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The Shining Inspired Glam Goth Wedding

Mindy & David got married at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel that provided the inspiration to Stephen King for The Shining.

“Our first thoughts about what we wanted our wedding to look and sound and feel like were all over the board” the couple told me. “Our first decision was the location.  We had stayed at the Historic Stanley Hotel the summer previous, and while we were familiar with much of the folklore of the place, we were delighted to find character that goes far deeper than “haunted joint.”  We had a wonderful time and felt a connection to the Stanley.”

“Touring possible locations in Denver and the surrounding area, we visited many nice places with good things to offer.  When we returned to the Stanley to consider it as a wedding location, though, it was immediately evident to both of us that we found our place.  Other locations offered beautiful wall finishes or breathtaking views, but no other option had the richness about it that the Stanley oozed.  The often cracking paint (new paint jobs last less than a year there) and imperfections added to the individual nature of the building that really resonated with us.  The main downside to the Stanley is the fact that they host multiple weddings every weekend in the summer, and we didn’t want to be ‘just another wedding.’  In the end, it just inspired us to create something individual and extraordinary.”

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A Kitschy, Quirky, Vintage Wedding

Warning: this post has a hell load of photographs and I ain’t going to apologise for that. I literally couldn’t cut them down! I am so excited about Lindsey & Adriano’s wedding I can hardly contain myself. The gorgeous bride and her musician husband had a beautiful and quirky vintage-themed wedding at Farbridge, West Sussex.

“Our inspiration was easy we just collected things we love and are interested in,” the bride told me. “I love all things vintage because I love that it has history and seems to have so much more personality than many modern things. I find that vintage things were made to last and made with care and skill unlike most things today are made to be disposable and are not designed to last. I wanted our day also to have lots of elements of fun so I came up with the idea of an ice cream sundae bar so guests could be kids again, make a mess and choose whatever topping they wanted! We also bought a kiss-o-meter for a bit of fun, it was from an American site and was from the 60’s. In the reception barn at Farbridge they also had a projector. One of my favourite films is Cinema Paradiso, there is a scene at the end of the film which is called the kissing scene which features lots of kisses from famous old black and white films. We played this scene on repeat on the the projector to add another dimension to the room. We had a wedding cocktail which we served in jam jars and bought some quirky straws too.All these things were good talking points for the guests and added elements of fun and interaction.”

Lindsey wore a vintage dress that she found online at The Vintage Bride. The American site was the first place the bride visited when deciding on what she wanted to do for the wedding and after seeing the beautiful, one of a kind gowns she was sold on the theme. “Finding a dress was one of the first steps I took in beginning to organise our wedding. I first looked on the web and found this site, fell in love with the dress and bought it. A bit risky but the lady who runs the site, Rosie, says that if your dress is not right she will give a full refund which is quite unusual for an online site. So I took the risk. It arrived in a beautiful box tied with a big pink ribbon and it was  quite magical moment to open up revealing my dress for the first time, perfectly wrapped including a lovely lavender scented parcel. It was love at first sight.”

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A Kitschy, Quirky, Vintage Wedding

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Warning: this post has a hell load of photographs and I ain't going to apologise for that. I literally couldn't cut them down! I am so excited about Lindsey & Adriano's wedding I can hardly contain myself. The gorgeous bride and her musician husband had a beautiful and quirky vintage-themed wedding at Farbridge, West Sussex. "Our inspiration was easy we just collected things we love and are interested in," the bride told me. "I love all things vintage because I love that it has history and seems to have so much more personality than many modern things. I find that vintage things were made to last and made with care and skill unlike most things today are made to be disposable and are not designed to last. I wanted our day also to have lots of elements of fun so I came up with the idea of an ice cream sundae bar so guests could be kids again, make a mess and choose whatever topping they wanted! We also bought a kiss-o-meter for a bit of fun, it was from an American site and was from the 60's. In the reception barn at Farbridge they also had a projector. One of my favourite films is Cinema Paradiso, there is a scene at the end of the film which is called the kissing scene which features lots of kisses from famous old black and white films. We played this scene on repeat on the the projector to add another dimension to the room. We had a wedding cocktail which we served in jam jars and bought some quirky straws too.All these things were good talking points for the guests and added elements of fun and interaction."

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Gareth’s Wedding Plans

This is totally sad so you’ll have to forgive me. Also, it’s 6:30am and I’ve been awake for 3 hours. I don’t know why and maybe my mind is going a bit haywire but I just came up with this ridiculous idea for a blog post so I’m going to run with it.

I was watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ with Gareth the other day (for those of you who aren’t in the UK, it’s a TV programme where basically the groom plans the whole wedding – he picks and organises literally everything – the venue, the dress, the flowers, the invitations, the theme – it’s brilliant!)

I bet lots of couples do this as they watch this show, but Gareth & I got chatting about what he’d do if he had to plan our wedding. Now I’ve either subliminally trained him well or he’s been paying close attention to the blog and just not telling me but OMG his ideas were quite frankly awesome. As soon as he said “short vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers (yes he named the shop!), mismatched colours, a kind of summer meadow theme” I was sold! So much in fact that I totally want to marry him all over again and have him plan the whole thing.

Anyway…I thought I’d make a little montage of his vision. Can I just make it clear that I am aware, as someone who got married 2 and half years ago, how incredibly sad this is but I kinda wanted to share it all with you. Happy Sunday Lovin’ people!

Credit – Left to Right starting from top left:

Photograph by Aaron Delesie, dress with multi-coloured tulle underskirt by Stephanie James Couture
Vintage dress by Fur Coat No Knickers
Photograph of groom by Daniel Lateulade Photography
Photograph by Christine Chang, bridesmaid dresses by Betsey Johnson (Gareth actually he’d like the bridesmaids in the same dress in different colours but I found it really hard to find a photograph)
All You Need is Love cake by choccywoccydoodah
Photograph of birdcage veil by Joshua Caine
Centrepiece ideas (L-R) photograph by Tiffany Mumford, photograph by Our Labor of Love, photograph by Simply Bloom Photography

How do you think your other half would plan your wedding if you let him? Why not send me your groom’s ideas!?

Laura & Paul’s Vintage, Mismatched, Rock n Roll Bride-Inspired Wedding

I first laid eyes on Laura & Paul’s fabulous wedding when I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog. Over the next few weeks I pretty much pestered their photographer Eliza Claire until she agreed to let me feature it – this is my favourite of all Eliza Claire‘s weddings to date!

Laura, a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader throughout their planning, was keen to add personal and alternative wedding touches throughout their day…and they certainly did that. It was also a lot down to Paul too, who really got stuck into the planning and the desire to create something unique.  

“Paul was adamant from the start that he wanted our wedding to be personal to us,” Laura told me. “Your blog and Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine gave us the confidence that was hidden away to keep our wedding individual to us. There became a time when it spiralled and started to become ‘everyone else’s wedding’ but after the two of us sat down we got back on track and carried on with what we wanted. We didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and were SO pleased with our choice. The girls looked stunning and so different to other bridesmaids we had seen at previous weddings.”

Laura had actually emailed me a few month’s back when she was having a bridesmaids dress crisis. I told her to not feel like she had to get a specific ‘bridesmaid dress’ for them and to go to the high street and buy them something beautiful. I’m ecstatic to say that she followed my advice and found these little beauties in New Look!

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Nathan & Marianna’s DIY-Fabulous New York Wedding

Oooh I am so excited about Nathan & Marianna’s diy-fabulous New York wedding (although this is doing nothing to quench my desire to sign 2 weeks off and jet off to NYC!)

The couple got married at St. Luke’s Church and then had their reception at Sea Cliff Yacht Club. “Both are in the small one square mile town (22  miles from NYC) where I grew up in Long Island, NY” Marianna told me. The couple only splurged on the things that really mattered to them – one of them being the band that played their reception “This was probably the best splurge (and only) of the wedding.  I highly recommend getting a live band, we had a great fun dancing ALL night long” the bride explained. “I thought we were just going to go the ipod shuffle route, but was convinced that the band makes the party and to have one.  It was great advice, and is probably (most definitely) true.”

Marianna also put huge effort info her outfit to make it perfect for her – second best was not an option. She found her perfect dress, knew it was the one and went for it! Everything she wore had meaning and thought behind it.

“I am not sure who made my dress, I never even looked at the tag.  I had to buy a dress off the rack since I had a minor dress problem in June.  Strut bridal is a plus sized bridal store, it was great and the owner is fabulous.  If you live in Arizona (Phoenix) I highly recommend it. I had to have the whole thing completely tailored to fit since it was way too big.  But I loved the dress upon first glance! I had all the train cut off, made it ankle length and added some serious sweet heart necklace.  It was pretty much like making a custom dress.  But really Strut bridal comes highly recommended from me, I felt comfortable Ann (the owner) was extremely helpful. Words of advice even if a wedding isn’t your cup of tea don’t settle on a dress early in the game, it will come back to haunt you-even if you are hard to fit and dreading the dress process.  Also go with who ever you feel comfortable with, even it is the groom!”  
 

Classic Rock, Tattoos & 40/50’s Rockabilly Lovin’

Music, tattoos and 40’s/50’s rockabilly provided the inspiration for Laura & Scott’s gorgeous wedding. Laura looked every bit the rockabilly queen in her Avalon from Dolly Couture skirt and top, teamed with lace gloves from ASOS and leopard print shoes from Mary Jane Shoes which were a bargain at just £15!

The tables were named after all their favourite rock bands – Kiss, Whitesnake, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Van Halen and the top table was The Ronnie James Dio table. For a really personal and fun touch their favours were mini cupcake lip glosses for the girls and polystyrene gliders for the boys. They also had dishes of haribo rings and hearts on each table (yum!)

The couple diy’ed all their stationary – in a vintage tattoo style. The boy’s place names had flaming dice and the girl’s had pink nautical stars. They made the table planner with a big piece of MDF covered in a tattoo print fabric from Etsy. They had friend make the cake in the same tattoo theme.

“I walked down the aisle to Tom Petty – Here Comes My Girl. We signed register to Kiss – I Want You and Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered and we both walked out to Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. First dance was Pulp – Something Changed, closely followed by Kiss – Lovegun” Laura concluded. “We’re both huge classic rock fans and I’ve always been a fan of 40’s/50’s style. We’re both geeks at heart. I’m not against any traditional weddings but we knew it wasn’t for us. We both thought our wedding day should be about our love for each other and that love includes all the things that make us who we are.”

Finally, Laura and her bridesmaids performed “Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You” – a dance routine that they had perfectedon the hen do (bachelorette party) Be sure to check out the video after the ‘jump’

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