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Laidback Tuscan Villa Wedding via China, Australia & Poland

Kornelia and Gareth’s gorgeous Tuscan festival wedding is proof that the enormity of wedding planning is really worth it, as they were bringing friends and family from literally all over the world (they now reside in Shanghai, China, but met in London, and Kornelia is originally from Poland via Australia!) Their week-long “Charlo-palooza” – “a day is definitely not enough time!” – was essentially a holiday for all of the people they love, and they really got involved in all the small details to make it perfect. And they looked sensational whilst doing it – Kornelia’s Zac Posen-esque dress is the stuff of dreams.

Their week-long festival wedding was held at Villa Ulignano in Tuscany. “They have thought of pretty much everything – as well as having some EPIC bedrooms, the villa had so many facilities for guests (pool, two saunas, underground cinema, table tennis, billiards and even casino games tables),” Kornelia explains. “We put on a few events during the week so people could really get to know each other, like a pizza night by the pool. We sourced some cheap gingham fabric and made basic cushion covers to put over IKEA cushions, alongside gingham picnic rugs. The day after the wedding (when everyone was feeling slightly fragile), my parents hosted a Polish night which consisted of lots of Polish food, including pierogi and of course VODKA!”

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High Fashion “Chinese vs Western” Wedding Shoot

I’ve got a little something different for you today. No, this isn’t a photo shoot with models, it’s Jocelyn and Jake’s real wedding portrait session!

“Being a creative couple, we wanted something that is a little different from what my friends have for their wedding photos”, said the bride. “Other than having a wedding and a bridal shoot in winter, we wanted a style that is quite unique. Our shoot was set in a manor house, Hammerwood Park. The interior really gives a strong presence in the images with the textures and colours within. It’s almost each room has its own personality.”

The shoot had two distinctive themes, one to suit Jocelyn’s traditional Chinese wedding outfit, and the other for her more western attire. “The dresses were my own, I actually sourced them online back when I was in Hong Kong”, she continued. “We wanted both my traditional Chinese “kua” as well as a white bridal dress. The Chinese outfit is vastly different from colours to jewellery – it emphasises on red and gold, auspicious colours for festivities in my culture. There is also a phoenix and a dragon that symbolises the husband and wife. The headdress is gold and appears to look like a bird, or a phoenix. The gold bangles are worn on both wrists and each have a phoenix and a dragon carved on it symbolising marriage. There is a character on the outfit embroidered, signifying happiness.”

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Geeky Chinese & Japanese Influenced Wedding

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Nicole and Jonathan wanted their wedding to represent them. They didn’t care if things didn’t necessary go together, they just wanted the day to feel like them. They included their favourite colours, their love of Lego, Jonathan’s Chinese heritage and their mutual appreciation for all things Japanese!

The wedding was held at Lower Grange Farm, an 18th Century barn owned by the Scouts that is hired out for weddings. “We wanted things to be personal to us”, began the bride. “Jonathan wanted red to be part of the colour scheme so we went for bright red, orange and yellow. The bright shades really suited the date of the wedding – mid-July – as the colours were summery.”

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“The colour scheme also worked with our desire to include some Chinese touches to reflect Jonathan’s heritage, we also got engaged in Hong Kong so it was very appropriate! We incorporated Chinese lanterns, a wish tree decorated with Chinese wedding envelopes, and our invitations were genuine Chinese wedding invites that a friend of ours had bought back from a visit there!”

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A Gothic Inspired Beach Wedding in Sweden: Alan & Chrissie

Alan & Chrissie were married in September on the Swedish island of Gotland. The couple were the first from Hong Kong to be married there and their nuptials even made the from page of a Swedish newspaper! They flew British photographer Ian Johnson to shoot it for them.

“I proposed that we should go travelling in Europe and maybe get married while we were there,”Alan explained, “There was no kneeling down and all that fluff but she said yes!”

Neither of the pair had ever been to Sweden, and they discovered the location after Chrissie saw a wedding there featured on a wedding blog.

“I’d never forget the wedding for the rest of my life,” Alan continued. “The reason why we wanted to do it was because we believe marriage is about just the two of us. We wanted to make it as special as possible.”

Chrissie wore a short gown made by Jeff Dark Art and a headpiece handmade by her groom.

“We love gothic rock music,” they concluded, “that’s why we choose the church ruins as our ceremony venue and slightly gothic style outfits. Gotland is a lovely place. We will come back for our anniversaries in a few years.”

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Charlie & Jo’s Unconventional Music Gig Wedding

Charlie & Jo’s reception took place the day before their ceremony and that’s not the only thing about this awesome wedding that was unconventional. “We decided to get married and the Registry Office had a date free in two months time so we had a short amount of time in which to plan and make everything happen,” the couple explained. “We already had many things that we wanted to have at our wedding, incorporating lots of themes that we love. Many of these themes were not obviously related and not directly relevant to a wedding but we were more interested in these than having a traditional wedding. It all came together perfectly in the end. The less we worried about what we ‘should’ be doing, the more time we had to be creative and make our ideas possible in the time we had.”

“Our local community centre was the perfect venue but we could only get it for the night before the ceremony so everything happened a bit backwards! The hall dates back to 1909 and has a remarkable amount of original features (including the chairs!) and fitted in with the old time theme we wanted for our wedding. All our friends are very talented and generous so we knew that things would turn out perfectly if they helped arrange everything, rather than hire professional wedding companies – they designed the DJ booth posters, the stage banner, the collages, table decorations and more.”

“The age of the hall gave it a slightly eerie tone that reminded us of The Shining and so we complimented this with the DJ playlist for the beginning of the night by playing songs by Al Bowlly, Tiny Tim, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers etc. and brought woodland animal masks for the children. This loosely tied into the art nouveau style of the hall and complimented the Mexican party theme (tissue paper flowers and garlands, fairy lights, Santo, Salsa).”

Music was also really important to this couple so the reception almost has the vibe of a music gig. They had a DJ that played Mexican music, projections of some of their favourite films, line dancing, salsa dancing and a gramophone playing. The night concluded with the reunion of Charlie and his best man Dan’s band, who performed into the night with friends and family as extras in the line up. “Tracks included White Wedding, 20th Century Boy, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and our friends did a surprise cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ for our first dance,” Jo concluded.

The next day, the couple woke up together and headed to the Registry Office to be legally married.

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Charming Chinese Fusion

The majority of submissions that land in Rock n Roll Bride’s inbox are from photographers. which is great because I get to sample all the best, innovative and inspiring new photography and Rock n Roll weddings out there. However there is something very special about receiving an excitable email from a recently married couple, bursting to tell me all about their wedding. I got an email just like this only yesterday and Sally & Sam’s charming vintage/Chinese fusion wedding was only made better by the fabulous running commentary from the bride.

“I married my husband over the bank holiday weekend of the 1st – 4th May 2009 in a private, and very grand, house in a tiny village in North Norfolk. Having stayed there on family holidays since I was a little girl, it was always a dream to get married in the hall and use the sweeping staircase as my aisle.  We had 40 guests staying for the whole weekend and 60 more arriving on Sunday for our main wedding day. Our venue wasn’t licensed so we had a very small registry office service on the Saturday which was followed by a larger Humanist service on the Sunday. This meant that on the morning of the humanist wedding, I went downstairs and had a very nervous breakfast with my guests! Being inspired by LOVE, it was our dream to have a celebration of everything that this small word encompasses – our love for each other, our love for our friends and family and the love that we wanted to give out to thank all our fabulous guests for coming to celebrate with us. We wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t just a celebration of our love for each other but our love for our family and friends as well.”
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