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A Woodland Creatures Fancy Dress Wedding: Toby & Isa

“The theme for our wedding began as a circus/carnival inspiration and grew to encompass woodland creatures, feathers and various fancy dressed individuals from badgers to unicorns, not forgetting the now infamous family of bears!” newlyweds Toby & Isa told me.

 “We did things differently, just simply because that’s how we are and to have had any other style of wedding or traditional ceremony would have not been true to us as we are not religious. However we did have a beautiful blessing with Sally our Interfaith minister and we wrote our own wedding vows.”

Toby & Isa were married in September at Silver Rill House, Overbury with a reception at Overbury Village Hall. The bride wore a custom made dress by Annie Mochnacz and shoes by All Saints.

“I think our day was so great because we were surrounded by people who truly love us,” the bride concluded. “I think you could feel this energy and the laid back flow of it all throughout the day. Also the honesty of Toby’s and my love. I was so happy that my friends from Switzerland all made it and my cousin from Canada.”

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An Eclectic Nightclub Wedding: Ant & Lou

Ant & Lou were married in Chianti, Italy but had a massive reception party at The Kazimier nightclub in Liverpool on their return. “We wanted to get married abroad and bring with us all of the people we love dearly,” Lou told me. ” It was important to both of us to have our friends and family there, but to also have a very personal wedding, something that was exactly us.  We found a beautiful castle in Chianti, Italy and started our wedding process from there.  Everyone came on different flights at different times on different days and even though there was an ash cloud, an unexploded WW2 bomb found in Pisa airport and severe winds causing planes to be diverted, everyone got there eventually.  One group of friends were travelling for 26 hours just to get from Liverpool to Tuscany! but they made it and their positivity was beautiful.”

The couple asked photographer Assassynation to photograph their reception in Liverpool. I’m actually really good friends with Sassy and she emailed me the day after this wedding to excitedly tell me all about it and that I was going to love it…and she was right!

“We knew we wanted to have a party at home to be able to invite all of out friends and family that couldn’t make it to Italy,” continued the bride. “We also knew we had to have it in the The Kazimier – what an AWESOME venue. We took our inspiration from everything we love… I think that was why it was so eclectic.  We didn’t have a specific theme and we probably wouldn’t have stuck to one anyway as I’m a bit scatty. We wanted our wedding to be enjoyable for us and for everyone we love whilst still maintaining our personalities. An off the shelf wedding was definitely not for us.”

“Everything was so natural, nothing was contrived, we just arranged things that we would enjoy and tried to make it as fun as possible. A friend at the reception actually said ‘If you could get inside Ant and Lou’s heads, this is what it would be like!'”

The couple set everything up at the venue themselves the day before. Their DIY decor included a kissing booth; countless sets of fairy lights, tea light holders, lanterns and a collection of jam jars and Chianti bottles (collected over a year) to house wild flowers and candles; a washing lines with photos from the wedding pegged to them; a gypsy caravan; a ‘big fat gypsy wedding’ cake; a huge shark’s head bursting out of the venue into the garden; an old popcorn cart. They even employed an entertainment team comprised of a clown, a circus master, a ballerina, a mime artist and a lion to greet the guests. They also gave out roses, champagne and canapes as well as made for some pretty incredible photographs!

Lou wore a dress from Monsoon and a vintage veil from the 1980’s which she found in a charity shop. Her bridesmaids also all wore Monsoon dresses but they were told to pick any one they liked and felt most comfortable in.

Whoa visual overload! Don’t you just love Ant & Lou? Now this is a Rock n Roll Bride….

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A Batman Engagement Shoot: Crystal & Darren

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Gratton of Ophelia Photography while she was over in London on vacation. Amongst many things, we spoke about Lisa’s desire to create something a little different and fun around her engagement shoots and this Batman-inspired session proves her point nicely!

Lisa told me how the groom, Darren, who was initially quite nervous in front of the camera really came to life as soon as he put on this Batman suit! Well it is every little boys dream to be a superhero isn’t it?

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A 1940’s Military Themed Wedding: Sierra & Jake

Sierra & Jake met while in the music store where Jake worked, “I shopped at the music store he worked at for a long time,” laughed the bride. “I had the biggest crush but was way too shy to talk to him much. I always thought, “I want to end up with a guy just like him!” but certainly this one was out of my league. One day I was pretending to be interested in harmonicas, of all things, to get his “assistance” and he told me casually that he was joining the Marine corps. I panicked! I was running out of time to scoop up my dream man so I had to act fast. A few days later I finally got the nerve to ask him out. I decided for sure on that first date that he was the one for me. Two weeks later we started talking about marriage… crazy, I know! But here we are and he’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The couple wanted their wedding to reflect their interests and so it ended up being a bit of an eclectically themed day with military, vintage and wartime themes. Their guests even dressed up in 1940’s attire! “I have always had a bit of a vintage touch in my everyday style, my husband is in the Marine Corps, and our country is at war… so I thought it would be fitting to have a wedding in the style of the WWII era,” explained Sierra. “Although my dress did have a bit of a modern touch, being that it was strapless.”

“We requested all the guests show up dressed to our 1940’s theme. Most of them actually did and it really added to that old vintage feel. It was really neat having our guests all matching our decorations we worked so hard on.”

“The car we drove away in was a project my dad and I started when I was 15. It’s a kit car of a 1929 Mercedes Gazelle Convertible. We spent a lot of time restoring her from the ground up, just the two of us,” the bride concluded.

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Hannah & Carlos’ Full Moon, Movie-Themed Fancy Dress Wedding

Hannah & Carlos’ full moon/supermoon/autumn equinox/fancy dress/movie themed wedding rocks my world. I’m kind of blown away by the whole thing! The couple put so much love and attention in creating their perfect wedding that I didn’t want to miss one detail…so, over to the bride…

“We had a fancy dress wedding, the theme being movies. A big part of Carlos and my time together has been spent watching movies…we love them! We’ve shared many hours snuggled up together, going on journeys through film.”

The ceremony took place on Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand (spectacular!) and the reception afterwards was held at Wharariki Beach Holiday Park which was owned by one of their friends. Carlos went dressed as the Mad Hatter and Hannah wore a beautiful tutu style dress, made for her by her sister.

“Our friends Jade, Dion and their daughter Willow helped make the whole wedding possible. On the day, when we were all ready, they transported us down to the far end of the beach in their jeep, all dolled up just for us. We clambered down onto the beach after a short jaunt through the bush, and then I got into my tutu there. Then we had a short journey through rocks and tidal pools from the sea, onto the big stretch of beach. We arrived together, with our Best Man, Bridesmaid and Flowergirl, all coming down the beach from the opposite end to everyone else. All our guests were waiting at the entrance to one of the beach caves, with an aisle made of flowers and surrounded by colourful flags on bamboo poles. When we got there, Carlos and I walked up the aisle together, totally together, ready to meet our Fairy Celebrant.”

“We wrote the whole ceremony ourselves, with help from our Celebrant and dear friend, Lolly Dadley-Moore. We wrote our own vows, which we each repeated after Lolly. However we both started with a little message, written on a paper heart. That was a surprise to each other. Both of us totally bawled as soon as I started speaking, as did most of the guests. Sigh. How emotional! We were completely connected, eyes blazing hard into each other, with everyone else falling away, disappearing…all I could see was Carlos. All he could see was me. But how amazing to be surrounded, so close, by all our friends and family! I love that everyone was right up close and personal, throughout the ceremony.”

“Afterward, the bubbly was popped and we proceeded to be hugged and squeezed by everyone that was there on the beach, all kitted out in costume, surrounded by colourful flags. It was quite surreal to see all these characters on the beach, like a different world. Like a movie. Perfect.”

“The guests then headed up the beach, carrying the flowers and flags back up to our friend’s campground. Carlos and I headed back down the beach for a few photos with our friend Pete, then Dion and Willow drove us back to the camp. We were trailing cans, rattling around, announcing our arrival. The campground had been totally decorated by our friends in the days leading up to this…Anand set up his Moroccan Tent, friends brought out tables and chairs from the local High School, Ricki let us borrow his huge sound system, Natalia made a dreamcatcher that hung above the dance floor, as well as setting up all the white lycra decorations, the gold hanging stars, the lights…there were fairy lights and black lights and spotlights, borrowed from a range of friends. There were psychedelic wall hangings surrounding the DJ booth. There were drum fires dotted around the place. The place looked so incredible…and it was only to get better as the sun went down.”

“We had a huge potluck meal, provided by everyone. There was a cleaning crew already at work that night, and all the next day. We retreated back to the Moroccan Tent to eat and drink, there were toasts and we were sung to…I cried. Again. And then the moon came up, full and huge and blazing a light so clear and bright all night long…”

“Our first dance was to Nina Simone’s ‘My Baby Just Cares’. It rocked. Then we were treated to a stunning bellydance performance by my big sister and two dear friends – more tears flowed. Then the dancing continued, as we all hit the dance floor for a trance party…our friends DJ’d for hours, we had such a blast! Somewhere in there we cut the cake, but I totally forgot to throw the bouquet…it was such a crazy event, so much going on that I completely forgot!”

“Carlos and I crashed out late late in the night, exhausted and spent. Our little caravan had been set up with gold hanging heart decorations and rose petals were flung everywhere…it was so beautiful. The following day, once the entire thing was packed down and cleaned up, we drove away to spend the night at another beach…staying awake just long enough to open all our gifts, cry some more, then watch the moon rise over the ocean. Waking just in time to see the sun rising in the same spot, we were back to the real world, but married now…united…totally, gloriously, magically happy.”

“My Mum had bought us a beautiful little handmade journal/book and left it on the main table at the reception, by the cake for the whole night. We invited people to write us messages…when we read the book the following night, we were in tears because of all the beautiful heartfelt messages our friends left for us. We will treasure that book forever.”

“Our wedding was so much fun – it was light and colourful, there was much laughter and tears…it was so heartfelt and powerful, everyone noticed that and was moved by that. Neither of us are mainstream conservative people…we are unique, we love to have fun, and we love to dress up. We didn’t have much to spend, so we did everything as cheaply as possible, but that took nothing away from this event – it was AMAZING! I was shocked by how much power we weilded just in being open and expressing our deep love for one another, in front of everyone else that we love. So many friends pitched in to help create this wedding, I am still blown away by that. All of that, for US. For LOVE. Far out.”

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Alena & Geoff’s Circus-Themed Costume Party Wedding

Alena & Geoff were married at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Their fancy dress, circus themed day was certainly a show-stopper, especially as the majority of their guests really got into the swing of it and made a real effort with their outfits. “We invited our guests to dress up, and that made them fully participate in all aspects of the circus/carnival wedding,” they told me. “We had 2 guests as ‘door clowns’ who checked people in, gave them clown noses and flags. We had a popcorn man in the lobby of the ceremony giving out popcorn bags. We borrowed huge circus banners from other friends and used them to decorate for the reception.”

The couple made a number of DIY items to go with their theme, but were keen to pass on to the readers of Rock n Roll Bride that there is no need to stress about the ‘little’ things on the run up to your big day. “We made flags for our guests, our own centerpieces, and other decorative touches. Don’t waste time on gifts or things you and others won’t care about though.” they explained. “We filled large vintage popcorn boxes with bottles of water, snacks, local things to do in town and directions to the event and had them given to our guests when they checked in at their hotels.”

Alena wore a custom made dress from Skingraft, Fluvog boots and a hair piece that she made herself from feathers, copper wire, a piece of gold veil and a costume jewellery blue brooch from her great grandmother.

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Annette & Chris’ Fancy Dress Victorian Circus Themed Wedding

Annette & Chris had a fancy dress/steampunk themed wedding in Liverpool. The bride wore a corset purchased from Corsets UK and a skirt from MTCoffinzUnderground on Etsy. “My dress wasn’t technically a ‘dress’ as it was a Corset and a separate skirt,” the bride told me. “I bought the white and black steel boned corset for around £60 and the skirt, which was described as a ‘Victorian Lace Gothic Ball Gown’, cost around £100.” She also wore Victorian-style black ankle boots which she hired from a fancy dress shop! Chris hired his unique outfit from a fancy dress shop too.

“The groom came up with the whole idea of a Victorian Circus themed wedding,” explained Annette. “We’re not ‘average’ kind of people and didn’t want to settle on an ‘average’ wedding, so it had to be fancy dress! Although we took our vows to each other seriously, we don’t believe a wedding should be a completely serious affair. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a massive party with all of your friends and family, which is what we did! I think that’s what makes us so Rock n Roll. Everyone said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, including their own!”

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Emma & Matt’s Incredible Fancy Dress Wedding

Emma & Matt had an incredible fancy dress wedding at home. The bride & groom live on a farm, so they decided their own home would be the perfect venue. The theme for the fancy dress was anything from 1920’s – 1980’s and they invited their guests to dress as their favourite decade from the last century. Even the music they selected fitted the theme, with the DJ’s  ‘The Beautiful and the Damned’ – who they saw playing at a festival – playing an eclectic mix of music from the 1920’s to the 1980’s throughout the evening.

“As a documentary film maker Emma used her creative skills to make her wedding truly individual, personal and above all a lot of fun,” Polly, their photographer, told me. “This is without a doubt one of the most fantastic and fun weddings I have ever photographed and I have never laughed so much at a wedding – some of these outfits were pure genius.”

Emma & Matt decided to go as Fred Astaire & Gingers Rogers. Matt hired his outfit from Angels, the costumiers in London, and Emma created a contemporary interpretation of the film star with a stunning dress byTemperley and shoes by Office.

Their were no bridesmaids as everyone was involved in the wedding and made a real effort with their outfits.

“My sister came dressed like the 1950’s,” the bride told me. “My Mum & her boyfriend came as JR & Sue Ellen. My dad and his wife were The Last Tsar and Tsarina. Matt’s Mum was a ’20th Century Fox’ – a version of Marilyn Monroe with a fox fur stole. George, Matt’s brother was a first world war pilot – complete with a plane!”

“We had lots of famous people there – Madonna, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant (in fact four of them!)”

Amazing right!? Be sure to click ‘read the rest of this entry’ to see more of the incredible outfits!

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Nick & Hannah’s Game Playing, Fancy Dress Celebration

Nick & Hannah had a 3 day wedding at Christian retreat and conference centre Lee Abbey. The celebrations started with a day of fun activities for all their guests including archery, mountain boarding and zip wiring through the forest. Not only that, but all their guests were invited to wear fancy dress. That sure made for lots of laughs and some awesome photographs. The couple made an extra special effort, coming as Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Hannah had even worn her Grandmother’s own wedding dress in memory of her.

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The MOST INCREDIBLE Alice in Wonderland Wedding Ever. FACT.

I’ve seen a lot of Alice in Wonderland shoots and weddings this year but none as fan-bloody-tastic as Jessica & Wade’s. The couple said they came up with the Victorian Alice theme on a whim (even before the film came out this year) and decided to run with it. Unbelievably the couple designed and came up with everything for the wedding themselves. This is a wedding I wish I’d be at! I literally don’t know where to start when it comes to talking about how awesome this wedding is so I’m just going to make a huge list of all the bits that I love about it.

Their officiant was from a death metal band (Chuck “Mandaddy” Ellis from Gargamel)
The groomsmen had tails
The bride had ‘bride-dudes’ instead of bridesmaids (they were all men!)
They all entered the ceremony to The Funeral March of the Marionettes and Jess entered to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
They solidified their vows with Tea Sipping Ceremony
There was a white rabbit
Most of the guests dressed up in either vintage or Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes
The bride had 2 dresses which she wore stripy socks and little hats
The had mis-matched crockery (which they found at thrift stores mostly)
The a tower of cup & saucers with cakes inside
The topsy-turvy wedding cake with a mad hatters hat and a teapot as seperate layers
They had ‘eat me’ signs
They had moustaches for people to play with
They had a fuji instax camera for guests to play with
They had their own Mad Hatter’s ‘Tea’ made and bottled (wine)

My mind is officially blown, how about you?

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Victorian Sci Fi & Steampunk Love

Following on from yesterday’s Steampunk-esque wedding, I wanted to share another – and this time, an all out authentically styled Victoriana wedding fest!

Stacy & Eric got married in April and had one of the most incredible weddings fitting this theme that I have ever seen! The whole wedding was filled with circles – from old type writers, clocks and top hats to that truly incredible (and fully edible!) cake (made by Let Them Eat Cake in California – seriously go check out their website, they have cakes and designs like you’ve never seen before!) You are going to go nuts for these details – I am loving the typewriter/flower combo. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. The centrepieces consisted of flowers, old books books, typewriters, gears, light bulbs, test tubes and had a real authentic Steampunk vibe. Stacey collected all the props throughout their planning and then gave them to florist Debbie Fields who put everything together on the day. The place names, which were made of old-looking train tickets (found at a craft store) had individual keys stuck to them that with significant words on them like ‘life’ and ‘dreams’. The keys and gears on the place cards were found at a local craft store-they come from a scrapbook line by a guy named Tim Holtz (you can buy everything though his online store too – bonus!) 

Eric shared their thoughts and inspiration behind their wedding with me. “Both of us love history and are fascinated with the Victorian time period. We’re also both fans of Sci-fi/fantasy fiction, so that’s how our theme came about.  Steampunk has it’s roots in Victorian Sci-Fi (Jules Verne, H.G. Wells), but has taken off in the last few years into an aesthetic all it’s own.  We wanted something a little irreverent while still being classy, so it fit very well.  And it gave our guests a chance to have fun with their outfits! ”

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ps I just can’t get over this cake…wow. How is this even possible?!

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Victorian Steampunk & Fancy Dress Fun

Caroline & Connor’s wedding had a distinctly Victorian/Steampunk vibe. As well as the bridal party, all the guests really got into the spirit and dressed up for the occasion in vintage dresses and attire which was practically all put together by the amazing Trish Roush at House of Nines Design. Not only did she help out the guests with their outfits, but she dressed the bride and groom – including making those incredible hats (plus, I just have to add, how incredible is Connor’s moustache?!)

Pretty much everything about this wedding was unique and found at random vintage/thrift stores. The bride found her dress online (purchased from an independent seller not from a store I’m afraid) which was no mean feat as most genuine vintage dresses are teeny tiny! However with some clever corsetry Caroline looked every bit the Victorian princess.

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Mad World

Oh how I love the crazy, mad world that MangoRED create with their photography. Who else could come up with something so magical, hilarious, joyful and original!? Check out the styling by Geof Gonzales…I have a total compulsion to dress up like a soya drink carton or wear an outfit to match my wallpaper right now…

“What we do is dream” Geof explains “Seldom do we come across people with same predilections as ours and deem it priceless and we are very, very grateful for it. Thus inspiring us to push our imaginations to higher heights. Initial inspiration really come from our couple. Then we stir it with our own interpretations by whims of our minds and guilty pleasures. Inspiration roots from appreciation, so everything is inspiration, everything.

Nature mixed with humanity mixed with spontaneity mixed with integrity mixed with humility mixed with schizos and complex personalities comes a melting pot of creative excess and indulgent, succulent rendering.

We stretch reality. We love wallpapers to the extent that we want to envelope everything with it. Gravity is a banal thing yet tinkered on resulting to a surreal moment of suspension. An odd mix of mascots is our way to humor what we do. So, everything is a result of playing.”

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