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Handmade Candy-Themed Wedding at Valentine’s Mansion

Danielle and Lee’s wedding was a masterclass in how to make the slightly kitsch incredibly cool. Their wedding, fittingly held at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford last summer, was candy and sweet-themed, and featured lots of DIY projects, a rainbow colour scheme, and some badass portraits that make them look like a super-cool indie band…

Describing their theme, Danielle explains. “We didn’t want anything particularly traditional. No real flowers, just lots of colour and sugar!”

And sweet and saccharine it definitely was, even from the start. “The invitations were handmade in the form of a colour-pop chocolate bar wrapper, which we then printed onto a Galaxy Bar and posted to everyone! The chair ribbons, bouquets, bunting and so on were all rainbow coloured. All the centrepieces were candy jars and whirly pops, and we had candy trees on the mantelpieces and a large pick ‘n’ mix buffet.”

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Colourful Funfetti Garden Party Wedding

Inspired by Pinterest, Rock n Roll Bride, and their own personalities, Bree and Tim described their wedding as a rustic funfetti garden party.

They met in television, and Bree introduced herself in such a sweet and laidback way, “We were both working at a show in San Diego”, she explained. “I was hosting a show called First Date for Live Nation, he was a production assistant. I passed him a note at the end of the night that said, ‘Text me, maybe?'”

The wedding day was held at the McGuire Estate and Garden, which is the bride’s childhood home, and was officiated by their best friend. The bride’s sister, Charlotte, did all the signage, with other decorations of garlands by Paper Fox LA, hula hoops from Hipnotic Hoopla, and tiny dolls from HuskySnail, all on Etsy, plus candles from IKEA.

“We scrapped a lot of traditional stuff”. she continued. “We did pinata smashes in place of a bouquet/garter toss (inside were colourful saltwater taffy, mini bottles of booze and a ring pop that said YOU’RE NEXT). We had an open air photo booth in place of posed, formal photos. There was no bridal party or groomsmen, we wanted to keep it SIMPLE.”

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Cupcakes, Candy & Petticoats – A Great British Pier Wedding: Tina & Dave

Photographed by www.laurapower.co.uk

Tina and Dave were married at The Grand Pier, Weston Super Mare. Their wedding was a colourful mix of all the things they love. “Tina and I met in the summer of 2010 on a booze cruise organised by our workplace”, wrote Dave. “She arrived with her pink hair in curls wearing a 50s polka dot dress, tattoo print shoes and red lipstick. I fell in love that night.”

“We called our wedding ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and the theme was Rock n Roll meets the seaside”, Tina continued. “I’m a great fan of music of the 50s and when I met Dave I was surprised that he knew all of the songs as well. Dave was brought up by parents who love Rock n Roll and grew up in this era. After we watched the stage show Dreamboats and Petticoats we agreed that if we ever got married we’d love to have this as the theme for our wedding. After Dave proposed in 2012, we couldn’t wait to start planning our themed wedding.”

Photographed by www.laurapower.co.uk

“Not sure how we were going to make it work we began looking for venues that would bring our theme to life and after we’d taken our first look around the Grand Pier we knew it was the one  We wanted to be as true to our theme as possible, and as we both like to be different we didn’t mind if this meant sacrificing a few wedding traditions  I used the Pier train to take the bridal party and myself down the length of the Pier, which was so much fun as members of the public waved and took photographs. The bridesmaids wore cotton candy striped dresses and Dave designed his 50s inspired suit online.”

Photographed by www.laurapower.co.uk

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Candy Land Madonna Inn Wedding: Liz & Bryan

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Liz and Bryan were married at the famous Madonna Inn in California. The day was a beautiful mish-mash of a vintage candy store and a retro tattoo shop. “We really wanted to keep our wedding upbeat and light-hearted”, wrote the bride. “I think the temporary tattoos, candy, giant wood cut outs and photo booth helped create a really fun environment. Halfway through the night the photo booth props became a part of the wedding and we had groomsmen in capes and dresses as the Hulk and Spiderman on the dance floor. It made the pictures hilarious.”

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“The inspiration for our wedding came from two places.”, she continued. “First we began visiting a tattoo shop in SLO everytime we drove up the coast to do wedding planning. Bryan got work done on his two sleeves bit by bit and we ended up taking part of our engagement pics in the shop. I got our wedding date tattooed on my wrist during the shoot too. Secondly I’m a painter and love bright candy colors and all things cute and Bryan is a hot rod guy always outside working on his 54 Ford Customline. So our wedding ended up looking like a vintage candy shop that you could get tattooed in! We had ‘candy girls’ instead of flower girls that passed out candy as they walked down the aisle. Our super hero nephew was the ring bearer and wore a black and white striped vest and a black cape. We did not do any traditional dances but we did have my 85 year old Grandma lead all the ladies in the Chicken dance.”

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Colour, Confetti, Candy, Cakes & Kilts: Amanda & Colin

“Colin and I have been together for almost 7 years and thought it was about time that we tied the knot,” read the email I received from newlywed Amanda last week. “Unlike most women, I don’t think I ever really dreamed of what my wedding would be like so I didn’t really know where to start when it came to the planning. I’m a complete control freak and knew that I wanted to make and take part in creating as much for the wedding that I could so I started looking for inspiration on various websites and in books.”

“We knew that we wanted a few things for certain: a great photographer (or 2) to capture every grin, tear and laugh; a sweetie buffet; lots of handmade touches; fairy lights (and lots of them!); cupcakes; photo booth; a black and white wedding with splashes of colour; a hand fastening ceremony; confetti and sparklers.”

From these simple ideas they created the stunning wedding you see on these pages! “Colin was really eager to have a hand fastening ceremony and we both wanted to involve our family in the ceremony as much as possible,” continued the bride. “It was so important to us that we showed our love and appreciation for our family and this was the perfect way to not only add a splash of colour but it was also to show them exactly how much they mean to us.”

“I am lucky enough to have a small business called Hungry Designs and through this I have made a lot of wonderful creative friends. This made the task of making my wedding handmade and fun on a budget possible. My wedding dress (and the bridesmaid’s dresses) was created by the oh-so-talented Rebecca Cobbing from Rebecca Cobbing Couture. Rebecca is a truly spectacular designer who is also a dear friend. Rebecca and I discussed what dress I wanted in great detail and Rebecca came up with the design. It was out of this world and even included some of Rebecca’s trademark black matte satin material at the base of the dress. I really wanted the bridesmaid’s dresses to be black. I really see little point in having the two dresses designed for them to only be worn once – the intention was that Steph and Cat could wear the dresses again and again and not just at the wedding.”

“The origami flowers were all made by my very talented friend Gill from Catamation. Gill was so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted. She folded over 200 flowers for the wedding and these flowers were used for the bouquets, hair accessories and the table centres. The table settings and centers were a mix of colour, vintage and brightly painted candle sticks were dotted around in the middle of the tables and tea lights littered the tables with mood lighting. The napkins were folded into big white bows and the guests were given either a bag of hand sewn jelly beans or homemade strawberry lip balm – that was made by myself and Colin’s Aunty Jeannie.”

“Colin has a massive sweet tooth and I love to bake so we really wanted to have a sweetie buffet at the reception. We thought this would be the perfect setting for the colourful cupcakes and cutting cake. The cutting cake was rainbow sponge in the middle – perfecting tying the hand fastening ceremony into the reception. The cake topper was hand drawn by me and laser cut from wood and the cake bunting was found on Etsy. The paper bags were stamped with a rubber stamp that was especially carved for us by Kozue and the vintage cake server and forks were stamped with our wedding date and Just Married as well as Mr and Mrs – these were ordered from Wooden Hive.”

“Our wedding was relatively small – with only 48 guests attending both the ceremony and reception. This meant they all spent lots of time in the photo booth. This was a great last minute addition to the wedding and meant that not only were the guests able to busy themselves between meals but also meant that out guestbook was filled with hilarious photos from the booth. There is absolutely nothing that I would change about the wedding. Everything was perfect and the guests had a ball, when they weren’t on the dance floor they were in the photo booth or enjoying some sweets and wine. When looking back at the photos it really does bring back all of the feelings from the day. It was the best night of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

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Amber & Jeff’s Candy Land Wedding

Amber & Jeff were married in Crest Theatre and so their wedding had a pretty theatrical theme! “It has always been a dream of mine to get married at the Crest Theatre and have been going there since I was a kid and my comedy troupe used to perform there so it’s always been close to my heart!” Amber told me. ” I also have been part of a horror film summer festival for about 10 years and had some of my creative friends from there get involved; such as making the candy shop, the MC is a stand up comedienne friend, I really wanted to get all my creative friends involved!”

A lot of the wedding was DIY and the Mother of the bride in particular really got stuck in –  she made all the decorations, the decopauged suitcase, the vintage wedding cake toppers and the candy displays. Amber also had a friend who made her candy flower bouquet by melting down different sweets  into the shapes of flowers – something she had always dreamed about having.

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