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Fantasy Woodland Vegan Wedding with a Lord Of The Rings Theme

When a wedding is described as “Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Lord of The Rings”, you know it’s going to be pretty unique, and Natalia and Steven’s day certainly lives up to this promise. They even dared guests to outdo the bride and groom within the realm of the ‘fancy dress’ theme they’d set!

Their “playful and ethereal fantasy forest” wedding theme was based on everything that Natalia and Steven enjoy together – like the fancy dress theme, which is crucial to how they got together. “We had mutual friends but we really bonded after meeting for Halloween and admiring each other’s fancy dress outfits”, the bride explained. “I was a voodoo witch doctor and he was a cross-dressing banana (I’ll leave that one to your imagination!) I admired his dedication to fancy dress and we started to discover how much we had in common – it quickly grew from there.”

Guests were encouraged to wear fancy dress from any era or any realm, so long as they dressed up, and seeing the guests’ amazing outfits made walking down the aisle even more special for the bride. It also meant the hotel manager came up to her about half an hour before the ceremony, exclaiming “YOU HAVE A UNICORN DOWNSTAIRS FOR YOUR WEDDING – I’VE NEVER HAD THAT BEFORE!” If that’s not the sign of a Rock n Roll Bride wedding, I don’t know what is!

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A Relaxed Wedding Under Canvas: Gwen & Ali

Without wanting to start off this blog post by sounding inappropriate…How smokin’ hot does Gwen look her her Fairy Goth Mother corset and skirt combo? VERY is the answer to that. Have you seen her teeny tiny little waist!?

Anyway, enough perving…let’s get along with the formalities shall we?

Gwen & Ali wanted a unique and personal wedding, and to achieve this they chose to hire tents from Beautiful World Tents which they erected on the grounds of Knepp Castle in West Grinstead. “After looking online at lots of venues and land hire this place looked perfect,” Gwen told me. “This was actually the only venue we went to see and the decision was made! Woodland, a lake, less than an hour from Brighton where we live, full kitchen facilities and more importantly stunning! The other added benefit was free roaming animal, pigs, deer and much more besides. It was incredibly beautiful and also very reasonable on costs. We found the location through the tent company and added bonus this being their headquarters which meant no delivery costs to get the tents to the venue. On the land we had 2 giant hat tents joined together facing down to the lake. You hire the land and facilities for the whole weekend, really handy for set-up and take down.”

“Also essential to the day was we wanted a very special friend of ours to marry us. Being so important to us we asked our friend Steve to perform the ceremony. OK it wouldn’t be legal but having someone you love perform the ceremony has to be better than a stranger, the words were personal to us and spoke directly to us as people rather than the one size fits all traditional ceremony. So we decided to get married at Brighton registry office in the week and then throw a big party with our friends at the weekend. Having the wedding this way did mean we had 2 weddings to plan as we had to legally get married at the registry office. At first we were apprehensive that the registry office wedding would detract from the big day, but actually when it was all over to quickly we were delighted at the prospect of doing it all over again! It did mean 2 weddings, 2 dresses (which is no bad thing), 2 dinners etc! Double the work but 10 times the enjoyment.”

“Before we even thought about where or when to get married thought about food!” the bride continued. “Being massive foodies there was no other choice than a hog roast, this helped shape the plan for an outdoor wedding, somewhere beautiful in the countryside that was relaxed and inspiring.”

“I’m also personally not a fan of cake (I also appreciate that makes me a total freak in the eyes of the world!). Ice cream on the other hand is my favourite desert. So instead of a wedding cake we had an old fashioned ice cream bike with loads of tasty flavours and toppings. Desert was provided by a Sideshow Snacks, the beautifully decorated bike and decadent ice creams were the perfect way to end the meal.”

“We wanted something unique and special to us, something that really epitomised our characters and relationship,” Gwen concluded. “Not being traditional or religious we were really seeking a day that was truly of our making. Having not been to many weddings personally a lot of the normal wedding traditions have passed me by, which in a lovely way left the vision free of constraint. The plan was to create something quirky and original and totally unique to us. Most important of all was for it to be fun, stress free and a wonderful way to spend the day celebrating with friends and family.”

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Alternative Bridal Fashion by Rag n Bone

Husband and wife team Jaimi & Adrian hail from South Africa and are really pushing the alternative wedding market forward in their country. After styling and shooting a number of rockin’ photo shoots and weddings (which I’ve been lucky enough to feature here and here) the couple decided to take their vision one step further and put together an alternative bridal fashion show as part of a larger wedding fair at Tala Private Game Reserve.

I’m really thrilled to share some of the bridal fashion ideas they showcased at this event on the blog today. Jaimi styled the non-professional models with clothes supplied by Iron Fist, Elizabeth Saunders, VIP Brides and Tin Corsetry.

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A Rockabilly, Psychobilly Wedding: Claire & Lee

I love weddings like Claire & Lee’s. Not just because the rockabilly theme is awesome, but because they put their heart and soul(s) into creating a wedding that reflects how they are in everyday life.

“We’re both very much in to the whole rockabilly and psychobilly scenes and have been for quite some time, so it only seemed natural to extend this to our wedding day,” Claire told me. “One thing we set out to do from the very beginning was to make our wedding day for us. It seems all too often that people try and tailor their wedding day around their family and other guests, where as for ourselves we tailored it around us and guests had to fit in; which they did wonderfully.”

“We sourced everything ourselves to fit our style perfectly; the clothes, cars, venues, music and decorations had to be just right; and although at times it was a nightmare of a challenge to get every thing perfect (antique teapots are notoriously hard to find) we managed it and wouldn’t have changed anything for the world.”

The wedding ceremony was held at Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham. After a moving service the couple were greeted by Morris Dancers as they departed. “As Lee is a Morris dancer he had his side (The Gloucester Morris Men) waiting outside of the venue ready for when we walked out as husband and wife, their sticks raised in an arch for us to walk through. They then preformed a few dances for us, including Ladies Pleasure, a one man jig, for Claire. Lee also joined the side for one dance.” The couple were then whisked off to their DIY styled reception at The Lower Lode Inn, Tewkesbury in a 1959 Black Cadillac.

“All of the decorations for the reception I made myself, including 80 meters of bunting and the green and purple polka dot table cloth centres,” Claire continued. “The bunting ran diagonally across the room and was coupled up with strings of fairy lights, which came together to form a heart on the wall directly behind Lee and I. The table decorations were antique tea sets, with flower arrangements in the teapots and the tea cup and saucers had floating tea lights in them. There were also cut glass candle stick holders and candles which we collected ourselves.

Both the bride and groom wore two outfits, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Claire changed from her Fairy Goth Mother corset and a skirt (made by a local seamstress to which Claire added – by hand – 500 pearls!) to her Forever Unique reception dress. Lee switched from a black 1950’s sharkskin suit (made in Las Vegas and bought on eBay) to a silver sharkskin suit which he found at Moss Bros of all places!

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Elbie’s Bridal Shoot in Regent’s Park

Many of you will know who Elbie van Eeden is. She’s my hair & make up artist of choice, I utterly love her and use her for pretty much all my shoots now! Elbie was married earlier this year in South Africa (I featured the wedding here) and when she returned to the UK, photographer Natalie J Watts asked her if she’d like to do a bridal shoot with her.

“I know Natalie through her amazing fashion work, and when she asked me to do a shoot with her, I jumped at the chance,” Elbie explained. “Little did I know that I would end up being a subject!”

“Natalie was looking for brides who recently got married, and after a while I realised that she intended on using me as a model, and not the make up artist that I thought I’d be! I quickly rushed to Beyond Retro to get a skirt for me to wear with the corset top of my dress, as my full wedding dress would have been way too big to get to the UK!”

“Off we went to Regents Park, and although it was quite an experience running around in a massive dress on a hot day, surrounded by shocked onlookers, I had such a great time, she made me feel right at ease.”

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Swings, Balloons & A First Dance to Weezer: Joie & Cody

When the recently married Joie emailed me to share her awesome first dance video, I knew instantly I wanted to share it! Anyone that dances to Weezer is bad ass in my book! I was surprised though that Joie didn’t send me her full wedding as she said wasn’t sure that it wasn’t ‘Rock n Roll’ enough for the blog. Erm…no way lady! As soon as I saw the beautiful Meschantes Couture corset dress and the portraits on the swing I was smitten!

Joie & Cody were marred at Preston Woodall House in Benson NC. “We were NOT hell bent on making a unique wedding really.” the bride bagan. “We were hell bent on making it OUR wedding. We were also very determined to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible!”

They did however put a few quirky touches into their day to make it their own. Joie continued, “We had our dinner before the ceremony. It was a casual buffet style that lasted from 6-8 and if you were late – no big deal! The wedding party did not wear their ceremony dresses or suits but whatever they felt like wearing and we went upstairs about 30 minutes before the evening ceremony. It worked out really well, we got the dinner out of the way and after the ceremony it was party time!”

“My dress was made personally for me by Meschantes Couture. I have worked with them in the past and they offered to make me one and I damn near cried when they did. And I almost cried again when it was finished. I designed it and they were able to make it come to life. I can not even to begin to show the gratitude I have for them. It was made from the material they have in their shop plus as old wedding dress I found at a thrift store in my hometown of Dunn, NC.”

“My necklace pendant was made from my Grandmother’s chandelier. Growing up I always LOVED it. At 5 and 6 years old I would steal the “jewels” off of it and pretend they were earrings, and necklaces, and jewels for crowns. The christmas before the wedding their house was burnt to the ground with my grandparents still inside of it. Luckily they came out ok but they were sedated and asleep in a burn unit for about a month and it was a pretty rough time. During this period we went and salvaged what we could from their home…I immediately went for the dining room where I found my beloved jewels scattered and covered in soot. I cleaned them and made necklaces of them from my family. I’m still making them. To me. it’s one of the most valuable pieces of glass in the world.”

“If I had to pick a theme for our wedding it would have been “Structured Chaos”. Haphazard with a purpose,” Joie laughed. “All of our programs were tied with twine and each had a different charm on it. Each table had a centrepiece that was completely unique from any other table. Along with our wedding cake we got about 10 dozen cupcakes and each dozen had a different look. We spent a year and a half collecting 300 different china plates. If it were up to us we would have done the same to chairs and tablecloths and well…anything you can think of! But we also wanted to get married before we turned 50! Our vows were taken from ‘Between the Buried and Me’ and Butch Walker songs.”

Oh, and don’t forget about the video that started it all…Joie & Cody’s awesome first dance to Weezer!

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“Une Mariée Tsigane” (A Gypsy Wedding) Styled Shoot

Burlesque performer Roxy Rose was the model for this wonderful gypsy bride (and no we’re not talking a ‘big fat gypsy wedding’ style gypsy bride, think more traditional!) for a styled shoot, the concept of which was dreamt up by Italian photographer Cinzia Bruschini. I am particularly loving the incredibly unique fan shaped bouquet – and yes that is made of real flowers!

Cinzia explains, “This shoot is colourful and playful, in particular we wanted to redefine traditional wedding elements like the flower bouquet and the decorations; the flower bouquet is so daring, made by italian flower designer Roberto Monaldi using a Gregor Lesch technique. It is based on a radial weaved plot finished off inserting flowers (in this case: delphinum blu, dendrobium lilla, gypsophila paniculata).”

“We created other decorations using an old hand design tool: a spirograph! Spirals pattern is on the coloured garland and also on the handmade paper accordion; the result is a very gypsy fancy. The garland is really simple to do and I made it myself. First of all I cut coloured cardboard with round punches in different dimensions and then had a play about with multiple design combinations of spirograph. Then using a needle and sewing thread, I joirned the circles together as a garland.”

Super cute! Be sure to check out the adorable video too.

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Incredible Victorian Steampunk, Corset Heavy & Generally Awesome Diy Wedding Day…with Masks!

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get the Australian wedding together on time to take us over to Oz for our final wedding of the day today (I want to make sur that when I put it up it will be perfect and have all the info you might want on the event so pweease forgive me!??)…however I have managed to secure a pretty damn shaaaweeet Steampunk wedding which took place in San Francisco to round today off nicely. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with this baby…in fact I am so in love with this wedding that I appear to have titled this post will the longest, most over-excited, rambling header ever!  

Violet & Eric are certainly going to being some much needed spice to Rock n Roll Bride today. I had an amazing chat with the super creative bride (who also makes her own Steampunk inspired jewellery – you can see some of her designs here) where she told me all about their wedding.

“Our inspiration for the whole thing was not only the aesthetic but also the philosophy of Steampunk. Steampunk to us honors and glorifies the balance of technology with artisan aesthetic; the need to maintain a sense of beauty, along with a more finely-honed machine. (The Steampunk computer case mods are a perfect example — making a modern PC look like a vintage Victrola or Underwood typewriter, tools which were technologically less advanced, but aesthetically far more classically pleasing to the eye.)

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British, Quirky, Laid Back Pub Wedding

I adore featuring weddings like Alexa & Andy’s the most. British, quirky, emotional and fun! The couple got married at Birmingham Registry Office on Easter Sunday and had the awesome Steve Gerrard on hand to take all their photographs. The room was really modern and had a gorgeous courtyard outside which made for some beautiful portraits.

The reception was held at The Bell, at Tamworth in Arden which they selected for it’s informal and carefree nature. They knew their friends and family would have fun in the pub’s relaxed atmosphere. The cake was made by Alexa’s Mum after they saw something similar in a magazine and decided to have a go at making it themselves (that’s exactly what we did!)

Alexa wore a dress, gorgeous little hat and corset were all custom designed and made by Jo at The Couture Company, at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. “I knew straight away that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress and I really like the 50s style full circle dress so did a bit of internet research and found Jo” she told me. She teamed this with shoes from Dune for the day time and pink, shiny Doc Martens for the evening! Love….!

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Wild Thing

This latest shoot from boudoir photographer Marin Kristine is so seriously smokin’. I love how she makes all her rock chick clients look so classy, so sexy and so…well…hot! Cianna’s rockabilly hair is driving me wild. Wooo!

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Inked.

My inbox has been awash with tattooed beauties this past week (can you tell!?) and this amazing boudoir session by the very lovely ENV Photographyis no exception. Woaah sexy lady!! The only trouble is that looking at all these inked lovelies makes me want to get my new tat as soon as possible!

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Wai Ching + Fluevog = Yum

She took my breath away w!hen we first stepped in the bridal preparation room at the Rose Garden Inn. She was so elegant and so beautiful. The mood was calm, comfortable silences interrupted by feminine giggles. As she cut a part of her mother’s veil to add on to the hairpiece, I noted how important family was to her. Her red knee high boots sat in the corner as she got laced into her corset, accentuating her hourglass figure. Every move was deliberate and graceful, she was so inspiring. Everything about her was so unique, her red Wai Ching dress was perfect.

Dress: Wai Ching
Corset: Dark Garden
Shoes: Fluevog
Headpiece: Twig and Honey

I can’t believe I haven’t featured these sooner! Read more about Jocelyn & George’s glorious wedding over at the fabulous Tinywater’s blog.

Be sure to enter the contest if you haven’t already my lovelies..catch you tomorrow!

Credit: Tinywater Photography

Sharing The Love

I guess it must have been pretty obvious to everyone just how much I loved MangoRED as I have now been sent some more amazing photography exported from The Philippines, from Rock n Roll Bride reader, Cely.

What I really love about the photography that seems to be emerging from The Philippines is that it is so different to the work I see coming out of Britain or The States at the moment.  The use of light in undoubtedly different in these photographs, maybe because the light literally is so different over there? Who knows, all I know is I am so happy to be able to share the work of MangoRED and Pat Dy with you, and that I most defiantly like it!

Again it is impossible for me to choose just one of Pat Dy’s weddings…so stand by for a bit of a love fest.
First up a Star Wars wedding…who says you can’t be gorgeous and geeky!?

 

The gorgeous MangoRED are also the subject of my guest post on Savvy Scoop this week, so head on over there for a bit and check it out too!

 
Edit: Dress made by Michi Calica of Toccata

 

 Credit: Pat Dy Photography