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A Burning Man Inspired Wedding: Christine & David

There’s so much about Christine & David’s wedding that I utterly adore – Christine’s Wai-Ching wedding dress, the metal-welding ceremony, the Burning Man inspired after-party… seriously, if you don’t love this wedding you’re bonkers.

“Well, we started off by not trying to be anything other than ourselves,” Christine told me. “The only thing I knew I wanted was my Wai-Ching dress and a gluten-free cake, and David just wanted a raucous party. Neither of us had expectations of what our wedding should be, so we just took the parts of the traditional wedding that we liked, ditched the parts we didn’t care about, and made some things up along the way.”

“A lot of our inspiration came from knowing that all but one of our guests was flying in from out of state. In fact our guest list included people from 24 different states and 5 different countries. We were so grateful that people would make the trip out to celebrate with us and we really wanted to make it worth it. Our wedding celebration was actually a multi-day extravaganza. Most people flew in on Wednesday and then Thursday was a trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Friday we went to the Orlando Science Center in the morning and then to Wekiwa Springs State Park (where we got engaged) in the afternoon for swimming in the springs and kayaking in the river. Friday night we threw our first party of the weekend at our house with a good ol’ Southern BBQ to welcome everyone to town. Saturday was our wedding and after-party and we wrapped it up on Sunday morning with a brunch at our house.”

“One of the big things we did differently was our ceremony as we wanted it to be personally meaningful. First off we chose readings that spoke to us: Charles Darwin on marriage, a quote about love from Tom Robbin’s ‘Still Life with Woodpecker,’ and an excerpt from Richard Feynman’s autobiography in which he writes about dating his wife. As for rings, I don’t think we ever even discussed them. I do have an amazing engagement ring, but I think we both assumed from the get go that wedding bands were not happening. All of types of ceremonies that we looked at, even the nontraditional ones like handfasting, unity candle, sand ceremony, etc – seemed forced as they meant nothing to us personally. We finally settled on including metal work in some fashion as I am a metal artist. We contacted a friend and artist who I lived and worked with last summer, Jon Sarriugarte, and he made us the amazing heart that we riveted together during the ceremony.”

“We had a lot of little touches,” the bride continued. “My cousin played the harp and a good friend played the trumpet for our ceremony. We had a ‘living guest book’  where guests planted a succulent. We had a coloring book table as a token to how we met (we met at the children’s coloring book table at a wedding in Long Island), complete with the picture I was coloring at the time. There was a table set up with pictures of us at Burning Man 2006-2011 (after we met at the Lond Island wedding we found out we were both going to Burning Man that same year so we arranged to meet there. We then ended up going back together every year after that).”

“Our after-party at our house was most definitely Burning Man inspired. We had set up our usual camping setup (a geodesic dome, a hexayurt, and five tents) in the yard for the 20 or so friends who camped at our place during the week. I surprised David at our entrance to the party with a tunnel of light sabers – his signature glow ornamentation at the Burn.”

“Body glow adornments were available as well as LED hula hoops and poi. Our hot tub was open. I set up a sculpture I made for Burning Man 2010, a honeycomb piece named Propolis. A fire pit was out by the lake with couches, s’mores (with local hand-made marshmallows of course), guitars, and a variety of percussion instruments. We set up a star projection in the dome with couches and blankets for a chill space. Grilled cheese sandwiches were distributed at midnight. Our neighbor put on a fireworks show for us during our royal kiss on the balcony and some good friends put together an acrobatic performance. And there was off course dancing until the wee hours of the morning.”

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A Pop of Neon: A 50s Meets 80s Styled Bridal Shoot

When wedding blogger and stylist Sonia of Want that Wedding send me this neon inspiration shoot I fell in love immediately. I’m a bit of a colour fiend (no duh!) and neon is a trend that I’m love love loving on the high street right now. I’m super excited to see it filter down into bridal styling and I’d love to see some real Rock n Roll Brides rocking out this look on their wedding days. What do you think?

The shoot took place at the beautiful One Marylebone, London. Their bright white ‘galleries’ room made the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The white setting really makes the neon accents pop!

“The inspiration for this shoot came about during a brainstorming session with Kat Hill of Kat Hill Fotographie,” Sonia explained. “We were discussing various themes for a shoot when this idea just suddenly popped out ‘how about a 50s shoot with an 80s twist?’ I’m not even sure who said it first but we both fell in love with the idea.”

“During my research that followed I became utterly captivated with a neon wedding shoot and I just knew I wanted to incorporate neon bursts of colour. I love the near total whiteness with the pops of bright colours and neon, it’s really edgy and cool and it’s a pretty way to incorporate this ‘in your face’ colour palette into your wedding day.”

“I wanted to create a cute candy cake station. I thought it’d look adorable to display yummy treats with bold pops of colour and neon detailing. It’s easy to order neon food colouring and neon sprinkles off the net. I ordered a few neon knick knacks to get into the creative flow and I particularly adore the LOVE sign, it’s so retro and cute!”

“The wedding bouquet is a statement piece, pretty and bold with the neon edges on the rose petals. It’s a nod to the dip dye trend and is an incredibly easy thing to recreate. The cake was purchased from good ole’ M & S and was decorated with some of the dipped rose heads. All you need is a can of neon spray paint!!”

“I also love that the bright make-up, 50s hairstyle and accessories, neon beads, cuff and earrings plus the beautiful 50s wedding dresses with brightly coloured underskirts pull the whole look together. It shows what you bridestobe can achieve if you put your minds to it! Who says neon can’t be used in your wedding?”

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A Black Prada Dress, A Neon Sign and a Very Unconventional Wedding: Katie & Patrick

Katie & Patrick wanted a local wedding, one that reflected how they live their lives. They love Stoke Newington and so wanted to use local suppliers and to keep the wedding as close to home as possible. After proposing on Waterloo Bridge, Patrick presented Katie with a beautiful piece of costume jewellery from Kat and Bee. Katie always said she didn’t really want a wedding ring, as she explains, “I’m not keen on having a ring that I have to wear every day for the rest of my life, I wasn’t sure about the whole wedding ring thing. I did say though, that I would absolutely love a suffragette ring and, whilst I might not wear it everyday, I would definitely only want a wedding ring if it was one of those. They are about as rare as hen’s teeth. But Patrick has a reputation for resilience! And he managed to find one..well, actually, he managed to find two! So I am now the proud owner of two suffragette rings, one of which is sort of my wedding ring.”

An unconventional couple, their wedding was always going to be anything but traditional. This continued when, as a wedding gift, Katie bought Patrick a neon sign (amazing!) “We had spent ages choosing songs that meant loads to us for walking down the aisle, signing the register, first dance, etc, and I knew that, a long time ago, Patrick had said he would love a neon sign. The two things just sort of came together in my head and I sketched something out on a piece of paper and sent it to a few companies for a quote. Southern Neon were so lovely and really got what I was talking about. The quote is from the June Carter Cash song, Time’s a Wastin’ (they use it in Walk The Line) and we walked back down the aisle to it, newly married! I pre-arranged with our photographer Ed that we would ‘call in’ to the house as we walked around Stoke Newington snapping photos (another advantage of getting married around the corner from your house) and then took Patrick upstairs to show him. Luckily he loved it!”

The wedding reception was held at The Londesborough. The couple wanted a chilled out party with no pressure or tradition and the pub provided the perfect atmosphere for that. They made the bunting themselves and hired candelabras to put on the tables.

“We just didn’t want a day that was about subscribing to the norm,” the bride continued. “We thought about each and every thing that is supposed to happen at a wedding and considered whether those things meant anything to us or not. For example, we really wanted really cool photos and we definitely wanted a first dance. We weren’t fussed, however, about wedding cars or formal suiting or white dresses. So we spent all our budget on the important things and made them exactly how we wanted them, and we ignored altogether all the things we weren’t fussed about.”

“We definitely didn’t want to pick one best man or select bridesmaids (my friends would not have forgiven them for putting them in bridesmaids dresses) so we got almost all our friends involved somehow, from making cakes for the table, to doing a short speech, almost everyone had a part to play. My Mum probably had one of the toughest jobs – the favours were bags of old fashioned sweets with one ‘surprise’ present in each, ranging from a plane kit to (drum roll) stuffed moustaches on sticks. My Mum made and stuffed 20 moustaches! They took 2 hours each! That is love…I bought her a stuffed moustache brooch from the Brick Lane Craft Fair to say thanks!”

Katie wore a black Prada dress which she found, amazingly, in TK Maxx. It was reduced from £2400 to just £600! She also carried a black Vivienne Westwood bag (oh I love this bride!) “I was working just down the road from TK Maxx Fenchurch Street which has a sizeable gold label section in all the rich city workers!” Katie laughed. “My desk was in an open-plan office, right next to a good friend of mine, Aylin. She knew I was on the lookout for a dress for the wedding and one lunchtime I turned to her and said ‘We need to go to TK Maxx, I have a good feeling about today.’ She said ‘Weird, I was just about to say the same to you.’ We dutifully set off and when we arrived, laying on top of the racks was a black silk dress by Prada, with no size or anything in it. I could tell just by looking at it that it was almost definitely my size! I tried it on, she got emotional and said it was great and that I should go for it. One dress purchased, one personal shopping session at Selfridges cancelled, and one very happy TK Maxx bride!”

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Laurel and Ryan’s Handcrafted, Alice-Bright, Alice in Wonderland Wedding Shoot

Laurel and Ryan’s DIY pre-wedding shoot took place in Ryan’s parent’s back garden (which just happened to have a few acres of land behind it!) I utterly adore the acid neon brights fused with an Alice in Wonderland theme, all of which was created by the bride & groom themselves. They bought the cupcakes from a grocery store and created all of the flower centrepieces themselves, again from store bought flowers.

The bouquets and boutonnieres were professionally made, but for the most part the entire photo shoot was their own unique vision and craft.

Killer!

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Roadhouse Relics

You’ve got to see Kassie & James’ killer Roadhouse Relics (Texas) engagement shoot! The vintage, western, neon retro decor and 50’s rockabilly vibe proved to be the perfect location for such an awesome couple. The store, which specialises in neon signs allowed the couple an hour to come in and get some fabulous photographs.

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“They have a area in the back set up with some of their old signs and other marquees that they have bought from businesses that went out of business” photographer Jessica told me. “The couple are caterers her in town and they are AWESOME! www.cateringwithatwist.comis their site. They definitely have that cool rockabilly tattooed awesomeness on a day to day basis so this shoot was totally an extension of their personality. They were the ones that wanted to park his sweet ride in the middle of Congress Ave. Which is one of the busiest tourist streets in Austin so I was a little nervous that someone would hit their car. But it came out AMAZING! Also James loves big trees so we found some awesome trees with tons of knots in them. It was soooo hot that day that we stuck to a few places but I really think it turned out to be awesome!”

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“Dirt Don’t Hurt” – Crazy Outfits, Silly String & All Out Neon Fun

This ccccrazy couple had a pretty mad wedding followed by an equally (in fact maybe more so) insane trash the dress style shoot. Alongside their photographers, Steph & Ryan wanted to show that the assumptions that some couple’s have about trash the dress aren’t necessarily true and trash the dress shoots don’t literally have to mean your dress is completely destroyed. However by not be afraid of getting the dress a little bit dirty, you really can end up with some totally unique images. I wanted to share a selection from both the couple’s wedding and photo shoot as I know both sets of photos bring a huge smile to your face! I love these two!

For their ‘dirt don’t hurt’ shoot the couple went all out will silly outfits, crazy wigs, silly string, creative make up and a whole lot of neon! There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to love these.

Be sure to watch the video after the ‘jump’ too!

Talking about their wedding, the couple explained “Our inspiration was basically to live up our day to the fullest by keeping a bit of our conservative background while adding in extra flare to show our personalities. We wanted to be creative but not so much to scare our Grandma’s away.”

“We knew that this wedding would be crazy considering our friends and family so we tried to incorporate their personalities into all of our choices for decoration/wardrobe. I think another thing to add is the chicken limo. Since it was meaningful to us (our first date) we wanted to have it pick us up at the church directly after the ceremony. Most of the attendees of the wedding knew about this part of our history, so it was a nice surprise and added quite a bit of uniqueness to our wedding.”

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