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A Sweet Day-After Shoot with Betsy Beetle: Leia & Brad

For their day-after photo shoot Leia & Brad wanted to get someone else involved – Betsy Beetle! “I love this vintage VW beetle that drives by my house everyday with a cute little luggage rack,” wedding photographer Katherine O’Brien explained, “so I asked Terry, her owner, if we could borrow her for the afternoon.”

“It’s still a little chilly in Austin where we live so Leia wore her own vintage faux leopard wrap and turquoise pumps, ” she continued. “Leia had wanted a vintage 50s style wedding dress, but couldn’t find the right one that wasn’t stained yellow from age at the thrift stores. So her awesome Mom offered to make her one! After finally picking a lace and fabric, her Mom used one of her old sundresses as a pattern. She spent months sewing, ripping, and resewing. What an incredible gift to have your Mother make your wedding dress!”

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A Rockabilly, Psychobilly Wedding: Claire & Lee

I love weddings like Claire & Lee’s. Not just because the rockabilly theme is awesome, but because they put their heart and soul(s) into creating a wedding that reflects how they are in everyday life.

“We’re both very much in to the whole rockabilly and psychobilly scenes and have been for quite some time, so it only seemed natural to extend this to our wedding day,” Claire told me. “One thing we set out to do from the very beginning was to make our wedding day for us. It seems all too often that people try and tailor their wedding day around their family and other guests, where as for ourselves we tailored it around us and guests had to fit in; which they did wonderfully.”

“We sourced everything ourselves to fit our style perfectly; the clothes, cars, venues, music and decorations had to be just right; and although at times it was a nightmare of a challenge to get every thing perfect (antique teapots are notoriously hard to find) we managed it and wouldn’t have changed anything for the world.”

The wedding ceremony was held at Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham. After a moving service the couple were greeted by Morris Dancers as they departed. “As Lee is a Morris dancer he had his side (The Gloucester Morris Men) waiting outside of the venue ready for when we walked out as husband and wife, their sticks raised in an arch for us to walk through. They then preformed a few dances for us, including Ladies Pleasure, a one man jig, for Claire. Lee also joined the side for one dance.” The couple were then whisked off to their DIY styled reception at The Lower Lode Inn, Tewkesbury in a 1959 Black Cadillac.

“All of the decorations for the reception I made myself, including 80 meters of bunting and the green and purple polka dot table cloth centres,” Claire continued. “The bunting ran diagonally across the room and was coupled up with strings of fairy lights, which came together to form a heart on the wall directly behind Lee and I. The table decorations were antique tea sets, with flower arrangements in the teapots and the tea cup and saucers had floating tea lights in them. There were also cut glass candle stick holders and candles which we collected ourselves.

Both the bride and groom wore two outfits, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Claire changed from her Fairy Goth Mother corset and a skirt (made by a local seamstress to which Claire added – by hand – 500 pearls!) to her Forever Unique reception dress. Lee switched from a black 1950’s sharkskin suit (made in Las Vegas and bought on eBay) to a silver sharkskin suit which he found at Moss Bros of all places!

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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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Alix & Zack’s Gothic Tea Party Engagement Shoot

Alix & Zack…ahh what’s not to love? I’m secretly still a bit of a closet goth at heart so anything gothic inspired really gets me excited…and cupcakes, cupcakes always make things 100 time better don’t they?

Alix wrote to me to tell me all about their engagement shoot with Rock n Roll Bride favourite Lisa Devlin. “So what do you say when the fabulous Lisa Devlin asks whether you’d like to shoot your forthcoming engagement shoot at, none other than, the Hasselblad Studio in Hoxton? How about “Hell Yeah!!!”

“We knew we had to do something that was very “us”.  This meant including some guitar shots, as Zach plays guitar with glam punk band Bubblegum Screw and the Camden based rock band The Hyenas.  This was reiterated by the fact that we actually met at one of Zach’s gigs in Sydney in 2007. We wanted to throw a few cakes into the mix too, as I own Black Cherry Bakery, where we specialise in Rock n Roll inspired cakes!”

“As much as I love all things vintage,” she continued, “we do prefer a darker palette so hence the gothic tea party idea was born.  We literally packed up our dining table complete with candelabra, black candles, antique silverware, black ostrich and peacock feathers on the day of the shoot and set up a home from home in the studio.  I wore my Slash-esque top hat in a nod to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.  Yorick, the skull – who I use as a model when I’m making cakes for Metal Hammer Magazine and the like, came along for the ride too – adding a beautifully, macabre element to the setting.  Then we threw in a little leopard print, black velvet and vintage leather upping the Rock n Roll ante.”

“We love the iconic images of rock couples such as Sid and Nancy, Johnny Thunders and Sable Star, so wanted to incorporate this vibe too. We got inspiration from bands like the Kills, who as a male/female duo have some great looks for engagement shoots it turns out!  We have a whole heap of album covers from The New York Dolls to Black Sabbath and Guns N Roses engrained in our memories so that all added to the overall look too!”

“The studio was such a great place, it couldn’t have been more perfect for what we had in mind-  the checkered black and white wall just happened to be there already, adding a massive punch to our black with pops of red colour schemes.  The crazy angular wall of foam which looked like sound proofing for some futuristic recording studio – was a great find too.”

“It was such a fabulous experience to have the opportunity to do our shoot at the studio with the awesome Hasselblad equipment.  It was a great day and we are so, amazingly over the moon with the results of the shoot.”

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Bex & Jinx’s Retro Style Las Vegas Elopement

Bex & Jinx were married in The Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas. They didn’t have a reception in Vegas though as only themselves and Bex’s bridesmaid’s were in attendance. However they had a big party with all their friends and family when they got back home to Australia.

Bex wore a reproduction 1950’s style dress made by Joy Taylor and leopard print shoes to match the belt and bolero by Diana Ferrari. Her bridesmaid’s also rocked the leopard print in custom made ‘wiggle dresses’ also by Joy Taylor and red glitter wedges from Steve Madden.

Jinx looked dapper in his retro inspired brown pinstripe suit from Reuben Scarf, vintage braces, Converse trainers and fedora hat from souvenir shop on the Vegas strip.

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Emma & James’ Wedding of Love & Laughter

Emma & James had a wedding filled with love and laughter. With help from their family & friends, the couple pretty much handmade everything for their special day. The cake was made by James’ brother who has a family bakery, The Cherrytree Bakery, the bridesmaid dresses were made by a family friend and Emma, her Mum and her sisters made all the bouquets and buttonholes.

The couple designed their own invitations and their RSVP cards were drawn by their daughter Lily (aww.) “We wanted to be able to have something to hand out to our guests as they came in to the civil ceremony so made these little fans which listed the members of the bridal party, the names of the people doing readings and what they were reading, ” Emma explained. “These proved very useful on the dance floor later in the evening!”

The majority of the reception details and décor were also handmade. The bunting was crafted from paper doilies which Emma bought from a local £1 shop, cut into triangles and sprayed gold. They were then stapled onto red and white polka dot and gingham ribbons and were used to decorate the entrance marquee where the afternoon tea party took place. The seating plans were mad from Ikea frames, the table cloths and napkins were cut from fabric purchased very cheaply and the centrepieces were recycled tin cans that Emma knitted little jackets for (omg seriously dying over how cute these are!) Lily then made lots of little button and beaded hearts which they decorated the woolly jackets with.

Also on the table was vintage mismatched crockery and table numbers made from bottles that Emma and her Mum collected in the run up to the wedding. They were filled with homemade schnapps! Finally, Emma and Lily made moustaches and lips from Fimo and put them on sticks, “It was a lot of fun and much easier than I thought!” Emma said. “For favours each of our guests got a novelty gift on their chair we had stick on moustaches, masks, false teeth, funny glasses and lots of glow in the dark accessories as we wanted our room filled with laughter and ridiculous behaviour. These were picked up from pound and novelty shops and online.

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