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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll: Angela & Russ

Guitars, cowboy boots, a performance from the couple to round off the evening… what’s not to love?! Angela & Russ were married in May and wanted their wedding to reflect them. The personal details started with the ceremony, where instead of a traditional unity service, they each bought a beer – one sweet and one bitter. The bitter was to symbolise the challenges they would face in life and the sweet for the sweet things they would share. They combined the two beers in a ‘Redneck Wine Glass’ “a Mason jar attached to a candle holder!” they explained.

“Angela is a country girl at heart, but Russ is very Rock n Roll,” wrote their wedding photographer Niall McCarthy. “They realized that just as they were blending their music tastes, they were also blending their lives. So they combined everything in their wedding to be half country and half Rock n Roll. They had two bands performing (the Kelly Rae Band – Country, and the Trip – Rock) and backstage passes as seating cards (which were half Country bands and half Rock n Roll bands). The bridesmaids wore cowboy boots and the groomsmen wore punk pins instead of a boutonnieres.”

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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll: Abby & Ian

Vivien of Holloway dresses are so beautiful, and many of the lucky bridesmaids in the weddings that I feature get to wear them…however when Abby got married she thought “why should they have all the fun?” and so she opted for a pink floral 50s inspired dress from their collection for her wedding dress! Pairing it with awesome cowboy boots and a faux fur jacket, she looked incredible.

The rainy wedding (it certainly didn’t dampen their spirits – like it could with the bride in a dress like this!) was held at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, and after a horse drawn carriage ride, the reception took place at East Dean Village Hall, East Dean.

“We really wanted to avoid anything too stereotypically weddingy,” Abby told me, “we just wanted the day to be a reflection of how we think about each other – just lots of fun! Neither of us feel particularly comfortable with formality and stuffiness – laughing, messing about and being childish are much more important! We wanted it to be something which could be enjoyed by everyone – from toddlers to our older relatives. We decided to give the some of the more traditional elements such as speeches, cutting of the cake and first dance a miss. However, we did do a spot of jiving to get me spinning and twirling around in my dress…it was too hard to resist!!”

The couple injected DIY elements wherever they they could, “Not only were we lucky to get a lot of helping hands setting up, but so many people helped in the run up to the wedding. My mum really is the star DIY pupil though as she made so much cool stuff – including all the cakes, the vinyl record cake stands and bowls, the bridesmaids dresses, the windmills and felt hearts! She even planted spring flowers in troughs (that she made herself nonetheless!) to stand outside the village hall. We made ribbon flowers to add to the tables as we thought these would be an interesting and unusual decoration. Ian decided that, having made some ties in a high school project many years ago, that he would hand make the ties for him, the bestman, the ushers and his dad – it turned out to be more time consuming than expected (and he wonders if any of them managed to still have them by the next morning….)”

The wedding had a really relaxed vibe and the ‘hoedown’ theme really got the party started! “I guess our theme was country and bluegrass,” the bride concluded, “from the Johnny Cash inspired ceremony music and readings, mixed with the rustic and rural charm of the US deep south – gingham, jam jars, JD bottles, banjos, barbequed meat and wild west lettering and signs. And of course, some cowboy boots thrown in there for good measure!”

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A DIY Country Wedding: Jacob & Sarah

Jacob & Sarah had a DIY country wedding at Harmony Museum, PA.

“Together with our community of friends, we pretty much made everything on our own because we wanted our wedding day to represent who we are,” Sarah told me. “Having the wedding ceremony and reception take place in a non traditional atmosphere also helped to sort of describe where we were coming from, a subculture scene of punk music and tattoos. One of the most important things that we wanted to come from our wedding day was to have a celebration with the people who we love the most. We have a very close group of friends that we respect and hold close and we wanted them to feel like it wasn’t just ‘Jake and Sarah’s Day’ but rather a party for all of us. Immediately after the ceremony, which was fairly short, there was just a big party.”

“For the centerpieces we collected bottles that we found on the railroad tracks and in the woods all around Pittsburgh,” she continued. “Above one of the tracks that run through South Side there was what appeared to be the remains of an old bottling plant, and there we found probably close to 100 very neat old bottles. After many soaks in the bath tub I tied pieces of fabric and ribbons around the bottles to dress them up a little. So, our centerpieces were free!”

Sarah wore a handmade dress by I see You Brightly on etsy with vintage shoes. Her headpiece was handmade by a friend and her jewellery was made for her by Jacob.

Instead of a cake they had a dessert table filled with pie, cookies and other treats bought by their guests.

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The Glorious British Summertime

How much do I love Hayley & Lucas’ adorable English countryside engagement shoot? Almost makes me proud to be British! The ever-lovely Lisa Devlin captured the couple in Sussex as they wanted a countryside location and with the yellow flowers, Hayley’s outfit and the glorious British summertime light (yes, it does happen sometimes) the scene couldn’t have been more perfect.

Over the last year or so props have been massively popular in weddings and photo shoots however Hayley & Lucas wanted to keep their shoot simple – just them. They did opt to bring some flowers though and Donal at Pollen came up with the spiky posy of zingy yellow chrysanthemums to contrast beautifully with their rural, natural setting.

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Elegant & Modern with Rockabilly Charm

Erinn & Brandon’s Nashville wedding was an elegant and modern affair with a touch of rockabilly and country charm.

The couple chose Aerial as the location for their wedding. They had their ceremony and reception on the rooftop, overlooking the city – a perfectly modern backdrop. “We chose Aerial not just because it was rooftop, but because it was above all of the honky tonks that make Nashville what it is” the couple to me. “We wanted it to be elegant, with a glimmer of rockabilly and country in the background. The glow of the city lights and neon from below was perfect!”

So where does the rockabilly and country charm come in you ask? Well, Elvis is obviously a big deal in Tenessee so the statue made an apperance in quite a few of their photographs. Their recessional music was also “Glenn Miller “in the Mood”. Not your usual wedding music but it certainly set the tone of the night.

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The Great Outdoors

Sean & Nicola love the great outdoors so that’s exactly where they headed for their engagement shoot. A local country park provided the perfect setting for this sweet, fun and romantic photo shoot. Afterwards the couple got dressed up and headed back to the city for some hilarious photo booth style shots – these are my favourites!

Be sure to check back for Sean & Nicola’s gorgeous vintage-inspired/Scottish wedding next week!

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