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Hannah & Tom’s Shabby Chic, English Charm Wedding

Hannah & Tom’s shabby chic, English country garden wedding had so many adorable details that I simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to feature it. I love how the term ‘Rock n Roll’ can be applied to so many different styles of weddings don’t you? ‘Rock n Roll’ is an all encompassing love of expressing yourself and your individual quirks though your wedding (well, and real life too!) Anyway, mini-morning lecture over, let’s get on with sharing all these beautiful touches shall we?

“Getting married was obviously something I have hoped to happen but I was not ones of these girls who had the whole day planned,” bride Hannah told me. “So when Tom and I got engaged we both knew 2 things… 1st we didn’t want a long engagement, after 11 years together what is the point of waiting? And the 2nd thing was we wanted a relaxed wedding! I then started to build the ideas in my head of what I envisaged the day to look like and Tom and our parents didn’t get it at first, so I started a mood book, it became my bible.”

“I entitled it “English Charm” when people asked what my theme was, I replied with ‘rustic, relaxed and the thrown together look’. 
 We had viewed quite a few country houses and golf clubs but I just hated the fact you were just on a conveyer belt of weddings, stuck in one room. We wanted our own stamp and personality to come though in our wedding, which is then why we decided to go fro the marquee option! As it was spring I loved the idea of having loads of our own flowers around which is a great/relatively cheap way of having the impact of colour.”

“We had talked about hiring in the vintage crockery, then we found a few bits in charity shops and decided that it might be just as cheap to buy it all ourselves and Tom and I and my Mum loved buying all the bits and pieces, we went to car boots, charity shops, relatives cupboards and we then come across this Aladdin’s cave of vintage crockery in south Wales were we ended up buying a lot of our bits from. I then sourced all the fabric for the floral runners, which Tom’s mum made up for us.”

“I didn’t enjoy the whole wedding dress shopping experience at all, I thought I would as I love clothes and fashion but there was nothing I liked around, they were all to safe and same looking. I decided to keep my eye on eBay and Tom was actually sat next to me when I was bidding on my dress (although he was completely unaware of this fact!)  I found this vintage dress on there and brought it for just £40. I then decided because it was a bit tatty around the edge to have the exact dress re-made after choosing my own lace, pearls etc by my dad’s Cousin who is a dressmaker. When I walked into that church and I heard gasps and murmurs of “wow” I knew I had definitely got the right dress. I also loved the fact it had a split up the front so was perfect for dancing in the evening.”

“When we went out to quote for the catering of the wedding, we had a very clear idea on what food we wanted, for starter we had a picnic hamper per table with cold meats, pork pie, scotch eggs, pickled onions, gherkins, rustic breads and much more. This just got every one on the tables talking. For main course we went for a traditional British food – local bangers and a colcannon mash which went down a treat with everyone. For the desserts we wanted people to be able to get up and have a wonder around before they sat again for another hour or so for the speeches and due to Tom being a tree surgeon we thought it would be a nice idea to use tree trunks as cake stands and it worked brilliantly. It all felt very rustic with the summer berry parabola, lemon tart and chocolate brownies. The catering team really exceeded our expectations and did such a fantastic job.”

“We have had so many comments from friends and family since all saying the same thing, what a relaxed and unique wedding to remember which was exactly the wedding I wanted, we couldn’t have asked for much more.”

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Stav & Danielle’s Engagement Session on Wheels

Stav & Danielle met she brought her car into her local garage to be fixed, where Sav happened to work. Needless to say the couple have their mutual love of cars to thank for their relationship!

Being a mechanic, Stav has a passion for old cars and restoring them. Danielle adores all things retro and loves the aesthetic nature of vintage cars, so using them in their engagement shoot was a no-brainer really. For the shoot, the couple were lent a collection of vintage cars from some of Stav’s clients including a classic Mercedes, a clasic Woody, a classic Corvette and a classic Ford truck.

I just love how the couple changed their outfits to suit the era of each car! My favourite has to be the 1950’s Rock n Roll styling, with Stav in his awesome turn-up jeans!

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Chris & Jenn’s Rockabilly Car-Inspired Wedding

“The style and ambiance of our wedding had more to do with who we are as people than outside inspiration,” newlywed’s Chris & Jenn explained. “We find culture and appeal in a simpler moment in history. The 1950’s are, after all, the birth of subculture; car culture was at the heart of this movement. We live, breathe, and bleed this car culture so it followed suit to incorporate our life into our wedding.”

So it was themselves and their own personal style and outlook on life that inspired their rockabilly wedding. The Californian couple made the wedding their own and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Jenn’s dress by Allure Bridals wasn’t perfect for her until she cut it short herself to show off her awesome saddle shoes. Aren’t those gorgeous?

Chris wore a custom suit and he was in charge of the centrepieces, made from carburetors, and yes he made them himself! Finally, the couple belong to a car club called Koffin’s Car Club in Santa Cruz California and they had a whole host of retro cars at the wedding parked outside the venue.

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Josie & Nic’s San Francisco Soiree

Josie & Nic wanted their wedding to be for them and what they wanted – screw traditions! The couple, who own a rockabilly store in Berkley, California decided to close the shop for the day (they hung up hand drawn signs to warn customers they were closed as they were getting married!) and get ready together in their own environment – something they had built up together.

The ceremony took place at  Morcom Rose Garden in Piedmont and Josie looked stunning in her Stephanie James Couture dress. Once again throwing tradition out the window, the ceremony consisted of a  small gathering of their very closest friends, who were each called up to the “alter” when they were ready  in order to start the ceremony.  Josie & Nic chose the lyrics of “The New Patron Saints and Angels” by AFI to be read in the ceremony instead of traditional vows.

After the ceremony, they both jumped into their 1957 Chevy and headed over to their reception at the Hotel California in San Francisco. Their friends and family even decorated their car for the ride! Finally, the whole vibe of the day was a DIY and personal one. The couple designed all of their invitations, flags and other all the reception decor, and the flowers were put together by Josie and her family.

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Louisa & Rob’s Music & Car Festival Wedding

We knew our wedding was going to be slightly different but I guess that’s what you get when you try to incorporate cars, music and food, emphasising the feasting and dancing with friends and family rather than the actual ceremony” began bride Louisa. “We both have an affinity with old cars, cars that have been around a while and have a tale to tell so we had no problem finding a wedding car – I had the perfect excuse to use my hotrod, a 1928 Model A Ford. Not wanting to leave his cars out of the fun, Rob decided we should include a mini car show where he and our friends could park up their old cars and in some cases, their beds for the night.”

Yep, that’s right – Louisa & Rob’s guests were invited to their homespun music and car festival wedding complete with the invitation to camp over afterwards. The wedding was a combination of a registry office ceremony, a tea party at the bride’s Grandmother’s house and finally a massive celebration in two yurts, set up in the bride’s Dad’s field.

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Emilia & Ville’s Vintage, Rockabilly & Pyschobilly Engagement

Australian photographer Gemma Clarke was lucky enough to find Emilia & Ville who wanted a retro/vintage style engagement shoot in Helsinki, Finland this July. The train yards in Pasila played host to their fabulous fashion-led shoot and the couple were really involved in the concept and styling of the whole thing.

“For the clothing, Emilia is really into 50’s style with style of rockabilly and psychobilly, but she also gets really inspired of styles from 20’s-40’s,” the couple explained. “She can’t think anything more nicer than going out and get properly dressed up! Emilia has lots of different high heels, dresses, hats and cloves. She loves the contrast between style of a lady from the 50’s with big tattoos and stretched ears. Ville’s style is bit more rock ‘n roll with heavy metal. He used to wear only band t-shirts and jeans, until Emilia told him that just with a small effort he could look so much more handsome. He has always loved his retro suit from the 70’s – every time we go to fancy parties he wears that suit and feels absolutely handsome. And that’s what he really is.  And now, after small shopping tour in cloth stores Ville has found his real style: shirt blouses, slip overs, vests, old jeans and hair done with wax like gentleman’s in the 50’s. Emilia loves his style and the way he looks.”

The couple are getting married next July surrounded by the Finnish countryside at the property that Emilia’s grew up in which belongs to her Father. The wedding will of course have a vintage/Rock n Roll theme and I can’t wait to see the photos!

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