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A Japanese Tea Shop Wedding: Adam & Klara

Adam & Klara had two weddings, the first in Osaka, Japan and the second in Brighton, UK. The Japanese ceremony was held in Kitahama and afterwards the couple and their select few guests headed to Tables in Shinsaibashi, Osaka for tea and cake! When back in the UK, the ceremony took place at Brighton register office and they recreated the tea & cake reception idea with a simple gathering at Metrodeco, a 1930s themed cafe that specialises in high tea.

For both events, the bride and groom wore kimonos which they had made to their specifications, “My kimono was by Misty Waters in Sunderland,” Klara began. “I’ve never felt I was a traditional white dress woman, and nothing really turned me on when I went looking for dresses. When we decided to marry in Japan, kimonos sounded perfect, as Adam loved the idea of wearing something other than a boring suit. We looked into renting kimonos, but it would have cost us about £3,000, and we could only wear them for the day! Also, the whole idea of doing the very traditional Japanese wedding also felt restrictive, and not ‘us’. We have a friend in the UK, Tracey, who makes wedding dresses, and we decided to design our own kimonos. I absolutely love Liberty in London, and can’t get enough of their vintage prints, so I spent weeks choosing perfect clashing liberty prints for my kimono. Adam decided he’d love his Kimono in traditional British tweed. Traditionally, the inside fabric of a kimono is a chance to express the wearers personality, so we both chose fun linings for the inside. I had dainty tea cups, and Adam had vintage slide carousels.”

“The kimonos used yards and yards of fabric and there were quite a few off-cuts,” Klara continued. “Adam brought some with him to Japan and I used them to make fabric necklace/headbands as favours for my bridesmaids. It was lovely and personal for them knowing they were made out of actual bits of kimono fabric. And of course, they were liberty print. I also designed parodies of the Royal wedding tea towels, to go with our British theme, and I drew in Ghibli characters having a British tea party. We screenprinted them onto tea towels and tote bags, and we gave them away as wedding favours to our guests in Japan.”

“As a couple we’ve never really done things in quite the most straightforward way”, Klara answered when I asked why they wanted to marry in Japan. “We were living almost 6000 miles apart when we decided to get married and we only had about 10 weeks to organise everything. Kimono designs, fabric choices and all the logistics had to be decided over Skype. I didn’t see my kimono in the flesh until a few days before the wedding. Right from the start we knew we wanted to do things our own way and make it very much a private affair. Our Japan wedding was just for ‘us’, and our Brighton wedding was for our family and friends. We were married by our friend Tom, who is a western priest in Japan. He adapted a ceremony from Universal Studios Japan, and we swore over Pukka Love Tea. The idea of the ceremony is that if your marriage is really in trouble, either one of you can produce an object; in our case, Love Tea; and you promise to give it another go. We drank Love Tea at our reception in the teahouse, and gave away Love Tea teabags to our guests after.”

“The theme of our wedding ended up being ‘Britishness’ seen through Japanese eyes, and vice versa,” the bride concluded. “I used to live in Japan I was enamored with the tweed, and the Sherlock Holmes style clothes available. I loved how our cultures were seen so differently through each other’s eyes, and it made my own culture fresh and interesting. I loved visiting Japanese tea shops that were so meticulously ‘British’ as they saw it, and they were wonderful places. One in particular had clashing floral tablecloths, amazing china and teaspoons, and the theme began bubbling away from there!”

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A Runaway Bride Styled Shoot

London wedding photographer Ann Charlotte set up this morning’s editorial shoot in order to showcase an idea she’d had running through her head for a while. “I love fairytales and this fictional fairytale wedding/fashion shoot was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the idea of a runaway bride. I wanted to shoot a misunderstood bride, running away from her wedding in tears. After some soul searching she eventually came back home to a waiting husband-to-be and a reconciliation.”

Like with many of the fashion-led shoots I feature, this certainly won’t be for everyone, but I love the fact that this shoot pushes the boundaries of what might be expected in a ‘styled wedding shoot’ and focuses on the people and their story rather than the ‘stuff’. The bride’s outfit is also pretty bad ass no?!

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A Handmade Florida Wedding : Mike & Melissa

Working in the music industry it was important to Mike & Melissa that their wedding suited their lifestyle and sensibilities and 1903 Hontoon, a vacation property in Deland Florida, turned out to be the perfect place. “Mike is a local musician and recently I have decided to leave my job and become his manager!” began the bride. “We have been together for almost 4 years now and over the next two we will be setting up our lives to hit the road indefinitely until we find the best place to live! We are too hot here in Florida and always long to be in the mountains. We changed our wedding date 3 times just so that we could have it at this venue, because as far as Florida goes it was pretty hard to find a place that really spoke of who we are. We chose 1903 Hontoon, a vacation property that used to be an old boat & motor repair shot. It has an awesome feel to it. Our wedding is hardcore DIY & handmade – from 1,000 paper cranes to the tablecloths to the bridesmaid dresses and jewelry.”

“I’m extremely crafty so I have been a non-stop force of productivity in creating everything I possibly can for this day. With that being said it is REALLY important to us to have our wedding captured because every detail is so dear to our hearts! The two of us never imagined that we would get married but, love eventually finds you and before we left for our travels it was important to us to share this bond and experience with our families.”

The bride wore a yellow wedding dress which she made. Her bridesmaid’s dresses and everyone’s accessories were also handmade by the lady herself. The boys all wore outfits that they sourced from charity shops and thrift stores. The cake, flowers and all the reception decor were also completely DIY!

“When Melissa contacted me and told me about their wedding I was so freaking excited!” wedding photographer Amalie Orrange continued. “This wedding was my dream wedding, a crafty, colorful delight of handmade goodness. Melissa handmade everything from the boutonnieres, the vintage labeled cans that were recycled from old soup cans and filled with succulents. She collected vintage sheets and fabric and sewn together to make 16 tablecloths. Melissa was a one person crafting sweat shop, she said she even had Mike on the sewing machine a few times! Melissa puts Martha Stewart to shame.”

“On the day of the wedding I arrived 2 hours before and was in awe when I saw everything set up. We had been talking for months and going back in forth emailing pictures of cool ideas and everything she had been doing, I really felt like I was part of this great wedding. About 2 minutes before the ceremony it started pouring down rain, I felt awful because the whole feel of the wedding was a centered around being outside. The wedding was moved in the garage hanger and the skies soon cleared, and everyone had an amazing time. I am so excited to share this beautiful & unique wedding.”

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A Handmade Florida Wedding : Mike & Melissa

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Working in the music industry it was important to Mike & Melissa that their wedding suited their lifestyle and sensibilities and 1903 Hontoon, a vacation property in Deland Florida, turned out to be the perfect place. "Mike is a local musician and recently I have decided to leave my job and become his manager!" began the bride. "We have been together for almost 4 years now and over the next two we will be setting up our lives to hit the road indefinitely until we find the best place to live! We are too hot here in Florida and always long to be in the mountains. We changed our wedding date 3 times just so that we could have it at this venue, because as far as Florida goes it was pretty hard to find a place that really spoke of who we are. We chose 1903 Hontoon, a vacation property that used to be an old boat & motor repair shot. It has an awesome feel to it. Our wedding is hardcore DIY & hand made - from 1,000 paper cranes to the tablecloths to the bridesmaid dresses and jewelry. I'm extremely crafty so I have been a non-stop force of productivity in creating everything I possibly can for this day. With that being said it is REALLY important to us to have our wedding captured because every detail is so dear to our hearts! The two of us never imagined that we would get married but, love eventually finds you and before we left for our travels it was important to us to share this bond and experience with our families."

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Batman, Fish & Beards – A Party-Hard Nightclub Wedding: Dustin & Morgan

You’d be shocked at the number of emails I recieve from brides-to-be who tell me they love my site and the weddings I feature but that they’re worried that their wedding will somehow not ‘measure up’ or be ‘as cool’ as the weddings they see online. My response to these girls is always the same: your wedding is not a ‘coolness’ competition or a chance to show off. Your wedding is for you and your partner and it will be awesome because you are awesome. The love is the most important thing, not the amazing centrepieces, the quirky stationery or the beautiful dress. These things are meant to enhance your day for you, to be fun and exciting, they do not and will not define anything other than that.

So why did I want to mention that again today? Well Dustin & Morgan’s wedding is pretty much the epitome of Rock n Roll awesome. It wasn’t detail-heavy or wedding blog pretty – it was just a seriously awesome party! It celebrated their love in their way and they were 100% unapologetic about that fact… And you know what? It’s one of my favourite weddings that’s I’ve featured in a long time! So, forget about the bunting, the mason jars or the designer frock and focus on what’s important – the LOVE (and in this case, the dancing)…

The wedding was held at The Hideout, Chicago and the aim of the game was for the couple to throw a party that reflected them and their love. It wasn’t about the froof or the perfectly matching napkins, it was about celebrating! “I don’t really know what our inspiration was, ” Morgan told me. “We just did what we always do. We came up with the stupidest thing we could think of and make it exist…just like our marriage haha!”

“If we had to have a theme it would have been BATMAN FISH-BEARD! All the wall decorations were cassette tapes. Dustin had a big box of voice demo tapes from the 90s that he had somehow acquired. We decorated and hung them on the walls of The Hideout. When you pull out a tape’s guts it looks like streamers. Also we put felt beards on all the taxidermy fish at that were on the walls… As you do.”

“Our cake toppers were Batman and Clayface Mini-Mates. I glued some flowers to Clayface and gave him a bouquet, and Zoe (who also did my hair and make up) painted a tux on Batman. My friend Jamie Knight painted a portrait of the two that hung behind the desserts. Why Batman? Why Clayface? Batman was a given, as Dustin Drase is the worlds greatest detective, But I had trouble choosing the character that was most ‘me’. Unable to make a decision I just went with the big, fat, mud-monster as ‘big, fat, mud-monster’ is my spirit animal.”

“For our invites we had my sister combine my narwhale tattoo with Dustin’s beard and glasses to create a design we used on both the invites and the shot glasses. The shot glasses were used in our Malort Toast. Malort is magic. Malort can not be described. You should find some and drink some and take a picture of your face and send it to me. We also had smile-face cookies!”

Yep, it’s offical. I love these guys. Morgan’s closing statement made me want to hug her and squeeze her and tell he she made me whole, “I can teach you how to make hair flowers, the tape decorations, or how to fit a taxidermy fish with a felt beard,” she concluded. “However I cannot teach you how to love… I’m sorry.”

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DIY Tutorial: Cinemagraphs Using Photoshop

I’ve been obsessing over cinemagraphs for ages – in essence they are still images with a small isolated section that moves. When you first see them they’re quite confusing but totally entrancing! I’ve always wondered how they were made and how you can get essentially a still image to have bits of moving video within it but today (eeek) my questions have been answered. When I was sent this Photoshop tutorial by photographer Violet Short I literally gasped. Check out this cute one she made of her dog Marshmallow!

My name is Violet and I blog over at Blythe Ponytail Parades, a compilation blog featuring my photography and progress with the business, food and crafts! I am always trying to keep things fresh, new and exciting while posting throughout the week! Come on over if you enjoy vintage inspired photography, new decadent recipes or a load of inspiration to brighten your day!

Today I will show you how I worked through my video to create a cinemagraph. I will note, using living objects or anything near someone’s face (like moving hair as I did for this tutorial) can be difficult. I wouldn’t recommend it for your first one.

I will preface by saying that you will need a basic knowledge of photoshop to attempt this tutorial. If you aren’t sure how to use photoshop, than this tutorial might end up not being explained well enough. So bare with me and ask as many questions as you need to!

Step One: First, you will need to come up with a subject matter, decide what you want to be moving and what you are going to isolate. For my video, we set up a tripod (which is essential) in our living room and turned on the video recording spot on my camera. I sat on the couch with a fan blowing at me and I wanted to isolate everything but a few hairs that would move with the air.

Step Two: Once you have your video file, here’s what you do: File – Import – Video Frames to layers – locate your file.

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