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Paula & Teddy’s Chic Black, White & Stripy DIY Wedding

I’ve featured the gorgeous Paula & Teddy before. Their pre-wedding shoot made my heart sing but their actual wedding blows everything out of the water! Blue Point Bay Chapel played host to their intimate ceremony and the reception that followed was held at the pool side of the same venue. Paula wore a Jessica McClintock gown with stunning Balenciaga shoes and a handmade veil.

The personal touches came in spades at this wedding which the bride worked tirelessly on. Their super cute lego cake topper came from etsy, and Teddy’s boutonniere and the moustache and bow tie favours were handmade by the Bride (she made over 80 of them!) The guest book and stationery were designed by the groom. The guests even took home vintage popcorn wrappers (filled with Indonesian snacks that the couple had both enjoyed since childhood) and Polaroid pictures. The chic black and white theme was seen throughout their day.

“We didn’t want our wedding to be normal,” the couple told me. “We love detailed diy stuff. Rock n Roll Bride gave us so many ideas. We love Rock n Roll Bride! It really gave us the confidence and inspiration to plan our retro black and white stripy diy wedding in Bali.

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Sarah & Jason’s Perfect-for-Them Wedding

One of the (many) things I love about Rock n Roll Brides is how different you all are. You are diverse and fabulous in you own unique ways and that makes me so happy! I love the way I see you all bring who you are to the table, to create the perfect wedding for YOU. It’s great to get inspiration from wedding blogs like this one, but at the end of the day it’s you + your fiancé who should create YOUR perfect wedding.

Sarah & Jason did just that.

“What made us Rock n Roll, was that from the beginning, we just couldn’t picture us having a traditional wedding. We felt like it would have been fake for us,” began the bride. “That’s fine for some people, and we don’t begrudge anyone the right to the kind of wedding they want, but we wanted something that was all about us. There are very few things I love more than being the center of attention, so it was really important to me that our personalities were on display from beginning to end. From the black envelopes our invitations went out in, to the amount of glitter on the tables, everything was picked and placed specifically by us. We had a vision for what we wanted and what we didn’t care about, and we met with very little resistance from anyone. We weren’t planning a “wedding” so much as planning our dream party.


“Planning our wedding wasn’t the joyous event a lot of people make wedding planning out to be. My sisters and mom had moved out of state, so I was on my own a lot,” Sarah continued. “I was planning a wedding in Bakersfield, while living in LA. It was really overwhelming, and I was lucky that my bridesmaids were helpful in any way they could be. I stressed out about it a lot, and then just decided that as long as everyone had fun, as long as our wedding was full of love, nothing else really mattered. We had a small budget, that we mostly funded ourselves. I learned that we didn’t need all the stuff the bridal “machine” pushes on brides. We spent our money on things that were most important to us, and cut corners where we could. Little touches, that speak to your personalities, make a big impact.”

Be sure to check out their beautiful wedding video after the ‘jump’ too.

Our Wedding Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine (Again!)

Back in the Summer I was asked by Wedding Ideas Magazine, who originally featured Gareth & my wedding waaay back in 2008, if we would like to take part in a Real Life Weddings Revisited feature. Being a huge poser, I of course jumped at the chance (and Gareth came along for the ride – again – too!) I also thought it would be a nice opportunity to share our wedding with all the new readers of the blog who probably won’t have seen it before.

As you can see, our wedding certainly wasn’t the most Rock n Roll out there. The wedding industry in the UK was a very different place in 2008, and my disillusion with most of the choices that were offered to us at that time was actually the catalyst for starting this blog and campaigning for alternative weddings everywhere!

What a difference 3 years can make huh?

I loved our wedding. It was perfect for the 2008 Kat & Gareth and was no doubt the best day of my life. My dress was gorgeous, my husband was perfect and our photographer’s were the sweetest ever. My Mum made our gorgeous cake and I spent hours over our DIY stationery. However I hated my flowers and I felt the cheesy covers band were an utter waste of time (and money!) – but nothing’s perfect hey? And you know what, on the day the little details didn’t matter. I was just so excited to be getting married and seeing this article brings it all back!

Our article is out in the Feburary issue of Wedding Ideas, available nationwide from January 26th!

Wow. How different do we both look?! Gareth has long hair now and I’m a permanent pinky!

What happens after you say I do? We catch up with past real-life wedding stars as they reveal their best big day advice

Rock n Roll Bride Kat first caught our eye when her wedding came into the office back in June 2008. We loved her fun sense of style and her original touches, but looking back, there’s still a lot she would have changed. “If we were to get married again it’d be totally different,” says Kat. “I’d have a lot more DIY details, loads of colour, wear a short funky dress and have my hair pink!”

Kat and Gareth became Mr and Mrs Williams on the 12th April at Greyfriars church in Reading and held their reception at the The Elvetham, Hartley Witney. Incredibly, Kat originally struggled to fall in love with her Sottero and Midgley gown – “It was the first dress I didn’t hate” – but now has a wonderful working relationship with it. “It must be the most worn wedding dress ever! In my job as a wedding blogger, I’ve done so many photo shoots since the big day.” When it came to the budget, this contemporary couple kept costs down by having some of their friends perform rock versions of hymns during the service – a detail we particularly loved!

So has marriage made a difference? Married life hasn’t really changed us, but it’s the little details that have changed,” explains Kat. “Calling him my husband is amazing and being referred to as his wife is just adorable.”

“Marriage has made us feel like we can plan more of our future together,” adds Gareth, “without having to worry about the present so much.”

So what does the future hold? “Well I’m continuing to be obsessed and surrounded by all things weddings with my blog (rocknrollbride.com),” adds Kat. “And Gareth wants babies but that scares the life out of me! I’m happy with our two cats, thank you very much!”

My favourite photo from the day. This is sooo me (and so Gareth – looking at me with a confused expression!)

Our wedding photographs were taken by English Rose Weddings
Our recent ‘pink hair’ photos were taken by the fabulous Emma Case

You can see more on our wedding right here and the full photo shoot of Gareth & I here!

Amy & Daylen’s Las Vegas Elvis Romance

It was Elvis’ birthday on Saturday so I thought I’d mark the occasion by sharing Amy & Daylen’s awesome Elvis-influenced Las Vegas wedding with you this morning!

They were married at Graceland Chapel, Vegas by Elvis (of course) followed by an informal and rockin’ party reception at the MGM Grand in the Skyloft Suite.

“We had a reception with about 25 of us at a Skyloft Suite, then all of us took a party bus to Graceland Chapel to get married by Elvis, we chose the Blue Hawaii package and Elvis sang 3 songs,” explained the bride. “It was the loudest and liveliest wedding ceremony ever, I’m pretty sure. We all sang and danced and cheered, so much fun and exactly how I want to enter into marriage, with a fun party.”

“Our party bus however, ended up being a disaster; they were an hour late as they forgot to pick us up. After many calls they sent a rickety party bus with no AC, flickering lights and no music that eventually broke down on the freeway 5 minutes into our trip to the chapel. We then got picked up by another company with their party bus that did in face get us there safely and then tried to leave us at the Chapel (an amazing Groomsmen helped us out there), all in all, that really actually made the trip as we had an amazing time on the side of the freeway and we laugh about it now!”

“We didn’t have the bridesmaids or groomsmen wear anything specific, we just gave everyone a theme and let them roll with it. I bought everyone fun sunglasses and glow necklaces to have fun with. I very much just wanted this wedding to be fun and relaxed. I didn’t want the stress to be there, I wanted to laugh during the ceremony not cry (and laugh we did a lot of), I wanted it to be more of a good time than making sure everything was perfect, because it far from wasn’t but that’s what made it fun and unique in my eyes. I loved how I looked, I was comfortable and enjoyed the moment. If you watch the video or look at the ceremony photos, there was a lot of me dancing and singing as well as my husband and guests. I wasn’t sure what to expect and the surprise of it all was the best.”

Amy wore a dress from Anthropologie and an antique necklace handed down from her Mother. Daylen kept his look casual and rockin’ with a shirt from J Crew and trousers from Banana Republic. His awesome bow tie was from etsy seller Me & Matilda.

(did you know that I always post all the vendor info and more photographs after the ‘jump’ be sure to check it out…)

Don’t you just love them?! You can also watch their ceremony video on You Tube here!

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Roxy Rose’s Flapper Girl Boudoir

I thought I’d start this Wednesday morn with a little bit of sauce…something a little bit sexy to wake you up proper!

I don’t feature a lot of boudoir shoots on the blog as it takes a really unique idea to get my heart racing, however when I saw Burlesque performer Roxy Rose’s flapper girl inspired shoot, shot by Italian photographer Cinzia Bruschini, I couldn’t help but have a little nosey.

Enjoy!

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Jamie & Miguel’s Sleepy Hollow, Dark Wonderland Carnival Wedding

I sneak peeked Jamie & Miguel’s wedding on my facebook page as soon as I got a sniff of how awesome their wedding was going to be. I am now so thrilled to now share the whole cantata (in all its glory) with you today! They certainly haven’t disappointed.

The wedding took place the day before Halloween at Serenity Oaks Ranch, California. The time of year really dictated their theme, with gothic and spooky influences being injected alongside the couple’s own quirky personal taste. What I love about their theme is that there is nothing tacky about their spooky wedding – no Day-Glo decorations or obvious Halloween plastic tat here!

“My initial inspiration was Sleepy Hollow meets a carnival meets a dark wonderland,” explained the bride. “The photographs were really important to me, and when I found Made You Look, I just about died. I love those girls, they’re amazing and knew exactly what I wanted – they’re mind readers!  I also wanted all the guests to wear all black! All I have to say is DIY weddings are totally worth it because it ends up really making your day!”

Jamie’s incredible dress and veil were handmade by her Mother. Every rose and every strip of lace was sewn by hand – that’s some serious love and commitment there, and the result is utterly fabulous! Her Mum now plans to open her own etsy store soon to sell her creations. I hope they will let me know when she does so I can point you all in her direction! Jamie’s perfectly matched jewellery came from Tales of Camelot on etsy. It was an old Theatre piece and reminded Jamie of Scarlett O’ Hara who she loves.

The bride let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses and wanted them to pick something they really loved. Inspired by the 1930’s cabaret look, she found their necklaces at Charlotte Russe. They gave their styling a really “dark” twist which perfectly matched the spooky theme. The bride’s Mum continued her DIY epic by making the girl’s hats from supplies found most at Hat Shadows on etsy.

“My Mom made the table cloths and found all the old china from yard sales and thrift shops,” continued the bride. “I used some of my favourite CD artwork to make the table numbers. I really love the white stripes so I wanted white apples like in their blue orchid video, so instead of using spray paint we did white chocolate! The invitations were done by JK Designs, another etsy store, and I drew up the design to have a tarot card look.”

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