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Lucy & Andy’s Budget-Friendly, “Let’s Do It Our Way” Wedding

This beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding came about after Lucy proposed to Andy on a trip to London. “I took Andy away to Tower Bridge London, to stay in a 5 star hotel on Valentines Day 2010,” the bride told me. “He kept saying,’You’re not going to propose are you?’. I said ‘No of course not, don’t be silly’. Then as we were walking back to the hotel under the bridge by the dolphin statue, I placed a ring box shaped like an orange in his hand. He looked at it and said ‘What’s this?’ with a scared look on his face. And I said ‘Open it’, then ‘Will you marry me?’. The colour drained from his face, I cried, he said ‘Oh, I was planning to propose to you, and I started saving for a ring, and what is everyone going to say?’ I just said, ‘Look, I have saved you the bother of saving your money for months and months. Let do this our way’.”

“I mainly wanted to show him that it wasn’t about the expensive ring, and massive gesture, and the big hype. It was about having something nice on my finger that suited me and that reminded me of our lovely weekend, that didn’t cost us the earth, and took years to pay back, and that we loved each other and wanted to get married, rather than all the focus being about the finger furniture and the ‘Oh, how did he propose?’ Everyone is different, and, we did it our way.”

This tone of ‘let’s do it our way’ really did continue into their wedding. They wanted to create something themselves that was laid back but detail heavy.

“We wanted to use our creative skills to decorate the venue and ourselves,” continued Lucy. “We didn’t have much money, so we utilised our friends and families offers of help, and had a very laid back and love filled wedding. Everyone lent a hand when we needed it, on the run up and on the day.”

“I am very much in to vintage styles, and we wanted that to shine through. I wore an original 1930’s handmade vintage dress which I bought from eBay for just £60. We had a slight nautical theme, which was shown more in the colours, red white and blue, with a splash of yellow to brighten it up. We had found objects, like shells and driftwood to decorate our wedding breakfast tables mixed with fairy lights & candles which created a lovely cosy winter atmosphere.”

“We were adament that we needed to stick to our budget of just a few thousand pounds, we had no option but to stick to it. We used lots of hand-me-down objects, second hand things, freebies, we used eBay a hell of a lot for supplies like linen, tissue paper and the lanterns and the balloon lights etc. We certainly wanted to put our own stamp on our wedding. We didn’t want our day to be like everyone elses, we wanted people to come away going ‘Well, that wedding was different’.”

“I am very laid back, and I wanted to banish that stuffy and posh feeling of weddings. I was very adament that I wanted everyone to relax, feel the love, lend a hand, and have a great weekend away. There were no rules, if you wanted to bring your own booze, then do so. If you want to take the mike and rap to Dizzy Rascal (which my crazy friends did) then go ahead. If you want to go to the beach and run naked in to the sea (which someone else did!) then go ahead.”

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Cazz & Liam’s Comic Book Geekery Wedding

“Everyone said for me to wear white would be the shocking thing” the bride, Cazz, told me. “My dream was to look like a cupcake. A big pink cupcake. It had to be pink, black and with polka dots. My dress was purchased off eBay for $40. It was a used costume from Buddy Holly the musical! One of my lovely maids of honour altered it for me and added my dream large black bow.”

I think that Cazz’s dress might have helped to set the whole theme for her awesome wedding to Liam – a big pink cupcake of a wedding! Cazz wore shoes with cupcakes (and skulls!) on them and as well as a slightly more traditional tiered cake, which was gift, they had…you guessed it…cupcakes!

“The theme turned out to be Rockabilly/Tiki comic book geekery,” Cazz continued. “But in a sense the theme was ‘Liam & Cazz’. I wanted the world to see who we really were. At that time. I don’t care that if i’m 50 and think… “what was I thinking” because it was us. I wanted EVERYTHING that we liked to be represented in some way. All the comics that meant something to us were scattered around, hung in trees and read at our ceremony. Action figures of everything from Marv from Sin City to she Hulk were used as table decorations. Darth Vader attended my wedding and was featured on the bottom of the cake fighting zombies and covered in blood. Tiki stuff was everywhere and pink flamingos were used to represent film director John Waters.”

“I would like to end by saying, I know you hear it a lot; but it really is your wedding day. If your family and friends truly love you, they will get it.. all off it. And even if they are offended, it won’t matter because it’s not about them. I wore pink, had blood and zombies on my cake, had 5 bridesmaids, the dude of honour was a girl, walked down the isle to Kiss and showed all my tattoos. And the one family member I thought would hate it, could not stop saying how much love they felt. ‘Best wedding ever’ they said. And to us… it really was.”

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How to…Crochet Your Own Cupcake Garland (DIY Tutorial by Twinkie Chan) + Giveaway!

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I have adored Twinkie Chan from afar for a long time. Her “Eat your cake… and wear it too!” motto kind of speaks to my sweet tooth-loving self you see! Her colourful and super kawaii blog has brought daily rays of sunshine into my life for quite a while now ad I’m pretty much jumping over rainbows with the excitement of sharing our little collaboration with you all today!

For those of you not familiar with Twinkie Chan, she is a crocheting marvel from San Francisco who has risen to fame with her cute and food inspired creations. She has made everything from scarf’s, hair accessories and other wearable goodies from wool and her designs literally fly off the shelves as soon as she posts them to her etsy store. In short, she makes crocheting cool again! She’s even released a tutorial book of some of her adorable creations, which got me thinking…

At the end of the year I was brainstorming some new ideas for the blog and, after seeing these adorable coffee cup cozies that she’s just relased (and yes I did get one!) I knew I had to get this lady on Rock n Roll Bride…somehow.

So I emailed the multi-coloured marvel (we are also pink hair twins…another reason to love her) to see if she’d be interested in creating a DIY tutorial for my readers. I assured her that even though my blog was a wedding-related one, that my readers like anything BUT the usual wedding fluff, and that one of her awesome crochet creations would certainly fit in over here.

Behold…the created-especially-for-Rock n Roll Bride – cute as hell, crochet cupcake garland tutorial!

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When Kat approached me to contribute a tutorial to Rock n Roll Bride, I was so honored, but also a bit confused about how I might translate a Twinkie Chan project into something fun for your wedding! With some brainstorming from the brilliant Kat, we decided to inspire you with some super cute cupcake garlands! Whether your special day is indoor or outdoor, these sweet little strings of sugar are sure to add a magical and personal touch to your wedding decorations. There are so many possibilities as far as color combinations and cupcake toppings that your garlands can range from quirky and goofy to charming and sweet. If you and your pals all know how to crochet, these garlands are a terrific way to meet up while creating something together for your wedding!

For the most part, you can crochet your cupcake garland using the same basic techniques in the Cupcake Scarf pattern in my book “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.” However, we will be making a small change to the cake-bottom portion of the cupcakes in our garlands, not only to make them more light weight, but to also minimize any potential curling.

Pattern

You will need:

-An I hook (5.5mm)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Frosting Color (FC)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Cake Color (CC)

-A small amount of worsted weight yarn in Red for your cherries

-Optional: twine in roughly the same gauge as your yarn, for stringing your cupcakes

-An assortment of pom poms, beads, small bows, or cabochons, to decorate your cupcakes

In my sample garlands, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns as well as Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:

Ch(s): chain(s)

Dc: double crochet

Dec: decrease

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Sl st: slip stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

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Charly & Kelly’s Pink, Red & Valentine’s Backyard Wedding

I’ve got another couple that you might recognise adoring these pages this afternoon. Do you remember this incredibly gorgeous vintage, floral and tattooed bridal shoot? Well the wedding to go along with the stunning shoot is just as visually gorgeous.

Charly & Kelly has a beautiful back garden wedding in June at the bride’s parent’s home. The couple were married at 7pm by Lisa Torti, a mutual friend who had introduced them. They filled the garden with twinkly lights, giant pink bows and candles. The bride started collecting candy, cupcake and valentine themed items early on in the planning to use as decorations. The awesome spider candle holders used as centrepieces were purchased during Halloween, to which she added pink and red bows. The invitations were made by the groom’s aunt and included a vintage valentine that was used as the reply card.

Guests were encouraged to dress or accessorize in red or pink to complement the wedding colours – the over all impact was a visually stunning one! As favours the guests were given sugar skulls wrapped in clear bags, and tied with a candy necklace. The skulls were hand-delivered from Mexico by the groom’s cousin.

Kelly wore the same Betsey Johnson dress and shoes that she looked so beautiful in on her bridal shoot with Tarina Tarantino jewellery. She carried a vintage handkerchief from Pasadena flea market.

“We both love music and know how important it is to set the mood of the wedding, so we selected our music carefully”, Kelly explained. “We made several wedding mixes that played during different phases. As guests entered, swing and big band tunes played, mixed with a little Dusty Springfield and Burt Bacharach.”

“I walked down the isle to an acoustic version of “Wonder wall,“ by Ryan Adams and the couple exited to “God Only Knows,” and “Wouldn’t it be Nice.” by the Beach Boys. Just after the ceremony and into the dinner hour, the mixed featured love songs from the likes of Psychedelic Furs, Beatles, and Smashing Pumpkins. As the guests hit the dance floor, out DJ took over, and played tunes from Michael Jackson and Prince.”

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Nathaniel & Eve’s Quickie Wedding

When photographer Eliza Claire tweeted me to tell me the bride she had just met was wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress for her wedding I immediately got excited. So excited in fact that I ‘bagged’ featuring the event before I’d even seen one photograph! Eve’s dress was not an actual ‘wedding dress’ at all, but one from Vivienne’s Anglomania range that she had fallen in love with.

“I’d been non stop dress shopping for two weeks and so far had six wedding dresses hanging in my wardrobe – all cream or ivory, all perfectly lovely, but none quite hitting the spot,” Eve told me. “The fact was that I wanted a Vivienne Westwood dress – I just love that VW look, the corset style waist, emphasis on the bust, full skirt… But I’d been to her shop and couldn’t find anything, I think at that point I was still set on a white wedding you see. Then, the week before the wedding, in one last ditch attempt to find THE dress, I was racing through Selfridges when I passed the Anglomania concession – and there it was. I fell in love with it straight away. It helps that grey and navy are my favourite colours.”

“However, I was conscious that I needed to ‘wedding it up’ – and I only had a few days to make the look work, so I booked a personal shopping session at Selfridges (it’s a free service) for three days before the wedding. Luckily for me I got Debbie styling me. She’s getting married herself in March – so she’d been doing her own wedding recce of the store for the past year. Debbie totally got the look I was imagining (wedding with an edge) and proceeded to storm round the store picking out killer heels (me: “but i can’t walk in those!” Debbie: “who cares? it’s your wedding – IT’S FASHION!”) and beautiful head pieces. She fixed me up with Christian Louboutin shoes (D: “all brides should tread on red darling!”) and a Cherry Chau head piece (mercifully in the sale…).  I’d love to see what she looks like on her wedding day – amazing I bet…Now all that remained was to take those six ivory wedding dresses back….”

The wedding took place in Oxford, and after a ceremony at Oxford Town Hall the wedding party headed to North Oxford Community Centre for their last minute reception! You see, Nat & Eve may have been together for more than six years but it they got engaged and married within a month!

Eve explained, “I’d been bugging him to propose for years – he didn’t see any immediate need. But then everything changed…In November Nat and I interviewed for jobs in Qatar, in the Middle East, but we weren’t really expecting to get them. Suddenly, on 19 December 2010 it was on – and on fast. They needed us to start in a month (our first day in our new office was 18 January) – and by the way, it’s illegal to live together in Qatar if you’re not married…So action stations – we had four weeks to end our jobs, get married and relocate to the Middle East. Add to that the fact that everything was closed for Christmas and New Year and you’ll see why our wedding was a ‘make do and mend’ affair – and all the better for it we reckon…”

Nathaniel didn’t actually officially propose until a week before the wedding too! “It occurred to me a few days before the wedding that the nature of the job offer and the necessity to get married meant that I’d never had a proposal”, said Eve. “I pointed this out to Nathaniel who immediately went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I cried – which seems ludicrous when you consider we’d already been organising the day for three weeks…”

However, Eve was sure that the last minute/throw it all together and see what happens nature of their wedding was what made it perfect – and perfect for them.

“I wanted the day to not just be a wedding, but a leaving party too. Most importantly I wanted it to be fun. I’m usually someone who’s really into the details, but I couldn’t be, I didn’t have time, and I think that’s what made it work.  Given a year to plan, I’m sure I’d have become obsessed with it, planning the minute details and watching as the costs rocketed. But as it was I knew I needed everyone to rally round and help, which seemed to make everyone feel more involved in the day. It wasn’t a case of Ii hope nothing goes wrong’  – it was so last minute that my ethos was ‘things will definitely go wrong – but let’s just make sure we enjoy it whatever happens’.”

“Nat and I sat down early and decided what we wouldn’t compromise on – what really mattered. We wanted people to party – there had to be plenty of food, plenty of drink and tons of dancing. For us – our priority was a laid back ceremony and photos of the day to treasure forever. So we invested in a great photographer, a delicious middle eastern themed buffet and a great live band. We made sure we had plenty of booze from Majestic – and the rest we didn’t worry about too much.”

A Quirky, British, Cupcakey Kinda Day

Oh I do love a pretty & retro photo shoot to brighten up a wedding blog on a Monday morning and this fabulous one, sent over my Bethan of Haywood Jones Photography, fits the bill perfecto!

“The main aim of this shoot was to achieve a real vintage glamour look and feel,” began photographer Bethan. “We wanted a big slice of silver screen elegance with a large portion of delicious cupcakes on the side! My Pretty Little Things specialise in making veils and fascinators which hark through the eras of the 20’s right through to the 50’s and approached me to organise a vintage themed session. When organising the shoot, I contacted Queenies Cupcakes who have a shop in Ironbridge right around the corner to me, to see if we could use them as a location for part of the day. They were absolutely brilliant and we all had a good nibble on the cupcakes while we were there, work is so hard sometimes!”

“I especially love the black and white check floor in their cupcakery and was quickly eyeing up my own kitchen when I got home to see if it wouldn’t look too out of place, so easy to influence! We had to work quickly though as the light was fading fast with it being the beginning of winter and I wanted to use natural light as much as possible. The other half of the shoot took place at my home as we wanted a really simple backdrop of the white painted floor and walls to really focus on showing the veils off.”

Caroline Piasecki who did the amazing hair and make up is a friend of mine and whizzed up the M1 and M6 one cold, grey Sunday morning to create a stunningly elegant look. Chara Jackson was also our willing volunteer model, who I must say a big thanks to. She didn’t complain at donning a strapless tea length wedding dress in the cold at all. The day shooting was loads of fun, punctuated by LOTS of cuppas and cake, a good natter and weirdly some lovely passers by shouting congratulations to us through the window of the shop! Not sure they knew exactly what was going on but we all waved back never the less.”

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