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A Sunday Kind of Love: Making a List, Checking it Twice…

I don’t wish to alarm you, but Christmas is one month today!! Argh! And nope, I haven’t started my shopping yet either. So today, I thought I’d share with you some of the things on my Christmas list this year, as well as some other gift ideas that I’ve fallen in love with during my self-indulgent internet searches…

♥ Iron Fist have been a favourite of mine for a long time and my ‘want list’ just gets longer and longer every time I visit their site. The Starstruck blazer ($80) and Tigre & Bunny wedges ($60) are just a match made in tealy heaven. I also love this Kitty Kat coat ($160) probably more than I should. You can also get 20% off your entire order with the exclusive code ‘ROCK’ just for Rock n Roll Bride readers (valid until 31.12.2012). You’re welcome!

♥ The Neon Holidays collection from Tarina Tarantino is perfection. I’ve got my beady eyes on the neon pink choker ($80) & bracelet ($60) obviously.

♥ I’ve been having a sordid love affair with my Jimmy Choo ‘Tokyo’ gold glitter high tops ever since I treated myself earlier in the year, and now those crazy Choo kids have gone and brought out a whole new range! They’re not cheap, rocking up at £325 a pair, but if you’re anything like me you’ll totally over-wear them. Always think of the price per wear people!

♥ Christmas is the perfect time for experimenting with new make up looks – go big or go home I say! If the truth be told I’ve only recently discovered the wonders of Sugarpill and now I’m a fully fledged addict! Their pigments are super saturated and so amazingly easy to blend. They also start from a ridiculous reasonable $12 for the individual pots. I’m also so dying to get my grubby mitts on these rainbow false lashes ($6) when they get back in stock!

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An Indie Rock, Winter Wedding: Vicky & Martin

On December 10th, Vicky & Martin were married in a gallery space, which they made their own. They didn’t have the easiest wedding planning journey, with not one but two venue’s cancelling their bookings, but at the end of the day the wedding was perfect.

“We were not the luckiest of couples when it came to our wedding planning as we had two different venues cancel our booking!” Vicky told me. “We booked a local hotel’s wedding package a year in advance and believed that everything from the food to the centerpieces was taken care of. With six months to go they called and cancelled our booking, leaving us panicked and miserable. After considerable research we booked our local youth hostel for a weekend festival in their beautiful medieval building – they cancelled our booking with less than four months to go!”

“After a tortuous month of searching we eventually booked local gallery space ‘Fruit‘ with only three months remaining to the wedding. As a venue, this was really a blank canvas but these experiences made us realise that we really just wanted to be ‘us’ and much of the other ‘fluff’ just didn’t matter to usat all. We were free to have black and white movies playing in the background all day, art on the walls, our own band, decorate it how we wanted and serve the food and drinks that we wanted. In the end we ended up getting a wonderfully personal wedding filled with many details that just screamed ‘us’!”

Because of the cancellations, and booking an ’empty space’ of a wedding venue, the couple ended up DIYing as much of the day as possible. “Martin designed and made the AWESOME 7″ single invitations, my wonderful Mum made and decorated the cake by herself and I did the flowers and my own hair and makeup,” Vicky continued. “This wasn’t so much a money saving thing as much as we wanted the day to be really personal, and not the ‘package’ deal which we originally thought we wanted.”

“All of the decorations for the venue and the evening buffet were a combined effort by everyone attending and this meant everyone got involved. We carried this theme of involving people through the day by asking all the guests to draw us a picture on our table-mats – I was so surprised at everyone who joined in with this and we have so many touching/funny mementos from the day!”

However it certainly wasn’t all bad luck for this couple as they won free wedding photography with Hannah Millard through a contest on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Hannah Millard was the best photographer we could have hoped for! Hannah’s quirky style really suited our informal day and we have been left with photos we love as they are so full of personality. Hannah really put us at ease and you can see how relaxed we are in the photos, we just cannot thank Rock n Roll Bride enough for putting us in touch with her!”

“Our inspiration came from our resilience as a couple,” Vicky concluded. ” Our attitude towards the wedding was extremely laid back as anything that could go wrong could not possibly be as bad as a cancellation! We had more wedding stress than we could handle and so the plan for this wedding was just to have fun! Some traditions, such as the first dance, were important to us – but most of it was just a huge knees-up! The lack of conventions is what made us different, Martin did not want a traditional suit and I wanted to change into a dress I could dance in for the evening. We both wanted sweets and veggie food, vinyl records and astrong music theme. We just wanted to party and that’s what we did!”

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DIY Tutorial: ‘Bobble Wobble’ Christmas Place Names

This week’s super cute DIY project was submitted by Erin of BerinMade. Erin’s etsy shop is a place for fancifully hand-drawn posters and flamboyant stationery & paper goods and I’m honoured to share with you this adorable tutorial that she created just for us. These would be awesome for a Christmas wedding or even just for your Christmas dinner table.

Over to you Erin…

This little project is a ton of fun to make and has loads of room for creativity to make it your own! I think these little bauble wobbles would make very fun place names in lieu of tent cards. If it’s a Christmas wedding you’re having, you could make simplified versions of these and your guests could take them home as a souvenir!

Supplies Needed

1. Paint brushes and paint (I find gouache paint gives the most vibrant colours that give cheer tothese little gems)
2. Scissors
3. Pencil for sketching
4. Recycled round baubles (mine were about 7cm in diameter)
5. White card (at about 200gsm – easy enough to cut with scissors but hard enough so it stands up)
6. Super Glue

Method

Step 1: First sketch out your portraits in pencil, then colour in with paint. I painted a boy with glasses called James and girl with hairband and matching polka dot scarf called Jessica (they look like me and my husband, except they have a basset called Woof.)

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