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Bicycle Themed Autumn Wedding in Denmark

Sanne and Asger planned everything themselves for their October wedding. It took a long time, but they wouldn’t have had it any other way. The groom’s love of biking and bicycles and the bride’s love of autumnal colours and flowers set the theme for the day, which was held at Kasmoselund, a farm and coffee roastery. The groom and best man even arrived to the ceremony by bicycle!

“We started with the reception at 2pm with bubbles and cake from an award-winning local chocolatier”, Sanne told us. “After the reception, Asger and I changed outfits for the ceremony, which took place in the garden. At 5:30pm we gathered up by tall, round tables and stood up for the starter. We ate hardboiled eggs with our fingers, drank beer from the bottles and our guests were offered different schnapps – heather, dill, seabuckthorn.”

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DIY Countryside Wedding in Transylvania: Anda & Paul

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Anda and Paul had a nature themed wedding in the Transylvanian countryside. They love all things rustic and are fanatical about DIY so it was the obvious theme for their big day. They were married at a church and afterwards they both jumped onto a home made chariot (a chair strapped to a board attached to the back of Paul’s bicycle) to head to their outdoor reception.

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“We wanted to go to the church on two separate bikes and to come back on a tandem bike”, began the bride, “but because I couldn’t ride my bike while wearing the wedding dress, Paul found the solution: the chariot! He made the project himself and built it with the help of his father. We had so much fun with it and it was actually our favourite moment from the day.”

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A Swedish Vintage Circus Wedding: Frida & Richard

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Frida & Richard were married at Hagaparken, a nature reserve just north of Stockholm, Sweden. The beautiful ceremony took place under a carefully selected tree and the reception was in The Copper Tent, also in Hagaparken, which was originally built by one of the Swedish Kings to house his horses, but which looks a little like a circus tent. The couple based their celebration around this tent, creating a vintage circus theme.

The bride designed her own dress and the couple DIY’ed as much of the day as possible including the flowers, the stationery and all the reception decor and props.

“My sister married us, something we decided to keep from the other guests,” Frida told me. “Despite a short line about guests being welcome to add their own touches to their outfits, we were took by surprise when everyone turned up with personal touches to match our wedding theme. Even the most unlikely of our family members really took to the task, which was ace. My personal favourite, the groom’s Uncle who appeared in a top hat, weilding a riding crop! We also had the pleasure of an assortment of fine shoes, hats and sparkles.”

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“As we spent a little time with the photographer after the ceromony, we gave guests a few games to play outside the venue while having a tipple including a photobooth with props, vintage circus games and ’the infuriating hammer game’, which was our take on the strong-man. Our chum Gus played records on a little portable record player.”

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“We really wanted to give ourselves and everyone else a day of merriment,” the bride concluded. “More of a cheeky flow of surprises and smiles rather than stiffness and formality – almost make it a bit like our little journey as a couple. Our start point was simply taking full advantage of wearing good clothes for a day, for one day just being a little bit more extravagent than we have ever been. We had no real outside influence, in that Richard’s family are all in the UK and Frida’s scattered across Sweden, so we just got to immerse ourselves in the process and take our time with it.”

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“The whole outcome was pretty satisfying – like everything from the little signs indicating the table groupings (strong men, ring leaders, mine artists, tattooed ladies, bearded ladies…) to the little trinkets around the venue were things that we found or made. There was also a train of thought that we wanted to blend the English/Swedish side of things so that some elements would be surprising to the relevant nationalities.”

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A Louisiana Swamp Trash the Dress: Nikki & Marc

Nikki & Marc wanted to do an unusual ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot to celebrate their marriage. Something totally unique was on the cards when they braved the nearby Honey Island Swamp with photographer Chelsea Patricia, who explained the idea to me,

“Nikki & Marc are a pretty adventurous and unique couple (Marc is a tattoo artist and lord-of-the-bike—he even bike jousts on his tall bike. Nikki allows him to tattoo her ankle poke and stick style), but I still was nervous as to how they would respond to ‘Hey, let’s venture into the gator, snake, and mosquito infested waters of the Louisiana bayou! It’ll be fun!’ Thankfully for me, they were all on board. Nikki already had plans to hem her dress short and figured, ‘What the hell, it’s only swamp water!'”

“Nikki + Marc both appreciate art—Nikki is a writer, Marc makes chainmail jewelry and carves custom wooden wax seals. The fact that they both grew up in an around New Orleans only added to the fact that this shoot would be very personal to them. Personally, I didn’t really think twice about going into the water until, well, we got to the water. The stillness, the wild vegetation covering the surface, the vastness of the swamp beyond—it all sank in and I got…nervous. We got in, did our thing…my poor husband had to wade out the furthest to position the lights!”

Nikki’s dress was from David’s Bridal. “I am a very nontraditional bride in a lot of ways, and so it shocks a lot of people to hear that I got my dress at David’s Bridal. Trust me, it shocked me too,” she told me. “I wasn’t expecting to find THE dress there at all, and was mostly going for the sentimental mother/daughter dress shopping trip, figuring I’d end up buying my actual dress online from Etsy or something. Imagine my surprise when I tried on an empire waisted floor-length chiffon gown and fell absolutely in love. It didn’t look like anything you’d expect to find at David’s Bridal, and it was just vintage-inspired enough to fit with our theme. I was sold.”

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On A Bicycle Made for Two: Raminta & Giedrius

Raminta & Giedrius’ engagement shoot took place at Giedrius’ Grandparent’s house in a forest in Lithuania. The groom spent many a-summer here during his childhood so it really meant a lot to him to have the shoot here.

The couple are from Denmark and traveled to Lithuania especially for this shoot. They found award-winning photographer Svetlana Batura to be perfect for the job. What wonderful images they created!

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Alexandra & Kevin’s Homespun, Canadian Wedding

After a ceremony at Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, Alexandra & Kevin headed back to the bride’s family home for their reception. Alexandra and her sister were actually married within a week of each other (!) and so they both decorated the property to suit both their weddings.

Their photographers treated the couple to a ride on their pink cruiser bike for their portraits as it perfectly complimented the bride’s 50’s inspired Dolly Couture dress.

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Tina & Scott’s Travel Themed Crafty Wedding

Tina & Scott’s travel and craft themed wedding took place at The Greenbranch, Texas. It was predominately a DIY wedding influenced by the couple’s travels. “It was  mostly a do-it-your self peacock inspired wedding with a splash of anything vintage was a blast,” the couple told me. “Our invitations were an image of a vintage suitcase with travel stickers of places we have visited. This connected with our first date; a “geocaching date”. We not only wanted to share our journey as a couple with our guests but also encourage them to have an adventure of their own. The wedding favors for the evening were uniquely trackable geocaching coins designed by us.”

“Our bouquets and centerpieces were entirely do-it-yourself too,” continued Tina. “We wanted to create the bouquets and centerpieces ahead of time meant no fresh flowers, instead the my bridesmaid’s and I gathered for a craft day to create fabric flower bouquets. We used multiple mediums ranging from an old pair of the Scott’s jeans, small wooden flowers and to French silk ribbon. The bouquets took all day to make five, with one backup, and it was a lot of fun!”

“The reception centerpieces focused on peacock-based arrangements with an eclectic assortment of vintage pieces. One that the we especially liked were several copies of “When you Marry”, a home economics book from the 1950’s and 1960’s with many “antiquated” attitudes about marriage.”

Tina’s wedding dress was from Whirling Turban (who I’ve featured on Rock n Roll Bride before). Tina was pretty much able to design her dream dress from scratch and so chose a custom peacock pattern on the front of the dress and a dramatic green colour.

You can see further info on all their DIY projects on Tina & Scott’s wedsite.

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Sandra & Colin’s Budget, DIY, Bicycle Ride Wedding

Sandra & Colin’s were married on 10.10.10 at The Franklin House, a private mansion in Tucson, Az. Their wedding was a super budget affair and 99% DIY. The couple did it their way and Sandra even had her dog walk her down the aisle (after some family disagreements.)

“Our wedding was 99% D.I.Y. and very low budget,” the bride told me. “We did get our wedding cake as a gift made by Busy B’s Bakery. Colin designed all the programs and invitations and printed them at Vistaprint. We used all biodegradable bamboo utensils (that were wrapped with recycled fabric napkins I made) and sugar cane plates we found online pretty inexpensive Green Party Goods. At the time I was teaching a recycled art class in a middle school. For one of the classes I had the students decorate the plates with edible markers.”

“All the food we prepped and made the day before the wedding as well as that morning by the wedding party and us both. We wanted to keep it really simple and picnic style since it was outside, so we had bread, crackers, spinach dips, bean dip, cheeses galore, pasta salads and sandwiches.  I baked our favors which consisted of vegan banana bread, oatmeal raisin cookies and we got maple leaf cookies from Canada. My husband is Canadian and we wanted to pull in that a little to the mix, as well as the fall theme. From the start of us dating I always baked for him. His favorites were the banana bread and oatmeal cookies. Somehow I think that is how I won over his heart, with sweets. I packaged them in brown bags and tags made on moo.com of our engagement shoot.”

“All of our flowers were purchased locally from the supermarket and the bridesmaids put them together. I made the decorations that were all over the place and together that morning we set everything up. It was a lot of work but totally worth it. His parents were so amazing to us. They rented tables and chairs from a local friend for the event not to mention helped us pull it all together.”

“Since we met on a bicycle ride and he proposed there too, we had to incorporate bicycles. We had our guest bring or ride their bikes over and after the ceremony we went for a little ride downtown.”

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Vanessa & Brian’s Bicycle Themed Wedding

Vanessa & Brian’s DIY wedding has a vintage bicycle theme because cycling was what brought them together. The day was held at Simpson House, Kansas City and started with an intimate ceremony on the gardens. Vanessa walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles, performed acoustically by a local couple. After the kiss, everyone rang bells that were placed on their chairs. They also decorated their venue in a way personal to them. Wheat was an important decorative element as Vanessa’s Dad was a wheat farmer and passed away when she was young. She even has a tattoo of wheat on her arm in memory of him.

The couple put a number of DIY elements into their wedding including the ceremony backdrop which was actually a flower and ribbon chandelier created from bicycle wheels. They even had a super cute bicycle cake topper made for them by their coordinators, Hitched Weddings + Events. “Our inspiration was the shared passion that we had for cycling & all things vintage”, they explained. “That really helped us to think out of the box and try to incorporate touches of the motif without having it be too ‘themey’.”

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Star & Kane’s Adorable Floral Engagement

I’m a sucker for adorable florals. Who isn’t in fact? The concept of the shoot was formed by Thaoski, who told me all about Star & Kane’s gorgeous photo session came about. “The first time I met Star was at a Christmas party last year. It was the first time I had seen her with Kane and I remember thinking she had this old fashioned vintage sweetness about her. Kane is actually a guitar player in a rock band so together they just formed a ridiculously gorgeous ‘rock-vintage’ couple.”

“The theme of their shoot was ‘vintage sweetness’. Their wardrobe was full of vintage pieces but Kane bought Star a sewing machine for Christmas so she wanted to sew something for the shoot (very sweet!). She bought and old vintage dress and transformed it into the lovely green skirt you see in the picture.”

“The old bikes are also owned by them and we added the vintage camera (Canon 7) with the 1965 “dream lens” to the shoot because of Star’s love for photography. The gorgeous sparkly accessories were provided by the lovely Madame Moi Boutique and outfits were also co-ordinated by Madame Moi.”

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Tara & Travis’ Denim & Diamonds Wedding at The Burning Man Festival

Tara & Travis met at The Burning Man festival in 2007, so where better than to be wed than the very festival that brought them together? The ceremony, which they wrote themselves, took place under the Bliss dance statue in the middle festival and was performed by a close friend of the couple.

The theme for the wedding was Denim and Diamonds/Cowboy Chic. The couple did everything themselves and due to the festival location, had very laid back attitude to the ‘formalities’ of a wedding, “We had a good old fashioned BBQ for everyone – no one was turned away” they explained. Their table design and all the florals were provided by the fabulous Asiel Design.

Tara wore a stunning dress which she designed herself with the help of and Zalikha from Ossai Designs. She had it made for her by a local seamstress. Her headpiece was also by Ossai Designs and her cowboy boots were from eBay. Tara made all her own jewellery except her wedding ring. Her necklace and earrings were made of Peruvian aquamarine beads, hand-made copper beads that were oxidized and hand-made silver chain with a patina finish.  The groom’s ring was made from sterling silver and then hammered.

Travis wore a vintage western suit which he purchased from a local consignment store in San Francisco.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous details (that the couple collected and put together themselves) after the ‘jump’. So cool!

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Don & Aileen’s Bicycle, Camera & Picnic Themed Engagement

Don & Aileen’s beautiful engagement session was submitted to my wedding blog over Christmas. “We chose the colors aqua and red for our wedding because it conveys a little bit of old / vintage but modern and bold at the same time,” they began. “We also wanted some of our favorite items to be a part of our celebration and our engagement session: Cameras & Bikes.”

“We’ve always been fascinated with cameras and its what actually brought us two together. Our collection grew because of our interest in how images were captured way before, and how it has evolved to what it is now. Growing up, we both biked a lot — and we knew they were definitely gonna be part of this wedding. Represents a ‘lil bit of old soul, free spirit and never ending fun. Our overall theme will be more of “vintage fun” — we ddon’t want a formal stiff celebration but something that’s more relaxed and easygoing.”

The couple are getting married this year and I’m looking forward to seeing their wedding photographs already!

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Josephine & Radney’s Eclectic, Vintage & DIY Wedding

I am so EXCITED about sharing Josephine & Radney’s wedding today! I first met Filipino photographer Josephine Sicad when she submitted some of her own photographic work for features on Rock n Roll Bride and I was instantly smitten with her vintage aesthetic and beautiful and genuine portrayals of true love! So when she told me that she herself was getting married, I literally couldn’t wait to see the results….and I DIE at how fabulous they are!

The couple got married at Vistamar Boardwalk in Mactan Cebu City, right on the beach in a DIY heavy, eclectic vintage style wedding. Josephine in particular worked really hard to create something beautiful and unique for their nuptials. First up, Josephine crafted her own unusual bouquet from vintage necklaces with fabric flowers on them and a recycled egg beater (!) as the ‘stem’. She even used the left over beads and things from the necklaces in the centrepieces! She found this awesome bike pendant which she disassembled to craft Radney’s boutonniere. In keeping with the bicycle theme, the couple chose to ride to their reception on a bike instead of getting in a car – which they decorated themselves.

The invitations were created from their engagement photos, taken by a Josephine herself (I featured them here!) and were put together by her best friend Govinda. “I made the lay out for the rest of the invitation, while my husband doodled our wedding monogram (bride & groom on a bike)” Josephine explained. Instead of traditional favours, the couple gave vintage plates to their guests! It was a last minute idea that they put in because they fell in love with them and wanted to use them somehow!

Finally, the couple threw a “Best Vintage Attire” contest to help their guest get into the theme. ” We wanted to encourage them to wear as much as vintagey tones in line to our wedding theme,” Josephine explained. “At the end of the party, we awarded the best one with a vintage mini-jukebox radio I had bought. For the rest of the party, we threw out questions on ‘How will you know the Bride & Groom? And anyone who got an answer correct was allowed to pick any quirky item decorated from the centerpieces to take home.”

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