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Abbie & Steven’s Snow-Capped, Twitter Inspired Wedding

Abbie & Steven found a lot of their wedding day inspiration online, including Rock n Roll Bride, which makes their wedding a very special one indeed. I’ve followed the bride on Twitter for the last few months in fact so I do feel a little bit like I’ve been along for the ride of their wedding planning!

“I don’t think we ever set out to be different just be ourselves. We never liked the ideas of themes as it can often just become gimmicky and lose sight that it’s actually a wedding and not some theme party,” Abbie told me. ” Ensuring it felt like a wedding was really important to us but we didn’t believe that meant keeping it traditional. This is not an easy balance to strike, it’s not about rebelling for the sake of it but picking and choosing the things that mean something to you.”

“Making decisions about the day was a pretty organic process; we either saw things we liked or bounced ideas around, although Steven lived in fear of my wedding mantra ‘I’ve had an idea’. So the day ended up being a bit of a hotchpotch, which kind of defies definition which suited us fine. Being a bit of a twitter geek that was probably my main planning and ideas tool. We found our photographer, hair and make-up, jewellery and shoes using Twitter. Using Twitter was great as we were able to build up some really good relationships with our suppliers before the wedding, especially with Chris and Dani the photographers and Elbie Van Eeden the hair and make-up artist. We got so much more out of the experience because by they knew us and knew what we liked, our style and the kind of day we wanted to have.”

“I feel like I have to tell people about how amazing Elbie is, she worked so hard on the day and she is immensely talented. I didn’t want the traditional bridal look, I wanted something a bit more dramatic and Elbie just ran with this and came up with something amazing. I’m sure she’s a little bit magic. The photographers Chris and Dani were absolute stars they not only produced the most fantastic photos but managed to put everyone at ease. We wanted them to feel part of the wedding so they sat with some of my relatives during the wedding breakfast and when I was speaking to the relatives later they said that Chris and Dani felt like part of the family.”

Abbie wore a dress from Tom Flowers and amazing glittery shoes from Schuh. I am also a HUGE fan of her faux fur leopard print coat which was a last minute addition for the portraits in the snow! The couple did a few DIY projects including the groom making the giant cupcake and the couple using horse shoes from Abbie’s Dad’s horses as part of their décor.

“You can try and plan every minute to be perfect but there will always be those things that come out of left field that you can’t control”, concluded Abbie. “At our wedding, one of my best friends waters broke at the start of the ceremony, snow prevented a table of guests from actually getting there and within 5 minutes of exiting the ceremony a guest spilt mulled wine all down my dress.  You just have to take these things in your stride, it’s the stuff you don’t plan that you will remember later (in a good way, honest).”

I just love them don’t you? And seriously…don’t get me started on the faux fur leopard coat…I totally ADORE this bridal look!

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Athena & Branden’s Super Stylish, Whimsical & Vintage Wedding Day

Athena & Branden are like old friends of the Rock n Roll Bride wedding blog. I featured their gorgeous whimsical engagement session back in the Summer so I’m really pleased to share their stunning wedding today too.

The Bride wore a Nicole Miller dress with a dramatic vintage-inspired necklace that she made herself from lace. She kept her look unique with a beautiful puffball veil from Toni Federici and a bow from Forever 21. Her earrings were also DIY – made by a friend for her.

Branden kept his look contemporary with a twist, with his suit and bow tie combo from Brooks Brothers and Nike trainers.

Their reception décor was mostly a DIY effort. The couple used vintage suitcases as a cake stand, a typewriter as  a guest book and lots of personal touches like the cute custom cake topper (complete with Antena’s tattoos!) to make their reception perfect for them.

What a fabulously stylish couple!

Be sure to also check out their fabulous (seriously fabulous!!) wedding film after the ‘jump’ too. I LOVE IT!

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Amy & Daylen’s Las Vegas Elvis Romance

It was Elvis’ birthday on Saturday so I thought I’d mark the occasion by sharing Amy & Daylen’s awesome Elvis-influenced Las Vegas wedding with you this morning!

They were married at Graceland Chapel, Vegas by Elvis (of course) followed by an informal and rockin’ party reception at the MGM Grand in the Skyloft Suite.

“We had a reception with about 25 of us at a Skyloft Suite, then all of us took a party bus to Graceland Chapel to get married by Elvis, we chose the Blue Hawaii package and Elvis sang 3 songs,” explained the bride. “It was the loudest and liveliest wedding ceremony ever, I’m pretty sure. We all sang and danced and cheered, so much fun and exactly how I want to enter into marriage, with a fun party.”

“Our party bus however, ended up being a disaster; they were an hour late as they forgot to pick us up. After many calls they sent a rickety party bus with no AC, flickering lights and no music that eventually broke down on the freeway 5 minutes into our trip to the chapel. We then got picked up by another company with their party bus that did in face get us there safely and then tried to leave us at the Chapel (an amazing Groomsmen helped us out there), all in all, that really actually made the trip as we had an amazing time on the side of the freeway and we laugh about it now!”

“We didn’t have the bridesmaids or groomsmen wear anything specific, we just gave everyone a theme and let them roll with it. I bought everyone fun sunglasses and glow necklaces to have fun with. I very much just wanted this wedding to be fun and relaxed. I didn’t want the stress to be there, I wanted to laugh during the ceremony not cry (and laugh we did a lot of), I wanted it to be more of a good time than making sure everything was perfect, because it far from wasn’t but that’s what made it fun and unique in my eyes. I loved how I looked, I was comfortable and enjoyed the moment. If you watch the video or look at the ceremony photos, there was a lot of me dancing and singing as well as my husband and guests. I wasn’t sure what to expect and the surprise of it all was the best.”

Amy wore a dress from Anthropologie and an antique necklace handed down from her Mother. Daylen kept his look casual and rockin’ with a shirt from J Crew and trousers from Banana Republic. His awesome bow tie was from etsy seller Me & Matilda.

(did you know that I always post all the vendor info and more photographs after the ‘jump’ be sure to check it out…)

Don’t you just love them?! You can also watch their ceremony video on You Tube here!

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Sharon & Mike’s Massachusetts Woodland Wedding

Sharon & Mike woodland wedding was held at Owl Moon Farm in The Berkshires, MA in September. Both the bride and groom wore vintage clothes and even Sharon’s engagement ring was made from the cast of a vintage ring.

Sharon told me all about their day, starting with why they decided to get married in Massachusetts, “We live in California, and when our state revoked the right for homosexuals to marry, it really angered and upset me. I believe that any two people who are in love should be able to legally (and socially) commit themselves to each other. I’m bothered by the fact that my husband and I could get married while so many other people don’t have that right. I know that many straight couples say they won’t marry until everyone has that right — but I wanted to get married! So I decided that the next best thing would be to get married in one of the states that allows gay marriage. I figured, if I am going to give my money to a state for a marriage license and a wedding and everything that goes with that, I want it to be a state whose marriage laws I at least agree with. I think if more straight couples chose to hold their weddings (i.e. spend their money) in states that allow homosexuals to marry, it would send a pretty powerful message. And every time I look at my marriage license, I can feel like I at least tried to do something.”

“I refused to walk down an aisle. I know there are some women who want their wedding to be all eyes on them all day. Not me. I am not comfortable with all that attention. But how do you get to the front of a room without walking there? We got married by a small bridge over a creek, so instead of us walking to the front, we waited on one side and had our guests walk across to us.”

“We wrote our own vows, which we read to one another. Then my Father, who was our officiant, asked us a series of questions that were based on the vows that he and my Mother wrote together and exchanged at their wedding. Growing up, we learn so much about love from our parents — it was touching and beautiful to have that as part of our wedding, too.”

“I asked every guest to bring a cupcake as homage to the tradition of wedding cakes, a story I have loved since first hearing it years ago. The evolution of wedding cakes can be traced back to a time when all guests would bring a small cake or biscuit to a wedding as an offering. The couple would pile the cakes on top of each other and if they could kiss over the cakes it was considered good luck. Couples started using icing to glue the cakes together in an effort to keep them from toppling over and the wedding cake was born!”

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Melinda & Stu’s Rock n Roll Princess, Castle Wedding

I have a certain affinity with this bride…can anyone work out why?! Cryptic huh? In fact you lot know me so well that I was sent links to this wedding by no less than five readers telling me I had to feature it as they all wanted to know more about this gorgeous wedding. Well, you asked…and I delivered. I’m so chuffed!

Melinda & Stu were married in September at Thornewood Castle, Tacoma, WA. “My husband had always envisioned getting married in a European Castle,” began the bride. “Unfortunately, I knew if we did that we’d have a very lonely wedding with just us and our parents, so we had to set our sights closer to… well, this continent. I didn’t think it would be possible to find what Stu was envisioning in the Pacific Northwest, until I stumbled across Thornewood Castle. The Tudor manor house was originally build in England in the 1500’s, but in 1910 it was moved brick by brick and reassembled on it’s current site on American Lake in Tacoma, WA. We had the ceremony in the sunken rose garden, and the reception in the great hall, dining room, and loggia.”

Melinda wore a stunning Justin Alexander dress (number 8465) which looks incredible on her. A total Rock n Roll princess dress! She continued, “When I was growing up, my Mother used to have a business designing and tailoring custom wedding gowns. I think because I’d grown up around them and the Bridezilla customers she worked for, I shied away from ever envisioning myself as an eventual bride. So when Stu popped the question, I had a lot of catching up to do in terms of even just nailing down what a wedding is actually made of, and what felt right for Stu and I as a couple.”

“My Mom actually was the one to find my dress for me. I had tried on numerous dresses at 4 or 5 different shops and was starting to feel like the right dress for me just didn’t exist.  Every dress I tried on seemed to either try to make me look like a sex-bomb, woodland nymph, or a girly-girl princess – not to say those are bad things to be, but they weren’t me. I wanted something fun, classic, informal, and retro. I was almost to the point of attempting to sew something myself, when my Mom sent me an email full of dress links for me. Right at the bottom was a link to Justin Alexander 8465 and from the moment I saw the dress I knew that it was the one for me, no doubts in my mind.”

With her perfect dress Melinda wore sparkly red, custom made ‘Ruby Slippers’ replicas from Cybertosh on etsy. “I loved the look of wedding dresses with bright shoes, and ruby slippers just seemed right for me. The Wizard of Oz was the first movie I think I ever saw and I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I think these are probably at least the 10th pair of ruby slippers I’ve owned over my lifetime (although these are certainly the most accurate!)” She made her own veil and head piece and wore heirloom jewellery. To match his bride, who actually dyed her hair pink especially for the wedding (and she’s kept it pink since!) Stu wore a white dinner jacket and pink bow tie which Melinda made herself.

Their wedding party consisted of 4 bridesmaids and a groomsmaid (instead of a groomsman!) They were all asked to choose their own black dress so they would be happy with what they wore, and the groomsmaid surprised them on the day bu wearing a black bow tie!

The reception was a Rock n Rollin’ party with cupcakes and dancing. The couple booked a Jazz band to play them into the night. “The first two things we booked for our wedding that set the tone for everything else were the castle itself, and the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. I was amazed that they were local, available on our date, and within our price range. They were one of my favorite things about the wedding. Loved it.”

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Carl & Emilia’s Modern Art, Hipster Wedding

Carl & Emilia’s hipster wedding was held at The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, which they chose for it’s breathtaking view and because it is one of their most favourite places in the city. “We planned to have the ceremony outdoors in an adjacent garden,” explained the couple. “Instead of sunshine however (which really is not asking to much even in Sweden that time of year) we got rain. Then we got even more rain and after that thunderstorms. Thus, we had to make some last minute changes i.e. move the ceremony indoors, but it all worked out perfectly thanks to our wonderful family and friends who gladly moved around all furniture. In the end the ceremony turned out even better than originally planned!”

The bride’s dress was made in Thailand by a designer called Senada. They saw it in a shop window when on holiday in Bangkok and bought it then and there! While on holiday Emila also found her perfect dancing shoes, Lanvin Ballerinas flats, “They are sill the prettiest pair of shoes in my closet!” she laughed. Her actual wedding shoes were from Swedish designer Carin Rodebjer.

A lot of the reception details were DIY or from non-wedding suppliers which kept costs down and gave the wedding totally unique touches. They also fell in love with etsy and loved how they were able to find things out of the ordinary as inspiration, “The pure joy of carrying a little something that some sweet person living on the other side of the planet has made especially for you – need we say more?!” they said. The bride and bridesmaid put together the bouquets from dahlias that they’d picked the day before and the cupcakes came from a local bakery. The DJ’s were friends of the couple (they out together a playlist of songs so they cold enjoy the dancing too!) The stationery was also made by a friend, “Our super talented and very dear friend Lisa Bengtsson incorporated our love for Polaroid pictures (as well as Emilia’s admiration for bows) and created the most fantastic STD, all of our invitations (there were four different ones with pictures of us two), the menus and the individual seating cards for all our guests (which they got to take home with them as a memory). It all looked fabulous! We have saved copies of it all in a little “memory box” that Emilia’s little sister gave us.”

“Neither of us really had any ideas on how we wanted our wedding to be except that we knew we wanted to throw our family and friends the funniest and most amazing party ever,” concluded the couple. “As is could all feel a bit overwhelming (the choices are endless to say the least) we decided to stick to our original idea of a great party and tried not to focus on whether or not our way of doing things were “wedding appropriate”. In the end we got the party of our dreams! During the course of planning we did read a lot about other people’s weddings (wedding blogs are the best inspiration) and there are two things that really can’t be said too many times: 1) everything may not go according to plan but no one but you will notice since they will be too busy having fun as will you and 2) money spent on a photographer is money well spent. Our photographer Alicia is not only a remarkable photographer but the sweetest and funniest person to be around. Our pictures make us smile no matter what and the slide-show Alicia made out of them is now our new favourite bedtime story. Also, brunch together with your loved ones the day after the wedding is a great way of prolonging the festivities. You never want it all to end, it is that much fun!”

The night ended by everyone going swimming! “Go a little crazy!” they said when I asked if they had any words of advice. “We ended our day with a late night swim. We had a blog were our guests could get hold of all the practicalities. A couple of days before the wedding we told everyone to bring their bathing suits (the Museum of Modern Art lies right next to the water in central Stockholm) and people did! It was the perfect ending! Then  we had a brunch a couple of hours later so we didn’t actually have to end things until the next day!”

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