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A Country Meets Rock n Roll Wedding in Western Australia

After postponing their wedding twice due to border closures in Western Australia, Stef and Ryan finally managed to tie the knot in October. They wanted a laid back, county meet rock ‘n’ roll inspired day and chose Moore and Moore CafĂ© in Fremantle as their venue. They wanted to incorporate the the feeling of having a big barn dance where everyone was welcome.

“We had the full rock ‘n’ roll vibes with cowboy boots, whiskey shots at the bar and neon lights but with a country barn vibe”, the bride told us. “One of the groomsmen sang me down the aisle with one of my favourite songs. Our daughter was overwhelmed by all the people so, in the middle of the ceremony, everyone joined us in singing Baby Shark!”

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Southern Lodge Wedding with Modern Bohemian Styling & The Guests All in White

Destiny and Joshua’s Southern lodge wedding with modern bohoemian elements looks like it could be a styled photo shoot, it’s that perfect! As hairdressers, they’d seen their fair share of stressful weddings and, wanting to avoid that, they opted for a stress-free backyard wedding instead.

“We originally wanted to elope but promised family we wouldn’t,” Destiny explained. “Instead, it was a backyard wedding in a huge house that slept every family member and a cabin up the hill with our friends that all pitched in and helped. We had 40 of our closest people spend and entire weekend together, instead of having a huge wedding where you don’t get to see or talk to anyone in different hotels – it was a true family weekend full of love.”

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Fancy Dress Cowboy Wedding: Leanne & Kristian

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After a holiday to Nashville, Leanne and Kristian decided that a cowboy themed wedding would be right up their street. Their families weren’t convinced at first but on the day everyone really got in the spirit and eEvery guest wore fancy dress! This was a truly DIY wedding with the couple doing practically everything themselves. The bride made her own dress (at the cost of just ÂŁ80!), all the flowers were bought from a supermarket and the cupcakes were baked by the bride’s sister.

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“We went to Nashville TN, and had an amazing time, and thought that the American theme would be hilarious, and stop guests getting bored, or predicting what would happen next”, began the bride. “The cowboy theme came from a joke about getting everyone to dress up fancy dress, and how many we thought would – turns out 110 people did, and only 1 came as James Bond. We wanted it to be really personal, and it certainly was. We are not religious, and we don’t have many beliefs in life, except we are best friends and love the pants off each other – and wanted to show all our friends how much.”

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Rustic Californian Park Wedding: Casey & Caitlin

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Casey & Caitlin were married at Dos Picos Park in Ramona, CA. They wanted their wedding to be laid back, fun, but most of all very ‘them’.

“My inspiration was to keep things very us”, began the bride. “Well actually, our theme was 100% Caitlin, with a splash of Casey thrown in here and there! I have been to weddings that are gorgeous and looked at hundreds on blogs and in magazines when looking for inspiration for our wedding. I have liked many of the things I’ve seen, but none of them were really right.”

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“I am never one to follow a crowd, and neither is my husband. When I think about what I love and what I like, I don’t want to compromise for tradition or because someone tells me it can not be done. I want things to mean something to me, just like my tattoos. I don’t pick something out of the air because it looks cool.”

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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 Recycled Wedding Fashion Shoot at Paramount Ranch

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“The concept of this photo shoot was ‘eco friendly + recycled wedding fashion for modern brides’,” photographer Yuna Leonard writes. ” Both of the dresses and the boots in this set were found at American Vintage store on Melrose, Los Angeles. I love that store!”

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“I was in love with the ideas of recycling and reusing wedding fashion from days gone by – maybe from brides who were in your Mother’s or Grandmother’s generations. The dresses I bought were also very inexpensive { from $70 – $ 100. The boots were $50.} We fused this style with an idea for outdoor / backyard styled reception fashion as well.  The mixed style of vintage + bohemian + western totally got me this time! Hope you enjoy it!”

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A Crafty Vintage Wedding: Heather & Wil

Heather & Wil’s crafty wedding was held at a friend’s house, which just happened to be an ex-church and was big enough to house all their guests as well as looking quite impressive. They kept things simple, didn’t have a bridal party and kept everyone fed and happy with a good old fashioned BBQ! “We did everything just how we wanted it,” explained the bride. “We walked down the aisle together, didn’t have a bridal party, only invited 35 people and were very happy with the results.  The most important thing that happened that day was that I married the man that I have loved for almost 10 years, it wasn’t about impressing or out-doing, it was about love and I think finding true love is pretty damn Rock n Roll!”

Heather’s Mother made her dress based on an 1957 pattern, “Since my Mom lives in Idaho and I live in Indiana there was a lot of mailing back and forth and some final touches that waited till we were all in the same state,” Heather continued. “The underskirt with the bit of red peeking out was an altered thrift store find.  I was tempted to use a Square Dance skirt but they were too short so I cut the bottom tier off a full length skirt and added the red.  I think I would have been lost without it and it totally made my dress!” With her dress Heather wore vintage cowboy boots and vintage jewellery.

Heather also crafted her own fabric flower bouquet and you can see the fabulous tutorial that you used here. The centrepieces were created by J Morse Designs. “She used a combination of dried cotton balls and fabric flowers made by my friends and I,” Heather explained. “The cotton used in my bouquet was cotton that we got from a field in Arizona but most of it be bought from cottonman.com. We added in a few other elements, put everything in my extensive collection of milk glass and it all came together perfectly!”

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Tara & Travis’ Denim & Diamonds Wedding at The Burning Man Festival

Tara & Travis met at The Burning Man festival in 2007, so where better than to be wed than the very festival that brought them together? The ceremony, which they wrote themselves, took place under the Bliss dance statue in the middle festival and was performed by a close friend of the couple.

The theme for the wedding was Denim and Diamonds/Cowboy Chic. The couple did everything themselves and due to the festival location, had very laid back attitude to the ‘formalities’ of a wedding, “We had a good old fashioned BBQ for everyone – no one was turned away” they explained. Their table design and all the florals were provided by the fabulous Asiel Design.

Tara wore a stunning dress which she designed herself with the help of and Zalikha from Ossai Designs. She had it made for her by a local seamstress. Her headpiece was also by Ossai Designs and her cowboy boots were from eBay. Tara made all her own jewellery except her wedding ring. Her necklace and earrings were made of Peruvian aquamarine beads, hand-made copper beads that were oxidized and hand-made silver chain with a patina finish.  The groom’s ring was made from sterling silver and then hammered.

Travis wore a vintage western suit which he purchased from a local consignment store in San Francisco.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous details (that the couple collected and put together themselves) after the ‘jump’. So cool!

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Brandi & Chris’ Rustic Western Wedding

Brandi & Chris’ DIY wedding has a rustic western theme. The day took place at Temecula Farmhouse in California, a venue that really reflected their theme idea perfectly.

The couple and their families worked hard on their DIY elements to create a day that was perfect for them. Chris’ Father did all the flowers and centrepieces. I love how they used cowboy boots as vases, what a unique idea to tie the theme together! Brandi’s Mother made the cake and her Godfather got ordained so he could officiate the emotional ceremony which took place outside the farmhouse.

“Upon entering the reception, there was a large cart of candy apples and pies, country music played, and Barbeque 81 were smokin’ it up on their large barrel grills, cookin’ up brisket, tr-tip, and chicken,” explained photographer Yasmine. “While guests were finishing up dinner (licking the delicious BBQ sauce of their fingers I’m sure) we stole the bride away from the reception for a few minutes to get what might be some of my favorite shots from their wedding.  There was this huge rock overlooking the reception (and the city), the wind was blowing, the clouds were perfect – wow!”

The bride looked stunning in her Pronovias wedding dress which she wore with cowboy boots. All the layers made for some really beautiful and dramatic photographs. “The farmhouse has so many great settings for photographs, but some of the locations that the couple felt was a must have was in the pen with the animals, the porch in front of the house, and the view overlooking the city,” concluded Yasmine.

You can also see the couple’s fab western/rockabilly themed engagement session right here.

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Dressing on the Side

Sometimes we all need a break from the world of wedding-madness and could do with a sit down to look at something beautiful, pretty and fun for no real reason than the fact that it’s awesome. That’s why I’m sharing this ridiculously cool 80’s punk rock fashion editorial submitted by the super cool Galaxie Andrews.

Galaxie (I can’t get over how much I love her name) wanted to set up this shoot to help promote a local Arizona designer Donna from Dressing on the Side, who has an etsy store devoted to funky food-inspired tee-shirts. “We had a world-rocking team of designer, stylist, art director, models, all working together on this project making it completely awesome. donna even had a fashion designer cut up her shirts to give them a cool edge. We roamed around in our little western style old-town scottsdale, rented a horse carriage, ate ice-cream in an arcade, and played until sunset” Galaxie told me.

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A Bride in Boots

Oh Dan & Dayna you’ve made my day! What an awesome wedding and a fantastic story. I’ve been dying to share these all weekend! I knew this would be an awesome wedding in fact as soon a photographer Matthew told me that the bride was part of the Vaudeville Circus (you can see her in action here – far right in the white dress)

“I wanted to have a rock-n-roll wedding that felt like Dan and I had our hands all over” explained Dayna  “I spent a lot of time pouring over wedding blogs and getting inspiration from cool brides.  I picked themes that we both loved like reading, hence the book center pieces and framed quotes from our favorite authors, Fall and the month of October (the colors and flowers),  simple down home (and cheap!) mason jars as vases.  All of our music the entire day was hand picked and never ‘traditional’: wedding procession we had our friend play the ukulele, bridal march was Cat Powers “Sea of Love” (followed by The Honeydrippers “Sea of Love” for our first dance), our walk as husband and wife was Joey Ramone’s “Wonderful World”.  Our flower girls wore homemade tutu’s, leotards and ballet slippers. We had a drawing after dinner with silly gifts of our life so far (a DVD of the first movie we saw, a pint glass from the restaurant where we met, a dvd of “It’s a Wonderful Life” cuz we’re nerds and watch it every year…). It was a rockin’ day for sure!” 

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Holga, Music & Diy A-Plenty

Oh how I love a holga-photographed wedding! I can’t help but applaud a couple who take the risk with such a camera…I tried my hand at holga photography a while back and promptly gave up!

Katie & Kevin had a perfectly personal diy wedding. Katie loves crafting and so made everything, and I mean everything, herself. One of my favourite bits had to be the hand-dyed coffee filters used as hanging paper ‘flowers’. She also made the felt bouquet and the groomsmen’s custom cuff links herself too!

A Graphic designer by day, she did all the graphics on her invitations, save the dates, bridesmaid guide and rehearsal dinner invitations herself. They also included a CD gift with all her escort cards for guests to find their tables. It was a mix of love songs that her and Kevin had DJRJ play at the wedding. She handmade the table settings including tin can candle holders and framed menus.

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