbe & Sam wanted to go all out with their wedding theme and had it resemble a kind of Alice in Wonderland/Willy Wonka hybrid.

“Sam pretty much let me run with the theme,” Aebbe told me. “I love Alice in Wonderland and as my first wedding was very traditional and straight laced (not me at all) he really wanted it to be magical not just for me but him as well. We had a true fantasy day.”

“I think I managed to be really savvy with making decorations to save money,” the bride continued. “I don’t know what I would have done without my bridesmaid Vicky’s help.”

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An Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Marisa & Noah

The love for Alice in Wonderland themed weddings has been around for a while so I don’t often share that many of them…however an Alice theme done really well is something I just can’t resist. Marisa & Noah’s wedding falls into this category like a glove.

The couple were married at Mendocino Coast Overlook, with a reception at Spring Ranch, Mendocino CA. The bride, dressed as Alice, wore a Betsey Johnson dress and shoes by Manolo Blahnik and the grrom rocked out in a Mat Hatter get up including a hat by Scala Hats.

Marisa told me all about it, “Noah and I are fairly unconventional in general and we wanted to have a wedding that really showed our personalities and was truly unique, creative, whimsical, colorful, spiritual without being religious, and most importantly, fun! So, we re-thought every standard of a wedding and put our own spin on it: having Noah’s dad, Joe, officiate using a copy of Alice in Wonderland instead of the Bible, different colored tablecloths, unique flower arrangements, an altar to honor our loved ones, a croquet game set up outside, etc.”

“We also featured absinthe and root beer cocktails at the bar, and a caterer, Pangea Catering, who specialize in local and sustainable food (they raise their own pigs, grow many of their own veggies, and forage for their mushrooms). Our wine was also locally sourced through a local wine company, Green Barrel Wines, which is owned by two of our good friends. They specialize in wine on tap that comes out of these beautiful barrels. Noah and I really wanted all elements of the wedding to express who we are and this piece, the food, was especially important to us since we both feel so strongly about where our food is sourced.”

“We discussed the idea of having a Garden Party reception. Then my friend suggested Alice in Wonderland, and the idea grew when we realized that the concept would give us open and creative parameters to have a unique, whimsical, and non-conventional wedding.”

“The rustic and historical location of Spring Ranch, provided a backdrop of rustic textures, whimsy, and an assortment of knick-knacks that the owner has collected over the years. We also liked the analogy to the story of Alice in Wonderland, and saw our wedding as the beginning of a lifetime of adventures together.”

“For the reception, I started to gather teacups,” Marisa continued, “but Noah’s stepmother jumped in to help with zest, and took on the task collecting the majority that you see scattered throughout the reception. The florist, Rosa, loved the concept of the wedding and went above and beyond expectations in her varied and colorful floral arrangements, and worked on creatively incorporating the flowers with teacups.”

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Alison’s Alice in Wonderland Trash the Dress

“My inspiration for this shoot came from the bride her name is Alison and she has a pet bunny as well as a cupcake tattoo on her wrist,” photographer Tab McCausland told me. “So when I started to plan doing my first trash the dress photography class I didn’t want it to be just a boring setting.  Sooooo we went all out cake, hats, tea pots, a little tuxedo for the bunny, little caterpillar, table set up the works!  I think the theme was perfect for the bride and since she had pink and purple hair already it just all came together nicely.”

…And so the idea for an Alice in Wonderland themed trash the dress was born. Although this theme is really popular with brides at the moment (even a year after the movie…can you believe it’s been a year already!?) what I love about this adaptation is the fact that it was based around what the bride loved the most…and of course the bunny rabbit, who could resist him?

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Alix & Zack’s Gothic Tea Party Engagement Shoot

Alix & Zack…ahh what’s not to love? I’m secretly still a bit of a closet goth at heart so anything gothic inspired really gets me excited…and cupcakes, cupcakes always make things 100 time better don’t they?

Alix wrote to me to tell me all about their engagement shoot with Rock n Roll Bride favourite Lisa Devlin. “So what do you say when the fabulous Lisa Devlin asks whether you’d like to shoot your forthcoming engagement shoot at, none other than, the Hasselblad Studio in Hoxton? How about “Hell Yeah!!!”

“We knew we had to do something that was very “us”.  This meant including some guitar shots, as Zach plays guitar with glam punk band Bubblegum Screw and the Camden based rock band The Hyenas.  This was reiterated by the fact that we actually met at one of Zach’s gigs in Sydney in 2007. We wanted to throw a few cakes into the mix too, as I own Black Cherry Bakery, where we specialise in Rock n Roll inspired cakes!”

“As much as I love all things vintage,” she continued, “we do prefer a darker palette so hence the gothic tea party idea was born.  We literally packed up our dining table complete with candelabra, black candles, antique silverware, black ostrich and peacock feathers on the day of the shoot and set up a home from home in the studio.  I wore my Slash-esque top hat in a nod to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.  Yorick, the skull – who I use as a model when I’m making cakes for Metal Hammer Magazine and the like, came along for the ride too – adding a beautifully, macabre element to the setting.  Then we threw in a little leopard print, black velvet and vintage leather upping the Rock n Roll ante.”

“We love the iconic images of rock couples such as Sid and Nancy, Johnny Thunders and Sable Star, so wanted to incorporate this vibe too. We got inspiration from bands like the Kills, who as a male/female duo have some great looks for engagement shoots it turns out!  We have a whole heap of album covers from The New York Dolls to Black Sabbath and Guns N Roses engrained in our memories so that all added to the overall look too!”

“The studio was such a great place, it couldn’t have been more perfect for what we had in mind-  the checkered black and white wall just happened to be there already, adding a massive punch to our black with pops of red colour schemes.  The crazy angular wall of foam which looked like sound proofing for some futuristic recording studio – was a great find too.”

“It was such a fabulous experience to have the opportunity to do our shoot at the studio with the awesome Hasselblad equipment.  It was a great day and we are so, amazingly over the moon with the results of the shoot.”

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