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All the Fun of the Fair: A Herne Bay Pier Wedding Inspired By Sailor Jerry Tattoos

Since meeting at work 10 years ago, Vicky and Caz loved the idea of having an informal beach wedding somewhere alternative, and a fun day for all their family and friends to enjoy. They fell in love with Herne Bay so much that they’ve since decided to move there! 

Armed with a £6000 budget, the couple were influenced by the phrase ‘Tying the Knot’ to theme their day, combined with Caz’s own artwork, which is inspired by Sailor Jerry tattoos and their pier-side location. Together with their mums, Vicky and Caz DIY’d all the elements for their day, including stationery, decor and favours. They handmade swallows which hung across the ceremony venue and added swallow decals to the walls. Caz used a carnival style font throughout the stationery to tie in with the pier location and a vibrant colour palette of blue and yellow. They painted pebbles to use as place names and keepsakes.

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A Surrealist, Colour Crazy Carnival Inspired Shoot

It’s 2019, so obviously you’re aware that styling your wedding no longer means having sleepless nights over what Auntie Maude will think of your choice of complementary bridesmaid dresses or meticulously matching the exact shade of sage green of your napkins to – well, anything. You’re fully aware that it’s a-okay to wear a black dress, rock a floral suit or dye your hair pink if you want to. I’d bet you’re constantly tagged in posts about unicorn fashion / rainbow cake / other slightly out-dated but once-alternative fashions by well-meaning but slightly clueless friends and family as the token ~Colourful One~. But when it comes to actually using colour in your big day, are you feeling stumped with where to start and how to get achieve the perfect balance between insta-worthy colour clash and a big old mess?

Queen of colour, photographer Vicki White is back today with another spectacular styled shoot full of eye-gaugeingly bright inspo for how to inject colour into your wedding day. Joined by over 20 different suppliers all with one goal in mind; if it was weird and wonderful and more suited to a carnival that a country hotel, it could stay! 

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A Sequin & Glitter-Filled Wedding with a Carnival Atmosphere

So we all know a wedding day is, for the most part, all about the couple getting married. But when a bride and groom put just as much thought and effort into their guests having as much fun as they do, well you know you’re into a winner.

I also can’t go on any further without calling out probably THE most amazing bridesmaid outfits I’ve ever seen! Tulle skirts, oversized sequin playsuits, HELL YES, I am so on board!

Beth and Sam were hitched in style at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. “We wanted to create a unique carnival atmosphere with lots of glitter and sparkles so every element had a glittery and sparkly theme”, said Beth. “The guests also contributed by dressing in sequins, sparkles and glitter which meant that our carnival theme was apparent across the whole day. We have been going to lots of festivals for many years and wanted to create a playful, inclusive day where everybody could let their hair down and laugh!”

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Carnivale & AHS Freakshow Inspired Wedding Shoot

There’s something really fun and romantic about carnivals and fun fairs, making them the perfect spot for a cute engagement shoot!

“The inspiration for this shoot came from HBO’s Carnivale, the book Geek Love, Tod Browning’s Freaks, AHS Freakshow, and all things carnival”, said photographer Jillian Ryan. “The shoot took place in Queen Creek, AZ, at Frazier Show’s Carnival. I called the owner beforehand and got permission to shoot there. We were able to come a bit early which was great because no one else was there yet!”

“I hope this shoot inspires Rock n Roll brides and grooms to be unique. This is not your typical wedding location and our model’s aren’t wearing typical wedding clothes. I think the location and the style of the bride and groom really make it stand out. Why not wear a sparkly romper on your wedding day or rent out a carnival as your venue?! Your wedding can be whatever you want it to be. I totally would have gone this route for my own wedding if I’d thought about it at the time! Rock n Roll Bride is all about embracing your own version of weird and awesome, owning it, and doing your wedding your way.”

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Vintage Carnival & Coney Island Inspired Wedding

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Bonnie and Roy they were inspired by their love of all things vintage and Coney Island for their wedding. The theme was a 1920s carnival. They wanted their wedding to be unique and magical and decided to hold it at a camp with their guests staying in cabins for the weekend.

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“Our ceremony started out with a red velvet curtain a-top a bluff over looking the Long Island Sound”, said Bonnie. “While guests wondered what was about to happen, a jazzy, circus mix led the wedding party down the aisle. Once everyone was lined up on either side of the curtain, our best friend and officiant, Gerard, stepped out from behind the curtain with a large top hat and velvet jacket. He announced us like a duo performance, as we climbed down fire escape and then walked up the aisle together. After some funny words from Gerard and our own written vows to each other, we walked down the aisle as guests threw carnival tickets over us instead of rice.”

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Carnival Wedding with Pops of Colour

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Tammy and Alex’s wedding was inspired by a carnival. “As soon as we saw a carnival themed wedding online we knew that was what we had to have too”, the bride said. “We are both big kids at heart. We knew there was no way we would have a traditional wedding; we wanted something fun and this was perfect!”

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“Since the wedding, everyone has told us that they loved how personalised it was. Everything was very us from all the DIY decorations (the flowers, streamers, signage, chair signs), to the nerdy poem we chose for the ceremony, the fire juggling, and having punk songs throughout!”

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