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Neon Graveyard Las Vegas Elopement with a Blue Wedding Dress

Gina and Russ weren’t into the idea of having a traditional wedding – instead they wanted something intimate and just about them and their daughter. They were inspired by other elopements in Rock n Roll Bride, and their love for the States, and so their Las Vegas elopement was born!

“We wanted to get married somewhere unusual,” said Gina, “and stumbled upon The Neon Museum on Pinterest. I love comic book artwork, so having a colourful, vintage style backdrop for our photos was cool, and being surrounded by the history of Vegas felt a very unique experience.” They also wanted to tie their wedding into a big road trip of California, so everything fell into place quite quickly after finding the perfect venue.

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A Backyard Rainbow Wedding: Jason & Gwen

Honestly? I struggled with what to write about today. Usually on a Sunday I’ll post something non-wedding related that’s caught my eye or I’ll share something exciting that I’ve done in the week. But I shared my Photography Farm retreat escapades in this week’s Thursday Treats and since then I’ve basically been chained to my computer replying to the squillions of emails that came in whilst I was away and writing as many blog posts as physically possible. I also spent rather a lot of time on the phone to Cosmopolitan Magazine. NO BIG DEAL (more on this soon!)

And then this wedding pinged into my inbox and it all became clear.

Show me a rainbow wedding and I’ll show you a very happy wedding blogger. Of all the weddings I feature, I think I’ll always be have an extra special place in my heart for a wedding with so much colour. Like, seriously, what’s not to love?! With $12,000, Jason & Gwen planned this colourful explosion in Jason’s Mum’s back garden. “It isn’t always cheaper to DIY,” wrote the bride. “But we never could have done so much ourselves without the mega-ton of help we received from our friends and family. I am so glad we did it that way though, because we had some great times working on projects, planning, and being excited with our closest people.”

“It’s hard to want things different from the norm sometimes”, Gwen continued. “Some people had a hard time understanding some of my ideas, but overall people were great. I really wanted the wedding to represent us and our styles, and to do what felt right to us, not what it felt like we should do to fit into everybody’s idea of what a wedding is supposed to be.”

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Janel & Eddie’s Action Packed Central Park Wedding

Janel & Eddie were married at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. “As soon as planning started I realized that if I worried about giving people what they expected from a wedding or what would make them comfortable, I would not enjoy my day as much as I should” Janel told me. ” So I just went for everything that makes me happy and comfortable and made those the focal points of the wedding.  I don’t see the point in buying an expensive pair of shoes for a dress that you are going to only wear once, so I got cool sneakers that I can wear again, and again, even if the dress will have to stay hung up forever.  I also love our action figure collection and my British Sci-Fi shows (especially doctor who), so I threw them in there too with a weeping angel in my bouquet and a TARDIS as my card box.”

The wedding theme started off as having a vintage carnival vibe, but by the time the wedding rolled round it had morphed into a “Whatever the hell Eddie and Janel want, with a vintage touch” (their own words!) The bride wore a dress by Michelle Roth with customised Converse and carried a DIY bouquet like no other! “Anything can be part of your bouquet,” she explained. ” When my girls started to feel left out that only the boys had action figures as boutonnieres, I went on the hunt for all of the female kick ass action figures that I could find (which was harder than I thought).  I wrapped 22 gauge wire around one their feet to make something like a stalk that I then put into the bouquets so that they had some support.  The result was a unique touch that didn’t necessarily jump out at you right away.”

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Jonnorae’s Nerdy Movie Theatre Wedding

Amorae & Jonny- or Jonnorae as they often go by – wanted a very personal wedding…and they certain achieved that by celebrating their self proclaimed “nerdom”! The pulpit that the officiant stood was a throwback to the pipes that Mario traveled down, and instead of a typical unity candle or sand ceremony, they brewed a potion like Harry Potter! At the reception they wanted to pay homage to their ‘nerdiness’ with centrepieces of books, legos and miniature games hidden inside the hand painted faux books. They also held a quiz for their guests to play at their tables called “Jonnorae Geekdom Trivia” (by the way, I love this idea – we did it too!)

The ceremony, held at Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX was just as bespoke. Instead of traditional vows they played a round of rock, paper, scissors to decide who would read theirs first, and afterwards they both phones to update their facebook statuses to married!

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Chihuahuas, Cupcakes & Cuddles

“I’m no model,” bride to be Angela’s email began, “but I just got a sneak peek of our engagement session photos and I love them so much I thought I would share.”

“No model?” I thought, “not only does that not matter in the slightest but I might actually have to disagree with her a little bit there. She is totally gorgeous!”

Angela,  her fiance Luc and their two chihuahuas Minou & Birdie (there’s no way we can ignore them!) had a beautiful session to celebrate their engagement. The couple, who will be marrying in Mexico next May, wanted a variety of shots from casual ones with the dogs to ones with ridiculous props and finally to a few on a golf course. “Because my sweetie loves golf we went to a golf course and tried to have a vintage feel to the pics… Don’t know how much of a vintage feel we got but I don’t care – I love them!” Angela told me.”I love that our photographer got pics of my purple fluevogs and Luc’s black sabbath converse. She even took pictures of a silly card Luc made for me while they waited for me to get home from work, and pictures of the dogs on the couch posing.”

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Rotterdam Rock n Roll

I love these guys! Normen & Priya are from Holland and had their engagement shoot in Rotterdam with Tapas Maiti. This is just pure Rock n Roll and the couple have got a GREAT story. “I met Priya at the Asian Wedding Exhibition last November” Tapas told me. “It was an hour to go before closing and I was about pack up when she came to my stall and we got chatting. Priya & Norman are from Holland, her mother was a Hindu who arrived in Holland via Surinam whilst her father is a Sikh from the Punjab. Many Indian Hindu’s have settled in Holland by way of Surinam through the Dutch Indian Empire, its a fascinating story and shows the complexity of the Indian diaspora.”

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Laid Back Hawaii Beach Wedding

I think you’re going to love Kim & Paul’s wedding – its the perfect post for a gorgeous sunny Monday like today! The couple, from Colorado, got married at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, on the North Shore of Oahu.

They went diy crazy and did a lot of the wedding themselves – from the flowers (which they bought wholesale) to the homemade veil. “We really wanted our wedding to be a ‘non-wedding wedding’ that was as unique as we were and at the same time have a super fun beach party!” Kim told me.” We also wanted to involve our family and friends… so thankful we have so many creative people in our lives to help (flowers, hair, make-up, firecrackers!). Even though I didn’t buy one bridal magazine or try on any dresses, I definitely perused the wedding-porn online that was tailored for the independent thinking brides.  We didn’t want to give in to the ‘wedding industrial complex’ and doing things the way they are “suppose” to be.  I think that I’ve always been a non-traditionalist which is why I chose to forgo the cliche white dress and khaki Hawaiian beach wedding for one that was more colorful, stylish, elegant but still casual enough for the beach.  We had an amazing time with all of the special people in our lives in a place that is very special to us.”

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“You and Me are Awesome” – A Kick Ass Independent Elopement

I loved Matt & Brandy as soon as I read their email to me last week. “We are f***ing rock n’ roll because we had the balls to call off a wedding.
We originally got engaged in April 2009 and shortly thereafter set the date for April 2010. We wanted a simple affair which of course spiraled out of control. It became about every one else. We lost sight of what the day meant to us as a couple. The guest list kept getting longer…which meant more money…and more problems. In November it hit us…wtf are we doing????
We ended up calling off the wedding…and calling off our engagement. We became a bit disenchanted by the whole wedding planning and wondered if it was something we ever wanted to do. We absolutely became victims of the wedding stress monster. We never thought it would happen to us!”

See? love them?! Lucky for them (and us!) they did decide to continue down the wedding path, but only if they could do it their way! “Months passed and we still loved one another. We still planned on spending the rest of our lives together so what now?” they continued. “We couldn’t imagine planning another wedding. Ugh. Well…Matt ended up winning free tickets to anywhere within the continental U.S. that had to be used before May 31st 2010. We decided on San Francisco and then we decided…hey…lets elope while we’re there!”

 

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Bibliophile

I usually only put one post up on a Saturday, but I have to admit that I wanted to share this engagement shoot as soon as I could…and plus, the submissions have been coming in at such a rate of knots since I posted my How to… Get Your Wedding Featured on a Blog post (which I’m not complaining about of course!) but I do feel like I have a lot to get through this week!

Alister & Rachel are having a gothic & diy wedding on a mountain vineyard in  a few weeks. The wedding is sure to be super detail-heavy and I can’t wait to share it! However their engagement session was actual quite impromptu. “They wanted a Gothic yet bibliophile theme with a twist for the main part of the shoot, hence the books, vinyl and rug. Then for the rest of it, we simply found some killer locations and let them do their own thing; smiling, laughing, whatever went!” photographer Julian told me.

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A Non-Traditional, Family Central, Urban & Industrial LA Wedding

Shannon & Os are both part-time photographers so their wedding photography was really important to them, they found Australian Annevi who came to LA to shoot their informal wedding. They decided to hold their ceremony and reception in Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles. The Brewery is known as the world’s largest live-work art colony and offers amazing industrial landscapes and interesting backdrops. So, of course that’s where they decided to shoot all their portraits.

They decided to skip a lot of the traditional stuff they didn’t have a lot of meaning to them so they didn’t have any catering in favour of a more casual Sunday picnic, where the guests brought food, cake and dessert dishes to share. They also abandoned the idea to have flowers as they felt they didn’t really suit them or their industrial setting. The bride wore a non traditional dress, a yellow number from Tahari by Arthur S. Levine teamed with white converse. She used her jewellery as a way to represent the people that couldn’t travel to be at their wedding – her bracelet was designed by her mother, her earrings and necklace were from her mother-in-law and an antique handkerchief from her great grandmother (price tag still on it: Famous and Barr 25 cents.) The groom dresses in a similarly non traditional fashion – his jacket was from a charity shop, his shirt and jeans were items he already had in his wardrobe and his braces/suspenders where from his father in law. He also wore red PF Flyers “guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher.”

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A Non-Traditional, Family Central, Urban & Industrial LA Wedding

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Shannon & Os are both part-time photographers so their wedding photography was really important to them, they found Australian Annevi who came to LA to shoot their informal wedding. They decided to hold their ceremony and reception in Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles. The Old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery is known as the world's largest live-work art colony and offers amazing industrial landscapes and interesting backdrops. So, of course that's where they decided to shoot all their portraits. They decided to skip a lot of the traditional stuff they didn't have a lot of meaning to them so they didn't have any catering in favour of a more casual Sunday picnic, where the guests brought food, cake and dessert dishes to share. They also abandoned the idea to have flowers as they felt they didn't really suit them or their industrial setting. The bride wore a non traditional dress, a yellow number from Arthur S. Levine teamed with white converse. She used her jewellery as a way to represent the people that couldn't travel to be at their wedding - her bracelet was designed by her mother, her earrings and necklace were from her mother-in-law and an antique handkerchief from her great grandmother (price tag still on it: Famous and Barr 25 cents.) The groom dresses in a similarly non traditionalfashio - his jacket was from a charity shop, his shirt and jeans were items he already had in his wardrobe and his braces/suspenders where from his father in law. He also wore red PF Flyers "guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher."

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Buddy Holly & Mother Nature

Amy & Nick’s wonderful South Austin wedding had a distinct and very individual theme – perfect for them! Big fans of Buddy Holly and late 50’s/early 60’s music, it was important to them to really have that as a big part of their wedding. Amy walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Every Day played live by a friend on the guitar. Nick waited to marry his sweetheart decked out in a grey suit, Buddy Holly glasses and his favorite pair of Converse. Amy wore a dress by Dolly Couture which was perfectly accented by a Magnolia flower created by Amy Barber of Sweettooth Bags.

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