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Colourful & Family Focused DIY Wedding

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Kirsty and Louis wanted their wedding to be as bright and colourful as possible They were inspired by an image they’d seen of a table with a blue and white table runner and bright pink peonies on it. They took inspiration from the colours and went from there, with flowers as the main focus.

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Kirsty explained, “We had sunflowers everywhere! We also spent a ridiculous amount of time and money collecting coloured glassware for the tables from car boot sales and charity shops. It was a struggle but it paid off! We wanted blue and white stripes to tie everything together, so had this for the table runners, the bridesmaid outfits, the amazing rag ribbon garland and the paper lanterns. My mum and I both work in the wedding industry so we had been talking about my wedding for years and it was always going to be a DIY job. We spent months pinning to our wedding board on Pinterest.”

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Carroll & Dan’s Detail-Heavy, Day of the Dead Plantation Wedding

Carroll & Dan were married in October at Walker’s Landing in the Amelia Island Plantation. The day was a celebration of their love for each other as well as their family and friends…and of course it goes without saying that the whole thing was styled to awesome perfection. Their day of the dead theme works SO WELL. I love it!

Bride Carroll told me all about their fabulous day “When we decided to get married, my husband and I knew it would be hard to plan a wedding that would be fun for all of the different types of people in our lives.  Our guests were amazingly diverse – many nationalities and ages – scientists, doctors, lawyers, military officers, government officials, corporate executives, athletes, bikers, artists, punk rockers, musicians, and construction workers.  It was important to try to make all our guests feel included by mixing traditional wedding elements with our own personal flair.  Although we wanted to have a wedding that was unique to us, we also wanted to have a wedding that respected the traditions and beliefs of both of our very different families.  We chose the Day of the Dead theme for a few reasons.  I was born in Mexico and, growing up, our house was filled with images of the holiday.  Also, we wanted to remember and honor our friends and family who have passed away.  For me, it was a particularly fitting way to pay homage to my father who passed away when I was young and to make sure that his memory was a significant part of our celebration.  Also, we got to put skulls on everything, which made us happy.”

“A lot of what we did was DIY and involved help from our friends.  A good friend did the artwork for our invitations.  I made most of the paper flowers with some help from another good friend and a bottle of wine.  My mom, some other dear friends and I also made the sugar skulls ourselves, which was a lot of fun.  We had temporary tattoos made to match the groom’s cake.  Also, my mom and step-dad bought some amazing Day of the Dead artwork in Santa Fe that we now have as decorations in our home.  In the reception area, there was a large fireplace that my mom and god-mother converted into a sort of shrine where we placed pictures of our loved ones who are no longer with us.  It was a beautiful way to include their memories in our wedding day.  They also helped put together the centerpieces.  My mom also hand-stamped the programs with a rubber stamp that she bought in Santa Fe.  Three of our friends volunteered to be the DJs, and with no experience at all, they did a fantastic job – way better than any professional could ever have done.   It was so important to us to have friends and family involved in each aspect of the wedding.”


“Even when we brought in outside help, we tried to keep things personal and unique to us.  Joi Mahon of Dress Forms Design Studio made the dress and bolero jacket.  I cannot say enough good things about her.  Although we never met in person, the dress fit perfectly and was everything that I had hoped for.  She listened to all of my wishes and made the dress of my dreams.  She is unbelievable and such a pleasure to work with.”

“We had Dottie at Chez Lezan Bakery make our cake.  We have been huge fans of hers for years and it was wonderful to have her involved in our wedding.  The cake was perfect. Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist did some unbelievable flower arrangements.  We pretty much gave her free reign and she exceeded all of our high hopes.  The flowers arrangements were totally breathtaking.  The bouquets were amazing too.

And, above all out photographers were AWESOME.  Ashley and Greg and Brooke Images were the best possible choice.   There were the perfect mix of fun a professional and I would recommend them to anyone! All in all, the day was perfect.  And so is my husband.  I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.  It was worth all of the headaches and stress to have a day that made me feel so loved and grateful.”

Aww I love them! Be sure to also check out their super cute day after sesh!

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Rachael & Rafe’s Pagan Handfasting Festival Wedding

Rachael & Rafe were uninterested in a traditional religious or civil ceremony so decided to get married on their own terms. They were wed by one of their closest friends, Tara, in a pagan hand-fasting service which took place outside, in a small copsed wood locally known as “The Spinney”. They knew very early on in their planning that this was where they wanted to get married as the couple had spent some time living on a narrow-boat on the river, and for that period The Spinney was their garden, “It was where we hung out, relaxed, partied and where our children played.  It is full of trees and love and so naturally the first place we both thought of for our ceremony” the couple told me.

The couple also chose a very special place to them for their festival themed reception, ” During the winter months The Spinney mooring would become too muddy to get our children to school without being caked in mud so we would moor as often as possible at Solomons Bridge.  Across from which another dear friend of ours has a pasture for their cows.  It’s such a fabulous place!! So beautiful and when the canal froze over we would have lots of fun pinging crab apples across the ice, or watching the ducks slide across it on landing.  It seemed like a fantastic place to hold a festival!!  So that is what we did.”

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Kamela & Brian’s Organic, Vintage, Back Garden wedding

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Oh yes! I am so excited by Kamela & Brian’s vintage/eco/organic/outdoor wedding. The couple made wedding choices that were totally perfect for them and ignored a lot of the usual wedding industry rubbish. They got married at their Grandparent’s house in Vancouver and had the super personal reception in their back garden.

The bride wore a stunning 1930’s vintage dress that was actually the first and only one she tried on. It literally seemed like it was made for her as she didn’t even need to get it altered. The groom and groomsmen also wore vintage clothes (except their bow tie which were made by the bride and her Mum) but one of my favourite parts of both their outfits has got to be their shoes – no uncomfortable heels for the bride or ugly ‘dress shoes’ for the groom! They both wore their favourite trainers – Toms.

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A Locally Sourced Pool Party Wedding

Carmen & Gary had a laid back pool party wedding at Commons Ford Ranch, Austin. The couple actually had their first dance in the pool too!

“The reception was supposed to be a dance party on the patio, with possible swimming as an afterthought, as there is a really nice pool at the ranch,” the bride told me.  “However as soon as dinner ended, guests were taking over the pool.  We decided to move the DJ over to the pool deck since that was where the party was happening, and it became a full-blown pool party.  We even had our first dance in the pool, after the official marital cannonball.”

The bride wore a gorgeous short and ruffled dress which she found at Bianca Luce Boutique in Pasadena, CA. Carmen explains “I didn’t buy it at first, thinking I should try on more dresses, but when I walked into an actual bridal boutique across the street, I practically ran out the door and across the street to get it before anyone else had the chance.  The traditional princess wedding dress was not for me.  I also bought my poofy veil here.”

The couple also chose to use local businesses instead of playing a fortune to ship things in. Their flowers were sourced from the Arnosky Family Farm and their invitations were by local designer Lucky Onion who they found through Paper Place in Austin. Their vegan cupcakes were made by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop.

“It was very important to Gary and I to have our fingerprint on every aspect of our wedding,” concluded the bride. “Corporate wedding establishment vendors didn’t interest us at all, so we asked around and found vendors through recommendations from our friends.  We were able to design every aspect of our wedding just as we wanted, and everything turned out perfectly!  We involved family, friends, and friends-of-friends for almost everything: officiant, dj, rings, bartender, party bus rental, and the list goes on.  Those we didn’t know before-hand, like the floral designer and flower farmers, were small and personal enough that they sort of became friends.  Carefully choosing all the details really made every aspect of the wedding meaningful for us.”

“I took advantage of the opportunity to delve into some fun creative projects and learn some new crafty skills.  Like I mentioned, I appointed my friend Candace chairwoman of the craft committee and we undertook projects like making decorations (brightly colored tissue paper puffs) and creating and stuffing goody bags for out-of-town guests.  Our most successful and labor intensive project was screen-printing wedding programs with an image and a poem.  They turned our beautifully, and I learned a new skill/art.”

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Emily & Daniel’s Classic and Caring Wedding

I’ve known (as in online-known) photographer Katie Malone for about 3 years. We got married about the same time and were both members of the same forum during our planning. I love when she emails me weddings she’s now shooting. It’s incredible how we’re both still surrounded by this wedding-world after all this time…and doing it in a bad ass way of course!

I’ve loved her photographs ever since she first started experimenting. She uses a variety of cameras to give her photographs a totally different look to anyone else’s. Infrared, Vivitar ultra wide & slim, Holga & Polaroid are all used alongside her digital SLR to get her unusual and intoxicating techniques.

Emily & Daniel’s wedding was a classic mix of the things they loved and the people they really cared about. They decided early on that it was their family & friends that mattered to them and not making sure they had the ‘coolest’ wedding going.

“Early on we made some big compromises with my parents (who paid for much of the wedding) and had to learn how to live with it,” thet explained. “So from that point on, the goal was to hire people we would genuinely want to be friends with, to stick to our guns when necessary (like having the rehearsal dinner at our very favorite burrito shack) and only take on the projects we really cared about. There is pressure on all sides–be traditional, be super indie-diy everything–and at some point I realized that I really just didn’t care. So I didn’t take on any further projects and either dropped the idea or hired someone to do it. And we surrounded ourselves with friends. Our officiant was one of my oldest friends, our dj was a friend of a friend who is now a friend, we got cakes from our favorite bakery. We spent our money with local or small businesses where we could, and didn’t fuss about going to the mall when we needed to. Planning a wedding definitely helped me get rid of some of my art school hipper-than-thou pretensions. And in the end, it didn’t matter if it was the most unique, cool, wedding our friends and family had ever been to. It was ours. And they were all dancing their asses off and sneaking onto the golf course to play a hole and drinking and eating and being a big convivial mess of our family. Which is exactly the point.”

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(Pink) Caravan of Love

Kate & Charles had a vintage, punky and pink (caravan!) wedding on the Isle of Wight. As soon as I saw Kate in her incredible 1950’s cotton lace Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown I knew I wanted to feature them “They made the bow birdcage veil out of a back panel of the dress and sourced the most beautiful velvet ribbon sash to finish off the dress” the bride told me.

The ceremony took place at Newchurch All Saints Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight with a reception following at a friend Nick James’ house – Redway Manor Farm. They hired an Indian tent complete with low bench seating, floor cushions and gorgeous lamps from their friend’s Ed & Ana at Ed’s Tents and borrowed the pink ‘Honeymoon Caravan’ from their friend Mel, which the couple slept in that night. 

They chose not to ignore a lot of the traditional wedding formalities and just went with the things that mattered to them. They didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen and made sure that all the important people in their lives were a big part of their day.

Charles’ Mum made the cupcakes. “She went cupcake crazy and baked up a dizzying array of cupcakes for the afternoon tea party from cherry cheesecake and spiced apple through to jam doughnut cupcakes, along with a couple of bouquet of cupcakes made by his sister Roz. However, the star of the show was a 3 tier pork pie cake complete with a Lego bride and groom which looked just like us!”

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Kaori & Alex’s Multi-Cultural, DIY-Fabulous, Vintage Bohemian Wedding

Do you remember Kaori & Alex’s killer engagement session? It was all tattoos, awesome outfits and L.O.V.E. I have been dying to see the outcome of their wedding ever since and I ain’t half excited to share it with you today.

The couple were married at Old Zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles with a reception to follow at Señor Fish in Little Tokyo Area, Downtown LA. Both of them are designers so obviously their outfits were nothing short of unique and utterly fabulous.

Kaori wore a J Crew dress which she teamed with shoes from Charles David and a gorgeous hair piece from Prim and Posies and a flower pin (on the dress) from Sweetpea & Fawn – both on Etsy.

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Have a Wedding that is Perfect for YOU – Greg & Michelle’s Low Key, Homespun & Family-Focussed Wedding

I went out with photographer Emma Case a month or so ago and as we dolled ourselves up in the hotel room before hand she was telling me all about Michelle & Greg’s wedding. She told me how it was like nothing she’d ever shot before. The contrast of the awe-inspiring and dramatic Synagogue ceremony venue with the reception being held in Greg’s Grandmother’s house really was the ultimate depiction of what Rock n Roll weddings should be – you don’t need any of the wedding “bits” and you don’t need to spend a fortune – all you need is you two, in love, and a wedding that is perfect for you. 

“Editing this wedding has been quite an experience” Emma explained. “When Michelle & Greg first got in contact they expressed how much they were wanting a low key affair… a gorgeous ceremony then a small reception at Greg’s Grandma’s house with just close friends and family. It was to be a Jewish ceremony at the London Synagogue and when I arrived my jaw, literally hit the floor. It’s a somewhat unassuming building from the outside but it is so, so beautiful inside (hence quite a few pictures of it). I was absolutely transfixed through the ceremony… the whole thing was amazing… the Rabi sang a lot of the ceremony and the traditions were so wonderful to watch… when Michelle entered she had to circle Greg a number of times and then Greg had to stamp on a glass… I was quite emotional through the whole thing.”

Megan & Kevin’s Budget Conscious, Family Friendly, DIY Heavy Day

You might remember Megan from her Historic Firehouse Bridals that I featured a few weeks ago. I loved them so when her photographer Erica of Turner Creative Photography sent me the photographs of her and Kevin’s wedding, I couldn’t wait to share them on these pages. Even more so in fact when I found out their day was an all-out budget diy fest – one of my favourite types of weddings! I also knew that Megan hadn’t worn her actual wedding dress for her bridal shoot so I couldn’t wait to see what she’s chosen too.

The wedding took place at Highway Gardens at the Missouri State Fairgrounds and the Missouri Electric Co-op Building. Megan looks stunning in her Alfred Angelo(Sapphire collection style 805) which was their only big splurge. Everything else was a diy family effort.

A family friend made the cake and her aunt did all the flowers. The cake was actually quite ingenious as they used styrofoam for all the layers except the top layer which was actual cake. They didn’t need that much cake as their wedding was quite a small affair but the styrofoam layers (covered in icing) were used to add height and drama. Great idea!

The catering was also all done by family members and the bride and groom made over 400 cookies in hand-decorated bags for favours. A few other fabulous details included the ‘friend board’ – a collage of photographs of all the couple’s best friends. “We made a photo collage of all of our friends, because we were tired of how much of everything was focused on us. We figured people would be excited to see photos of themselves instead of us” they explained. The orders of service (also diy of course) were made into fans as the considerate couple knew it would be really hot at their outdoor ceremony.

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“I Can Make That!” – Roni & Dave’s Awesome, Diy, Homespun Cute-Fest Wedding

OK I am EXCITED! Roni & Dave’s reception is, like, totally the most awesome, diy, homespun cute-fest ever and I’ve got the full scoop and all the juicy details for you. I featured their wedding day shoot not so long ago and as soon as I saw Roni’s adorable and oh-so-awesome homemade vintage brooch bouquet I knew the rest of their wedding was going to be awe-inspiring but I’m telling you, nothing prepared me for this!

The couple’s reception was held in Roni’s parent’s house and backyard. For the flowers and centrepieces they bought all the blooms and the watering pots from Cosco and made them all themselves. “I didn’t care what kind of flowers we had or where they came from.  I just knew I wanted them to look like they were just hand picked out of a field” Roni told me.  They ordered the yummy looking cakes from Liberty Market (Gilbert, AZ) and Roni & her Mum added the lace and brooches as well as an adorable home made cake topper. 

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An Irregular Choice – A Wonderfully Theatrical British Wedding

I woke up this morning to the news that the Rock n Roll Bride Mad Hatter shoot had been blogged by Irregular Choice shoes! Seriously, how glad am I that Vivienne Westwood didn’t deliver my shoes on time and Irregular Choice saved the day? I feel like all famous and stuff…

I thought then it only appropriate that I blogged this gorgeous Irregular Choice bride that I’d been planning to blog this week. I saw a few pictures of bride Sophie-Jayne in her amazing Ian Stuart dress and Irregular Choice shoes on the Schuh facebook page (they blogged about our shoot too!) and knew I had to find out more about this wedding. Sophie-Jayne & Jason got married at Sophie’s old College by a Reverend who used to be one of her teachers. After the very personal ceremony, everybody was transported to Sophie-Jayne’s parent house for the reception in her Dad’s Old Route Master Bus!

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Scottish, Vintage Loveliness

I’m not one to go back on my promises, so here’s the gorgeous Scottish wedding to follow on from Sean & Nicola’s ‘Great Outdoors’ engagement session that I posted last week. The pair wanted a really laid back, family-orientated day and they chose Mugdock Park for their ceremony and The Local Town Hall for their reception. “We only really considered one option for a ceremony venue, which was Mugdock Park” they began. “It is an amazing place at the beginning of the west highland way, and we loved going there for mountain-biking, having barbecues or just strolling around. We met up with the park manager and we had to prove ourselves as fans of the park before they let us go ahead with it, as they have only 2 weddings a year there.  Our wedding was set around the old castle ruins, and my younger cousins provided the uplifting music by playing the violin and clarinet.”
“The reception venue was a local town hall, which had typical town hall features, but also a unique charm. Most importantly, it had a cheap bar! The hall was bare to begin with, but a troupe of family and friends worked hard the day of the wedding to decorate it beautifully with fairy lights and bedside lamps from their houses! I hired vintage mismatched china from Tatty Mac for a shabby-chic feel, and the cutlery and remaining crockery was hired from Cairns and Scott. We used old jam jars on the tables for tea candles, and randomly popped flower stems into old-style water bottles. Sean’s mum, being a keen gardener, used flowers from her garden, with some rustic-looking pots as table-centres.”

The couple skipped a lot of the traditional fare in favour of really personal touches including the flowers, which Nicola’s Mum collected and put together and the cake, which instead of a traditional one was replaced with cakes made my their friends and family members. “Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we asked a bunch of close friends and family if they would be willing to make their signature cake to lay out on a dessert table. The result was a wonderful variety of people’s tried and trusted recipes, which was mouth-watering” the couple said.

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