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A Beer-Swilling, Handfasting, Freak Show Wedding: Heather & Tyler

Whoa Whoa Whoa…old onto your knickers as they are about to be blown off! Heather & Tyler’s wedding is quite simply and all out freak-fest (and I mean that entirely as a compliment!) “Yeah I would describe our wedding as a Red, Black, Moustaches, Beer, Victorian, Wild West, Freak Show” Heather told me.

“We wanted to get married in place with a lot of history (and liberal liquor laws) so we chose Virginia City, NV becasue it still has the Victorian beauty, but has decayed a bit to make it spooky and they welcome rowdiness. The ceremony venue was The Mackay Mansion and it is thought to be haunted. For the Ceremony, the wedding party (bride included) walked out to ‘Hysteric’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. We had a gender-blind wedding party with both guys and gals on both sides.”

Instead of flowers each member of the wedding party carried a beer decorated with ribbon – that is all kinds of awesome no?

“Our officiant is a friend of ours who got ordained online,” Heather continued. “We had a hand fasting as well as a ring warming and and during the ceremony, my son (who is afflicted with severe autism) ran up and tried to join in the handfasting. That was pretty cute. The cord for the handfasting was made from *gasp!* the bed sheet where we first got lucky!”

“We wrote our own vows which included ‘always bringing paper when you are stranded in the bathroom’ and Tyler promised to ‘always see Alkaline Trio with me even though he doesn’t like them very much’. At the end, we all had a celebratory beer toast.”

“After our recessional of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe, we went for a pub crawl/scavenger hunt back to the reception. We had tons of free booze, a billion pizzas, and live music by a local country band. In between sets, we had Swingshift Sideshow perform for our guests. Our first dance was to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and we cut our cake with a sword. We are both ex-squatters, so in his speech, the best man commented on our lack of personal hygiene! Ha! the reception got shut down early because everyone was waaaay too drunk and someone even went to jail! All in all, it was loads of rowdy fun and we have soo many great memories.”

The bride’s outfit inspiration was Lydia from Beetlejuice, “In the scene where Beetlejuice is trying to force her to marry him. She looked so amazing in that red lace puffy dress. I have always wanted to look like that since I was a wee one.” She wore a custom corset from Battie Clothing on Etsy and a custom tutu skirt from Sisters of the Moon, also on Etsy. She accessorised with fingerless gloves from Yaso Knitting and Betsey Johnson shoes.

Mental! What’s not to love?!

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A Quirky, 1950’s & DIY London Wedding: Rebecca & Morgan

I fell in love with Rebecca & Morgan’s quirky wedding as soon as it landed in my inbox and I’m honoured and super excited to share it with you today…especially because they used some of my favourite suppliers (including Lisa Jane Photography and Vivien of Holloway) and well as some of the DIY project that I’ve posted on my blog. Yey!

Rebecca told me all about their fabulous wedding. “Morgan and I grew up only 8 miles apart and even went to the same secondary school; in fact he was in my sister’s year in school. However we didn’t meet each other until April 2009, believe it or not he sent me a facebook friendship request, we went for a date and a crazy year later I asked him to be my fiancé. I even commissioned a ring from the quirky designer Amber France as a surprise, he said yes (sigh of relief on my side). Our daughter Efa was born and things went on the back burner and then 7 months later on my birthday he gave me a beautiful blue opal ring, it was like a green light!”

“So we started chatting about our ideas and planning. We’re both artist so we knew our wedding would be different and would have to truly represent our characters and what we love in life. We had originally planned to have the wedding in 2013 and Morgan wanted to have it in North Wales where we’re from but things had been hard of late and I couldn’t justify spending all that money just on one day. We just had to make the difficult decision to leave London, which meant leaving all our friends and our way of life behind, so I suggested to Morgan let’s get married before we go. In the end London was where we met and where Efa was born and that was the start of our 7 weeks to plan a wedding.”

“We both wanted something fun, relaxed and most importantly something that was us. We choose our local Town hall for the ceremony and got married on a Friday. Morgan chose his local pub for the lunch, Pembury Tavern and I found The Royal Inn on the Park and rented the private room upstairs for the evening party. It was all based in the borough of Hackney where we use to live. We had a strict budget so DIY was a must but being creative types and having arty friends to get involved made it fun not a chore.”

“We did so many DIY decorations but our favourite projects were the recycled paper flowers that I got from Rock n Roll Bride. I made 57 of them and even used old vintage flower arranging books to make them.  I also enjoyed making the felt flower button holes/brooches for the wedding party; I made Morgan a sunflower to match my bouquet. Plus the badges we gave as favours, Morgan and I spent hours making around 250 badges from vintage photography, anatomy, flower arranging books which Morgan uses for his art. He purchased a badge machine couple of months before for our etsy shop DyfalDonc and it just made sense to use it for the favours.”

“I knew I was never going to wear a traditional wedding dress, I never wear white or cream and I love colour, so I choose cobalt/royal blue. I spent hours searching on the internet for a dress and end up buying my shoes first from Irregular Choice, I was in love. With the 50’s style in my shoes I knew I had to find a dress to match and went to Vivien of Holloway. After trying on a couple of dresses, even one in ivory for my Mam but not liking any, my friend Nia found it hanging on the rack hidden between other dresses the only halter neck circle dress in blue, in my size. Happy days.  She even bought it for me as my wedding present. I added French blue and royal blue petticoats underneath, made a forget-me-not felt brooch, bought a chiffon ivory bolero from Sew Cool Creations on ebay and vintage porcelain forget-me-not flower earrings at a bargain price of £2. To finish the look my friend Roxi who is also a burlesque dancer did my hair and make-up and created my wonderful headpiece.”

“We didn’t have a strict theme but we would say our wedding was 50’s, Sunflowers, Italian dinning, Badges, Vintage, Blue, Scrabble, Beer Mats, Cakes, Reggae, Welsh maps, Yorkshire puds, Curly Wurly’s, Moustaches, Retro, Bunting, Yellow, Ska and so much more.”

“The advice we would give to other bride and grooms-to-be that are planning a quick wedding on a strict budget is to make lots and lots of lists!! DIY is the way to go and get yourselves a good photographer. We’re so grateful to Kat that we found Lisa Jane Photography on Rock n Roll Bride; she’s a lovely person and a fantastic photographer. Thumbs up all round.”

“We had a brilliant time planning and organising and creating for the wedding, from the cake and sweet table, to searching for the vintage and retro fabrics for our bunting, to spending hours making our playlist for the evening party to designing our invitations. But at the end of the day it’s our friends and family that make it extra special so we just want to say thank you to them for sharing it with us.”

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A DIY Heavy Seaside Wedding with a Paper Trail: Clare & Paul

Clare & Paul’s fabulous seaside wedding had a whole lot of DIY love and the bride told me all about it, “I had such a fabulous time organising our wedding.  I usually work as a community artist and I often work on exciting glittering and decorative carnival costumes, so this was an opportunity for me to bring some sparkle into our day!”

“Paul and I wanted our wedding to be special to us and to reflect our personalities and our interests in art and music. I wanted to be part of the designing and making of as many different parts of the wedding as I could. We love colour so when my daughters chose their ivory and black beautiful dresses I added hot pink and red to the mix.  Although there is so much to do and you can go on a mad spending spree, we set a budget (which we slightly exceeded – oops!) but I loved every minute of it.”

The wedding reception took place at The Hayling Island Sailing Club in Portsmouth. “Our guests arrived on a red double decker London bus,” Clare continued. “My two daughters and my niece were my bridesmaids, they had their hair in Audrey Hepburn inspired buns with beautiful orchids and Gloriosa in their hair to match our bouquets.  I wore an Ian Stuart asymmetrical dress.  We arrived at the ceremony in Trevor Howard’s (Brief encounter) beautiful red alvis sports tourer and a candy pink london taxi!”

When I first saw Clare & Paul’s wedding, my eyes were immediately drawn to their incredibly unique table numbers, crafted out of vintage books. I had to know more! Can you believe the bride made these herself?! “We used paper cuttings from vintage books to decorate our table plan and our table numbers,” she said. “We scattered plectrums around on the table with our names and the wedding date on. I made a huge table plan using a large frame I had resprayed and cut out leaves and origami roses made by Paul.  I made my table numbers with a set of 7 vintage books in which I made little scenes of Paul and my life! My shop on Etsy ohlalovely is selling/taking commissions for these books if anyone wants some made.”

Incredible huh? I don’t know about you, but I’m off to check out Clare’s Etsy store right now!

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Jachen & Monica’s Travel Themed, Whimsical Woodland-Inspired Wedding

Oh where oh where do I begin with telling you about Jachen & Monica’s woodland-inspired wedding? The images and video of their wedding are such a visual feast that I almost don’t know where to start. The day had a sort of travel/woodland theme which reflected the fact that the couple met in Switzerland. Monica explains, “A year ago I was living in Switzerland as an Au pair when I met my now husband. I was only there for 3 months, but just long enough to have met him the last month I was there. We were both in the right place at the right time, the only time I would have been able to meet him. It is amazing how you can look back on all the events that led up to that moment and how evident it was that I was supposed to be in Switzerland to find him. After I met him we had one more month until I had to return to my home in Seattle. We continued skyping, emailing and a few times he came to me and I went back to beautiful Switzerland to be with him where we became engaged. Sometimes everything just falls into place and we were lucky enough to have that happen to us.”

“I have vintage, eclectic-ness, whimsy, creativeness, woodland creatures flowing within me. So of course I knew that my inspiration was going to be from what I already loved and was. As I met my husband while traveling in Europe (as well as him being from Switzerland) there was a small travel theme as well. Those combined was my inspiration and what made me excited for working on every aspect of the wedding.”

So how about the actual wedding? Well first off I just want to share some love for Monica’s outfit – I’m utterly loving her cute lace dress and leopard print faux fur jacket!

“I found my lace vintage style wedding dress on a whim from Kiyonna and got my fur coat from Macy’s,” the bride told me. “My shoes were from Urban Outfitters, my necklace as from For Love, my aquamarine engagement ring from Garnet Girl Designs on Etsy and my heart wedding band from Catbird. I had been searching for a fur coat for weeks but had no luck, but then I walked into Macy’s and there sitting on a hanger was THE fur coat. I love my wedding rings. My aquamarine ring is so so beautiful. I have always known I didn’t want a “traditional” wedding ring. I found the lovely aquamarine ring and knew it was for me. Aquamarine is the stone of March which is the month I met my husband, as well as one of my favorite colors. It was perfect.”

Instead of a traditional bouquet, the bride carried flowers which were made from paper. She bought the ‘flowers’ from from Dragonflies on Etsy and constructed the bouquet herself. Additional paper flowers were also used at the reception on the tables alongside some wild flowers. “At first my idea was to only have hand made flowers throughout the reception,” Monica said. “While trying to make a few I scratched that idea. Luckily, we gave up on all handmade flowers because I am so happy with the wild and real flowers that were used. We went with simple, but pretty flowers. We stuck with white mostly with some pink and green accents.”

The pageboys and flowergirls wore some of the cutest outfits I’ve ever seen too! The boys wore mini bowties to match the adult men (made by the bride and her Mum) and the girls wore pink bow skirts (made by family members), heart tee-shirts (made by the bride) and bow headbands (to match the bride) from For Love.

“There were some themes throughout the outfits,” continued Monica. “Bows mainly. Myself, my sisters, my mother and nieces all wore silk bow headbands. The men all wore chocolate brown, velvet bow ties. My sisters and mother wore matching cardigans. I had no bridesmaids nor did we have groomsmen…that just isn’t our thing. The bows and cardigans are as matchy as we got.”

But back to the overall theme of the day…”There was the most evident theme of woodland animals,” Monica writes. “Our engagement photos were taken in the woods of Switzerland and our announcement had a deer on them so from the beginning to the end the theme was present. On top of the woodland theme it was the vintage theme. Actually, you know what my very original inspiration was? It was vintage green glass. I knew my reception would be filled with all sorts of vintage glass. I love vintage glass and so much, so much was collected to use throughout the wedding. That was one of my favorite parts of preparing for the wedding…buying of all the glass.”

“On top of the woodland and vintage theme was our travel theme. There was a travel room where the guests could read about how we met, see some skype images and there was a scratch map so they could share where in the world they had been. The room was full of globes, maps, cameras and travel books. We had a lot of garlands because I am a garland lover. If it wasn’t out of control to fill my home with garlands, I would do it. All garlands were handmade by my sister and I except for the “Keep Calm and Party On” which was from Urban Outfitters and we also purchased two cute circle felt garlands from Etsy.”

“Also, there were hearts, glitter, and books used throughout the reception. My husband is a reader so I wanted that book element added so there were book page garlands, my bouquet with book page flowers, and actual books to give height in our centerpieces. We tried to stick with a certain style of vintage and used darker greens, amber, pink, gold and a lot of white as our main colors. Honestly, there was a lot going on, however if you do it right it will flow together, make sense and everything will look like it fits and belongs. You can read more about the wedding inspiration and preparation at my wedding blog as well!”

The food the served was also very important to the couple. Not only did it help to add to the overall theme of the wedding, but people need something nice to eat right?! Monica explained, “I am always wondering what weddings on websites and blogs do for their food, but a lot of the times that never is shown. I think food can be a pretty big part of the wedding…the food itself and the presentation of it. The food was a pretty big aspect of our celebration and is in need of being mentioned. I love sandwiches, they are my favorite thing to eat. My husband LOVES Jalapeno Pringles that he first tried on his first time in America and wishes was sold in Switzerland…so those two things inspired our menu.”

“We had a variety of gourmet sandwiches, couscous, a fruit salad, and a spinach salad. There were also kettle chips, multigrain chips and Jalapeno Pringles. The desserts were all homemade by friends and family. One friend made our lime coconut cupcakes, one friend made all the mini cheesecakes and chocolate sea salt caramels {he is for hire}, my Aunt made the cayenne gingersnaps and sea salt chocolate chip cookies, Natalie and I made the peanut butter cups. Allison Nelson made 4 out of the 5 cakes which were all beautifully frosted different with white frosting, and were different widths and heights. My cousin Meredith made a family favorite for the 5th cake…Chocolate Cherry Cake which was disguised in white frosting as well. And of course there were my favorite San Pellegrino Limonata in glass bottles and other tasty drinks from Trader Joes.”

“There was also a “Sweetserland” table filled with amazing Swiss chocolate and European Haribo candy. The food was another personalized element because everything on the menu was food we loved. It was a delicious way to celebrate. Nothing beats delicious homemade food, I say. If you can get family and friends, who hopefully are bakers and cooks, to help I would highly suggest it. Another aspect worth mentioning was my bridal shower. It was confetti themed in celebration of the upcoming wedding. I made confetti/pom poms into jewelry, headbands and hair clips for the guests to wear during the bridal shower. My sister Natalie made cute “confetti” garlands. Instead of “traditional” bridal shower games, we had crafts. The lovely ladies who came helped work on some small crafts for the wedding. It was so fun. You can see what I mean and see more in detail on my blog over here.”

Phew, I think that’s all folks. Awesome wedding huh? Yep…I’m dying over it all too!

Oooh..and don’t forget about the video!

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Tania & Jay’s “Love Rocks” Wedding

“Music is what brought us together (this quote was featured on our invite) and we decided to base our wedding around our mutual love of music,” newlywed Tania told me. “We decided that we would use the term ‘Love Rocks’ throughout our wedding and incorporate the music theme through all the wedding details.”

“Our wedding was rock, glam and vintage. We had an awesome 1950’s Vintage Bus that had been restored. The board at the front of the bus said “Love rocks”. Our bomboniere was music note keyrings with scalloped gift tags that said ‘Love Rocks’ on them. The centrepieces were DIY lace covered votive candle holders with vintage music note love heart table scatters and shabby chic table numbers. We used red black and white as our wedding colours as music paper is black and white and roses are red. Birds were also featured on our invites, tea light candle holders in centrepieces and on bunting decorating the reception as birds are connected to love and song. We both wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple and we wanted it to be fun and colourful.  The music we used in our wedding was also a very important part of our wedding.”

As you can see Tania & Jay’s wedding is perfect for Rock n Roll Bride. They used personal and crafted details as well as a load of awesome independent suppliers that they found though Etsy to make their wedding totally unique. “Tania & Jay’s wedding was fun, well planned and totally THEM, ” confirmed their photographer Janine Kaye. “Jay has a huge passion for music and Tania loves crafty stuff. She organised everything herself and it looked amazing. For the location photos we wanted something a little different with an urban grungy feel..an abandoned warehouse, their favourite music store and red wall to highlight their fun props.”

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