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A 1950s Rock n Roll Christmassy Wedding

At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…

Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”

This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”

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Festive Farm Wedding… With Reindeer!

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As soon as I saw this festive photo shoot, complete with real life reindeer, I knew I had to share it. With Christmas just around the corner (less than a week to go!) it made me feel all warm, snuggly and super, duper excited for the big day!

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Photographer Kellee Quinn from the south west of Scotland told me all about it. “Harelaw Farm was the perfect choice of venue (it’s where I’d get married if I hadn’t shimmied up the aisle with my husband already) and it also just happens to be next door to this new wedding venue (their first wedding is April 2017)…. a Reindeer Farm!! ‘Pogo’, who is in the shoot, is more like a pet and the owner of the biggest antlers I’ve ever seen.”

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Ice Chapel Elopement on Christmas Day

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It might be the middle of summer, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to share this elopement with you all today – it’s just too beautiful not to! Natalie and Andrew were married on Christmas day in Lapland!!

The ceremony took place in the Luvattumaa Ice Gallery. “I love Christmas and we both love adventures!” explained the bride. “We chose to elope on 25th December in an ice chapel and we arriving by reindeer sleigh! The ceremony was officiated by a local registrar who was wearing a traditional gown. I entered down some stairs, and walked through an ice tunnel to get to the altar, which was made of carved ice.”

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After the ceremony they went for a meal at a local restaurant. “A funny moment was just after we arrived at the restaurant, the waitress accidentally spilt a whole glass of champagne on my dress! I was fine about it (my dress was vintage and only cost £52!) and it didn’t leave a mark, but the poor waitress was mortified and wouldn’t accept that we were OK with it so insisted on giving us a free bottle of champagne and her details in case it needed dry cleaning!”

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Festive Wedding in Glasgow

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Lisa and Colin’s December wedding had a festive vibe without being overly themed. “I would say our inspiration was our own individual styles and the fact we love to party”, explained the bride. “Oh yes, we were heavy on the party!”

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“We considered loads of options for the venue. From village halls to warehouses but no where was quite right. Col suggested The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. We visited, had a tour, met the event planner and we booked it on the spot. It is a uniquely stunning venue and was absolutely perfect for us and it was city centre which made it easy for our guests.”

The bride’s dress came from Etsy. “I love disco so I wanted a dress that had a bit of glitter. I made my own headpiece with wire, holly, greenery and ribbon.”

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Happy Christmas (& Issue 6 Sneak Peek!)

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I have an early Christmas gift for you… a teeny sneak peek of issue 6!! Isn’t she a beauty?! I seriously can’t wait for you to see the full thing, and there’s not long to wait because its on sale on January 7th.

For those of you that are extra impatient, we’ll be taking pre-orders from first thing Saturday morning. So if turkey, tinsel and family politics get all too much, make your excuses and pop by our shop page on Boxing Day and order yourself a treat for the new year. We will also be able to accept new subscribers then too, what a great way to spend any Christmas money (lucky you!)

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A Home-Brewed Winter Wedding

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Anna and Travis were married in Louisville, KY on December 20th. The day had a winter and Christmas theme with lots of homemade touches. “We knew that we didn’t want something formal or scripted for our wedding”, said the bride. “Instead we wanted a big party! Neither of us are one for formal events, and we knew we wouldn’t feel genuine having the cookie cutter wedding. We wanted something laid back and enjoyable that didn’t break the bank and I think we succeeded.”

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“To keep costs low we DIY’ed wherever possible”, she continued. “My little sister helped a ton with our floral arrangements. My only regret there is we had ordered dark purple flowers and received pink ones. It wasn’t a huge deal for us, but something I wish I would have known was a possible risk.”

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