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Back to School – A Madmen & Book Themed Wedding: April & Zdenko

As a high school teacher, getting married at the school she taught at seemed like the perfect idea to April. The venue also gave them a really great starting block for a totally unique and awesome wedding – Back to School! “I’d say our wedding was a mix of Madmen style with a book theme,” April explained. “I am a high school English teacher and my husband is a graduate student at University of Chicago with plans to be a professor. A book theme just seemed natural. I immediately knew I wanted books as our centerpieces and since our names are April and Zdenko, A to Z bookends were perfect. Then I thought of personalized pencils and it all started to come together.”

“I am super crafty and we were on a tight budget, so our choice to do most things DIY was more out of necessity than anything else, but it created the look I wanted anyway. I didn’t necessarily try to go out of my way to be different, I just was trying to capture our personalities.”

“Our ceremony and reception venue was the high school that I teach at on the Westside of Chicago in the recently redeveloped Homan Square area of North Lawndale,” the bride continued. “The school is a charter school run by Henry Ford Learning Instituted aptly named Power House High due to the fact that it was the former power house for the original Sears Tower and factory plant. The building was renovated into a school 3 years ago and many of the original machinery was left to create a museum-like atmosphere. We were the first couple to rent out the space for a wedding, but they certainly hope to continue renting it out for this purpose. If interested, contact Kevin Sutton at ksutton@homansquare.org.”

As mentioned before, the majority of this wedding was DIYed by the couple and their friends. “We depended on may people for their creativity. We have two friends that brew beer and they made three different homebrews for our wedding. My best friend’s husband made these awesome invitations for us with an A to Z bookend graphic he designed. My cousin and her husband used that graphic to make personalized screen printed T-shirts for our wedding party.”

“My Mom made my favorite cookies and Zdenko’s mom made a variety of Bosnian cookies. Our friend Alexis and his brother Teddy run a food truck here in Chicago and they ended up catering our rehearsal dinner in their soon-to-open restaurant. My sister-in-law and Mother-in-law made the bell favors. My best friend made the flowers, the moustaches for pictures, and many other things. My neighbors made the beautiful arch with an awesome floral arrangement for the ceremony. My friend Kay made the A to Z bookends for the centerpieces. Everyone was just so awesome and constantly asked to help out in more ways than I even could imagine!”

Almost makes me want to go back to school…well maybe only if it was as cool as this one!

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Nick & Nikki’s Sweet Philadelphia Wedding

I don’t have much information on Nick & Nikki’s sweet Philadelphia wedding, but I felt the gorgeous images by Love Me Do Photography spoke a thousand words.

“They beautifully lit the space with purples, blues, and yellows, creating a vibrant and fun atmosphere,” wrote photographer Carina & Amanda. “Details of their wedding reception included Star Wars figurines in the terrariums and cat bride and groom on top of the wedding cake.”

“Nick and Nikki even had their own logo – a cute design of their faces that was projected onto the dance floor. Despite a little rain, Nick and Nikki had a beautiful and fun wedding day and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it.”

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Nessa & Josh’s Geek Chic Rooftop Elopement

Nessa & Josh eloped on a rooftop in Austin, Texas. The bride explained, “We really wanted to strip down a ceremony to what it’s really about – two people, in love. I wanted something personal and close; stress free and beautiful. We didn’t have rings yet, so we brought some vintage fox playing cards instead. The card decision was one part Josh: “I want something something non-floral as a boutonniere”, one part me: “These are so cute, we have to use these” and one part our combined love for Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“It was perfect,” she continued, “we got up early, put our glasses on and were married within two hours of waking. For the reception, we sat around watching all of the Die Hard movies and eating leftovers. It was the quintessential Nessa and Josh experience.”

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Zack & Alene’s Nerdy Board Game Wedding

Zack & Alene wanted a casual, fun and nerdy wedding – something that was perfect for them. “We knew all along that we didn’t want to do a traditional dinner and dancing wedding, and there was never a chance of there being a church ceremony (neither of us has ever attended a church service outside of weddings and funerals),” the couple explained. “We settled on an afternoon of games and hors d’oeuvres because we’re both nerdy, think appetizers are exciting, and I like to go to bed early.  It’s not our proudest tradition, but Zack and I go to my parents’ house most Saturday evenings and play games with them – it’s one of the highlights of my week, and we always have fun, so we decided to extend that feeling to our guests.  The reception space was filled with couches and ottomans, and then we had a few little tables brought in – it was laidback and jolly, and the games gave even people who didn’t know anyone else something to talk about and bond over.”

They didn’t want to conform to what anyone expectaed a wedding to be so they opted for an afternoon and achohol-free reception at Overture Center for the Arts, a performing arts centre. “We don’t drink and we didn’t want to blow our wedding budget on booze, so we had a non-alcoholic bar.  Two bartenders were there to mix up non-alcoholic cocktails and make espresso drinks.  Since it was the afternoon, no one really minded the lack of alcohol – and they got to try some new things. My specific request had been elderflower syrup, and we had a good time drinking elderflower sodas and lemonades.”

“A couple of time people asked me if I was growing out my hair for the wedding (NO), if I was going to start tanning (NO), and what I was planning to do to cover up my tattoos (NOTHING),” the bride continued. “I didn’t want to look like someone else on my wedding day – I’m a short-haired, alarmingly pale, tattooed woman, so why would I want to hide that?  I don’t look like everyone else most of the time, and I didn’t want to look like every other bride.  When I told some coworkers that my shoes made me way taller than Zack, they freaked out.  I felt like a rock star, though, and Zack’s used to my ridiculous heels, so it was a non-deal.”

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Jonnorae’s Nerdy Movie Theatre Wedding

Amorae & Jonny- or Jonnorae as they often go by – wanted a very personal wedding…and they certain achieved that by celebrating their self proclaimed “nerdom”! The pulpit that the officiant stood was a throwback to the pipes that Mario traveled down, and instead of a typical unity candle or sand ceremony, they brewed a potion like Harry Potter! At the reception they wanted to pay homage to their ‘nerdiness’ with centrepieces of books, legos and miniature games hidden inside the hand painted faux books. They also held a quiz for their guests to play at their tables called “Jonnorae Geekdom Trivia” (by the way, I love this idea – we did it too!)

The ceremony, held at Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX was just as bespoke. Instead of traditional vows they played a round of rock, paper, scissors to decide who would read theirs first, and afterwards they both phones to update their facebook statuses to married!

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Vintage, Geek Chic, Retro & Folk – With Extra Sprinkles Please…

When David & Ruth started to think about the kind of theme they’d like for their engagement session and up coming wedding they realised that they wanted to do something that celebrated their life together and their upcoming marriage. “We soon realised that like our life together and we pretty much wanted it all to reflect us – vintage, geek chic, retro, scifi, lowfi, folk, rock, disco, soul, town and country – with extra sprinkles please.”

The couple headed from Manchester to Hoarwithy, nestled in the Wye valley in Herefordshire for their engagement session with their photographers Nicola & Toni. “After having a wee yawn and a big stretch, we unpacked the dressing up trunk from the car and went to meet Nicola & Toni in a little wood on the bank of the river Wye.  The next two hours were spent having a laugh, dressing up, and playing in and around the gorgeous old wooden gypsy caravans.  It was a great way to meet Nicola & Toni who are doing the photos at the wedding and from this taster, we can’t wait!”

Well guys, I hope you like the full set! I’m so excited to share them with you and the rest of you Rock n Roll Brides.

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